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Daily Inspiration – Blood Orange Cake!

Oh my, oh my! If you follow us on Instagram you probably know I tried my very first blood orange last week (yes, super late to the game, I know!) and my life has changed forever! Too dramatic? Maybe. The truth is, I already bought a second bag just because I wanted to keep eating them and bake with them at the same time HA! That’s where my obsession is right now. As always one of my best friends introduced me to a ton of recipes so that’s when my mind was really blown. If you didn’t catch that, when I say “one of my best friends” I’m referring to Pinterest HA! Long story short, this cake by Tide & Thyme called for Greek yogurt instead of butter so I was all in. This was the first time I was making a pound cake from scratch so I was a little nervous but the end result was just incredible! I had to tell the mister to leave enough cake for me to take pictures in the morning. True story. Are you a fan of blood oranges? Have you made any recipes? Please do tell! Can you tell I like them? Happy baking friends!

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Daily Inspiration – UW Arboretum Snapshots

Yesterday I decided to go on a little snow hike to explore something new and enjoy the sunshine (it was sunny and 30 degrees HA!). After some research I came across the UW Arboretum so I headed in that direction without really knowing what I was getting myself into. As I arrived, the roads looked like they were out of a movie all covered in snow, at this point I was happy with where my desire for adventure had led me. I parked at the very first parking lot I came across and ventured out to what seemed like a pretty snow trail into the woods. At this point, it hit me, I just couldn’t believe where I was hiking. A few months ago my hiking consisted of hoping to get a parking spot in a busy L.A street and wishing I wouldn’t run into anyone listening to their music without their headphones at Runyon Canyon (which I do miss the view a little)…. Fast forward a few months and here I am in a winter wonderland surrounded by nothing but trees and snow falling from them. It was truly beautiful. For a second I felt like I was part of one of my childhood Disney movies as I stepped into the woods hoping not to run into a wolf or a witch offering me an apple. As I was enjoying my hike, snapping pictures whenever inspired, my heart suddenly stopped. I couldn’t believe my eyes, their they were…. WILD TURKEYS! The scariest creatures I’ve seen since moving to the Midwest. I did the obvious thing any city girl would do, snapped their photo and then slowly ran away. HA! Cannot wait to go back, specially during the Fall. Don’t you just love exploring new cities?

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Daily Inspiration – Valentine’s His & Hers

Apparently I’m feeling all lovey-dovey this year, first free printable tags, now a little “His & Hers” Valentine’s gift guide. Just in case you need a little help picking out something special for your Valentine (cue the awwws) As always I kept it real when it comes to cost so no one’s wallet will be super hurt in the process HA! Are you excited for Valentines Day?

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 1. Cotton Shirt $24.95 | 2. Eyelash Lace A-line Dress $27.80 | 3. Hello Handsome Mug $14.90 | 4. Hashtag Kiss Socks $2.90
| 5. Heart-Patterned Sock Set $5.00 | 6. Hello Beautiful Mug $14.90 |
7. Paneled Faux Leather Messenger Bag $19.90 | 8. Small Shoulder Bag $9.95 | 9. Faux Leather Ankle Boots $39.80                     | 10. Buckled Moto Booties $37.80 |

 

 

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Daily Inspiration – Valentine’s FREE Printable Tags!

With Valentines around the corner and my fever of wrapping presents not going anywhere anytime soon, (I blame the holidays) I figured, why not create some tags as a gift just for you? I made these with Valentines on my mind, but really they can work for any special occasion.  Click HERE to download your very own copy. Feel free to print your lovely tags on any type of thick paper, cut and wrap away! From baked goods to any cute homemade gift, these tags will help bring an extra smile to anyone’s face. If you end up using them, please share it with me so I can smile big on my end too! Feel free to tag us on Instagram @InspirationNook Happy gifting friends!

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Daily Inspiration – Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Last night after dinner I was randomly talking with the mister about these bad boys. Then I realized I had all the ingredients to make them and just went for it! I followed this easy recipe and they turned out great. All you do is mix your coconut flakes with sweet condensed milk and add a little splash of almond flavor. Baking time was super short too.This recipe didn’t call for chocolate, I just really wanted to go the chocolate route. This last step was totally inspired by one of my favorite coffee shops in town, Colectivo. They sell these and we both have been hooked which is how I think the whole conversation started. The fact I made them at home got me lots of wife points HA! It was my very first time making them and to be honest, it wont be the last. What about you? Are you a fan of coconut macaroons?

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Daily Inspiration – Madison Winter Snapshots

Last week after a snowfall (just the second one of the season), I decided to venture out of the house with my camera to do some exploring. From side country roads to downtown. This is the result…

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Daily Inspiration – Miniature Trees Gift Wrapping DIY

I came across these cute little miniature trees at Joann’s Fabric. The instant I found them I knew what I could do. Why not use them while gift wrapping? Well, after getting some gifts I was way too excited to bring my idea to life. I don’t know about you, but to me gift wrapping is always my favorite part. It’s so relaxing and kinda therapeutic. I truly enjoy seeing smiles the minute someone receives a gift, not because of what they’re receiving but because of the wrapping HA! Yeah I know, I’m crazy and I know it!

Anyways, back to the tutorial… you will need some colorful twine, cute miniature trees and wrapping paper. I created mine with craft paint + craft paper. Simply stamp it as you wish, I made dots using a plastic screw HA! Once your gift is wrapped all you gotta do is tie a knot around the base of your tree when wrapping the twine around your present. It doesn’t get any simpler than that! Take a look below. Tell me they’re not awesome? I truly love the simplicity of them. Happy holiday friends!

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Daily Inspiration – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

I decided to make these bars yesterday to surprise the mister and boy were they good. Two Peas & Their Pod strike again! I had most of the ingredients, plus I added some cocoa powder in the mix at the last minute since I didn’t have a full bag of chocolate chips. Oh my god, they turned out amazing and super moist. I think I finally have this baking thing down. Who am I kidding? It was pure luck! HA! Give it shot if you are in the mood for something pumpkin flavor, besides a “pumpkin spice latte”. I must confess, I don’t like those. I rather have these muffins and now these bars! Yum! What is your favorite pumpkin treat? Happy baking friends!

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Daily Inspiration – Refinished Mid-Century Dressers

Ladies and gents I present to you my very first furniture refinishing project. After lots of hours and days reading all different types of “how to’s” I went for it. The search was on for the best mid-century dresser I could find. After visiting numerous goodwill stores with no luck, I turned to my trusty old friend…”Craigslist”. After losing out one dresser, I had lost all hope. How was I going to find another one? Then, a few days after taking a break from all the madness, I decided to take a quick look on Craigslist before going to bed and there they were, not one, but two great dressers calling our names. They were two for the price of one so I knew immediately this was meant to be HA! I had the most fun working on them on a weekend between football games and meals in on our garage (the perks of living in the Midwest, I now have space for these types of projects). The mister loved what I did so it was a win all around. After a week of letting them dry out, we brought them into their new home and I can’t stop smiling. Have you refinished old furniture before? Isn’t it awesome? On to the next one!

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Daily Inspiration – Recycled Cans DIY

I was itching to create something from these cans I saved while cooking dinner the other night. Enter this cute little DIY. I used craft paint, cute chalkboard labels (from the dollar bin from Target, yeah!) and to finish I filled them up with pretty dry flowers from our wedding. It doesn’t get more special than that! The possibilities are endless with these. Fresh flowers will look amazing too. Cannot wait to make some more. I love using recycled materials. What do you think? Would you give it a try?

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