Leila Vandiver

In The Veggie-Light: Sunchokes

Here we are again; in the land of delicious, seasonal vegetables! Sunchokes are definitely not commonly used, at least not where I’m from, and I actually hadn’t heard of one until a few weeks ago. I’ve gathered a few recipes for you, as I do, and all of them make me glad that I know of the vegetable.

Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day tends to be filled with hallmark cards, generic stuffed animals, and boxes of heart shaped chocolates. If you’re into celebrating this holiday, why not add a homemade touch to it? For your loved one, for your family, or a party for friends; I’ve gathered up a few recipes that may breathe some life into the day of love.

Hostel Hospitality

The word “hostel” doesn’t necessarily evoke thoughts of adorable mini-hotels, thanks in part to a certain terrible movie, but also just the fact that it’s usually so much easier to just grab a well known hotel/motel while you’re traveling and call it a day. But if you’re looking to do some traveling, and especially on a budget, doing a little bit of research into hostels might be a great way to help you save some money.

In The Veggie-light: Broccoli

It took me a long time, but here I am: finally enjoying broccoli almost every way it’s served. Although it’s easy to get broccoli all year round, it actually tastes best in the fall/winter (it’s more sweet, less bitter). Broccoli does a lot of great things for you, so here are some recipes to test drive if maybe the ol’ raw broccoli thing isn’t doing it for you!

Colors Colors Everywhere

For a long time my wardrobe, and my life, was filled with a lot of monochrome. Why add to your gloomy January day by wearing a black shirt, surrounded by white walls? Let’s inject a little color into our lives!

Rainy Day Projects

If you’re tired of playing in the snow, or never had any snow (like me) and instead had a lot of rain, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve come up with a few rainy/snowy day projects for you, some of which can be done with children, others are probably more suitable for adults.

Eat Your Winter Veggies!

In the U.S. where so many vegetables and fruits can be found all year round, it’s easy to forget that these foods actually have seasons, for the most part. Since I don’t want to show you the usual suspects (Broccoli!), I thought I’d share a few vegetables with you that you may never have heard of or seen!

Let It Snow

Where I live, snow falls fairly infrequently. But when it does happen, the city basically shuts down, people sled in the streets, and snowmen pop up all over the place. I thought maybe I’d give you a little inspiration for things to do with the snow that go a little above and beyond the traditional!

Breads To Hibernate With

If you’re like me, you’re a bear and hibernation is… no, wait, that’s not right. Let me try again: If you’re like me, you love bread and you’d love for your home to be filled with the scent of freshly baked something-or-other. I don’t have a bread machine, myself, so I’ve looked around the internet to try and find some tasty sounding recipes that will be easy for anyone to throw together!

White Elephant Gifts

Over the last few years, I’ve participated in a bunch of different white elephant gift exchanges. I love walking away from them with an item I loved and never would have thought to buy for myself. Or an item that makes me laugh! I’ve decided to comb through Artfire and find some unique little gifts that might pleasantly surprise someone at your white elephant gift exchange!

Cold Nights? Hot Chocolate!

I love hot chocolate all year round, but this time of year is the best for this delicious drink. So I got to thinking… why stick with the same ole’ same ole’ hot chocolate? Why not experiment a little? I’ve collected a few different recipes that may replace the usual for you and your family!

Unique Decorations: Artfire Crafts!

There are so many wonderful crafts on this website, it was really difficult for me to choose just this small handful to showcase. But I’ve decided to pick out a few crafts that would make great (and unique) decorations for your home, or as a gift for someone on Christmas!

Gifts In A Jar

Gifts in a jar are simple to put together and look great. These ideas are especially good for those of us who have a fairly limited budget, but would still love to make something for friends and family.

Advents and Ornaments

The First of December is rapidly approaching, and that means it’s time to start unpacking, buying, or making your holiday decorations! I’ve picked out two holiday items that might be fun to create alone, or with family and friends.

Easy (On Your Wallet) DIY Beauty Products

I’m pretty low maintenance, especially when it comes to the products I use in the shower. I balk at buying something that runs me over 5-7 dollars — 20 dollar exfoliation creams? No thanks! I decided to look up some cheap and easy home recipes, and ended up stumbling into some pretty fantastic articles.

A Group of Soups

Soup is great any time of the year, but there’s something about this weather that gives me cravings for something warm, filling, but not too heavy. Here are a selection of different soups to sample, sip, and maybe even slurp, during these rapidly cooling days and nights!

A Light In Dark Places

Autumn is here, and in many places, the last of the color is draining from the leaves. You’re feeling like you’re in desperate need for some warm, comforting light. Look no further! Here are a few different ways for you to bring unique and beautiful lights to your home:

Thanksgiving Tomfoolery

Every year, I see articles about gross or spooky (but tasty!) Halloween treat ideas. And every year, poor Thanksgiving is left out of the mix. Why not add a little bit of fun to this traditional holiday by adding a few foods to the table that will be sure to entertain your family?