Author: Angela Yegyayan

Easy Ground Beef and Vegetable Soup in The Slow Cooker

Summer was back, but it’s on the way out again! Here’s an easy beef and vegetable soup to warm you up when the temperatures drop. It’s a cool weather favorite around our house! My grandma used to make this soup on the stove top, but I love the ease of throwing everything into the slow cooker so I can set it and forget it! Ingredients:  1 pound lean ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 3 cups of water 3 medium red potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes 1 can (14.5 oz) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can (11.5 ounces) V8 juice 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup chopped carrots 1 cup frozen corn 2 cups frozen green beans 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes 2 teaspoons dried basil 1 bay leaf Salt and pepper to taste or approximately 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper Elbow macaroni (optional) Prepearation: In a non-stick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, drain. Stir in salt and …

A Thanksgiving Day Roundup: Hostess Gifts, Recipes, Wine Pairings, and More!

It’s almost here! A day for family, friends, football, and FOOD! Also know as Thanksgiving. This is surely one of my favorite days of the whole year! I absolutely love the food and the time with family and friends! It’s an all day event for sure starting with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning, followed by football games, the big meal, and ending the day with a classic holiday movie and another round of turkey 😉 And all day the house smells heavenly! If you are still looking for some Thanksgiving day inspiration, I have rounded up a few things from around the Internet to help make your Turkey day a success! Tablescapes, hostess gifts, movies, and more! Hosting Thanksgiving at your house and looking for some decorating inspiration? Some top designers share their tips at My Domaine. Going to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving this year? Need a Hostess gift that isn’t wine? I love these 10 Affordable Hostess Gifts at Apartment Therapy!   Recipes galore and other Thanksgiving tips can be found …

Trending: Velvet Crush

Fall has come and gone, but I heard it’s coming back again in just a couple of days! It’s time to bring a little fall fashion into your home! One of the biggest trends this season, not only for clothing, is velvet! And it’s not hard to see (or feel) why. This luxe fabric instantly makes a room look more expensive and it feels divine! Ahhh, velvet! It makes everything seem just a little more luxurious. With it’s regal good looks and unsurpassed softness, it’s hard not to love it. Velvet is chic, stylish, and timeless. You can add velvet to your home in a number of ways, like pillows, sofas, throws, and accessories. And there are colors of velvet to suit just about anyone’s taste and style. Adding velvet doesn’t have to be super expensive either.  There are so many pieces of small-scale furniture and accessories out there, so no need to invest in a huge (and expensive) velvet sofa. Unless you really want to 😉 Like a melting pot, velvet has a lot of …

Is It The Most Wonderful Time of the Year or Is the Crazy Train About to Arrive? We’re Here to Help!

Is it really true? Did October just fly by and now we find ourselves in November already?! You know what that means. HOLIDAYS! The most wonderful time of year 🙂 It’s time to start decorating the house, entertaining guests, going to parties, shopping, and traveling among other things! All while we juggle our usual day to day activities that are already jam packed. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!! But, I’m not always the best at managing my time in the most productive of ways when there are so many things to juggle. And, what about enjoying the holiday season? Enjoying the holiday season, not just getting through it, is so important. Ever wish you could have the gift of time management before all the festivities get underway? LOOK NO FURTHER! I’ve enlisted the help of friend Jessica Modad. I met Jessica through a networking group I’m part of here in Houston called Women Helping Women Network. Jessica is a strategic life and productivity coach and is going to share her top …

Sunday Post: 4 Finds From Around The Internet This Week

Lessen your chance of colds and flu in the winter months with Vitamin D! With less daylight hours and donning more clothes comes less sunlight exposure and with less sun exposure comes lowered Vitamin D levels being produced naturally by our bodies. I personally use a Vitamin D and Vitamin K liposomal spray, but here are some other ways to get your daily dose. The Best Ways to Boost Vitamin D in Winter I’m always excited this time of year when I see pomegranates in the grocery store! Especially when the seeds are already removed for me 🤗 Removing them can be a little tedious and messy. But once they are out you can use them on salads, yogurt, oatmeal, desserts, or on whatever you want. My favorite way is just eating them on their own. They ar full of healthy benefits! Check it out on Style Craze. 30 Amazing Benefits of Pomegranates for Skin, Hair, and Health My scarves are finally seeing the light of day now that the temperatures have dropped! I love …

Cook This Weekend: 5 Slow Cooker Recipes For Fall That My Whole Family Loves

Yea! It really feels like fall in Houston this week and this weekend is supposed to be even cooler! When the temperature drops it’s the perfect time to get your slow cooker (crock pot in the south 😉) out and make some warm, comforting soups, stews, and other dishes that you might not cook in the warmer summer months. I love the ease of cooking a meal in the slow cooker. After a little prep while the kids are at school you can set it and forget it from 5 to 8 hours depending on the recipe. It makes dinnertime, and cleanup, a breeze. Oh, and don’t forget the aromas that fill the house throughout the day! Below I wanted to share with you some of mine and my family’s favorite fall and winter slow cooker recipes. Really I cook some of these year round, but when the temperatures dip they are way more pleasing! Just this week I made the red beans and rice and the taco soup. Today I’m throwing the lentil soup …

Sunday Post: 5 Finds From Around The Internet This Week

It’s a rainy Sunday morning here in Houston as a cool front is blowing through. I actually like mornings like this. Makes you want to linger in bed a little longer. I opted to get up and make some coffee and enjoy the sights and sounds of the storm. Hope you have a great Sunday and enjoy this edition of the Sunday Post! This first one I’ve been thinking about for a while. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase! I probably can’t undo the damage done from sleeping on a cotton pillowcase all my life, but changing now MUST be better than never starting! Do you use a silk pillowcase? 4 Reasons Why You Need A Silk Pillowcase There’s just 9 days until Halloween! Grab some popcorn and a cozy blanket and get ready to be spooked with these scary movies! A friend to watch with you is probably a good idea too!! The 25 Absolute Best Halloween Movies to Watch Right Now Do you try to eat organically as much as possible? Then why not …

15 Dog Friendly Restaurant And Bar Patios in Houston

The official start to fall has arrived and we are finally experiencing more pleasant temps in Houston! Ahhh…..Patio weather! Those fleeting couple of months where us Houstonians actually want to sit outside and enjoy the beverage of our choice, some grub, and people watching. Who better to invite for dinner, or brunch, and drinks than your dog? Don’t you think he (or she) would love to join you on a patio somewhere, drinking something cold, and mingling with other dogs and dogettes! Who can say no to that face! Thanks to the foundation of Paws on Patios in 2010, Houston restaurants can obtain city permits to allow dogs at outdoor tables. This initiative finally put Houston in line with other Texas cities that already had a similar permit program in place. Woof woof!! You love your dog, don’t you? Take that puppy out for some fun! Here are some Houston area restaurants and bars that welcome your furry friend. Just check ahead with these establishments to make sure their dog policy hasn’t changed. And, if you have …

Sunday Post: 5 Finds From Around The Internet This Week

I am always running across things on the Internet that I think to myself, “my friends may like to see this”. All to often I’ll forget so I’ve decided to start sharing some with you on a weekly basis here on the ANGELA edit! So grab your coffee, relax, and take a moment to see what I’m sharing this week. I hope you enjoy this new feature! If you haven’t decked out the house for Halloween yet, or you are still in the decorating mode, check out these mantle decorating ideas at Apartment Therapy. I’m loving the Glam Goth look! Your Halloween Mantle 3 Ways: Modern, Glam Goth, and Classic Like to cozy up to a good book? It’s not too late to get your scare on before Halloween! Check out Career Girl Daily for some spooky reads. Stephen King, anyone? 5 Seriously Creepy Books Perfect for Your October Reading List While it’s not cold outside yet, it’s never to soon to be proactive about staving off the flu or colds this winter. Hello Glow …

8 Clever Features To Add To Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether your building a new home, doing a complete renovation to an existing home, or just remodeling the kitchen, there are a few things you may want to add to make your kitchen more efficient and give it some flair. And, an upgraded kitchen is not a waste of money! Along with bathrooms, kitchens offer the best return on your investment if you go to sell your home. There’s so much available, and many of those tempting options may also be expensive. The first order of business is deciding what you can afford and what you cannot. Make a wishlist and do some research. To get you thinking here are 8 ideas for your upgrade wishlist. Keep in mind that these items are nice to have – not essential… 1. Drawers in the end of the island. So, there is usually “dead space” at the end of most kitchen islands. Why not put it to use with a couple of deep drawers like these. It’s the perfect place to …