Thursday, March 21, 2019

{Photography} Snowy Spring Break Photo Shoot

Happy first full day of Spring!  When College Girl was home for her Spring Break a few weeks ago, we had a snow day and decided to do a photo shoot.

It was so much fun to get back out and take photos again. It had been too long!
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

{Recipe} Lentil Oat Berry Bake

Lentils for breakfast might sound a bit strange (but not to me because I prefer savory breakfasts most of the time) but give this one a chance.  You don't taste the lentils but they add a nice pop of protein to this sweet bake.
2/3 cup dried red lentils
2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
2 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sweetener of choice (or more depending on how sweet you want it)
4 cups frozen berries 

To make: 
  • Soak the dried lentils and oats with the almond milk, cinnamon and sweetener overnight in the fridge in a covered container
  • In the morning, preheat oven to 375F
  • Add 4 cups of frozen berries to a 9 x 9 baking dish
  • Pour the lentil/oat mixture over the berries. Sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top if you like
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling
  • Let cool before serving (makes 9 servings)

Store leftovers in the fridge.  This is delicious warm or cold.   Add some maple syrup to a warm piece of the bake and enjoy!
It also makes a nice evening snack or dessert with a bit of whipped topping.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

{The Abode} Powder Room Reveal

We are finally done our first floor powder room makeover!!   
We started with this post: {The Abode} Powder Room Update-The Plan
and this was the BEFORE...
I could not wait to get rid of this sink but we needed a professional to move the plumbing and install the new vanity.
Ta da!! Once that was done it was time to paint and add accessories.
The paint color (Benjamin Moore's Buxton Blue) made such a difference in the room.  It's hard to photograph because the powder room is teeny tiny (5ft x 4 1/2 ft)!
We updated the shelving unit as well.  This is what we had before...
...and AFTER!  The open shelves make the room feel bigger.
 I found the mirror at Kirkland's because the one I found here was too big.

We updated all of the other fixtures like the switch plate, outlet cover, toilet paper holder, floor grate and towel ring.

 Take a look at this beauty!  I have so much more storage now!
 The hand towels are from Target and soap dispenser is from Amazon.
 I will have fun styling and restyling the shelves!
 One more before and after...what do you think?

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

{Entertaining} Book Club: The Extraordinary Life Of Sam Hell

It was my turn to host book club last month (hence the Valentine's decor).
I mentioned this book in my last Friday Faves post.  I was really enjoying it
 I went (loosely) with the theme of "Devil Boy" for the food (the boy in the story is born with red eyes and kids called him Devil Boy at school).  I made Devilish Potatoes, Spicy Red Pepper Hummus and Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips.  I filled in with veggies, popcorn, fruit, nuts and Harvest Snap Pea snacks (there's also a scene with peas in the book).
 Of course we had wine and some great discussions of the book.
I added the flask to my letter board display (the flask has a small but pivotal part in the book).  They all loved the book so I was happy about that! Our next book is:
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It's one I've already read but it's a good one!

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