Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gifts for the Host

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is that there are a million reasons right now to throw a holiday party.  Here are some examples: cookie exchange party, holiday movie night party, ugly Christmas sweater party, or maybe a let's-drive-around-the-neighborhood-and-look-at-lights-party (if you drink the spiked egg nog before driving around, consider this a walking party).  Whatever the reason, holiday parties are a wonderful time to get together with friends.  Hosting is not an easy job, but it makes it more enjoyable when guests show up with a nice gift.  Here are some great hosting gifts under $50 to give this holiday season.

A new way to keep white wine chilled

A great game for the long winter nights in by the fire

These throws are super soft and cozy

Homemade popcorn is the best. Try this recipe with it!

This reminds me of a martini shaker I would see in a James Bond film.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks

Our Thanksgiving Table

Today is my second favorite holiday of the year next to Christmas.  The day is spent with my mom and sisters all day in the kitchen baking, cooking, and making memories.  This year has been especially plentiful for me and I have so many blessings to be thankful for. However you choose to spend this day, I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.  XO

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Seasonal Pleasures

A beautiful Sunday evening

It is no secret that November to January is my favorite time of the year.   My holidays are filled with wonderful food and great memories with close family and friends.  I enjoy the hustle and bustle this time of year brings and take advantage of every seasonal activity possible. Between work, wedding planning,  and the holidays, I will be burning the candle on both ends as my mom would say.  It's important that I remember to take a moment, and reflect on all the things I have to be thankful for and all the little pleasures that life brings.

Delicious butternut squash croquettes from Salut

Flowers delivered to my work from mi amor

First snowfall of the season

My new winter snow boots

The perfect football Sunday snack. I want to try this recipe!