10/31/12

Cake Plate Clings – Cutest Gift Idea!

My sister turned me on to this adorable gift: Cake Plate Clings. Isn’t it the cutest? Such a fun idea for a hostess or friend during the hoildays or a birthday. It sure spruces up a boring old cake plate.

They are actually washable, reusable, non-adhesive, slide-free, residue-free and printed with environmentally friendly ink and material. Love these!

I’m ordering these for Christmas gifts, for sure…I mean, who doesn’t need a Cake Plate Cling?!

 

 

 

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10/29/12

Birdseye Throw by Terrain

With Winter approaching, we think that this throw by Terrain will be the perfect accessory to help keep you warm.  A perfect addition to the back of the couch or foot of the bed, a 215 year-old textile manufacturer located in the highlands of Scotland spun this supremely soft, square-patterned lambswool throw.  Grab your favorite loved one and cuddle up!

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10/26/12

Scalloped Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Grain & Fresh Herbs

 

Here is one of our favorite chilly weather dishes using lots of pretty fresh herbs. Love this one for a cozy Fall night. 

1.5 pounds medium Yukon Gold potatoes

1.5 pounds medium red-skinned sweet potatoes

2 Cups heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 T minced fresh Italian parsley

1 T minced fresh rosemary

1T minced fresh sage

1 T minced fresh thyme

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 1/4 cups (packed) coursely grated Gruyere cheese

Fill large bowl with cold water. Working with 1 Yukon Gold at a time, peel then cut into 1/8 inch thick rounds and place in a bowl with water. Repeat with sweet potatoes. Combine cream, butter, and garlic in medium saucepan; bring to simmer. Remove from heat. Mix all herbs in a small bowl.

Butter 13x9x2 inch glass baking dish. Drain potatoes then pat dry. Transfer half of potatoes to prepared baking dish. Use hands to distribute and spread evenly. Sprinkle with half of the salt – pepper mixture, then half of herb mixture. Sprinkle with half of cheese. Repeat with remaining potatoes, salt pepper mixture, herb mixture and cheese. Pour cream mixture over gratin, pressing lightly to submerge potato mixture as much as possible.

Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and chill. Remove plastic wrap before baking.

Preheat oven to 400. Cover gratin tightly with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake until top of gratin is golden and most of liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes; serve.

image from crumblycookie.net 

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10/25/12

Haymarket Designs – Personalized Koozies… and Much More!

I recently found Haymarket Designs and I really like their preppy yet modern style.  They’ve got an epic variety of koozies that would be a perfect addition for a bachelor/bachelorette weekend, themed party, stocking stuffer or hostess gift.  Also, Haymarket Designs makes more than just Koozies, you can personalize just about anything… take a look at these precious wine totes which would also make amazing gifts!    Every item is customizable – you can select the design, color and font of your choice.

 

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10/24/12

Clark’s Wallabee’s

 

 

So… they really don’t look super chic in this picture. But check them out in the pictures below. So cute, right?! A favorite of both of my brother’s in the 1970’s Clark’s Wallabees have been around since 1825. They looked super cool on 70’s guys in faded jeans and flannel shirts but they also look pretty chic on girls too.

I tried a pair recently and they were SO comfy. I can’t stop thinking about them. Could be tricky though…

What do you think? Chic or not so chic?

 

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10/23/12

Pixie Lily

Pixie Lily out of Charleston, SC has the most beautiful things for babies and toddlers. Daygowns, bubbles and rompers in the softest fabric. I especially love the hand embroidery on the sweetest little collars.

Maybe not for everyday but the line is full of the prettiest little treasures. They sure make a special gifts.

 

 

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10/22/12

49th Annual Allendale Boutique – This Week!!!

Imagine if you could get organized for Christmas this week. Seriously, you could literally cross all gifts off your list. Just think if cashmere, jewelry, monogrammed goodies, beautiful children’s pajamas, tuxedo shirts, darling women’s clothes, needlepoint, super chic antique maps, lovely things for home and more were all under one roof… Wouldn’t that be FAB?! Well girls, lucky for us, The 49th Annual Allendale Boutique starts today!

Here’s the scoop:

Where: The Lake Forest Club 554 Westmoreland Road Lake Forest, IL

When: Tuesday, October 23 – Thursday October 25

Tuesday: 9:30 – 5:30

Wednesday: 9:30 – 3:30

Thursday: 9:30 – 1:00

Why: To Make A Difference In The Lives of Those Kids and Families In Need of Support

The Boutique will have 25 vendors from around the country – some of your favorites from the past with a bunch of new suprises. If you can sneak out on Wednesday night you can sip cocktails while you shop with your friends because it’s Ladies Night! Wahooo!!!

 

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10/19/12

Autumn Salad Recipe

There is something special about serving salad out of wooden bowls.  My mother has one handed down from her grandmother and I know when she prepares a salad in that bowl, it is going to be delicious!  I love these Cherry Wood Salad Bowls from Williams Sonoma.  They’re crafted by hand of cherry wood, which darkens to a rich reddish brown over time.  I think they would be a perfect vessel to serve my favorite Autumn Salad.  Also, today is my mom and her twin sister, my Aunt Marne’s birthday!  Happy Birthday – love you both!!

Autumn Salad:

Dressing:

2T.  Orange Juice

2T. Lime Juice

2t. Dijon Mustard

2tsp. Honey

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/8 tsp. Black Pepper

Salad:

1/2 cup Thinly Sliced Onion

1/4 cup Blue Cheese

8 cups Baby Greens

1 large Sweet, Tart Apple Sliced Thinly

1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries

Chopped avocado to taste (optional)

Combine the Dressing Ingredients and shake until incorporated.  Combine Greens, onions and apple in large salad bowl.  Drizzle and toss with blue cheese and avocado (optional).  Enjoy!

 

 

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10/18/12

Personalized Scents – Le Labo

Are you looking for the perfect hostess gift?  Look no further, these candles and perfumes from Le Labo are beautiful and can be personalized for any occasion.  Love the minimalistic packaging and and simple perfume names.  There is even a Chicago scent.  The Chicago exclusive is called Baie Rose 26 which is French for pink pepper.

Let us know your favorite Le Labo scent!