Friday, December 28, 2012

Vitamix Strawberry Soy Sherbet

John and I got a Vitamix for Christmas!  We took it out of the box yesterday and have already used it 5 times!  It is quite possibly the best gift I have ever received.  It is seriously life changing!  Not only does it make awesome smoothies and desserts, but it makes HOT soup in minutes with very little prep (we've already made two different soup recipes).  I cannot wait to experiment and try new recipes.  Tonight for dessert I adapted this recipe based on what we had on hand and made Strawberry Soy Sherbet.  It was definitely a winner so I wanted to document it before I forgot.  Since we ate it all I have no photos, but I am sure I will be making this recipe again soon and I will add photos at that time.

1 Cup Vanilla Soy Milk
1 Pound Frozen Strawberries
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

 Place all ingredients in the container in the order listed above and secure the lid.
Turn machine on starting at variable 1, working your way up to variable 10.
Use the tamper to push ingredients toward the blade.
After 30-60 seconds the machine will make a chugging sound - this means it is done.
Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Home Tour: Holiday Edition

Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite things!  I love how warm and cozy the house feels with festive decor.

Stockings from Pottery Barn - TIP: If you see stocking you like from PB, don't wait!  I procrastinated so the ones I really wanted were on backorder until June!  Crazy!  These were my second choice and I got a pretty good deal so I cannot complain.

Mercury Glass Candlesticks from JCP.  Candle from Pottery Barn.

Ralphie bobble head and Nutcracker hiding out in the garland

My favorite new ornaments for 2012
I really wanted this ornament last year, but it would sell out as soon as more were available.  The minute I saw it available this year I made sure get my hands on one.  John was concerned with my sanity since it was October!

Instead of an "Our First Christmas" ornament I opted for our monogram

K Ornament from Pottery Barn - I may have gone a little crazy decorating with K's!

DIY glitter projects.  Deer inspired by this post (when I say inspired, what I really mean is straight up copied).  This project was super easy and I already had everything I needed to make it!  I love when I don't have to spend money on projects!

Dining Room - This was our first Christmas with dining room furniture so I was super excited to decorate!

Excuse my Instagram photo.  Naughty and Nice Napkins purchased from Hobby Lobby.

Cheap and Easy Decor - This glass hurricane is left over from the candy bar from our wedding.  It is the perfect size to fill with seasonal goodies and has now found a permanent home on our table. 

Squirrel and Acorn Salt & Pepper Shakers - Technically these are from Thanksgiving, but I decided it fit into the "woodland creatures" category and could live through Christmas.

Elf Quote purchased from this shop on Etsy.  Elf is my absolute favorite Christmas movie!  My mom is taking me, my sister, and John to see the musical for Christmas.  I am super excited!

Another Instagram photo, sorry!  I love these Christmas mustaches I added to my Etsy shop.  I put a few in a mason jar and left them out on the kitchen counter.

Entry Way - Oops, I started my home tour backwards!
Advent calendar that we have never used.  Maybe when we have kids I will actually use it.

Terrible photo, but I am in love with this "Bah Hum Bug" pillow from Pottery Barn Teen

More instagram, grrrr.  I used my favorite Christmas song as inspiration for my chalkboard.

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!