With Spring comes BIG changes!

With the gorgeous temps today I feel inspired to share with ya’ll one of the projects going on in our household this past month! I don’t know about you, but warmer temps combined with glorious sunshine make me motivated to tackle the biggest projects in the house (typically ones that I have pushed under the rug for 5-6 months!).

Before the holidays my hubby and I had discussed the idea of “gifts” and what we wanted to do (we ALWAYS set a budget…I guess that comes from working in the financial industry for me). And this year we both decided that we didn’t want to “waste” our hard earned money on things we would just put into a drawer and pull out in 5 years when we do a garage sale…so what did we decide to do? A “custom-built” walk-in closet! Ooo, this was something I had wanted for years, and knew it wouldn’t be too difficult to convince my hubby (I may have used the “If we get the closet done just think of how much more space YOU will have, my stuff will be soooo organized it’ll leave tons of room for you!“). It isn’t that far of a stretch…I SWEAR he does have more room now…I just still have MORE 🙂

Anyways, check out the pic below for a sneak peek at before… YIKES! Please don’t judge me…I swear to you I am organized in other areas of my life…just not in there…ha! I will be doing the final post/page in another week or two, I am just getting the final touches (i.e. nicer bins for storage, shoe bins, tie holders etc)…if you’re gonna do it you may as well do it RIGHT the first time!

 

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Foodie Friday- Classic Oatmeal Cookie with a Twist

Who’s ready for the weekend?! I am, I am!! I have been sick all week with my “yearly” cold/flu and it’s a bad one! So bad in fact that I have missed two days of work and am really not looking forward to going back tomorrow seeing as how I still feel like a zombie! But, enough about sickness and more about this COOKIE!

You likely have everything you need to make this one right now…how perfect for the cold weekend ahead! You can bake em up tonight and enjoy them over the next two days with your morning cup of tea. I usually make these cookies with chocolate chips but this time I had some nice dried cranberries left from my Christmas baking so I thought I’d throw those in instead…you can really add in whatever suits your taste or occasion (try hard shell chocolate eggs for Easter)!!

So go get your sifters ready and prepare yourself this delicious Oatmeal Cookie NOW!

Evey body needs a little creativity in their lives ❤ Enjoy

Foodie Friday- Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry

*A day early…YIPPIE!!!*

 

Hey ya’ll!! I am so sorry I was unable to post last week (or even give an update)! We were in the process of having our services switched over and were without our WiFi for a couple of days. On a positive note, we are saving soooo much money a month from this one little switch…*hint* it includes an Android box!!

Ok, enough with the boring stuff (maybe I’ll post up about it in a couple of weeks), but for today we will be making my Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry…Mmm Mmm! I whipped this one up using things I had in the pantry already, mixing the sweet and spicy to create a dish that both me and my hubby loved! Thankfully when I make meals I always make more than I know we will eat in one sitting, it lets us devour the dishes we LOVE, and saves some for lunches the next day! Win win!

So click away friends, be inspired and remember, you can switch out the meat and veggies for ones you have on hand at home…be creative! After all, everybody needs a little creativity in their lives ❤

Foodie Friday -Hearty Sausage and Kale Soup

I don’t know about you guys, but I have been in such a soup kind of mood lately! With it being the middle of winter, the cold grey days are starting to get to us. There is nothing like coming home to a quick soup that tastes like it has been simmering for hours.

This Hearty Sausage and Kale soup was created accidentally a few weeks ago when I realized I had taken nothing out for dinner but still wanted something loaded with flavour. Luckily for us we always seem to have at least one bunch of kale in our crisper, and since we make our own sausage, we always have some links in the freezer! So I grabbed some of the sausage, defrosted in super quick, and got to work on this yummy, flavour packed soup!

Enjoy ❤

 

Party Time!

With it being such a gloomy day today, I thought I would reach back in my vault of crafts a little bit and share with ya’ll how to make a fabulous Birthday Number out of paint chips!

This was a task I had taken on for my nieces 2nd birthday back in October, telling my sister in law I wanted to make a special number for her cake and goodie table. The theme was Bubble Guppies so I went with nice hues of blue for the ocean effect…I think it turned out GREAT! And do you want to know the best part? You only need to buy one thing…yup ONE! Take a look at the page and get started on your very own number (or word, or design…) for your next event!

Everybody needs a little more creativity in their lives ❤ Enjoy!

Foodie Friday- Cinnamon Rolls!!

Foodie Friday is back! This is our first one for 2016 and I thought I would finally share those Cinnamon Rolls I keep bragging about! You guys are going to ❤ them!

They may seem a little intimidating by the list of ingredients, but trust me, 90% of it you have in your cupboards RIGHT NOW! The nice thing about them is that you make them the day before, so if you have a special event coming up or a Sunday guest, you can make them and forget about them!

I’ll keep it short so you can stop drooling…wipe it up from your keyboard will you?! Enjoy these my friends!

 

Happy New Year!

Back to reality…2016 has been here for a couple of weeks now, the snow is piling up outside and my hands are itching to get back in the kitchen and make some goodies to post for ya’ll to enjoy!

This year I decided not to make any “silly” resolutions like, I’m going to lose 20 pounds by February…or, I’m going to workout two times a day and fit into my honeymoon bikini (from 5 years ago!) and instead am choosing more grounded resolutions that I know I can achieve! Things like, I will take the time to do 5 minutes of deep breathing today, or I will stop and appreciate the nature around me at least once a day! Another huge one for me this year is to take the time I need to relax and de-stress to help lower my everyday anxiety…something that is going to be so much easier thanks to my family for getting me a large selection of adult colouring books for Christmas! I was so excited with each one I opened as I could just feel my stress melting away before even picking up a marker (I’ll post up some pictures once I get a few more done!). This is not to bash anyone who is doing the weight-loss resolutions, in fact, more power to you! I have just realized over the years that this is not one I stick to, and come December 31st I am depressed at the lack of achievements.

With that being said…I have a delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake that I want to share with you! I made this the other week for our Ukrainian Christmas get together with my dad, and it was a yummy hit!

So Happy 2016 to you! May this be a year filled with love, happiness and creativity for all of my readers and followers ❤

Christmas is over…a New Year is about to begin!

Hey ya’ll! I truly hope you had a magical Christmas surrounded by those you love and cherish! I was so blessed to spend it with both my family as well as my husbands. Our days were full of food, laughter and fun and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way (although I am the first to admit I am EXHAUSTED). And guess what? It isn’t even over yet! We still have New Years Eve to get through tomorrow, but what an exciting night it will be!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am certainly ready to wave goodbye to 2015 and welcome in 2016! No, it wasn’t our “worst” year, but it wasn’t an easy one either. Between personal health issues, family health issues and the stress of everyday life and work, I will be happy to open my arms and embrace 2016 with all that I have, and hope the same is true for you and yours ❤

I just wanted to take this time to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season, and especially a Happy New Year, and thank you for your continued readership as I go head first into the blog-o-sphere!

I have a super tasty overnight cinnamon roll recipe I will get up ASAP for you to enjoy (we made them for Christmas morning and they were a HIT) and look forward to everything we have to share with each other in 2016!

Cheers and HAPPY NEW YEAR ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 13!!

On the 13th day of baking The Olive Blogger gave to me..a post with a delicious Snowball recipe!!!

It has been so much fun posting for you guys everyday, and I am sad to say that today is the final day of the 13 days (although that doesn’t mean I won’t keep posting yummy treats for you to enjoy!). I saved this recipe for the last day knowing how much ya’ll would enjoy it!

The Snowball is a classic goodie ball from Newfoundland (two of our bakers are “Newfie” so you know it’s a GOOD one!). It is loaded with coconut, oats and a hint of cocoa, and has a delicious fudgey center! This was my first year actually eating them (if you recall from a previous post I was not a huge coconut fan) and let’s just say that I may need to make more to replenish my supply for my goodie trays…UH-OH!!!

This is a great one to have the kiddos help out with, as it requires a final rolling in coconut to coat the outside, and how much fun they’ll have! The picture below shows our littlest helper having some fun with the coconut after all the rolling was done. I guarantee that this final recipe will be in your top three, and hope that you enjoy it every bit as much as I do!

We are having our annual Christmas party with friends today, so I will be sure to let ya’ll know what they thought of all the cookies, bars and other goodies we have made over the last 13 days together! And with that, I sign off for a couple days so I can go and recharge and enjoy what the Christmas season has to offer ❤

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Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 12!!

Oh my, we are on our second last day of goodies! It has been so much fun sharing with you guys everyday, and I really hope you are getting some new ideas for your Christmas goodies! Has anyone had a disaster yet!? Hey it happens, and today’s post is a testament to that!

This super simple Christmas Fudge was created when one of my Whipped Shortbread batches stuck to the pan (I was hurriedly trying to get batch after batch on and may have missed a key step in treating my pan!). But, with any mistake that happens on our baking day, we set the crumbles to the side and left them for a spur of creativity that came hours later!

We used a basic fudge recipe, threw in the shortbread pieces and decorated with colourful sprinkles…the result? A delicious update on your everyday fudge, with a nice little crunch!

I will also be sharing some gift ideas for the make-up lover on your list today!

Enjoy ❤