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Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and if you read my blog post last week, you know we love to celebrate together as a family. My girls love to share in the excitement of the holiday, and insisted on making Daddy some yummy treats.. Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies. They have become a staple in our house since I was pregnant with Capri, and something we always make for special occasions (or even when we just have a sweet tooth)! The recipe is quick, easy and soooooo delicious!

 

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup coconut oil (I liquify it in the microwave for approx. 30 seconds)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips
optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a mixer, beat together coconut oil, sugar + brown sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs one at a time
  • Mix in vanilla
  • Combine flour, baking powder + salt in medium bowl
  • Slowly add flour mixture to mixer
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Scoop dough into 2 Tbsp rounds
  • Place on non-stick baking sheet
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown
  • Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day from House on Prairie Lane!

 

 

 

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Valentine Gift Ideas for Girls

After the longest January ever, I am sooooo ready to celebrate the month of LOVE! Pete and I have never been the type of couple who celebrate with fancy/extravagant gifts. We both prefer to cook a nice dinner at home, and celebrate together with our girls.. as a family. I always have so much fun gathering small gifts and preparing some sweet surprises for our girls. Here are some of my absolute favorites..

Valentine Gifts

love first t-shirt  |  heart sunglasses  |  sweatpants  |  glitter coin purse  |  beaded necklace  |  heart pillow  |  nightgown  |  heart crew socks  |  slippers  |  heart t-shirt  |  glitter heart bag  |  bow sneaker

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Chloe’s Bedroom Design Board

After a busy and exciting holiday season (including our Holiday Home Tour), I am ready to start on some fun new projects in our home. One of my favorite spaces to design + decorate for are my girls. My oldest, Chloe, is turning seven years old in March.. how is that even possible?! I want her bedroom to be a fun + colorful space! I also want the room to grow with her. Nothing too juvenile, but also nothing too grown up either.

All throughout our building process, Chloe always told us that she wanted a fairy garden bedroom. She is SO excited to create a fairy garden outside her bedroom window this summer, and has been collecting the most adorable pieces for it. Have you seen the selection at Michaels?! It’s the CUTEST! I’m excited to incorporate the inspiration into her bedroom, and found some really great pieces that I think are vibrant + whimsical.. just like a fairy garden! I can’t wait to put it all together and surprise my girl!

Chloe's Bedroom Design Board

headboard  |  bedding  |  curtain panels  |  wall decor  |  throw pillows  |  misc. storage

 

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Our Favorite Holiday Sweet Treat: Peppermint Fudge

Are you looking for a quick + easy (maybe even last minute?) sweet treat to bring to your next holiday party? I have a yummy recipe for Peppermint Fudge that is always a huge hit with everyone in my family! And the best part? You might actually have all the ingredients already in your home.. I know I did!

peppermint fudge

Peppermint Fudge

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cup (16 oz) dark chocolate chips
1 cup peppermint candies (or candy canes)
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt (is use pink himalayan)

Directions:

  • Lightly coat a 9″ square baking dish with non-stick spray
  • Line pan with 2 pieces of parchment paper in both directions, leaving overhang
  • Spray parchment
  • Place chocolate in large mixing bowl
  • In food processor, pulse candies until finely chopped
  • In saucepan, combine candies, cream, marshmallows, butter, sugar + salt over med/high heat
  • Whisk until smooth, 5 minutes
  • Pour mixture through strainer onto chocolate chips
  • Let stand 1 minute, stir until smooth
  • Pour into baking dish
  • Refrigerate 3 hours
  • Cut + serve + enjoy!

Happy Holidays from House on Prairie Lane!

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Holiday Home Tour with West Elm

I am so thrilled to share my Holiday Home Tour, in collaboration with West Elm. While I was so excited to finally have a space to decorate for the holidays (it’s been two years!), I was a little lost on where to begin. I knew that I wanted to find pieces that I would not only have this year, but years to come. I worked closely with my local West Elm store (West Elm Milwaukee), and their amazing Interior Stylist, Erin, on creating a space that accented the style of our home. She first came to view the space, then staged everything in store for me to come review.. and I absolutely LOVED what she had created! She then brought everything to my home and set it all up for me. It’s so beautiful, and I know we will display these pieces each and every holiday season..

West Elm Holiday Decor

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

My typical color scheme for Christmas decor has always included a neutral pallet of white, gold + silver, but I love that Erin incorporated navy + blush pink! I also love how she displayed the pieces, to allow the rooms to flow together with one cohesive look. The fresh greenery on the mantel, tablescape, as well as our live Christmas Tree, adds another beautiful touch that also smells amazing!

We are so excited to celebrate this holiday season in our new home, and look forward to the beautiful memories we’ll create as a family.

– SOURCES –

Local Store: West Elm Milwaukee | Interior Stylist: Erin Yates  |  Photographer: Andrew Standaert

 

 

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Living Room Sources

Thank you for all the kind + sweet comments about our Living Room Reveal! Below are some images and sources to the items featured in the room..

Living Room Sources

metal wall art | wall sconce | etched glass globe | house bud vase | house lantern | lumbar pillow | throw pillow | wool rug

Our sofa is the Cameron Roll Arm Sofa from Pottery Barn and we absolutely LOVE it! We customized it with the fabric that we wanted and are so happy with the look + comfort! The large wooden whale was a piece that my husband found at Homegoods. He thinks it’s the coolest thing ever, and I was quite hesitant when he first showed me. BUT, it’s grown on me and I think it looks great in the space!

We are gradually still decorating each space of our home, and I can’t wait to show you more! But I am most excited to decorate for Christmas! There’s just something about the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree + twinkling lights!! Stay tuned!

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Living Room Reveal..

I am so excited to finally share the photos of our living room today. It has definitely been a process for it to feel complete, but I am so happy with how everything turned out. It was also the perfect opportunity to take some photos in between the transition of our Halloween and Christmas decor. But I have to admit, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the Hearth + Hand with Magnolia collection to arrive at Target. Have you seen it? I love everything.. all of it! It was so hard not to buy the entire collection, but I somehow managed to contain myself. I found some pieces for my mantel that I love!

There are many details of this room that I adore, but one of my most favorite is the navy shiplap on either side of the fireplace. It was definitely a bold decision, but one that we absolutely LOVE! Welcome to our living room..

This space is part of the heart of our home (along with our kitchen). We light a fire, watch movies, play games and just be together as a family.. and it feels so great to make the best memories here. I cannot wait to setup our Christmas tree and have our very first Christmas in this house.. our home! Stay tuned for more room reveals and an exciting Christmas decor post!

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Family Photos 2017

Each year, my best friend, Megan, and I spend approximately two months planning out family photos. It sounds unreal, but its true.. ha! It’s definitely a collaboration + team effort when it comes to making ALL the decisions. Everything from our outfits, location, and even snacks to pack for the kids (to keep them happy)! We send an obnoxious amount of texts to each other and annoy the heck out of our husbands, but in the end, we are soooooo grateful for the moments that we captured..

Love them! I can’t wait to print and hang these on our walls. It always makes me sad to look back and see how fast my babies are growing, but so forever grateful to have these to look back on and cherish as precious memories.

Megan did an amazing job, and recently started her own photography business.. Under The Willow Photography. She focuses on newborn photography, but does amazing work no matter what she captures. Follow her Instagram account and see for yourself!

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Cozy Corner | Mini Camp Teepee

mini camp teepee

After a long and busy summer, we are finally back to a scheduled routine.. and I am sooooooo excited to have the time to blog again! We moved into our home on June 16th (crazy how long ago that seems), and have been busy with so many things – organizing, rearranging, shopping for everything from rugs, window treatments, throw pillows and furniture.. the list goes on! We are currently planning out our landscaping, and just finished the driveway + patio. It’s all starting to come together and we LOVE it!

I have a list of blog posts + photos I want to share about our house, but today, I am so excited to share a cute little corner of Capri’s bedroom. In the next few months, we will be transitioning her into a big girl bed and I have an adorable plan for her bedroom (stay tuned). In the meantime, the sweetest mama from Mini Camp sent us the most precious little teepee and we are so in LOVE with every little detail.. the lace, the pom poms, and the most gorgeous floral teepee topper! Everything is beautifully handmade with such great quality! Capri loves to crawl in and read her books, play with her baby dolls and of course, eat snacks! I always find her in there, and I know it is definitely something we will cherish forever!

To make it even sweeter, Mini Camp has offered a 20% off code for all of my readers. Head to her beautiful Etsy shop + enter code PRAIRIELANE20 ..(offer ends October 18, 2017).

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Home Picks

Do you shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I always score the BEST deals on some of my absolute favorite brands! Currently, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to cardholders through July 20th, and will then open to the public to shop.

Each year, I always stock up on some of my favorite items (like these leggings), which I seriously live in! I also love the selection of boots and sweaters for the Fall, as well as some back to school shoes/clothes for my girls.

While we’re still trying to settle into our new home, I’ve been searching for things to accessorize with, and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has some really great items this year! Here are some of my top picks..

nordstrom anniversary sale

 

straw basket  |  throw blanket  |  fringe pillow  |  sheet set  |  tumbler set  |  recipe tin

cheese board set  |  bowl set

I also found some really great deals on rugs and bedding sets that I keep going back to, but just can’t seem to make a decision.

Let me know if you have any favorites from the sale!

 

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