Plaid shirts are classic. Vintage 100% wool plaid shirts are just perfect. We have a few really good thrift stores that I visit frequently and I came across this wool navy and tan plaid shirt on my last visit. Button-up blouses are so versatile and practical. You can wear them on your casual day around the house, dress them up with a sweater or blazer, or just wear them camping and hiking.
When it is snowy outside a warm, simple soup is a great dinner.
I had ham and a huge head of cabbage in my fridge that needed to be used up so I googled soups and found this recipe. It was good.
White Bean-Cabbage Soup 1 yellow onion, finely chopped a couple of leeks, sliced finely (I used celery instead because that is just what I had) 2 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped a couple pounds of ham, cut into bite sized cubes 8 cups chicken broth 2-3 (15oz) cans of cannellini beans (I used 2 cans of white beans because again that is just what I had) 1 medium head of cabbage, chopped into bite sized pieces rice wine vinegar (I added a little red wine vinegar and brown rice vinegar) red pepper flakes salt and pepper to taste In a large stockpot, warm 3 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add onion, leeks, and garlic and cook until soft and translucent, about 20 min. Add ham and beans, let that cook for about 10 minutes. Turn the heat to medium low and add stock. Let everything slowly simmer for at least 45 minutes. Add cabbage, a good splash of rice wine vinegar, and a pinch of red pepper flakes and let cook for another five minutes or so. Serve in warm bowls.
I don't think I have ever decorated for Valentines Day. But this year I felt inspired to make a little holiday cheer. So I took an old book we were going to throw out and cut hearts out of the pages. Then with a small amount of pink watercolor I added a splash of color. With twine I made little heart rows to hand in my windows.
I also had some old maps lying around so I cut a few hearts out to hand around the house.
We also made some classic sugar cookies and some chocolate sugar cookies for the chocolate lovers in the house.
For gifts this year I waited till the last minute so I made a mug for the morning and then ran to the thrift store and found a vintage wool plaid shirt and a pair of coveralls. I was so excited to find them. With a little brown paper, twine and a card made from some old maps my gift for my most wonderful husband looked like I tried.
For my little loves I bought them a few goodies and put them in tin pails. Thank you Target for your $1.00 bins!
When I need a last minute dessert for a dinner party, but want it to look like I spent a lot of effort on it I always turn to the bundt cake. I think it looks elegant yet it's so easy! Here is a Chocolate bundt cake I made last week when we had a family over for dinner. Who does not love chocolate and coffee?
Here is my Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake I made last week.
My first ever cheesecake. Even though the recipe itself was not hard there were a lot of different steps so the process was time consuming. But it was amazing! And I think it turned out pretty darn well for my first try.