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I love this song by Alicia Keys. It’s one of those amazing songs by a truly talented artist. And, if you’re in a place where maybe you’re having a hard time, especially financially, this song can help put things in perspective. Take the time to listen to it.


This
is Jenna’s kind of party…and if you’re a shoe lover, you would desire it too.

I’m so ready for spring and warm weather. This party is stunning and makes me want to celebrate spring…and make a tissue flower wall to brighten my home.

Lisa {With Style and Grace}, you always amaze me with your yummy recipes. This GF Cranberry Almond Granola is no exception. We’ve made it twice and it’s a family favorite. Yummy!! Even if you’re not GF, you will love this.

Oh fellow mother’s of young children everywhere – have you been listening to Frozen’s hit song Let It Go 500 times a day for a couple of months? I understand. Me too, with my 3.5 year old daughter. Well, a mom did spoof on the song, that had me laughing out loud. Here I stand saggy boobs and all – post three kids – I hear ya sister.

Have a great weekend!
xoxoxo

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1. Honeycrisp Apples are in the bins at grocery stores – they are my absolute favorite. They are delicious as ia, with cheese, peanut butter, or this time of year decorated with delectable caramel. Babble hooks you up with 9 creative ideas for caramel apples.

2. These sparkly flats from Gap are calling my name. And, so is this bag with a big bow.

3. I’m adding this DIY Mirror made of Shims to my to do list, but first I’m going to make these DIY Clipboard Frames.

4. I really like Brené Brown, researcher/storyteller, who studies human connection. She studies shame, courage, worthiness and vulnerability. I first saw her on Oprah, and really liked her. She is personal, funny, real and her research is powerful and helpful. Here’s the TEDtalk that made her BIG. If you get time this weekend, watch it. I’m reading her book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, right now. It’s good, ya’ll.

In the intro, she referenced a speech that Teddy Roosevelt gave in 1910. It’s so well said. In it, Roosevelt said:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

5. If you love lentils like me, you can stay warm this weekend with this healthy lentil soup I made this week. Delicious.

Vegetable and Lentil Soup
serves 8

Ingredients
3/4 of a 1 pound bag of green lentils rinsed
Boiling water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 large leeks, chopped
1 tsp Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp ground cumin
6 celery ribs, diced
6 medium carrots, diced
2 quarts chicken stock
1 cup water
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons dry red wine
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

How To
In a large heat-proof bowl, cover the lentils with boiling water for 15 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add the onions, garlic, leeks, salt, pepper, thyme and cumin and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables tender, about 20 minutes.

Add the celery and carrots and cook until they begin to soften, about 15 minutes.

Then, add the chicken stock, water, tomato paste and lentils to the pot.

Increase the heat to high, cover and bring to a boil. Uncover, reduce the heat to low, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender, about 1 hour.

Stir in the red wine.

Serve hot with a sprinkling of Parmesan, and croutons if you desire.

{image via Sugarboo Designs, Lavender Fields Online…we love Sugarboo!}

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Love this quote. And, love our top 5 for the weekend…

1. This butternut squash risotto hit the spot for me this week. Hearty. Creamy. Delicious. It’s a great seasonal meal that will fill you up.

2. Only one more week to buy all the fabulous products at Fleur de Lis before Jenna moves to her fabulous new location at LoHi {Lower Highlands}. Her new location is by appointment only, so to meet with Jenna to design your wedding and party invites {you out-of-state folk can call or e-mail to work with her}, call or email jenna@fleurdelisdtc.com.

3. Ever wish you could pull off a tutu as a grown woman the way Carrie Bradshaw did in Sex and the City? We say, “Do it ladies.”  There are some beautiful, full skirts in style that will have you feeling feminine and flirty. This ShabbyApple Tinsel Town Skirt is lovely, and this one from Anthropologie is too. Santa, want to buy the Shabby Apple skirt for me early this year??

4. For those of you who turned the big 3-0 this year like me, are in your 30′s or survived your 30′s, you can totally relate to this article by Olivia Wilde. Funny.

5. The pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks. Yummy. Go get yourself one, or make your own using this recipe.

{images via Simply Clarke}