A Delicious Ditzy Blonde Brownie Recipe

Happy National Blonde Brownie day! For those of you that didn’t know today, is blonde brownie day aka one of the best days (if you are a fan of vanilla instead of chocolate). Delicious Ditzy Blonde Brownie Recipe:  Ingredients: 1 cup butter, melted 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 cups flour 1/2 cup Add-ins (like chocolate chips), optional Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9×13 pan with tin foil, spray with nonstick spray. Set aside. Combine melted butter and sugars in a medium-sized bowl. Add in eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add in salt, baking soda, and flour. Mix until just combined. Stir in any add-ins you’d like. Pour the batter into the prepared 9×13 pan. Spread to cover the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until barely golden … Continue reading

2019 Must-Have Kitchen Trends

New Year, New Kitchen   Rose Gold appliances, Millennial Pink accessories and White Shaker kitchens were the “thing” of 2018, but this year the trend is go dark or go home. Yes, you heard that right – say goodbye to White Shaker kitchens. The style will remain modern, but we are going dark! If you’re considering remodeling or renovating your kitchen, here are a few of the hottest kitchen trends. Back in Black – Everything  Many of us graduated to classic White Shaker kitchens, but in 2019 we are starting to see less and less of it. Black is back (well it never actually went away)! If you’re ready for a change by stepping out of your comfort zone, a black matte kitchen is a way to go. Having a black kitchen can be incredibly dramatic, but if you’re not ready for black matte cabinets then matte black appliances by … Continue reading

Three Ways to Decorate Your House After the Holidays

3 Ways to Decorate Your House After the Holidays When you look at your home décor after the holidays are you met with mixed emotions? Do the spaces that once held a tree or a wreath suddenly look bare and stark? Look no further, we’ve got post-holiday decorating tips for you! Winter isn’t over If you’re wondering if you should still embrace the pristine whites of winter, the answer is YES. You’ve got until March 20th to enjoy the season, so take advantage of the winter white sales that start every January. Red still rules The most popular color to pair with white as we transition out of Christmas and into St. Valentine’s Day is no other than red. It’s both festive and bold and brings warmth to almost any decorating style including Country, Traditional, Modern and Rustic. Sparkle on No need to stash all that glitters and shines just … Continue reading

Hustle and Bustle Preparation

Hustle and Bustle Preparation Children anticipate the upcoming Christmas celebration with happy and wide-eyed expectation. As adults, however, it might become an endless list. Hustling around shopping for just the right gifts, preparing traditional meals, decorating the house and so much more, all because we want the holiday to be perfect. Isn’t this time of year supposed to be fun and relaxing?  Instead, for many of us, in the midst of all the business and preparation, it’s easy to lose sight of the “Reason for the Season.” Maybe we can take some time to prepare our hearts to welcome estranged relatives and friends and stop worrying about who gets along with whom. Gifts of our love in actions, our time, forgiveness, acceptance, tolerance, these can’t be bought but are always welcomed and appreciated. Happy Preparation!  ‘For unto us, a child is born’ Isaiah 9:6

Keep the Joy in your Jingle

Keep the Joy in your Jingle The holidays are here with what seems an endless ‘to do’ list, followed by the New Year and the resolution madness. Does the mere mention of that send you spinning? Here is a strategy to ‘Keep the joy in your jingle’ and avoid the hurrying through the holidays. What does hurrying through the holidays look like?  This is what happens if you don’t slow down… -worry & stress -feeling overwhelmed -talking fast -eating fast -rushing through tasks -snapping at your loved ones -exhaustion -endless hustle -poor slip & fatigue If you’re doing this, you’re going to burn out quick. Make sure you’re keeping the joy in your jingle. Let’s take a breath here…and hit the reset button on your soul. Here are some stress relieving ideas: 1. (Most importantly) Take time each day to be still. Even if you get up 10 minutes earlier … Continue reading

A Traditional Thanksgiving

 A Traditional  Thanksgiving! Most of us have Thanksgiving traditions we learned from our parents, grandparents and extended family. We asked around for a few traditions you might like to try this year. Giving Thanks Showing gratitude is the most important tradition to have on Thanksgiving Day. One great idea we found during our research is to have everyone fill out a small “I am thankful for” card and read it at the dinner table. You can save these cards and share memories of family members over the years. Have the Kids Serve Dessert We all know kids who love spending time in the kitchen and would like to help cook the Thanksgiving dinner. To make this a happy day for everyone and make the kids feel they’ve had a part in this celebration, let them serve the dessert! It’s an easy enough task that won’t create too much mess in … Continue reading

Lisa Sanders’ Holiday Tips

Lisa Sanders’ Holiday Tips The holidays are just around the corner. Believe it or not, there are only 21 days until Thanksgiving and 54 days until Christmas! It’s time to get in the holiday spirit and spend these special times with family and friends. We asked our Sales Manager, Lisa Sanders, how she prepares her home for the holidays. Here are some of Lisa’s tips that will help make this year’s holiday party stress-free and enjoyable! So, let’s get started! Don’t wait until the last minute…time is precious One of the biggest tips Lisa has for you, is to start prepping early. If you wait until the last minute, chances are something is going to go wrong, or you’ll forget those special recipes, such as “Grandma’s homemade pumpkin pie”. Lisa preps her recipes in advance and sets the table two days in advance. Write your “to-do” list The most important … Continue reading

Falling for your Pumpkin Pancakes

  Falling for your Pumpkin Pancakes As you start decorating your house for the new season, it is also a fun time to create autumn treats. We have a recipe for you that will not only satisfy your pumpkin cravings but will also leave room for extra sweets during this fall season. The Pumpkin Oat Protein Pancakes from Kim’s Cravings will keep you full and feeling guilt-free all morning! Ingredients: 1/3 cup (27g) oats 1/2 scoop (13g) protein powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice 1/8 teaspoon ginger 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/3 cup egg whites from a carton 1/2 cup pumpkin purée Optional: Stevia, a splash of vanilla, pancake syrup, maple syrup, butter, fresh fruit Instructions Preheat a large skillet and spray with cooking spray Grind oats, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and Stevia in the blender until it … Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Does anything say Fall like pumpkin spice? From coffee to pancakes and desserts, pumpkin spice has become the signature flavor of the Fall season, as well as a national phenomenon. According to Starbucks, pumpkin spice lattes receive more than 3,000 tweets per day and yields $500 million a year. Who would’ve thought a flavor would garner such financial attention? Although Starbucks has helped propel pumpkin spice into the limelight, the traditional roots started in the humblest of kitchens dating as far back as the mid 1700’s. In 1934, McCormick captured the nostalgic flavor when they debuted their Pumpkin Pie Spice as a shortcut for flavoring the traditional harvest dessert. Soon after, baking enthusiasts began adding the spice to other favorite recipes. Want to make your own pumpkin spice? Start with this recipe as your foundation. Try adding ½-1 teaspoon of the mixture to a mug … Continue reading

Tips and Tricks to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

Tips and Tricks to Get Your Home Ready for Fall Believe it or not we are already in fall, isn’t that scary (Halloween kind of scary)? It’s time to put away the pool toys and American flags and bring out our fall décor aka pumpkin everything. Here are a few different décor tricks to make your home look “Falltastic” while staying up to date with the 2018 Fall trends. Just a pop of Color Color is the most import part of your 2018 Fall trends. With these simple tips you’ll be able to switch your house from a warm summer feel to an autumn pumpkin patch in no time. When we think Fall the only colors that come to mind are orange, yellow, red and brown. However, this year according to Elle Decor, a couple of unexpected colors will be mixed in to the usual autumn combination. The two trendiest … Continue reading