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Clean out the Pantry Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

Clean out the Pantry Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

Knowing that our motivation for cooking and, well, anything involving effort, wanes quickly with the setting sun this time of year, we’ve been thinking about super simple meal ideas that take minimal effort and still manage to check that elusive “healthy eating” box. Enter this delicious ham and bean soup.

No Bake Cherry Chocolate Brownie Bites

No Bake Cherry Chocolate Brownie Bites

Well, after another holiday season of far too much sugar and nonexistent workout habits, I’m ready to start this new year off with simpler, healthier eating in mind. To that end, I know that my sweet tooth tends to get cranky if ignored too long, and I find that my willpower alone puts up a rather pathetic fight. Instead, I know I absolutely must keep healthier (but still delicious) treats on hand to satisfy those dessert cravings.

DIY Tie Storage Rack

DIY Tie Storage Rack

I’m not really sure who or what got me into wearing ties, but over the years I have amassed quite a collection in different colors and patterns. All told I think I have more than 100 of them (yes, I do wear them all). This tie rack should hold 24-28 ties, depending on the width and thickness of the ties and on how much space you want between them. If you aren’t a tie kind of person, this makes a great storage shelf that can be used for just about anything!

Warming Winter White (Spiced Wine with Orange)

Warming Winter White (Spiced Wine with Orange)

Now, I wouldn’t want to send you into the new year without a delicious drink in hand, and since it appears the high will remain in the single digits for the next several days, I figured a hot drink would help warm us all up a bit. Since the spices and oranges lend this drink its flavor, you don’t need to use top dollar wines. In fact, if you’ve got a lower quality bottle of sweet (or sweet-ish) white around, let this recipe give it new life!

Festive Cranberry Mango Smoothie

Festive Cranberry Mango Smoothie

Need a simple smoothie to throw together for Thanksgiving morning that will tide you over until the big meal or a quick blender breakfast to fuel your pre-holiday cooking extravaganza? Look no further than this 5-ingredient Cranberry Mango Smoothie; It’s bursting with delicious fruits and bright flavors that will satisfy your AM cravings!

Simple DIY Pantry Shelf (Holds 24 Quart Mason Jars!)

Simple DIY Pantry Shelf (Holds 24 Quart Mason Jars!)

Do you have a love/hate relationship with your pantry? Are you constantly digging through bags and jars and boxes of foodstuffs every time you meal plan or cook in an utterly infuriating attempt to find what you need? If so, I get it, and I totally feel your pain, but the frustration can end! Join us in building this great pantry shelf to bring order to the pantry chaos!

Simple Roasted Poblano Hummus

Simple Roasted Poblano Hummus

Roasting up poblanos and blending them in with the chickpeas when making hummus lends a wonderful smoky flavor to this recipe and just a hint of warmth. This simple addition really elevates your typical hummus; what a fantastic way to Spice up a simple dip!

Better Than Takeout Hawaiian Fried Rice

Better Than Takeout Hawaiian Fried Rice

This particular recipe inspiration comes from the Hawaiian Fried Rice entree at a local Thai place ,and while I always enjoyed it, every time I’d wish for more toppings (I mean, can you ever really have too much pineapple?). Now, I can add extra pineapple, tomatoes, and raisins, toss in some green onions and bell peppers, and make sure the cashews get nice and toasted, all in less time than it would take to grab the actual takeout!

Coconut Chips 5 Ways: Quick, Easy, Healthy Snacks

Coconut Chips 5 Ways: Quick, Easy, Healthy Snacks

After years of slowly improving my eating habits and consciously working to make better choices, I know that eating super salty or sugary snacks leads to feeling terrible not long after. Of course, this leaves us needing to find or make healthier snacks options because after a while, snacking only on fresh fruit, while healthy and tasty, gets old, and I crave variety! Now I’ve got five amazing coconut chip recipes to fall back on, some sweet and some savory!

Quick and Easy Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Quick and Easy Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Isn’t pizza just like the best go-to dinner for nights where you don’t feel like cooking anything or for those times when you feel like vegging out in front of the TV? We here at Our Sweetly Spiced Life, however, struggle with the fact that carryout or frozen pizzas aren’t always the healthiest options and don’t always leave us feeling great. Instead, let’s make a healthier pizza, all in the time it would take for carryout/delivery!

Roasted Hatch Chile Peach Salsa

Roasted Hatch Chile Peach Salsa

This time of year is Hatch chile season (it’s like another holiday for Chile heads!). Whenever these big green beauties hit the produce sections of the stores, we always buy up a bunch like the crazy pepper hoarding addicts we are! Named for the town in New Mexico in which they’re grown, these Anaheim chile variations are absolutely fantastic. If you haven’t tried them before, make plans now to go out and get some, mild and/or hot, to use in this fresh salsa!

Mango Pina Colada Smoothie

Mango Pina Colada Smoothie

Despite the fact that the first true day of autumn still lies a couple weeks away, the shift in seasons is already palpable. While I adore fall (it’s my favorite season) and am absolutely ready for sweaters, hot cider, and pumpkin spice or apple cinnamon flavored everything, I’m not quite ready to let go of summer just yet. I’d like one more lazy, warm day at home with Cory and the cats, but since time moves only forward, I’ll instead make one more delicious, luscious summer smoothie to bid farewell to the season of warmth and sunshine.

Zoodles with Sun Dried Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Zoodles with Sun Dried Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Now if you’ve been looking to eat healthier, you may well be cutting back on things like breads and pasta; in it’s traditional forms, those wheaty noodles, while delicious, aren’t the greatest for us. They’re super carb-heavy and not particularly nutritionally dense, so if you’re ready for some serious vegetable magic, stay with me here and learn to make your own pasta out of zucchini!

Sangria Slush

Sangria Slush

As we bid farewell to summer, it seems only appropriate to remember the warm, relaxing season with a simple, tasty sangria… well, that and I found a bottle of super cheap white wine in the refrigerator downstairs from some abandoned and now forgotten recipe. So here you go, a super simple way to rescue that cheap, lonely bottle in your fridge, making it both drinkable and delicious!

Strawberry Cherry Apple Chia Bars

Strawberry Cherry Apple Chia Bars

These chia fruit bars are packed with delicious, ripe fruits and loaded up with protein, fiber, and fats (omega-3 included) from chia seeds. They’re perfect for a quick snack at home or for fueling up between meals while out and about. They are great healthy munchies for hiking or car trips, delicious pick-me-ups during a marathon day of shopping, and are perfect to grab a quick bite at school between classes when I just can’t make it until my lunch break.

Lychee Cherry Blender Ice Cream (non-dairy!)

Lychee Cherry Blender Ice Cream (non-dairy!)

You know how it goes, right? You’re wandering the grocery store when you come across an unusual fruit, and you simply must try it… No? That’s just me? Well, anyway, I found lychees at Sprouts recently, and immediately needed them. I love ice cream, but since dairy doesn’t love me back, I go for the almond/cashew/coconut milk based varieties instead to make my own.

Double Curtain Rod Hack

Double Curtain Rod Hack

Have you ever wanted double curtain rods in a room but not wanted the extra cost and hassle? Or do you already have curtain rods installed and want to give them an upgrade? I’ve got just the thing for you, then, with this double curtain rod hack. It’s simple, inexpensive, and will really take your curtains to the next level.

Amazing 5-Minute Guacamole!

Amazing 5-Minute Guacamole!

Ah, Summer… season of lawn games, BBQs, family gatherings, and late-night partying. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! With all the spontaneous get-togethers that accompany these warm months and the longer days, I have to be able to whip up a quick side or appetizer, and guacamole is pretty much my dish. Luckily, this version tastes incredible and takes very little time or effort! Perfect!

Miniature Bud Vase

Miniature Bud Vase

As you may know, I’ve been working on decorating my studio, and this mini bud vase makes a perfect addition to a fairly bare spot on my ladder bookshelf. It took me years to embrace gold (I’ve been a staunch silver girl for years), in both jewelry and decor, but I finally have and tend towards using gold elements most often with whites and pinks, a perfect complement to the colors already in my studio.

Chilled Peach Soup

Chilled Peach Soup

Despite the humidity of the midwest and the heat of the afternoons, I love this time of year—the long days, the bright sunshine, the perfect temps in the morning and evenings. It’s wonderful, and with peaches in season and temperatures rising, it’s definitely time for refreshing chilled soups! Creamy, sweet, and dairy-free!

Bottle Cap Sofa Table

Bottle Cap Sofa Table

When one of our best friends turned a spare room into an old school video game hangout, we knew we’d found the perfect DIY furniture project for our college bottle cap stash! This sofa table has a shelf for holding DVDs or video games, making it both practical and totally awesome!

Roasted Beets with Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Mint

Roasted Beets with Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Mint

Growing up beets never appealed to me; it wasn’t until I was older that I discovered roasted beets, and I immediately fell in love with these gems. They require minimal hands-on time, no fancy ingredients, and comes out tasting amazing. Goat cheese is a perfect match in this dish, offering a nice tanginess to compliment the earthiness and richness of the roasted beets. Glazed pecans add some sweetness and spice to the dish, as well as making it a bit heartier.

Pineapple Berry Smoothie

Pineapple Berry Smoothie

Filled with summer berries, sweetened only with fruit and coconut water, and with a little zing from fresh, juicy pineapple, this smoothie makes an easy, healthy breakfast on the go! Perfect for kids and teens too, this clean eating smoothie comes together quickly or can be prepped ahead and stored in fridge or freezer until ready to blend!

Ceramic Tile Photo Display

Ceramic Tile Photo Display

Need a unique and fun way to display your photo collection without breaking the bank? This ceramic tile photo display uses cheap ceramic tiles to create a gorgeous gallery wall style photo grouping perfect for any room. Nothing beats DIY home decor on a budget, right?!

Habanero-Infused Whiskey with Mango and Lime

Habanero-Infused Whiskey with Mango and Lime

Crown Royal Whiskey gets quick-infused with habanero to add a subtle kick, and then mango nectar is added to accentuate the habanero’s sweetness. The drink is rounded out with lime juice and a few drops of bitters. Guard it closely, or make a pitcher because your friends might just steal it!

Mayan Mocha Smoothie (Coffee & Chocolate)

Mayan Mocha Smoothie (Coffee & Chocolate)

You simply must try this coffee-drenched smoothie filled with healthy chocolate, spicy cinnamon, and a subtle kick of heat from cayenne. As coffee addicts with busy schedules, creating a caffeinated breakfast on-the-go seemed the perfect solution to our frequently chaotic mornings. This also makes a delightful afternoon pick-me-up for those days when one (or two… or three-we don’t judge) cups of coffee simply won’t cut it.