An Ina Garten Thanksgiving

Ina Garten (aka Barefoot Contessa) is a rockstar.  I have and love (and more importantly use on an almost weekly basis) all of her cookbooks, and although I love incorporating some family recipes into our holiday meals, I couldn’t imagine a celebratory meal without an Ina dish on the table.

This past Thanksgiving, I incorporated her sausage stuffing and apple crisp into our feast.  Read on for my modifications.

P.S.  These would be great additions to any Christmas meal too.

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My Favorite Holiday Wines under $30

Happy Thanksgiving week!  Hello red/white wine and farewell rose (unless you are taking that trip to St. Barth’s for New Years or are heading down to South Beach any time soon — in which case by all means enjoy that Whispering Angel while the rest of us grip our glasses of pinot with an extra chilly hand).  Read on for some of my favorite wines under $30.  I’ve also thrown in a few suggestions for what would be particularly tasty with that Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham or roast.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Part 3 – Host/Hostess Gifts

Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow, which means holiday party season is around the corner!  Whether you are dropping by for ten minutes or closing down the party, you don’t want to arrive empty-handed.  Read on for my hostess picks.  P.S. – they are all under $40.  Continue reading “Holiday Gift Guide: Part 3 – Host/Hostess Gifts”

Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2 – Gifts That Give Back

I love gifting!  I truly have so much fun finding items that are uniquely suited to the recipient, and giving gifts that give back just doubles the fun! Read on for my list of fabulous gifts that also give back to charitable organizations.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Part 1 – The Art Lover

I can’t believe it is already time to start thinking about Christmas shopping!  I’m going to post a series of gift guides between now and mid-December.  Today I am starting off with gifts for the art lover.  Buy them for your art-loving significant other, bestie, sister or sister-in-law, or add them to your own wish list.

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Capturing the Ever-Elusive Family Photo

It is that time of year again.  The leaves are falling, my caffeine orders have switched from cold to hot and we just finished up our family photos for our Christmas card.  I could not be more excited!  It is my favorite time of year!

Since I am fresh off of the photo session, I thought I’d offer some tips on dressing your family for photos and some tips for getting that ever-elusive winner of a photo for your holiday card and choosing the card.

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