11/24/2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!


Well, I planned to at least have a few posts lined up for you this week, but my body had other plans over the weekend. I got this crazy virus that pinned me down for a few days - and totally wiped out my appetite. Perfect timing huh?? I'm a little better today, but I'm taking the virus as a bit of a sign. I'm going to take this week off from blogging, slow down, and really relish the time I'm going to have with my family. It's only the second time this year I've seen them all together, so I really want to enjoy it! And fingers crossed my appetite comes all the way back!! Anyway, I'm sure I'll be posting pics on Instagram from time-to-time, though. If you are celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you eat really well, drink lots (water is fine, too!) and laugh a whole, whole, lot. xo, Tiff


Images: 1: Buff Strickland for Camille Styles | 2. Rustic White Photography via Style Me Pretty Living 3: Perfect Every Time Thanksgiving Turkey, White Loft Studio for Style Me Pretty Living | 4. White Loft Studio for Style Me Pretty Living 5: Phyllo Apple Tart via Seasons and Suppers

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11/21/2014

A SIMPLE ENTRY + LINKS...



Today is a GREAT day. Not because it's Friday - even though that is a wonderful thing. Today is the official start of my Thanksgiving. Today is the start of a week of doing nothing but relaxing, cooking, eating, laughing, napping, reading, and spending time with family. I'm so excited. I'm going to start it off with a weekend that consists of attending a fun holiday decorating & entertaining workshop (more on that later), putting up a few Christmas decorations, getting a head start on grocery shopping, and getting in a pre-Thanksgiving workout. Did I mention that I was excited?? Ha. Anyway, have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the links!

You guys LOVE your family!! Family has been the most popular answer to the question on Monday's Minted giveaway. The giveaway ends tonight at midnight, so be sure to stop by!

There are lots and lots of good gift guides out there, but this one was done with some serious love. It's by far my favorite one yet...

Speaking of gift guides, I've added a few more items to my little guide...

An all-inclusive guide to Thanksgiving etiquette - including Thursday's football schedule.

Sorry Mom, but I'm eloping in Paris when the time comes. So simple and so pretty...

In case you are already making plans for leftover turkey. Yum...

Sweet potatoes never looked SO DARN GOOD!

Philip Lim's studio matches his products... Beautiful.

Just good to know...

Image by Ryann Ford via Ryan Street Associates
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11/20/2014

ONE STOP SHOP: HOLIDAY PARTY ATTIRE...

{One can't go wrong with this red, simple, classic, structured fit & flare. Love it. It comes in navy, too... }

I only have a few holiday gatherings penciled in this year - most of which are going to be casual. However, that hasn't stopped me from admiring this holiday attire, which all happens to be all in one place - Anthropologie. Is it me or have they really stepped up their holiday attire this year?? I feel like every time I log into Pinterest, I see a few of their dresses that others have pinned. I recently took a look around their holiday attire page to see what was going on, and I loved what I saw! Here are a few of my faves that I think would be perfect for the holidays or for any fun party during the year for that matter...

{Sheath dresses are my second favorite to fit & flares. They can be sexy without being too much. I adore this one...} 

{I'd wear this gold sequined dress to a lovely New Year's Eve dinner in a heartbeat...} 


{ I have yet to find a jumper that fits me properly, but I am DYING to try this one on! Perfection.}



{I think this tank with a good pair of dressy black pants- or cropped pants - a jacket, and a great pair of heels would be fabulous...}







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11/19/2014

A FIVE-MINUTE SINGLE SERVING APPLE, CRANBERRY, & CARAMEL CRISP

Five-Minute Single Serving Apple, Cranberry & Caramel Crisp | Savor Home

Oh my gracious people... I have got a TREAT for you today!! So this past weekend as I was indulging in an hour-long Pinterest marathon (don't you love those??), I ran across a recipe for this crisp. May I just say that I love apple crisps?? I love them especially in the fall when apples are in season. Anyway, that's not the best thing about this crisp. The best thing - I thought - was that the crisp could be made in just five minutes. I read through the recipe and thought, "Ha. That's funny. Impossible." But it looked so good! I read through the recipe again to learn that I already had all of the ingredients in my pantry plus a few more I wanted to add, so I thought I would give it a try...

People... THIS IS REAL! And so good!! It tastes just like an apple crisp that has baked for an hour in the oven. Just like it! The apples cook down and are really flavorful and tender. The crust is crusty, and buttery, and sweet. And speaking of "buttery," that flavor in this crisp comes from coconut oil - not butter, which is what crisp recipes usually include. The recipe is also made with whole wheat flour instead of regular flour. So with the coconut oil, whole wheat flour, the apples, oats, and the small serving size, I think this is semi-healthy - well minus the caramel I decided to drizzle over the top, but I couldn't help myself... :) But honey would be a great substitute. Once I got all of the ingredients organized, it really did take all of five minutes to assemble and cook it. The only caveat is that you really need let them sit for about five minutes to cool after they come out of the microwave. It is piping hot! It can be eaten right out the ramekin, spooned over the top of ice cream, or eaten for breakfast the next day (just cover and let it sit out on the counter overnight). It's just so, so, so easy to make and good...

Five-Minute Single Serving Apple, Cranberry & Caramel Crisp | Savor Home

Five-Minute Single Serving Apple, Cranberry & Caramel Crisp | Savor Home
Five-Minute Single Serving Apple, Cranberry & Caramel Crisp | Savor Home

Here is what you need and what to do (makes 2 single servings):
Adapted from Lindsay of A Pinch of Yum (I could hug her neck right now... )

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
2 1/2 tablespoons whole wheat flour (divided)
2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar (divided)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (divided)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups chopped apples
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
Caramel for drizzling (I used a store-bought caramel), or honey for a healthier option

1. In a small bowl, add the coconut oil, oats, pecans, 2 tablespoons of the whole wheat flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and the salt. Stir until combined.

2. In another bowl, add the apples, cranberries, 1/2 tablespoon whole wheat flour, 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss to combine.

3. Add a small spoonful of the oat mixture to the bottom of 9 oz ramekins. Add about a cup of the apples to each ramekin. Really pack them in because they will cook down. Top the apples with the remaining oat mixture.

4. Heat the crisp in the microwave for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. The filling should be bubbling when its ready. It will be really hot when its done, so let it cool for 5 minutes or so before eating it! Drizzle the hot caramel or honey over the tops of the crisps. Enjoy!

Images by me
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11/17/2014

A $200 GIVEAWAY: MINTED.COM!

$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home
How was the weekend?? I spent a LOT of it in bed under the covers dosing off/working/watching TV and just keeping warm. It was pure downtime and it was kinnnnnnd of amazing... I definitely have a case of the Mondays. If you are feeling the same, then I have something for you that just might cheer you up!!

The holidays are in full force in my world. I've planned our Thanksgiving meal (it's gonna be sooo good), I've started looking through my Christmas decorations to see what needs to be added or taken away, and I've started making my to-do list for the Christmas holidays. So excited! One of the things on my to-do list is to order holiday cards and order artwork to hang in my new bedroom and home office. One place I can get both of those things at Minted.com. I always order my holiday cards from them because they have so many beautiful and personable options. More importantly - they are great quality! The foil-pressed designs have always been my favorite. The real foil (that comes in silver, gold, and now - rose gold!) is so elegant and classy - and currently on sale! And speaking of their foil-pressed designs, have you seen their new foil-pressed art??? LOVE! I particularly love the print of this map (obviously) and the print of this quote (so, so true). Any of the artwork would make great gifts for others - and/or for yourself! Scroll down to see how you could win $200 towards your purchase of these items or anything else on Minted.com!!

$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home
$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home
$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home
$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home
$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home

To win the $200 credit to use on Minted.com, all you have to do is answer the simple - but fun - question in the Rafflecopter below between now and Friday, November 21st at midnight! I can't wait to read your answers! The winner will be announced below on Monday, November 24th. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post was sponsored by Minted. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting Savor Home!

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11/14/2014

A GREAT TABLE + LINKS...


It's Friday!! And it's FREEZING! I feel like we just skipped fall and went straight to winter or something... But I'm not complaining because this is my favorite season of the year after all. I'm writing this post in bed a few layers of blankets with a little hot tea at my side - and I'm as happy as a clam. What's going on this weekend? Aside from working on a few things for the blog and errand running, I plan to do a lot of what I'm doing right now - cozying up in warm blankets, watching a few of these documentaries on Netflix, and just relaxing! I hope you have a great weekend!

I've started my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide - the easy way! Ha. I'll be updating it often and will post a few special things here over the next few weeks!

"Sitting is the new smoking" was the first sentence of this post. Gosh that got my attention- and I'm glad it did! Very helpful...

There were so many great makeovers in the #OneRoomChallenge this year, but this makeover was my favorite...

I took two straight months off of work a few years ago, so I could completely relate to this article...

I had no idea that this could be made at home - in my own kitchen.

The holidays make lists like these that much more relevant...

I could party in this...

And wrap up in this...

Image via A Thousand Threads...

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11/13/2014

NYC BATHROOMS W/ BEAUTIFUL BIRD'S-EYE VIEWS...

These photos are dreams. Absolute dreams. These are photos of stunning penthouse bathrooms in NYC high rises that have the most beautiful bird's-eye views of the city. Whenever I'm walking the streets in NYC, I always look up at the residential high rises - which I'm able to identify by the dignified doorman standing at the front. I always wonder what the apartments look like on the inside. Are they old? Have they been renovated? If so, did the homeowner maintain the character of the old home?  Or did they modernize everything? How much are they?? Just thoughts. The home with the silver Waterworks tub you see there is currently under contract for a mere $47.5 million. Just a mere... If I had it and was in the market for a home in the hustling and bustling city, then I just might be sold on that view- or any of these for that matter. So pretty...


Images by Bruce Buck for The New York Times

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11/11/2014

BUTTERMILK CORNBREAD WITH HONEY BUTTER & SCALLIONS...

Buttermilk Cornbread w/ Honey Butter & Scallions | Savor Home
I'm was born in the south. That makes me a Southern girl. And Southern girls, most of them anyway, love their cornbread! My mom makes the BEST cornbread. It's light, fluffy, and not too sweet. I love to crumble it up over her collard greens or eat it along with a hot bowl of soup. It's also the bread she makes with our Thanksgiving dinner. I just love it. Oh... and uhhh... I've never made it before - until this past weekend. Like I said, I'm from the south - and not knowing how to make cornbread just ain't right!

Do you read InStyle magazine? If so, do you read it from front to back? I don't. I read the magazine from back to front. Always have. I love fashion, but the Life section of that magazine is my favorite. Strange I know... This cornbread was one of the recipes in the November issue. I saw it and immediately wanted to make it. I sometimes drizzle honey on the top of my mom's cornbread and I love scallions, so I was instantly attracted to this bread. So I made it last weekend and it is GOOD!! It is like my mom's in a lot of ways - it's fluffy, not too sweet, and has a fantastic crust (I love a good cornbread crust!). It can be made with regular cornmeal, but I used this medium grind cornmeal, which really amplified the corn flavor. The honey butter soaks into the bread right after it's done baking and makes the bread so, so, so good. The mere sprinkles of scallions add this slight onion flavor to the bread that sets the flavor of the bread apart from any other cornbread I've had - and I've had lots of different cornbreads! I love the color that the scallions add, too. If you really want to jazz this bread up, add a little sharp shredded cheddar cheese. I think that would really take this bread over the top! 

Buttermilk Cornbread w/ Honey Butter & Scallions | Savor Home
Buttermilk Cornbread w/ Honey Butter & Scallions | Savor Home
Buttermilk Cornbread w/ Honey Butter & Scallions | Savor Home


Here is what you need and what to do:
Adapted from Jeremiah Bacon, chef of The Macintosh in Charleston, SC

1 1/4 cups cornmeal - not all-purpose (I used Bob's Red Mill Medium Grind Cornmeal)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
1 tablespoon honey
1 scallion, thinly sliced

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder to a large bowl. Whisk until combined.

3. Add the egg, buttermilk, and 4 tablespoons of melted butter to a small bowl. Whisk until combined.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

5. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to a 10in cast iron skillet. Heat the skillet on high on the stove until the butter is melted. This will heat up the skillet and allow the crust to start developing as soon as the batter hits the skillet.

6. Add the batter to the skillet and spread it out. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the bread is cooked, but the top is not browned, put the bread under the broiler for a few minutes (just a few!) until the top is browned.

7. Right before the bread is ready, mix the remaining tablespoon of butter with the honey in a small bowl. Brush the honey butter on the bread immediately after it comes out of the oven. Garnish the bread with the scallions. Serve warm - almost right out the oven. That's when it tastes the best!

Enjoy!

Images by me

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11/10/2014

BIRTHDAY WEEKEND IN FIVE PICS...

{The Cirque du Soleil show! I want to see it again! }

Hi there! How was your weekend? My weekend couldn't have been better. I took a little unplanned break from the blog and from everything else on Friday to start celebrating the start of my 35th year of life - which officially starts today!! I am honestly quite excited. My 20s were ok - I know I learned a lot. But my 30s have been exponentially better!! I really feel like finally I'm coming into myself. I'm much more comfortable in my skin. I'm learning who I am in this classroom of life - and I'm showing up and paying much more attention now in my 30s than I did in my 20s. Based on that, things can only continue to get better from here...

I started celebrating all of that last Thursday night by attending Amaluna - the Cirque du Soleil show that is currently here in Atlanta. It was SO GOOD! My nerves were shot by the end, but it was well worth it. The show is here through November 30th, so get tickets if you are in need of a fun night out! One thing I've learned in my 30s is that the smaller the diameter of my circle of close friends, the better. I had the BEST birthday dinner with those friends on Saturday night at STK Atlanta. Gosh, I am still thinking of the food. That is some of the BEST food I have ever had. I highly recommend it... On Sunday, I napped, made a killer recipe that I'll share with you tomorrow, and made the super healthy and delicious 15 minute soup in this post or the first time- a soup that I know for SURE I'll make again! Super good. Cheers to 35!!

{Celebrating the start of a day off of work on Friday morning with hot lemon honey water in bed... }


{Birthday dinner outfit: Leather dress: Zara (LOVE this dress!) | Sandals: J.Crew (on sale!) | Clutch: Clare Vivier | Earrings: Kate Spade | Watch: Michael Kors | Nails: Essie "Wicked"

{My excitement at dinner when the waiter brought me a little cake with an exploding little firework on the side. Can you tell my friend was a bit taken?? :) }


{Oh and another gem of a restaurant I visited before the Cirque show... This is Bar Taco - the BEST little tapas bar I've been to. I obviously love the decor, but the little 3-biter fish and chicken tacos I had were so incredibly flavorful. I highly recommend it, too! }

Images 1.2.3.5 via my Instagram (@savorhome)
Image 4 by Dana Eason
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11/06/2014

HOME TOUR: AN ELEGANT & ETHEREAL ESTATE...

One day, my love for neutrals might come to an end. But not today. My obsession with it continues with this incredibly beautiful home located in Shoal Creek, Alabama. I get calm just by looking at it, which is the exact feeling designer Richard Tubb wanted to accomplish. Naturally I love the soft colors in this home, but I think the vast amount of natural light in these spaces is what I love the most. The light coming through those amazing windows really illuminate the details of the rooms and makes everything look that much more beautiful. I could see myself cuddled on that comfortable-looking couch in the living room underneath those winter branch lights reading a book for hours - occasionally admiring the view outside. I could see myself hosting a great game night around the banquette table in the kitchen. And a hot bath and a long nap would HAVE to be good in that master suite. It's just a total dream house in my book...


Images via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
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11/05/2014

FIVE RECIPES TO TRY BEFORE THANKSGIVING...



In approximately 17 days, I will be in a food coma. Yep, I'm counting. I will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day Week by eating whatever I want, whenever I want - how ever many times I want it. I'm treating myself because overall, I treat my body really during the year - especially the few weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. I try to focus really hard on eating lots of grains, lean proteins, organic, fresh fruits, greens, and vegetables, and drinking lots of water and fresh juices (I make this juice 2-3 times a week). Doing that makes me feel better physically- and consciously about throwing my body into a bit of shock for a few days during Thanksgiving. So today, I thought I would do a little roundup of some recipes I've posted in the past (dessert included!) that will be popular in my kitchen over the next few weeks. Let me know if you try or have tried any of them!


{Roasted Tomato Soup - the best ever... }

{Beet, Carrot, Orange, Green Apple, Lemon, Kale & Mint Juice - Don't let the word "beet" scare you! This is delish even if you don't like beets!} 

{Soba Noodle Salad w/ an Almond Butter Dressing}


{White Wine Fruit Salad - one of my favorite healthy desserts!}

All images by me
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11/03/2014

WEEKEND IN FIVE PICS...

{This week's flowers...}

Well friends, last week was good. For some reason, I was lucky enough to be able to top that off with a great weekend. I started a really cold Saturday morning off in bed with a cup of hot lemon honey water and a bowl of homemade vanilla oatmeal. That was followed by an afternoon of shopping for winter clothes. I donated most of my really old sweaters (which was almost all of my sweaters), and refreshed with a few classic sweaters that I am in love with from Banana Republic. They are the kind of sweaters I know I will have for years. My amazing Pilates instructor gave me a great workout on Sunday and that afternoon I made this black bean quinoa chili (minus the cinnamon stick) for dinner. It was so good and warm!! And to top it all off, my mom got me the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots (that I've only been wanting for 50 years!) yesterday for my upcoming birthday. They were 25% off on Piperlime along with all of the other boots and shoes on the site. AND they are still on sale!! Anyway, I'm hoping my luck will bring me another good week. I wish you the same!

{I took advantage of the sale at Banana Republic this weekend and refreshed my sweaters. BR has really stepped up their game this year (thanks to Marissa Webb)! The cable-knit sweaters (top & bottom) are SUPER soft. The waffle pullover tunic (second from bottom) feels equally as comfortable... I also added this plaid flannel shirt for a little color. It reminds me of Christmas... }

{I love dainty jewelry and this Kendra Scott necklace has quickly become a favorite of mine. I has just the right amount of sparkle and goes with everything! }

{While people were out enjoying Halloween, I was home in bed devouring Ina's new cookbook. It just might be my favorite out of all of her cookbooks. Reading it made me want to take a trip to the grocery store - right then! The recipes look so good and her tips on making everything ahead of time are wonderful. I highly recommend it! }


{Max really took advantage of this extra hour thing... That spot on my bed is where he spent all day Sunday. Didn't move at all. What a life... }

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