Fetching Friday: December Wonderland

Today’s Fetching Friday finds us in the holiday spirit scrolling in a December Wonderland.

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The twelfth month of the calendar year ushers in season’s greetings, snow dusted scenes, and visions of seasonal beauty dancing in a December wonderland.

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Rachel Parcell – Pinterest

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French Toast Christmas Tree

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House & Garden – Photo by Paul Massey

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“Kindness is like snow.
It beautifies everything it covers.”

—Kahlil Gibran

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Classy Girls Wear Pearls

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Southern Home Magazine

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Wallpaper Cave

Yes, Virginia, it is the most wonderful time of the year in a December wonderland.

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Getting Stuff Holiday Ready

Getting stuff holiday ready to greet the occasion with bells on has many of us giddy with delight and on a sentimental journey.

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Dave the Builder asked me why I was up so early this morning, to which I replied, “company’s coming, Dave, and I’ve got to get the getting stuff holiday ready show on the road.”

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I take from traditions of the past the very best and memorable points of eat, drink, decorate, table setting, and celebration interest and holiday from there.

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Yesterdish

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Turkey Thaw Countdown Guide:

Turkey Size                                    How Long to Thaw in Fridge

25 lbs                                                                   6 Days, 6 Hours

20 lbs                                                                   5 Days

16 lbs                                                                    4 Days

10 lbs                                                                    2 Days, 12 Hours

There’s no time like the present to commit the Thanksgiving dinner holiday checklist to memory.

Those of us currently experiencing brain fog, writing it down is the way to go.

Grab a notepad or open the notes app on your device and write down or type out the information you know you’ll need to refer to during this countdown to Thanksgiving.

Recipe ingredients.

Cooking times.

Serving timeline projections.

Who can’t have what ingredient (food allergies).

Things will steadily become more hectic, and our brains tend to shut down when overloaded.

Note to self: write it down.

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Get in the holiday spirit with a holiday spirit.

Welcome family and friends in with a refreshing beverage seasoned, spiced, and appropriately spiked with the flavors of the season.

Uncle Herbert, can I get you a cup of rum punch?

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Southern Living- Photography by Alison Gootee- Styling by Suzonne Stirling

Thanksgiving Punch with Rum

Ingredients

1/3 cup honey

12 whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

8 cups apple cider, divided

4 cups cranberry juice, chilled

3 cups (24 oz.) spiced rum

2 (12-oz.) bottles ginger beer, chilled

sliced green apples, oranges, or lemons, for garnish

rosemary sprig, for garnish

Directions

Combine honey, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and 2 cups of the cider in a small saucepan over medium.  Cook, stirring often, until honey is dissolved and mixture is fragrant with spices, about 7 minutes.

Remove from heat; cool and steep 15 minutes.  Discard cloves and cinnamon sticks.

Combine spiced cider mixture, cranberry juice, spiced rum, ginger beer, and remaining 6 cups apple cider in a large punch bowl.

Garnish with sliced citrus and apples.  Serve over ice.

-Southern Living

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Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand in Mint

Green and gold gorgeous for Thanksgiving, beautiful for Christmas, and festive for Mardi Gras.

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My mother has always said it’s the package that sells the product, and this is where presentation comes in.

Okay, I’m repeating myself, but it’s worth revisiting.

Bring on the ooh la la factor by placing cake stands and serving pieces inside fresh or faux greenery wreaths both Thanksgiving and Christmas pretty and set about the table or countertop at various height levels.

Take advantage of this time to style the dining table to your liking.  Place, stack, and set out the items you can now.

Cover serving bowls, utensils, and cake stands with a clean dish towel, label with a sticky note what dish goes in what bowl, and. mark this part of the process off the list.

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Let those kitchen countertops pull serving table duty.  I work with a salads and sides to the left, desserts and drinks to the right, keep it moving on down the line plan.

Space is one hot commodity in the Thanksgiving kitchen and dining room.  Going with a dessert table frees up space.

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Pecan Pie-Ice Cream Pie

A little birdie tells me you can cook the bird, ham, duck or roast the day before.

Slice the meat, cover with broth, place in plastic storage bags, and refrigerate.

Warm the meat and broth on low in a slow cooker on the big day.

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getting stuff holiday ready

One pound bag of carrots when cooked will offer up 4 to 5 servings.

12 ounce package of fresh cranberries  = 2 ¼ cups cranberry sauce.
Cook cranberries in orange juice and add 2 teaspoons of fresh orange zest for a cranberry orange sauce.

16 ounce can of cranberry sauce = 6 servings.

Figure ½ cup of gravy per person.

6 cups of green beans makes 6 to 8 servings

A 5lb. bag of potatoes whips up 10 to 12 servings of mashed potatoes.

Music sets the mood and the mix.

Know your audience, and holiday company’s coming playlist from there with a mix of rock, pop, fall themed, kickin’ country, oldies, and vintage crooner tunes.

Don’t forget the holiday songs; it’s never too early for Christmas music.

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Vintage Turntable Vinyl Record Player Christmas Card on Etsy

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I continually find the loveliness of clear string lights placed in a clear vase visually irresistible and a super effective-good for all seasons-simple way to create a welcoming atmosphere.

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My, how times flies when we’re having getting stuff holiday ready fun!

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Thanksgiving Holiday Dining Accents and Accessories

Over the last few months I’ve been collecting a cornucopia of home for the Thanksgiving holiday dining accents and accessories befitting a simple yet elegant holiday open house.

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Debates questioning the glossing over of decorating for Thanksgiving in a rush to get the fa la la la lovely Christmas decorating party started and when exactly is too early to begin decking the halls is a hot topic of conversation this time of year.

News reports are giving new meaning to holiday rush with all the get it before you can’t get it turkey talk-bah humbug chatter, which may be the reason for the early decorating season push.

In a recent article of decorating interest, a group of psychologists weighed in on the subject in the affirmative stating decorating for Christmas early appears to make people happier.

Curious bee that I am, I conducted my own study by asking roughly thirteen (a decorator’s dozen) fellow decorating enthusiasts if decorating early for Christmas makes them happier.

Results proved what I thought the answer(s) would be with this select group.

Decorating for any holiday, occasion, event or reason makes us all happier.

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Thanksgiving holiday dining accents and accessories, in terms of decorating, is an extension of fall and a preamble to Christmas.

Here’s an idea; incorporate all three onto the canvas through balance and blending.

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Dining accents and decorating ideas themes that easily make the leap from Thanksgiving to Christmas include:

Woodland splendor

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Colors in rich and deep shades of green, red, gold, orange, purple and the forever favorite neutrals

Greenery wreaths

Spot mirrors

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Statement throw pillows

Ceramic Home for the Holidays tabletop accents

Scents of the season candles

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Jo-Ann ||  T.J. Maxx

Decorative accents that pull double holiday duty allow your holiday decorating dollars to stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Mardi Gras.

For example, consider the fact that holiday wreaths aren’t just for doors.

Use wreaths to accent your dining table and sideboard with an impressive touch of the holidays.

Lay a wreath on the tabletop and place a cake stand, soup tureen, and/or condiment holders in the center in à la candle ring fashion.

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Bloom Room Holiday 26in Cedar Wreath
The Pioneer Woman Glass Cake Stand, Clear
The Pioneer Woman Timeless Beauty 10-Inch Mint Green Cake Stand 
Bloom Room Autumn Fall Harvest 23″ Magnolia Leaf Wreath

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Cooks 2-pc. Nonstick Roaster with Rack

North Pole Trading Enchanted Woods Ceramic Cake Stand

home-sweet-home-holidays-collage-blog ‘Tis the time of year to let your personal style light shine delighting and dazzling the eye, and since the entire season only comes once a year and is short lived, I say seize the moment and decorate.

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The Cottage Journal – Photography by John O’Hagan- Styling by Kim Chiselko

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Plymouth Cornucopia Dinner Plates, Set of 4

Our gang has gathered together formal, casual round the kitchen table, al fresco on the patio, and at picnic tables in the piney woods.

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Flower Magazine – Photography by Emily Followil

Regardless of how formal, informal, relaxed or rustic we go, the table is decorated in Thanksgiving holiday dining accents and accessories style.

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Details and traditions remain central to the Home for the Holidays season.

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House & Garden – Photo by James McDonald

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Southern Living – Photo by Helen Norman

Decorating can be an expensive endeavor for sure, but remember, lovely centerpiece or mantel displays don’t have to be super costly to put together.

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Victoria MagazinePhotography by Mac Jamieson
Styling by Melissa Sturdivant Smith

I keep my eye on the price and the ball by utilizing what nature supplies for free, reduced for quick sale finds, and decor goodies already in the decorating portfolio.

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Many harvest moons ago my family and my best friend’s family spent Thanksgiving week in a lodge at a local state park.

Our holiday lodge home away from home came complete with a huge fireplace and mantel ready for cozy gathering and Thanksgiving themed decorating.

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With coffee and hot chocolate in hand, we would walk the woods on Thanksgiving morning in pursuit of greenery cuttings, leaves, pine cones, berries and branches to use for decorating the fireplace mantel.

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Decorative deer antlers and pillar candles from home found their way into my bag of decorating tricks to complete the holiday masterpiece.

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Simple things often bring the most joy to an occasion, and our hunt and gather expedition became an anticipated, integral, and memorable part of our Thanksgiving in the woods tradition.

decorative-wheatDecorative preserved wheat bundles remind me of the season and the set of dining chairs I so wish I still owned.

How’s that for a segue?

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Unfinished Wood Sheaf Back Dining Arm Chair
Unfinished Wood Sheaf Back Dining Side Chair (Set of 2)

One of my favorite places to shop for antiques was and is the quaint shops of South Louisiana.

Fabulous people, finds, food, and fun.

For this antiques dealer, shopping the charming shops was an morning into afternoon marathon with great finds at great prices- the prize at the end of the day.

I hit gold one buying excursion when I spotted four off white wheat back dining chairs with whisper soft pastel (yellow, pink, green, blue) spindles, splat, and top finials.

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You may imagine the chairs looked like they belonged in a baby nursery, but the pastel colors were so muted, so chic that they just set the palette and presence into a super eye-catching dimension.

Wembley Beige Fabric and Weathered Hardwood Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

Not exactly wheat back dining chairs, but aren’t they lovely!
Wembley Beige Fabric and Weathered Hardwood Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

The chairs were brought into the shop and within the course of an afternoon sold to a fellow interior designer-decorator-antiques dealer for a client who she was working with who, let me see how to put this, was known for both her discriminating taste and difficult to please disposition.

Both designer and client were pleased in the end which delighted me, but in hindsight I wish I would have kept the set for the Places In The Home abode.

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Flower Magazine –  Photo by Jenn Verrier
Floral design and interiors by Rick Davis and Christopher Vazquez

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Color, texture and pattern inspiration comes in all forms, forests, and feathers.

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The statement “buy the best and you only cry once” by Miles Redd aptly applies to statement pieces.

Why do I say this?

Because statement pieces usually come with a heavy dose of sticker shock.

Staying close to classic styles offsets the risk of the piece not standing up to time and trend.

This Pheasant Host Chair qualifies as such a piece with its classic construction and timeless upholstery pattern.

Beautiful tears, friends.

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Pheasant Host Chair

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Veranda- Photo by Stephen Karlisch

The look is Southern chic.

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Plymouth Gate ||  Ardencroft || Friendly Village
Harvest Acorn  ||  Alfred Meakin  ||  Friendly Village Pitcher
Painted Paisley || Plymouth Woodland  ||  Pumpkin Dish

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Believe me, I’m all for simplifying menu matters at the holidays.

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Stoneware Pumpkin Serving Dish – Threshold™

I won’t tell if you won’t tell the butternut squash soup in the pretty soup tureen served with fresh pear slices, a dash of ground nutmeg, and a swirl of heavy cream is straight out of a carton.

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Homebody Welcome Mat

Thanksgiving holiday dining accents and accessories thoughtfully chosen to accentuate your personal style and taste sets quite the lovely home for the holidays scene and table.

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Talking All Things Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving turkey solutions, suggestions, and total turkey success is exactly what we’ve got going for today’s countdown to Thanksgiving post.

Three weeks goes by super quick, and things do tend to get awfully hectic at this time of year.

With that in mind, I thought I would post this info sooner rather than later to allow time to gather and plan for your gather together times.

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Better Homes & Gardens

How big of a bird will I actually need?

How do I properly defrost the thing?

What temperature is best to cook a turkey on?

How long do I cook the Thanksgiving turkey for?

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Roast, bake or air fry?

To stuff, or not to stuff?

What’s the best seasonings of the turkey roasting-baking-frying season?

Let’s talk turkey.

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How much turkey do you need?

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From the folks at Delish

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).

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Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) Smart speaker with Alexa 

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

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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 an internal temperature of 165 degrees F in the breast and 175°F in the thickest part of the thigh.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Jason Donnelly

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Taylor Digital Folding Probe Meat Thermometer with Blue Backlight Display

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 reach 165 degrees F.

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Roasting Meat Thermometer

Cross contamination between turkey and stuffing is a concern, so just make sure both turkey and stuffing reach proper temperatures.

Let the turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.

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Foodiesfeed

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 at least an internal temperature of 165° F.

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

Don’t feed your pets raw food. 

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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.

Personal preference for white meat drives me to simply roast a boneless turkey breast.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place turkey breast, breast-side up, into the roasting pan.

Dry the skin of the turkey breast by patting with a paper towel.

Give the outer skin of the turkey a generous rub down with butter.

Season the turkey breast with seasonings and herbs of your choice (see suggestions further down in the post).

Rub the seasonings into the skin of the turkey breast.

Roast the turkey breast at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes per pound until thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 165 degrees F.

Nordic Ware Copper Roaster XL Large

Nordic Ware Copper Roaster XL Large

Cajun Classic 15 Oval Aluminum Roaster GL10050

Cajun Classic 15″ Oval Aluminum Roaster GL10050

Check out vintage shops and flea markets for good deals on vintage cookware.

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Cotton Port Antique Mall

Cooks 2-pc. Nonstick Roaster with Rack

Cooks 2-pc. Nonstick Roaster with Rack

Stainless Steel Roaster Pan Extra Large & Lightweight

Stainless Steel Roaster Pan Extra Large & Lightweight

Gibson Home Kenmar High Dome Oval Roaster Set

Gibson Home Kenmar High Dome Oval Roaster Set

All-Clad B1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Roaster with Rack

Farberware 12″ x 16″ Nonstick Roaster with Rack

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Ruffoni Historia Hammered Copper Covered Roaster with Turkey Knob

Constellation Roaster with Baster & Lifters

Constellation Roaster with Baster & Lifters

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

Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer, Roast, Bake & Dehydrate

Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer, Roast, Bake & Dehydrate

Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 6.5qt Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer with High Gloss Finish

Ninja Foodi 8qt. 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer Stainless Steel 

Going the pressure cooker and air fryer route gives the holiday cook a holiday helping hand.

Turkey breast is the requested option of the Places In The Home crowd, and I usually go with a 3lb. bird breast.

Here’s my two-step how to air fry a Thanksgiving turkey:

Remove any netting from around the breast, lightly coat turkey breast with olive oil and season with preferred seasonings.

Select the air fryer or air crisp function and set fryer to 350 degrees.

The first round of “frying” is for 20 minutes.

Now comes step 2.

Using caution as not to burn yourself, turn the turkey breast and re-coat with olive oil and seasonings.

Set to air fryer or air crisp function at 350 degrees for an additional 30 minutes or until internal temperature of turkey breast reaches 165 degrees.

Allow turkey breast to rest in the place for 10-15 minutes.

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Cooks 5-Qt. Programmable Latch and Travel Slow Cooker

For the slow-cooker cooks:

Seasoning the Bird:

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 chicken broth or white wine to roasting pan to keep the turkey moist during baking.

No turkey roasting-baking is complete without butter (Julia Child would be so proud).

Rub 4 Tablespoons (½ stick) butter over turkey breast meat under skin.  Next, add 4 tablespoons butter to the turkey cavity.  Finish up by rubbing a generous amount of butter over the outside of the turkey.

Sprinkle turkey with seasonings of your choice of seasonings such as salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, thyme, garlic, rosemary, or Creole seasoning.

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Williams-Sonoma Turkey Seasoning Paste

Cover with roasting pan lid or a foil tent for first 1-1½ of roasting.

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Farberware Professional Dishwasher Safe 3-in-1 Plastic and Rubber Baster

Set of 2 Stainless Steel Turkey Lifters

Set of 2 Stainless Steel Turkey Lifters

Cuisinart 3-Piece Rose Gold Carving Set

Cuisinart 3-Piece Rose Gold Carving Set

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Based on a Thanksgiving dinner for six (6) people, this How Much to Serve guide is simply that; a guide give or take a helping or two.

Turkey:

1-1½ pounds sliced turkey per person (which means you will need to buy a 9 pound turkey).  Think leftovers!

Dressing/Stuffing:

1½ cup serving per person

Sides:

1-½ cup serving per person

Bottles of Wine:

2-3 bottles should be enough to sip and toast for dinner for 6.

Desserts:

Figure on one 9 inch pie being enough for a party of six.

One 5 inch, round, single layer cake.

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Williams-Sonoma

Plymouth Turkey Extra Large Serving Platter

Plymouth Turkey Extra Large Serving Platter

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Williams Roberts Oval Turkey Platter

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Vintage Platter Serving Dish- Made in England- John Maddock & Sons- Royal Vitreous Louis XIV

Vintage Platter Serving Dish- John Maddock & Sons- Royal Vitreous Louis XIV

Arthur Court Thanksgiving Turkey Handed Carving Set - Forged Stainless Steel Carving Fork and Carving Knife

Arthur Court Thanksgiving Turkey Carving Fork and Carving Knife

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Con Poulos

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.

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

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

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.

Now we’re winging it!

Locate the joint connecting the wing to the body and slice on through.

Repeat on the opposite side.

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.

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

Arrange and plate as you like.

Stoneware Pumpkin Oval Serving Platter

Stoneware Pumpkin Oval Serving Platter

Laguiole 2-Pc. Pakkawood Carving Set

Laguiole 2-Pc. Pakkawood Carving Set

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Earthenware Harvest Gatherings Round Platter

Earthenware Harvest Gatherings Round Platter

Antler Handle 3 Piece Carving Set, Black Carving Set

Antler Handle 3 Piece Carving Set, Black Carving Set

Cherished family recipes shine at the holidays, and this handwritten recipe platter (submit your recipe) will become a treasured slice of tradition.

Handwritten Recipe Personalized Platter

Handwritten Recipe Personalized Platter

November ushers in the holiday season, and the Thanksgiving Day meal sets the tone and the table for delicious times.

Gathering around the holiday table gorgeously set and featuring a Thanksgiving turkey baked-roasted-grilled-air fried to absolute golden perfection is a culinary tradition to feast upon.

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Thanksgiving Kitchen Information

With supply and demand a hot topic of conversation of late, today’s post offers a cornucopia of Thanksgiving kitchen information, sources, and tips to help plan, prep, and plate the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

You’ve got questions (demand).

I’ve got Thanksgiving kitchen information answers (supply).

No shortage in the chain here, folks.

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Thomas O’Brien – Luxe Interiors+Design- Photo by Francesco Lagnese

Holiday tradition proves there’s soon to be something cookin’ in the holiday kitchen.

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Everingham Design

As they say about the holidays, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Wonderful, delicious, and busy.

Let’s show and tell Thanksgiving kitchen information.

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In my recipe book, culinary companion pieces aka time-saving kitchenware essentials that make the plan-prep-cook-bake-serve process a whole lot easier on the cook qualify as the consummate ingredient to a successful spread.

thanksgiving-kitchen-informationEmile Henry French Ruffled Pie Dish

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.

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 LC Interiors

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.

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Sweet and savory seasonings flavor the taste of fall dishes.

Libbey Cylinder 3-Piece Multi-Size Glass Storage Jar Set with Lids

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Seasonal vegetables, baked goods, and meats glazed, infused, and enriched by the addition of jams, jellies, syrups, marmalades, spices and seasonings combinations put a delicious twist on the traditional.

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seasonings swap

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

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Lock & Lock 4 piece Tall Canister Storage Set

Classic style measures up in the holiday kitchen.

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Corningware Cornflower 4 pc. Measuring Bowl Set

Aluminum Bundt PanAluminum Bundt Pan

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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.

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.

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

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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.

Monaco 10-Piece Fog Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware Set

Monaco 10-Piece Fog Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware Set

Cuisinart Blush Stainless 11-pc. Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set

Cuisinart Blush Stainless 11-pc. Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set

Cooks 30-pc Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware Set

Cooks 30-pc Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware Set

Denmark 5-qt. Covered Jumbo Cooker

Denmark 5-qt. Covered Jumbo Cooker

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Tramontina 6.5 Qt Enameled Round Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Ballarini Servintavola Aluminum Dishwasher Safe Dutch Oven

Ballarini Servintavola Aluminum Dishwasher Safe Dutch Oven

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

Cast-Iron-Round-Skillet

Select by Calphalon 12″ Cast Iron Round Skillet

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I ♥ this turkey scene cast iron skillet!

You know me and my fondness for working with a theme.

Lodge Wildlife Series Turkey Scene, Seasoned 13.25 Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge Wildlife Series Turkey Scene, Seasoned 13.25″ Cast Iron Skillet

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

Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, White Icing by Drew Barrymore

Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, White Icing by Drew Barrymore

Instant Pot® 10Qt Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven

Instant Pot® 10Qt Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven

Kitchen IQ Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener

Kitchen IQ Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener

Cuisinart Matte Black 12-Pc. Cutlery Set

Cuisinart Matte Black 12-Pc. Cutlery Set

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Carbon Loft Owen Rolling Kitchen Island

Lyndon Kitchen Island

Lyndon Kitchen Island

Savannah Black Kitchen Cart with Stainless Top

Savannah Black Kitchen Cart with Stainless Top

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Mason Cash Mixing Bowls

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

KitchenAid ® 13-Cup White Food Processor

KitchenAid ® 13-Cup White Food Processor

Hamilton Beach 2 Speed Hand Blender

Hamilton Beach 2 Speed Hand Blender

KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Hand Mixer

KitchenAid Ultra Power 5-Speed Hand Mixer

So pretty in pink!

KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer | Feather Pink

KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer | Feather Pink

Mason Cash In The Forest Batter Bowl

Mason Cash | In The Forest Batter Bowl

Silicone Pumpkin Kitchen Spatula - Threshold™1

Silicone Pumpkin Kitchen Spatula – Threshold™

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Nordic Ware Wheat & Pumpkin Pan

Nordic Ware Harvest-Turkey-Pumpkin Pans

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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

Thanksgiving kitchen information

Cuisipro 6 Sided Box Grater

 Marble Board

Mason Cash | S12 Fox Embossed Mixing Bowl – 4.25 Quart
The Pioneer Woman Olive Wood 19.5-Inch Rolling Pin
Marble Board

Open Kitchen by Williams Sonoma Ceramic Pie Dish with "Baked with Love" Message

Open Kitchen by Williams Sonoma Pie Dish with “Baked with Love” Message

Better Homes & Gardens Ellie Pie Plate, Set of 2

Better Homes & Gardens Ellie Pie Plate, Set of 2

Matte White Ceramic Pumpkin Shaped Deep Pie Dish with Lid

Matte White Ceramic Pumpkin Shaped Deep Pie Dish with Lid

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Williams Sonoma Stoneware Pie Dish, Set of 3

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Crate & Barrel

Thanksgiving Pie and Happy Thanksgiving Plaque Cookie Cutter

Thanksgiving Pie and Happy Thanksgiving Plaque Cookie Cutter

Cook with Color 12 Piece Plastic Mixing Bowls Set with Lids

Cook with Color 12 Piece Plastic Mixing Bowls Set with Lids 

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

Sing it with me, friends.

♫ I can mash potato, I can mash potato ♫

Starfrit Rotato Express Electric PeelerStarfrit Rotato Express Electric Peeler

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

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Now, let’s talk gravy.

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.

Tasteless gravy happens.

Remedy by adding a chicken bouillon cube, caramelized onions, and/or a splash of wine, and a generous pour of heavy cream to liven up the taste of an otherwise bland gravy.

Perhaps a heaping tablespoon of savory roasted garlic onion jam?

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Simmer the gravy for 25-30 minutes, allowing the added flavors to incorporate and season.

Greyish-Blue Transferware Gravy Boat

Greyish-Blue Transferware Gravy Boat

Greasy gravy is nasty gravy.

Begin with a mixture of ½ teaspoon cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water.  If gravy remains too greasy add another ½ teaspoon cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water.

If your gravy comes out too thin here’s a remedy to thicken it up.

Heat one cup of turkey or chicken broth (fresh or canned) until it reaches a simmer.

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Mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with one to two tablespoons of cold water in a small lidded jar.  Shake to mix, making sure cornstarch incorporates and there is no lumps.

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Slowly whisk the cornstarch/water mixture into the simmering broth, whisking continuously to eliminate lumping.

Simmer the broth until it thickens; about 2 minutes.

Add thickened broth to gravy.

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Tried, true, and my new traditional holiday gravy recipe is easy and delicious.

In a large skillet, melt ½ stick of butter.  Over medium-high heat, sauté pearl onions (if from a jar, drain) and chopped garlic until translucent and tender.

Pearl onions make a lovely presentation, but if you don’t like or can’t find these little bites of deliciousness, peel and chop a medium onion and go with it.

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Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus 3-Cup Food Chopper, Metallic Red

Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus 3-Cup Food Chopper, Metallic Red

Add 2 jars of roasted turkey gravy from a jar.  Stir ingredients together, reduce heat to medium.

Next, add 1 teaspoon herbs de Provence, stir, and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Aladdin Heritage Vacuum Bottle 24oz, Plaid

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

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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. 

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House & Garden- Photo by Andrew Montgomery

Rubbermaid Brilliance Glass Food Storage Containers, Set of 4 Food Containers with Lids (8 Pieces Total), BPA Free and Leak Proof

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Antique Round Butcher Block with Turned Legs and Worn Top

Antique Round Butcher Block with Turned Legs and Worn Top

Thyme & Table Non-Stick Coated High Carbon Stainlless Steel Carbone Chef's Knives, 3 Piece Set

Thyme & Table Non-Stick Coated High Carbon Stainless Steel Carbone Chef’s Knives, 3 Piece Set

Thyme & Table Acacia Wood Kitchen Chop Block With Easy Carry Grips

Thyme & Table Acacia Wood Kitchen Chop Block With Easy Carry Grips

Better Homes & Gardens Porcelain Large Footed Serve Bowl

Better Homes & Gardens Porcelain Large Footed Serve Bowl

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Jcp Amber Glow Pumpkin Wood Serving Platter

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

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Rubbermaid Brilliance Glass Food Storage Containers, Set of 4 with Lids 

Pyrex® 6-piece Glass Food Storage Container Set with Wood Lids

Pyrex® 6-piece Glass Food Storage Container Set with Wood Lids

The countdown to Thanksgiving turkey times is on.

Here’s hoping this Thanksgiving kitchen information show and tell offers the information and source suggestions needed to ensure total Thanksgiving turkey success.

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Deck the Halls Decorista Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday gift guide inspiration kicks off this second week of December.

With the shopping and shipping days left until Christmas growing ever closer, The Places In The Home Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide is primed and ready to lend an idea or two for your deck the halls gift giving needs.

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We’ve got a wide range of gift ideas for the halls, entryways, bedrooms, home offices, nooks, places and spaces that make up house and home. Santas-route-ornament

Let’s begin with the gift of home as in a hand drawn house sketch of your home sweet home.

Folks, Dave and I did this for my brother and my parents several Christmases ago and it was a huge holiday gift hit.

The local artist also created custom notecards from the images based on the photo shoot(s) of their homes. front door hand drawn custom house portrait

Hand Drawn Original House Sketch

Face it, this silhouette pillow is a stunner.

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Silhouette Pillow

Collecting vintage portrait paintings is my new decorative accessory passion.

Unknown subjects in the beginning become familiar family members over time, adding a sense of curated intrigue to your decor.

Vintage Mid-Century Portrait of Blond Young Girl Signed Painting

Vintage Mid-Century Portrait of Blond Young Girl Signed Painting

File this next holiday gift guide suggestion under S for stunning.

Hand Carved Wood Chairs

Hand Carved Wood Chairs

This set of hand carved wood chairs is this decorista’s dream Christmas gift.

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Josh Young Design

James Dean The Rebel Urban Poster Print

James Dean The Rebel Urban Poster Print

Ruffled chenille pillow shams is always an appropriate gift giving theme to go with.

Pure Linen duvet cover 'Diane' with ruffles and ties

Pure Linen Duvet Cover ‘Diane’ with Ruffles and Ties

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Flower Magazine | Styling by Margaret Zainey Roux
Photography by Sara Essex Bradley | Interior design by Alix Rico

French Louis XVI Style Gilt Painted Trumeau

French Louis XVI Style Gilt Painted Trumeau

Music-Themed Trumeau MirrorMusic-Themed Trumeau Mirror

During these strange and Covid-19 times, cozy at home is the mantra many of us are comfortably living with.

Luxe Embossed Micro Mink Twin Faux Fur Blanket

Luxe Embossed Micro Mink Twin Faux Fur Blanket

Winter cold and holiday stress play heck with our skin.

Pamper yourself with a holiday-at-home spa treatment of sorts with the Estee Lauder Life & Glow Skincare Gift Set.

I personally use all these products, and absolutely love the performance and scent of the entire Resilience Multi-Effect product line- aroma therapy, if you will.

Christmas is the holiday for the senses.

We see, touch, hear, taste, and smell the beauty, love, joy, excitement, c’est si bon, and scents that nudge a cherished memory from Christmas past as well as serving as the catalyst for new experiences sure to become traditions.

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Estee Lauder 4-Pc. Lift & Glow Skincare Gift Set

Wrapping holiday gifts to rival artistic perfection is simpler than you think.

Deviate from the traditional with colors, textures, and patterns suited to the theme of the gift(s), giver(s), and/or recipient(s).

Striking in both color and pattern, this toile nursery rhyme gift wrapping paper makes a lovely presentation.

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Toile Nursery Rhyme Reversible Gift Wrapping Paper

Add embellishments such as fresh greenery, velvet or silk ribbon, and top it off with a chic ornament and you are good to go.

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State-themed gifts give home for the holidays a whole new meaning.

High Chancellor Crocwell portrait Serving Tray

High Chancellor Crocwell Portrait Serving Tray

Audubon on Louisiana - by Ben Forkner (Hardcover)

Audubon on Louisiana – by Ben Forkner (Hardcover)

Well-appointed accessories used in the busy blogging- working-working from home-creating-planning-scheduling-balancing act lives we lead need not be plain, boring or ugly.

Music and a stylish bluetooth speaker to stream it through is a necessary tool of the blogging trade.

JBL - GO 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Gold

JBL – GO 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Gold

Gift the on-the-go decorista with this hot or cold beverage Spode Blue Italian Travel Mug.

Spode Blue Italian travel mug

Spode’s Blue Italian features a detailed Italian countryside scene with an 18th century Imari Oriental border.

Classic and gorgeous wrapped up in one lovely gift.

Ceramic Vase

Ceramic Vase

Desk accessories unique in form and presence serve as a catchall and catch the eye accent.

Victoria+Bookends

Victoria Bookends

Raemon+Scroll+Bookend Raemon Scroll Bookend

Home Sweet Maison

Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home
by Danielle Postel-Vinay

Disco Cube Cocktails - by Leslie Kirchhoff

Disco Cube Cocktails – by Leslie Kirchhoff

Pattern on parade best describes these next gift guide recommendations.

Leopard - by Hilary Alexander (Hardcover)

Leopard – by Hilary Alexander (Hardcover)

Leopard and zebra and cheetah, oh my!

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Lana’s Shop S/10 Zebra Note Cards

Gold Leopard Glam Table Lamp - (Set of 2 )

Gold Leopard Glam Table Lamp – (Set of 2 )

Erin Gates by Momeni Acadia Animal Print Faux Hide Area Rug

Erin Gates by Momeni Acadia Animal Print Faux Hide Area Rug

Bringing this fashionista meets decorista favorite out of media retirement seems stylishly appropriate for the holidays.

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Traditional holiday parties may be out of vogue this holiday season, but I say seize the holiday moment, dress up in sparkle and shine finery, and throw a ’tis the season soiree for you and yours at chez moi.

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Tulle Skirt

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  Faux Fur Collar Wrap Stole

Big Letter Necklace by Caitlyn Minimalist

Big Letter Necklace by Caitlyn Minimalist

Pop on over to Pinterest to see the other goodies on my Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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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.

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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.

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

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Embroidered Panther Tartan Pillow Cover, Red Stewart

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.

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

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

Baggu - Set of 3 Pouches

Baggu – Set of 3 Pouches

Small Antique Gold Trinket Box With Handle

Small Antique Gold Trinket Box with Handle

Mud Pie 4-Piece Circa Spreader Set

Mud Pie 4-Piece Circa Spreader 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

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

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum Spray

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum Spray

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.

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Midwest Living

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

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

Cook Like a Pro : Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks - by Ina Garten (Hardcover)

Cook Like a Pro : Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks – by Ina Garten (Hardcover)

Ina cooks and entertains like the pro she is.

Dublin red old-fashioned glasses

Dublin Red Double Old Fashioned Glasses

 

Etched Floral Wine Glasses, Set of 4 Created for Macy's

Etched Floral Wine Glasses, Set of 4 Created for Macy’s

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

emerald style statement bracelets

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

Friends love to gift the gift of sparkle and shine.

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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 Floral Biscuit Jar

Blue and White Floral Biscuit Jar

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

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Antique Mercury Glass Candle HoldersAntique Mercury Glass Candle Holders

Adelaide Faux Fur Pillow

Adelaide Faux Fur Pillow

ILLUME ® Balsam and Cedar Scented Mercury Glass Candle

ILLUME ® Balsam and Cedar Scented Mercury Glass Candle

Godinger Rabbit Head Ice Bucket

Godinger Rabbit Head Ice Bucket

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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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

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.

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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″

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

 

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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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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 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 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

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.

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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.

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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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