Curried Lentil Soup

In my house, soup season is still going strong! It’s basically nonstop hot tea and soup all day, every day for me, so I’m sharing a soup recipe I’m really loving right now—which is this curried lentil soup. This is very easy to make, full of good-for-you and simple ingredients, and it’s super tasty. Triple win!

My homemade soup routine basically goes like this. I make a big pot of soup and I eat some for dinner (if my husband wants some he’s welcome, but he’s not always as enthusiastic about soup as I am). Then I save the remaining 2-3 servings and rewarm them for weekday lunches or a super quick weeknight dinner. As I type this, I still have a serving left of this batch pictured for lunch tomorrow and I cannot wait to eat it! Ha.

More often than not, I like to add a few crackers to my soup. I’m currently on a bit of a mini saltine kick (they are so cute! I know that’s kind of dumb but I can’t help it!), but this curried lentil soup is extra delicious when served with some cooked rice stirred in. Totally optional, but I happened to have some leftover rice one night when I made this and that was even better than crackers. It’s also delicious all on its own, too.

Happy soup making! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

Curried Lentil Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 4 cups 32-ounce vegetable or chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • cilantro and lime for serving
  1. Chop up the shallots and carrots, mince the garlic and ginger. Rinse and pick over the lentils.
  2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium to high heat. Add the shallots and carrots and cook for 1-2 minutes. Then stir in the garlic, ginger, curry powder, garam masala, cayenne, turmeric, and a big sprinkle of salt and pepper. Stir and cook for another couple of minutes until everything begins to soften.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium/low and add the lentils and stock. Cover and cook on low for 18-20 minutes until the lentils are very tender. Use an immersion blender or you can do this in batches in a blender and puree the soup (it can be super smooth or leave a little chunky, up to you). Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. When serving, sprinkle on a little chopped cilantro and squeeze a little lime juice over the top.

Gryffindor-Inspired Bedroom

Today, I am sharing the another bedroom from the upstairs of our Harry Potter-inspired bnb—the Gryffindor bedroom!

This is probably the least dramatic before and after the internet has ever seen, but hey, just showing you what we really did. Mostly just removed some wallpaper, painted, and swapped out the ceiling fan. Other than that, we simply furnished and decorated this Gryffindor-inspired bedroom.

The color I chose for the accent wall in this room is Behr Morocco Red. Instead of bunk beds, I decided to do two twin-size beds plus a small dresser. But it’s the area rug and red velvet curtains that really make the room feel finished. I also found a cute stag table lamp at HomeGoods, which immediately made me think of Harry’s Patronus, so that felt like the perfect lamp for the nightstand. For the fan art above the beds, once again Keely helped me create something fun that speaks to this house. One print has a list of famous Gryffindor names, while the other has the house motto.

Here are a few Gryffindor-inspired bedroom items: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

And as I mentioned in the Hufflepuff-inspired bedroom tour, the bathroom in this room connects, so you can see another angle of it here. See the room sources before for more details and thanks for letting me share. Expecto patronum! xo. Emma

Room Sources: bed framesarea rug, nightstand, stag lamp and throw pillows / HomeGoods, Magical Objects poster, small dresser, owl cage, curtains, and door banner.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

Ravenclaw-Inspired Bedroom

Today, I’m sharing a very special Harry Potter-inspired bedroom—our Ravenclaw-inspired room. According to the “official” online quiz, my house is Ravenclaw, so that’s why it’s special to me. 🙂 This bedroom is located in the upstairs of our Florida bnb and is the second master since it has a full bathroom attached (and also a huge closet).

Here you can see a before and after of this room. We mainly just removed some wallpaper and painted. Other than that, it was just a matter of furnishing and decorating. The big window in this room was something interesting to work with. I had a hard time finding blinds and curtains that would fit it well as one big window, so I decided to treat it more like two smaller windows. I’d never done that before and I am really happy with the outcome! I think it looks really nice and I slept in this room while I was there working on the house and the double curtains/blinds situation worked great for blocking light and allowing for great sleep as well. Double win.

I’ll admit, I don’t feel like Ravenclaw is represented all that much in the movies and it’s been a long time since I read the Harry Potter books (I am due for a re-read soon!), so I actually felt a little lost on what to do in this space to represent this Hogwarts house well. I landed on a bold blue accent wall (the color is Behr’s Express Blue), blue and purple-ish rug, and a fun little star and moon tapestry. I also added a faux raven to one of the side lamps for a touch of whimsy. Ha! This room is quite simple but I am really happy with it. I rarely decorate with blue and I actually really love the vibe of it—feels sort of soothing in this space.

Here are a few items from the space. My number one tip for updating a piece of furniture you buy from a big box store (like Amazon or IKEA) is to swap out the hardware. This can totally change the vibe of a piece! Items: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

I loved that this bathroom has a double sink (in addition to a shower and tub too). I have a feeling for this reason alone it will likely be the room Trey and I stay in when we visit. 🙂 Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Room Sources: area rug, curtains, faux ravens (or maybe crows … who’s to say), side tables, side lamps, dresser, moon phase tapestry, bathroom rug.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

10 Things I Love Sunday

Happy Sunday, friends! I sure have a lot of random recommendations, things to share, and a burning question for you:

1. Here’s what I’m currently reading. I like it but it did take a while to get into. Fantasy books are like that (for me anyway) because you have to learn about a whole new world, sometimes with new terminology, while also getting to know characters and what they are doing.

2. My mom got me a Harry Potter book cover that I love—it’s from this Etsy seller.

3. Recently bought myself this hat. Springfield, MO pride!

4. My favorite necklace is a gold pendant from Madewell, but I recently bought this one to layer with it. Love a pretty gold pendant.

5. I’ve been drinking lots of different teas from this David’s Tea sampler. Probably my favorite so far is “Forever Nuts,” but I love the ADVENTURE of trying new teas. 🙂

6. Is anyone else watching Goop Lab on Netflix? I am loving it!

7. I am a bit of a true crime podcast enthusiast (long time murderino), but Elise recently turned me on to Crime Junkie. I’ve had some painting projects lately so lots of time to listen to murder shows. 🙂

8. Been making lots of recipes from Super Simple lately and I love it! My favorites so far are the sesame orange chicken, Thai basil beef, and chocolate chip cookies. I don’t eat meat all the time, but when I do I often feel kind of lost cooking it because I was a vegetarian for most of the years I was into cooking. Still learning all the time!

9. Question: What’s your karaoke song? I’m curious!

10. Want to know what I currently have on hold at my library? Two books, Bad Monkey and also Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts. I have multiple books to read at my house already too … but I am a bit of book hoarder apparently.

Hope you’re having a great weekend full of whatever you need—cleaning, grocery shopping, adventures, or down time. xo. Emma

Hufflepuff-Inspired Bedroom

Today, I wanted to give you a tour of the Hufflepuff-inspired bedroom in our Florida Airbnb. If you missed the first bedroom tour (Slytherin!), you can see that here. I wanted to make sure and tour Hufflepuff as one of the first rooms because, as it was pointed out to me on Instagram, the Hufflepuffs of the world are often forgotten.

Our Airbnb house has two stories. The upstairs has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Here’s some of the art and what the stairway leading to the bedrooms looks like.

Here is a before and after of this bedroom. We did change the carpet on the stairs and landing, but other than that most of what we did on the second floor was paint and furnish/decorate. I chose a golden yellow color for the accent wall in this room. This bedroom is on the smaller side so I decided to add a bunk bed to maximize both the sleeping area and floor space. We imagine that likely it will be families with children staying in this home so the two bedrooms that have bunk beds were designed with that in mind. Although I must admit, I also stay in Airbnb homes most of the time when I travel and I have sometimes ended up in a bedroom with bunk beds, so they work for adults too. 🙂

The bedroom is simple and uncluttered with the beds, an area rug, side table, and floor lamp. There is also a really fun owl bean bag—a great spot for reading. Ha! This room has black velvet curtains to keep the room dark for sleeping, but there’s plenty of light in the room otherwise. Keely helped me create a little framed piece of fan art with the Hufflepuff motto that hangs above the side table. And the paint color is Midsummer Gold from Behr.

Even though the room is quite simple every piece was chosen with care. Here’s a few things in the space: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 (similar) / 5


Here is a peek into the bathroom. This bedroom as well as the adjacent bedroom (which I’ll share soon—it’s Gryffindor!) both have doors that connect to this bathroom. Check out the room sources below for more details. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Room Sources: bunk bed, curtains, area rug, side table, floor lamp, owl bean bag, Hufflepuff door banner, bathroom rug.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.