Happy New Year! Can’t believe it’s 2017! Wishing you a happy and healthy new year.
I’ve got a lot new plans for this blog in 2017.
What to expect:
- More features about things to do in Atlanta
- Relaunching my travel series
- Adding a health and wellness column
- Adding a blogging and business advice column
- And a secret project I’m launching in summer of 2017.
Thank you for remaining a patient and loyal reader this year. In April 2017, I’ll be done with grad school which will allow me to get back to my regular routine of blogging.
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2016 was a great year for the food, fashion, and design industry. Turmeric became the spice everyone wanted to use in their food, off the shoulder tops had a big comeback, the design industry made florals hot again. 2017 is rapidly approaching and I am already looking forward to seeing what’s going to be a popular trend in the new year. Pinterest just released its 2017 Pinterest 100 trends report earlier this month and the list is filled with a few surprises. They developed this list based on the most popular pins saved on Pinterest during 2016.
Here are the top 12 food, fashion, beauty and design trends to watch out for in 2017.
- Food is Medicine- In 2016, foods that were good for your health like turmeric saw a big upswing. Everyone, including myself, wanted to consume this powerful spice because of its known health benefits. The trend of using food as medicine is here to stay. Look for foods like grapeseed oil, jackfruit, and kimchi to pop up on your favorite restaurant menus, cookbooks, and food blogs in 2017.
- It is all about Cuban Cuisine– The travel ban to Cuba was lifted in 2016 and Americans are starting to travel to this destination again. Cuba will be the place to go in 2017 but it will also have an impact on our culinary cuisine at home. Expect to see Cuban empanadas, ropa vieja, guava inspired desserts on restaurant menus in 2017.
- Brew your own beer at home– The craft beer industry was all the rage in 2016 and local breweries were popping up everywhere. In 2017, people will want to know how to brew their own craft beers at home. So expect to see home brew kits like this one sold in grocery and liquor stores around the country.
- Camel is the new black– Camel was a popular color this fall for the fashion industry. The color is becoming a staple piece in many people’s closets. This is a trend that is here to stay in 2017.
- Statement sleeves are the new off the shoulder– Cold-shoulder tops were cool while they lasted but expect to see a lot of people wearing bell-bottom sleeves next Spring and Fall like this one.
- Men will add scarfs to their accessories collection-I was just at a holiday party and all men wearing plaid scarves with their blazers. I love that this look is becoming a trend.
- Earthy Greens–The Pantone Color of 2017 was just announced and its “Greenery”. This bright neon green color is earthy and refreshing. Based on the spring runways from Fashion Week, we can expect to see a lot of this color in our spring wardrobe.
- Natural hair and beauty will take center stage– 2017 is all about everything natural when its comes to skin care and beauty. I already rock this mantra but I’m excited to see more natural hair and beauty products on the market.
- Micro-blading is the new threading– Microblading started to generate buzz during the latter part of 2016 but it looks like this trend will become popular in 2017. This process takes a few hours so expect to block out some time on your calendar to get this done. Curious to learn how the process works? This video tutorial explains it all.
- It’s all about the Gold-plated nail- Last summer it was all about the round-shaped nail but this summer everyone will be wearing gold plated nails. I like this trend and I definitely might test this out for NYE.
- Chip and Joanna Gains made farmhouse living and reclaimed wood popular again- One of my favorite HGTV shows is Fixer Upper starring Chip and Joanna Gains. I love their farmhouse inspired designs. Their show has made farmhouse living and reclaimed wood popular again. Expect too see more of this style in 2017.
- Jewel tones take a strong note-Jewel tones are expected to dominate the design industry in 2017. Vibrant colors like emerald greens will bring homes to life.
What trends are you looking forward to seeing in 2017?
The holiday season is the most popular time of year to give gifts. For many people wrapping a present seems like a lot of work so they opt for the traditional gift bag. Growing up, I learned how to wrap a present at the very early age of five. My mother’s first job in high school was working in the gift wrapping department at JCPenney. So our gifts in my household were always perfectly wrapped with a fancy bow.
To make your holiday season this year headache-free. I’ve partnered with Greentop Gifts to show you how to wrap the perfect present. This step by step tutorial will show you how easy it is to wrap a gift.
1. Gather your wrapping materials (Wrapping paper, double-sided tape, scissors, bows, and name tags)
2. Lay the box face down on the gift wrap to measure how much wrapping paper you need. Fold the paper over the box to make sure you have the right amount . Cut the paper along one side but make sure not to cut too much.
3. Fold the cut edge over the box and crease the edge (as seen pictured). Using double-sided tape, tape the creased edge to the box. Bring the other edge to meet the already wrapped end. Trim the open ends of the box, if you have to much paper hanging over the box (estimated about 1 inch)
4. Push the sides of the paper inward creating 45 degree-angle creased flaps (pictured above). Fold down the top flap to meet the bottom edge of the box. Trim the paper along the bottom crease of the box to make sure each flap measures parallel. Adhere to the box. Fold under any excess paper on the bottom or top flap so that each side lines up perfectly. Apply double-sided tape to the bottom of the flap, then fold it over the top flap and seal with tape.
5. Repeat step 4 on both sides.
6. Now that you’ve wrapped your present, its time to add the finishing touches. Top your present with a bow and a name tag. Here is a great video with a few tips on how to tie the perfect bow for your present.
Throughout this holiday season, I will be giving away several gifts away to my social media followers. So head over to my Instagram and Facebook pages today to learn how you can win a prize pack from Greentop Gifts this holiday season.
Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Greentop Gifts.
Bone Broth was one of the hottest food trends amongst foodies, hipsters, and paleo diet followers during 2016. You may have noticed the bone broth cookbook Brodo that I listed on my fall reading list and seen several varieties now available at your local grocery store. Bone Broth is a nutrient dense cooking stock made with bones from beef or poultry. After talking to my grandmother about this trend I discovered that this how her generation has always made their stock. The marrow from the bones is filled with nutrients that often get lost because we throw the bones away. This method extracts the nutrients that are often missed by pulling them into a broth. With soup and cold season on the horizon, I thought this is the perfect time to share this recipe.
This year I made the turkey for our Thanksgiving dinner, which was delicious and enjoyed by everyone. Using the leftover bones from the Turkey I decided to make homemade bone broth with the scraps. When making bone broth it is recommended that you use your slow cooker because it needs to simmer on low for several hours. The bones and vegetables are added with water and apple cider vinegar to cook for 12 to 24 hours on low in the slow cooker. This recipe is so easy to make that I don’t know why I hadn’t been making my own stock for years. Check out the recipe below to learn how to make your own stock at home. This recipe can be used for beef, chicken, or pork bones.
How to Make Turkey Bone Broth
Turkey Bone Broth
- 1 lb of Turkey Bones
- 1 onion, peeled and sliced
- 3 large carrots, peeled
- 3 celery stalks, cleaned and washed
- sprigs of rosemary
- sprigs of thyme
- sprigs of parsley
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- purified water
- In your slow cooker, add your bones, onion, carrots, celery, rosemary, thyme, parsley, salt, peppercorns, garlic, apple cider vinegar. After you've added these ingredients fill your slow cooker to cover the ingredients. Set your slow cooker to a low setting and allow the ingredients to slow cook for 12 to 24 hours. Once the ingredients have slow cooked scoop out the bones and vegetables with a ladle and discard them into the trash.
- In a large bowl with a strainer, pour the remaining liquid to filter any particles from the vegetables or the bones that may have been left in the liquid.
- Allow the liquid to come to a complete cool then store it in several tupperware containers or mason jars. Freeze until ready to use.
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A protein-packed recipe for the fluffiest pumpkin pancakes you’ll ever taste.
This is a quick and easy fall-inspired recipe made with spices, Greek yogurt, flour, sugar, maple syrup and pumpkin.
During the fall season, I constantly crave everything pumpkin flavored. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin overnight oats, and pumpkin pancakes.
I was sad to find out that one my favorites had already discontinued their offering of pumpkin pancakes, so I decided to whip up a batch this weekend.
Filled with fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and pumpkin spice, maple syrup, and greek yogurt, these pumpkin pancakes are a healthy option for you to enjoy one weekend morning. The greek yogurt replaces the butter and the oil in your traditional pancake recipe.
These pancakes are perfect to serve the morning after Thanksgiving using leftover pumpkin pie filling from the previous night’s dessert.
Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pancakes
Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pancakes
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup of almond milk or regular milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 can of pumpkin puree
- In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar,salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, pumpkin pie spice.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree and Greek yogurt.
- Head a large nonstick skillet or griddle to medium-heat and spray it well with nonstick cooking spray or coconut oil. Using a ice cream scooper spoon an even amount of the batter onto the pan for each pancake and cook just until bubbles form around the edges of each pancake. For about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for a minute.Transfer the pancakes to a non-stick baking sheet and place them into a 200 degree oven until ready to serve. Top with butter and maple syrup when ready to serve.
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