5 Home Decor Mistakes That Ruin The Design

Most of us go to a lot of time and expense trying to make our homes look great. When we first move in a new home, we start by trying to recreate the rooms we liked in our old place. You’re in a new location with different dimensions. We unwittingly can spoil it all by doing something that doesn’t really work in the space.

Let’s discuss some of the most common decor mistakes that can ruin your home ‘s look.

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Asparagus Lemon Soup

This yummy asparagus lemon soup is creamy smooth without heavy cream. It’s made with spring fresh asparagus, broth, lemon, and a hint of parmesan. I just love using seasonal fresh produce in cooking. I used chicken broth but you can use a good vegetable broth for a vegetarian option.

Garnish options are blanched asparagus tips, croutons, herbs, bacon bits (I use chicken bacon), and parmesan cheese.

Asparagus Lemon Soup

Use organic when available. Serves 4 to 6

You can freeze the soup before adding cheese for up to 3 months. Defrost the soup in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Add cheese and reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until hot.


Asparagus Lemon Soup

A creamy asparagus soup made with fresh vegetables, broth, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese without heavy cream.
Course lunch, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus, asparagus soup, soup
Servings 5 servings


  • 2 bunches of asparagus (a little over 2 lb.)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 2 chopped medium onions
  • 2 clove garlics peeled & smashed
  • 6 cups low sodium broth – chicken or vegetable
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish fresh herbs i.e. parsley, basil, thyme, dill
  • Optional garnish grated Parmesan cheese
  • Optional garnish croutons
  • Optional garnish asparagus tips
  • Optional garnish bacon bits


  • Place large pot over medium heat
  • Add butter or olive oil
  • Add onions and garlic
  • Cook for about 8 minutes until translucent; reduce heat if necessary
  • Cut tips off one bunch of asparagus for garnish (if desired) & set aside
  • Cut remaining spears of asparagus into ½-inch pieces
  • Add chopped asparagus and broth to pot
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Bring to a boil
  • Cover and lower heat to low
  • Simmer about 30 minutes until vegetables are tender
  • While pot simmers, bring small pot of salted water to a boil
  • Add asparagus tips and cook for a few minutes until tender crisp
  • Remove asparagus tips and plunge into iced water
  • When tips are cool, drain, dry, and set aside
  • Puree soup with immersion blender in pot until completely smooth or in batches in blender and then return to pot
  • Let soup return to simmer
  • Stir in lemon juice and Parmesan cheese
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as needed
  • Serve warm in bowls with desired garnish


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You can’t go wrong with asparagus.

I’ve another great asparagus recipe  for you.  This veggie is packed full of vitamins including vitamin A, C, E, K, and B6. If that isn’t enough for you, how about the fact that asparagus can help you lose weight? It is low in calories but high in insoluble fiber, which will help you feel full longer. Asparagus also contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine which helps flush fluid and salt from your body (which can actually help prevent UTI’s). And along those lines asparagus can also help your digestive health and prevent bloating!

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