WALNUT COOKIES

WALNUT COOKIES

These are such simple and easy cookies but they are surprisingly so delicious! Below is the recipe I use which I created after trying out several different recipes.

INGREDIENTS:

1 STICK OF BUTTER AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

1/4 CUP BROWN SUGAR (LIGHT OR DARK)

1/3 CUP OF MAPLE SYRUP

1/2 TEASPOON SALT

1/4 CUP WALNUTS (I use whole but chopped is fine)

2 TABLESPOONS OF MILK

COMBINE ALL OF THE ABOVE INGREDIENTS IN A FOOD PROCESSOR AND PULSE UNTIL A BALL IS FORMED. IF THE DOUGH IS TOO DRY AND IS NOT FORMING A BALL THEN ADD ANOTHER TABLESPOON OF MILK. ONCE YOUR BALL HAS FORMED, ROLL THE DOUGH OUT ON A FLOURED SURFACE AND USE THE COOKIE CUTTER OF YOUR CHOICE. BAKE FOR 15 MINUTES IN A 350 DEGREE OVEN OR UNTIL THE COOKIE EDGES ARE LIGHT BROWN. ALLOW TO COOL FOR 5 MINUTES BEFORE REMOVING FROM THE PAN.

This really is the easiest recipe. I hope you and your family give it a try.

Jordan

Fall Corner

Fall Corner

I added some fun fall décor to my new bar cart. I started with some Fall Botanical prints then added a mum and a pumpkin. Then I found these great stems at Joann’s on sale. I think they work perfect in this little corner. And I never feel a space is complete without a candle or two! I have shared the links below.

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Fall Mantel

Fall Mantel

I have slowly been adding Fall Décor to our home. Fall is my favorite time of year…the food, holidays, scents, décor, cool weather, football and family time make this such a special season! Also it is my sister and my Birthday! I just finished up our mantel and I am really happy with the neutral fall floral arrangement. I used some white hydrangeas, fall eucalyptus branches, flocking buds and dried wall grass.

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Hope you are enjoying adding Fall Décor to your own home. Below are the different stems I used in my fall arrangement.

Slowly adding some Fall touches to our Home

Slowly adding some Fall touches to our Home

I am slowly adding a few fall touches around my house. I started with two or three fall arrangements but I have not gotten out all my pumpkins yet. I have entirely too many pumpkins but I feel can justify it since my sister and my birthday is on Halloween. I did a fall arrangement for my entryway with some neutral colored roses and eucalypts then a touch of dried wild grass. I plan to add some pumpkins to the table as soon as I pull them down from my attic. When I purchased the fall roses pictured above I also found this cute little squirrel that I had to bring home. I love the neutral maple leaf stems from Michaels. I used four stems but could have really only used 3. I love my DIY vase and was determined to find a use for it in order to keep it out. If you missed my post on the vase click here.

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Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

Ingredients:

2 pounds Granny Smith Apples

1 tablespoon Lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (+ 1/2 teaspoon)

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of allspice

2 tablespoons butter

Puff Pasty

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon water

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel and dice apples and place in a bowl. Add the next 8 ingredients to the bowl and stir until combined. Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat. Once melted add apple mixture and cook down until apples are tender, 10 minutes.
  2. Prepare your puff pastry by laying it out on a floured surface. I like to use my rolling pin to make the pastry a little longer and wider. Then I cut 3 inch stripes around the edges of the puff pastry leaving enough room to put your apple mix in the middle. See image below.

3. After allowing the apples to cool place the apple mixture in the middle of the prepared puff pastry. Then take each strip and lay it over the apple mixture so that some stripes are overlapping each other. See pictures above.

4. Whish the egg with a tablespoon of water. Brush the top of the strudel with the egg wash. Combine the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with the 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture on the pasty then bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until light brown.

FALL DECOR INSPIRATION

FALL DECOR INSPIRATION

I enjoy gathering inspiration and ideas for holidays almost as much as I love to decorate for the holidays! And even though Fall is not a holiday it might as well be in my book. This is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather, the fall scents, the autumn leaves, the baking and the anticipation of the holiday season to come. Today I am sharing 3 inspiration photos that I plan to incorporate into my own Fall Décor.

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Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

My family loves Chicken Pot Pie but not just the traditional pie. Everyone has their own little Do’s and Don’ts for instance my son does not like peas, my husband adores cheese, my daughter hates dried out chicken and I am not a big crust person so I had to create my own recipe to keep us all happy!!

In order to create my recipe I took what I had learned from the many different recipes I had tried out and used what worked for my family. I will confess that I usually just buy a premade pie crust so that I can make this dinner quickly. I like to use the Pillsbury Pie Crust that you can roll out yourself. However sometimes I will make two pies at once and freeze one. So when I make two pies I prefer to buy the crust already in the pan since it freezes easily. If I do make an extra pie I will cover it with a piece of parchment paper then wrap in aluminum foil and put it all in a freezer bag. I want to make sure my hard effort stays good and sealed. When I am ready to use the frozen pie I just take it out and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Another little trick I like to use is either take leftover roast chicken or buy a Rotisserie chicken as a time saver.

INGREDIENTS

1 Pie Crust

2 cups Leftover Roast Chicken or Rotisserie Chicken

1 cup of chicken stock

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1/2 Medium Yellow Onion

2 Medium Carrots

1 Medium Celery Stalk

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1/4 cup of All Purpose Flour

3/4 of cup milk (I use whole milk but any milk will suffice)

1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme

1 Tablespoon Sherry

1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare your crust whether premade or making from scratch. Then Cut your chicken into bite size pieces.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in pan over medium high heat. While pan is heating, puree onion, carrots and celery. Once the pan is heated add your pureed vegetables and sauté until slightly brown. Remove vegetables from the pan and set aside for later. Add the butter to the pan and allow to melt then whisk in the flour. Whisk for 1-2 minutes then whisk in the chicken broth, milk, thyme, and 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring the sauce to a simmer and a gently simmer for 1 minute or until thicken occasionally whisking. Add the Sherry, chicken and reserved vegetables to the sauce and stir until combined.
  3. Add Chicken and Vegetable Sauce into the prepared pie crust and top with 1 cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Hope you and your loved ones will enjoy this Chicken Pot Pie as much as we do!

Jordan

Fall Candle Review

Fall Candle Review

The first fall home décor item I add is usually a fall candle. I love the warmth a candle adds to a room because of the soft glow and cozy scents. Fall candles are some of my favorite scents…pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, apples and cinnamon. Today I am sharing a review of 5 Fall Candles I purchased.

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RUSTIC PUMPKIN BY ILLUME

This is my favorite candle out of the five I purchased even though the Nutmeg & Spice runs a very close second. This candle has notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, and sandalwood. To me this candle is exactly what Fall smells like. It always gives me a warm cozy feeling when I burn it.

NUTMEG & SPICE BY THE BURNING MAGNOLIA CO

I also really enjoy the scent of the Nutmeg & Spice candle which was my twin sister and niece’s favorite. I bought this candle and one other fall scent from The Burning Magnolia Co which is on Etsy. This candle has notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, caramel, and vanilla almond. I really smelled the nutmeg and cinnamon in this candle.

LEAVES BY SWEET WATER DECOR

This candle has a great scent but it is not very strong. I put this one in my guest bathroom because I am not sure it would be appreciated in a larger room. This candle has notes of Apple, Berries, Oranges, Cinnamon and Cloves. I did not find the cinnamon scent very distinctive and cinnamon is one of my favorites.

APPLE CINNAMON BY THE BURNING MAGNOLIA CO

This candle was my husband’s favorite pick which surprises me since he does not like apple candles. He always complains that they smell too sweet and artificial but this one he loves. It really does smell amazing and even better it is only $10.

LEAVES BY BATH AND BODY WORKS

I will be honest this is not one of my favorite candles but I know so many people who love it. I have a friend who buys a case of them when they come out so she can burn them all year long.  The candle has notes of Apple, Golden Nectar, and Warm Clove Spice. I really could pick out the clove scent. I will say out of the vast number of Fall scents that Bath and Body Works sells this is my favorite. I will burn it but only once I have enjoyed all the rest of my candles.

I hope you can find a Fall scent that you love.

Jordan

ENTRYWAY ADDITIONS

ENTRYWAY ADDITIONS

I made two small changes to my entryway but I feel like they really elevated the space. I actually did not like the apothecary chest but just adding the brass knobs made me fall in love with this piece. I also changed out the white lamp shade for a black lamp shade. I feel like this new addition really added some much need warmth to this little corner. I will admit our entryway was not an area of my home that I really liked before but now I think it looks so cozy.

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Small changes can make a big impact!

Small changes can make a big impact!

One of the things I enjoy the most is making small changes around my home but many times these small changes can really pull a room together. Often my sister will ask “What is different in here” when she comes over. I will have just made one new addition like adding a tray for a layered effect which really makes a home feel cozy. Today I am sharing a small change I made in my dining area. I have had the large vase with olive stems and twig branches for about a month then I decided to add my large glass hurricanes that I have had for years. I still was not satisficed so I bought this beautiful extra large woven tray! It is the piece that made all the difference for this space. I will add that many times my arrangements come from my yard. For instance you can easily get some branches from your own yard. I also love to cut from my Magnolia and Crepe Myrtle Trees. Later in the week I am going to share the changes I made to my entryway. This is an area of my home I was never happy with and couldn’t figure out why. I made two small changes and now I love it.

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SIDE TABLE MAKEOVER

SIDE TABLE MAKEOVER

We were on a very tight budget for my niece’s room especially for a complete makeover. The only thing we were keeping was her dresser. So in order to save money my husband and I decided to give this side table a makeover. In the end we spent $40 for paint, stain and new knobs. Below I have included a before picture of the side table.

First thing we did was remove the old knobs and wipe down the side table with a degreaser (Krud Kutter is what we used). Then we sanded the top down to the original wood in order to stain it a natural wood finish. We did sand some of the bottom portion were it really needed it. After sanding we painted the bottom portion Moscow Nights by Sherwin Williams. We ended up having to do three coats. We then stained the top which was the most time consuming because it takes a while to dry between coats. We did only two coats of stain on the top.

I then found these perfect rattan knobs at Hobby Lobby which really added the finishing touch. Overall we are very pleased with how it turned out. My niece did not even realize it was the same piece of furniture. I will say this was definitely one of our easier makeovers.

Dark and Moody Boho Teen Bedroom Reveal

Dark and Moody Boho Teen Bedroom Reveal

We finally finished my niece’s bedroom just in time for her Birthday. We started the process of designing her room on Pinterest trying to decide what Style she really liked. Once she picked out a Boho theme that would be dark and moody we went to Sherwin Williams and picked out paint colors. We chose Blue Peacock for the accent wall and Snowbound for the other 3 walls. We got Moscow Nights for the headboard and the side table that I redid. Next week I am going to share both DIYs for the headboard and side table.

Our color palette at this point was teal, navy and white but I really wanted to add in some mauve. My niece does not like pink but she loved the deep color of the mauve. We picked out the cutest navy fur bedding and added a sweet mauve throw pillow. My niece did not want a bed that was hard to makeup so I kept things simple. She also wanted an area to do her hair and makeup so I got this super affordable desk at Ikea and the cute mauve velvet stool off of amazon. The mirror was our favorite though. As soon as I saw it at Target I knew we had to have it in her room. Originally I wanted to put it over the bed but since she needed a makeup spot I decided the mirror over the desk was best. We found this moon wall décor at Homegoods which turned out perfect over the bed.

I then ordered these gorgeous velvet drapes in dusty rose (which is mauve by a different name). The bookcase and reading area are by far her favorite. We did not spend much on the bookcase since we were redoing the entire room. We got this adorable chair at Target from the Studio McGee collection but we had to have a pouf so she could prop her feet up to read. We also added soft lighting where ever we could. I added fairy lights to the headboard, LED strip lights to the back of the bookcase and the cute “Hello” light up sign. My niece loves to sit in her room with just these lights on and listen to her music. This may have been one of the funniest room makeovers I have ever done. This is not a style that I am familiar with but I loved stepping outside of my comfort zone.

I hope you like the final product as much as my niece!

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Signature Drink – French 75

Signature Drink – French 75

I have always thought of cocktails at home as such a “vintage” concept but this is most likely due to my grandmother’s love of a cocktail at 5! She always called them her toddies. I wanted to make a signature toddy for my parent’s 70th birthday party and since my mom’s favorite is a French 75 it was a no brainer. I tried out several different recipes all were good but not exactly what I wanted so we started mixing up our own recipes. Once we finally came up with the perfect portions I wrote it down so we could use it for the party. We like our French 75 sweet but not too sweet so if you prefer really sweet drinks then this may not be the recipe for you. Of course after all this the party was cancelled due to covid but I still mixed my mom a few to celebrate her big 70.

INGREDIENTS

1 ounce of Gin

1/2 ounce of water

1/2 ounce of lemon juice

1/2 ounce of simple syrup

3 ounces of Champagne ( My mom prefers prosecco so that is what I used)

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Then shake, pour and ENJOY!

Recent Home Décor Inspiration

Recent Home Décor Inspiration

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite inspirations from Instagram. I like to save photos that inspire me to make a change in my own home. I have three picks below that I plan to implement in my home over the next month.

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HOME DECOR INSPIRATION FROM NINE & SIXTEEN

My first pick is from Tessa Foley at Nine and Sixteen. I want to add a rattan or woven bar cart to my dining area to store all my tablecloths and napkins. this is such a simple little corner she has created but it adds such a touch of cozy to her home. I found a great alternative to many of the super pricey rattan bar arts that I am going to order later this week. I have it pictured below. If you scroll through Tessa’s Instagram or her website you will see all the beautiful tablescapes she creates with her gorgeous tablecloths and napkins. As mush as I love them they are a little out of my price range so I have found some affordable alternatives I have shared below. Once my accent table comes in I will share my photos.

HOME DECOR INSPIRATION FROM MANDY ENO HOME

This next pick is from Mandy Eno Home Instagram account. She does not have a website but is prolific on Instagram and Pinterest. I love the cozy feel of her home. She does an amazing job of missing traditionally with the current trends. I have an pothecary chest that I am not really loving at the moment but as soon as I saw this picture I knew exactly what I wanted to do to fix my chest. I am ordering similar knobs but I went with a brushed brass look. You can see the options below as well as clicking on the link to be directed to the website. I also think I am going to change out my white shade for a black one.

HOME DECOR INSPIRATION FROM FLORA AND FONT

My last pick is from Flora and Font on Instagram. She also has a great print shop on Etsy Flora and Font. I love this tree print in the brass frame and want to put it in my home over the rattan accent table I mentioned above.

Chair Makeover

Chair Makeover

My parents found this beautiful Chippendale chair at an estate sale for only $25. My mom let me have it since she knew we would be able to give it a little love and attention. First we had to fix the spindles because they were coming loose. We did this with wood glue and clamps. Then came a lot of sanding and wood putty to fill in any areas that were damaged. Then more sanding! Next my husband had to make a seat since there was not one. He did this by cutting out a piece of plywood to the fit in the seat frame which was still intact. We then used Pure Foam Cushion from Michaels. We used two layers to make the chair extra soft. I found some great fabric on Esty (pictured above but no longer for sale) which we used to cover the foam and using a staple gun we secured it to the bottom of the plywood seat. We then used a white lacquer spray paint before securing the cushion seat. I absolutely love this chair and including the original price it only cost us $50. I have a before picture below but we had already started the process in this photo. You can get a general idea about how it looked when my parents purchased it.

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Hope you enjoyed our makeover!

Jordan