Sugar and spice and everything nice!
Sweet and Salty Toasted Quinoa
- 1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 huge pinches cinnamon
- 1 tiny pinch kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds (unsalted)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Mix ingredients and spread out on greased cookie sheet
- Bake for 15 minutes, remove, and let cool completely
- Serve with fruit and Greek yogurt
An excellent way to start my week!
Design, Part II
Remember how unorganized and unappealing our little foyer looked before? Part of our issue with this little space was that we had no places to put things like umbrellas, shoes, and dog collars and plastic bags. Leaving everything on the floor looked messy (and drove my Type A personality crazy).
For $60, we transformed the area into a livable space where everything was neat, tidy, and easy to find.
I bought two $4 white shelves and $5 bracket sets from IKEA to create “drawers” that worked in the only 8-inch deep space. Little potted cactus create visual interest (and hey, I probably can’t kill them).
In the two faux-leather baskets (from Target for $10 each; they are really for CDs) are dog collars and plastic bags. I love that these items are right next to the door so it’s easy to run back inside if I need a baggie.
Under the shelves is a larger matching basket for shoes and umbrellas. It’s nice to have a space for our flip flops and house shoes.
Some other small (free) details include our wedding photos and our lucky horseshoe, which catches all of the bad luck we might accidentally bring into our home. :) I’ve had a horseshoe above my door my entire life (except the one year I lived in a dorm); I’m pretty superstitious about it!
Most of all, I love the shelving solution because it was 1) cheaper than finding a skinny little cabinet and 2) can work in the next place we move to, either as a doorway organizer or in another fashion.
How do you keep your entryway neat and tidy?