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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Foodie Friday: 23 Thanksgiving Desserts, Recipes & Cooks' Tools

{ Via: Vogue }

It's a little scary to me that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. I have a lot to do before one of the best days of year happens. What about you? As much as I really love to put together a Thanksgiving meal, I could do away with it all and go straight to dessert. There I said it. This girl loves her sweets.  The truth is, I am probably not alone. Thanksgiving dinner is the day for your desserts to shine. My table is going to feature at least two of these recipes. Scroll down to find your favorites.

HERE: Sweets For The Sweet! 

 Apple Spice Bundt Cake With Caramel Frosting
Bundt Cakes are having a moment this year. The secret to this recipe is the layer of cream cheese frosting hiding inside.
My Recipes  

Chai Pumpkin Pie With Maple Whipped Cream
This recipe had me at Maple Whipped Cream. The author, Tieghan, states that "In a lot of ways, this pie is very similar to your favorite chai latte, but with plenty of pumpkin and a generous dollop of whipped cream." 
Half Baked Harvest  

If you are asked to bring the pie, keep it safe. I just love the natural look of this, and so will your host.

Pumpkin Buttercream Swiss Rolls
Remember Little Debbie Swiss Rolls? They were a favorite childhood snack for me. This recipe is like those,  but kicked up a thousand notches. A tasty treat for the chocolate lover at your dinner table.
Sprinkle Bakes 

Cardamom Pear Upside-Down Cake
A beautiful cake that is said to be easy to make. It's just the thing for the purists at the table.
Fix Feast Flair 

Sweet Potato Cake
I have heard of sweet potato pie, but cake? It actually is a perfect dessert for Thanksgiving and beyond. The recipe features a sweet potato cake with marshmallow frosting, drippy maple glaze, chopped pecans and cinnamon. YUM!
The Cake Blog 

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche
I was sold with the words, "dulce de leche." There is something very comforting about a bread pudding on a cold Fall day.
Martha Stewart

Deep Dish Pumpkin and Coconut Cream 
Pie { Gluten Free }
Oh my! This just looks fabulous. Made with gluten free Animal Crackers (how fun) and lots of Coconut Cream. I am pretty sure that this pie will be on my table.
This Mama Cooks  

Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Tart
One of the Martha Stewart Food Editor's favorite pies. Shira Bocar says, "It tastes like a candy bar, with chewy caramel and toasted nuts, all in a chocolate crust. And the finishing salt adds extra crunch.”
Martha Stewart 

Pumpkin Custard Profiteroles 
{ Gluten-Free }
Bite sized alternative to Pumpkin pie. The maple caramel drizzle and maple-sugared walnuts are a terrific topping for this elevated dessert.
Plains Joy 

Bailey's Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Nothing like anything spiked with a splash of Baileys! I had no idea that they made it with Pumpkin flavoring.

Breville Smart Oven Air
If you are short on oven and cooktop space this Holiday season, join the crowd. This little machine is magic. I know because I own it. And the first thing I made in it was a deep dish apple pie.  Makes a great gift, too.
Sur La Table 

Harvest Mousse with Spiced Almond Tuiles
One of my favorite things to make at Thanksgiving. This mousse can be made two days ahead, which is always a good thing.
Food & Wine 

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake With Apple Roses
The graham cracker has been infused with salted caramel and apple juice. Then there's a thin layer of sweet apple chunks. Next is a layer of rich, creamy, smooth cheesecake. To top it all off is a blanket of caramel. The sauce helps to keep the gorgeous apples and nuts in place for the prettiest presentation. 
Host The Toast 

Apple Pie Marshmallows
As the author says about these fluffy treats, "Think apple pie without the peeling, the crust work and the baking, then minify that into a a big, fluffy, marshmallow bite."
Bakers Royale

Sur La Table Perfect Pie Crust
If you are intimidated by pie crust, like I have been in the past, give this a try.
Sur la Table 

Bourbon Derby Pie With Salted Caramel Whipped Cream
The beauty of this pie goes beyond the ooey gooey-ness we see here. It is the easiest pie to whip up ever. Just pour the ingredients into the bowl, mix, and fill the crust.
A Spicy Perspective

Marble Rolling Pin
Form and function. Don't you love it when they work together with such style?. Oh and it's on sale, just in time to get baking.
Williams Sonoma 

Salted Bourbon Caramel Apple Pie
For me, an apple pie can be boring, but not this one. It's made how I like to make my own - in a Springform Pan. This way you an really show off the beautiful crust.
Two Of A Kind Cooks

Pumpkin Pie Bars With Date Caramel Sauce { Gluten Free }
What's not to like about traditional pumpkin pie baked on top of an almond flour crust and topped with a date caramel sauce?
Hungry Hobby

Essex Marble Servers
Pretty pastry deserves the perfect presentation. These servers are stunning.

Apple Upside Down Cake with Apple Cider Caramel and Spiced Walnuts
A gorgeous cake to add to your Autumn arsenal of recipes.

Cranberry Fudge Cheesecake
Who would have thought that cranberries and chocolate could be such a delicious duo? I just bet that this is one heavenly dessert, and so very different, too!
Life, Love, and Sugar

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Company's Coming: Ready The Guest Room

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There’s nothing that says “perfect host” more than readily anticipating your houseguests’ needs. With the holidays upon us, chances are you will have an overnight guest over the next month or two. It can be great fun if you are prepared.  Your guests will appreciate any of these thoughtful gestures and fabulous finds. 

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HERE: 17 Ways To Pamper Your Guests

Gobi Embroidered Sheet Sets
The very best way to welcome your guest is to give them a good night's rest.  These linens feature a simple adornment that represents the endless knot of wisdom, itself inspired by an ancient Buddhist motif.  Made of luxe cotton sateen, the sheeting is available in nine wonderful colors.
Serena and Lily

Acrylic Bed Tray
Clearly chic and a clear companion for breakfast in bed. Your guest will also use it for getting a little late night work done on the laptop. 

Baudelaire Alpine Milk Guest Soap
Using a large bar of soap is such a waste for guests. They won't use it all, and you won't use it after they have left. These are reasons why I like to have some beautiful guest soaps on hand for company.  Goat milk and honey-rich and just $3 per bar. Isn't the honeycomb design lovely?

Huggable Hangers
One of my favorite things. I have been using these ever since Miss Shop This went to college. They are the best space saving hanger there is. And most importantly, they are strong, sturdy, and come in 21 colors.

Ombre Silk Hot Water Bottle
Let's face it. Tummy troubles happen, especially after eating too much Thanksgiving dinner.  What could be more comforting than silk and velvet? A good host is ready for anything.

Hedgehouse Velvet Oxford Throwbed
This little roll up bed is made for creating cozy chic comfort almost anywhere. Each piece is made of velvet and filled with a soft, lightweight layer for an instant cushion wherever needed. A luxe necessity for extra guests or nights by the fire.
Serena and Lily

Organic Cotton Comforter
An extra blanket or comforter is a good idea, especially in the colder months.  These are a natural, breathable, hypoallergenic down alternative. Designed to insert into any duvet cover, but its smooth, soft 220-thread-count shell lets it stand alone, too.

Monogram Memo Pad Gift Set
What a thoughtful gift for less than $20. Perfect to have awaiting your house guest, or for anyone on your gift list this year.
Neiman Marcus

Bamboo Charcoal Infused Toothbrush Set
At the minimum, one should have a spare toothbrush available. Why not make it one that is good for your guests? If you haven't heard of the benefits of charcoal for your teeth yet, google in. It's very interesting.

Pacific Coast Featherbeds
Have you actually tested out your guest bed lately? A good host will give it a try. If it doesn't provide five star comfort, a heavenly featherbed will help. My sofa bed sports two of them when guests are in residence. Now on sale for 20% off 
Pacific Coast

Acrylic Luggage Rack
Give your guests hotel treatment. This clearly chic accessory will make unpacking a breeze.

The Laundress Travel Pack
This Travel Pack includes everything they need to make life easier while away from home: Fabric Fresh Classic scent, Delicate Wash, Crease Release, Stain Solution, Laundry Bag and Case. A lovely nicety to leave out on the bathroom vanity.

Bicolor Sheets
A Frette classic on smooth, soft and lustrous plain-weave cotton sateen. If you have fancy friends, like I do, you get treated to Frette fine linens when you visit. Expensive, but probably so worth it!

Cora Bedside Carafe
Providing water for a guest is not only nice, it really is a must. I mean, afterall, you don't want your guest roaming around in the dark looking for the kitchen. This set is less than $15 but worth a million to a thirsty guest.

If you have stayed a five star hotel, like a Ritz Carlton, you may have experienced a "pillow menu." It's the greatest thing. And I like to provide pillow option for my guests as well. With allergies, you will want to have some down and feather free options. The stomach sleepers need a soft pillow, and back sleepers usually prefer firm. You can find any kind of pillow you can dream of at
The Company Store

Petite Wax Sachet
These pretties are beautifully scented and presented in the closet, drawer, or hanging from a knob. A very inexpensive way to freshen a room.
Soft Surroundings

A By Amara Waffle Collection
Simple luxuries. Made from 100% cotton, this collection features a waffle textured finish and is available in two sleek colorways.  Just like at their favorite spa, your guests will feel pampered with these robes and towels.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Thanks Gifting: Fabulous Fall Finds For The Host & Hostess

{ Via: Vogue }

It's true, everyone does like a bottle of wine. But the most thoughtful of host and hostess gifts have both style and substance. Before you head over the river and through the woods for Turkey Day, take time to order a gift that reflects your thanks and good taste.

HERE: 14 Haute Host Gifts 

Set of Three Engraved Bead Vases - Skultuna X Tenfold
Staying for the weekend? This luxe offering is appropriate for that kind of hospitality. Made with unparalleled craftsmanship, these vases make a stylish statement for almost any decor.

Mezza Glass Votive
Michael Wainwright's votive is decorated with 24K gold. It's less than $50 but looks like a million. A clearly chic choice.

Michael Aram Palm Cheese Knife Set
A luxe look for their tabletop. Michael Aram's stylish servers are classically chic.

Gold 3-in-1 Wireless Handheld Karaoke Microphone
Why not bring the entertainment? Karaoke gets glam with a touch of gold. You'll get the party started when you fire up your favorite playlist or karaoke app after dinner. So much fun!

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Connor NYC Paper Weights
Handcrafted in the U.S., this is one elegant desk accessory. It's fun, too. There's a style to bring a smile to anyone like #nofilter, #OMG, See No Evil Monkeys, funny little emojies, XOXO, Owls, and many more. 

Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet
Say it with Salami! Forget gifting flowers, unless you send them ahead of time. An edible bouquet is so much more fun. Choose from a 3 salami or 6 salami bouquet.

Buffalo Check Mug Tower
Cozy chic. For anyone who loves to sit by the fire with a cup of cocoa or hot toddy!

Feather Pen
The height of luxury in writing equipment, and it's less than $30. Click to see the other cleverly stylized writing accessories from Australian company, Jot It Down at

Agate Coasters
Bring your hosts one of a kind beauty. They will use these on their desk or living room table. A glam gift that comes in several colors and is priced at under $50.
Lulu & Georgia 

Taper Candles
Most people absolutely love the whimsical designs of MacKenzie-Childs. Perhaps your host even collects some of their chic checks. I love the candles! Sold in pairs, I think they are a pretty pick with an affordable price point. 

Les Demoiselles Scented Candles
If you are bringing a scented candle, make it interesting. This one is high end and haute from Paris. It's a tribute to the ladies of Paris who inflame the hearts on the French Cancan rhythm. How's that for a story? The candle, red hat box, and glass jar bell cover all add up to tres chic!

Date Night at Home Kit Romantic Dinner Experience for Two
From Christine Martin, Style & Entertaining, it's romance in a box. I love this little gift. Inside the oh so clever box is everything you need to cook up a romantic dinner at home except the fresh produce and a date! Since your host is treating you to dinner, turn the tables, and give them a romantic food and wine experience for two. Read all about it at
If Only 

Packed Party Bar Tool Set
Cue the confetti! They will always be ready for a party with these happy helpers. Under $30.
Neiman Marcus 

"Once Upon A Hive" Honey Sampler
A sweet selection which is filled with an enchanting assortment of premium honey. All nine flavors are accompanied by tasting notes. A very tasteful gift and now 30% off at


Thanks Gifting: Fabulous Fall Finds For The Host & Hostess