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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Recap

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a lovely turkey day with family and friends! I hosted my first Thanksgiving for my in-laws...first attempt at turkey and dressing and it turned out better than expected. We have happily been eating the leftovers all weekend long. I wanted to share my Thanksgiving decor with you and I want to see yours! Send your pics to and I'll post them to the blog as a recap.
In my foyer I have an antique hall tree and I change out the decor there by occasion, so I popped some orange with my pumpkin, amazing Voluspa candle in Baltic Amber, my Target dollar aisle owl (love him!), flowers and an M lovingly made for me by my maid of honor. Using a dry-erase marker is an easy fun way to display a menu, which is exactly what I did (recipes below).
I used burlap linen tablecloths, pale teal placemats and napkins and our new dishes complete with an "M." I also used mercury glass votives from our wedding and old blue, amber and orange small glasses with flowers and a larger arrangement in a West Elm vase. I simply pulled from all over the house and made it work!

Although my menu is too late for Thanksgiving, you could use these anytime or add it to your menu for Christmas:

3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter 
1 lb. good quality day-old bread torn into 1" pieces to equal about 10 cups
2.5 cups chopped yellow onions
1.5 cups 1/4" slices celery
1/2 cup chopped parsley (fresh)
2 tablespoons chopped sage (fresh)
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary (fresh)
1 tablespoon chopped thyme (fresh)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2.5 cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided
2 large eggs

Heat oven to 250. Butter a 13x9x2 baking dish and set aside. Scatter bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, until dried out, about 1 hour. Let cool; transfer to a very large bowl.
Melt 3/4 cup butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add onions and celery. Stir often until just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add to bowl with bread; stir in herbs, salt, pepper. Drizzle in 1 1/4 cups broth and toss gently. Let cool.
Preheat oven to 350. Whisk 1 1/4 cups broth and eggs in a small bowl. Add to bread mixture; fold gently until thoroughly combined. Transfer to prepared dish, cover with foil, and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of dressing registers 160, about 40 minutes. 
Dressing can be made 1 day ahead.
Bake dressing uncovered until set and top is browned and crisp; 40-45 minutes longer (if chilled before add 10-15 minutes)

1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
tablespoon honey
1/2 cup water
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon course sea salt

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes, until cranberries start to pop open and become saucy.


For maple bacon:
1/2 pound center cut bacon
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil and place a rack in it. Lay bacon on rack in a single layer. Brush with maple syrup. Season with pepper. Bake until rendered and crispy, about ten minutes. Set aside.

2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon white truffle oil
2 tablespoons copped mixed herbs

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute corn until beginning to lightly brown. Add cream, let simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in truffle oil and herbs. Serve with crumbled maple bacon on top.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Back & Bustlin'

I'm back! Thank you for your patience as I took some time away to get married and honeymoon and settle myself back into normalcy with the husband! We relaxed completely and came back mid-November it seems to the joys of the holidays. With Thanksgiving upon us in a matter of days, I am jumping right in to the holiday season. I'm hosting my first Thanksgiving this year for my in-laws and will soon begin Christmas shopping (I've usually started at this point!) and decorating for our first Christmas together.
So I plan on making up for lost time! Get ready for gift ideas, holiday decor, recipes, you name it! Meanwhile, skip the big stores with the cards that everyone has and go ahead and grab your Christmas cards from Fanciful Ink!
David and I certainly don't need or even want anything for Christmas because we were so blessed with great wedding gifts from some of the best friends and family ever. I didn't want to make a Christmas list this year simply because of that. Our home and hearts are overflowing so I felt somewhat selfish making this list. However, I thought these things would be good to share-you might want to add it to your list as well!

Christmas Wish List

Kate Spade necklace and earrings- I love the tiny "Mrs." necklace and it's appropriate now since I am a Mrs.! The earrings are a unique spin on a simple stud that are classic and can last for many years to come. 
Rose Gold from BaubleBar- I have really grown to love rose gold after getting some shoes for our engagement pictures. It's such a feminine, happy metal color. 
FitBit One- I loved my FitBit Ultra and have searched high and low for it, but have come to the conclusion that it is gone. However, the new FitBit One is new and improved! It tracks your calories burned, steps, stairs, and even your sleep.
Lululemon- I LOVE Lululemon's workout clothes. It's a staple for my Barre Amped classes, especially now that I am getting certified in two weeks to teach!
Of course, I am huge Kate Spade fan and her Celebrations letterpress set is adorable to have on hand for written correspondence you may need! The business card holder is nice and slim too (for future endeavors of Fanciful Ink!) And my dream wish list item is by no means something I need...but after the build up of books in my house and entertaining the thought of moving to an e-reader, I thought this was a good alternative for on-the-go blogging, keeping up with Fanciful Ink and being an e-reader. Naturally, I would rather have something compatible with my MacBook and iPhone for instant transition between devices. 

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