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Happy Sunday to you and happy Labor Day weekend! First off the winner of the Staffordshire dogs is-

Crazy about the wicker selections!

Please email info@enchantedhome.com and specify if you want the black, orange or blue dogs as well as your shipping info. We will get them right on their way:)

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Hard to believe it’s the first weekend of September, and that  summer is just about over. I am at this point, perfectly fine for the seasons to whiz on by, anxious to turn the page to a. new year, 2021!!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We spent our first week in the new office/warehouse and though there is still a ton of work to be done, we are inching our way there and  it is just so nice to be there. Getting used to it and slowly feathering my nest, there will be more on this later. It’s been a bit of a strange summer with Covid looming everywhere and a new way of living day to day, socializing, etc….but we have figured it out somehow even if we don’t like it. I am looking ahead to 2021!

So lett’s get started with this weeks Seven on Sunday-

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1 THE MOST BEAUTIFUL 2021 DESKTOP CALENDAR COMING TO A DESK NEAR YOU! So last year I teamed up with uber talented Leslie of Giddy Paperie and worked on a desktop calendar with her. Just when I thought there was no way that last year’s calendar could be outdone, sure enough she comes up with something even more fabulous!

This is unbelievably  beautiful, chic, fun and whimsical all tied into one wonderful package. What a fabulous gift idea, favor, stocking stuffer, hostess gift, the list goes on! So you are the first to be getting this sneak peek!  They will be available for presale in (coming soon) and we will announce it both on the blog and on Instagram as last year we sold out. We will also bring back the easels, and hope to have them in about 4 weeks.

Take a look at what all the fuss is about-

 

2 A COZY AND CHARMING HOME.  Beautiful things really came home in small packages! I adore this South Carolina cottage and how beautifully done it is. Looks like it could have been lovingly preserved from many years ago. A beautifully curated home indeed. The kitchen and dining room are particularly our of this world! Click here to read the entire article at over Veranda.

3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Thought there are definitely summer-ish instagrams this weekend, there were a few fall inspired ones that really caught my eye. I have to say I am so excited fall is at our doorstep. The thought of cool mornings, bright colored mums, soft cashmere sweaters and the majesty of the foliage changing just does it for me.

 

4 OUR AMAZING 2020 HOLIDAY WRAPPING PAPER HOT OFF THE PRESSES!! This was so exciting and one of the highlights of my week was seeing our holiday paper come off the hot press. Makes me so anticipate the holidays and gift giving. And just wait until you see our new coordinating gift toppers. I cannot imagine a more beautiful gift than those wrapped with these scrumptious new papers, all reversible. We will hold our first pre holiday presale in about 3 weeks for all earlybirds with some special incentives.

5 RECIPE ALERT This soup is perfect for the colder months ahead or when you want soup as a meal, served with a side of a crusty baguette, it is so satisfying.Made this soup the other night, I had a scratchy sore throat and generally speaking, regardless of the season, love soup anyway. This is so flavorful and hearty, really delicious and freezes well too.

I could live on soup literally year round so my soup repertoire is fairly extensive. And with soup season being officially around the corner, thought this was a good one to share. This is very hearty and perfect for the colder months ahead. One of those comfort foods we all need now and then, especially NOW:)

  • 1 lb Ground beef, lean
  • 3 stalks 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 1/2 tsp Basil, dried
  • 1 cup Carrots
  • 3 Cloves garlic minced, 1 tbsp
  • 15 oz Great northern beans
  • 15 oz Kidney beans, red dark
  • 1 3/4 tsp Marjoram, dried
  • 3 tbsp Parsley, fresh
  • 3/4 tsp Thyme, dried
  • 15 oz Tomatoes, canned
  • 1 1/2 cups Yellow onion
    Condiments
  • 3 cans 24 ounces tomato sauce
Pasta & Grains
  • 1 Ditalini pasta scant cup, dry
Baking & Spices
  • 1 Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 tsp Granulated sugar
  • 1 Salt
Oils & Vinegars
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
Dairy
  • 1 Romano cheese
  1. Cook beef in a pot, drain and transfer beef.
  2. Saute all veggies in same pot with a little olive oil.
  3. Add broth (approx 1.5 cups), tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, sugar, dried herbs and beef.
  4. Simmer until veggies are tender.
  5. Cook ditalini until very al dente (it will continue to cook when added to soup)
  6. Add pasta and beans to soup,  warm briefly then stir in parsley. Add a little cheese if desired!

 

6 BEAUTIFUL LITCHFIELD,  CONNECTICUT!! We visited one of my favorite areas last week, Litchfield County, where the beautiful and much loved Mayflower Inn resides. To me, this area really shines in the autumn where it feels like something out of a storybook. We happened to go on the most beautiful weather day, breezy, sunny and in the 70’s, even caught glimpse of a few changing leaves.

So many darling little stores, chapels,etc…dot this beautiful landscape.A few pictures from the weekend……if you haven’t been and live close enough, I cannot recommend the Mayflower highly enough. It is the perfect autumn weekend getaway escape.  Click here for information on this special gem of a property.

 

7  SEVEN ON SUNDAY So this is about gift wrapping paper. I remember hen a Hallmark used to be in every mall, in every decent sized town/city. Then they seemed to have faded into the sunset and a few other places along the lines of paper have popped up albeit sparingly.. One of the reasons I created my line of gift wrap was because I couldn’t find beautiful paper anywhere.

I never looked back:) We have not reached out to wholesalers/stationery shops but I am curious as to when you want gift wrap, where do you go? Do you have a local shop you like to buy it from or do you order online?  We had a stationery shop from the West Coast that was so excited to discover our line and they cited that “they don’t make gift wrap like they used to”.

I have to agree, so curious as to where the average consumer gets their gift wrap. And as a side note, if you live in an area with a shop that you think would do well with our gift-wrap please leave the name in the blank space on this poll along with the city/town. Thank you!


 

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And that’s a wrap for this Sunday. Hope you enjoyed the post and hope you are enjoying a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Stay safe and have fun. Thank you for stopping in, until next time……

PS Today and tomorrow the entire shop site is 20% off!! Great time to get something you may have had your eye on. Click here to visit shop (all categories and subcategories are on left)

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Teresa Hatfield on

Happy Labor Day Weekend, Tina!
Beautiful post!
Teresa

Jacqueline on

Oh, how I adore that gorgeous wrapping paper!

Carol Lane on

You might want to reach out to The Paper Store in Massachusetts! They have several locations 🙂

Mrrs. Anthony Mazzone on

This website is absolutely beautiful! It just doesn’t quit! Thank you for sharing your vision of beauty with us. It’s like attending a designer show house every time I view it.

Lynne on

I do not see how much broth for your soup.
That Mayflower inn looks lovely.

Juliet on

Love the new Christmas wrap. I miss Hallmark, and our local Papyrus – closed for good just before the pandemic. I’d love to see your wrap carried at The Paper Source and David M (local to Walnut Creek, CA) … but of course I’ll buy it from your online shop. xo

Eve B on

I would love if you would have a link to your recipes. Just click and the recipe appears to print out.
Enjoy the weekend!

Kimberly on

Tina, soup sounds yummy! Please let us know how much broth to use.

Judy on

Thank you for highlighting the little “cottage” in South Carolina. Gorgeous!

Laura on

I always enjoy the Seven on Sunday post Because it provides a fantasy escape. Most of us will never Have the opportunity to experience something similar to your lifestyle.

I do want to say that the “cottage” that shows that “good things come in small packages,” is easily twice the size the homes of your readers and the rest of the United States. Perhaps another set of eyes will recognize when you come off sounding a bit tone deaf.

Elizabeth on

Lovely post as always. I am looking forward to making that lovely soup. The recipe says add broth, but no measurement for broth given. How many cups required would be lovely. Thank you, Tina.

Kate on

Boutique Shops having a difficult time.
Costco, QVC, etc.

Vanessa Conyers on

Love all your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. However, I would love it if the recipes had a link so we could just click the link and “waalaa” the recipe can be printed!

Catherine B. on

Nice to see your beautiful wicker ginger jars on Joni Cohen’s instagram!! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!!

Marguerite Neuhaus on

I love the topiary and ginger jar elements on your gift wraps and would love to use them all year. I hope you will make similar “ all year” gift wraps. Btw, The Container Store has wonderful gift wraps both for Christmas and for all year. I esp like they have winter type wraps when I need Wrapping for gifts for those gifts I am giving to those who don’t celebrate Christmas

Janet Morris on

My question is related to Pennsylvania bluestone that I see you have around your home and pool. We installed a Bluestone patio about 4 years ago, and it has turned an ashy white. It has be sealed twice and it has never looked like the beautiful stone I purchased. We live near a Houston, TX. Any advice/ comments? Thank you.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra on

Tina,
I always enjoy your Seven on Sunday! I will definitely try your soup recipe (even though it is still HOT in Phoenix). For your scratchy throat, you may want to try Zand’s Elderberry Zinc lozenges. They work really well for me! And take your oil of oregano! I do love your wrapping paper and have many rolls. Need to think about holiday paper too.

Betsy Coates on

Hi, Tina,
I look forward so much to reading your blog every Sunday! After reading the mostly depressing morning papers, I feel uplifted by your posts and the amazing things you have created and share with us.
Have you ever thought of doing a cook book? Your recipes are great and an Enchanted Home cook book would be a fabulous gift, and one I would love to own, too. Take care and thank you for all you do!

Katy on

The soup recipe looks delicious. I’ve saved it to make as soon as tomorrow. I might be overlooking it, but I see no mention of 1.5 c broth in the ingredients. In the instructions, it says to add 1.5 c broth. Have I misunderstood? Thanks for your lovely, inspiration photos. I look forward to Seven on Sunday.

Norina on

Soup sounds yummy! Just so I’m clear–3 cans of tomato sauce–is it a TOTAL of 24oz or
is EACH can 24oz ?

Mary Judith O'Malley on

I love to buy my paper from Quill and Press in Stuart Florida,

Mary Judith O'Malley on

I love to buy my paper from Quill and Press in Stuart Florida, Thank you for the beautiful posts, I look so forward to reading and seeing all your beautiful ideas. I am going to try the soup, looks delicious!!! Thanks again!

Robin on

Enjoy your Labor Day!

franki parde on

That soup could be named “Comfort Soup!” Sounds just right!! Finally a 50+ degree nite promised…it’s comng…franki

Jo Shafer on

Since I discovered and first tried wrapping papers from The Enchanted Home, I simply can’t bear to purchase cheap quality papers from anywhere else! Costco’s is pretty decent strength, but others are so thin that they begin to rip before I get the package wrapped. Besides, The Enchanted Home has my style.

About that “two story” kitchen in the Carolina house — wow! It’s fantastic! Love those double-decker windows.

Mary Judith O'Malley on

Thanks for the beautiful ideas, can’t wait to try the soup, the weather looks like it will be perfect for a soup,salad warm bread day!

Marilyn Stein on

I would kill for those windows!

Lucia Donahower on

Hi Tina,
Love your Seven on Sunday post! I live in the Peninsula close to San Francisco and there is a nice stationary store called Paper Caper in a town called Burlingame. Also Draeger’s in San Mateo and Menlo Park.
Have a great weekend
Lucy

B. Woodring on

Litchfield, CT is one of my favorite places I have been. Love seeing the pics. Brings back some wonderful memories 🥰

Jeanne on

I think you’re already familiar with the two stores I’m going to recommend: Roger’s Garden and Coast Hills Pharmacy (who I noticed stocked your ornaments two years ago). Dying to know the West Coast store that will stock your paper

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