Posts Tagged 'thanksgiving'

Fall Gratitude

Here comes Thanksgiving. Again. Already. And wow what a year it’s been oh wow yeah wow.

But not looking back, remember? Only moving forward.

Pocketed Raglan Tee from Bordeaux, via Anthropologie, $44

Our Gowanus Girls Markets were a wonderful success! We worked hard, we had such talented vendors, we had fun, the weather was a gift, so grateful.

And a couple of pretties from the weekend don’t hurt, either:

* this Bordeaux tee, which is the softest, most comfortable thing you will ever encounter (nabbed mine in electric blue)


* this magnolia-scented candle in a sweet little lavender tin (coconut milk – mango pictured here) .

Illume Candle, multiple scents, $20, via Anthropologie

‘K, Turkey Day. Bring it. I’m ready with the gratitude.



I’d Be Thankful If I Had… This Red Sweater Dress from Anthropologie

red sweater dress

Flared and Cabled Sweater Dress, Anthropologie, $148

{ “I’ve got a beautiful red dress. And you look really good standing beside it.” — Laurie Anderson }

I may not have anyplace special to wear it this holiday season, but I want this red flared dress from Anthropologie anyway.

I would totally give thanks.

Wouldn’t you?

Back to counting blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

pumpkin pie

(Flickr photo by Cameron Nordholm)

Hope there’s pie — lots of pie! — in your future this weekend. Just one more thing in a long list of things to be thankful for, isn’t it?

Happy Turkey Day! Catch you after thirds on everything.

(Cameron Nordholm)

November 20 – 21: Weekend Links for Brooklyn Mamas

Macaron Parlour

Goodies from Macaron Parlour, who'll be at The (Makers) Market on Sunday.

Holy crap, I cannot *believe* we are staring down the end of November. Thanksgiving next week, and then it’s just a sleigh ride into Christmas. Bur one thing at a time. First, we’ve got to get through the weekend….

Jasper’s been asking me why I don’t have any fun games on my iPhone like other parents do and when I’m going to get some. Now I can! And without any research on my part, thanks to the list of Reader Favorites: 38 iPhone Apps for Kids, from A Child Grows in Brooklyn. Should be valuable in killing the torturous time in between the kids’ swim classes at the Y.

Have you ever stopped by Hula Seventy? Andrea, the woman behind the blog, is a freelance photographer and writer living in Portland, Oregon, and I find her words and images inspiring. Recently, a little post on something Anna Quindlen wrote caught my eye. Although they’re words I’ve read before, they feel so relevant right now as we rush, rush, rush through the daily routine of life with a 6- and 4-year-old: “I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.” Breathe. Try to remember.

This Sunday, I’m hoping to take the kids by The (Makers) Market in the Old American Can Factory, where a “sugar-themed” fair will be going on from 11 am – 5 pm. Look for artisinal treats from P&H Soda Company, Macaron Parlour (pictured above), Petit Paris Patisserie, and more. According to Brooklyn Based, many of the bakers will be taking holiday orders for Thanksgiving, too.

Speaking of, Dinner, A Love Story has been whipping up a yummy Thanksgiving Roll-Out. Of note: DALS’ rules for perfect mashed potatoes and Confetti Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

I’m not quite ready to go there mentally yet, but when I am (and it will have to be soon), I am totally consulting NYCityMama‘s list of Fun Things to Do for the Holidays All Around New York on Babble. The Bronx Zoo is featuring a “Polar Express” 4-D experience, and I konw one 6-year-old who’d be all over that.

If you missed it, take a look at our Guide to the Best Christmas Cards Online — you could skip searching yourself, and just go with one of our cute picks!

And for kid-gift inspiration — I know I need someone to tell me which toys are hot ’cause I have NO IDEA — check out the Holiday Gift Guide from MOMfinds (Magnolia would love the Mix Pups, weird little accessorizable dogs, a la My Little Pony.)

Happy weekend!

Thanksgiving Minimalist Style (and Other Easy Menus to Inspire)

Turkey Day!

Halloween is over and next up, Thanksgiving. Last year, we were first-time hosts of the mosts for the family, obsessing over the menu, how we were going to seat everyone, and all the details entailed with Turkey Day.

2009 Thanksgiving Menu Chez Nous:

Sage Butter Roast Turkey with Gravy
Stuffing with Pancetta & Parmesan
Bacon-Dill Smashed Potatoes
Green Beans in a Lemony Vinaigrette
Patsy’s Spicy Corn Casserole
Sarah’s Cranberry Orange Sauce
Great Grandma’s Southern Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
a la mode or with whipped cream
Coffee & Tea

The spread

This year, we’re letting someone else take charge and only worrying about housewarming gifts.

For those of you cooking, here’s some Rx. First and foremost: Mark Bittman does it again with his take on Thanksgiving. This is definitely a clip-n-save. He calls it 101 Head Starts on the Day (with the caveat that these would take more than the 10 minute recipes he’s known for in the Times). If I were the Master Chef of the day, I’d be thinking of the Ginger-Apricot Chutney as a fresh sub for cranberry sauce, the shredded Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan for my salad, and Bittman’s take on an Apple-Cranberry crumble. Mmmm.

Elsewhere, I found a great low-stress menu from Real Simple that would serve 6-8 (“Your Stress-Free Thanksgiving”), and though I might skip the braised fennel (not my thing), the rest looked do-able and delicious (chocolate silk pie anyone?).  Epicurious offers a menu (“A Beginners Thanksgiving”) for eight courtesy of Rick Rodgers (the man who brought the world Thanksgiving 101) with a tab that will download your shopping list!

In the words of Ina Garten, how easy is that?

So good luck, chefs! We look forward to sitting at your table. Let us know what we should bring.

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