If there was ever a topic that I would be considered an expert on, it’s living with tiny closets. Our house is a delightful 1000 square feet of 50’s bliss, but 50’s houses have one major challenge- closets! My grandma explained to me that houses of this era and older have such small closets because people had so few clothes back then, just some work clothes and a couple of nice church outfits. Well times have changed but many people, like myself, still live with these relics. If you do a Google search for tips on organizing small closets, you will likely find big beautiful organization systems and substantial spaces that are barely filled. But that’s not helpful! I’m talking puny. If you want to know how to use an itty bitty, microscopic closet in real life then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s the real life truth about how to make tiny closets work.
My pal Dan over at Dan330 sent me a message the other day and said, ‘hey I’m getting into the spice business, will you check these out?’ Of course I said yes! I was so excited when my bundle of spice mixes arrived; I got right to work coating this and sprinkling on that. What I ended up with was this gorgeous, big time flavor tater.
Traditional oat bars are chocked full of butter, sometimes several sticks, but this recipe is butter-free and perfect for snacks, breakfast, or even dessert. The ingredients are flexible so you could health it up even more by using wheat flour and throwing in some flax seeds. Get crazy with your healthy self!
I invented this recipe while in search of a healthy holiday appetizer to bring alongside the bread and cream cheese and butter and candy that graced our parties. To which my husband informed that me that healthy options at holiday tables are dumb. I love him dearly but sometimes I just want to throw a carrot right at his head. Or dump peas on his lap.
So I whipped up a lemony bean dip, a sweet sun-dried tomato topping, and carved out my cucumber rounds to bring to my grandmas. But with all the bread and cream cheese and butter and candy, I forgot the cucumbers!! So in lieu of bite sized cuke cuties, I flopped the bean dip in a bowl, topped it with the tomatoes and served it alongside crackers and the veggie tray. It was still a big hit and I was happy to have something light to munch on.
Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you’ve been accomplishing all of your goals! Redoing this office has been a major goal of mine this year and I’m happy to say that it is checked off the list by mid January. Come and see what went into building this custom desk out of stock cabinets.
Happy holidays everyone!
The tree hugger in me gets quite anxious around this time of year as the wrapping paper flies right off the roll to the present and then immediately in the garbage. When I was little I used to insist that my mom individually wrap each of our gifts in wrapping paper, so believe me, I get it. These days there are so many pretty ways to be cheaper and greener. My family has completely transitioned to those beautiful storage boxes for present wrapping. You can find an amazing selection at Big Lots actually! They are cheap, jazzy, and can be reused for many years to come!
This year I decided to go a little greener with my Christmas cards too. I dug through my pile of old unsent cards (you know, when you print 5 too many and then they sit around for a decade), used gift tags too pretty to throw out, and old printed photos that I had an excess of. To my surprise I created a pretty cute little set of cards for my family and friends. I also found plain cards to work on that are made of recycled material.
Somewhere high in the mountains is a snowy log cabin where a little old lady is roasting chestnuts over an open fire for her holiday dinner. But for the rest of us, at least in America, they are a novelty holiday item that many of us have never even seen before; myself being one of these people. Recently I noticed them in a store, brought them home, and found that they are DELICIOUS! Come, let’s learn about these holiday delights together!
Be careful with this stuff, it’s highly addictive and so very easy to whip up. Just toss and treat.
Pottery Barn furniture has a special feel under your fingers. It’s smooth and luxurious. That’s because it’s been painted with a multi-step process in a spray booth using top-of-the-line paints. The price tag usually reflects that! In just 4 easy steps, you can get the same high-end finish. Come take a look!