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Hello and happy Sunday to you! I first want to announce the winner of the gift wrap giveaway. Congratulations goes to-

 

Tina – you have definitely surpassed yourself with this gift wrap. They are all beautiful – all of them are favourites. What I would really love to see is some of them as wallpaper – perfect!

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Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. Yesterday we went to CT and got to take in some incredible fall foliage. It was such a treat…..what a majestic season fall is. I just can’t get enough and wish I could push a pause button! Today is my son’s birthday (eldest).

Since its going to be rainy and cool, we are staying home and I am making his favorite dinner and a homemade carrot cake. Works for me! Looking forward to a day of rest before an insanely busy week ahead. Let’s move on to this Sunday’s post-

 

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1 THE MAJESTY OF FALL I thankfully had my camera fully charged to take in the beauty of our day trip to CT.  Hope you enjoy these pictures as I realize not everyone gets to experience fall foliage (depending on where you are). Never met a covered bridge I didn’t love or want to take a picture of:) I wish we could make fall last for half the year, dry and crisp, no humidly, where every day is a great hair day!

 

 

2 OUR NEWEST MELAMINE. So thrilled to get in our newest samples of our brand new pattern. Normally we introduce these in the spring but I like this so much I may be bringing it in by end of the year.

I had fun playing around and love it with our new white porcelain pierced charger (coming in about 5 weeks). Will keep you posted on everything, very excited about this pattern.

So first thoughts on the pattern?

And thoughts on bringing our top selling mixing bowls set in this pattern?



3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Fall is in full swing! I love this round up because it exemplifies so beautifully just why fall is my absolute favorite season of all, there is nothing prettier!

4 AN AUCTION FOR THE AGES I have such fond memories of the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. My entire family stayed there when we were getting married and we hosted a wonderful dinner there. We have had friends and family visit and stay there and all my memories are of what an elegant, establishment it is, one from a bygone era that I wish I could escape to (especially now)!

They are about to embark on a historic major renovation and the entire contents have been moved to a massive warehouse in Boston. In under two weeks, every single item will be on the auction block. A chance to own a piece of history! Even if you don’t want to partake in the auction, sometimes it fun to see what is up for grabs and the starting prices are amazingly low. The online bidding has begun. Click here for more info, here are a few highlights for me.

5. ENCHANTED HOME SHOP NEWS. You are always the first to know about anything new and on the horizon. We have so much happening, its very exciting! Even if the holidays will be different for nearly all of us this year, one thing we don’t have to give up on is making our homes a beautiful refuge. I  know we will be home this winter way more than usual so I am going to make sure I do all I can to make it inviting, warm and of course, pretty!

Here are some new happenings-

How fabulous is this new lamp? This is not the right color but we will offer this to start in three colorways, really like this!

Our beautiful wicker ornaments are going to be here in just a few weeks!

A new scalloped planter in production, very pretty shape. Great for holiday florals and orchids-

A sneak peek at our newest murals which I am totally in love with, have a few spots for these!

6 ONE DELICIOUS KALE CAESAR SALAD I posted this last year but recurrently made it again and forgot just how amazingly good this is. Just about guilt free too:) This can be a great side salad or served as main course with grilled chicken or shrimp. Super tasty.

One key is “massaging” the kale. I laughed when I first heard it but it’s true! Massaging your chopped kale before mixing in your dressing breaks down the fibers and makes it much more palatable….trust me.

This is really good, even for kale skeptics like my sons who actually asked me to make this!

Ingredients
  • 2 bunches  kale leaves removed from stems and chopped (chop then massage leaves for a good 5-10 minutes which takes away the coarse texture)

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup roasted pinenuts or roasted pistachios depends on what I have on hand)
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
Creamy Parmesan dressing
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (I use a little more, you only live life once:)
  • 3 tablespoons Mayo (or you can use all Greek yogurt and omit the mayo)
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste or half a tin of anchovies (optional but I like it personally)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • dash of Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon freshly snipped chives
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Shaved Parmesan
  1. Place the thinly cut kale leaves in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and massage the oil into the leaves. Massage for a good 5-7 minutes.
  2. Let the kale sit while you make the dressing. In a food processor, combine the garlic cloves with mayo and yogurt. Then add anchovies, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce salt and pepper. Blend until pureed. With the processor still on, stream in the olive oil until a creamy dressing forms. [This will make more dressing than needed, but you can store it sealed in the fridge for about 3-4 days and stir well before using.]
  3. You can either toast your pine nuts in the oven or get a skillet and cook them until slightly golden (you will smell them when done)
  4. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the dressing over the kale and toss it well. I like to toss this for a food 1 to 2 minutes so the dressing is evenly dispersed. Cover with the basked pinenuts and shaved Parmesan. Serve and enjoy!

7  SUNDAY’S SURVEY  We are thinking of doing a little Christmas pop up shop within our online shop, which would offer gift ideas in a few categories. Gifts under $50, gifts between $50-100, etc….the plus would be that they would all be gift wrapped in our beautiful signature gift wrap with ribbon and gift topper  ready to give. Curious if you like this idea?


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And that’s a wrap for this Sunday. Look forward to a day of rest, having all three of my sons home today for my eldest sons birthday. I will “attempt” to make his absolute favorite dessert totally from scratch, carrot cake. Will keep you posted:) Have a recipe that has been promised to be “one of the best carrot cakes I will ever eat”. A friend gave it to me, who had made it years ago and I have to admit it was incredible. I will report back:)

Wishing everyone a fabulous day, thank you for stopping in. Until next time….

PS Last day of our AMAZING holiday gift wrap presale. One you do not want to miss! Click here

PPS Our Columbus Day sale starts today on for two days, we are offering 20% site wide! (presale offers are exempt). Use code Columbus. Click here to visit shop

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Diane Meier on

Tina –
You came to Kent! I’m so very glad – and you had a beautiful day to see it all – from our covered bridges to our main street, and now our turning leaves. And when you return you must let me know. I’ll take you up to Bunny William’s marvelous shop in Falls Village. And think of staying at The Mayflower, April Bloomfield is cooking there now and it’s nothing short of terrific.

Ms. Tracey on

Beautiful CT. Sometimes I miss living in New England especially in the autumn time of year. She is majestic. The Waldorf Astoria. I was able to stay there as a child several times. It’s a very special place to me. It was a museum within itself. Thank you for the auction info too Tina

franki parde on

You have just the BEST photos!!! franki

Donna on

Love your blog! Thank you for all your inspiration!
I made your Greek salad that you posted a couple of weeks ago. My whole family LOVED it! I am making it again today.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas.
Happy Sunday.
~donna

Suzanne on

Tina, thanks for sharing all the beautiful fall photos. Also, hope you do the pop up Christmas shop!! Not only a perfect gift from your shop, but perfectly wrapped too.

Suzanne on

Thank you so much for this incredible post, I can always count on you for something inspiring and beautiful. All of your new products are gorgeous and I am in love with the new melamine!
The recipe looks delicious, something I would definitely enjoy eating, will give that a try this week.
I have my eye on two of those green murals, they are just beautiful. When will they be coming in? Enjoy your day and happy birthday to your son!

BP on

Everything is so beautiful and I can’t wait until you bring in the melamine. And mixing bowls.

I really like the idea of pre-wrapped gifts, for someone like me who is not good at gift wrapping and does not enjoy it it would be a lifesaver!

Lovely fall pictures, my parents lived in Southport for many years before retiring to South Carolina!

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