Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017 - Part 2

I'm back today sharing some more of our holiday home decorations.  I didn't do any special styling, just ran around the house snapping photos.  
 Looking down into the living room and entry from the staircase. 
 Adding a little greenery, a rustic tree garland and some mistletoe to the kitchen window.
 Our mantle..hasn't changed much from prior years.
 The new buffalo check buck and buffalo check bunting in the den.
Our Christmas village and snow family.
Looking back into the kitchen from the den.
 I really love our bedroom's cozy glow!
This is my one of my girl's bedrooms (the one that doesn't live here, hence the neatness!).  I put her tree up and added a garland of vintage looking Parisienne postcards over the bed.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

{Recipe} Easy Weeknight Lentil Loaf

This is my third lentil loaf recipe on the blog but the other two were more "special occasion" loaves. This one is quick and easy for a weeknight dinner and more "meaty" like the traditional meatloaves I used to make.
 Ingredients:
1 1 /2 cups brown/green lentils, dry
4 cups of water
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 flax egg(1 TBS flax meal/ 2.5 TBS water, mixed)
2 TBS nutritional yeast (optional)
1 cup breadcrumbs (I used panko)
1 tsp onion flakes
1 tsp onion powder
2- 3 TBS catsup
2 TBS Dijon mustard
 1 tsp vegetable broth base (or bouillon cube)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
barbecue sauce (for top) 
 To make:
  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Mix up flax egg(1 TBS ground flax and 2.5 TBS water) and let sit to gel.
  • Cook lentils in water until tender (about 20-30 minutes). Drain any excess water.  Set aside.
  • Sauté onion, carrots, celery and garlic in water until onions are translucent.
  • Add cooked lentils and veggies to food processor. Add seasonings (onion powder, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, vegetable broth base), catsup, mustard, nutritional yeast, flax egg and bread crumbs.  Process until just combined. 
  • Transfer mixture to the parchment lined loaf pan. Smooth out with spatula. 
  • Brush barbecue sauce over the top of the loaf.
  • Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes covered with foil.  
  • Remove foil and brush with more barbecue sauce, cook uncovered for 10 more minutes.


  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting.  Serve with your favorite gravy or by itself (this night we had roasted cauliflower & broccoli and a quick vegan gravy).
  • It's so good the next day and in a "meat" loaf sandwich.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas House Tour 2017 - Part 1

 I started decorating the house early this year but I've still been putting finishing touches in every room.  Our decor doesn't change much from year to year but I thought I'd share it with you and highlight some of the new items.
 This throw was one of my early purchases from Cost Plus World Market.
 I like switching up the word art in this frame and I found this Elf inspired printable which I thought would be perfect for the holiday season.
 A view into the kitchen and our new table. I kept it pretty dark because I hadn't done much styling or straightening up.
 From the kitchen table out to the family room. This tray is full of holiday decor now. The light up chalet is from Cost Plus and the buffalo check K is from Target Dollar Spot.
 My dining room is really hard to photograph but I thought it looked pretty good in this shot.
 Peeking out of the living room into the entry and staircase.
 Another shot that includes the piano.
 My Starbucks cup angels are still serenading us.
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A tray of snow people mugs just waiting for some hot cocoa.  I'll be back with more holiday rooms soon!
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

{Wordless Wednesday} 12.06.17

Here's something I don't do every day!  (I was cleaning the water guns up for a play my daughter's theatre group was doing).
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