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Ikea Faves 2018

I was in Ikea a few weeks ago with my friend, Kristi. She was looking to purchase a dresser which ended up being out of stock. We didn’t spend a ton of time in Ikea, but long enough for me to remember how diverse their products are. When I say “diverse”, I mean varying in style, price, and usefulness.
There are basically two opinions on Ikea. One being that it’s a great and inexpensive place to buy trendy furniture and home goods. The other being that Ikea has cheaply made, generic,  and poor quality products. My opinion falls somewhere in the middle. I LOVE going to Ikea and I’m very into the scandy design elements… However, I do think you need a good eye. Some products (mainly furniture) can come off a little college dorm-y. 

Below are some of my favorite products available at Ikea currently.

Dvala Pink Sheets – These are the perfect shade of millennial pink and I can’t wait to get them on my bed. They’re soft and inexpensive and exactly what I need.

Korken Glass Carafes – We own several of these. They’re perfect or mixing party drinks or just keeping water cold in the fridae.

Kallax – We currently own 2 2X4 kallax shelving units for our record collection. This shelving unit, along with its various accessories, provide a multitude of shelving solutions.

Svalnas Wall Mount System – The combination desk and storage system is both beautiful and functional. Perfect for a home office.

Sommar hanging planter – I love the white and pink combo and want to purchase several for our sunroom.

Snofsa Clock – This clock has a 60’s glam vibe and I love it.

What are you loving at Ikea these days?

Florida Ice Storm 2018

Living in Florida my entire life, I’ve had only a handful of very cold weather experiences. It’s snowed here a few times, but nothing of consequence. We DO tend to have a few weeks of low temps (lows getting into the mid-low twenties), but it tends to warm up rather quickly.
This past week has been particularly cold, and last wednesday North Florida was transformed into a winter wonderland. We ended up only getting “frozen mix” rather than full blown snow, but I still loved the results.First off, I’ll let you know that I slipped on our porch steps as I was walking to the car to go to work. I still have a gigantic bruise on my back. Second, my car was completely frozen and one of my spiritual gifts is NOT de-icing a car. Third, I was terrified of driving on icy roads, but the roads ending up being fine and I only work 3 miles from our house anyway. So, my morning started off rocky and I didn’t have a chance to take in the ice-covered surroundings.
When I came home for lunch, I took the opportunity to walk around our yard and snap a few photos. Everything was so beautiful! And again, I know this may not be too impressive to someone in, say, Michigan… but to Floridians THIS IS AMAZING! Look how magical our yard was!Here’s hoping for another bout of really cold weather before it’s 95 degrees on the daily!

Easy and Delicious Cranberry Sauce

There’s something special about homemade cranberry sauce accompanying a Thanksgiving meal. While it’s incredibly easy to pick up the canned stuff at the grocery store, it’s truly not that much harder to make it at home. This sauce can even be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. My favorite way to eat this sauce is spread on a sandwich made of Thanksgiving leftovers. 
Here’s what you need:
16 oz fresh cranberries
2 oranges
1 C sugar

Add your cranberries, the juice of 2 oranges, a little zest, and sugar to a sauce pot. Heat on medium high for about 20 minutes. Continue to stir. The sauce will thicken and the natural pectin in the cranberries will give your sauce a “jellied” effect. Remove from heat and serve either warm or cold.
That’s it, folks! Truly the easiest Thanksgiving recipe known to man!