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Rustic Christmas table

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In Christmas time we have at least a couple of opportunities or if not even more to set our tables nice. First one can be a Christmas party with friends or co workers and then the actual Christmas day dinner with family. My first table setting turned out to be more on the rustic side.

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Setting the table for special occasions is one of my favourite things to do. And I love when it just sort of happens without planning too much. Usually how the process goes is that I open my drawers, I find something that I’ve completely forgot about (Like this wooden cutlery set that I got in the summer) and start putting things on the table trying things out a couple of different ways. And sometimes the theme starts to spiral from trying a new napkin folding, like this particular one.

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I like to play around with napkins when it comes to setting the table and once again I wanted to try something new this year. There are so many fun options to choose from when you start searching. To me this looked really complicated at first but when I started folding these it was surprisingly simple! I made a little tutorial video for you if you want to try it out. You can make these well beforehand so you don’t have to pull your hair off in the middle of cooking, table setting and everything else you didn’t plan to do 😀

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We are getting really close to Christmas Eve right now! Have you tackled your shoppings and meal plans already? I would like to think that we have everything under control. For now at least 😀 I wanna do all the grocery store runs early next week hoping to avoid the big crowds. 🙂

Here’s the napkin tutorial video

XOXO 

Hibernating

posted in: Christmas, Decor, DIY | 2

In the middle of all busy schedules and Christmas chaos it’s nice to have one nice chill out day at home and hibernate on the couch. We had one last Saturday. For us, most of the time it’s hard to just chill out at home in our free time and do nothing. Unless we have company over. That’s one of the biggest reasons why we often pack our bags and head out somewhere else for vacation and long weekends. It’s too easy to fall back to work mode. You know, all it takes to get us off the wagon is one little phone call or email. Well last Saturday was a good exception. It felt really nice to hung out and relax at home.

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So this what I was up to last Saturday. I’ve been wanting to make another throw pretty much right after I finished my first one. It’s been over a year now and this really started burning in my head that I wanna do one before Christmas. I started searching soft but big and chunky yarn with a good price (of course). And after a long search I found some on Amazon. I’ve never ordered anything from there so it took me a while to get around it. But when I really couldn’t find it in the nearby stores or for a reasonable price in other online stores I ordered a bunch of yarn from there.

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Two or three hours later after I got started – I realized that I needed more yarn. So this throw is not completely done yet but I think I got a good start. I already ordered more yarn and I’m hoping to get it soon. I took 8 hanks (rolls) to get to this point and I ordered 5 more and I think that should do it. I a kind of hope there would be some left over for a scarf or something. Will see!

Last but not least. Do you know how you are going to set up dinner table this year? Later this week I’m posting Christmas table setting #1. I’ve planned two this year and I’m actually really happy how they both turned out. Stay tuned!

XOXO

 

 

RawSpiceBar

posted in: Baking, Food | 2

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I’m all about convenience. I do most of my purchases online these days. I even shop my groceries online and get them to delivered to my door. I absolutely love the fact that I don’t have to spend my time in traffic. So how about getting a fresh kit of spices to you door every month? Yes please! I was contacted by a RawSpiceBar team and they asked if I would like to sample their spice kit. Absolutely!

 

So what is RawSpiceBar? Their mission is to give the best of the best in the spice world delivered to your door and keep your spices fresh by pre-measured portions. The reason that got my interest is that I’m definitely guilty of having spices in my drawers that are in bigger bags than needed and use maybe once or twice a year. Another thing that got my attention is that I don’t necessarily know what spices would go well together. Or that I would discover new flavour combos on my own. I think this a convenient, fun and exciting idea to learn and try new things in the kitchen.

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Our house smelled so good after pulling these goodies fresh from the oven. I had a serious fight with myself so that I don’t eat the whole batch at once. I’m not joking.

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My sample kit that I received had 3 different spice blends – Unpumpkin pie spice, Indo-french vandouvan and Peppercorn chai. And a bunch of unique recipes to go with them. Spices are all measured out precisely to the recipe portions so that you won’t end up with leftovers. This gives your drawers more room and keeps your spices fresh. Also each month they have a regional theme to take you around the world with different flavours and to me that sounds a lot of fun!

This time of the year, and now that we have fresh snow on the ground I decided to try the baked pumpkin donuts. I did have to modify the donuts with a muffin pan since I don’t own a donut pan. But the recipe actually says to use a muffin pan if needed or wanted.

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RawSpiceBar does the whole process from sourcing to toasting, grinding and blending. And after all that it’s delivered to your door. For $7 a month (which is their best deal) you get a 3 freshly ground, recipe-ready flavour kits with unique recipes to go with it. You can go and check out more of their recipes online as well. Also after you sign up you can personalize your recipes suitable for you diet and make your own flavour profile.

If you are a foodie/baker and want to spice things up a little every month I highly recommend this. Or if you have a friend that likes to cook and you are still looking to get that perfect Christmas present for your friend – this is definitely a wonderful gift idea! And you are in luck since I have a $5 coupon for all of my readers for 6 or 12 month gift purchases or for your own subscription. Coupon code is: FLAVOR6 

Thank you RawSpiceBar sponsoring this post. All comments and opinions are my own.

 

Cozy Couch

posted in: Christmas, Decor, Living Room | 0

Snow is falling as I write and I’m having my third cup of coffee this morning. It’s quiet and I’m watching out the window in awe to see the snow to fall. It’s just so beautiful. I wouldn’t change this moment for anything. It’s also a perfect day to make a little nest to your couch with a soft blanket and a pile of pillows. Sipping your favourite hot drink. Mine at the moment is the polar bear hot chocolate.

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I have mentioned it here before that during Christmas and winter time I want to bring softness and cozy feel to our home with a lot of different layers. I like to do that with soft and fluffy textiles or playing with different patterns. I partnered up with Urban Barn to create a soft and cozy living room space with these beautiful white Arya faux fur toss pillows. I think these pillows had my name on them the first time I saw them and my choice was easy. They go perfectly with my white themed home bringing more softness to our couch. In case you are wondering they have these pillows in a variety of different colours and soft faux fur blankets to go with them.

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When you hold and hug something in your hands at the store and think how soft and fluffy – for example – these two pillows are, my first thought is that I have to fight about who gets to snuggle these pillows. It’s either me or my dog. Pet owners out there, you know what I’m talking about! Right? 😀

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If you watched closely my other posts on Instagram or here on the blog you have probably noticed these pillows in our bedroom as well. I made our bed with these pillows and they go perfectly there as well! I’ve had hard time to decide where they stay. So far I like them here on my couch as I can see them.

Wishing you a lovely week! Remember to be patient and drive safely in the snow!

Thank you Urban Barn for sponsoring this post. Comments and opinions are my own.

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