November 2014 archive

Theresa’s Holiday Sangria


Last weekend Theresa, Sarah, and I had a Hunger Games marathon in honor of the release of Mocking Jay Part 1. We had good food, good drinks, and good movies. One of those drinks was a red sangria. Theresa had dropped off the recipe and ingredients ahead of time so I could make a batch with enough time to sit overnight.

After my first glass I decided this would be my drink of choice for Thanksgiving dinner, and probably for the rest of the holiday season. It’s super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Enjoy! (more…)

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup


When creating the menu for Thanksgiving dinner this year I decided I wanted to minimize the appetizers. I also wanted to ensure that they were delicious and festive. Soup was one of the first things to pop into my head. Something cozy and warm while the family is watching the game waiting for dinner to be cooked. The type of soup was pretty simple to decide on as well. There really isn’t anything that speaks fall more than apples and squash. I adapted this recipe from one that I found on Pinterest, of course.

The best part about this recipe…it can be made in advance! I prepped the soup this evening, 3 days before Thanksgiving Day. I will just have to pop it on the stove to reheat for guests to enjoy.


Thanksgiving Prep

IMG_5504Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s Opening Day for the holiday season, the most wonderful time of the year. Not to mention it is a day full of cooking and eating, two of my favorite activities. With all of the food and festivities comes a lot of prep work. Being that we are only a week and a half  away I’ve decided to provide you with my favorite tips and tricks to help prepare for your big event. (more…)

Project House: The “Master” Bedroom

When we first looked at the house I thought the bedrooms looked a bit small and outdated, sort of like the rest of the house. Ha! However, I knew that with a fresh coat of paint, new carpeting, and some decor both rooms would be rejuvenated. The bedrooms were actually the easiest to remodel because of just that.

I decided to hold off on a whole new “master” bedroom for a little bit. The decor and bedding I had from my apartment bedroom were more than adequate for the time being. I wanted to direct the money to more important things. Nevertheless, there were a few things that needed to be completed before we moved in.

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Home Improvement

developing_home_improvement_prioritiesNovember has snuck up on us. With that, the holiday season is right around the corner. This is traditionally a time for people to revamp their homes and complete those home improvement projects that have been dragging on for months. We are no acceptation to this rule. There are a few projects I would like to have completed before the calendar gets packed full of out of town guests, parties, and Christmas shopping. (more…)