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Pom Pom love for Christmas

I am obsessed with pom poms this year!! I love looking at all the amazing ideas on how to use them as Christmas decorations and I love the bright colors too! Here is a sampling of some I found looking for inspiration on the internet. 

Nest of posies amazing pom pom wreath!!
Pom pom wreath - Nest of posies
 Dig this Chick- Simple pinecone decorations bring back memories for me of being a kid

pom poms on pinecones
 Tater Tots and Jello shows how to make these adorable pom pom Christmas trees and wreath!

pom pom Christmas trees- Tater Tots and Jello
Erin With A Y shares her pom poms on her deer head

pom poms on deer head
I am dying over this pink pom pom Christmas tree pillow from Thistle Wood Farms

pink pom pom christmas tree pillow

Last but not least I still love my own Pom Pom wreath I made a few years ago too!
white pom pom wreath anthropology knock off wreath- The Style Sisters

 Are you going to use Pom Poms in your Christmas decor this year?

Crusty Bread Recipe from Simply So Good


Oh my gosh this bread is AHH MAZING And super easy to make! My daughter brought this over last Sunday for dinner and she made not one but two different flavors. 

Crusty Bread recipe from Simply So Good with add ins, Crusty bread recipe, Rise overnight bread- THanksgiving Bread, The Style Sisters
The recipe comes from Simply So Good and only has 4 ingredients but Madeline made one of the loaves with orange rind and craisins and the other one she added rosemary, garlic and a little asiago cheese to it...Oh yeah...uh huh amazing!! 

Crusty Bread (Overnight Rise)

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Instant or Rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 cups water


In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.  Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours.  Overnight works great.  Heat oven to 450 degrees.  When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.  Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. Make sure you check out her tips if you don't have a enamel pot with a lid on her blog Simply So Simple

Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup- Weekday meal


I found this recipe on Love Bakes Good Cakes cooking blog you need to check out her AMAZING recipes!!

Sweet potato Black Bean Soup, comfort soup, Homemade soup  The Style Sisters

This is one recipe that will be made over and over!! The flavor and ease of making the soup is just awesome! The only things I did differently was I did not add Jalapeno, I used Chicken broth instead of vegetable broth and I used canned corn...I added that last because I do not like overcooked canned corn.
The second night I had this I added some left over chicken and corn chips on top...OH YESSS it was to die for!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Soup
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: about 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut 1"
  • 1 medium red pepper, seeded cut 1/2"
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 15 oz black beans rinsed and drained
  • 14.5 oz undrained diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add sweet potatoes, red pepper, onion, jalapeno and garlic
  2. Cook about 8 minutes until onions are tender; stir occasionally
  3. Stir in chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper then reduce heat to medium
  4. Cover and cook for 8 minutes; stir occasionally.
  5. Add stock, beans, tomatoes and bring to boil; stir occasionally and let simmer for 15 minutes then remove from heat
  6. Stir in cilantro and lime juice.
  7. Season with salt as desired
  8. If desired add shredded cheese, sour cream or more cilantro on top

Sweet potato Black Bean Soup- The Style Sisters

Another yummy soup you might like is 

Have I told you about our company- GoBellaVita?

So have I told you that my husband and I started a company about 4 years ago called BellaVita? I have been super busy trying to get the word out through social media about our company in the U.S. You see most of our business is done in Asia. My husband came up with the idea after spending 25 years in this industry and wanted to make a difference in peoples lives...so he started BellaVita..which means
 A Beautiful life in Italian. You can check out our website here www.gobellavita.com to learn more

Gobellavita, BellaVita, CertoBella, SanoVita, Mike Brosnan CEO BellaVita, Essential oils, Antioxidant  beverage
We have based all our products on the Mediterranean lifestyle and diet. We have done a lot of research on Olive leaf extract and the health benefits of it. Our main product is called SanoVita it is a whole food beverage and it is 
•The first whole food beverage to include Olive leaf extract and pure Olive Oil in a liquid form!

•The first whole food beverage to include pure, concentrated, Oleuropein extract!

Oleuropein is believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants, which is ten times higher than that of green tea, and two times higher than that of CoQ10. 
We have created 12 Mediterranean Essential Oil blends Using only the highest quality oils and you can be assured we have the blend that will fit almost every emotional or physical need. We like to refer to our oil blends as Essential oils made easy :)

Our two newest products are an anti-aging face cream called CertoBella.  In Italian, CertoBella means “Certain Beauty.” This rich nutrient dense skin cream is packed full of more than 31 botanicals that will replenish and bring back the natural glow to your skin.
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Sanarè Nano Collagen Restorative Mist- This is a Collagen facial treatment that rejuvenates, replenishes and helps reduce visible signs of aging. Nano molecules penetrate surface skin cells to help rebuild collagen which keeps the skin tight and youthful. 
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This Wednesday I will be doing a giveaway for our CertoBella Anti-aging face cream so make sure you come back and enter the GIVEAWAY. Plus over on the right side of my blog we are doing a FACEBOOK giveaway and anyone can enter to win a bottle of Digestone essential oil and a cool water bottle. Help me spread the news by sharing my post. 

Thanks so much! 
Karin

Kodiak Cakes Protein pancakes with sautèed apples, almonds and coconut


I posted this picture of my Kodiak hot cake pancakes on my instagram account and got 50 likes! So I thought I would share my recipes with all of you. 

Kodiak cakes pancake waffle mix with sauteed apples and almonds, Pancake recipes, The Style Sisters
I really love Kodiak Cakes pancake waffle mix it has 7 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber plus it is made of 100% whole grain wheat flour, 100% whole grain oat flour, non-fat dry milk, dried honey (honey, wheat starch), leavening (sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), egg whites, sea salt.... and you Just add water...BUT
I usually make mine with milk and/or orange juice and I add one egg and some cinnamon and a lot of times I add a banana to the mix but this time I sauteed apples in a little olive oil with butter, coconut, cinnamon, a sprinkle of sugar and added some slivered almonds.
I scooped it on my pancakes with a dollop of vanilla greek yogurt and a drizzle of real maple syrup. 
Yum just YUM!! perfect for a Saturday or Sunday morning breakfast! 

Thinking about Christmas Decor for the Family room


Last year I did a pretty much all white look on the mantle. I put a cute silver and white garland inside a large apothecary jar and some fun natural wooden letters that spell JOY and placed a white feather Christmas tree beside it and these two things were pretty much my favorite thing on there! 

White Christmas mantle decor, Joy, Christmas decoations, Christmas mantle decor

Then I had my fluffly wreath I made (you can find the tutorial here) and hung it on a chalkboard in the center of the mantle.
Anthropology knock off wreath, White fluffy wreath for Christmas
This is how it looked last year..the room is kinda small and I just really want to enlarge it but alas it is not possible nor is it in the budget. To make the room feel bigger I am going to get a smaller tree and not use red or at least very little red.

I love how this jar looked with faux snow and a bottle brush tree with ornaments on it...just so cute! 

Bottle Brush tree in glass jar with snow
For the top of the entertainment center I used fresh greens and silve and white decor.

How to decorate Entertainment center for Christmas
This awesome deer I bought last year from Target and Love love love him! 

Silver deer on shelf, Christmas decor

I will have to play around with things this year because I just may go try something new and fun rather than elegant...
I saw this idea on Instagram and I am in love with it!!
blue deer head over fireplace Christmas, Sugar and cloth Co.

but who knows I may just do the same thing I did last year.. There are just so many cute ideas out there I want to try but I don't want to spend a lot nor do I want to change things so much that I have more stuff to store you know what I mean?  

What are you doing for Decor this year?






Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

I made this amazing Salted Caramel Chocolate cake using two different recipes

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, Sweet Pauls Magazine, Baker by Nature
 This cake makes 4 layers! I made the cake recipe from Sweet Pauls Magazine The layers were kind of thin probably because I used 9" cake pans oops! His recipe has you cook the frosting but I didn't have time for that so I found this frosting recipe and 6 minute caramel sauce on Baker by Nature. OH MY GOSH!! BEST Frosting ever!!
Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, Sweet Pauls Magazine, Baker by Nature
The caramel sauce is delicious and I should have doubled the recipe for the caramel so that I could've had it oozing out all through the layers of the cake
Caramel sauce, SAlted Caramel chocolate cake, The Style Sisters, Sweet Pauls Magazine,
 Here's a tip..when frosting the cake cut up a few pieces of parchment paper and place them on the cake stand and then place the cake layers on top and frost and when you are done you simply remove the paper and no mess is left!
 It was sooo yummy...Hope you will try it! 
Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, Sweet Pauls Magazine, Baker by Nature
Cake recipe
Chocolate Cake
1 cup butter
2 cup sugar
4 whole eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 cup milk

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom of four 8 inch cake pans. Line each pan    with a round of parchment paper and butter the parchment paper. Set aside.
  1. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add cocoa powder and whip until creamy.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients.
  3. Equally divide batter among four prepared pans and bake 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Frosting
  • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks, 16 ounces), VERY soft
  • 4 and 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream (more if needed)


  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter on medium-speed until completely smooth; about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer off and sift the powdered sugar and cocoa into the mixing bowl. Turn the mixer on the lowest speed and mix until the sugar/cocoa have been absorbed by the butter; about 2 minutes. Increase mixer speed to medium; add in vanilla extract, salt, heavy cream and salted caramel; beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting appears a little too thin, add a little more confectioners' sugar; If your frosting needs to be thinner, add additional heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time.
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Pumpkin Bruschetta appetizer- Sweet Paul's Magazine

I found this yummy recipe of Pumpkin Bruschetta on Sweet Paul's Magazine and decided to give it a whirl.
It is made with a fresh pumpkin that your roast!! I really liked it a lot but I think I would like it made with yams because they have a little more flavor..pumpkin is very mild but the yummy Balsamic syrup IS. TOO. DIE. FOR. 
His recipe did not have the recipe for that but it is super simple to make only two ingredients! 

Pumpkin Bruschetta - Sweet Paul's Magazine
Here is the recipe for the Pumpkin Bruschetta 
½ pumpkin
gourmet finger salt (such as Maldon) I just used kosher, freshly ground black pepper
8 slices of country-style bread- I used a baguette so they were smaller
4 tbsp olive oil
4 oz Parmesan cheese
4 tbsp toasted pine nuts
2 tbsp white balsamic syrup (recipe below)
2 spring onions, finely chopped
  1. Cut away the rind and seeds of the pumpkin. Chop the pumpkin into cubes, then roast them in an oven at 375F until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil over the slices of bread. 
  3. Toast the slices in the oven for a few minutes, or until they become crispy.
  4. Shave the Parmesan into slices. 
  5. Arrange pumpkin cubes and Parmesan on each slice of bread. 
  6. Finish off with the balsamic syrup and spring onions.

Pumpkin Bruschetta - Sweet Paul's Magazine

Balsamic Syrup - From the Blended Table
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Instructions
Combine the vinegar and sugar in a small skillet and boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally with a wood spatula, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until glossy bubbles cover the surface. The syrup is ready when the spatula leaves a path as you run it along the bottom of the skillet. It should be quite thickened and syrupy. Take off the heat and cool before using. Keeps in a sealed jar in refrigerator for a month or more.



Everyone loved them and ate it ALL!! 
Karin

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