L.A Kitchen by Stefani Stein | Tessa Neustadt Photography
So I made a big decision last week and that decision is to move forward with a facelift of my current kitchen. I've went back and forth about this project for a while and I'm getting serious about it now. By "facelift" I mean update what I already have instead of gutting the whole thing and starting over (which is what I really wish I could do!). But it makes sense given my current circumstances and budget to keep the big things like the existing cabinets (or at least the shells), hardwood floors, and maybe the countertops, and update small things like the backsplash, some of the appliances, the color of the current cabinets, hardware, and the lighting. This kitchen designed by Stefani Stein has given me so many great ideas. Yes, it is another white kitchen, but I think it's the details in this kitchen that make it great. I love the gold fixtures, the vintage-looking lighting over the sink, the rugs, the mixture of countertop materials, and the fully-tiled hood. Subway tile is everywhere these days, so I think now it's all about the type and size of the subway tile and how it is used in the space. I love how it is used here. My dining area, which is right off of my kitchen, will also be getting a bit of a facelift with nice bright paint, a new table with simple seating, and new lighting. Those three things are really all you need to at least get started - and this dining space proves that. Interviews with designers and contractors have been scheduled for the end of the month! Can't wait! You can see my personal collection of inspiration for the space here... :)

L.A Kitchen by Stefani Stein | Tessa Neustadt Photography
L.A Kitchen by Stefani Stein | Tessa Neustadt Photography
L.A Kitchen by Stefani Stein | Tessa Neustadt Photography
L.A Kitchen by Stefani Stein | Tessa Neustadt Photography
L.A Kitchen by Stefani Stein | Tessa Neustadt Photography

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5 Inspiring Podcasts Worth Listening To via Savor Home

So I remember back in the day when my dad would take my brother and I to school in the mornings and often take us to softball and baseball practice in the evenings. One thing I remember the most about those car rides was NPR blasting from the radio as we rode along. I remember asking myself WHY would someone want to listen to boring talk radio rather than listening to the latest and greatest music?? I didn't get it. But now I do. Lately I've had this huge yearn to learn new things (and the time to do so) and podcasts for me have been one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways for me to learn. I listen to them while I'm driving, while I'm working, and sometimes while I'm cooking. I honestly haven't listened to music consistently in the car for the last two months- which for me is CRAZY because I love music. I have learned so many fascinating new things from podcasts, so I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you today...

TOPICS: The power of nutrition, natural food, finding your passion, plant-based diets, natural therapies for healing, natural beauty products
REVIEW: So I have had two cancer scares in the past three years- yeah. Plus I still have migraines, yet not nearly has often as I've had them in the past. So lately I've been on the huge quest to learn more about how natural food effects and heals the body. This podcast is an EXCELLENT resource for that and it has really inspired me to start thinking about trying a plant-based diet. The moderators (who I love) candidly share their personal experiences with food that clearly prove that good food can heal and bad food can do a great deal of harm. They also interview several people who share their inspiring experiences with natural foods, natural beauty products and therapies, and life. I absolutely love it.

TOPICS: Life, food, adulthood, family, career - pretty much anything...
REVIEW: Real Simple is one of my favorite magazines and I love their podcast just as much. The various editors of the magazine post various podcasts about very specific things that you either already know about or want/need to know more about.

TOPICS: Fashion
REVIEW: I love fashion, so learning more about it is always a joy to me. This is a fairly new podcast that is hosted by Andre Leon Talley - of course. The first podcast is an interview with Anna Wintour about the most recent September issue of Vogue - how topics are chosen, how and why certain people are featured in that particular issue, and the history behind the issue.

TOPICS: Health, fitness, and healing with food and natural therapy
REVIEW: Like I said - I've been sort of obsessed lately with how food heals and this is another great podcast that proves that food can do just that. Chris is a guy who beat stage IIIC colon cancer with natural food and therapy as opposed to chemotherapy. His story is amazing along with the stories of the people he interviews who have had very similar experiences.

TOPICS: Value-based intentions, relationships, career, entrepreneurship
REVIEW: This podcast was the very first podcast I ever listened to. Jess Lively is an inspiring entrepreneur who interviews other entrepreneurs and bloggers who share their journey, experiences, and tips on how to live life to the best of your ability. If you have a passion for something and need that extra push to bring that passion to fruition, then this podcast will certainly help!

TOPICS: Food, everyday cooking tips
REVIEW: I've watched America's Test Kitchen on PBS for years, so I was thrilled when I found their podcast. I obviously love cooking and this is a great good resource for cooking tips. They also interview celebrity chefs and cooks who share their tips and life experiences. Episode 429 with Emerill Lagasse, Episode 406 with Rachel Ray, and Episode 402 with Ina Garden are just a few of my faves...

Other podcasts I love: Well / Aware | Stuff You Should Know | Ted Talks | Grammar Girl | One Part Podcast | Joyce Meyer Ministries

All of these are available on iTunes!

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites?

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Lemon Pound Cake via Savor Home
So I did something kind of crazy this past weekend... I started testing recipes for Thanksgiving. I know that day is still a while away, but it's my favorite holiday and I am SO looking forward to it - even more so this year than any other year. I already don't eat a ton of sweets, but I am in the process of cutting back on them even more (for reasons I will explain later). However, my routine will certainly be off during Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I want to make sure that what is served is EXTRA good! 

I've made the same pound cake recipe the last few years for Thanksgiving and this year I want to switch things up. I recently ran across this recipe in the NY Times and wanted to test it out. The recipe was a bit different than other recipes I'd seen... It uses cake flour instead of regular flour and powdered sugar instead of regular sugar. Beaten egg whites are also incorporated into the batter. It's also a little more labor intensive than other recipes, but I have to say that it was SO worth it. I loved it! While it's dense (as pound cakes should be), it's also moist and somewhat light at the same time. I substituted Greek yogurt for the sour cream used in the original recipe, which I think made it a little lighter and obviously more "healthy." I also added more lemon zest and juice, which intensified the lemon flavor. I think that using good-quality fresh ingredients makes a big difference as well. I haven't made a final decision on what recipe I'll use, but this one is certainly in the running... :)

Lemon Pound Cake via Savor Home
Lemon Pound Cake via Savor Home
Lemon Pound Cake via Savor Home

Here is what you need and what to do:

1lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 lb powdered sugar
1 cup good-quality 2% regular Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Juice of one lemon
Zest of two lemons, finely grated
1 tablespoon lemon extract (if not using real lemon juice or zest)
3 cups cake flour (I used Swans Down)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
8 large organic eggs, separated while cold, then brought up to room temperature (see step 4 below)
Powdered sugar, for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Use the wrappers from the butter to grease a 10 in bundt pan or angel food cake pan. You could also spray it well with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Add the butter to the bowl of an electric mixer and cream it until light and fluffy. Slowly - like over the course of about 3 minutes - add the powdered sugar to the butter. Beat well until the mixture is very smooth. Then add the yogurt, vanilla, and lemon flavorings.

3. Sift the flour and the baking soda over a large bowl. Add 1 cup of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Then mix in 4 of egg yolks followed by another cup of the flour. Then mix in the remaining egg yolks and the remaining flour. Mix until the ingredients are just incorporated to avoid over-mixing! Scrape down the sides of the bowl and do one final mix with a rubber spatula.

4. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. Gently fold in the egg whites to the cake batter. I added them in 3 stages and took my time folding them in to make sure the mixture stayed light and fluffy. NOTE: I used my KitchenAid mixer to mix the batter, so I beat the egg whites in a separate bowl using a hand-held mixer. If you have a KitchenAid mixer, you could mix the egg whites before mixing your batter, set them aside, then wash out your KitchenAid bowl to mix the batter. This will leave you with one less bowl to wash!

5. Pour the batter evenly into the pan. Tap the pan on the coutertop a few times to remove any air pockets in the batter. Then bake (see Step 6). NOTE: If you are using an angel food cake pan (like I did), then don't tap too hard or too many times. If you do, then cake batter gets under the tube insert then leaks out in the oven. Don't ask me how I know that... :)

6. It took my cake about 1 hr and 15 minutes to bake. However, per the NY times recipe, it should take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1hr to bake. Start checking the cake at the 40-45 minute mark. If it is getting too brown, then reduce the temperate to 300, then continue to test it every 15 minutes or so. The cake will be done when a cake tester (I use wooden skewers) comes out clean and the top of the cake springs back when lightly touched.

I love it served warm with a side of ice cream! So good!


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Serenbe Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse | Image via Savor Home
{The entryway of the 2015 Serenbe Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse. I thought this space was really beautiful and well done... }

It's me! It's me! How are ya? I know it's been almost a month since I've checked in, so let me tell you whats been up - in four words. I've been having fun. I was super busy with work for a few weeks there, but other than that my priorities have been tending to friendships during unplanned last minute dinners, lunches and outings, planning and hosting a massive baby shower for a really good friend, working out, reading (I'm currently reading this), testing recipes, laying in bed - under the covers and all - at 2PM on Saturday afternoon watching documentaries and other things on TV that I thought I would NEVER watch (Empire is my JAM!), and not ignoring my body when it tells me it wants to go to bed at 9PM instead of 11PM. By the time all that was done (plus other things that aren't listed), blogging kinda came last on my to-do list. And I honestly have to say that my lack of additional computer time on weeknights and weekends has afforded me an insane amount of extra energy - and it feels quite nice. Do I still love blogging?? I've thought a lot about that and the answer is absolutely yes... I know it's yes because I really do feel like a part of me is absent when I'm not being creative in this way. BUT - I'll be honest in that these days I'm focusing more on how I manage and prioritize the little free time I have after work - which is something I haven't been consistently serious about doing in a really long time. I have a super long list (literally) of things I want to share with you here. And I will, but I'm going to take my time and slowly reintroduce and ease myself back into this space - and do things here only when it feels right to do so. I hope that's ok!! :) I just want to be honest about my feelings! In the meantime, here are a few fun moments I've had over the past few weeks. Thanks so much for hanging in there with me! 

{My love for clean eating has grown exponentially lately and this cookbook, "Clean Green Eats" by Candice Kumai has inspired me even more. The combination of ingredients and flavors in her recipes are so creative and SO good! I highly recommend it - especially if you need some new ideas for fresh, quick, and healthy meals that actually taste good! }

{A simple, yet precious card I gave a dear friend who is so excited to be expecting her first baby after a long while of trying... Prayers are always answered. }

{This might not look like much, but this simple pimento grilled cheese sandwich from Blue Eyed Daisy is one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I've ever had... }

Savor Home | Serenbe home with a front porch

{A beautiful home under construction in Serenbe that reminded me of what I pray for - a home with a front porch that I can sit on with my future husband as we watch our children play in the yard. I know prayers are always answered... }

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Hi! Are you still there?? I just wanted to pop in to let you know that I'm still here. I'm everywhere except in front of my computer putting blog posts together. This week is a busy month at work, so after work I've only had the energy to relax, dig into this new book, and work my way through those September issues you see there. Those issues are making me even more excited about fall! On the weekends I've been devoting more time my friends and crawling out of my introvert shell to try new things. I tried this AMAZING cardio class on Saturday and I absolutely loved it. I pretty much couldn't move yesterday, but it was a good kind of sore ya know? I'll definitely be going back!

Anyway, hang in there with me for the next few weeks if you can. There may or may not be random posting here or there when time permits! Otherwise you can find me on Facebook (I post lots of updates there!), Instagram and on Pinterest.  Thank you for following along!


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Tessa Neustadt Photography
Remember me talking about my master bedroom makeover- the one that's almost finished that I need to show you?? Well my real holdup is my photography experience or lack thereof... I really want to take photos of the space myself instead of hiring someone, but it's been quite a challenge. Taking photographs of interiors is a lot harder for me than taking photos of food, so I've been practicing with the camera and finding tips and inspiration online. One photographer I'm incredibly inspired by is Tessa Neustadt. Photographing interiors (I think) is all about making sure you have the right lighting, the right equipment (a wide-angle lens and sometimes a tri-pod are key I think), and the right composition. Styling is a big factor, too... I think Tessa has all of that down! Here are a few examples for you to feast your eyes on...

Tessa Neustadt Photography
Tessa Neustadt Photography
Tessa Neustadt Photography
Tessa Neustadt Photography

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How To Make An All-Natural Homemade Air Freshener | Savor Home
So I had company over last week and the first thing they said when they entered my house was, "I wish my house smelled like yours!" The truth was that it can. And the other truth was that just hours before my company arrived, my house had the lingering smell of the dinner I made the night before. Don't you hate when the smell of what you cook just hangs out in your house?? Plug-ins and some candles give me a headache, so I don't like to use them. So what I like to do is raid my fridge and pantry to see what I fragrance I can "cook up" to freshen the air in the house. My favorite little potion is this simple mix of oranges, lemons, and cinnamon. It creates a really fresh, clean scent with a hint of warmth from the cinnamon. The smell stays in the house for a few days (assuming you don't replace it with another smell). It smells so good! Sometimes I use apples, strawberries or blueberries that are about to go bad, star anise, nutmeg, vanilla, rosemary - just any fruit, spice, or herb that gives off a beautiful smell when it's heated up. The technique (see below) is super simple and works on a variety of different fruits and spices, so feel free to experiment with whatever you have on hand! 

How To Make An All-Natural Homemade Air Freshener | Savor Home
How To Make An All-Natural Homemade Air Freshener | Savor Home

How To Make An All-Natural Homemade Air Freshener | Savor Home

Here is what you need to do (see ingredients in the photo above):

Squeeze the juice of the lemons and the oranges into a pot. Add the squeezed oranges and lemons to the pot as well. Add the cinnamon sticks. Sometimes I break them in half so they release their fragrance a bit faster. Cover the mixture with water. Bring the mixture up to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Simmer it on low for about an hour. Your home should smell lovely! The liquid reduces as it simmers, so keep an eye out for it!

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Hi there! Hope you had a great week! This week flew by fast for me, which means I was quite busy. And that means I'm thrilled, as always, for the weekend. I've got nothing but a workout, a dinner, and some major relaxation (i.e. catching up on some of these) on the agenda. I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy the links!

Good Finds
Adorable flats for fall...
And a good end-of-summer sale... 
How I will probably feel on Monday morning... 
The most helpful & accurate GPS app I've found... 

Good Spaces
Traditional design at its finest...
Another one of their beautiful remodels...
This is both crazy and fascinating all in one...

Good Reads
Six places you should clean every day...
13 things you might not know about Costco...
What electronics are really doing to your skin...

Good Food
I'm still thinking about how good this was...
Press play for a perfect end-of summer dressing... 
I made these for my lunch this week. So good and easy to make!

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