The Style Sisters

The Style Sisters

Walking in a Winter Wonderland tablescape

I love using bright colors like lime green, red, pink and turquoise at Christmas! 

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 I set this tablescape using my rattan chargers from Ikea...best deal around I think they are $3.99 ea..cheapest ones I have seen mixed with my Ikea white dinner plates.
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 I have had the lime green and red Christmas salad plates for years..I bought them when we lived in Texas and I just LOVE them! I folded red cloth napkin into a Christmas tree and placed a candy cane on top. Tutorial for Christmas tree fold on blog tomorrow. Green goblets were from Pier 1 a few years ago that I bought on clearance for $1.99 ea!! They work all year long for me.
Winter wonderland tablescape, bright colors for Christmas, Lime Green and red for Christmas The style sisters tablescape
I used fresh pieces of garland strung through my chandelier and hung a few ornaments from the chandy as well. 

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 The centerpiece was quite simple and faux green wreath with a small Christmas tree

 My talented daughter Madeline chalked this adorable Walking in a winter wonderland snowman for me! I wish I could write well but alas not my talent.

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Christmas Cupcake Toothpicks


 I have had so much fun making these adorable 
Christmas Cupcake toothpicks this year! 
I made some for my Niece's Unicorn and Mermaid baby shower! I will show that shower tomorrow it really turned out amazingly cute! 

I actually made these for my sisters Craft Fair she is going to! 
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 I love how they turned out in the pastel pink, green gold and red. 
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 Even the girl at the UPS store wanted to buy some when I went to ship them to my sister!
 I am thinking of starting to sell them myself.....what would you be willing to purchase a set of 12 for? 
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If you don't have Cricut machine you really ought to ask Santa for one this year they are AMAZING!


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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. 

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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!!

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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

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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. 

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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! 

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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?






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