Nov
24

Happy Thanksgiving!

PHOTO: David Welch

Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving full of friends, family, food, and thought, my fellow US of A-ers!

Nov
21

10 Desserts I’d Be Making If I Weren’t In Charge of the Green Bean Casserole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nov
23

Happy {Thanksgiving} Weekend.


{Annie Schlechter}

Wishing all of you in the States full bellies, lots of leftovers, many a nap, and a very Happy Thanksgiving. I’ll be taking the rest of the week off for some much needed downtime spent with family and a plethora of desserts.

+ Now you can make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice, because that stuff is ‘spensive.

+ The most adorable fireplace.

+ A Pumpkin Caipirinha, yes please!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov
19

Happy Weekend.


{kristin~mainemomma}

+ If your playing Thanksgiving host you mights like these simple printables: a Thanksgiving paper chain + printable napkin rings + gift bags + all of these

+ Love this paper bag turkey for the kids’ table!

+ Hey designers, know what it takes to make a logo super suck?

+ Yet another idea for my paint chip collection.

+ I want to write myself a futureme.org letter, but am almost too nervous.

+ Quite possibly the best cat calendar I’ve ever seen.

+ Say hello to the Mrs. Shoppe!

+ Genius tutorial on making a modern coffee table out of a wooden pallet.

+ Anxious to try out a modern french tip manicure.

+ Jack Spade’s gift guides are the only ones that made me want to look.

Happy Weekend!

Nov
18

A Thanksgiving Feast.

A mix-n-match smorgasbord of sorts. Basically any of these recipes can be paired together with one another for the Big Turkey Dinner or the day after. Or even a month from next Thursday. (That’s December 25th if you don’t have a calendar handy.) Happy menu planning!


Let’s start with the libations. Because as far as I’m concerned, no holiday is tolerable without a few. (Boozy Mulled Cider, Butterbeer, Maple Concord)

Soup is one of my favorite things to make. I plan to subsist on it all winter long. (Apple Soup, Pumpkin + Peanut Butter Soup, Sour Cream Soup)


Then we’ll move on to some hearty bread, it serves as a nice sopping device for the soup. (Bread Baked with Honey + Cream, Brown Molasses Bread, Parmesan Potato Bread)


Now onto a few traditional things, sweet potatoes for one. (Cookie Crusted Sweet Potatoes, Maple Sweet Potato Casserole, Grilled Sweet Potatoes)


And turkey for two, although these are recipes for leftover turkey since it’s easy enough to roast one. (Curried Turkey Salad, Turkey Cranchiladas, Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash)


And now onto the most important part of the meal. Pumpkin. And dessert. (Mini Pumpkin Pies, Pumpkin Custards, Pumpkin Rice Pudding)

Nov
25

Happy {Thanksgiving} Weekend.

{Ray Fenwick}

I’m thrilled for Thanksgiving this year. Not just the food, food, FOOD or the mad dash shopping on Black Friday (which I really do love, by the way), but the tradition. I’ve never missed a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in my lifetime, so that’s first up. Then I’ll be making cranberry parfaits to enter into our family’s yearly Thanksgiving Dessert Contest. Sometime in the early afternoon I’ll head over to my mom and stepdad’s house. My mom and I will cook and browse the sales ads to formulate our plan of action for Friday. There will be lots of football watched and maybe even a little bit of Christmas decorating done since we’ll all be together. Finally, that evening I’ll roll myself to my car and home, with a bag full of leftovers to sustain me throughout the weekend. What’s the best part of your Thanksgiving Day?

Lots of good stuff floating around this week…

The holidays can be a bit stressful to say the least and I love this Keep Calm and Drink printable to keep things light and funny :: Whisker Graphics

Sweet Paul kicked off his crafty holiday countdown today!

Love these vintage photos from the 1932 Macy’s parade :: bad banana blog

I like this idea for Thanksgiving Blessing Snack Mix – it would make a great hostess gift or take-away for guests and could be packaged up so sweetly! :: The Kitchn

Cute bird bookmark download – great idea to tuck one into a book you’re loaning out or returning from having borrowed as a little surprise :: How About Orange

Getting ready to start decorating for the holidays? Here’s a great roundup of DIY wreaths :: marta writes

Mrs. French is now selling her photography as little Polaroid collections in her shop! :: Bliss

A pretty place setting practice template to help kids learn the ropes of table settings (free labor!) :: Blonde Designs

Rachel’s doing a great set of posts – Holidays, Managed – to help keep the stress at bay and the end goal in mind :: Heart of Light

A great selection of one of my favorite parts of a wedding: the seating chart :: Pretty Little Things

Happy {Thanksgiving} Weekend!

NOTE:
Don’t forget – you have until Monday at 9am CST to enter the Vivi Dot giveaway for a haul of fun holiday accessories!

Nov
20

Happy Weekend.

{Smosch}

• another use for my ever-growing paint chip collection, these brilliant housewarming party invitations :: Oh So Beautiful Paper
• simple paper hurricane covers for your Thanksgiving spread :: A Little Hut
• whimsical wedding programs and thank yous featuring a darling illustration :: Oh So Beautiful Paper
• super cute printable cupcake and teacup notes for the holidays (or any days) :: Creature Comforts
• modern Thanksgiving invitations that I’d love to send out :: Blonde Designs
• clever invitations to a cookie swap :: Brooklyn Limestone
• a nice collection of miniature and tabletop Christmas trees for home or work :: Apartment Therapy New York
• Under $100 Holiday Serving Platters – because everyone needs at least one :: Shelterpop
• check out these DIY pretty fabric pumpkins for a little *pop* :: Design*Sponge

Happy Weekend!

Nov
13

Happy Weekend.

{Kate Spade}

A roundup of my favorites from the past week, a few printables and a wish for a Happy Weekend! Also, a reminder that you only have until Monday at 9am CST to enter Win It: THe Paper Apartment. So hop to it!

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• in my family wine is a big deal during the holidays so I’m digging this Thanksgiving Wine Guide :: Sippity Sup
• enviable Thanksgiving invitations :: Oh So Beautiful Paper
• make your own coffee stencil! :: How About Orange
• don’t have a clue what to cook up for Thanksgiving? check out 172 recipes from 9 leading food magazines :: The Bitten Word
• check out the new design look on Unruly Things!
• don’t miss a week full of apple recipes :: A Field Journal
• get your mind churning over homemade holiday gifts with these ideas :: Wiley Valentine
• take a trip over to Feather Report to see my week of outfits
• a pale and pretty fall download from Ez :: Creature Comforts
• a sweet CD template and playlist suggestions for wedding or party favors :: Benign Objects
• printable pumpkin goodies :: Love. Obsess. Inspire.
• write a note on this downloadable set of stitchy stationery :: Bread of Many
• download these ABC cards and join in on a birthday tradition :: Design*Sponge

Nov
26

Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tonight I’ll be baking this for my family’s annual dessert-off. Wish me luck! Tomorrow is one of the only “off” days of my year where I actually set the alarm clock so that I can watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s been a tradition since I was a kid and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon! Then it’s off to my mom and stepdad’s for loads of grub.

I’ll be taking Thursday and Friday off in every way possible, but see you Monday to kick off the holidays!

Lots and Lots of Thankfulness for …
… the very best friends and family and gal could ask for
… the new(ish) roof over my head
… my awesome job when so many are lacking even a crappy one
… two fuzzy kitten-cats waiting for me at the door
… my relatively decent health
… candy

:: photo via ffffound

Nov
26

On the Rocks: Thanksgiving Edition.

Everyone needs a drink or ten to get through the holidays. Especially when it involves family!

Apple Harvest Collins

Ingredients:
- 1 Macintosh apple, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 1/2 ounces Bulldog gin
- 1/3 ounce simple syrup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 1/2 ounces spiced apple cider (preferably Reed’s brand)

Muddle 2 slices of the apple in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Combine the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into a Collins glass over ice. Add spiced apple cider. Garnish with more apple slices. If you like, rim the glass with cinnamon and sugar before mixing the cocktail. Serves 1.

:: cocktail recipe and photo via NY Daily News

November Chill

Ingredients:
- 3 oz gin
- 1 1/2 oz apple cider syrup (see link)
- 1/4 oz pomegranate syrup (see link)
- 1/4 oz Tuaca

Shake gin and apple cider syrup together with ice and strain into a cinnamon-sugar rimmed cocktail glass. Stir Tuaca and pomegranate syrup together and pour into the center of the glass. Serves 1.

:: cocktail recipe and photo via rejiggered

Pumpkin Margarita

Ingredients:
- 2 oz Partida Reposado Tequila
- 1 oz fresh lime/lemon juice mix
- splash of pumpkin puree
- sesame seeds
- lime wedge

Rim a cocktail glass with lime juice and sesame seeds. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Serves 1.

:: cocktail recipe and photo via Talk Drinks