Balsamic Reduction

Hello darlings. Well in the PNW it hasn’t stopped raining all week, and it’s that time of year that we locals start to lose it a bit. It’s not so much the constant rain, but the darkness and gloom. Thank goodness for wine, friends and good food, and hygge. Speaking of good food, have you made a balsamic reduction yet?

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How to Make a Balsamic Reduction

Balsamic reduction is just that – balsamic vinegar cooked down (reduced) a bit to leave you with a thick, concentrated sauce that tastes amazing. You can drizzle the deliciousness over practically anything. It is savory with a hint of sweet and packs in so much flavor. This simple sauce compliments meats, salad, fruit, crusty bread – pretty much anything. And it’s easy to make…here’s the recipe: {read more}

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Friday Favorites: Beauty

Welcome back to another edition of Friday Favorites and a giveaway! Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite beauty products; tried and true things that I just love.

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photo via Jamie Street

I admit I’m a bit of a beauty product hoarder collector. (I’m working on it, stop judging me.) I always pick up samples of new things and my bathroom cabinet tends to be bursting with items. But there are several items that I keep going back to because they are perfect – and most of them are from the drugstore. #winning {read more}

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New Uses for Wool Dryer Balls

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Do you already use wool dryer balls in your laundry? If not, you should. They are essentially balls of wool that are felted, that get thrown into the dryer with your wet clothes. Pop a few in the dryer and they bounce around to help your laundry dry more quickly by absorbing moisture and separating clothing, keep your laundry soft and help with static. Dryer balls are a natural alternative to fabric softeners and dryer sheets that can have a ton of chemicals in them.

You can buy wool dryer balls, or you can make them. I have made them and they are very cheap and easy to make. If you’re interested, check out the DIY tutorial here. {read more}

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Friday Favorites: Cooking Shortcuts

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Congratulations to all of us mamas who survived another Winter Break! It was fun and brutal and awesome and tiring over here. I love January because it feels like such a great time for a fresh start, for a renewing. I’m personally working on being more “still” in the New Year (read more about my Word to Live by for the New Year here), and trying to purge and clean now that there is some breathing room from all the fun that is the holidays.

Today’s Friday Favorites are my favorite five tips for making your life easier in the kitchen. In short, my best cooking shortcuts. I have been a stay at home mom for almost a decade now and I do the majority of the cooking. So, it’s safe to say that I know my way around the kitchen after I’ve prepared at least a zillion meals in the last ten years. That’s a rough calculation. {read more}

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A Word to Live By for the New Year

“She sits still before the Lord.” – Psalm 37:7

Last year I was introduced to the idea of choosing a word to live by for the year. We talk about resolutions and goals, but I think of this as more of a heart and soul work. The idea is to pick a word that represents how you’d like to live your life moving forward into the coming year; something that trickles down into many areas of your life.

Last year, it was obvious to me that I wanted to focus on being more “present” – and that was my word for 2017. I’ll admit I started out strong and faded a bit, as we always do. I was much more intentional with my time, my distractions and not multitasking the day away. Practically, this meant I put down my phone and devices more, I focused on getting more sleep and quiet time, and I made a concerted effort to give my kids and husband more of my full attention. {read more}

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