Monday, January 26, 2015

Small Changes

I am really in denial that Christmas was just a month ago. Where does time go?



 I decided this weekend it was time to start adding a few hints of greenery to my home. I love Spring time and if I blink it's going to be here. I love how cozy a room can be with some subtle greenery. I am currently into metallics and I'm loving them! I found this cute vase and knew it was coming home with me. I added a fern, and it reminds me of a pineapple every time I look at it.


 I found this metallic tropical bird and he now sits on my coffee table surrounded by tropical greenery.






 I changed out my magnolia wreath for this door bucket that I designed. I love hydrangeas so I added them in along with some other tropical filler. 




I live near the coast so I am drawn to tropical 
greenery that's everywhere around my town. 









I had to make mention of my new decor sign that is above my living room couch. I am reminded to RELAX every time I see it. I am leaving some pics below of my changes I've made! Enjoy!














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Friday, January 23, 2015

A Wall Goes Up!

Someone once told me that for every remodeling job that involves knocking down a wall, there's another that calls for putting one up.

Well that's exactly what I did! I immediately decided that out of every project I wanted to do ,this ranked the highest out of them all! I love the open space between my dining room and living room , but I love my dining room cabinet more! 



 I had two things out of all my furniture that I wanted to keep and the china cabinet was one of them. The other being my new (to me ) French country cabinet, you can read all about it here. So the solution that would work for both was put up a wall! Here is what the open space looked like before we had Jeff our contractor come in and work his magic.



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 To save on the cost I painted the wall and trim. 



I love how one wall can completely change the whole look of two  areas in a home. 



This solved my whole delimma!





 I will leave you with some pics of my new wall!





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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pumpkin Spiced Rice Krispy Treats

   

I whipped up a new easy fall treat this afternoon for my kiddos and wow was it good! I am officially in love with this new recipe! I went grocery shopping this weekend and I discovered pumpkin spiced marshmallows on the baking aisle. I planned to make Rice Krispy treats this weekend for a snack. So of course I had the great idea of trading out my normal marshmallows to pumpkin spiced! I am currently celebrating all things pumpkin around my house, so this was a brilliant idea in my world! I added a few ingredients then I tasted and added ingredients as I made these treats. I added a special "spiced up kick" by pouring melted Hershey Pumpkin Spiced Kisses as a final topping to my Rice Krispy treats. So without further ado, here's my new fall treat! 


Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats Recipe


Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (8 ounce) bag pumpkin spice marshmallows
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
7 cups crispy rice cereal
4 oz white vanilla bark
24 pumpkin spiced Hershey kisses 

Directions:

Generously spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick spray. Set pan aside.

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add the vanilla bark and continue to cook until it is warmed through. 


Fold marshmallows, stirring frequently until almost completely melted. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt, and remove from heat.

Add marshmallow mixture to the cereal and stir until combined.


Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and gently spread out evenly. I sprayed the back of a large spatula with non-stick spray and gently pressed the mixture without packing it down. 

In microwave melt 24 Hershey kisses in 10 second increments till mixture is melted. 


Pour over rice Krispy treats. Allow to set for about 30 minutes before cutting into squares.

Store in an airtight container up to one week.  You could even cut these treats into pumpkin shapes or decorate with regular candy corns.  Enjoy!





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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Easy Pumpkin Spice French Toast



I wanted to share an easy and fast way I do my version of pumpkin spice french toast. I love this limited edition pumpkin spice bread that comes out each fall from Pepperidge Farms. 



 So for all you pumpkin lovers, here's the easiest way to have a special fall breakfast in minutes! 



Pumpkin Spice French Toast
1 loaf Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice bread
2 eggs
1 tsp. Cinnamon 
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp . Milk

Mix everything but the bread in a bowl.  


Dip a slice of bread front and back in mixture then place in a skillet on medium heat. When egg is cooked to a golden brown flip and cook remaining side. 

How easy is that? I added some left over cream cheese icing that I drizzled on top with maple syrup. 


You can add just about any kind of topping you like. 


I won the most important approval of all, a smile and thumbs up from this sweet girl of mine! That's all that matters to me. 


For more fall recipes you can check out some easy snack and dessert recipes here and also here.

Enjoy! 


Happy fall y'all! 



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Fireplace Makeover

When I walked into my new home the first thing that I thought of was, "Wow, this fireplace doesn't match the house at all!"



 I am a very symmetrical human being, so this line of symmetry came up very short! The mantel was a shelf that was way too small for this large wall.  The ceiling in my living room is over twenty feet high so having just the fire box and a shelf over it seemed out of proportion.


I wanted to go with a look that matched the homes style. After visiting several plantation homes on River Road, I had the perfect design laid out in my mind. I love marble with a vein of beige infused through out. I wanted to incorporate that around my fireplace.


After visiting the French Quarter, I wanted to add a fanciful form of French balcony. Its design is undeniably alluring, with luxurious twists and turns of curving scrollwork. The handcrafted appliqué  is hand carved in wood.This is such an elegant piece, with so much charm!

I also wanted to add some molding and trim work that would beef the whole look of the fireplace surround. I decided to take the whole fireplace up to a height that would be proportional to my wall. We added a section of wood, marble surround ,and then trim to add the finishing touches! I am loving the look so far! I went with marble on the hearth to balance it all out. 



 After drawing and showing my ideas to Jeff from J's Construction he took my idea and transformed it into a beautiful fireplace surround and mantel! 

 I absolutely love the new look! My new fireplace mantel now commands attention as the focal point of my living room!

 

Thank you so much Jeff your crew is the best! 



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