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Hi there and happy Sunday. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. With still being under the weather,  though getting better,  I am laying low yet one more day. It’s cold and gray, I still have a head cold and occasional cough and I am not taking any chances!  First thing I will do is get a flu shot.  I know this might sound a bit scary…………but can you believe there are only 45 days left until Christmas! Not a day feels too soon when you think of it that way.

I already feel behind the eight ball in terms of gifts, I stress so much about gift giving. This year am taking a new approach- hope I can stick with it. Not asking anyone what they want, I am going to come up with my own ideas, hopefully unique ones and if they don’t like them, then they can deal with the return:)

Here at Enchanted Home, we are knee deep into the holiday frenzy, it has actually begun!  Getting ornament orders out daily and awaiting our big gift wrap shipment next week then its “roll up your sleeves and prepare for mayhem” kind of madness, a fun madness though:)

Anywho, hope this finds you doing well and having a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Onward to my Seven on Sunday….

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1 A NEW HIGHLY RECOMMENDED NEW COFFEE TABLE BOOK! I have been a long time fan of the beautiful work of Leslie Sinclair and her eponymous company, Segreto. She is a master at what she does and is considered to be bar none in the finishing/specialty painting world. This book is loaded with a plethora of inspiring and beautiful design images.

She has a number of best selling coffee table books under her belt, all of which I own but I must say her most recent, Segreto Impressions is a feast for the eyes and my personal favorite so far! I just adore this book and it’s the kind that delivers from first page to last. This will make a wonderful holiday gift to anyone on your list who loves design and/or elegant coffee table books. Click here to order yours.

 

2 ONE SALAD RECIPE TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION! So I made this for my luncheon a few weeks ago and everyone raved over it. It was REALLY good. I have already made it twice since then.

One of the keys is massaging your kale:)  No,  you are not seeing things, I really mean massaging your kale:) I did not hear of this myself until a caterer who I met at a function told me this but then as I read more I understood it’s a “thing” and it works!! It softens the texture and allows for the dressing to absorb fully. Kale can be very fibrous and not at all pleasant to chew raw, so I mean it when I say this is a game changer! Here is how-

Get your washed kale and  pour a few drops of olive oil over it in the bowl. Start massaging the kale. Just lightly and gently massage and rotate the kale for about 2-3 minutes. If someone walks in wondering what the heck you are doing, tell them massaging the kale of course:) Once massaged, set it aside.

In a blender or processor you will make your dressing. In the meantime, you can put your pine nuts on a baking sheet and put into a preheated over set at about 350 degrees, bake them until they are golden (about 10-14 minutes) and set aside until right before serving.

What you need for dressing and salad-

  • One large package of chopped up kale
  • 2 average sized packages of pinenuts
  • Small tin of anchovies
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 generous tablespoons of mayonnaise or you can do half mayo and an additional 2 tbsp of Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 2 freshly squeezed good sized lemons (if small, make it 3)
  • Worcestershire sauce to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups mild olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a little extra to top on salad when serving
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing, place the garlic and anchovies (dump entire tin with the oil) in the food processor and blend until smooth. Then add mayo, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper and process until smooth. With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube and process until thick. Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and pulse 3 times.

Wish I had gotten a better picture of it but this will have to suffice…..it won rave reviews and many recipe requests even from people who said they never eat kale, they loved it!

 

3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST So much I love this weekend, a little bit of fall, travel, comfort foods, blue and white and all around beauty! Plus always fun to discover a few new great accounts-

 

4 A PALMETTO BLUFF WEDDING I AM OBSESSING OVER! I follow Todd Events on Instagram and it turns out that, ironically I know someone who attended this iconic Palmetto Bluff wedding, and then one of my readers messaged me that that she too was there. Small world and no surprise this magnificent wedding took place in my happy place, Palmetto Bluff!  By all accounts, it lived up to the words “fairytale wedding” right down to the food, kudos to Montage Palemetto Bluff.

Every single sublime detail makes my heart beat a little faster, the color scheme, that elegant tent, the latticework detailing, the hydrangeas and gorgeous flowers, the accents of the pale blue, need I go on! Plus I was told the weather that day was picture perfect, always the icing on the cake.  Take a look……

 

 

5 WATCH YOUR ALEXA! I am not sure if you have heard the reports that came in this past week but this is very alarming. I do not have an Alexa, so this does not apply to me. Let me take that back, my husband was given an Alexa but I believe it’s still in his closet in the original packaging from two Christmas’s ago:) It is an amazing little device, I gave my parents one a few years ago and it’s been a game changer for them, remarkable really.

However be very careful where you place it. The study has shown that if placed near a window, hijackers can easily using a laser pointer, and can basically hijack and take over your device.They have found that these devices respond to light. They have successfully tested this using laser pointers,  a telephoto lens even a souped up flashlight!

That could mean turning an alarm off, opening a door, gaining access to your credit cards, banking,etc…..in other words it could be very dangerous and incredibly invasive. The researchers spent 7 months testing devices from Alexa, Siri, Fire Cube, Echo Dot and others. Google and Amazon were notified immediately.

Bottom line keep your device away from windows and you are safe. So, just something to think about! This is important information to know and share with friends and family.  Click here to read more about it over at The Washington Post.

Watch this video to see how it works, not meant to scare you but to inform, everyone needs to know about this!

 

6  CUSTOMER PHOTOS You know how much I love seeing my products in your beautiful homes. This is a new round up and inspires me to keep on creating! Love getting these, the ultimate validation as to why I do what I do:)

This customer emailed us to tell us how excited she was after unboxing all her porcelain pieces from the presale, they look gorgeous even without having placed them in their proper spot!

How beautiful do our cherry blossom Staffordshire dogs look here!

And our darling dark green foo dogs look right at home in this elegant space

This customer has her trip up already as she is expecting a baby and wants things done…..LOVE how she used our blue/white ornaments

How pretty is this pop of orange on the lacquer tray holding our porcelain pumpkin trio!

A sneak peek at a Holiday House tour from a well known designer who will be featuring several of our blue and whites, ornaments and blue/white plates

Lovely fall vignette with our elegant blue/white gold tipped cache pot

How fabulous is our gorgeous new pale blue village scene jar set up for this elegant party by Chez Vignette!

Would you feast your eyes on this most gorgeous sorority house over at the Kansas State University featuring our beautiful chinoiserie mirrors and blue and white porcelains!

Stunning! I love hte idea of helping these young women appreciate the finer things like chinoiserie mirrors and porcelain at a young age…brilliant!

 

7  SUNDAY’S SURVEY OK this Sunday, I am talking about holiday cards. Do you send them? Every year? Occasionally? Never? I must admit when my kids were younger, without fail, I always sent a family photo card and so. many (especially those from afar) looked forward to it.I spent days obsessing over who would wear waht sweater and always tried to coax my boys into wearing matching (yes we had epic battles but I normally won).  I kind of fell off the wagon as they got older, started going to college, in their own direction,etc…..

They fought me on it whenever I brought it up saying they were too old. Now, they are a little more “flexible” but getting the five of us together is ridiculous! One weekend I had planned for a family photo, one was away and now this Sunday was the backup date and I forgot my son is going to New Zealand so I have penciled in yet a third date, fingers are crossed. I have not sent them in a few years but really want to this year. I hope I can get it done. Curious how many send them,so what’s your relationship like with holiday cards?


 

 

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And that friends, is a wrap for this Sunday. Hope you enjoyed the post. I have to admit I really enjoy putting these together, it’s a fun way to put together various random things on my radar and share with you. Plus it’s kind of like a virtual coffee hour for all of us from wherever we may be:) Are you experiencing beautiful fall weather? Here it’s getting COLD.

We may get some snow on Tues, it is kind of exciting yet a little unnerving to think we could get it this early, is this a prelude as to what’s to come? Winters in NY can be loooooong and dismal. I am hoping to escape for a bit to Palmetto Bluff after the hectic holiday season.Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful Sunday and close to your weekend.

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Lorraine Hutchinson on

Get well really soon!!!

Franki on

Ooooh, that wedding…ooooh!!! franki

Ann P on

What a beautiful post full of so many interesting subjects! That wedding is incredible, we attended a wedding in Palmetto Bluff five years ago and have to say it was one of the prettiest ones I’ve ever been to, the setting is so special.
I’m going to give your kale salad a try, I personally like kale but my husband does not however curious if I can win him over😊
As far as Christmas cards, I think it changes as the kids get older. I still have one home but this year we needed to plan in advance a weekend when my other two would be home from college so that we could manage to get a family picture. I agree most people love getting to see family pictures year to year, hope you get your picture Tina!

Arlene on

Get well soon. Wonderful newsletter this week. To brighten a dreary Sunday in Chicago

leslie sinclair on

Tina! I was so excited to see Segreto Impressions while reading your Sunday favorites!! I am so happy you enjoyed it!! I have had so much fun working on all the books but this one is my very favorite!! Thank you so much, I hope you and your readers enjoy it for years to come!! Xo

cheryl p on

First, glad you have turned the corner, and are feeling better. Funny, I just ordered the new Segreto book yesterday, and I am looking forward to “drooling” over the lovely interiors. And,last but not least, I want to thank you for the fantastic customer services you provide. There was a little glitch in a recent order, and your staff took care of it promptly, hassle free, etc. I just want all your readers to know you and your company are true “gems”

Marilyn S. on

Anxious to make your kale salad. How important are the anchovies to the recipe–any substitutes.?

Susan Kayden on

That wedding is Wow! Wow! Wow!!!! Glad you are feeling better. Stay warm….. from sunny Redondo Beach, CA: 75 degrees today!

Lisa on

Thank you for the book tip. Every holiday season I select books for a number of people on naked buying list, I think they make great gifts.
Fantastic Instagrams! I have discovered so many good accounts. through you
I heard a little something about the Alexa, , this is very important to know!.

Pat on

Please add a print button to each recipe you share.

Mary on

I LOVE ❤️ that salad dressing and have been making it for years since you first wrote about it! Will now have to try on kale (after a nice massage, of course). And Todd Events did my son’s and daughter-in-law’s wedding 2 years ago….absolutely amazing! People still talk about how beautiful it was! Happy Fall from Houston!

Deanna on

Palmetto Bluff sounds good to me. We are in a new house and now realize the windows are so drafty that we need new ones. Before January. Would love a warm weather respite!! Stay bundled up… and dream of a white Christmas. One of the benefits of being in the North!

Jo Shafer on

Good Sunday morning, Tina. I hope you’re feeling better. Some of your pictures today are real standouts for me; e.g., the young couple with the 1930s coupe on the long tree-lined drive; the framed hunt scene on the bookcase; and those two darling little boys in their warm fall outfits bring back memories of my own little boy, now 45+ with his own college son.

MANELLE on

On the sending of Christmas cards with Family pictures…Yes, as the ‘children’ mature, it gets almost impossible to gather them for this wonderful passage of time. But fear not, once those GRANDCHILDREN start arriving, you can do a Grandparents & grandchildren photo instead…You will love it!

Milinda on

It is amazing that you enjoy life so much every day and even when you are sick. You make life beautiful, and you inspire me. Thank you.

Alice Genzlinger on

Yesterday we had a high of 77 in Denver and tonight we’re getting a snow storm with 35 mile winds and an expected low of 18. Winter is upon us. Oh well this puts me in the mood to decorate for Christmas and that makes me happy. Glad you are on the road to recovery.

Janet Vendetti on

Good Morning! I woke to the email news of your Veteran’s Day sale and at 7 a.m. west coast time attempted to order two large etched/leaf design glass hurricanes to discover they were sold out. This is the third time I’ve tried to order them during a sale and found them sold out. It could just be a west coast time disadvantage. Is it possible to back order them? I appreciate your response.

linda prater on

Fabulous pictures, ideas, and recipes! Would you also please share the arugala salad recipe? Glad you are better and prayers for continued and full healing!

Lauren Phillips on

Simply love your designs, and plan on making many purchases after the holidays when I finish the design of my master bedroom. Thank you so much.

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