5 Easy DIY Candle Centerpieces of Fall…

Elizabeth Ann Designs

Elizabeth Ann Designs

As soon as there’s a chill in the air I’m waiting to break out the pumpkins and fall scented candles.  I’m the girl in the car playing Christmas carols from Thanksgiving morning until New Years Day…I can’t help it!  It’s the feeling of the season that makes me smile…sitting on my couch, watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, DIY’ing a picture frame or Fall inspired centerpiece that I hope will be admired throughout the holiday season.

Your Autumn decor doesn’t need to be anything elaborate, in fact, I think it’s the subtle things that make a home feel festive, welcoming and inspired.  Here are 5 Easy DIY Candle Centerpieces for Fall.

#1.  Chalk Board Mason Jar Candle Centerpiece

Joybobo

Joybobo

Set this one out by Halloween and keep it burning through Christmas.  Wouldn’t it be beautiful on a shabby chic platter surrounded by cranberries?

#2.  Sweater Candle

Family Chic

Family Chic

So cozy and cute! I happen to have handfuls of small glass candle holders AND old sweaters…what a perfect use for both.  This is an Anthropologie knock-off, by the way.  Bless them for coming up with such adorable ideas that are so easily replicated – for a fraction of the cost!

#3.  Rustic Candle Holders and Natural Wood

Bragging Bags / Esty

Bragging Bags / Esty

I see wooden candle sticks at thrift shops all the time.  Some bright, festive paint and a little sandpaper is all you need to replicate this look.

#4.  Belts and Burlap

Jennifer Rizzo

Jennifer Rizzo

This idea is so cheap and easy to do!  It’s sure to spark conversation and brings a trendy feel to traditional holiday decor.  Try using at least one belt in a bright color; red or orange would be a perfect holiday pop of color.

5.  Cranberries and Candles…Elegant Holiday Centerpiece

Elizabeth Ann Designs

Elizabeth Ann Designs

Elizabeth Ann Designs

Elizabeth Ann Designs

Save this for a holiday dinner party or debut on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.  A tall glass cylinder, fresh cranberries in water and a floating candle pull this look together.  A wooden or metal base brings a subtle homey feel.

Dijon Chicken Linguine with Crimini Mushrooms and Toasted Almonds…

Rock Recipes

Rock Recipes

Hi…I miss you guys!  This past week is the longest hiatus I’ve taken from blogging since I started this site back in February.  The break was for good reason though…I got a promotion at work!  It means longer hours though and even less time to cook so I’m starting ahead of time and planning my meals in advance.  I just came across this recipe for Dijon Chicken Linguine with Crimini Mushrooms and Toasted Almonds.  Sounds sooo good and with minimal prep and ingredients I think this one is a keeper.

Dijon Chicken Linguine with Crimini Mushrooms and Toasted Almonds

Ingredients

  • 350 gram package fresh linguine, cooked
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup sliced crimini mushrooms (you can also use button or chanterelle mushrooms)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 4 oz white wine
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to season
Rock Recipes

Rock Recipes

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Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas…

Just A Taste

Just A Taste

It’s bad enough that someone took the time to come up with this recipe…then they had to go and share it…which of course means I have to choice but to make it…and eat it.  Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas…oh, why not?

Just a Taste

Just a Taste

Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  1. 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  2. 1/4 cup sour cream
  3. 1 Tablespoon plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  6. 6 (8-inch) soft flour tortillas
  7. 1 3/4 cups sliced strawberries, divided
  8. 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  9. Vegetable oil, for frying
  10. Equipment: toothpicks; deep-fry thermometer

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Beautiful Beds and Bedrooms…Design Inspiration

John Robshaw Textiles

John Robshaw Textiles

I love decorating and redecorating my bedroom.  I’ve done several posts on bedroom color combinations and design and bedding…I just can’t get enough!  For me, the bedroom is really the only place in the house that’s completely mine (well, and maybe my husband’s? :-)) It’s my reading nook, a place to relax and think…the perfect set up for a late night bowl of cereal and a few hours of HGTV.  Every time I come across an inspiring bedroom picture I pin it and I’d love to share a few of my favorites with you.  Follow the link to the Board ‘Beautiful Beds and Bedrooms’ for some more bedroom inspiration!

Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren Elizabeth

This bedroom is proof that you don’t need a large space to create a sitting area.  Instead of several small pieces there are a few large ones that fill the space perfectly and separate sleeping from lounging.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Boho Bedroom …love it, tried it…cannot pull it off.  Those who can throw 15 colors and patterns together and still come out with a cohesive look should be given a medal.

Architecture Art Design

Architecture Art Design

What makes this room stunning is all the attention to detail.  A mix of modern and classic design with pops of bright colors and soft neutrals give the room a chic contemporary feel.

The Rooster and the Hen

The Rooster and the Hen

Simple and elegant.  I’m known for picking up mixed matched pieces and I really enjoy the eclectic look that creates.  This room, however, is symmetry at it’s best…the simple layout and pale neutrals really encourage rest.

Home Designing

Home Designing

My husband saw this picture and told me he was moving in with that guy.  I can’t blame him.  Pretty awesome.

Houzz

Houzz

Orange and grayed jade might be my favorite color combination.  The french doors and bright natural light make this room really special…lovely.

Ozvip

Ozvip

I have a 9 year old son and I’m pretty sure he would never leave this bedroom.  As much as we as adults need a clean and organized place to end our day, our children really need the same thing.  I love the idea of picking a theme, in this case vintage airplanes, and building a room around it.

Indulgy

Indulgy

…and for my 4 year old little girl.  The painted barn board is precious and whimsical and the colors and perfect.

10 Must Have Side Dish Recipes…Savory and Delicious!

Eat, Drink Paleo

Eat, Drink Paleo

Sometimes I get distracted by side dishes.  It’s easy to upstage even a beautifully cooked piece of meat when it’s next to a rich, creamy pasta or a dish of savory sautéed mushrooms.  I love storing up these kinds of recipes to avoid the boxed side dish rut – fresh ingredients taste so much better and they’re so much more fun to work with!  Here are 10 Must Have Side Dish Recipes…

#1. Red Wine and Garlic Mushrooms

Drag Through the Garden

Drag Through the Garden

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup red wine
16 oz. mushrooms
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley

visit Drag Through the Garden for Instructions!

#2. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Eat, Drink Paleo

Eat, Drink Paleo

Ingredients

  • 12 asparagus spears
  • 6 prosciutto slices/strips
  • A little ghee for frying

visit Eat, Drink Paleo for Instructions!

#3. Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

Ingredients:
-
 Instant mashed potatoes (made from 1 full packet — follow directions on the box)
** You can use homemade mashed potatoes too.
- 2/3 cup Colby Jack cheese, grated
- 1-1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp chives, chopped

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#4. Eggplant Tomato Pie

Key Ingredients

Key Ingredients

Ingredients

1 eggplant
2 tomatoes
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 c. breadcrumbs
1 egg
3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp pesto
shredded cheddar cheese
fresh parsley

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#5. Kerrygold Mac and Cheese

Kerrygold Mac and Cheese 2

Bon Appetit Hon

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup milk or half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • kosher salt
  • cayenne pepper or chili powder (optional)

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#6. Bacon Collard Greens

Taste of Home

Taste of Home

Ingredients

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#7. Chipotle Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Easy-Cookbook-Recipes

Easy-Cookbook-Recipes

Ingredients

4 sweet potatoes (pick ones that are a good shape for twice baked potatoes)
1 lime, juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipotle chili powder (or regular if you can’t find chipotle)
1 whole chipotle, minced
2 cups spinach
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

#8. Broccoli Casserole

Babble

Babble

Ingredients

1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 cups milk
2 heads fresh broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup milk
2 cups cheddar cheese
2 eggs
2 cups crushed crackers or panko

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#9. Black Bean and Kale Enchiladas

Vegan Yumminess

Vegan Yumminess

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium onion (minced)
  • 1/4 green bell pepper (about 1/3 cup, chopped)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (about 16 ounces total, unseasoned)
  • 1/2 can tomatoes and green chiles (about 5 ounces total)
  • 1 tablespoon pure cane sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • salt to taste

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#10. Sage, Onion and Smoked Bacon Stuffing

HGTV

HGTV

Ingredients:

1 onion, finely chopped
3 strips organic or free-range smoked bacon, chopped
9 ounces cooked sausage meat (optional)
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. butter
1 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
1 heaped tbsp. chopped fresh sage
salt and pepper
1 medium egg, lightly beaten
a little fresh parsley, chopped

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Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon Poppy Seed Dressing…

Juju Good News

Lauren’s Latest

It’s not often that you come across a salad that makes your mouth water but for me, this one does it.  Ripe avocado, crisp kale and bright red strawberry covered in a fresh poppy seed dressing that’s simple to make and oh, yeah…did I mention the bacon? Yep…new favorite.

Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon Poppy Seed Dressing

via Lauren’s Latest

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

6 cups baby kale {prewashed kind}
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 ripe avocado, sliced

Lauren's Latest

Lauren’s Latest

for the dressing-
4 slices bacon
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
salt & pepper, to taste

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Lauren's Latest

Lauren’s Latest

4 Recipes for One-Pot-Pasta…Easy Weeknight Meals

Random Thoughts

The Londoner

So, One-Pot-Pasta is a new phenomenon; it’s everywhere!  And that makes sense because it’s the epitome of an easy weeknight meal.  Some pasta, some herbs, a few tomatoes maybe some shrimp or chicken, 30 minutes and ba-bow (as my husband would say). Here are 4 One-Pot-Pasta meals to add into your weekly rotation.

#1. Tomato, Roasted Pepper and Arugula Pasta

Recipe Sweet

Recipe Sweet

Ingredients

  1. 8 ounces, weight Pasta
  2. 2 teaspoons Olive Oil, Divided
  3. 1 whole Shallot, Minced
  4. 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  5. 1 cup Grape Tomatoes, Halved
  6. ½ cups Roasted Red Peppers, Chopped
  7. ¼ cups Fresh Basil, Chopped, Divided
  8. 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  9. ½ teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  10. ½ teaspoons Salt
  11. ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper
  12. 2 cups Fresh Arugula
  13. 2 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Diced
  14. ¼ cups Parmesan Cheese

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#2.  Penne with Shrimp, Feta and Spring Vegetables

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 12 ounces penne rigate (ridged)

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch lengths

  • 1 pound peeled and deveined frozen shrimp, thawed

  • 8 ounces snow peas, trimmed and halved on the diagonal

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 cup crumbled feta (4 ounces)

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves

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#3. Life-Changing One-Pot Pasta

Family Bites

Family Bites

Family Bites

Family Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 – 12-14oz. package of spaghetti or linguine
  • 2 cups diced boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 5-6 cups chicken stock or water
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

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#4. One-Pot Pasta

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces linguine

  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

  • 2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 1/2 cups water

  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

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Italian Garlic Bread with Gorgonzola…

Thibeault's Table

Thibeault’s Table

I think I could eat this all by itself for dinner…maybe with a nice glass of wine?  Yep…I could definitely do that.  The author suggests serving it alongside pasta which I totally agree would make for an amazing meal.

via Thibeault’s Table

Italian Garlic Bread with Gorgonzola

Ingredients

Long loaf of Italian Bread

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese
1 to 2 cloves garlic
Parsley
Salt
Pepper
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Optional: Basil or Oregano

Instructions

Cream the butter with the Gorgonzola cheese.

Mince garlic and add to cheese mixture.  Add chopped parsley, and
season with salt and pepper.

If using the basil or the oregano add now as well.

Leave loaf whole, but cut slices so that the loaf stays together.
Spread cheese mixture in between each slice and reshape loaf. Sprinkle
top of loaf with Parmesan cheese and wrap in foil.  Place in 400°F oven
for 10 or 15 minutes and serve hot.

Thibeault’s Table

Thibeault’s Table

Sopapillas…4 Ingredient Dessert in 15 Minutes

Kitchen Meets Girl

Kitchen Meets Girl

The first time I had sopapillas I was hooked.  Traditionally dessert is not the first thing you think of when you’re eating at a Mexican restaurant but that’s a shame because if you’ve yet to try these little babies, you are truly missing out.  Minimal ingredients, almost no prep time, ready in 12-15 minutes…and did I mention they’re delicious?  Kids will have a lot of fun helping with these too but be warned, if you make them once you will be making them again.  That might not be such a bad thing : )

So Easy Sopapillas

via Kitchen Meets Girl adapted from Pepperidge Farm

25 pastries

So Easy Sopapillas

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry, thawed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • honey, for drizzling

Directions

Heat the oven to 400°F.  Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.  Cut the pastry sheet into 25 (2-inch) squares.  Place the sugar and cinnamon into a paper bag and shake to combine.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.  Add the hot pastries in batches to the bag and shake until coated with the sugar mixture.  Drizzle the pastries with the honey before serving.