Hi friends, how are you doing this weekend? We have had a busy one, went to our first “Covid wedding” (outdoors) , had dinner with friends (at home) and today finally is a day to unwind, relax and chill. A beautiful fall day that I plan on spending doing exactly whatever my heart desires, we all need a day like that! We are super busy at the warehouse, got all our porcelain and chinoiserie presale orders out, the gift wrap arrived on Friday and ornaments arrive tomorrow! We have a very full and productive week ahead and we are ready. The Christmas spirit is already alive and well at Enchanted Home. I think many are anxious (we hear this often) to focus on something wonderful, happy, festive and uplifting I know I sure am! Onwards to my post this Sunday- ___________________________________________ 1 OUR AMAZING GIFT WRAP IS IN AND A FEW NEW BEAUTIES! SO excited to have received our big shipment of our spectacular 2020 holiday gift wrap. Even more beautiful in person! We will start shipping our presale orders on Monday, in the order they were received and expect all presale orders to ship by Wed.So love that they are all reversible to an equally charming pattern, makes giving double the fun:) The entire collection is now all available to purchase online, click here Gift wrap above and our tissues below Our beautiful new topiary gift toppers will be one of many offered on the ornaments/topper sale starting Tues morning And in other shop news, these beautiful new painted lanterns on their way, I am in love with them! These fabulous new hurricanes, etched glass (3 styles) on an elegant ant. brass base are en route! Will be holding presale in a few weeks as a lot have asked about these. 2 A CARROT CAKE THAT IS OUT OF THIS WORLD! OK, first need to preface this by saying this is a double edged sword. Kind of wish I never knew about the recipe. Yes, its that good. However, there is a caveat. It is involved as in took me about 2 hours to make (remember I am a non baker). Truth is the day I made it, I had not idea how much work it was and I was a little overwhelmed. Almost threw in the towel and sped to my nearest bakery but the OCD in me refused to give up. So I took the store bought grated carrots (which most bakers say NO NO NO to) and put them in my little Cuisinart to shred them even more and added a few tbsp of water and they were perfect!! The frosting is also amazingly good and that part was actually quiet easy. I felt like a scene right out of I Love Lucy as the kitchen was upside down, I had cake batter everywhere including in my hair and the funny ending wasn’t having a toothpick to test if the cake was done, so used a wooden chopstick from my local sushi place, lol. It was such a fitting end. However this cake DELIVERS in a big way. SOOOOO good, super moist, very dense and has the many wonderful flavors and textures you would only expect in a very good carrot cake. I mean if I had this in a restaurant, I would go back just for this cake. I did not frost the sides but you certianly can (it looks prettier to frost the whole cake). Pardon my super novice attempt at frosting this cake, but considering I am not a baker this was the best I could do. What it lacked in artistry it MORE than made up for in flavor. The family loved it and the best part? Having an ice cold slice the next morning…needless to say it didn’t last very long! To self grate or cheat? I started grating one carrot then gave up and resorted to the bags of grated carrots I thankfully had bought as “backup”. So here is the good, bad and ugly:) The cheating carrots being mixed (1st step) Let the mess begin….. A beautiful concoction of yummy ingredients The chaotic scene on my kitchen counter top This frosting was like a creamy, delectable bowl of goodness (and several pounds)! Success! The cakes are out of the oven! Don’t judge my frosting abilities, I promise what it lacked in artistic ability it more than made up for with flavor! CAKE 1 2/3 cup vegetable oil, or any mild-flavored oil) 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar 6 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons fine sea salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 can of crushed pineapple (drained) 1 pound finely-grated* fresh carrots optional: 1 cup chopped nuts or 1/2 cup raisins (I used more of both) coconut (optional, I used about 1/2 a cup) FROSTING 1 (8-ounce) bricks cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 3 cups powdered sugar (or more, if needed to thicken) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. (Or to save a step, you can coat them with baking spray, which already contains flour.) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until combined and smooth. Add in the eggs and vanilla, and whisk until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves) until combined. Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture into the egg mixture, and stir until smooth. Fold in the grated carrots and pineapple and stir until combined. If you would like to add nuts, coconut and/or raisins, stir them in at this time as well. Portion the batter evenly into the prepared baking pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean. Transfer the baking pans to a wire cooling rack and let the cakes cool until they reach room temperature. Meanwhile, to make the cream cheese frosting, combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and stir until combined and smooth. (You can either do this with a spatula, or with a hand or stand mixer.) Gradually stir in the powdered sugar and mix until it is completely combined. You want the frosting to be pretty firm for a 3-layer cake, so add more/less powdered sugar as needed to reach the correct consistency. 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST No surprise this weeks faves are loaded with lots of beautiful fall inspiration! 4 ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING VIDEOS I HAVE SEEN IN A VERY LONG TIME! This so touched me, that I had to share it with everyone I know (thanks Dad). A beautiful life lesson. We need more people like inspiring Coach Buzz Williams in our world…MANY more! 5 WHAT A CHARMER! Absolutely love this home. So beautifully done. I love this feeling for a country home. It is sophisticated, elegant but still so warm and inviting. Really love the soaring ceilings, the blonde woods and beautiful light from all the windows. A Stan Dixon homerun. Click here to find out more about this charmer. 6 J MCLAUGHLIN There a few brands I can always count on, J McLaughlin being one constant. Always very classic in their styling, they epitomize elegant, everyday chic dressing. I rarely go into stores but we have one locally which is small and it was me and 1 other person so it felt totally fine. I took home a few new pieces and a pair of shoes, it was so nice to have an in-person shopping experience, almost forgot what it felt like! here are some of what I saw and loved (their furs are all faux but very good ones)! Click here to visit their wonderful website. These shoes are so comfortable and very good looking, wish they came in black too! Isn’t this Persian lamb bag adorable! Great belts too and love that they are reversible. Picked one up and the scarf below for a friends birthday gift. 7 SUNDAYS SURVEY Is it me and being in the wrong place at the wrong time lately or are people way more on edge than usual? I have witnessed, especially lately some really nasty encounters (thankfully I was not part of them) but saw them and they left me feeling really sad about the state of where we are. A few days ago I saw a man driving who nearly ran over another younger guy trying to walk to the entrance of our local market. The driver got out and started screaming hysterically at this passerby, it was really unnerving. I also went to a dr appt and another woman started putting up a major fuss over the person outside the doctors office taking her temperature, telling her she was violating her rights, etc….I mean there is enough negativity and drama going around, I wish people could be a little kinder to one another. A friend went to her local nursery and when a guy not wearing a mask was told he could not enter, he “fake coughed” at the employee, scoffed and walked away swearing under his breath. Seems everyone is very punchy and overly reactive…..there is a lot to be stressed about but we need each other and we really are all in this together! I guess one reason why I don’t really venture out that much. I could go into hibernation for the next 3 months….easily! Curious, are you observing similar behavior around your neck of the woods? Are you seeing people around up being uptight, testy, reactive more than usual? ___________________________________________ And that is a wrap for this Sunday. Anything here in particular get your attention? Always love to hear from you and appreciate you stopping in. Hope you have a fabulous day and a relaxing end to your weekend. I am looking forward to a relaxing day myself, with the busy holiday season at our doorstep, my Sundays have become a day I really look forward to:) We were due to have our ornament presale last week but it was such a busy week with the shipments that arrived so we will start it this Tues morning, be sure to check back in, it is such a beautiful collection! Thanks for stopping by, until next time….. PS Announced that we are now open to take your FALL LOVE CONTEST pictures! Click here for information (send 1-2 fall related pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org PPS In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the entire shop is 20% off (except presale offers) and we are donating 10% of all shop sales to The American Cancer Society Click here for shop Use code pink Are you seeing people around up being uptight, testy, reactive more than usual?