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Afternoon Tea

There’s a line I heard just today that got me in front of the computer nodding my head in total agreement with.

It goes,

“Do you want to know the diet for America, the one diet that would work… Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself.”

Well right now I want Double Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 24 cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 to 6 ounces dark chocolate chips or chunks

coarse sea salt, for topping (optional)

Place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat for 1 minute more.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients all at once to the butter and egg mixture. Beat on low speed until just combined.

Stop the mixer and stir in the chocolate chunks.

Scoop dough using a small cookie scoop, or by rolling dough by the heaping tablespoonful. Place on cookie sheet, leaving about 2-inches between each dough ball.

Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until cookies are just done. It’s even ok if these cookies are slightly under baked. Try your darndest not to over bake them. Allow to rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool before storing. Cookies are best within 3 days of baking.

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Why I Love Instagram

I LOVE Instagram and I have to say a little addicted to it now. Facebook and I are kind of in an open relationship now. I mostly use it to browse and share eye opening videos from the internet that completely make me rethink our capability humanity. (I hope my friends don’t start thinking that I’m an introvert activist… I’m not really). I just do my bit and “share” these videos to pass on the gilt so I can clear my mind and feast my eyes on these Instagram Hotties!

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Minimal

I’m always attracted to homes with clean straight lines, homes that are white and crisp. I think it’s mainly due to the fact that it’s impossible for my home to look like that. I’ve accepted that fact, after many years in the business I’ve fallen in love and collected many unique pieces that just about fit into our home without starting to look cluttered. (I’m don’t work well with clutter)

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However nothing wrong with admiring.

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If you’re decorating on a budget, upscale on the minimalist furniture and accessories you must have. i.e. sofa or table lamp, or even put down a little extra money to upscale your staircase. This alone can give great impact to your space.

Stairs

Bedroom image from here.Kitchen image from here. Walkway image from here. Stairs image from here.

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Home on the Ranch

Filled with so much happiness today as it’s but youngest son’s 1st Birthday today. Looking back over the past year, I feel a sense of true pride over the trials and joy bringing our youngest born into this world and into our life. His light will truly bless everyone that has come or will come to know him. Indeed a special guy.

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Looking at these pictures of Ellen and Portia’s Ranch home made my heart leap a little today too.
What a majestic place.

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The mist and the beautiful trees. The natural awesomeness of this place is just heaven on earth.

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Thank you Hema for sharing this post.

Images from Elle Decor

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Breakfast Nook

We’re keeping this picture of this adorable breakfast nook in our image database for sure.
This is the kind of kitchen I would like to have if when we decide to move out into our own place.

Some serious entertaining and cooking can happen here. Love the abundant variety of storage compartments and drawers. Clean and simple and just very straight forward.

Two very important things I’d like to point out that’s included here are the 1) Wine Fridge (a decent size one too!) and 2) The wall mounted television this is a totally livable space where let’s be frank the family is going to be spending much time in.

Kitchen wraps around banquette. Love.

Images taken from here.

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Home Sweet Home

Knock knock!! Welcome to my humble home. Please come in.
I am in love with this gorgeous sleek black door and frame. The stone porch and porch light accessorizing the whole entrance perfectly.
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Obviously this is pure fantasy. Just go along with it.

We like to keep our entertaining outdoors as often as possible so we went for bifolds creating an open space where our guests can flow easily in and our of the house.

Even as a transition space to kitchen, it’s still a place to mingle and faff around. So we made it inviting.

A big and bright kitchen is imperative. It’s a place for family breakfast, preparing lovely family meals, and the special place where friends and family come to for some tea and sympathy.

Waking up every morning to calmness is what we should strive for in life.

Once again a sense of calm oozing from every part of our home. With lush country green as our backyard. It’s rude not to keep everything else open and simple.

Last but certainly not least, our little mud room situated on the left from the house’s rear entrance. A place for my daily Birkin.

~ Thank you to all the gorgeous homes for making this dream a visual reality ~

First and last image from here. third image from here. Third and forth image from here. Fifth image from here. Sixth image from here.

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Bad Habits

Hope you are all having a wonderful start to the week.
Did you have a good weekend?

My husband and I have come to agree that our weekends would require some sort of pre-planning. Waking up in the morning discussing what we’d like to do for the day doesn’t work.

I’m not sure how we’re going to plan next weekend as it’s only boring Monday.

Unless it’s winter because otherwise I would rather be faffing around the house keeping this fireplace company.

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My Kind of Living

I admit this is a little far fetched of a dream come I hope would come true. But you can’t blame a girl for thinking big. So this town house would ideally be located in the UK, Italy or France… Not fussed really. Just love the entrance way, the windows.. everything about it is just calls to me. This is going on my vision board for sure!

If it’s not a town house. The country living also works well for me. Sure I’ll be doing a lot more jam making and baking but seriously why wouldn’t you.. Throw in a few dogs in the large back garden and a gorgeous fire place to warm the place in the evenings. Living at it’s best.

I’d keep my bed and bath simple too with a view like this to take my breadth a way when I wake up in the morning.

*First town house image from here | Town house living room image from here | My Kind of Living image taken from here | Kitchen image taken from here | Rustic bathroom and bedroom image from here