Festive Finery For Christmas Fetching Friday

Today’s festive finery for Christmas fetching Friday comes to you in the spirit of it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

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Christmas is the time of year for decking the halls in elegant, traditional, vintage, casual, and the like finery.

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House & Garden

tassel wreath

One Kings Lane

Christmas fetching Friday

Better Homes & Gardens

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House & Garden

Absolutely vintage style fabulous.

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Country Living

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Veranda Magazine

 JOSH YÖUNG DESIGN HOUSE

Josh Young Design House – Domino

It’s the most wonderful and beautiful time of the year.

I hope you have the opportunity to witness firsthand the beauty and magic of the season’s festive finery on this twelve days until Christmas fetching Friday.

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In Holiday Style Hostess Gifts

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m ready to get the holiday style hostess gifts party started.

My here a list there a list, everywhere a list- list approach to holiday shopping and gifting is resulting in shopping carts brimming with goodies for home and hostess.

 

holiday style hostess gifts

shopping cart

Sharing the finds on my holiday style hostess gifts list and moodboard (yes, I mock up gift boards) with Mama Places In The Home proved a source of match game inspiration and direction.

The combination of matching gift with garb another is my decked out and dressed up holiday thing.

I’m a firm believer in head to toe house to home style, and in this season of gathering and gifting I like to give items that hit the holiday hostess style high note.

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Hostess gift etiquette works off the theory of appreciation.

The hostess/host strives to make every detail of the gathering perfect and memorable, and here’s where party guest gratitude comes in.

Patricia Green LOVE velvet slippersPatricia Green Velvet Slippers

Your token of appreciation doesn’t need to be extravagant or expensive to be thoughtful and stylish.

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Josh Young – Domino

Spot accents and accessories in animal print chic are always in season.

glass cheetah ornamentsGlass Animal Print Ornaments

Safavieh Handmade Soho Yamina Leopard N.Z. Wool Rug

Safavieh Handmade Soho Yamina Leopard N.Z. Wool Rug – 2′ x 3′

animal print upholstered chairs Christmas foyer

Victoria Magazine

leopard-print-fur-coat-bottle-coverLeopard-Print Fur Bottle Coat

Embroidered Animal Woven Tartan Pillow Cover, HaldenEmbroidered Animal Woven Tartan Pillow Cover, Halden

 

Merrylife Sherpa Throw Blanket Plush Fleece Comfort Soft Home Decorative Couch Blankets Travel Use CheetahMerrylife Sherpa Throw Blanket 

‘Tis the season for hosting and attending holiday celebrations, and that means dressing for the occasion in holiday style.

Glitter Knit Bell Sleeve TopGlitter Knit Bell Sleeve Top

Brooke Metallic Coated Ponte Ankle PantsBrooke Metallic Coated Ponte Ankle Pants

The holiday season only comes around once a year, and it’s a magical time  to revel in a little glitz and glamour.

Framed Leopard Day To Evening Bag1

Framed Leopard Day To Evening Bag

2-Piece Leopard-Print Faux Fur Hair Clips Set

2-Piece Leopard-Print Faux Fur Hair Clips Set

Krystal Faux Druzy Drop EarringsKrystal Faux Druzy Drop Earrings

Marble Dome Cake StandClassic Touch Marble Dome Cake Stand

Small Antique Gold Trinket Box With Handle

Small Antique Gold Trinket Box with Handle

Gold Agate Slice 3 Piece Cheese Knife SetGold Agate Slice 3 Piece Cheese Knife Set

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Martha Stewart

Bowknot Back Crop Ribbed Knit Top in Black

Bowknot Back Crop Ribbed Knit Top in Black

Sweet Your Heart Bowknot Sequins Pleated Skirt in PinkSweet Your Heart Bowknot Sequins Pleated Skirt in Pink

pink pastel Christmas treeSouthern Living

Purple Cultured Freshwater Pearl Beaded Bracelet

Cultured Freshwater Pearl Beaded Bracelet

Diamonart 2 CT. T.W. White Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver Star Drop Earrings

Diamonart 2 CT. T.W. White Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver Star Drop Earrings

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum OrnamentViktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Ornament

The Complete Novels of Jane AustenThe Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Fragrance for home and hostess.

Illume Oud Wood Reed DiffuserIllume Oud Wood Reed Diffuser

Color, texture, and pattern shines in the holiday style hostess gift ideas spotlight.

tartan plaid accent chairs

Midwest Living

Off the Shoulder Satin Finish Blouse with Halter Bow Sash DetailCeCe Off the Shoulder Satin Finish Blouse with Halter Bow Sash Detail

Crepe Slim-Straight PantsNine West Crepe Slim-Straight Pants

How They Decorated Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth CenturyHow They Decorated Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century

 

Dublin red old-fashioned glasses

Dublin Red Double Old Fashioned Glasses

 

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Caspine Small VaseCaspine Small Vase

Fashion jewelry and/or a classic fashion piece in seasonal colors as a hostess gift?

Friends love to gift the gift of sparkle and shine.

emerald style statement bracelets

Esmeralda Emerald Green Rhinestone Statement Bracelet
Vince Camuto Dark Moss Green Button Hinge Bangle Bracelet

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Pinterest

Blue and white makes a grand holiday style presentation.

Journee Collection Loxley Women's High HeelsJournee Collection Loxley Women’s High Heels

Blue and white makes a grand holiday style presentation.

Blue and White Roses Ceramic Table LampBlue and White Roses Ceramic Table Lamp

geometric_jar_gift_wrap Geometric Ginger Jar Gift Wrap Sheets

French Bistro Appetizer Plates, Set of 4, Mixed BlueFrench Bistro Appetizer Plates, Set of 4, Mixed Blue

Fantastic price on this AERIN Seville napkin set.

AERIN Seville Napkin, Set of 4

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This soirée top is pure festive fun.

Soiree sequined shirt

Soirée Top with Beaded Embroidery

soirée beaded top

Antique Mercury Glass Candle HoldersAntique Mercury Glass Candle Holders

 Regal Mini Metal Pitcher Regal Mini Metal Pitcher

Adelaide Faux Fur Pillow

Adelaide Faux Fur Pillow

Rabbit Head Bottle Opener

Godinger Rabbit Head Bottle Opener

It’s the most wonderful gift giving time of the year.

Complete the home for the holidays sentiment with stylish and chic in holiday style hostess gifts for home and hostess.

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Home For The Holidays Christmas Decorating Ideas

Ho Ho Home for the holidays Christmas decorating ideas are all around. Inspiration reigns supreme at anytime of year, but it’s especially motivating and visually captivating at Christmastime.

Gardner Architects LLC

Gardner Architects LLC

Genius and gorgeous Christmas decorating ideas are well worth repeating and reproducing.

Christmas crafts citrus

Country Living Magazine

Uttermost Samuelle Wooden End Table

Uttermost Samuelle Wooden End Table

burlap base faux Christmas tree

Holiday Time Green Fir Tree with Burlap Base Christmas Decoration

Hammered copper continues to catch my eye as a classic color, texture, and pattern decor choice.

Hammered Copper Party TubHammered Copper Party Tub

Marketed as a party tub in its original retail form, I see the Hammered Copper Party Tub from World Market as a classic container extraordinaire for housing a tabletop Christmas tree, fresh greenery, or rosemary tree.

DIY Dried Citrus Garlands

DIY Dried Citrus Garlands

A string of Christmas charm awaits in a fragrant DIY dried citrus garland like this one from Honestly WTF.

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Olive Green: 2-ply Waxed Polyester Cord, ~ 1mm, pack of 25 feetOlive Green: 2-ply Waxed Polyester Cord, ~ 1mm, pack of 25 feet

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Hobby Lobby

Dried oranges, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and decorative tassels strung together in a repeating pattern produce a simple yet elegant Christmas through winter decoration for a tabletop, mantel, banister, and Christmas tree.

tassels-on-door-knobHouse Beautiful

Small touches take the ordinary to holiday extraordinary.

Entertaining goes with the holiday season, and this recipe for white Christmas punch and ice ring mold is Christmas decorating ideas easy and elegant.

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Ballard Designs

Buff Concrete Planters

Buff Concrete Planters

Well-done home for the holidays decorating ideas do not have to be costly to be remarkable.

Balsam Mixed Greens Fresh Wreath

Balsam Mixed Greens Fresh Wreath

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Pears paired with fresh greenery and placed in a decorative urn housing bottles of your favorite holiday beverage on ice becomes a festive beverage  holder focal point.

Christmas decorating ideasHouse & Garden

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Early 20th Century Antique French Carved Cane Seat Side Chairs- a Pair

Christmas decorating ideas often entail a project, and this wonderful pair of early 20th century antique French carved cane seat side chairs are sitting pretty ready to be purchased, primed, and painted in Modern Masters pale gold metallic interior paint.

Wait a minute.

Aren’t you the one who preaches against painting antique furniture?

On the whole I am, however, in certain decorating situations and with certain pieces, a coat or two of matte metallic in a designer color is pure paint project perfection.

Pale Gold Water-Based Matte Metallic Interior Paint

Modern Masters Pale Gold Water-Based Matte Metallic Interior Paint

Neutral-toned antiques and quality antique reproductions layers a space in  softness.

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Midwest Living

Ethan Allen Legacy Huge French Armoire

Ethan Allen Legacy Huge French Armoire

Vicknair Distressed Rocking Horse Wood FigurineVicknair Distressed Rocking Horse Wood Figurine

Hanging a wreath(s) or greenery bunches from the top of a door (armoire, cabinet, exterior) with ribbon adds a custom touch to your holiday decorating presentation.

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The wider the ribbon the better, so I like to use a ribbon that is at least 2½” wide.

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Determine the placement of where you want the wreath to hang on the door.  Measure the distance from the top of the wreath to the the top of the door.

Double that measurement and add three inches to it.  This is the length in inches to cut the ribbon.

Loop the ribbon under the wreath’s center, bring up the ends to meet, and position over the flat top of the door.

top of front door

Press a flat head thumbtack into the center of the ribbon to secure.

Festive kitchen

House & Home

Antique French Hanging Plate Rack, circa 1700s

Antique French Hanging Plate Rack, circa 1700s

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Printed Table Runner

Christmas decorating ideas

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Pinecone Ceramic Salad Plate Set of 4Pinecone Ceramic Salad Plate Set of 4

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Country Living

DIY retro bulb centerpiece is popping with color and memories of Christmas past.

You’ll need a small round Styrofoam ball and a strand of vintage or vintage style big bulb Christmas lights.

To make the centerpiece cut off the bottom of the Styrofoam ball so it will sit properly.

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Use a hot glue gun to attach the Christmas lights to the top and sides of the ball.

Be very careful handling the hot glue gun and the glass bulbs.

Ornaments on High

Better Homes & Gardens

A box of Shiny Brite ornaments keep with the appeal of vintage at the holidays.

Adorning a chandelier with vintage or in the style of vintage ornaments is a home for the holidays Christmas decorating ideas classic that is  delightfully elegant in presence and simple to achieve.

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Ho Ho Home for the holidays Christmas decorating ideas for decking the halls in Christmas decor and finery time is here.

For those of you beginning to deck, do show and tell with us.

For those of you whose halls are decked and ready to impress, let the decorating continue.

You can never have too much Christmas!

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Happy Thanksgiving Friends

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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Southern Living – Photo: Jim Franco

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to each of you for your support, readership, encouragement, follows, likes, and comments.

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Houzz

 I am truly grateful for you.

Happy Thanksgiving Friends

May the love of friends, family, and the comforts of all things house that make a home bless your life.

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Decor For The Holidays And Beyond

We’re entering the special time of year when thoughts of sprucing up your decor for the holidays and beyond dance in our heads.

tinsel-on-bustCountry Living Magazine

The holiday season presents the perfect time for a house to home style spruce, and by spruce I’m not talking Christmas trees, garlands, and wreaths (for the moment).

J. Hirsch Interior Design

J. Hirsch Interior Design

Besides delicious holiday fare, why not serve your guests (and more importantly yourself) a delicious visual feast by sprucing up your decor for the holidays and beyond.

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Carlos Garcia Interiors

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, by now you know my personal design style falls into the traditional to classic category.

Walnut Gateleg Drop Leaf Table w. Drake Carved FeetWalnut Gateleg Drop Leaf Table with Drake Carved Feet

Traditional has proven over the years to be an excellent canvas to build upon.

At certain points throughout my style journey, I’ve wondered if my consistent gravitation toward home decor accents and furnishings typical of my preferred design style places me in a design style rut.

Woody Argall Design

Woody Argall Design

Through trial and error I learned to trust my taste and eye, and in doing so gained confidence in my personal design choices.

Introducing new traditional and modern accents into the scheme keep things fresh.

Now let’s get to the sprucing up house and home for the holidays and beyond part of the show.

dining-room-chairsMixing chair styles, especially in terms of captain dining chairs, is a dynamite way of creating visual interest.

Side Wing Chair French Country FarmhouseSide Wing Chair French Country Farmhouse

As much as I love decorating, my budget limits me from purchasing new furnishings at every season and holiday occasion.

This is where “at home” shopping comes in.

decor for the holidaysYerres Wingback Chair

Assess your decor situation, pull items from one space to add to another, and see what you come up with.

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House & Garden

If size limitations pose a problem, drop leaf and gateleg tables offer a stylish solution.

Emerald drop leaf table

Emerald Home Wallingford Drop Leaf Table

A drop leaf table works beautifully in a foyer, dining room, or even as a tabletop home for a HD LED TV.

Antique English Country Scrubbed Pine Drop Leaf Table c1890Antique English Country Scrubbed Pine Drop Leaf Table circa 1890

 

Larue Drop Leaf Solid Wood Dining TableLarue Drop Leaf Solid Wood Dining Table

By no means has the design and decorating world grown tired of the neutral color palette.

Halen Elton Home 6-light old European french country wood chandelier with droplets tasselsHalen Elton Home 6-light old European Wood Chandelier 

Neutral foundation pieces continue to beautifully perform as a decorative canvas to work with to accent and anchor a space.

Halen Elton Home vintage antique french country wood beads Chandelier PendantHalen Elton Home Antique French Country Chandelier Pendant

Less is so much more when it comes to certain accents and accessories, and the addition of a cord cover to a chandelier is one such situation.

The Gray Barn Ingleside 5-light Chandeliers with cord cover

The Gray Barn Ingleside 5-light Chandelier

I refer to a cord cover as decorative lagniappe.

Dining room and foyer chandeliers tend to be a focal point accent, making them a preferable candidate for a cord cover.

Cord covers pull function and finished double duty.

Chains and wires are out of sight while giving the fixture a finished look.

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Illusive Green SW 9164  –  Connected Gray SW 6165

Chelsea Mauve SW 0002  –  Pinky Beige SW 0079

Perfect Greige SW 6073  –  Dustblu SW 9161

Softened Green SW 6177  –  Creamy SW 7012

With the popularity of the modern farmhouse decorating style, the neutral palette has expanded from warm taupes and creamy whites to shades of matte greige, dusty blue, and pale green.

Adelbert Credenza Adelbert Credenza

Deville Russelle SideboardDeville Russelle Sideboard

John Richard Lille Persian Blue BuffetJohn Richard Lille Persian Blue Buffet

Audrey Gray White Pine SideboardAudrey Gray White Pine Sideboard

Additions-

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Goudeau Accent MirrorGoudeau Accent Mirror

 

Roma Wall Mirror

Roma Wall Mirror

Speaking of holidays, gifting, and interiors…

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Interiors art prints make fantastic hostess or from me to you gifts.

decor for the holidaysHolsoe – Woman in an Interior Art Print

You may be wondering how a space primarily decorated in traditional style could possibly coexist with modern accessories and maintain its balance and scale without disturbing the visual flow.

Chandos Interiors

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con·trast

noun

/ˈkänˌtrast/

the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association.

Contrast attracts the eye and creates visual interest.

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Jessie D. Miller Interior Design

Being on team home decor and furnishings make excellent Christmas gifts, it wouldn’t take much for me to be persuaded to put this decorative fireplace surround on my Dear Santa list.

Decorative Fireplace Surround

Decorative Fireplace Surround

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Montecristo Magazine

Impressive home decor accents and furnishings is the decor for the holidays gift that keeps on giving year-round.

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Fetching Friday Thanksgiving to Christmas Dinner Side Dishes

Today’s Fetching Friday shines the gather together spotlight on Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes.

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Martha Stewart

New takes on classic and traditional Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes as delicious as these are sure to become must-have favorites at the holiday table.

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear, and Onion

Ingredients

2 Bartlett pears, about 14 oz, cored and cut into wedges

2 small red onions, cut into wedges

2 small sweet potatoes (about 1 lb), cut into ½ inch-thick half-moons

6 sprigs thyme, plus more for serving

3 tbsp. olive oil

Kosher salt

Pepper

Directions

Heat oven to 425°F.  On large rimmed baking sheet, toss pears, onions, sweet potatoes, and thyme with olive oil and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Roast until golden brown and tender, 35 to 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with additional thyme if desired.

-Good Housekeeping

Rustic Mashed Red Potatoes with Parmesan Recipe

Rustic Mashed Red Potatoes with Parmesan 

Ingredients

3 pounds small unpeeled red potatoes, roughly chopped

½  cup whole buttermilk 1 cup salted butter, softened

4 ounces herbed cream cheese (about ½ cup)

4 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground white pepper

¼  cup chopped fresh chives

Directions

Place potatoes in a large Dutch oven with cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high; boil until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.  Drain and return potatoes to Dutch oven over medium.  Cook, stirring once, until potatoes dry out slightly, 30 to 50 seconds.

Place buttermilk and butter in a microwavable glass bowl, and microwave on high until warm, 30 to 60 seconds.  Add warm buttermilk mixture, cream cheese, Parmesan, salt, and white pepper to potatoes, and coarsely mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.  Sprinkle with chives just before serving.

Reheating Instructions:

Slow Cooker:  Spoon potatoes into a 4 to 6 qt. slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high until heated through, about 2 hours.

Oven: Reheat in a tightly covered baking dish at 350°F until heated through, about 1 hour.

-Southern Living

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Corn Salad with Bacon and Honey

Ingredients

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 medium shallot, chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh thyme

2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

3 cups frozen corn, thawed

1 teaspoon pure honey

Directions

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate with a slotted spoon; reserve skillet.

Add shallot and thyme to reserved skillet.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add vinegar and corn. Cook, tossing until heated through, 4 to 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in honey and reserved bacon.

-Country Living

Melting Sweet Potatoes (with Maple-Pecan Sauce)

Oh my Melting Sweet Potatoes (with Maple-Pecan Sauce) goodness!  Click on over to Dessert for Two and get the recipe for this delicious take on traditional sweet potatoes.  Click here.

Winter Squash-and-Mushroom Medley

Winter Squash-and-Mushroom Medley

Ingredients

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped carnival squash

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped butternut squash

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped hubbard squash

2 (8-ounce) packages wild-mushroom medley

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 tablespoons olive oil

¾ teaspoon coarse salt

¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

Garnish: fresh thyme

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°.  Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, mix together carnival, butternut, and hubbard squash and mushrooms.  Add melted butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender and brown.  Garnish with thyme, if desired.

-Victoria Magazine

Pressure Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage

Pressure Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage

Ingredients

6 cups shredded red cabbage

2 cups chopped apples

¼ cup cider vinegar

¼ cup water

3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme, crushed

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Dash ground allspice (optional)

Directions

In a 6-qt. electric or stove-top pressure cooker combine all of the ingredients.

Lock lid in place.  Set electric cooker on high pressure to cook 2 minutes.  For stove-top cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high heat; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure.  Cook 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  For both models, quickly release pressure. Open lid carefully.  Stir before serving.

-Better Homes & Gardens

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Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

2 pounds carrots, rinsed

5 tablespoons butter

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons honey

¼  teaspoon salt

¼  teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

To prepare the honey garlic butter roasted carrots recipe:

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).  Lightly oil a baking sheet and set aside. Quarter the carrots lengthwise, keep them attached near the base of the stem.

Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan.  Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring very frequently.  Make sure not to burn the garlic.  Remove from heat and stir in honey and whisk to combine.

Arrange carrots on the prepared baking sheet and brush them with the honey garlic butter sauce.  Toss carrots to coat them evenly and arrange them in one layer.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 15 minutes, or until carrots are tender.

Remove roasted carrots from oven and transfer to a serving plate.  Adjust seasoning if necessary.  Garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

-Eating Well101

Delicious sets a fetching holiday table, and these Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes will bring the c’est si bon.

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Holiday Kitchen Chatting Thanksgiving Turkey, Tools, and Tips

Thanksgiving is on the way to a holiday dining table near you, and today we’re holiday kitchen chatting Thanksgiving turkey, tools, and tips.

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Better Homes & Gardens

In this pre-Thanksgiving calm before the holiday prep, cook, and serve storm, I’m utilizing my time to gather the roasting pan, carving set, kitchen essentials and necessary information needed to ensure total Thanksgiving turkey success.

Thanksgiving turkeyHerb, Lemon, and Garlic Turkey

How big of a bird will I actually need?

How do I properly defrost the thing?

How long do I cook a Thanksgiving turkey?

To stuff, or not to stuff, that is the question.

You’ve got questions, and this blog post has got answers.

Let’s talk turkey.

From the folks at Delish:

How much turkey do you need?

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Thawing the Frozen Thanksgiving Turkey

For Refrigerator Thawing:

Place turkey on a tray to eliminate leakage to other areas of refrigerator.

Thaw breast side up, in original unopened wrapper on a tray in the fridge (40 degrees F or below).

Allow at least 1 day of thawing for every 4-5 lbs.

Suggested thawing time for a frozen turkey:

4 to 12 pound turkey:           1 to 3 days
12 to 16 pound turkey:         3 to 4 days
16 to 20 pound turkey:        4 to 5 days
20 to 24 pound turkey:        5 to 6 days

Cold Water Thawing:

Thaw breast side down, in original unopened wrapper.

Cover the turkey completely with cold water.  Change the water every 30 minutes.

Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per pound.

4 to 12 pound turkey:        2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pound turkey:      6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pound turkey:     8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pound turkey:     10 to 12 hours

The good people at Butterball offer cooking calculators and conversion charts for everything Thanksgiving turkey.

Here’s the link: Butterball Calculators and Conversions Chart

The Amazon Echo calls up Alexa the answer machine, now we’re cooking playlists, recipes, and the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line® (connect with the Talk-Line through social media, live chat, texting — even Amazon Alexa).

Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) Alexa-enabled Bluetooth Speaker

Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) Alexa-enabled Bluetooth Speaker

Prep the bird and don’t forget to tie those bad boy turkey legs together with cooking twine.

Taylor Kitchen Twine

Thawed turkey roasting times in a 325 °F regular oven:

6 to 10 pounds:      2 to 3 hours (unstuffed)       –     2¼-3½ hours (stuffed)

10 to 18 pounds:    3 to 3½ hours (unstuffed)   –     3¾-4½ hours (stuffed)

18 to 22 pounds:     3½-4 hours (unstuffed)    –      4½ – 5 hours (stuffed)

22-24 pounds:        4-4½ hours (unstuffed)     –     5-5½ hours (stuffed)

24-30 pounds:        4½-5 hours  (unstuffed)    –      5½-6½ hours (stuffed)

Thawed turkey roasting times in a 325 °F convection oven:

6 to 10 pounds:       1½-2 hours (unstuffed)       –    1¾-2½  hours (stuffed)

10 to 18 pounds:     2 to 2½ hours (unstuffed)   –    2½-3¼ hours (stuffed)

18 to 22 pounds:     2½-3 hours (unstuffed)      –      3¼ hours (stuffed)

22-24 pounds:        3-3½ hours (unstuffed)       –      3¾-4¼ hours (stuffed)

The turkey is done when the temperature with a meat thermometer reaches 170 °F  in breast or stuffing.   

Cuisinart Wireless Meat ThermometerCuisinart Wireless Meat Thermometer 

Use a food thermometer to check the turkey in the thickest part of the breast.

If you stuff the Thanksgiving turkey, the center of the stuffing must also reach 170 degrees F.

Cross contamination between turkey and stuffing is a concern, so just make sure both turkey and stuffing reach 170 degrees F.

Let the turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.

Safe Turkey Prep, Thawing, Stuffing, Cooking, Clean Up Tips:

Always wash your hands before and after preparing or eating food.

Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, never on the counter.

Don’t wash raw poultry before cooking.  It can spread germs to other areas.

Place stuffing in the turkey just before cooking.

Cook raw poultry thoroughly to an internal temperature of 170 degrees.

Wash your counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.

Don’t feed your pets raw food. 

Tools and Tips

Kitchen tools that get the job done are just one part of the turkey buying, thawing, prepping, and roasting are essential.

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Graniteware Oval Roaster

The black graniteware covered roaster speaks holidays to me, but I’m always open to a new trad roasting pan that gets the Thanksgiving turkey roasted to perfection.

Nordic Ware Copper Roaster XL Large

Nordic Ware Copper Roaster XL Large

Cuisinart 8 piece roasting set

Cuisinart 8-Piece Roasting Set

As I source and suggest I just ordered the Cooks 5-qt. Stainless Steel Everything Pan with Gold Finish Handles.

Great look with a great price.

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Oster 18qt Roaster Oven Black CKSTRS18-BSBOster 18qt Roaster Oven Black CKSTRS18-BSB

Time saving culinary companion pieces aka time-saving kitchen tools and gadgets qualify in my recipe book as a sous chef.

Things can get mighty hectic in the holiday kitchen, and a cook is only as good as the kitchen gadgets, tools and accessories he or she uses.

Emile Henry Artisan Deep Ruffled Pie DishEmile Henry Artisan Deep Ruffled Pie Dish

Anchor Hocking Laurel 9.5" Rosewater Pie PanAnchor Hocking Laurel 9.5″ Rosewater Pie Pan

Historic-Farmhouse-Litchfield-Shines-After-Brightening-Restoration-cupboard

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

A well-stocked and organized holiday pantry becomes the star of the kitchen show everyday of the week, but it’s especially popular at holiday hosting time.

pantry-storage-containers Lock & Lock canisters from QVC are my go-to storage containers to store sweet potato puree to cornbread to chocolate walnut fudge.

Lock & Lock 4 piece Tall Canister Storage SetLock & Lock 4 piece Tall Canister Storage Set

 

Aluminum Bundt PanAluminum Bundt Pan

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

Choose dishes and recipes you’ve met and mastered to prevent a cooking-baking meltdown.

If your dying to try that new dish you saw in a cookbook, on social media, or on a cooking show, prepare it a week or so out to get the hang of it.

Nordic Ware Autumn Wreath Bundt® Pan

BakerEze 6 Pc Copper Nonstick Bakeware Set, Muffin Cake & Cookie Pans

BakerEze 6 Pc Copper Nonstick Bakeware Set, Muffin Cake & Cookie Pans

 

Lodge 7 Quart Oval Dutch Oven - Oyster WhiteLodge 7 Quart Oval Dutch Oven – Oyster White

Pots, pans, Dutch ovens, and cocottes with high performance cook and serve capability add a kick to your kitchen style.

Staub Ceramic 16-oz Petite Artichoke Cocotte - BasilStaub Ceramic 16-oz Petite Artichoke Cocotte – Basil

 

Lodge 5 Quart Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch OvenLodge 5 Quart Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

Take an inventory of the dishes that have to be cooked on Thanksgiving day and the total prep to stove to oven to table time.

Allow ten extra minutes per recipe to help rule out any issues.

Circulon Elementum Hard-Anodized Nonstick Covered Straining Saucepan, 3-Quart, Oyster GrayCirculon Elementum Nonstick Covered Straining 3-Quart Saucepan

silicone-spatula-set

Plymouth Silicone Spatula Set

Select by Calphalon 12" Cast Iron Round Skillet

Select by Calphalon 12″ Cast Iron Round Skillet

Instant Pot Duo 6qt 7-in-1 Pressure CookerInstant Pot Duo 6qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

The Pioneer Woman Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 Frontier Rose 6-Quart Programable Multi-CookerThe Pioneer Woman Instant Pot 6-Quart Programmable Multi-Cooker

Corningware 12 Piece Mixed Bakeware SetCorningware 12 Piece Mixed Bakeware Set

copper measuring cups

Thyme & Table 4-Piece Copper Measuring Cup Set

Thyme & Table 4-Piece Copper Measuring Cup Set

Carbon Loft Owen Rolling Kitchen IslandCarbon Loft Owen Rolling Kitchen Island

Denmark 4-Piece Ceramic Mixing Bowl Set in GreyDenmark 4-Piece Ceramic Mixing Bowl Set in Grey

mixing-bowls-hobnailTabletops Gallery Hobnail 4-pc. Mixing Bowl Set

 

red-kitchen-aid-mixer

KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Hand Mixer

 

Wilton Bake It Better Non-Stick Baking Pan Set, 3-PieceWilton Bake It Better Non-Stick Baking Pan Set, 3-Piece

Wilton Bake It Better Copper Oven Crisper BasketWilton Bake It Better Copper Oven Crisper Basket

Sing it with me, friends.

♫ I can mash potato, I can mash potato ♫

Starfrit Rotato Express Electric PeelerStarfrit Rotato Express Electric Peeler

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

Mashed potatoes will stay warm for an hour or so in a slow cooker set to low.

Emeril Lagasse Balloon whisk

Emeril Lagasse, Stainless Steel, Heavy Duty 11 inch, Balloon Whisk

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

If you slightly scorch the gravy, don’t panic.

Add 1 teaspoon of smooth peanut butter until the burnt flavor is gone.

You may need to add more peanut butter.  Do so 1 teaspoon at a time.

Aladdin Heritage Vacuum Bottle 24oz, PlaidAladdin Heritage Vacuum Bottle 24oz, Plaid

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

Use a vacuum bottle (Thermos) to keep the gravy warm and free up another stove burner.  

BLACK+DECKER ComfortGrip 9 Inch Electric KnifeBLACK+DECKER  9 Inch Electric Knife

 

Thyme & Table Gold Chef Knife Set, 3 PieceThyme & Table Gold Chef Knife Set, 3 Piece

open-refrigerator-House-BeautifulHouse Beautiful

Holiday in the Kitchen tip:

Cut up vegetables such as green onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and root vegetables ahead of time and store in the refrigerator in air tight containers.

Farberware 12 Inch by 18 Inch Hardwood Drip Trench Cutting BoardFarberware Hardwood Drip Trench Cutting Board

 

Godinger 5-Pc. Hammered Copper Storage Bowl SetGodinger 5-Pc. Hammered Copper Storage Bowl Set

The countdown to Thanksgiving turkey times is on, here’s hoping this in the holiday kitchen chat offers the information and source suggestions  needed to ensure total Thanksgiving turkey success.

Relax.

Turn up the music.

Enjoy the day!

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Gathering Around The Simple Yet Elegant Thanksgiving Table

The time of year for gathering around the simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table with family and friends who are family is upon us.  The plan is to place the emphasis on the gathering, the feasting, and generating a feels like home ambiance.

 

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Cozy welcomes family, friends, tradition, and style home, and is the requisite for our home for the holidays celebrations.

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In keeping with the spirit of the home for the holidays feel,  I’m suggesting these distressed metal houses as a super cute decor addition for the holiday table, sideboard, or bar cart.

 

Better Homes & Gardens Galvanized House Candle Holder Lantern

Better Homes & Gardens Galvanized House Candle Holder Lantern

 

Distressed Metal House

Holiday Time Distressed Metal House Table-Top Christmas Decoration

Battery operated candles (I source faux candles and battery operated lights with safety in mind) or a strand of LED fairy string lights placed inside illuminates holiday style and brings the look home.

batter operated string lights

Decor items that easily make the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas decoration have a longer shelf life, decoratively speaking.

Around our house, Thanksgiving day officially signals the holidays have arrived, and I believe in taking full decorating advantage of the relatively short decorating season.

For that express reason I ordered the Holiday Time Winter Frost flocked un-lit wreath from Walmart to “spruce” up the foyer for Thanksgiving into Christmas.

Holiday Time Winter Frost Flocked Un-Lit Wreath, 24"Holiday Time Winter Frost Flocked Un-Lit Wreath, 24″

foyer-bench-with-wreath

Peggy Upholstered Bench

Loosely wrap decorative ribbon in earthy fall tones around the wreath in an over and under pattern for a simple yet elegant effect.

 

wreath ribbon assortment

 

Dear Santa,

I’m still in the making up my mind phase of deciding which one of these upholstered benches to place on my Christmas list.

Cozy throw pillows optional.

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Toulouse Wagner Upholstered Bench
Hadrien Wood Bench
Maysonet Wood Bench

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Better Homes & Gardens Feather Filled Solid Faux Fur Decorative Throw Pillow
Better Homes & Gardens, Fringe & Textured Decorative Throw Pillow
Better Homes & Gardens Decorative Deer Throw Pillow
Down Filled Pom Pom Moroccan Throw Pillow 

Simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table ideas that are affordable, polished, and visually commanding set a lovely holiday tone and table.

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Dried Protea Flowers – Birch Roll with Jute Tie

Take a glass vase from the dollar store, wrap it in birch bark, and fill it with a bouquet of dried Protea flowers.

 

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Place groupings of small gourds or pumpkins to the left and right of the vase.

Simple.

Elegant.

Gorgeous!

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Take a glass cylinder vase, jar, or trifle bowl and fill with moss, pecans, walnuts, or sweet gum balls.

Drop in a battery operated pillar candle.

Fall leaves add fall color(s).

Easy peasy.

Serving Suggestions:

 

International Adventure 20-pc. Silverware Set

International Adventure 20-pc. Silverware Set

A Target run and 19.99 + tax gets you this International Adventure 20-pc. silverware set.

Hobster Pressed Glass Coolers, 16 oz.Hobster Pressed Glass Coolers, 16 oz.

Swing by Dollar Tree if your Thanksgiving table is in need of new, replacement, or extra glasses.

Tradition dictates these beverage glasses making an appearance in most every holiday table post.

Why?

  1. I own them.
  2. I love them.
  3. At $1 each, you simply can’t beat the price.

Live Edge Dakota Wooden Serving BowlLive Edge Dakota Wooden Serving Bowl

Thanksgiving feast your eyes upon the newest addition to the holiday sideboard.

Simple Yet Elegant Thanksgiving Table

Dave and I made a quick fall getaway trip up to Bossier City a couple of weeks ago for fun and a visit to Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale.

Among treasures found was this vintage soup tureen.  For less than the cost of two tall specialty coffees,  I secured a lovely serving piece to adorn the sideboard.

“What recipe will fill the tureen on Thanksgiving day?” you may ask.

Autumn Squash Soup (in the taste style of Panera Bread)

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon vegetable or olive oil

2 pounds (l large) butternut squash, peeled,  seeded, and chopped into cubes

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped

2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic (easier to use and flavor packed)

1 teaspoon Kosher salt (or to taste)

1 teaspoon fine black pepper (or to taste)

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

3 cups vegetable broth

1 cup apple juice

½ cup pumpkin puree

2 Tablespoons maple syrup

2  Tablespoons cream cheese, softened

½ cup heavy cream (Greek yogurt or half-n-half may be substituted)

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Peel squash removing seeds.  Cut peeled butternut squash into chunks and place on a cookie sheet.  Drizzle olive oil over squash chunks and season with salt and pepper.

Bake at 450°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until fork tender.

Using a potato masher, mash the roasted squash cubes.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or soup pot heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add chopped onions to heated oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion becomes soft and translucent.  Stir in minced garlic.

Add roasted butternut squash, pumpkin puree, broth, apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to pot and stir to incorporate.  Bring to a slight boil.  Cover and lower the heat to simmer.  Allow to simmer for 15 minutes to incorporate flavors.

Remove pot from the heat.  Add the maple syrup and softened cream cheese, stirring until cream cheese is melted.

Use a hand blender to blend mixture until smooth.  If you do not have a hand mixer, carefully transfer mixture to traditional stand blender in two batches. Puree each batch until smooth.  Transfer mixture back to the pot and adjust flavors to taste.

If you feel the soup is too thick, add more broth to reach desired consistency.

Roasted Pepitas Pumpkin Seed Kernels with Sea SaltRoasted Pepitas Pumpkin Seed Kernels with Sea Salt 

Garnish soup with a swirl of heavy cream, half-n-half, or dollop of Greek yogurt and roasted pepitas.

Rounding out the decorative details includes a selection of simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table items easy to find in retail stores, produce sections, and online retailers.
Simple Yet Elegant Thanksgiving Table

velvet ribbon  ||  fresh seasonal fruits  ||  eucalyptus garland
friendly village salad plate  ||  rattan placemats  ||  jade dinnerware
acorn salt & pepper  ||  birch candles  ||  candle holder
ornaments  ||  charger  ||  chip & dip

So many if not all of these items will transition beautifully from Thanksgiving to Christmas decor.

Yesterday I dropped by our local Joann store to pick up two small faux cedar wreaths for a holiday project.

More on that to come.

As soon as I walked through the front doors the aroma of cinnamon filled the air.  To say the scent instantly put me in the holiday mood is an understatement.

I spied a huge display cinnamon scented pine cones, and knew those babies were coming home with me.

cinnamon-scented-pinecones

Pine cones identify with fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and Christmas.

Further tie the season and holidays of cozy together by using pine cone ornaments tied with velvet ribbon as napkin rings.

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Loop ribbon in your choice of design, texture, and color through the top of an ornament ring.

Tie each ornament around individual dinner napkins, securing in a loose knot.

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Custom napkin rings made their way to the table several holidays ago by way of small oval framed pictures secured with wire ribbon and a tucked in ginkgo leaf.

Here’s the fun part.

Announce to your guests the custom made napkin ring is theirs to take home as a from me to you favor gift.

napkin-ring-framed-oval-print

I hope these simple yet elegant Thanksgiving table decor choices lend ideas and inspiration.

“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.”

Wilbur D. Nesbit

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