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A Snow Storm + Soup

by Marion Blount | January 10, 2018 | 1 Comment

Charleston was covered in a blanket of snow last week! It was both magical and surreal. This week has been back to business as usual, but I thought I would share the links to my favorite soup recipes. While we were snowed in, we cooked up a storm. I shared a few of the soups that we made on instagram and thought that I would link the recipes here. 

Lemony Kale and White Bean Soup - This was probably our favorite soup that we made. The flavor combination was savory and satisfying.

Healthy Butter Chickpeas - Ok, so this isn't a soup, but it is the easiest meal to throw together. I like to serve it over cauliflower rice for a healthy vegan dish.

Roasted Potato, Corn and Leek Chowder - If you know me at all, then you know how much I love the One Part Plant cookbook. I have been loving this soup for it's creamy texture.

Tagged: Charleston Snow Storm, recipe, Winter Soups

Christmas Recap

by Marion Blount | December 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is able to take the next couple of days to just breathe. I am taking this week to reflect on 2017 and map out some goals for 2018. Stay tuned for updates! In the meantime, here is a look at our Christmas celebrations.

Christmas morning my husband made the most unbelievable cinnamon rolls. Here is the recipe.

This year we switched up our traditional Italian feast for homemade thai food. It was a lot of fun to try new recipes. We made shrimp pad thai from Thug Kitchen, Green Papaya Salad, pickled cucumbers and spring rolls. 


And of course we had plenty of fun with this stocking stuffer.

Tabletop Inspiration: White, Gold and Green

by Marion Blount | December 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Christmas is so close, I can smell it (literally). We made cookies this weekend, started wrapping up gifts and today; I grabbed a few last minute things for the table before guests arrive on Friday. This year, I am going with a white, gold and green theme for Christmas. Here is some tabletop inspiration to get your wheels turning. Merry merry!

Gift Guide: For the Gals

by Marion Blount | December 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

With only a few days left until Christmas, it's time to get serious about gifts for the gals. I put together a round-up of fool proof gifts for the season. The moroccan salmon marinade is my all time favorite for an easy (and yummy) meal. The pineapple bowls really don't need any explaining...they are our most popular item and every gal on your list wants one! Our black and white papier mache bowls are more like a piece of art and add a bit of pizzazz to any space. If you follow Open Door on instagram, then you know how often I cook from One Part Plant. Raven recently gave me this candle and it's hard to put into words how lovely it's not an overpowering scent, but will instantly transport you to a beautiful place. Finally, these festive earrings from Hart are every girl's dream. Every time I wear them, I get compliments. 
What's your go to gift? I'd love to know.

Gift Guide

Tagged: gift guide, pineapple bowl

Around the Table: Fresh Cranberry Sauce

by Marion Blount | November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Each year I am in charge of contributing the cranberry sauce to our Thanksgiving dinner. Fresh cranberry sauce is surprisingly easy to make and adds a punch of color to the Thanksgiving spread. Since it is the season of giving, I wanted to share this wonderful recipe with you, in hopes that your will share it with your family (scroll down for the details). 

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

- 2 bags (12 ounces each) Fresh Cranberries
- 1 cup Orange Juice
- 3/4 Cup Coconut Sugar (can also use regular sugar)
- 1 Cinnamon Stick

In a medium saucepan, comine cranberries, orange juice, sugar and 1/2 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high. Reduce to a simmer, add cinnamon stick and cook until thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat.