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Friday, December 14, 2018

Easy & Skinny Artichoke Dip

I am posting this recipe for my sweet friend Theresa....She was just telling me that she had the best spinach and artichoke dip and I wanted her to try this.  I have not made it yet but I am going to try it on Sunday.  My son just got home for the Christmas break.  I am sooo happy..The band is back together again!!!!!!!!!  Bon Weekend!!!!!

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adapted from "Mind Full" Mom

  • ounces reduced fat cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach defrosted and drained
  • 1/2 cup jarred artichokes drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Mix together all ingredients until well incorporated and transfer to a 1 quart baking dish. 
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Serve with veggies, tortilla chips or pita chips

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Holiday Tablesettings Quick Guide

Here is a quick holiday table setting tutorial with some helpful entertaining tips from our Sponsor Iconic Modern Home.  So now that you have all of those awesome holiday items from Home Goods, what do you do with them?  Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate some of the things I found in my Home Goods recap into your holiday tablescape.  I suggest if you are interested in using one of these photos for inspiration, taking it with you when you shop!!!!

Here's an idea for the Woodland Reindeer, artificial trees, and plaid placements!!!
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Decorative napkins rings and Christmas trees really stand out on this table...It is a nice touch to put a festive favor at everyone's plate, like these mini gingerbread houses!!
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The plaid tablecloth with simple china, red goblets and decorative green branch and single floral accents really make this table pop.  Gold flatware is on my wishlist for sure!!!
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I love this children's table...great way to incorporate all the cute festive mugs and dessert plates...
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The printed tablecloth is amazing and a great way to incorporate gold accessories, including the gold glasses!!!!
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We have seen so many of these mercury glass trees in Home Goods.  I love how they used a tall one surrounded by simple leaves for the centerpiece...also the red goblets make an appearance again as do the festive dessert plates!!!
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This rustic table is so elegant and simple.  The greens really take center stage.  All you need is a simple neutral runner and napkins!
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I love the decorative reindeer, red vase and simple greens as the centerpiece.  The red goblets are here again, with holiday napkins and plaid chargers...all readily available at Home Goods!!
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Here is the tin Angel!!!!!  
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Now onto creating seamless entertaining spaces!  Thanks Iconic Modern Home!!!!.

1.  Lighting - Clean White Light Illuminates Area

2. Seating - Inviting and Organized for Optimal Flow

3. De-Clutter - Remove Personal Items, Paper, Mail and "Stuff" to Ready the Space

4.  Custom Home Automation - Handheld Convenient Automation For All Things Ambiance
Blinds/Window Treatments

Monday, December 10, 2018

Home Goods Round Up!!!!

I went yesterday to the Port Chester Home Goods, not once but twice.  I needed to go home edit my photos and then go back to take more.  The store was jam packed..Honestly it was probably one of the best selections I have seen for gifts, holiday decor and decorative items.  I am in a Home Goods haze but happy for sure!!!!!   Here are some of the things I found!!!!  Good Luck Shopping and drop me a note letting me know what you found!!!

Please someone go and buy this skier wine cooler..so perfect for ski lovers or for a ski house!!!  Now I feel like I should have bought it...its soooo unique.

These silver nutcrackers were gorgeous!!!

Loved this appetizer dish and mercury glass string lights!!!  When I went back I found a matching tray for the holly dish...SCORE!!!

Also love this Ralph Lauren desk lamp..so chic!!!!  Please someone..don't leave it there!!!

There were some amazing modern pieces of art!!!

These lighted flocked trees are perfection!!!!

More metallic nutcrackers....different sizes!

These beaded salad bowls would make a great gift for the person who likes to entertain!!!

This Christmas cheese dome is adorable!!!

I also love the holiday cutting boards....great grab bag gift!!!  They were selling fast!!!

There were glitter reindeer galore!!! And these were such a great large size.

I was dying over these fur cozie mugs...I'm sad I left them there!!!

How incredible is this large orb candle holder?

Who wouldn't love a huge chocolate Santa under the tree!!!????

This marble tiered stand would look great in a kitchen with marble countertops!!!!

How adorable are these woodland reindeer?

I fell in love with these mirrored boxes!!!

How awesome would these vintage snow shoes look in a ski house or even in a mud room!!!??

Love these mugs and dessert dishes...

How awesome is the Rachel Zoe faux fur blanket?!!???  I might go back....

These dog ornaments are fab!!!!

More ski house finds!!!

They had a really great collection of Christmas stockings!!! This photo does not do them justice!!!

I saw these aluminum Angels on instagram last year..They were selling them like crazy at Round Top in Texas..I cannot believe they had one at Home Goods!!!!

More of the metallic Nutcracker statues.  I keep thinking of them for my piano.

More cool modern art!!!

More large glitter reindeer!!!

This platter is the greatest...It would def become an heirloom!!!

Run don't walk for these gold glasses!!!  At $3.99 each how can you resist...perfect for a Holiday bar cart!!!

Also these pasta bowls are a must buy too!!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Spinach Mozzarella Chicken Casserole

Today is my dad's birthday and we are going to celebrate over the weekend but I really wanted to make him something really good for dinner tonight.  I found this recipe on Pinterest a while ago and decided to try it (they say it is good for picky eaters)...It's so easy (my speciality) and really really good...I highly recommend it!!

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adapted from eatwell101.com

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut horizontally
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cup spinach, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 oz Mozzarella cheese, shredded

The marinade:
1. Add olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes into a Ziplok bag along with 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Seal the bag and shake until mixed. Add the chicken breasts, seal, and massage so the chicken is covered in the marinade, set aside for 10-15 minutes while you prep the remaining ingredients. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400ºF (200°C).
2. Quickly wilt the spinach in a skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil, set aside.
3. Arrange chicken breasts drained from the marinade in a baking dish. Spread the softened cream cheese over the chicken and lay spinach on top of the cream cheese. Finally, sprinkle mozzarella over the top.
4. Bake the chicken casserole for 20-30 minutes. Chicken is done when cooked through to an internal temperature of 165˚F (75°C). Serve warm with a side of cauliflower rice, or baked veggies. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Decorating for Christmas with Garland

Ever since last Christmas, I have gone garland crazy.  I added garland, around my front door, on my mantle, in my kitchen and up my staircase.  Here are some of the photos I used for inspiration, because there is always room for one more!!!  Happy Decorating!!!!

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