Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Homemade Marshmallows

Ina Garten_Homemade Marshmallows
I'm not big on marshmallow.  I never eat them and forget about peeps at Easter; they just aren't tempting to me.  I was watching Ina Garten on her food network show "Barefoot Contessa" and she made these marshmallows.  I thought they looked fantastic and very different from the store-bought variety.  It turns out they are very easy to make and simply delicious!
I made them for my kids the other night when we started to decorate for Christmas.  They always like to have hot chocolate and I knew these would be perfect.  I, on the other hand, had mine with champagne.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Writing on the Wall {or in this case the mirror or glass}

We made it to Friday folks!  I'm very happy for many reasons:  I have less homework this week so I can catch up with Lori hopefully (I miss her!) Also, we are decorating for Christmas on Sunday.  I know it is before Thanksgiving but we celebrated last weekend.  I've been seeing more beautiful writing using chalk pens on mirror or glass lately and I think if can be beautiful.  Now, when I do it not so much but if you have beautiful writing and basic art skills you should try this one out.  It reminds me of old fashioned store windows and it's sweet.

Writing on the mirror....
Dashes of Holiday Spirit
chalk pens on windows and mirrors
 Am I the only one decorating for Christmas right now?  Let me know if you also cheat ever so slightly.  I figure it's part of the fun of being grown up.  I make the rules.  
Have a fantastic weekend everyone.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fall Neutrals

The Fashion Cuisine
Fall perfection in neutrals.  Thank you, pinterest, for picking my outfit out for me!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving Through Christmas Decorating

(Start with the mantle decor and add the pretty basket with gifts later)
While life is pretty busy for all of us this time of year and we all want shortcuts, we don't want it to look as though we have taken shortcuts.  Since Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close, why not start decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving?  Now, I think there are a few tricks to this so that it looks appropriate:  Lot's of greens and candles to begin with (perhaps with a few pumpkins) and after Thanksgiving you can add all the tree decorations and pretty sparkly elements or just keep it simple and natural.  Also, pine cones are the perfect accent for fall to winter decorating.  Here are a few images that inspire me to get started but help my efforts last long after the turkey and stuffing are devoured.  
/\ /\ . Tricia Foley
I love this image and it is appropriate for Thanksgiving all the way through the New Year.  Maybe accent with sparkly lights in the garland or leave it simple.
How to Hang Garland
Christmas Candles
Candles are always festive.  Just add mini white pumpkins for Thanksgiving.
Mossy stars
These moss stars are lovely and could work for Thanksgiving through the New Year as well.
Christmas table setting | Christmas Table Decorations - Ideas Decor
This table is just perfect for any winter celebration.
Again, beautiful greens and candles.
Gorgeous holiday decor
Start with pumpkins and then add the trees after Thanksgiving.  It just doesn't get any easier or more beautiful.
Sagolika sinnen= befuddled minds in Swedish.. oh well.. the table is awesome but the wreath w candles above it is timeless!!
For me, this is the perfect, everyday dining environment during the holidays.  It could easily be dressed up for a special gathering.
A mini wreath dresses up a wine bottle to give as a hostess gift.
Here is the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas hostess gift.  Why didn't I think of this?

Fresh greens or really good imitation garlands are the key to pulling off these looks.  They are inviting and simple and beautiful.  
Happy Decorating!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Oh, Tenenbaum...

The Malice of Alice
The Malice of Alice
Regardless of whether you think it is appropriate for a 9 year old to pretend to be smoking a cigarette, how fantastic are these Royal Tenenbaum photos from The Malice of Alice?!  The shoot primarily focuses on Margot.  Little Alice did a great job catching her spirit, in my opinion.  There are more to check out; if you're a fan of the Wes Anderson film, I suggest you go take a look!
How's your week going so far?  Mine is super busy, and I am ready for it to be over so that I can enjoy my week off!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Quote of the Day: Flair vs. Taste

A dissection of good taste by the extraordinary Albert Hadley.
I love this quote because I've said the same thing in different words many times before but, if Albert Hadley said it, it's certainly the truth.
Hope your Monday is not one of those 'oh no, it's Monday,' Mondays.  Mine is crisp and pretty and productive so far.
I'm getting excited for holiday decorating and baking that is just around the corner!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Adare Manor

For no particular reason other than -WOW- I bring you a beautiful manor in Limerick, Ireland.
Adare Manor
Gorgeous, isn't it? I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I've got 32 essays to grade.  Good times.


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