Friday, December 29, 2017

Recipe: Grain Free Hot Cereal

I love oatmeal. Love it. And many people would tell you oatmeal is healthy BUT it has so many carbs. So many. I have certainly not mastered eating a low carb diet, but I do know that my body operates better when I eat a lower carb diet- specifically carbs that are low on the glycemic index. Today I am sharing with you a lower carb + healthy alternative to many hot cereal breakfast options out there. I found a version of this recipe in a comment section on Facebook and knew I had to try it out. I didn't expect to like this recipe so much, but it has become my go-to breakfast. The consistency is similar to Cream of Wheat. But there's definitely no Wheat in it!
My favorite thing about this recipe is that you can creative with it, just as you would with oatmeal. You could add nuts or fruit. And you can also play around with the proportions. This recipe is very flexible. The most important parts are the chia seeds and the flaxseed meal- that's what makes it cereal like. However, you could use more chia seeds and less flaxseed meal and vice versa. Be free! Play around with it, but please try it and let me know what you think.
Hot Cereal Recipe

Ingredients:
2 Tbs. of flaxseed meal
1 Tbs. of chia seeds
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
2 Tbs. of unsweetened coconut flakes
cinnamon to taste
1 packet of Stevia
3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbs. of no- sugar added peanut butter (optional)

Directions:
I warm up the milk first and then add the dry ingredients. Stir and let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens. Add any extra bits and enjoy!

If you are trying to do a low carb or keto diet this recipe has 6 grams of net carbs + 23 grams of protein. You may want to double check your recipe in case you don't use the exact same ingredients.
If you are really wanting to win at life, you will pre- make a bunch of these packets so you can just grab and run. When I go to work, I bring a packet of this mix and put my milk in a mason jar. Then I just heat up the milk in the mason jar in the microwave and mix.

**Store these pre-made mixes in the fridge. Flaxseed meal and chia seeds should be stored in the fridge after opening.
Well I hope you get to try this recipe out! It has been a life saver for me. If you liked this post and would like to see more recipes, pin the image below!
peace, Casey

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Recipe: White Chocolate Fudge

When you go on vacation, do you like to make any of your meals or do you just eat at restaurants? On our recent trip to Gatlinburg we mixed it up a bit. A mountain getaway definitely calls for hanging at your cabin for a while. We were in charge of making dessert and I had wanted to try out an eggnog fudge recipe so I decided to do it for the trip. And I know you're thinking... I thought this was a post for a white chocolate fudge recipe. You're right. One of the people with us didn't like eggnog, so I had to alter the plans a little. I will try that recipe one day, and you should too!
Anyway, let's get you to the recipe!
White Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1 package of white chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Line a dish with wax paper. I used 2 loaf pans, but feel free to use whatever you have.
2. Combine sugar, milk and butter in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring ingredient to a boil and stir constantly for 5 minutes.
3. Remove pot from the heat and stir in vanilla, baking chips and marshmallow creme until it's all melted.
4. Pour mixture into your pan and put into refrigerator for 1-2 hours. 
5. Store at room temperature for up to a week!

Now if you don't have a mountain vacation planned, this will work great for anything. You could add some crushed peppermints to holiday it up a little. Hmm.. why didn't I do that? Next time!

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xo, Savannah

Saturday, December 16, 2017

DIY: Boho Christmas Stocking

You know when you are standing in a store looking at something really cool and you, for one reason or another, decide that you can make that thing yourself? Yeah that's how this DIY came about. If you have a DIY mindset like we do, you end up not buying a lot of things simply because you can make it better or for cheaper! I exhaust myself. I'm not going to lie... if you can't find the materials you need for this for cheap, you might as well buy the stocking that inspired this DIY, and you can find that here. But if you have a tons of yarn and trim on hand like we do, you'll just need to buy a sweater at Goodwill for $1 and you'll be good to go!
Things you will need:

- 5 different colors of trim ( I used pom pom and tassel trim)
- 3 or 4 tassels (I just made mine out of green, red and golden yellow yarn)
- A cream colored sweater
- Stocking or stocking stencil

Step 1. Lay your sweater flat on a table. Lay another stocking on top of your sweater and cut around it. You don't need any extra seam allowance so just cut right around the stocking. Do add about 1/4 inch to the top edge of the stocking. You should now have 2 pieces.
Step 2. Pin the right sides of the fabric together and sew the pieces together right around the edges. Trim the edges.
Step 3. Fold down and pin the top edge of the opening and sew it down.
Step 4. Cut 2 pieces of fabric about 4" by 1". Put right sides together and sew along the long edges. Turn inside out. 
Step 5. Fold the strip in half and sew it into the corner of the stocking where you want it to hang from.
Step 6. This part is optional, but adds an extra texture and really secures the stocking. Use a yarn needle to thread yarn through and around the edge. I believe this is called an overcast stitch, but it's really simple.
Step 7. Gather your tassels and trims and sew them onto your stocking in whatever order you'd like. I actually made some of my trims with yarn I already had at home. It would be way easier to go to Jo-ann, or somewhere like it, to buy a tiny amount of each trim you want for your stocking.
Step 8. Tie all your tassels to the red and white twine and various lengths and tie it to you stocking fabric hook.
Well y'all, this our last Christmas decoration DIY for the year. We will be sharing a couple last minute DIY gifts with you before the holiday so if you have any suggestions, we'd love to hear them! If you want more information about our whole boho Christmas setup, check it out in this post! If you liked this post, be sure to Pin the image below on your Pinterest!

xo, Savannah

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DIY: Giant Pom Pom Tree Topper

If you follow us on Instagram, you know that we went to put up our Christmas tree this year and realized we didn't like any of our ornaments. Or maybe it was that none of them went together and we wanted to have a more cohesive tree. Wait, side note.... do you prefer white or multi-color lights? This is always a debate for our tree, but we always just end up using both. So we wanted our tree to go along with that. Casey found a waffle ornament (and she LOVES waffles) and then we found a french fry ornament (and i LOVE those) so we just decided to go with the kitschy colorful tree. I think my favorite ornament though is the jigsaw one that Casey found. How perfect?! Anyway...what's the perfect kitschy tree topper to go along with all of this? A giant colorful pom pom.
You may have made pom poms before, and the method for this is no different. The only thing is that you won't be able to find pom pom makers big enough to make this one. So we are going to show you just how to make it.

You will need:
- A cardboard box or 2 sheets of cardboard
- Xacto knife
- String
- Pencil
- Scissors
- 6 or 7 skeins of yarn in the color of your choosing
- Patience

To start out, stick your Xacto knife in the middle of your cardboard and tie a string to it.
Measure 12 inches away from the X-acto knife on the string and wrap the string around a pencil or marker. Draw a circle using the tension of the string. Do the same 2 inches away from the center.
Cut out both circles with and X-acto knife and trace it onto another piece of cardboard and cut it out too.
Stack the pieces on top of each other and start wrapping yarn around the cardboard from the inside circle to the outside circle. This is the part that requires much of your patience. It's tedious and great for something to do while watching TV. What made it easier for me was to cut enough yarn to roll up into a ball that would fit through the middle hole. I also doubled, tripled and sometimes quadrupled the yarn when wrapping it around so it took less time. You could definitely use fatter yarn to make this process go by fast. That would also make it less shaggy if that's the route you are going for!
I alternated colors so I would just tie the ends together when it was time to switch.
The goal is to wrap the yarn around over and over again until it completely fills the hole up. Another way to create less of a shaggy pom pom is to make the center hole larger.
Once you have filled the hole up, cut through all of then yarn around the cardboard circle. I put the scissors between the two layers as a guide.
Make sure not to move the yarn once it is cut.
You should have a massive thing that looks something like this.
Take a long piece of string and wrap it around the center of the yarn by placing it in between the two pieces of cardboard and pull it really tight before tying a knot.
Like REALLY tight.
And then you have to finagle the ball of yarn out of the cardboard. I ended up cutting the cardboard towards the middle because I couldn't pull the yarn out of the middle hole.
And then you have something that resembles this. I ended up trimming a lot of the excess off and shaping the ball into a sphere. I left it a little shaggy though to keep a more vintage vibe.
Now setting this up on the top of tree is actually more of a balancing act. You could get some long twist ties and attach them to the pom pom and the tree, but all I did was bend up the top pieces (yes, we have a fake tree) into Y shapes so the pom pom could balance perfectly in the middle. Works like a charm if you don't move the tree around! Anyway, if you have the patience to do this project, it will really add some color and texture to your tree. You could also use the pom pom as a party decoration that doesn't involve Christmas. The possibilities are endless!

If you liked this tutorial and would like to see more like this, pin the image below!

xo, Savannah

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Recipe: Pink Hot Chocolate


The other day I was searching the blog for our pink hot chocolate recipe because I couldn't remember how we make it. It was then that I realized that we never actually put the recipe on our blog! After making it for a few years, you'd think we'd have shared it with you already. We are currently on a blogger retreat and we decided to make it for our new friends. And now we share it with you!
Now here is a very important detail... this isn't made with chocolate. Peppermint is what gives this drink it's pink color. And as for the chocolate? It's white chocolate.
With the help of this Candy Cane bar, you may be surprised at how easy this recipe is! (Also, this is NOT sponsored, just the candy bar we use!)

Pink Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

Directions:
1. Empty all contents into a pot over low to medium heat. Stir until everything is melted and mixed. Serve with mini marshmallows in a cute Christmas mug and a candy cane for garnish.
If you like this recipe and want to see more like this, please pin the photo above!

xo, Savannah

Monday, December 11, 2017

DIY: Cactus Christmas Tree

You know we are always looking for new ideas and cool things for our home. We follow someone on Instagram (@leahhoff) who posted her Christmas Tree that is a CACTUS. It was so cool, we loved it so much and knew we needed one ASAP. Upon further research we found out that her exact tree isn't sold anymore. Search the internet and you will find that these babies cost hundreds of dollars and are all sold out. So of course as we do with everything, we decided to figure out how to make it. Today, I'm going to show you how to make one for yourself!
You will need:

- Corrugated Drain Pipe (4"x10')
- 2x4 cut into 5', 14", 12", 2-10", and 5.5"
- Wood screws and drill
- 12" Terra Cotta Pot
- Duct Tape
- Newspaper or scrap fabric
- Scissors
- A bag of rocks, we used White Marble Chips
- 4 50ft. pieces of garland
You could adjust the wood measurements to the height and width you'd want, but this is the general shape you are going for.
Start by screwing together the 4.5" piece to the bottom of the 5' piece of wood.
Place the 4.5" side of the wood down in the pot.
I ended up cutting two small pieces of wood to go on either side of the standing piece of wood and prop it up in the pot. Just measure from one edge to the wood and adjust accordingly. I think my piece ended up being around 3.5".
Fill the pot with rocks up to the braces.
And then add a couple more braces going in the other direction.
Next, cut the pipe to about 5 feet. You can just use a good pair of scissors for this. A box cutter or xacto would work as well, just be careful!
Slide the pipe onto the wood and trim down if needed.
Measure where you want your cactus arms to be on the pipe and then trace the circle end of the extra pipe onto the 5' pipe. I took the pipe off to do this.
Cut the circle out.
It should look something like this.
The next step requires you cutting a small rectangle on the opposite side of each hole. This is so you can screw into the wood and attach the arms right in the center of the hole.
Attach the 10" arm.
And attach the upright arm piece. These are the 14" and 12" pieces. I used the 14"inch piece for the arm that is higher up.
You can also assemble both arm pieces before you attach them to the base. Make sure that the upright piece is on top of the piece that is attached to the base. This way it can support the weight better.
Attach the other arm. (Don't worry about the arm I've already covered. I'm about to get into the instructions on that.
I used a screw diagonally from the top to secure the arms even further.
Okay now this part is a little tricky and requires a lot of finagling. Cut the remaining pipe straight up the side on both sides. Only cut about 18" for the long arm.
Slide the pipe on the arm.
Twist the pipe so the cuts are placed like the picture above.
On the inside, cut along the ridges closest to the corner. This is how you will be able to bend the pipe at a right angle.
Bend up on side into the hole that is cut on the base and tape it to the wood. Wrap the piece of tape completely around so it sticks to itself also.
Repeat on the other side.
Cover all openings completely with tape.
Fill the rest of the pot with rocks.
I had to get a little creative to make the arms rounded on the top. I used scrap fabric (you can use newspaper) to shove down in the holes and then put 2 pieces of duct tape over the hole to make it rounded.

Wrap the entire cactus shape with garland. My method was to wrap a piece in each crevice. You could probably use less than that if you wanted, but I wanted it to be full.
I used some E-3000 glue to adhere the garland to the pipe. I just put a dot in each crevice. The middle section gets kind of weird, but you just have to wrap it a lot to cover everything.
Then it's time to decorate! We wrapped it with lights first, just as you do a regular Christmas tree. We used a bunch of ornaments that we already had and some things we got while we were in Mexico this summer.
We are so excited about our new tree! We hope you get the chance to make one for yourself too. If you like this post, please share the pic below on your Pinterest!

xo, Savannah


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