Posts Tagged ‘nice lovely things’

Just a quick tidbit about home decor. You don’t have to go out and spend tons of money on decorations every season. Just go outside and see what nature gives you! It looks amazing and gives you a comfortable, nature vibe. So, the next time you take a walk maybe you’ll pick up a pine cone or two!

natural home decorations

Flowers, walnuts, and corn are a great fall combination!

Natural home decorations

Acorns, leaves, pine cones, and pieces of wood give your home a great fall atmosphere.


natural home decorations

Try collecting seashells in a mason jar. It looks fantastic and it’s a great conversation piece.


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Happy Halloween everyone!! Last night I made something delicious and so simple, its amazing. It’s perfect as a snack, a side dish, or with a little cinnamon and sugar, as a dessert. I took a pumpkin, one of those pretty green and orange ones:



and sliced them up. I put them in the oven, directly on the rack, and let them roast at 200 degrees Centigrade. The amount of time you let them sit in the oven depends on how roasted you like them. The important thing is that a fork slides easily into them, after that, you can make them as crispy as you like. Here is the finished product:

roasted pumpkin


With a cup of hot apple cider (see recipe below) and a comfortable couch, it’s a perfect evening in!

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Sitting around, I just remembered two old recipes for some lovely wintertime tea. There’s nothing that warms you up better than a hot cup of tea, and it’s so easy to make it unique and new, just by adding a few ingredients, or even just mixing a few teas together! Here are some of my favorites:

~For the follwing 4 teas, you start out by brewing your favorite black tea, be it Assam, Ceylon, Earl Grey, or any other. Then, in a cheese cloth, tea strainer, or directly in the tea, let it seep with

1. ginger, cinnamon, and orange rind

2. orange oil,  whole cloves, and cinnamon

3. dried orange rind, black peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, whole cloves

4. ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves

~Another great idea is to simply combine one bag of white tea and one bag of peppermint tea in the same cup. It gives it a great Christmas taste!

~ For a fruitier taste, mix one bag of Earl Grey with one of raspberry tea. What you get is a deliciously fruity black tea with hints of bergamot from the Earl Grey and tangy-ness from the raspberries.

~Try mixing Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender, Ginger, Rosehip, or any combination of simple herbal teas for a combination of flavors made just for your taste buds!

~For an amazing apple cider/hot apple tea, boil quartered apples (cored, with enough water to cover them by about 2 inches) together with cinnamon, allspice, and sugar (amounts depend on your personal preferences) for about 45 minutes uncovered and on high heat, covered and simmering for about 2 hours. Strain when it’s done, and enjoy!  It’s delicious! And you can throw the rest of the apple chunks into a blender for an amazing homemade applesauce!

These are great waya to spice up your tea and give it a whole new flavor. You can try other combinations of spices as well! Please comment if you have any other ideas for tea flavorings! Enjoy!

black tea recipes

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As you may be able to tell from the header of this blog, tea is a pretty important thing to me. I drink it every day, with very, very few exceptions. It has TONS of benefits, besides warming you up in the winter. It’s healthy, first of all. It cleanses your system, is really good for your stomach, and is a great antioxidant. There is a very long-standing tradition with tea in many countries, such as India, England, China, and Turkey. Even if tea isn’t traditional where you live, you should make it a tradition of your own! No matter what kind of tea you like, there is a reason this aromatic beverage has been around for thousands of years: its the best! Here are some of my favorite tea flavors:

lavender tea

Lavender Tea. So aromatic and flowery, it’s one of the most fragrant teas I’ve ever had.

masala chai

Masala Chai. Or Indian Chai Tea. Or just plain Chai. It has so many rich aromas, this tea always reminds me of the holiday season. Chai tea has a black tea base with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, anise, peppercorn, and other “warm spices”, and is usually drank with milk. It’s like a massage for your taste buds.

earl grey

Earl Grey. The old-fashioned favorite. English tea with a hint of bergamot oil that gives it the luxurious flavor it has. This is fancy tea. I like it with sugar and a splash of milk.

green tea

Green Tea. Another classic. This tea is known for it’s antioxidant and cleansing purposes. Besides being incredibly healthy, it’s also delicious. It comes in many flavors, my favorites are Green Tea with Aloe, Prickly Pear, Mandarin, or Jasmine.


Jasmine Tea. Another fragrant, floral tea that makes you feel as if you’re in the middle of a jasmine garden in the spring.





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Flowers to this day remain one of the most beautiful home decorations you can have in your home. Not only do they give the atmosphere a warm and comfortable feeling, but they brighten up a room like almost nothing else can. With that said, here are some very beautiful flowers for you all to enjoy!



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With the winter coming, the cold already here, and the hours of daylight getting fewer and fewer, the hours spent indoors are getting longer and longer. As much as this pains many of us summer fanatics, there are things you can do indoors that can fill up your time so you don’t get the winter blues. These are three very simple and creative DIY projects that will not only keep you and your loved ones busy, but will also add personality and a sort of shabby-chic air to your home. I chose these three to begin with because they are all easy to make, and look fabulous.

grater earring holder

This has got to be one of the cutest and easiest DIY ideas ever! Just paint an old cheese grater whatever color matches your home decor, and hang earrings on it. Pretty and practical… what could be better?!?

toilet roll giftboxes

Want to package gifts in a unique way? Try folding in the ends of toilet paper rolls and wrapping them with a ribbon! Voi-la! Unique gist boxes perfect for giving jewelry, gift cards, and anything else that will fit inside!

paper roses

For beautiful, crafty paper roses, just draw a swirl on construction paper (color of your choice), cut on the line, and roll up. Secure the bottom with hot glue, and there you go! You can put them in a bowl for a potpourri-like effect or, for a more in-touch-with-nature look, hang them from a branch and put the branch in a vase.

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