A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

 

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

 

This week’s A Most Fetching Friday is dedicated to dessert, the art of baking (and no-baking), and the edible works created, admired and deliciously celebrated as the grand finale of the holiday dinner.

Thanksgiving-apple-pastry-package-del1014-lgnWrapped Baked Apple Crumble – Country Clever

beekman-boys-buttermilk-pie-with-pecan-crustButtermilk Pie with Pecan Crust – Country Living Magazine

apple-nut-cake-walnutsApple Nut Cake  with Caramel Walnut Icing

white-chocolate-pumpkin-cheesecakesNo Bake White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes with a Pecan Pie Crust

Butter-pecan-cakeButter Pecan Cake

butterscoth-pudding-Coquette-New-OrleansButterscotch Pudding with Snickerdoodle Cookie Crumbs & Bacon Whipped Cream

I hope you have a most delicious and fetching Friday.

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Home For The Holidays: Let’s Talk All Things How To Cook A Turkey

Gobblelicious times are first up in the long line of upcoming celebrations. With roughly one week to go it’s all hands on deck, and being prepared for the gather round the table celebration is the Thanksgiving holiday way to go.

Paul-Michael-turkeyPaul Michael Company

Let’s talk all things how to cook a turkey, shall we?  Get your printers ready or at the very least hit the bookmark icon.  There’s some good information here.

raw-turkeyMy Recipes

Rules of Thawing:

Last minute does not work well in the grand scheme of turkey thawing. Since the majority of supermarket turkeys are sold frozen, prepare to thaw. Figure 1 to 1½ pounds of turkey per person when purchasing the bird. As tempting as it may be to leave the bird out on the counter to expedite the thawing process, don’t. Always defrost a turkey in the refrigerator.  Why invite a problem to the party?  You don’t need or want the hassle of food poisoning. Take into consideration the temperature setting of your refrigerator. This factors into the defrosting process.  A frozen turkey needs 1 day in the refrigerator for every 4 pounds of turkey.  No ice crystals=a defrosted turkey.  Now, let’s say Thanksgiving Day comes and you’ve followed the above rule but the turkey did not cooperate and the bird is still frozen.  Then the bird needs a soak. Place the uncooperative turkey in a kitchen sink filled with cold water.  Soak the bird 30 minutes per pound to thaw; changing water every 30 minutes. Remember to practice safe turkey prep & handling. Clean and sanitize all the surfaces and utensils that come into contact with the uncooked bird and its juices. Wash those turkey covered hands thoroughly with soap and warm water!

Prepping the Bird:

Remove any contents from the turkey cavity. Remove the clamp from around the legs. Remove the extra skin from the neck area. Tuck the wings up under the turkey bottom to prevent burning.  Some people stuff the turkey and now is the time to do so. If you do stuff your turkey, the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time. It is advised by the USDA to keep the wet and dry ingredients separate.  Keep wet ingredients refrigerated until time to use.  Do not mix the wet and dry ingredients until time to fill the turkey cavities, filling loosely. Immediately cook the turkey. Use a food thermometer to make sure the center of the stuffing reaches a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F. Rub butter, margarine, or oil of your choice  under the skin of the breast area, over the legs, and the turkey undercarriage to promote browning.  Place turkey breast side up on rack in your roasting pan and secure legs with kitchen twine. No rack, no problem.

how to cook a turkeyMartha Stewart

Seasoning the Bird:

Rub turkey with seasonings of your choice such as salt, pepper, basil, garlic, thyme, Creole seasoning, etc…  I usually add a stalk of celery cut into three equal parts and ½ peeled and sliced onion or 2-3 cut green onions.  Add 1 ½-2 cups of lightly salted water to roasting pan to keep the turkey moist during baking. Chicken broth or white wine may be substituted.  Cover with roasting pan lid or a foil tent for first 1-1½ of roasting.

turkey seasoningHouse and Home

Roasting the Bird:

Roast/bake the turkey at 325 °F using the chart as a guide for approximate roasting times.  The turkey is done when the internal temperature reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F. Use a food thermometer to check the turkey in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.

*** The minimum internal temperature should reach 165 °F for safety.***

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Resource: USDA Food Preparation and Inspection Service

Personally, I do not baste.  I find opening the oven door frequently allows the oven temp to swing and adds more time to the roasting. Sufficient prep and seasoning will keep the turkey moist. 

To Baste Or Not To Baste:

basting a turkeyThe Kitchn

When the turkey is done, remove it from the oven and cover with foil. Allow to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving for easier carving.

roast turkey

Clean Up:

In a spray bottle combine 1 quart (4 cups) warm water, 1 teaspoon liquid soap, 1 teaspoon borax, and ¼ cup undiluted white vinegar.  You can also add 1 tsp. of essential oil such as rose, lemon, orange, or lavender.  Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and cleaner however, I don’t suggest using this on granite or marble countertops.

Carving the Bird:

Place the bird on a carving board or reliable surface for carving, breast side up with the legs facing away from you. Position the carving fork in the lower part of the breast to hold the turkey steady as you carve.

carving a turkeyAnswers.com

Find the hip joint connecting the thigh and the breast and begin slicing through. Repeat on the opposite side.

slicing a turkeyWoman’s Day

Separate the drumstick from the thigh by cutting through the joint.

Martha Stewart

Let’s move on to the drumstick/ turkey leg. Pull each leg to extend them away from the body and slice between the breast and the drumstick. Move the leg backward to loosen it away from the socket, cut away from skin, and remove. Repeat on the opposite side.

Paula Deen turkey recipePaula Deen

Now we’re winging it!  Locate the joint connecting the wing to the body and slice on through. Repeat on the opposite side.

turkey wingReal Simple

For the breast,  begin by slicing as close to the breastbone as possible.  Slice all the way down as to have one large piece and repeat on the opposite side.

turkey breastBetter Homes and Gardens

Place breast on cutting surface and slice from smallest end to the largest.

carved turkeyBon Appétit

 Arrange and plate as you like.

Thanksgiving dinnerWilliams-Sonoma

And there you have it!

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For Your Culinary Consideration: Holiday Side Dish Recipes

Home is where the heart and a mighty holiday hunger is.  People get ready, there’s a holiday coming, and holiday side dish recipes are on the menu. The Places In The Home gang holiday side dish requests are noted and the recipes selected.  I like to bring at least one new or improved upon recipe with the accent mark on easy to the holiday table. This Thanksgiving, I am paying homage to my great-grandmother by serving two of her favorite dishes.

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Country Living Magazine provides the recipe for English Pea Salad and Martha Stewart comes through with the recipe for Glazed Pearl Onions.  Southern Sweet Potato Casserole is a must have, must serve at our holiday dinner table, and if it’s Thanksgiving, it is definitely cornbread dressing time at our house.  I am most intrigued with a new recipe from the Kitchn, Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole.  I considered eliminating one of the starches but reasoned it out with simple math. Starches + tryptophan= full, satisfied and sleepy husbands, fathers, sons, brothers and nephews, and that means guilt free Black Friday shopping, keyboard style.

English-pea-saladPhot0 – Ed Anderson

English Pea Salad

Ingredients

2 large hard-boiled eggs, whites chopped and yolks crumbled

1 (½ cup) yellow bell pepper, finely chopped

2 ounce(s) (½ cup) Cheddar cheese, shredded

½ cup(s) mayonnaise

½ cup(s) sour cream

3 tablespoon(s) dried basil

2 tablespoon(s) finely chopped red onion

2 teaspoon(s) chopped pimiento

1 teaspoon(s) apple-cider vinegar

1 teaspoon(s) sugar

1 teaspoon(s) soul-food seasoning or seasoned salt

1 teaspoon(s) granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper

2 dash(es) hot sauce

60 ounce(s) (four 15-ounce cans) early peas (such as Le Sueur), drained

Directions

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the peas, mixing well. Then stir in the peas. Refrigerate the salad for at least 10 hours or up to overnight. Serve at room temperature.

- Country Living Magazine

glazed-pearl-onionsPhoto- Clive Streeter

Glazed Pearl Onions

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 pound frozen pearl onions, thawed and patted dry

2 teaspoons sugar

Coarse salt and ground pepper

1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme (or ¼ teaspoon dried)

Directions

Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add onions. Cook, tossing occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.  Sprinkle with sugar; season with salt and pepper. Add 2/3 cup water and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes.

-Martha Stewart

Mashed-PotatoesPhoto: Leela Cyd

Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole

Ingredients

3 pounds small russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3-inch chunks

1  tablespoon kosher salt

6  whole garlic cloves, peeled

1  whole bay leaf

4  (3-inch) thyme sprigs

1  (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature

6 t ablespoons butter, at room temperature

1  cup sour cream (full-fat)

¾  to 1 cup whole milk, warmed

1  teaspoon seasoned salt, or to tast

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2  tablespoons butter, cut into bits and chilled

Directions

Generously butter a shallow 2 ½-quart gratin dish or baking dish.

Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water to a depth of 2 inches. Add the kosher salt, garlic, bay leaf, and thyme. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat, partially cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, about 20 minutes. Do not let the potatoes break apart or become waterlogged. Drain well and let stand until the potatoes steam dry and their edges look chalky, about 3 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and thyme stems.

Press the hot potatoes and garlic through a food mill or ricer into a large bowl. Alternatively, mash them as smooth as possible with a hand-held potato masher.

Add the cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and ¾ cup of the milk to the warm potatoes; stir until smooth. The mixture will firm up as it chills overnight, so at this point it should be slightly softer than you want to serve it. Season with seasoned salt and pepper.

Scrape the potatoes into the prepared dish and smooth the top. Dot the top with the bits of chilled butter. Cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days ahead.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the plastic wrap and bake until the top is golden brown and the potatoes are heated through, about 1 hour. Serve warm.  Serves 6 to 8

- The Kitchn

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Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes

½ cup sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup milk

½  cup melted butter

Topping:

1  cup brown sugar

½  cup flour

1/3 cup melted butter

1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

Combine first 6 ingredients. Pour into a buttered 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish. Mix remaining ingredients together and sprinkle over top. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until top is browned. Serves 6 to 8.

-Food.com

 

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Home For The Holidays: Thanksgiving Ideas and Entertaining Tips

I’ve got three words for the Holidays- bring them on!  This is an updated Holiday series post full of ideas and tips for Holiday entertaining, the first up being Thanksgiving ideas.  I’ve got the answers to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and dining dilemma questions. I’m ready, braced and armed with problem solving ideas for all things holiday entertaining.  Angst and alarm are not on the guest list and need not RSVP to the holiday celebrations.  This is the most wonderful time of the year, not the most dreaded time of the year. Fret not, handy holiday answers, tips and problem solvers prevail at Places In The Home. Yep, that’s me-  a Thanksgiving ideas and all-around Home for the Holidays fountain of information. resin-turkey

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Pretty is as pretty serves a purpose, and the purpose is style, look, function and convenience for cook’s and guest’s sake all at a nice price point. 

Will it be cloth,

turkey-paisley-dinner-napkinsTurkey  Paisley Napkins from Williams-Sonoma

wild-turkey-paper-dinne-napkinsWild Turkey Paper Dinner Napkins, pack of 20

or turkey with a twist paper napkins?

turkey-napkinsWorld Market

A serving platter is almost a necessity for a holiday dinner table.  I am partial to the traditional oval turkey serving platter.  White is such an elegant and versatile color choice, and is a perfect complement to both harvest and Christmas tablescapes. 

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Porcelain Turkey Platter

pumpkin-placecard-holder-setPier 1 Imports

This year’s Thanksgiving table will be on trend and in theme with this pumpkin place card holder set.

DIY-place-cardApartment Therapy

For the DIY minded and customers of nature’s arts and crafts store, these simple yet elegant rustic place cards leaf so much to be desired.

gravy-boat-antiquevia

Turkey and gravy are the peanut butter and jelly of holiday cuisine.  The two go together so well. Cooking the perfect gravy can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be.  Adding a pinch of salt to the flour before adding any liquid will help to eliminate lumpy gravy.  Gravy too thin?  Mix together two(2) teaspoons cornstarch and two(2) teaspoons chicken broth or water. Stir or whisk into the warm gravy and simmer until the gravy thickens.  If the gravy separates, add a pinch or two of baking soda to emulsify the fat.  Oh, no! The gravy has a burnt flavor!  Pour the gravy into clean saucepan being careful to avoid scrapping the bottom of the pan. Remember the peanut butter reference?  Begin the great gravy cover up mission by adding one teaspoon at a time of peanut butter until the taste is corrected.

roasting-panRoasting pans come in all shapes, sizes, finishes and price ranges. Size does matter when it comes to all things Thanksgiving turkey- make sure the turkey as well as the roaster are big enough to get the job done.  The good people at Good Housekeeping have got it down to a serving size science.  Here’s the link to the download and print version of the turkey serving guideline chart.

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Cooking right along, the Taylor Digital Cooking Thermometer with Probe and Timer is cook friendly and easy to use.   The large display is easy to read and it is equipped with an alarm that sounds when cooking time or desired temperature is reached.

A good carving set is essential to proper and easy turkey carving.  If the dreaded happens on the big day and your carving knife is duller than first period math, I’ve got a helpful solution for you.  To sharpen your knife, use the unglazed porcelain on the bottom of a coffee mug.  Hold the knife at a 30 degree angle and run it across the area a few times on each side.

Jamie Oliver Carving Set

Delegate duties with a twist, taking guests up on their gracious what can I do, what can I bring, tell me what to do offers. Make it a shared event and spread the holiday duties around. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did! 

ff-barSouthern Living – Photo: Helen Norman

Simplify some of the entertaining steps by going with buffet-style dessert and self-serve beverage stations. I refer to it as the “between two lamps” principle. See the image above.  Gorgeous!  Turn on the lamps, fill a vase or a pitcher or a jar with cuttings, pine cones, raw corn, beans and rice, candles (you get the idea-seasonal simple chic), set up with food and drink, and let the serve and pour take its course… or two. Aluminum-Wine-Bucket

We have a dear friend who is a wine aficionado, and his expert advice and recommendations prove practical, affordable and spot on for the Holiday spirit and holiday spirits.

wine-decantersPottery Barn

He suggests as a proper wine pairing for turkey:

Dry Chardonnay

White Zinfandel

 Riesling

 Pinot Noir

antique-silver-ice-scoopPottery Barn

Ice is a hot celebration commodity.  I get a big chuckle out of the “Party, party” episode of Frasier. Martin’s ice logic holds true.

Martin: Hey, great party huh? Just as long as we’ve got enough ice. You got four bags, right?

Daphne: No, I got two.

Martin: Two?!  I told you to get four bags!

Daphne: Oh, here we go.

Martin: You never under-budget on the ice. You never know, you might get a lot more rocks drinkers than you expected. Or ice chewers.

No worries here, Martin!  We’ve got the situation covered.  Ice cubes measure about ten(10) cubes per pound and the rule of thumb is one(1) pound of ice cubes per person.

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Up next: Food, glorious Thanksgiving food recipes.

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

 

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

 

This week’s A Most Fetching Friday features the focal combination of fire and foul, warmth and comfort.

ff-Hinkley LightingHinkley Lighting

soup-tureenAnthropologie

ff-woodAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Fall-Inside-Out-Peanut-Butter-and-Nutella-Banana-Smores.-1Inside Out Peanut Butter and Nutella Banana S’mores

ff-Benjamin-Dhong-green-velvet-ottoman-0914-xlnBenjamin Dhong – House Beautiful

feathers-living-roomBetter Homes and Gardens

NOLA-designDesign Sponge

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Home For The Holidays Series: Thanksgiving Problem Solving Ideas and Tips To Guarantee Holiday Crisis Avoided

I’ve got three words for the Holidays, bring them on!  Over the next few posts I will do my best to answer questions, offer tips and problem solving ideas for all things holiday.  From the food, glorious food to decors to beat the holiday band, I’m ready, braced, and armed with ideas.

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Angst and alarm over the holidays are simply not welcomed guests.  This is the wonderful time of the year, not the dreaded time of the year.  I am addressing these in the context of kitchen, baking, decor, and shopping deals for the pure joy of it all.  Not in the context of family drama or any other drama.  I try my best to live in a drama free zone.  If drama comes looking for me at the Holidays, I’ve been known to take at table at Cracker Barrel or a hotel room on the west coast.  I have a place set at the table for positive thoughts, family love, blessings and bliss. It is also a known fact that handy holiday problem solving answers, tips and ideas prevail at Places In The Home.  Yep, that’s me, a Thanksgiving problem solving kind of gal.

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First up in the series~ ideas to help things move right along.  Pretty is as pretty serves a purpose, and the purpose is the look, function and convenience all at a nice price.

turkey-platterPorcelain Turkey Platter

A serving platter and serving bowls are a necessity for a holiday dinner table, and when the color(s) is a perfect complement to your harvest, Thanksgiving, and traditional Christmas color scheme I say serve it up!

spice-serving-bowlPier 1 Imports

silver-serving-bowlTarget

Vanessa-Beige-Gold-12-inch-Serving-Bowl-P16079924Overstock

Hotel silver inspired and gorgeously engraved with the word “gravy”,  this gravy boat from Pottery Barn will make an elegant statement. Turkey and gravy are the peanut butter and jelly of holiday cuisine.  The two go together so well. Cooking the perfect gravy can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be.  Adding a pinch of salt to the flour before adding any liquid will help to eliminate lumpy gravy. Gravy too thin?  Mix together two(2) teaspoons cornstarch and two(2) teaspoons chicken broth or water.  Stir or whisk into the warm gravy and simmer until the gravy thickens.  If the gravy separates, add a pinch or two of baking soda to emulsify the fat.  Oh no, the gravy has a burnt flavor! Remember the peanut butter reference?  Simply add a teaspoon of peanut butter to cover up the burnt flavor.

gravy boatPottery Barn

Traditions rule in the Holiday kitchen, and roasting a turkey like my great grandmother, grandmother and mother did requires a granite ware oval roaster.

granite-oval-roasterGranite Ware Oval Roaster

The Taylor 1478-21 Digital Stainless Steel Programmable Thermometer with Timerthermometer with timer is cook friendly and easy to use.  The large display readings make reading easy, and the features include an alarm that sounds when item is done.

A good carving set is essential to proper and easy turkey carving.  If the dreaded happens on the big day and your carving knife is duller than first period math, I’ve got a helpful solution for you.  To sharpen your knife, use the unglazed porcelain on the bottom of a coffee mug.  Hold the knife at a 30 degree angle and run it across the area a few times on each side.

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Teton Grill Co. Big Game Carving Set

horn-serving-forkJayson Home

Cocktails

copper-tumblerWilliams-Sonoma

and copper.  Good taste all the way around.

orb-copper-shakerCrate & Barrel

Our Thanksgiving day cocktail hour leans more towards the slow sip rule of thumb.  Tipsy Turkey Times is almost a guaranteed oh, s*!%, look at drunkity drunk drunk family member or friend.  I figure one(1) cocktail per person for the pre-dinner cocktail hour and buy accordingly.  I do like to consult the  Serious Eats Booze-o-Matic Party Time Drink Calculator as a reference for holiday set ‘em up, Joe cocktail parties. 

upside- down- paris- apartmentThe Paris Apartment

A stag bottle stopper keeps with a natural and woodland element of an autumn holiday and of course, Christmas.  We have a friend who is an expert wine aficionado.  We consult him for the proper wine pairing when turkey is served.

stag-bottle-stopperWorld Market

For white wine drinkers he suggests a dry Chardonnay, white Zinfandel, or a Riesling.  For the red wine drinkers he suggests Pinot Noir.   Mixed drinks, iced tea, sodas and water usually require ice.  Ice cubes measure about ten(10) cubes per pound.  The rule of thumb is one(1) pound of ice cubes per person.

antique-silver-ice-scoopAntique Silver Ice Scoop

In the next installment of the Home For The Holidays Series I’ll be talking all things turkey.

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Places In The Home For The Holidays Thanksgiving Style

Making a list and checking it twice, Places In The Home for the Holidays Thanksgiving style.

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Oops- wrong holiday song but right holiday action.

Thanksgiving-kitchen-graphicThere’s no time like now to get into the planning mode.  Buy now what is on seasonal sale, markdown or clearance. My cabinets runneth over with sale priced canned goods, spices and the Thanksgiving staple of all Thanksgiving staples, chicken broth. Holiday checklists come in so handy. Hey, the Places In The Home Holiday Helper Checklist pdf download is available for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner planning convenience.

thanksgiving-serving-guideThank you,  Whole Foods Market!

 The world will not come to an end if the rolls don’t rise and the gravy is lumpy.  It may, however, if the turkey doesn’t defrost.  There’s a video from Taste of Home magazine to help with that!

Relax, turn up the tunes and let’s Thanksgiving.

Company’s Coming: Friends and Family

Now We’re Cooking!

food is memories

Placesetting-682x1024Absolutely love this place setting idea from A Place for Us

The ingredients list for a memorable Thanksgiving celebration works off the cornucopia concept.

horn-of-plentyMartha Stewart

The day should overflow with an abundance of love, food, family, friends and gratefulness.

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It’s Places In The Home for the holidays Thanksgiving style season once again.  I’ll be posting new and updated all things Thanksgiving and Holidays posts over these home for the holidays weeks featuring home decor, side dishes, desserts, gift ideas, advice and fun facts for the it’s the most wonderful time of the year decoristas!

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A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

 

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

 

This week’s A Most Fetching Friday features the best of the best in interior design and all that that implies.

ff-Mary-McDonald-Mary McDonald via Architectural Digest

ff-Ralph-Lauren-paintRalph Lauren via Home Depot

ff-SchumacherSchumacher

traditional-living-room-darryl-carterDarryl Carter Inc. via Architectural Digest

ff-goldAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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The Walls are Dry and Company’s Coming! This Year’s Thanksgiving Table

Places In The Home Home for the Holidays planning is in full swing.  Freshly painted dining room walls are dry, accents and accessories are going into place and company’s coming.  A free shipping anniversary offer from Paul Michael Company makes anticipating the decorative needs of this year’s Thanksgiving table and hitting the place order button for two acorns and gobble gobble gotta have these a no-brainer.  turkey-PM

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Traditional is the flavor of the Places In The Home Thanksgiving month, and the preparation begins at the first hint of the harvest moon. Colors and natural decor that intermingle well with fall through to Christmas decorations and tablescapes keeps costs in check.   Shades of green, red and the perfect in any setting creamy white are as stunning on a harvest themed table as well as the Holiday table.

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Dave the Builder worked on the dining room redo this past weekend with success in the major improvement department! Lighter paint colors and natural light will open up a space, guaranteed.  We’re hoping to have it all pulled together by next week in order to get the Thanksgiving tablescape ball rolling.

Thanksgiving-corn-centerpieceNew England Home Magazine

Thanksgiving-table

Pheasant Dinner Plates ||   Hand-stitched Crochet Napkins  || Covered Turkey Bowl ||  Serving Bowl ||  Giving Thanks Guest Book ||  Exposures Feather Pen ||  Flatware ||  Wood Serving Bowl ||  Bonnecaze Absinthe & Cuisine Fox Knife Rest ||  Ginkgo Dish ||  Exposures Feather Pen ||  Cabin Themed 2-piece Carving Set || Theshold Taper Candle Holders

I’m depending on traditional simplicity to make an elegant statement for this year’s Thanksgiving table.

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A Most Fetching Friday Halloween Edition

fetch·ing

 

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

 

This week’s Fetching Friday Halloween edition is appropriately inspired by the occasion of the day.

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1stdibs

halloween-decorArchitectural Digest

ff-halloween-matts-gustafson-kitchen-stockholm-remodelistaRemodelista

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ff-traditional-kitchen-alison-spear-dutchess-county-new-york-201306_1000-watermarkedArchitectural Digest Design File- Alison Spear Design

ff-halloween-statueAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween. – Author Unknown

 

halloween-black-service-areaHouse Beautiful

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