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DIY Paint Dipped Utensils



Today we are revealing our projects for Week 5 of the Inspired Design Challenge!  This week we took inspiration from World Market.

Inspired Design Challenge

world-market-utensils Green Mango Wood Dipped Salad Servers

I love these paint dipped salad servers from World Market! I needed some new wooden utensils so this was a great fit for this week. I spend a lot of time cooking in the kitchen and a little pop of color is so fresh and fun!


I picked up some wooden utensils and this Martha Stewart craft paint. I loved the color. All I did was tape off the utensils and give them a coat of paint. A quick, easy way to brighten up the kitchen.




Now let’s see what the other ladies came up with! Can’t wait!!


1. Lindsay from Life of Splendor

2. Jennifer from Brave New Home

3. Angie from Angie’s Roost

4. Sara from Embrace My Space

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Linking to: Inspire Me Please, Frugalicious Friday, The Inspiration Gallery

cook. create. celebrate. Valentine’s Day

Happy DIY Monday!

With Valentine’s Day being only a few days away I thought I’d share with you a tradition we started a couple of years back. Since our kids are young and 5 times out of 7 Valentine’s Day falls on a week night, here is what we do to celebrate as a family. Holidays are big around these parts and no holiday is complete without a meal plan, activities, and decorating.

I give you the Bliss at Home Do-it-Yourself Valentine’s Feast & Party


We are a pasta lovin’ family. If you cut our veins we’d probably bleed Italian and we don’t have a drop of Italian blood running through them…not to my knowledge anyways. We are also a very health-conscious family, so if we do pasta it is a healthy spin on a fat-loaded favorite, but on Valentine’s Day we make exceptions and indulge in one of our favorite dishes Vodka Cream Pasta.


Kristin’s Vodka Cream Pasta with Prosciutto & Basil


extra-virgin olive oil (I use my Misto)

6 slices of prosciutto, cut into small pieces

16oz. penne rigate

3T un-salted butter

3 cloves of fresh garlic

2 shallots, minced

1C vodka

1/2 C chicken stock

2T tomato paste

32 oz. crushed tomatoes

coarse salt & pepper

1/2C heavy cream

fresh basil to taste

freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Crusty bread to compliment dish


Cook pasta until al dente, reserve 1/2 of water

While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, about a minute more.

Stir in tomatoes and their juices. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and stir in the tomato paste, vodka, and chicken stock. Cook until most of the alcohol has evaporated, at least 5 minutes.

Stir in cream and salt. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook sauce until thickened, about 5 minutes.

In a separate non-stick pan add olive oil and fry prosciutto for a couple of minutes at medium-low heat.

Check your sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Stir in basil. (If you want a thinner sauce add in reserved water a little at a time until you achieve your desired consistency.)

In a large bowl combine pasta & sauce. Mix in prosciutto and add more basil and the cheese on top.  Serve & enjoy with crusty bread.


I like to serve everyone out of a big old bowl. I call it momma style.


My kids love to help get the table ready. While I’m cooking I put them to work. They set the table, put out the decorations, and my oldest cuts out the Valentine’s hearts for all of us to fill out for each other. This year, now that my youngest is old enough, I’m going to have them decorate a paper runner for the table.


Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that in my head for some reason it is all about paper decorations. We pretty much just cut out hearts, make crepe paper roses, and hang cupids and dollar store decorations everywhere. The gaudier the better! I might add balloons on the ceiling this year…we’ll see how it goes. The kids seem to like that stuff better anyways.

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It’s a holiday, right? So celebrate. We celebrate with more food. No Valentine’s Day feast would be complete with out dessert. This is where Dave comes in. He is in charge of selecting this every year. On his way home from work he picks up the goods. It could be a favorite pie from a restaurant, chocolates from the local chocolatier, or our favorite cake.


We wish you a happy Valentine’s Day!!



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