Mar 30 2015

Cauliflower Soup Goodness

Lianna

In attempt to eat healthier at work I have been making a lot of healthy vegetable soups lately. And one of my new favorites is this cauliflower soup. I love creamy soups but we all know that our waist lines don’t – but this soup gives you that creamy comfort food quality without the calories.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Now this weekend was the second time I made it and I made a few tweaks. The first time I thought it was a little runnier than I would like. So this time I doubled all the veggies (cauliflower, onion, garlic) and held the amount of chicken broth which was perfect. It made the soup just that tad bit more creamy instead of runny. At first when I chopped all the cauliflower and put in the pot with the broth the broth didn’t cover all the cauliflower (I thought maybe I was over-zealous in my veggie quantity), but after everything started simmering and cooking down it ended up being perfect.

Give it a whirl! Here are a couple of the other soups that have been in my kitchen lately (they all freeze super well! So I make big batches and freeze them in individual containers and just pop one out the night before for lunches the next day!)

Celery Root and Green Apple Soup

Carrot Soup

Gimme some Oven – Chicken Enchilada Soup


Mar 23 2015

On My Mind: Pom Pom Curtains

Lianna

So my husband and I recently purchased our first house. I was sad to leave our condo downtown but we were in desperate need of more space. We bought and old ranch that needs a lot of love. First we are working on the master bedroom. Trying to fix up the trim and update the bathroom. But I need to start making the house a home asap so I have at least one oasis while the rest of the house is under major update process. First for the master I need curtains. I have been loving pom poms latley. I have some pillows I sewed with pom pom trim already but I think the next addition should be the curtains. Some inspiration….

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they actually have these….currently available at Urban Outfitters – pretty good price considering how expensive the trim is to DIY….

urban outfitters pom pom curtains


Feb 23 2015

Furniture with Wide Stripe

Lianna

Not sure if I have mentioned it before – but I love love furniture with a wide stripe. It adds so much interest and makes it unique!

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I have been dreaming of good stripe furniture because a couple weeks ago I ordered a settee for my dinning table with a stripe down the middle! Can’t wait for it to come!


Feb 11 2015

NYC Inspiraiton

Lianna

Couple weeks ago now I headed to NYC for work. I went in early to visit an old friend. I just love having the chance to go. The city is so vibrant and there is inspiration round every corner.

Theater Distric

I had the pleasure of seeing If, Then with Idina Menzel – it was amazing.

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Drink

Visited Acme for a amazing mixed drink – and got to stare at the beautiful crab apple branches at the end of the bar – aren’t they amazing!

The Brandy Library

Next night we¬† hit up the Brandy Library for a pre-dinner cocktail – look at those amazing built in’s. They were all around the exterior of the lounge.

White Street

Then we hit up White Street -the food was incredible and the interiors were heaven!

White Street NYC

Love those tufted benches!

White Street NYC

And I judge places by the bathrooms – beautiful!


Feb 9 2015

Green Wedding Flowers with Succulents

Lianna

So after I was looking through old pictures I realized – hello – I never posted flower pics from my friends wedding back in May! They were so fun and I loved making them because they were pretty different from ones I have done in the past. Watson loves flowers tooI always love a good Watson shot – he is so curious about when we have gobs of flowers in the condo!

succulents

First thing is to prep the succulents. If you haven’t done it before – they aren’t a flower. They are a plant. You literally have to remove them from dirt. Clean them off. Then you use floral tape to attach them to wire. Here is a good video on how to if you haven’t done it before. The unique thing about that is – they can last several weeks without being in soil and after you use them in a bouquet you can plant them again and keep them forever!

TNPLH: Green Wedding Flowers

TNPLH: Green Wedding Flowers

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TNPLH: Green Wedding Flowers

I think one of my favorite things about these bouquets was all the textures in them. The hypericum berry is my absolute favorite. It add something so special and unique to the mix.

TNPLH: Green Wedding Flowers

TNPLH: Green Flowers

I was in this wedding too.

finished hand bouquet

You can see here the final product from the day. We did the wrapped satin ribbon, but then over that we wrapped each bouquet with the grooms family tartan. Isn’t that amazing!


Feb 6 2015

Anthropologie Decor Favorites

Lianna

Sharing my current Anthro favorites today – forgive me for being a tufting crazy person. I think if I didn’t control myself I would end up being one of those crazy old ladies with only tufted furniture in my home. Might not be so bad….

anthropologie favorites

world globe/throw/owl painting/chandelier/quartz knobs/tufted side chair/dinning table/tufted settee/floral wingback/side chair