10 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

Thank you to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share some of the ways we’re making our home a little more eco-friendly #DEsmarthome.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

Around our home, we’ve made small changes that make a big difference to the environment and, in turn, our wallets. Growing up in the country created a strong connection to nature for both my husband and I. Our moms were composting long before that became the “cool” thing to do, and reducing, reusing and recycling were just part of farm life. Now, many years later, we embrace being eco-friendly and try our best to leave the smallest footprint on the environment as we can.

Think it’s hard? Not really. It’s about making simple changes both inside and out…

Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

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Saying “Thank You!”

Although blogging is a labor of love for me, I still consider it my job. Anyone who has managed a blog for any length of time knows it requires careful planning, perseverance, and a high level of commitment to create interesting content week after week. Today, I want to take a moment to thank the people and companies who make it possible for me to keep the Satori blog rolling along!

Let’s get started…

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Pushing papers is a collection of letterpress notecards and greeting cards carefully curated by Bee Eastman. Her love of paper and the written word collide to bring you a selection to convey happy feelings, loving words, reminiscing and more.

So express yourself. Scroll through Pushing Paper’s curated stationery boutique and various packages. Discover the perfect combinations of cards, notepads, tags and whimsical products for paper lovers, featuring letterpress and handlettering from high end designers that are sure to enhance your written thoughts.

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Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti + Microplane Giveaway!

Thank you to Microplane for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share one of our favorite cookie recipes.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

Do you like baking? Now that my son is away at college, I don’t do near as much as I used to. A treat for me is eating dates and nuts or a square of dark chocolate. Occasionally, I crave something with a bit of crunch to pair with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea. Biscotti is that satisfying indulgence, and this lemon poppyseed recipe is a little friendlier to the waistline when compared to most cookies too.

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti Recipe

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This is the time of year when I turn into a lemon fanatic. I’m not sure if it has to do with the cheery bright yellow color or my body simply craving more vitamin C from the effects of winter. To me, recipes with citrus are fresh and vibrant, kind of like spring!

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti

1 cup all-purpose flour (I used nutri-flour “tastes like white” blend)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 TB. poppyseeds
¼ tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice)
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 eggs + 1 egg white
2 TB. butter, softened
1 ½ TB. grated lemon zest
1 TB. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, poppyseeds and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together both sugars and butter, adding the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix well.

Ingredients for Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti with Walnuts

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Easy Entertaining Ideas for the Holiday Season

Thank you to Uncommon Goods for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share some of our favorite holiday entertaining ideas.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

Most of us lead busy lives (particularly around the holidays), making it far too easy to get wrapped up in the “small stuff” (shopping, decorating, baking and everything else) that goes along with Christmas. I tend to immerse myself in all the season has to offer, but the one thing I felt I was missing out on so many years was sharing some good cheer with our nearby family and friends. If the house wasn’t decorated perfectly or I hadn’t met my quota of baked goods tucked away in the freezer (oh my!), or too much stuff was still on “the list,” I’d simply dismiss the idea of having guests over before Christmas. I know, so silly!

I think what turned the tables for me was taking the whole idea of entertaining down a few notches from where I had built it up in my head. I realized I had made it way too complicated and all we needed was great conversation and interaction with the people we adored . No fancy appetizers or cocktails (unless I was feeling inspired and ambitious), just honest-to-goodness simple food and drinks that required little preparation, but held their own on taste and style. Are you with me?

 

Easy Entertaining Ideas for the Holidays | Olive Tapenade | Satori Design for Living

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What I’m talking about is so easy and simple that you can pull it off in a moment’s notice! All it requires is having the right supplies and tools beforehand.

To start with, I suggest stocking your pantry and fridge with a few essentials. The list of food items we always like to have on hand during the holiday season is olives, cheese, grapes, dried figs, nuts, savory jam, cured meats, artisanal bread and crisps. Occasionally, I purchase jarred tapenade or antipasto, but it’s super easy to throw your own together (we’ll get to that later).

For drinks, we stock our beverage fridge with wine, prosecco and a variety of beer. We also have soda water, lemons, limes and cranberry juice on hand, as well as a few types of hard liquor. I find that most people are flexible when it comes to beverages, so don’t worry about having everything under the moon!

Once your kitchen and bar are stocked, it’s time to make sure you have beautiful serveware. I find that how you display your food is just as important as what’s being served. We all eat with our eyes first, and arranging simple food on a handmade bread and oil board like the one found here is so chic!

 

Easy Entertaining Ideas for the Holiday Season | Olive Tapenade and Bread on Rustic Board | Satori Design for Living

 

Another idea for presenting food is using a slate board where you can write the names of each variety of cheese with soapstone chalk. It literally takes minutes to throw together, but gives the personal touch your guests will appreciate.

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Having the right utensils, like this beautiful cheese knife and slicer set, make serving a whole lot easier.

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Let’s Take a Moment to Say “Thank You!”

I started this blog almost 2 years ago and cannot believe how much it has enriched my life. It began as a way to share some of my interior design, decorating, and organizing projects, as well as all the crazy stuff we seem to have going on around here thanks to the overactive creative gene I was blessed with (or not so blessed with depending on how you look at it -sorry family)!

One thing I didn’t foresee is how much time blogging would take. It’s almost a full time job, but I wouldn’t call it a job because that word has a negative connotation. Rather, I’d say blogging requires a high level of commitment, and one that I’m truly passionate about. Fortunately, I have lovely people and fantastic companies who continue to support what I do and make it possible to keep truckin’ along. Today I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of them for making all this possible!

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Partystock is a Canadian based online party supply company. They have searched the globe for the trendiest and most popular party items and have made them easily available to you. Everything ships from their warehouse in Canada, so you can count on low shipping rates and quick delivery times, with most products arriving at your door within a few days.

Not sure where to start? Shop by colour, theme, or categories like candy buffet, decorations, tableware, favours or baking supplies. Need some inspiration? Browse through their blog, videos, party ideas, and diy tutorials for some of the latest party trends and styles.

Partystock was a total life saver when planning my son’s high school graduation party in July!

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Treat yourself to a breath of fresh air with Green Beansie Ink Custom Designs. Green Beansie offers crisp, classic and nautical themes inspired by creator Wendy Oliver’s love of vintage interior design coupled with an up-town modern edge. With a BA in Interior Design and professional experience in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dayton, Wendy has brought her creativity and experience directly to your party. Her designs have been featured on The Martha Stewart Blog, Hostess with the Mostess, Kara’s Party Ideas, Amy Atlas and more.

Green Beansie offers a unique package of well-crafted, quality printables with individualized customization. Choose from a variety of high-end designs to suit all of your party graphic needs. Set sail for your party with your very own designer on board.

For party inspiration, check out the Green Beansie Ink Blog, including a feature of Wendy’s daughter’s Firetruck Party straight out of Parents Magazine.

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