Thursday, May 28, 2015

5 Minute Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day.  It gives you energy, concentration, and helps you maintain a healthy body weight.  We all have skipped breakfast more than we should.  Here are some easy, yummy recipes that you can whip up in 5 minutes or less for those mornings that you're running late for work.  No more missing the most important meal of the day! 

Microwave Breakfast Flatbread Pizza


What You Need:
1 EGG, beaten
1 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. fully cooked breakfast sausage crumbles, or fully cooked sausage link or patty
1 round flatbread (6-in diameter) 
2 Tbsp. shredded cheese

BEAT egg and milk in 2-cup cereal bowl until blended. ADD sausage.  MICROWAVE on HIGH 30 seconds; push cooked edges toward center. MICROWAVE until egg is almost set, about 15 to 45 seconds longer.  CUT egg into 4 or 5 pieces; arrange on flatbread. TOP with cheese.  MICROWAVE an additional 10 to 15 seconds to melt cheese. SERVE immediately.

Bagel Gone Bananas


What You Need:
2 tablespoons natural nut butter, such as almond, cashew or peanut
1 teaspoon honey
Pinch of salt
1 whole-wheat bagel, split and toasted
1 small banana, sliced

STIR together the nut butter, honey, and salt in a small bowl.  SPREAD the mix out evenly on both halves of the bagel.  TOP with bananas. 

Frozen Fruit Smoothie 


What You Need:
2 cups frozen berries or fruit
2 Tbsp. orange juice concentrate (or 1/2 cup orange juice)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup yogurt1 frozen banana
1 Tbsp. honey

ADD all of the ingredients into a blender and BLEND until completely smooth.

Ham and Egg Breakfast Bowl


What You Need:
1 think slice of deli ham
1 EGG, beaten
Shredded cheese

LINE the bottom of 8-oz ramekin or custard cup with ham slice, folding ham in half, if necessary. POUR egg over ham. MICROWAVE on HIGH 30 seconds; stir.  MICROWAVE until egg is almost set, 15 to 30 seconds longer. TOP with cheese and serve immediately. 

Breakfast Crostini 


What You Need:
1/4 of a baguette, sliced in half lengthwise
1/2 cup ricotta
1 Tbsp. honey
1 cup strawberries, sliced

COMBINE ricotta and honey. SPREAD evenly over the baguette slices.  TOP it with sliced strawberries.  Ricotta can also be replaced with cream cheese.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Color Wheel: Burnt Orange

Burnt Orange is a medium dark shade of orange.  It was popular in interior design in the 1970s.  This is an official color for the Texas Longhorns at the University of Texas.  Burnt Orange can go great with many different color palettes.  Whether it be for your living room, bedroom, or even a nursery, burnt orange is a great color to accent with.

Color Wheel: Burnt Orange

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Recipe: Pumpkin Bars

They may not be "in season", but pumpkin bars are downright delicious. Here's how to make them! Pumpkin_Bars

2 14-oz. packages of pumpkin quick bread mix
1 1/4 cups oil
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 eggs
1 15-oz. can of pumpkin

cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 3-oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon milk 1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine all bar ingredients; stir until dry mix is moistened. Spread batter evenly in greased pan.

2. Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for about 45 minutes.

3. In small bowl, combine all frosting ingredients and beat until smooth. Spread over cooled bars. Store in fridge.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Style Spotlight: Rustic

Are you looking for the rustic style look?  This style creates an organic environment and deals with natural materials.  If you love antiques and repurposing different kinds of materials, you will love this style of design.

Here is how to achieve the rustic style:

Reclaimed Wood: Wood can be found in a variety of places.  Old barns, houses, tree trunks, bowling alley floors, etc. can be used.  Get outdoors and think outside of the box.

Antique Lighting: Going to antique stores or garage sales can be a great way to find items you are looking for.  An old chandelier with candles can give an elegant and rustic look to your design.

Neutral Walls: Keep the walls a neutral and warm color, and save the decor and furniture for adding the color you want to accent.  An accent wall of color can also be a way to pop the color you want to add your room.

Vintage Accessories: Add vintage decor such as crates, candles, lamps, clocks, frames, jars, etc.  These accessories can also be found at antique stores, garage sales, and flea markets.  If you are having trouble finding the color you want, you can always take something you find and paint it yourself.

Flooring: Wood and stone flooring creates a rustic look.  Adding a woven or fur rug can also add a warm feel to the room.

Distressed Metals: Bronze, iron, and copper add an industrial rustic look.  Use these metals with a side table, fixture, lighting, etc.

Colors: Warm and cozy patterns and colors are typically what is used in a rustic design.  Some colors that are usually used are tan, denim blue, forest green, red, etc. Adding lighter or brighter colors can add a more modern feel to the design.

Style Spotlight: Rustic

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

DIY Summer Backyard Projects

Summer is approaching soon, why not make your backyard stand out?  Here is a few easy DIY tricks and tips to help you achieve a fun, bright, and awesome backyard for this summer.

Cinderblock Bench


Mailbox Planters


Chandelier Bird Feeder


Chair Tree Swing


Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring Activities


The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, and you've hopefully got a little bit of free time before summer arrives next month! Want some fun stuff to do during the last month of spring? Here ya go!

1. Go for a walk in the park

2. Fly a kite

3. Bust out the sidewalk chalk

4. Pick strawberries

5. Visit a zoo

6. Get caught in the rain

7. Picnic!

8. Plant a garden (peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, etc.!)

9. Bike ride

10. Take pictures outside

These are just a few of the many things you can do to enjoy the last month of spring!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Color Wheel: Chartreuse


Chartreuse. It's halfway between yellow and green. And did you know it can be an awesome color to decorate with? Check out the random assortment of cool things below! Most of them have more of a yellow tinge, while the image above is more of a representation of chartreuse as a "web color". Also, it's just a cool word!

Color Wheel: Chartreuse