Autumn Bean and Bacon Soup
My favorite soup growing up
was Campbell's bean and bacon
soup. Add ½ can of milk not water.
Crumble saltine crackers and that's what I
call comfort food! Here's a grown
up version....just in time for this
nip in the air.....
1 hour 15 mins
1 hour 30 mins
1 cup diced yellow onions
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
3 cans (15 oz each) Great
Northern beans, drained and
salt and pepper
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
Cook the bacon in a soup pot or
Dutch oven until crisp. Remove
with a slotted spoon to a paper
towel lined plate. Discard all but
about 2 tablespoons of the
To the hot bacon grease, add the
onions, carrots and celery. Cook
over medium heat until they start
to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the
garlic and cook an additional
minute. Stir in the chicken broth
and beans. Season to taste with
salt and pepper. Bring to a bubble
then reduce the heat to low and let
the soup simmer for 1 hour.
Remove half of the soup to a
blender or food processor. Process
until smooth. Return the puree to
the soup po
t and stir into the
remaining soup. Add the tomato
sauce and ¾ of the reserved
bacon and stir to combine.
Taste and season to taste with salt
and pepper. Le
t the soup simmer
until it is heated through, about
Serve topped with the remaining
Warm Apple Cider and Rum
Can't wait to try!
2 teaspoons whole cloves
1 orange, thinly sliced
2 quarts apple cider
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon allspice
Pinch grated nutmeg
1 cup dark rum
Cinnamon sticks, garnish
Stud the apple with the cloves. In
a medium pot, combine the
studded apple and remaining
ingredients except the rum. Slowly
bring to a simmer over low heat.
Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove
from the heat and add the rum.
Discard the apple. Ladle into mugs
and garnish each with a cinnamon
stick. Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, 2002
Have you read?...
by Brene Brown
In this book, the author addresses how to find deep personal worth while living in a world that is constantly bombarded by messages of who, what, and how we should be. From the book:
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy-the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light."
All professional photography for Kat Nelson Designs by Lisa Konz Photography.
There's something about Autumn that wakes our senses and reminds us to live.....
We hope the cooler Autumn weather has put you in
the mood to try that new crock pot recipe, cozy up your home for the upcoming holiday season and get outside and enjoy all the beauty that this time of year offers.
a designer, this
is an exciting time of the year, High
Point Furniture Market has just ended and we are brimming
with ideas of how to implement the design trends that were showcased. Furniture and accessory lines have unveiled their new products and the air is
ripe with excitement.
With the additions of television channels like HGTV
and websites like Houzz, today's design c
lient is much more informed than in times past. We receive more
and more inquiries related to pictures and articles that our clients have seen on Houzz. It used to be that Pinterest was the homeowners go-to for finding design styles and direction in home design. However, Houzz has evolved into the Pinterest for home owners.
Trust me, I love them both and don't have a favorite. But if you aren't familiar with Houzz, research the
ealth of infor
mation and resources available just a
You can create idea books based on areas
of your home that interest you and save the photos
that best represent your goals and preferences. Local resources for projects in which you need assistance are at your your fingertips and just a click away.
Kat Nelson Designs has been honored to receive
many Houzz awards and is a "Recommended Pro" on their site....lucky us! We are currently in the running
for an award titled Best of Alpharetta! We are beyond excited and hope that while you are looking through this informative and fun website, you follow us and save any of our pictures to your personal idea books. By doing
this you can help us win this coveted award.
As we welcome this change of seasons, we are once again reminded how blessed we are to be doing something that we love!
Kat Nelson and team
serene and tranquil master bedrooms
messy, chaotic masters
Need to Know
Bring More Balance to Your Garden With Symmetry
Well-designed gardens often use symmetry in a variety of ways to create a sense of harmony. While symmetry is perhaps best illustrated by formal gardens, it's a design principle that can be used to create balance in any style of garden, from classical to modern. From the nearly perfect symmetry of two potted boxwoods placed on either side of a gate to a more approximate symmetry of loosely mirrored perennial beds, here are 10 ways to add symmetry to your garden.
Create a welcoming entryway.
Symmetry in the front yard in the form of two trees flanking the front walk or a pair of pots by the door is a great way to increase curb appeal. The front garden of this beachside bungalow in Southern California strikes a balance between formal and carefree with symmetrical plantings made up of a mix of clipped shrubs and informal, billowing grasses.
efine a central axis. For a classic formal look, set out an
of symmetry along a sightline of the garden and mirror the planting beds on either side. Not every element of the garden needs to be perfectly symmetrical. Here, a curved rock wall with a built-in bench
on the right side of the fountain
creates a seating area for taking in the view. The overall effect is cool, calm and serene.
Plant a tree allée. Traditionally, a tree "avenue" consists of a single type of tree planted at regular intervals on either side of a straight path. This classic French style creates structure and can be an opportunity to use symmetry.
For the rest of the article follow this link to Houzz.
by Kat Nelson Designs
The master bedroom is often the most overlooked room in the house. Family rooms, kitchens and even the kids room get more attention than the master bedroom in many homes. Due to the misconception that because no one "sees it" it isn't as important as the rest of the house, i
t's usually left until the last to decorate.
It's often cluttered with unfolded laundry, too many accessories, papers from work...and so on. The very place that is intended to be our "own" space in our home, our sanctuary, our retreat is often times anything but. The master bedroom should be a place to relax, rest and recharge.
When considering choosing a color palette for the master, ask yourself these questions. Does this color make you happy? feel calm? serene? If this step has you stalled this is a great point to get on Houzz and browse the photos of master bedrooms and begin that lookbook that we mentioned above. I encourage my design clients to come to meetings with pictures and ideas so that we can best come up with a plan for incorporating things
they love, they need and they want
It is imperative to invest in the best linens that you can afford. If the average person sleeps one third of their life, then it only makes sense to be in comfortable sheets and bedding. Good pillows, soft blankets and thick towels for your master bath are a must have as well.
Adding black out drapery for a good night's rest is important. (Black out drapery is not just for teenagers!) Add an air purifier or air purifying house plants to keep the allergens at bay. We usually recommend that the lighting in a master bedroom be a combination of mood lighting and task lighting. We often install overhead canned lighting above the headboard with a switch close by the bed for reading. Table and floor lamps bathed in soft white light helps to create a calm and serene environment. Don't forget that no master is complete without a candle or two by the bed?
Then...... clean the clutter, all of it!
Make sure personal or work papers have a spot designated out of view. Laundry goes from the laundry room to the closet or chest of drawers. Books have a place on either shelves or in drawers beside the bed.
Don't forget your guests need all of this attention in the guest room. Not the leftovers. Fluffy towels, great smelling soaps, closet and drawer space and hooks to hang towels or clothing are all important in making your house guests feel at home in your home.
How About heading to the mountains for a weekend getaway?
Holiday Art Show & Sale
- Each November-December
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Assn.
Shop for regional art and crafts at the Blue Ridge Mountains
Arts Association Thanksgiving through Christmas. For more
call (706) 632-2144.
Light up Blue Ridge
- Saturday after Thanksgiving
Downtown Blue Ridge
Christmas festival in Downtown Blue Ridge. Music,
caroling and all-day activities. Official lighting of the
and Santa arrives!!