Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Popcorn Croutons

Getting together with friends and family is my favorite holiday tradition. It just seems a little more special at this time of year.

Unless it’s one of the big days – you know, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years – I like to keep the food casual and easy. Guests are more relaxed when the don’t need to figure out what fork to use, and it’s easier on the cook, too! Soup is my go to meals for these occasions.

Kettle Brand contacted me recently and asked if they could send me some flavors to sample. I’m a major chip lover and Kettle Brand is a fave, so it didn’t take me long to say “Yes, please!” They also challenged me to a twist to a holiday recipe using their chips or popcorn.

I immediately thought of one of my favorite soup recipes, Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. Instead of the croutons I usually top the soup with, I used Kettle Brand Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper Popcorn.

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Stocking Stuffers for Her

How is it possible that Christmas is next week? This holiday season (not to mention the whole year) is flying by.

Are you still searching for a few inexpensive gifts? Here are a few stocking stuffers for her that any woman would love to receive!

Stocking Stuffers for Her | Hello Little Home #GiftIdeas #Holidays #ChristmasEach of these stocking stuffers is under $20, so splurge on a treat for yourself, too!

  1. Letter to My Future Self.  This cute book holds 12 fold-and-mail style letters, each bearing a prompt to inspire self-reflection. Once written, the letters can be sealed with the stickers included and postdated.
  2. BP Flip Mittens. Keep her fingers free for texting with these sweet mittens (other colors/patterns available, too).
  3. Emi-Jay Hair Ties. Any lady would appreciate a stocking stuffed with these colorful ties.
  4. NYX Eyeshadow Palette. Pick a palette to match style: Smokey, Natural, or Adorable. Grab one of these inexpensive kits for yourself, too!
  5. Tri-Coastal Design ‘Lil Hearts’ Makeup Case. This sweet case is almost too cute to share.
  6. Cargo ‘Meet in Paris’ Mini Lip Gloss Kit. Keep her lips moisturized in shades ranging from neutral champagne to dramatic berry.
  7. SO 2-pack Cheetah Print Slipper Socks. Every woman needs a pair of these extra-cuddly socks. Make sure to get a set for yourself, too!
  8. Wreck This Journal. This illustrated book features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake and mess-making abilities and to fill the pages of the book (or destroy them).  It’s the perfect gift for any creative!
  9. Flight 001 ‘Pop Icons’ Luggage Tags. Any frequent flyer, or even first time traveler, will appreciate this cheeky tags with the sayings “Drink Through the Turbulence” and “If Found, and You’re Cute, Give Me a Call”.
  10. Tasha Leopard Large Bun Shaper. This cute hair tool will guarantee great hair all winter, plus it comes in two colors for light and dark hair.
  11. The Guerilla Art Kit. From the quick exercises, such as leaving books for strangers and chalking quotes on the sidewalk, to the more involved projects, like making a “wish tree,” guerilla gardening, or creating her stencils, this book has everything she need to put her message out into the world!
  12. Apt. 9 Mini Tri-Fold Wallet.  This petite wallet, which comes in 5 patterns/colors, is big enough to hold all the essentials.
  13. Apt. 9 Twill Pashmina. Wrap her up in this cozy and colorful scarf (available in 7 colors).
  14. Top Shop Faceted Stone Ring. Add a little bling to her stocking with this unusual ring.
  15. Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Hot Cocoa Mix. What could be better on a cold day than hot cocoa flavored with vanilla and a dash of cinnamon?
  16. Ciaté ‘Tree Trinket’ Paint Pot. This pretty polish comes in 6 sparkly colors, plus she can hang up the ornament after she removes the paint!
  17. Julep In Good Hands Set. Keep her hands looking beautiful this winter with a Julep’s Oxygen Nail Treatment and Rock Star Hand Crème.

Have you conquered your shopping list? Any last gifts to buy?

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15 Vegetarian Crockpot Recipes … Perfect for the Busy Holidays!

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend.

I was planning a recipe for you today, but it ended up needing a few tweaks, and I ran out of time. Hopefully, it will be ready later this week.

Then I started thinking that you are probably in the same boat as me … crazy busy at this fun, yet super hectic time of year. Please tell me I’m not alone!

There’s nothing better after a jam-packed day than coming home to a hot meal, so today I’ve rounded up 15 vegetarian crockpot recipes for you!

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Mini Silver and Gold Peace Wreath

I love creating special decorations for the holidays, but it takes time and can get expensive. So this year, I challenged myself to make something quick, easy, and inexpensive.

This Mini Silver and Gold Peace Wreath is the result!

Mini Silver and Gold Peace Wreath | Hello Little Home #Christmas #DIY #craft #holidaysNot only is this Mini Silver and Gold Peace Wreath adorable, but you can customize it with any message you’d like. Find the directions for this wreath in my latest post for The Pinning Mama!

Have you made any holiday decorations this year?

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Present Wrapping Tips + 3 Easy Gift Wrap Ideas

I’ve always loved wrapping gifts. It’s so fun to add that special touch that makes the outside of the present almost as good as what’s inside.

My mom was always very creative with her gift wrapping, creating intricate bows and fun designs. I loved those packages growing up, and my goal is always to make my gifts look half as nice as hers did.

As much as I enjoy the process, I haven’t always been that great at it. I’ve been practicing though, and after lots of poorly wrapped gifts, I’ve learned some present wrapping tips that will guarantee a gorgeous package.

Today, I’m sharing my tips … from wrapping things up to tying a beautiful bow to adding a special touch with heat embossing. Plus, I’ve got three easy gift wrap ideas for adding that extra special touch.

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Casual Holiday Outfit for Tree Decorating + Errands

I’m putting the finishing touches on my holiday decorations this week. Everything has taken me longer than usual to put up, and in the process, my apartment has been glitter bombed. I’m sure you’ve been there!

Of course, there are a million other things going on at this busy time of year, too. So in between decorating, I’ve been running lots of errands.

I chose a casual holiday outfit to get me through a busy day.

Casual Holiday Outfit | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #WinterStyleThe weather has been really nasty this week. There’s a big storm passing through New York, and it’s not cold enough to snow, so it’s been dropping buckets of rain instead. Blech … my least favorite kind of weather.

It’s cozy inside though, especially wrapped up in a cabled sweater.

Casual Holiday Outfit | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #WinterStyleRemember way back in October when I attended Dooney & Bourke’s Spring 2015 Preview? Here’s an Instagram from the event to jog your memory.

At the event, I designed my own bag. I picked out everything from the fabric to the lining to the handles (and more), and it was such a fun experience. After lots of anticipation, my bag finally arrived a couple weeks ago!

Casual Holiday Outfit | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #WinterStyleOutfit Details: Sweater (Old Navy); Chambray Shirt (similar); Jeans (dENiZEN c/o People StyleHunters); Bag (c/o Dooney & Bourke); Shoes (similar); Bracelet (INEZ by boe)

I’m absolutely in love with my new bag! It’s great for running errands, and the coated canvas is completely waterproof, so it’s perfect for schlepping around in this crappy weather.

Casual Holiday Outfit | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #WinterStyleAfter lots of indecision, I went with oxblood panels on the front and back with navy on the sides. What do you think?

Casual Holiday Outfit | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #WinterStyleIf you followed me around for a month, you’d find me in this outfit – or something similar – a lot. I’m a total jeans and sweater girl. Add a pair of booties, a great bag, and my favorite bracelet, and you have a very happy Ginnie!

Casual Holiday Outfit | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #WinterStyle

What is your go to casual holiday outfit?

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Mini Roasted Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Pizzas

Pizza is one of those foods I could eat every night … with leftovers for breakfast, of course.

I’ve been eating a ton of butternut squash lately, and I love to pair it with Gorgonzola cheese. The sweet squash just works so well with the salty, creamy Gorgonzola. So, obviously, I had to combine the two on a pizza.

My Mini Roasted Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Pizzas turned out even more delicious than I imagined, so I had to share them with you!

Mini Roasted Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Pizzas | Hello Little Home #appetizer #snack #vegetarianThese little pizzas are so amazingly tasty! All the flavors – sweet, salty, tangy – work together so well that you’ll be going back for seconds (or thirds).

This recipe does take a few steps, but each step is very easy. You’ll start by roasting the butternut squash and caramelizing the shallots. I love shallots, and you will, too. They’re kind of a cross between onions and garlic.

The roasted butternut squash and caramelized shallots are piled on top mini pizza crusts and topped off with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. Finally, the pizzas are finished with crispy fried sage. If you’ve never had sage this way before, you are in for a treat! It’s so good.

Serve these Mini Roasted Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Pizzas at your next party or make one large pizza for dinner. It’s delicious either way!

Mini Roasted Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Pizzas

Yield: 12 mini pizzas

Mini Roasted Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Pizzas

Ingredients

    For squash:
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • For shallots:
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 large shallots, halved and thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • For pizzas:
  • 1 lb. pizza dough
  • 4 oz. crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 12 small sage leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare squash:
  3. Coat a large baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  4. Place butternut squash on baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss squash to coat evenly with oil, salt, and pepper.
  6. Roast squash for 30 minutes or until browned, flipping every 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and set aside.
  8. Prepare shallots:
  9. While squash is roasting, heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  10. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized and deep brown.
  11. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  12. Prepare pizzas:
  13. Spray a large baking sheet lightly with nonstick spray.
  14. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces and place on baking sheet.
  15. Press each piece of dough into a round about 2 - 3 inches in diameter.
  16. Bakes rounds until golden on bottom, about 5 - 7 minutes.
  17. Remove rounds from oven and flip over (the bottom side should face up).
  18. Top each round with equal proportions of shallots, squash, and Gorgonzola (layered in that order).
  19. Return pizzas to oven and bake until cheese is melted and bottoms are golden, another 5 - 7 minutes.
  20. While pizzas are cooking, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  21. Add sage leaves to butter and cook until crisp, 1 - 2 minutes.
  22. Remove leaves from pan and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  23. Sprinkle sage lightly with salt.
  24. When pizzas are ready, remove from oven and top with sage leaves.
  25. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

For one large pizza, spread dough on a large baking sheet or pizza pan. Top with shallots, squash, and Gorgonzola. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until crust is browned. Top pizza with crispy sage and serve.

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P.S. If you like this recipe, don’t miss my Roasted Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Salad recipe!

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30+ DIY Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List!

The holiday season is in full swing, and Christmas is just a few short weeks. Have you crossed off everyone on your list yet?

Handmade presents are my favorite to give and to get. Knowing that someone took the time to create something just for you makes the gift even more special.

Today, I’ve rounded up over 30 DIY gift ideas for everyone on your list.

DIY Gift Ideas for Everyone | Hello Little Home #crafts #holidays #ChristmasFrom mittens to food to lip balm, it’s time to start crossing off that gift list!

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DIY Origami Lucky Star Garland

I have a total Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It’s fake, and my husband and I bought it at Walgreens last year. Very classy, I know.

It’s actually really petite and adorable, although you can see right through it. That’s part of the charm though, right?

I love doing a project or two to add to my Christmas stash every year, and I thought that a homemade garland would complement my tree’s quirks. My DIY Origami Lucky Star Garland turned out so cute that I thought I’d share it with you!

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Easy Day to Night Makeup in 3 Steps

‘Tis the season for after work parties and get togethers! I always seem to have a few of these events scheduled, and it’s hard to look pulled together when you’ve been running around all day.

Rather than showing up straight from the office and feeling frumpy, take a few minutes to transform your face. Pack a few products, and you’ll have everything you need to create an easy day to night makeup look.

The best part? You can create this pretty look in three simple steps!

Easy Day to Night Makeup in 3 Steps | Hello Little Home #beauty #tutorial #holidaymakeup

Here’s what you need for this day to night makeup look:

Throw these items in your bag before you leave in the morning, along with a fun statement necklace, and you’ll be party-ready in no time!

Easy Day to Night Makeup: Products | Hello Little Home #beauty #tutorial #holidaymakeupBasically, you will be applying the makeup over anything you are already wearing.

I started with the natural-looking makeup that I wear daily. However, this look works even if you’re starting with no makeup.

Easy Day to Night Makeup: Before | Hello Little Home #beauty #tutorial #holidaymakeupStep 1: Eyes

Sweep a medium shade across your eyelids from the lash line to just below the brow bone. Blend the edges well with a brush or your fingers. Since this is for nighttime, I recommend using a shade with a little shimmer.

This is an easy way to create a subtly smoky eye without a lot of different shadows, especially if you have fair skin like me.

Easy Day to Night Makeup: Applying Eyeshadow | Hello Little Home #beauty #tutorial #holidaymakeupFinish your eyes by applying a coat of mascara. I went right over the mascara from my morning makeup routine.

If you’re starting with no makeup, add an additional coat or two for a stronger look.

Easy Day to Night Makeup: Applying Mascara | Hello Little Home #beauty #tutorial #holidaymakeupStep 2: Cheeks

Apply a wash of bright pink blush to your cheeks. The addition of a little color will wake up your whole face.

Easy Day to Night Makeup: Applying Blush | Hello Little Home #beauty #tutorial #holidaymakeupStep 3: Lips

Finish your easy day to night makeup by applying a bold color to your lips.

I like to use jumbo lip crayons. They’re super moisturizing and come in a beautiful range of colors. You can apply these crayons as lightly or as intensely as you like. I went bold!

If red is too much for you, choose a more subtle color. Why not step out of your comfort zone though?

Easy Day to Night Makeup: Applying Lipstick | Hello Little Home #beauty #tutorial #holidaymakeupAnd that’s it! You can seriously apply this makeup in about 5 minutes.

Easy Day to Night Makeup: After | Hello Little Home #beauty #tutorial #holidaymakeupHere’s a before and after. What do you think?

Easy Day to Night Makeup: Before & After | Hello Little Home #beauty #tutorial #holidaymakeupOne more tip! If you’re wearing your hair pulled already, turn it into a side pony. It’s such a fun, flirty style that perfectly complements this easy day to night makeup!

Do you have a lot of parties on your schedule this December?

P.S. Looking for a little holiday hair inspiration? Check out these 3 easy holiday hair styles!

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This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you purchase something from one of these links, I may receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you). I only recommend products that I love, and your purchase helps to support the free content offered on Hello Little Home (thank you so much!).