Homemade Vegan Frozen Pizzas (via abeautifulmess.com)Confession: One of my very favorite too-lazy-to-cook dinners is Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pizza. It's my favorite frozen pizza. I think in part because it doesn't have cheese. Now, I love cheesy pizza, don't get me wrong. But sometimes I just feel like cheese doesn't freeze well, or that frozen pizzas with lots of cheese can turn out a bit too soggy. So although I am not vegan by any stretch of the imagination, I honestly prefer this non-dairy pizza when I'm in the mood for frozen pizza. 

My favorite part of this pizza is this kind of sweet onion type spread that replaces the usual tomato sauce. I don't know Amy's exact recipe, but I've been experimenting with recreating this onion spread at home.

Homemade Vegan Frozen Pizzas (via abeautifulmess.com)  I've tried a few versions, and I'm finally happy enough with it that I'm ready to share it with you all. And you're in luck because this version is no where near as overpowering in the smell department as a few of my first attempts. Ha! When experimenting with recipes heavy in the onion and garlic department, my kitchen can get pretty smelly fast — occupational hazard I suppose. 

This recipe creates 4 small pizzas that you can freeze and eat later. Again, I was looking to create a homemade version of a store-bought favorite with this. If frozen pizza isn't your thing, I still recommend trying the onion spread as a sauce alternative on a pizza someday. It's just so tasty. But otherwise feel free to change it up however you like. Maybe you already have a favorite dough recipe or you prefer different vegetables for the topping? This is very customizable, so you do you. :)

Peppers and mushroomsHomemade Veggie Frozen Pizza, makes 4 pizzas (that could each feed 2).

For the dough:
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (two packets)
2 1/4 cups warm water
big pinch of sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt

For the onion spread:
1/2 yellow onion
3 heads of garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

For the toppings:
1 red or orange bell pepper
8 oz. mushrooms (one small container)
8 oz. artichoke hearts
vegan Parmesan (optional, but so good!)

First make the dough. Combine the water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl, combine the flours and salt. Pour the yeast water and olive oil in with the flour and stir until a dough ball begins to form. Knead for 3-4 minutes. Then place back in the lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for one hour. 

Punch the dough down and divide into four. Knead each into a dough ball. Cover and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Roll out each dough ball and bake at 375°F for 5 to 6 minutes. The dough will not be fully cooked but will hold its shape. You don't want to fully bake the dough yet as that will come later after freezing. 

Garlic and onion spreadWhile the dough is rising is a great time to make your onion spread. Remove the papery skin from the onion and cut in half. Then cut one half into two pieces. Lightly drizzle in olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Cut off the tops of each head of garlic so the tops of the cloves are exposed. Lightly drizzle the tops of the now exposed cloves in olive oil and wrap each in aluminum foil. Bake at 400°F for 45 minutes. 

Allow to cool enough to handle. Add the onion to a food processor. Remove the now soft garlic cloves from the papery outer skin and add this to the processor as well. Then add one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Process until smooth. Taste and add a little salt and pepper. 

Homemade frozen pizzaYou'll also want to partially cook your veggies for the topping as well. I sautéed mine in a lightly oiled saucepan just until soft. If you're using mushrooms, be sure to pat dry before adding to the top of your pizzas as mushrooms will release moisture when cooked and you don't necessarily want excess moisture on top of your frozen pizza. 

Once the crusts are partially baked, the onion spread is made, and the topping vegetables are partially cooked, it's time to assemble your pizzas. Then tightly wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. 

Homemade Vegan Frozen Pizzas (via abeautifulmess.com) When you are ready to cook one, remove it from the freezer an hour or so before you plan to bake it, or you can move it to the refrigerator in the morning if you plan to bake it that night. Bake at 400°F for 18-22 minutes. Top with some vegan Parmesan if you are so inclined. You can buy this or make your own (I've been experimenting with different versions, but one that's great is Dana's recipe). Happy frozen pizza dinners! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                     It's finally here — my first room tour of our new Nashville house!! We moved in 8 months ago, and I'm just starting to get to the point where a few rooms are "done", and while I have so many more rooms to go, it's great to have our bedroom finally put together. Wanna see what it looked like beforehand?

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                     While I am a big fan of midcentury houses, I have to admit that some of the ranches can be tough to work with. Our house has the classic 60s bedroom characteristics of low ceilings and small windows that are placed high on the wall. I guess they did that so people would have more options of where to place their furniture in the room, but it's not my favorite feature. You'd be amazed at how much character high ceilings and large windows add to a room, so when you don't have either, it just feels like you are standing in a boring little box. I have to say that I was pretty stumped for a while on how I was going to add some life and charm to the space, but based on how the room makes me feel now, I would say I did a pretty good job (pats self on back)!

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!) I love the palm print wallpaper I chose for the accent wall (it's from CB2 but no longer available), and it's removable. So it's an easy switch if we ever change our mind. I got two giant fiddle leaf figs for a steal a few months back, and this guy was the perfect size to add some greenery to this corner.

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)              Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                     Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)       I built this shelf box to be the same size as our awkwardly placed window and to balance out the wall. I'm so glad that I did. It really helps the bed feel centered on the wall, and I get a place for plants and knickknacks (gold hand is from Hobby Lobby and The Royal Tenenbaums prints are from Etsy). Isn't sleeping Mac the sweetest? I didn't even have to coax him to be in the photos. He just jumped up on his own and fell asleep...

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)  These midcentury-inspired brass task lamps are perfect for the nightstands (which also got a makeover when we moved). I love how the brass stands out against the black and white palm print and the shape is perfect for that throwback feel.

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)          It's been fun to collect vintage books for the house (in the right colors of course), and I give myself extra bonus points for funny/cool titles. My favorites right now are my Encyclopedia Browns (totally read those growing up), the French version of The Little Prince that I got when I was a teenager, and my very own copy of Do Cats Think? from my future sister-in-law, Sarah. I believe the short answer to that one is, "Duh, but that doesn't mean they will listen to you..." Still love the skull bookends I made a few years ago too!

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                     One of the biggest changes to the room came whenever we replaced the ugly ceiling fan with this beautiful brass chandelier from Schoolhouse Electric. Changing out a basic light with something more fun makes such a difference, and it's always one of my favorite moments when renovating a space. Also that pink hand print is probably my favorite art in the house right now.

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                          Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)         I can't tell you enough how much I am in love with our closet doors! This DIY of adding trim to plain wooden doors came out even better than I could have dreamed, and they are first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning. LOVE! The faux sheepskin rug is actually two rugs that I combined to make one big one. The scalloped edges bring some nice curves to the space.

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)           One of the first things I wanted to do when we moved was get a new mattress. When I saw what poor shape our mattress was in once we got it off the moving truck (it was already super old, not the truck's fault!), I resolved to remedy that situation quickly! We got a new mattress from Casper, and I love it! It's the first new mattress I've ever had, so it makes me feel like a real grown up. I was trying to find the perfect duvet cover for our new bed for weeks when I found this abstract print cover that was just what the doctor ordered. Those fluffy pink throw pillows are basically a dream come true — pink and fluffy for the win!

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)          How cute is this little face vase? It just makes me so happy (the other items are Target FYI).

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                            Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)    Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                         This hanging jewelry storage DIY (with a mirror on the front) has been such a lifesaver for me! I get the full length mirror I need on the front and lots of space to hang and store jewelry and sunglasses inside. You know I love that palm print!

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                         Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                                 These pastel cactus prints help add that extra Palm Springs vibe to the room. When in doubt, add a cactus, amiright??

Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                         Laura's bedroom tour before + after (click through for more!)                             I had to restrain myself from adding like 10 more sleeping kitty pics. He's was such a good kitty model that day!! And to answer the question I always get anytime I share my house, I'm lucky enough that my cats are not interested in eating our plants or flowers. They are, however, interested in my Greek yogurt and pizza, but not plant eaters, so I don't have to worry about where I place plants around the house. Anyway, refinishing the floors in a dark stain and painting the walls a bright white really helped give the space a fresh look as well (all the white in my house is just untinted paint BTW — it's as white as it gets!). I know white can feel a little boring at times, but having the white walls helps the color that is there (like the mint doors) really stand out and pop! Hope you guys have enjoyed this look into our new house! I can't wait to show you more rooms soon! xo. Laura

Credits//Author: Laura Gummerman.Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Natural nail polish 101 (click through for more!)Last year a blog reader informed me that nail polish is one of the most toxic things we put on our bodies. So, when I started to consider switching to a more natural beauty routine this year, polish was the first thing I addressed. 

I quickly noticed that natural polish is typically twice if not three times the price of a drugstore brand. Over the past few months, I've been testing several brands and I wanted to share what I found with you today. Hopefully my advice can help steer you in the right direction so you don't have to waste money on products that aren't as good as others.

And as always, I want to open up the comments to your thoughts and opinions. I've already had several good recommendations from you guys!  

I Love NP (both bottles pictured above with black handles) 
This Etsy shop offers 3-Free (free of toluene, formaldehyde, or dibutyl phthalate) polishes in fun colors and holographic finishes. My favorite color I've purchased from them is Juliette, a rose gold holographic polish. It's a pretty pink glitter that is easy to wear and looks amazing in the sunlight. I also like their coral neon, which is pictured above. I will definitely try more in the future. 

Natural nail polish 101 (click through for more!)Habit Cosmetics

My friend, Natalie, introduced me to Habit. They have amazing colors to choose from and really cute bamboo lid packaging. So far I have tried Tabou (a bright orange-y red) and Belle Epoque (dark lavender). I also tried their top and bottom coat. 

I am super pleased with the quality of both these polishes and want to try more colors. I'm curious how the lighter colors will hold up, and I want to try Bardot next. 

Also, Laura's nail color in the photo above is Mineral Fusion in Pebble (this is a good brand that dries quickly).

Natural nail polish 101 (click through for more!)TenOverTen

This is actually the first brand I tried. They are 8-free (free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and parabens), which is one of the best I've seen. For my personal taste, they also have the best packaging. 

I like the colors a lot, but some bottles are better than others. Their black is AMAZING. Wouldn't recommend their white (still looking for a full coverage true white if anyone knows of one!) 

When I wear the darker colors, I tend to need to touch them up about once a day. I've always had issues with keeping my nail polish "perfect" for more than a day or two. So, this isn't a deal breaker for me. I've been an Essie wearer in the past (the durability of these is equal, if not better).

With that said, I fully expected these natural products to suck and they do not. They are honestly all pretty equivalent to what I'd normally buy. 

Natural nail polish 101 (click through for more!)Well, these are all my experiences so far! If you want to get started with a more natural nail polish regimen, I suggest Habit or TenOverTen. They both have a top and bottom coat you can buy, which helps it last longer. I will definitely keep collecting colors from both those brands. I will also keep shopping at I Love NP for glittery and holographic finishes.  

I am a true believer in these products and am really glad I invested a little time and money into figuring out what works best for me. I love wearing nail polish, so once I found out how toxic it was, it was constantly bugging me. Now I can enjoy it again! 

Next we want to try a natural nail salon (we just found out about this one in Nashville!) to see if we can pick up some helpful tips and recommendations. 

And speaking of recommendations, please let us know if you have tried any nail products that have impressed you! xoxo- Elsie 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Lucite Hand Towel Holder DIY (click through for tutorial)       Sooo, remember when I showed you how to make the easiest ever lucite towel rack for your bathroom (for only $30!)? Well, I just wanted to let you know that you can also make a mini version to match as a hand towel rack as well! I've actually seen a couple readers that have made their own for their bathrooms and tagged me so I could see — that always makes me so happy!

Lucite Hand Towel Holder DIY (click through for tutorial)      I just used a smaller piece of 1" acrylic rod that was custom cut down to 10" and got two more drapery ceiling brackets that I spray painted gold to match the other towel rack. The rod only cost about $5. So this hand towel holder only cost about $20 total — hooray!! 

Lucite Hand Towel Holder DIY (click through for tutorial)Lucite Hand Towel Holder DIY (click through for tutorial)        Lucite Hand Towel Holder DIY (click through for tutorial)     I love having things that match perfectly, so I'm thrilled to have a baby hand towel holder to coordinate with the mamma version on the opposite wall. As you can imagine, putting one of these together is pretty simple, but you can read the full tutorial here if you want more details. I love how luxe the look of lucite is. So adding more of it to my space is definitely not a bad thing! I think this project is "clearly" a winner! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Elsie's Closet Organization        Jeremy and I recently moved into our master bedroom after four months of living in the guest room due to renovations (!!!!). It's SO WEIRD living in our real bedroom. But you guys aren't here to hear about my #feelings. So let's move on.... 

So far, I've mainly focused on the closet space. It's coming along nicely, and today I'm here to share a blank wall that we turned into useful accessory storage! 

Step 1Step 1: Use tape to visualize the storage you want to add. I put this up, then made sure the sizes of my hats and lengths of my necklaces and purses would work. Just hold things up and adjust as needed. 

Step 2Step 2: Measure the length of the wall (exactly) and have boards cut to length at the home improvement store. My boards are 2.5 inches tall, but you can do larger ones if you want. 

Step 3Step 3: Choose and measure for hardware. Pick out what hardware you want for whatever your storage needs are. I picked different styles for hats, necklaces, and bags. Then hold up your largest hat, bag, and necklace and decide how far you want them spaced apart. Then you can figure out how many pieces of each hardware type you need. 

My hardware– Kohler knobs (used for bags), Brass hooks (used for necklaces, and I painted them gold because they came in more dark than I expected), and Lucite pulls (I actually used these on their side for the hats). 

Step 4Step 4: Paint the wood pieces to match your trim color. 

Step 5Step 5: Add hardware to boards. 

How to drill holesTo get your hardware flush, use a countersink drill bit. :) 

Ta-DaaaaaTa-Daaaa! It's done! We added a little more caulk at the end and touched up the paint a tiny bit, by the way! 

My new storage is SO USEFUL! Here's how my wall looks today.... 

Elsie's Closet Organization      Elsie's Closet Organization      Elsie's Closet Organization      Elsie's Closet Organization      Elsie's Closet Organization      I'm so happy with the extra storage this adds to my space. I mean, this wall would have basically been wasted and now it's completely full. If you have a similar wall, or need more storage, consider this solution. I highly recommend it! It's SUPER easy to find my necklaces and hats now (always a brutal task for me in the past). Projects like this are SO gratifying! If you make this in your space, tag us on Instagram #ABMathome 

Have a lovely weekend! xx- Elsie 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Elsie Larson and Laura Gummerman. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions


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