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    A Pop of Florals

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    I recently received this black floral print top c/o SheInside, and I already know it’s going to be one of my favorite pieces this Spring. I really love the fun floral print because it is very bright and cheerful and makes a statement. This was also a great find for me because it is very similar to another favorite top of mine that was ruined in the wash a few years back. I have to say that when I saw this top online, I didn’t realize that it was cropped and cinched at the waist. Luckily, this piece works with my wardrobe because I love wearing high-waisted jeans and skirts. Once the weather starts to warm up a bit, I think it will also look really pretty paired with a high-waisted full skirt and kitten heels.
    Speaking of Spring, if you can’t already tell from the fact that I’m wearing peep toe clogs despite the chilly weather, I’m anxious to trade in my coats and boots for dresses and cute sandals.  We’ve been getting quite a bit of sunshine these past few days, so I’m optimistic that warmer weather is just around the corner. Fingers crossed!
    As always, thank you for stopping by. I also want to apologize for having such a crazy posting schedule these days. This year is off to a busy start for me, and it has been hard to figure out my blogging schedule. That being said, I have so many fun ideas for growing this blog in the new year once I do figure out how to manage my time.
    xoxo,
    Helen
    Food & DIY

    Lentil, Vegetable and Sausage Soup

    Soup has become one of my favorite foods to eat this winter because it makes for a very comforting meal and keeps you warm in the cold weather. I’ve made this lentil, vegetable and sausage soup recipe often in the past few months because it’s filling, delicious and very easy to make. The mixture of vegetables make this a very healthy recipe, and the kale and mushrooms add a more interesting texture. I must admit, though, that I decided to incorporate vegetables into this delicious recipe as a way for me to sneak vegetables back into my daily diet. My plan is obviously working because I’m a fan of this soup and have significantly increased my intake of vegetables. This soup is yummy by itself, but I usually like to top it off with grated parmesan cheese and a bit of Sriracha sauce to add an extra kick to it. I hope you enjoy this recipe!
    Lentil, Mushroom and Sausage Soup
    Makes 5-7 servings

    Ingredients:
    1/4 Cup of Oil
    1lb Lentils
    4 Celery Sticks (Chopped)
    1/2 Onion (Chopped)
    4 Carrots (Chopped)
    3 Cups of Kale
    3 Cups of Crimini Mushrooms
    9 Cups of Water
    2 Tbsp of Chicken Buillon
    1 lb of Precooked Sausage

    1. In a large pot, add oil, onion, celery, carrots and mushrooms. Stir ingredients until they are soft and the onion is slightly browned.

    2.  Add the water, lentils, kale, chicken buillon and sausage to the pot. Bring the water to boil, and then let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Stir the mixture frequently to avoid any ingredients sticking to the bottom of the pot.

    See, I was not lying when I said this recipe was easy! Just as a note, the mushrooms make this soup hearty enough so that you can easily substitute the vegetable broth and leave out the sausage if you’re vegan or vegetarian. This recipe also keeps well in the fridge for about a week, which is great if you have a busy schedule like me and can’t cook every day of the week. However, if eating lentil soup for a week straight is not your thing, you can store part of it away in the freezer.

    If you haven’t already noticed, my blogging schedule has been all over the place these past few weeks. Remember when I said that one of my priorities was to practice self-care in the new year? Well, that meant prioritizing sleep over blogging this week. I can’t make any promises yet, but I’m hoping my schedule will be less hectic in the next few weeks so that I can get back to my regular blogging schedule. As always, thanks for stopping by!

    xoxo,
    Helen
    Food & DIY, Outfit, Travel

    Farewell, 2015!

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    I can’t believe that 2015 is almost over! It’s very easy to say that this was an amazing year for me when you think of all that I’ve accomplished; I visited some amazing places, quit my job, and I left Los Angeles, my home of almost 27 years, to attend grad school in Portland. This year has been very exciting and full of many changes, and I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me. See you all in the new year!
    xoxo,
    Helen