Top Posts of 2015

Happy New Year everyone! Is it lame that it’s New Years Eve and I’m at home, on the couch, in sweatpants, blogging…?

I just couldn’t bring myself to want to go out tonight. It’s freezing cold outside, I’m still not completely over my cold from Christmas and let’s face it…I’m a little lazy these days.

I can not believe 2015 is already over. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was sitting down planning all the things I wanted to do with the blog for the year. Real life certainly got in the way of my plans. My new years resolution is to be more organized and plan all the tasks I need to accomplish this year. I tend to be very spontaneous with my projects…”I feel like starting on the backyard deck today”…works on it for 2-3 days, realizes what a HUGE job it is, has to go back to real job the next day, then slowly gets a few feet done at a time, total projects lasts months. Oops! My goal over the next two months is to finish the handful of projects that are halfway done in the house right now…painting the kitchen cabinets, changing the stairs over from carpet to hardwood, crown molding in the upstairs, finally make the matching benches for the farmhouse table. I’m tired just thinking about it! I got my cute Sugar Paper 2016 planner from Target today and I’m ready to take on the year with BIG goals ahead of me!

Cheers to you all! Thank you for all your love and support this year. Be safe tonight and enjoy a look back at the top posts of 2015!

1. Industrial Pipe Desk

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2. Blanket Ladder

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3. Inspired by…home of Joanna Gaines

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4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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5. DIY Yard Yahtzee

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6. Wooden Spool Clock

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7. Wire Basket Nightstand

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8. Inspired by…accent walls

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9. Squash Egg-In-The-Hole

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10. Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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DIY Holiday Gift Wrap

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I don’t know what’s happening this year. I have been in retail for 10 years and have always had a strong immune system, getting maybe 1 cold per year that was not severe and pretty easy to get over. This year, it’s not even Christmas and I’m already on my second cold of the season! This must say a lot about my stress level this year, I suppose.

I’m still having so much fun decorating the house. Every week I pick up more dΓ©cor, I just can’t stop! The lights outside our garage have been burned out since we moved in and I finally fixed this problem because I found some gorgeous red berry wreaths at the grocery store that I just had to showcase on the front of the house! I don’t think I’m supposed to cover up our house number but…I’m willing to sacrifice that for something pretty. And let’s be realistic, the only people who need to see our house numberΒ are the UPS and FedEx delivery guys, who are here often enough, thanks to my husband’s Amazon Prime addiction, that they have our address memorized.

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Every year I try to do something different with my holiday gift wrap. I can never find a printed gift wrap I like that doesn’t cost $20 a roll and I want something unique and rustic. Enter brown shipping paper. I got 2 rolls of Scotch Postal Wrapping Paper at Michael’s for $4 each. This brown craft paper gives you a nice neutral, rustic base to start with and you can customize the rest of the package with ribbon and a gift topper.

The ribbon I used is also from Michael’s, it is wired on the edges so that it is easy to work with and Michael’s has a huge selection of colors and patterns to choose from as well.

I had an old faux evergreen wreath in my garage and decided to cut some pieces off to use as gift toppers. You can find wreaths and garlands at craft stores or places like Homegoods or Marshalls that are inexpensive and you can cut them apart to use for toppers.

I’m obsessed with the stationary collection from Sugar Paper at Target. Truth be told, I LOVE their gift wrap and it isn’t too expensive, but the store I went to was sold out and I’m too impatient to buy something online. These little white and gold gift tags are from the Sugar Paper collection.

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I’m so excited to celebrate the holidays with friends & family this year! I hope you all are enjoying the fun of the season as much as I am!

Baked Brie w/ Maple & Pecans

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It has been almost a month since my last post and I have missed you all SO MUCH!!!!

Why is it when you get off track with your normal routine, it seems like such an undertaking to get everything back on track?

The last 2 months have been…insane (does that sound too dramatic?). Yes, insane. To the point that my home, diet and exercise routines have completely taken a backseat. I’ve spent the last few days trying to get back on track but it makes me exhausted just thinking about it. One thing at a time I guess…1 workout, 1 blog post and a clean house this morning…better than nothing!

This baked brie is one of my all-time favorite appetizers. So savory! It is a hit at every dinner party and it would be great for your holiday parties too!

Baked Brie w/ Maple & Pecans
1 small wheel of Brie
1/2 cup pecans
3 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp maple syrup
crackers or sliced baguette, for serving

1. Preheat oven for 350Β° F. Place cheese on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until softened, 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate; cool about 20 minutes.
2. While cheese cools, place nuts on a clean baking sheet; bake until toasted and fragrant, 7-10 minutes. Sprinkle nuts over cheese.
3. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and maple syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat; simmer until foamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle warm sauce over slightly cooled cheese and nuts; serve with crackers or baguette.

*Original recipe from Martha Stewart