Blog :: 01-2018

Super Bowl LII Finger Food Recipe

Finger food for Super Bowl Sunday 2-4-18



Fun Fact:

The Super Bowl is the second biggest eating holiday of the year. 

With that in mind we wanted to share a snack you can feel good about eating.


Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

This easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer is always a hit at parties!  Gluten free and Paleo.

YIELD: about 40 bites PREP TIME: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 30 minutes TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake bacon according to these directions. Remove to a paper towel–lined plate and lightly pat dry. Once cool enough to handle, dice and set aside.

2. If necessary, move the racks to the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 425°F.  Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil. Brush sheets with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil each. With a mandoline or very sharp knife, slice the sweet potatoes into 1/2- to 1/4-inch slices.  Arrange the slices in a single layer on the oiled baking sheets, then brush tops with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown underneath, rotating the pans 180 degrees and changing their positions on the upper/lower racks halfway through. Remove the pans from the oven, flip the slices over, then roast for an additional 8 to 11 minutes, until golden on top.

3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the avocado, lime juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and smoked paprika. Mash lightly with a fork, leaving the mixture slightly chunky. Set aside.

Transfer the baked sweet potato slices to a serving plate. Top each with a dollop of the avocado mixture, chopped bacon, and cilantro.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make ahead tips: Slice the sweet potatoes and bake the bacon up to 1 day in advance. Store separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. The avocado mixture can be made a few hours in advance. Store in the refrigerator with plastic wrap pressed tightly against the top to prevent browning.  I recommend baking the sweet potatoes and assembling the bites as close to serving time as possible, as they do become a bit soggy as they sit.

Even if they do soften somewhat, they will still be delicious!


This delicious recipe brought to you by WELL PLATED BY ERIN





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    Fun Kids Valentine Workshop happening at Home Depot


    Score points with your loved ones and build a Valentine bean bag toss in this hands-on workshop.


    You and your child can construct a fun bean bag toss game for the whole family to love. Following the bean bag toss game board

    construction, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. 

    All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

    Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.

    To Register for this fun event, CLICK HERE!




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      The Oxygen Bomb - Plants and how they help



      The Oxygen Bomb: When You Insert This Plant, You Take Out All The Toxins From Your Home!



      You surely have heard that plants possess amazing properties to cleanse the air and create a perfect environment. If you keep them at home, they will filter the air inside and eliminate mold and toxins from it.

      According to NASA, every household should have between 15 and 18 of the following plants on an area of 500 square meters, and it is recommended to keep at least one of these in the bedroom.

      When it comes to increasing the levels of oxygen in the home, you should keep an aloe Vera plant, which is an incredibly potent oxygen bomb. This plant is as effective as nine biological air purifiers in cans!

      It releases oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde.

      Furthermore, Aloe Vera is one of the healthiest plants on the planet, so you can also enjoy its numerous health benefits.

      Additionally, the following plants are some of the most effective air purifiers you can grow in your home: weeping fig, Lilies,  Spider plant, Estragon, and ivy .

      Check out the full article for more information on which plants are a good fit for your home, by visiting,



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        Home Decor Trends of 2018

        The Top 6 Home Decor Trends of 2018,

        According to Pinterest

        By   Dec 14, 2017

        We spend entirely too much time clicking around Pinterest, but apparently we are in good company (looking at all of you here).

        According to the site’s year-end report, there was a 75% increase in home-centric Pins this year. We also put our money where our saved images are; people who use Pinterest spend 27% more on decor than people who don’t (sorry, wallets).

        Judging by the trending searches, these home decor trends are bound to be big in 2018.

               1. Wall Art- Pins for "wall art" were up 637% this  year.

        2. Patterned Plants- Pins for “patterned plants” were up 533% this year.

        3. Mixed Metallics- Pins for “mixed metals” were up 423% this year.

        4. Terrazzo Flooring- Pins for “terrazzo” were up 316% this year.

        5. Statement Ceilings- Pins for “statement ceilings” were up 310% this year.

        6. Spa-Inspired Bathroom- Pins, or saves, for "spa bathrooms" were up 269% this year.

        Check out the full HouseBeautiful article, CLICK HERE




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          Give your home a fresh look for $0!



          The New Year is a time of fresh starts, so why not give our home a fresh look for the new year. Below are highlights from the January / February 2018  article By Claire Vath that allows you to do just that.


          The $0 Home Makeover                                                                                                      

          Even on a small budget - or no budget at all - you can refresh and renew the spaces in your home with these tips for design experts.                                                                          

          Start Fresh- The best way to start a room makeover is to take everything out of the room to create a   blank canvas. Rearranging furniture within your home can make the space feel new to you again, says Daniela Guini of Daniela Guini Interior Design in Chicago.

          Mix and Match- As you begin rearranging, rethink how and where you use your furnishings. While you’re at it, reconsider some of those matching furniture sets you’ve purchased. Perhaps the living room side table would make a great bedside table, especially with a new coat of paint.

          New Color, New Look- Whether you have enough leftover paint for an accent wall or you just want to breathe fresh life into kitchen cabinets or a piece of furniture, “paint, paint, paint,” says Anna Gibson, owner of Reston, Virginia’s AKG Design Studio LLC.

          Remove Art and Mirrors- “We innately feel like we’re supposed to hang decorative art or mirrors,” Guini says, “but try setting the art or mirror on the console table, fireplace mantel or dresser and leaning it against the wall instead.”

          Find New Art You Already Own- That beautiful Christmas card someone sent you last year? Don’t toss it after the holidays. Wrapping paper, art paper, fabric pieces — even magazine covers or images can all become modern, interesting and textural art in frames.

          Pillows- Pillows are a great way to add texture, visual interest and pops of color to any space.

          Natural Items- Items from nature make beautiful seasonal décor that requires no investment and won’t pile up in the attic when you’re done displaying it — you can just toss it outside.     


          Quick Tips:                                                                                                                                                       

          1. Declutter - Getting rid of excess can truly transform the vibe of our homes.                                           

          2. Trade up - Trade items “for keeps,” or just for a while, and refresh two homes at once.                        

          3. Rethink your knickknacks - Before you run out for a new tabletop item, look around your home.                                                                                                                                         

          4. New to you and free, too! - Check out these sources for free, recycled items: The “free” section of your local Craigslist site &                                                                                                      

          For the complete design secrets -check out the full article on Mother Living Earth





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            Nine tips for staying safe in Vermont's extreme cold from BFP

            Nine tips for staying safe in Vermont's extreme cold

            Free Press Staff - Published 1:03 p.m. ET Dec. 27, 2017 | Updated 8:40 a.m. ET Dec. 28, 2017

            Do you know how to stay safe in extremely cold weather? Here are some tips to help you stay out of trouble during Vermont's coldest months (courtesy of the state's health and public safety departments):


            1. Watch out for your fellow humans! Check on those who are housebound to make sure they have heat, food and water.
            2. Have you been to the gas station lately?  Keep your gas tank at least half-full and carry an emergency travel kit, including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.
            3. Curl up inside with a good book.  Limit time outdoors, especially for the elderly and young children.
            4. Keep Fido indoors. Limit your pets' time outdoors.
            5. Don your best long-johns. Wear several layers of dry, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. 
            6. That nip of whiskey won't help you. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages cause you to lose heat more rapidly.
            7. Like your fingers and toes? Treat them right. Symptoms of frostbite include a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities. Hypothermia signs include shivering, exhaustion, slurred speech and in infants, bright red, cold skin. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.
            8. Have you been stacking firewood all fall? Here's when it comes in handy. Have sufficient heating fuel for your home.
            9. Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning risks.  If you use a generator, ensure it is used outside, away from open windows, doors or air intakes.  Exhaust from a generator or heating source can cause a buildup of this poisonous gas in the home.  

            More: Can you say cold snap? Either way, Vermont feels a deep freeze.

            Need help with heating or shelter?

            Call Vermont 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 (available 24-hours); or text your zip code to 898211 to reach a call specialist (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays).

            This was taken from the Burlington Free Press Website;


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