December 19, 2013

December Sponsor Intro!

I love getting to share other sites, shops, and businesses with you all and today I have three lovely ladies to talk about. I asked them all to share their best tips on staying motivated during the busy holiday season, because I know I could use some motivation every now and then!

First up is Tracey, the owner of Becoming Jewelry. It's a gorgeous handmade shop full of the prettiest accessories around. You can see a few of her pieces in action here and here. I also bought my Mom this necklace, and she wears it every day. :)

December Sponsor Intro // Home is with You

Tip ≫≫ I work a lot during the holiday season! I stay motivated by setting production goals and then rewarding myself with little Christmas season treats, like a stop at Starbucks for a Peppermint Hot Chocolate.


Next up is Jennie from Iron Tree Candle, whose Cranberry Fig candle she sent me (that smells like Christmas!) has been burning every day...in fact, it is right now! It smells fantastic and really makes it feel like Christmas in my "office" (AKA my parents basement, for 9 more days) as I'm editing 24/7 these days.

December Sponsor Intro // Home is with You

Tip ≫≫ I remind myself to focus on what inspires me about this time of year. I love the beauty, joy and creativity that come with the holiday season, so I try to slow down and enjoy it, instead of getting caught up in the hectic pace of things!



And last, but not least, is Daina from New York State of Mind. Her pictures of NYC make me want to hop on a plane and join her on walks around the city! If you haven't discovered her site/instagram yet, you're really missing out on some major wanderlust...

December Sponsor Intro // Home is with You

Tip ≫≫ The holidays are one of my absolute favorite times of year! To stay grounded during the holiday season I try to remind myself often that while gift giving is nice, it is not what the season is all about. When I think back on my favorite holiday memories none of them include the gifts I gave or received. Instead, they are about things like pajama game nights with my family, tubing in my hometown in Minnesota, ice skating on my parents' pond, and decorating Christmas cookies. I try to plan fun activities with both my boyfriend (I look forward to our 12 Dates of Christmas tradition every year!) and my family throughout the month of December and focus less on searching for lots of gifts.


Now go show these ladies some love on their sites!

December 17, 2013

Semi-Winter Weather Wear.

Growing up in Kansas, I know to expect weather that's all over the place. In the past few days, we've gone from bone-chilling winds to sunny and 60 degrees. I'm not complaining in the slightest, because the warm days really make the freezing cold seem more bearable...a bit anyway.

I found these shoes right before the freezing temps hit and I bought them knowing that I might not get to wear them as much this season, but I didn't care, because I love them. It was pretty exciting now that it's warmed back up a bit, to bust them out and let my feet free from boots for a day or two...I kept the comfy sweater on though. ;)

Semi-Winter Weather Wear // Home is with You
Semi-Winter Weather Wear // Home is with You
Semi-Winter Weather Wear // Home is with You
Semi-Winter Weather Wear // Home is with You
Semi-Winter Weather Wear // Home is with You
Sweater and Skinny Jeans: Target // Wedges: Steve Madden // Owl Ring: c/o Basic Impressions Jewelry // Gold Stacking Rings: c/o StyleGirl
 
I've also been wearing these rings as often as possible, I don't own many gold accessories, but I just love this gorgeous owl ring and gold stacking rings! And this sweater is so comfy, I had to buy it in the light pink color too...and I wear them more often than I'm willing to admit.

Has anyone else been experiencing weather that you just can't keep up with? I'm a tiny bit jealous of those of you who have gotten snow like Dave in Alaska...I'm getting so excited to see it as a winter wonderland, but I'm ok with a few more days of warm sunshine before I go.

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December 13, 2013

Vegas Vacation.

This past weekend I had an amazing trip with some of my closest girlfriends (since lower school and high school) and a bunch of my friend's sorority sisters from college...some I already knew and loved and some are new friends. We all had a blast. I mean, how can you not with a group of 12 girlfriends in Vegas?

We stayed at the gorgeous new Cosmopolitan hotel on the strip and it did not disappoint. It was just a quick two day trip, but do you really need more than that in Vegas? I think not.

Vegas Vacation // Home is with You Vegas Vacation // Home is with You Vegas Vacation // Home is with You
 The Bachelorette opening presents.
 
I didn't take many pictures, because I wanted to just have a great time and take it all in, and not have to worry about my camera. There are lots of instagrams from the trip though, if you didn't already see them and are interested. Let's just say, we had a great time. ;)

I am SO excited for this lady love of mine to get married on New Years Eve, I can't believe it's less than three weeks away!

December 5, 2013

Thanksgiving and such...


My Thanksgiving wasn't really anything super special or amazing this year. As always, I'm thankful to have the time with my family and I'm thankful for the health of those that were able to be here and give thanks together. This was just a weird year for my family and myself, missing a family member and Dave being all the way in Alaska is really tough over the holidays. Much tougher than I expected.

Happenings // Home is with You
Happenings // Home is with You

Although this happened...

Happenings // Home is with You

The next day little Libbie had quite the Turkey hangover, she couldn't even lift her little head. My Mom and I were cracking up...

Happenings // Home is with You

Despite all of the funkiness, I'm feeling so blessed. It's so overwhelming sometimes to watch my little business grow and getting excited to see where I can take it. I'm currently sending out my first shipment of prints that will be for sale in Alaska Rods in Haines, Alaska. So, if anyone is in the area, or if any of you have an Alaskan trip coming up...check them out!

Alaska Winter // Home is with You

Alaska's already gotten tons of snow, I can't wait to see it as a Winter Wonderland in January! Dave took this picture and I edited it...how gorgeous is our backyard in Juneau right now?! Once I get back from my Vegas trip with the girls this weekend, I'll be ready for the snow to bring it on.

What about you, friends...how was your Thanksgiving? How's life?



November 25, 2013

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe ↠

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You

 Every year for Thanksgiving, my Mom and I have always made a Chocolate Pecan Pie for dessert together. In the past few years, I've done my best to make a version that's a tad bit healthier. It's never going to be something that's good for you, it's Chocolate Pecan Pie, but with a few tweaks it doesn't have to be downright terrible for you either.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You

This Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe is without the nasty corn syrup that most of the recipes call for and since there are no eggs, it has less fat. You can always buy a crust if you don't feel like making one, but this homemade whole wheat crust is as healthy as they come, I found the idea for the crust here.

Crust Ingredients ≫≫
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
7 tablespoons very cold unsalted organic butter

Filling Ingredients ≫≫
1 1/2 bananas
3/4 c water
1 3/4 c cane sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 c pecan pieces
1 1/2 c dark chocolate chips

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You

For crust ≫≫

Mix together whole wheat flour with sea salt in a medium bowl. Cut in cold butter using a fork and mash together well. Add 3-5 Tbsp ice cold water, a tiny bit at a time. After mixing well, mash the dough together with your hands and form a thick disc. Cover and place in fridge for about 30 minutes.

Roll the dough out slowly and carefully. This will take time and patience, and it's ok if it doesn't look perfect, as long as it tastes good...right?

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You

For filling ≫≫

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Mix together the bananas and water until very well blended. Add the brown sugar and salt. Melt the butter and add to the mixture. Add the vanilla extract and chocolate chips.

Place the pecans in the pie shell and pour the mixture on top, the pecans will float to the surface. Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 325°F (160°C) and bake until the center of the pie is set and no longer trembles when touched, about 65 minutes.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe // Home is with You

Enjoy!

Other festive drinks/desserts:


November 22, 2013

Prosecco Float Recipe ↠

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

When I started planning a week of festive drink and dessert recipes, I knew I wanted to include a fun prosecco recipe. I love this delicious bubbly drink and something about it just feels fancier than typical wine.

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

Ingredients ≫≫
1 Bottle of Prosecco (I used Cupcake Brand)
Blood Orange Sherbert (I used
Frozen Blackberries
Thyme for garnishing

Step 1 ≫≫ Place a scoop of blood orange sherbert in the bottom of your glass. Add in a few frozen blackberries.

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You
Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

Step 2 ≫≫ Slowly pour in prosecco.

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You
Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

Step 4 ≫≫ Garnish with thyme (optional).

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You
Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

...and enjoy. Cheers!

Prosecco Float Recipe // Home is with You

Little tip: if you plan on making these ahead of time for your guests, wait until the last minute to garnish the drinks, that way the thyme doesn't start to droop or loose it's freshness. 



November 20, 2013

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe ↠

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You

For today's festive recipe, I decided to merge two of my very favorite desserts to make one delicious alternative to pumpkin pie. I took my Whole Wheat Pumpkin Mini Muffins and had the stroke of genius to try them with the chocolate peanut butter glaze from my Skinny Vegan Chocolate Cake on top. And as I'm sure you can imagine, they are divine. ;)

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You

Muffin Ingredients ≫≫
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp and 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
3 cups natural brown sugar
1 can Libby's pure pumpkin
4 eggs (we use free range organic, you can replace these with 3 bananas for vegan muffins)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup water

Glaze Ingredients ≫≫
1 cup raw sugar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons almond milk
5 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter (store bought or homemade)
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 teaspoons real vanilla extract

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You

Directions ≫≫

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and sea salt in a large mixing bowl. In another large bowl, combine the brown sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, and water until blended. Add the two mixtures together and mix well until everything is moist.

Spoon batter into very well greased mini muffin tin (these suckers have a tendency to stick), if you don't have more than one tin (like me) this will take about 3 or more batches. Bake for 15 minutes. Let the muffins cool before trying to remove them from the pan.

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You
Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You

For the glaze, just combine all of the ingredients in a smaller bowl until the sugar is dissolved while muffins are cooking.

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You
Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze Recipe // Home is with You

This recipe makes about 40 mini muffins, plenty to bring to Thanksgiving dinner! Enjoy!

November 19, 2013

Fall Beer Recipe ↠

Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You

I thought it would be fun to start off my week of Fall festive and/or Thanksgiving recipes with a delicious beer recipe! This fruit (and cinnamon) infused beer is perfect for this time of year and will make the guys and gals at the party pretty darn happy.

Infusing your beer using your french press just brings out the flavors a little more and really gives it a nice and festive kick. You can use other fruits or a different beer if you'd like, this recipe isn't restricted to what I'm using...get creative.

Ingredients ≫≫
Orange
Apple
Cinnamon Stick
New Belgium Accumulation (their new winter ale, it's yummy)

Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You
Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You
Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You

Directions ≫≫

Squeeze an orange slice into your french press and then drop the slice into the bottom of the press. Slit an apple slice a few times, so that the flavor can get out, and put it in the bottom of the press along with the cinnamon stick.

Pour your beer into the french press and put the lid on (without pressing down) for 4 minutes. Once your time is up, plunge the press and make sure to gently push down so that you get as much of the fruit juices out as you can. Pour the beer into a glass of your choice and enjoy!

Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You

Cheers! These are super cute and festive served in a mason jar with a fresh apple slice thrown in.

Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You
Fall Beer Recipe // Home is with You

Will you try a fruit infused beer at your holiday party or Thanksgiving dinner?

November 18, 2013

Currently ≫≫

Currently ≫≫ Home is with You
  Sweater: Target // Owl Ring: c/o Basic Impressions

Wearing ≫≫ Eyeshadow from this palette. Seriously though, RUN to your local Sephora, or order one online. This palette is my new favorite and worth every penny. The colors are gorgeous and show up just as rich and pigmented on your eyes. Plus, it comes with a few bonus goodies that I've been loving as well.

Drinking ≫≫ Coffee coffee coffee, to get me through all of my meetings, photo sessions, and editing! I'm loving having a jam packed planner again. My coffee is tasting even better these days thanks to the Silk Eggnog being back in stores. Combined with the hazelnut coffee for the Keurig and it's just about heaven. Go and get you some...now.

Currently ≫≫ Home is with You

Watching ≫≫ The Carrie Diaries. I don't know if anyone else is watching this show, I didn't think I'd like it, but it's become my newest guilty pleasure. I don't know what it is about this show, but I love it! It's come into my life at the perfect time though, because I know Dave will probably think this show is ridiculous once I'm back in Alaska. All I can say, is AnnaSophia Robb is fabulous.

Planning ≫≫ Some special Thanksgiving recipe posts for the rest of the week. Get excited for some delicious drinks and recipes that will come in handy for your Thanksgiving and other holiday festivities! And you know they'll be healthy yet husband approved. ;)

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