Giving Thanks

November 27, 2014 Notes from Nicole

Giving Thanks

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope you have a beautiful day filled with lots of food, booze, family, friends, love and special memories! I also realize that Thanksgiving and the holidays in general may not be an easy time for everyone, especially if you are alone, away from your family or missing loved ones that are no longer here. But just remember that you still have many things to be thankful for and this is the perfect opportunity to reflect on those blessings. I am so thankful to YOU for reading and for all of your support over the years! I love reading your comments, emails and feedback on social media and the fact that you take even the smallest moment of your day to read this blog and find inspiration here means the world to me. So thank you … and enjoy the holiday!

xoxo
Nicole

Golden Heart Foil Thank You Card from Minted.
(Be sure to check out Minted’s Black Friday sale for 20% off all holiday cards!)

Cran-Apple Butter

November 26, 2014 Food & Recipes
Cran Apple Butter Recipe6

If you’re looking to put a twist on traditional cranberry sauce, try a cran-apple butter instead! Think of the sweet and warm cinnamon flavor of a classic apple butter combined with deliciously tart cranberries and you yourself a totally fresh, perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving turkey!

Cran-Apple Butter

3 lb. of a soft variety of apple (I use McIntosh)
I package (12oz) of fresh cran …

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The Cranhattan (Plus Details on a Fab Giveaway!)

November 26, 2014 Decorating
Cranhattan Cocktail Recipe 5 copy copy

When planning a holiday celebration, I always have a signature drink on-deck that I can serve up at a moment’s notice. I love a warm and oaky bourbon during the cold weather months and since ’tis the season for cranberries, I decided to put a cranberry twist on my favorite bourbon cocktail. Dubbed “The Cranhattan,” this drink adds a seasonal touch to a classic Manhattan cocktail …

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Thanksgiving Wine Picks from a Master Sommelier

November 25, 2014 Entertaining Essentials
Thanksgiving Wine

During the holidays we spend so much time obsessing over menus and food prep but let’s be real people, the holidays are also an excuse for indulgent alcohol consumption! Aside from good food, I look forward to wine, wine and more wine on Thanksgiving! If you’re stumped on what wine to pair with your Thanksgiving meal, I’ve asked Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier and owner of Chicago’s …

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Holiday Table Inspiration

November 24, 2014 Entertaining Essentials
Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas Intro

When you’re spending hours in the kitchen preparing a huge holiday meal, my philosophy is to simplify your table setting as much as possible. I prefer a more casually elegant setting when I’m entertaining at home which to me feels much more inviting and unstuffy. I put this table setting together last year for an editorial and thought I’d revisit it with these never-seen-before outtake …

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Thanksgiving Etiquette Tips

November 24, 2014 Entertaining
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Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with loved ones to feast and celebrate the spirit of gratitude but whether you’re hosting a dinner or attending as a guest, it can be a lot of pressure. I wanted to share some useful tips to help you have a stress-free Thanksgiving, so I turned to my friend Myka Meier, etiquette expert and founder of Beaumont Etiquette - a distinguished consulta …

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