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String Lights Done Right, Decorating. Finds & More

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Last week it got a little pinteresty in my new apartment.

After utilizing some unconventional wall hanging techniques this was the result.

So without further ado...

String Lights Done Right

Mini LED string lights (they don't get as hot as regular strand lights)Extension cordA mechanical timerSewing pins or small nailsA small hammer Tape Clothespins (optional)Pictures (optional)Begin by taping the lights where you want them on the wall. Then, take a big step back and make sure they look even and centered.Now take a hammer and nails or sewing pins and gently hammer one in at each turning point of the strand. I prefer sewing pins because they leave holes that are barely noticeable, however there may need to be more than one pin placed at each end because the weight of the lights can be a little much for just one pin.Set up and plug the lights into your mechanical timer. Admire your work.Last and optionally, use clothespins to hang your favorite …

Not Quite Panera's Potato Soup

Yesterday I decided to break all the rules and make a warm soup in the middle of summer.

This recipe was created about 4 years ago when I was attempting to duplicate Panera's potato soup. I had already tried several online recipes, but none could match the taste of Panera's soup.

Taking matters into my own hands, I tried to replicate the recipe. It still didn't end up like Panera's soup, but my family loved it.

This particular recipe is only about 300 calories per serving, is a little spicy when cayenne is added and like most soups, tastes better the next day. Cayenne pepper is the secret ingredient in pretty much everything I make. Add as little or as much cayenne as you would like.

Servings: 8

5 large potatoes, peeled and diced1/4 cup minced onion32 oz. chicken broth1/2 cup water16 oz. cream cheese1 tsp. ground white pepper4 dashes garlic salt1 cup milk or creamCayenne pepperIn a large pot combine potatoes, spring onions, chicken broth and water. Bring t…