Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a very happy new year❤️

Hoping for a year filled with happy memories and the chance for acts of kindness🌞

Fresh Herb plants as gifts

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Rosemary and thyme plants are two of my favorites, and have a beautiful flowing shape. To cover the pots first wrap them with colorful gift wraps, and add ribbons and ornaments for more color and shine.

Herbs are also great hostess gifts.

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Are you looking to buy a sweater?

Madewell

Madewell cable sweater

You are in luck because every style is in for fall & winter. Oversized or cropped sweaters, slim cut cashmeres, and chunky popcorn knits are also very in for this winter.

I personally love big cable sweaters (sort of a fisherman’s look) and when I need to dress up a bit, a very thin cashmere keeps me warm, and I also add layers for a more stylish look.

Long sweaters are always stylish since you can wear them with leggings, wide-legged pants, or skirts.

Cropped sweaters are a cool look and it is still in for this winter  and a much better look to me unless your belly button is peeking out.

Colors are also a very important aspect of clothing, so remember rust colors are in this year.

Free People

Banana Republic

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Sending Sweet gifts for the Holidays

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Harry & David, cake pops are perfect for families with children

If you are mailing gifts to friends & family you know how much everyone loves a box of sweets and  chocolaty treats as a holiday gift.

Hete are some ideas:

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Popcorn factory, Holly plaid Merry Christmas box

 

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Neiman Marcus, Treat house Christmas delux, they are offering free shipping too.

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Vermont country, Holiday wreath

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Vermont country store, spice cake with rum

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Godiva, assorted chocolate

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William Sonoma, Whiskey pairing chocolate box

 

Apple Cider, hot chocolate, eggnog, Christmas punch

Bite size breakfast
Hot chocolate

Coffee flavors
Add condense milk, cinnamon, nut meg for more flavor

Traditional holiday drinks, to warm you up, and to celebrate the holiday season with friends & family.

here are our favorites:

Apple cider:

1- 64 fl .oz btl of apple cider

3 cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon whole allspice

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1/3 cup brown sugar

In s saucepan combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and drop it in, add brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and keep warm before serving.

Hot Chocolate:

3 cups of whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Kosher salt

6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cook everything in a saucepan over medium heat. Use peppermint sticks, marshmallows, or chocolate shavings before serving.

Eggnog

We really like Horizon’s eggnog, and we grate fresh nut meg before serving.

 

Christmas Punch:

This is a pretty drink, and we usually have mini lights & fresh Garland to decorate around it.

1/3 cup white sugar 

1 quart cranberry juice

2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice

3 tablespoons almond extract

1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale
Mix all the ingredients except the ginger ale, and refrigerate for a day. Before serving mix in the ginger ale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Things to check off the list before The Holiday Break

Before school is out, and before you take a break from work, to enjoy the holiday break, follow our list to lessen the stress of the season .

1- To beat the crowd in the next few days, wrap up shopping, and mail all gifts to relatives out of town.

2- If you are traveling, make a list of heavy bulky items that need to be mailed a head of time. Heavy jackets, skis..

3- Arrangements for house sitter, and pet sitter.

4- Leave a few minutes aside to write Christmas Cards, if you prefer hand written ones as we do.
5- Make cookies.

6- Review, and add to the list of gifts to friends that make life easier for us on daily bases. Mail delivery person, Trash collectors…

7- Teachers’ gifts, especially the crossing guards, and school nurses.

8- Hostess gifts

9- Figure out what everyone is wearing to the Holiday parties, and the office parties.

10- Check Santa’s list. Make sure there are no changes.

Count down to holiday break
We wish you a stresss free Holiday Season

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Send Fresh Greenery

If you are planning on staying with family and relatives during the holidays, these fresh arrangements, and wreaths, are great gifts to send ahead of time, and enjoy the entire holiday season.

Seeded Eucalyptus Wreath
William Sonoma, Seeded Eucalyptus Wreath

Enchanted Forest Green Centetpiece
Kirkland, Enchanted Forest Green Centerpiece

Fresh Christmas Wreath
Etsy, Fresh Christmas Wreath

Fresh Blue ridge Mountain Christmas Tree
William Sonoma, Fresh Blue ridge Mountain Christmas Tree

Holiday Woodland Evergreen door swag
Plow & Hearth, Fresh Holiday Woodland Evergreen door swag

Holiday Tree with Lights and Lenox Ornament
1-800-flowers, Holiday Tree with Lights and Lenox Ornament

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Candy Corn

Candy corn
Candy corn classic, and S’mores flavor

Candy corn is most often found in the United States and Canada popular around Halloween.
Today 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold each year.
13 flavors and growing:

Chocolate
Chocolate and peanut butter
Caramel
Brach’s French Toast & Maple syrup candy corn
Brach’s Waffles & strawberry candy corn
Brach’s Chocolate chip & pancakes candy corn
Eggnog
Gingerbread
Pumpkin Spice
Brach’s Carrot cake candy corn
Brach’s strawberry shortcake candy corn
Brach’s Birthday Cake candy corn
Brach’s red velvet

Candy corn
Candy corn S’mores, and classic for Halloween

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