Wednesday, November 30

Christmas Time has Arrived at Christoffers!

It's that time of year again, and Christoffers is ready! Here are a few pics of the two beautiful windows that Thomas designed to help you get into the holiday spirit!

I love the pictures on the mantle in the background, genius!

Friday, November 25

Thanksgiving Closure

Yesterday, as my family began to depart after many delicious hours, a particular song came on over the speakers. At the time it just seemed so perfect as we all hugged and kissed our loved ones farewell, and it seemed the perfect send off from one holiday to the next so here you go, a gift of music from me to you! Enjoy!

Saturday, November 19

Food: Canapes

Here are some great recipes from Everyday Occasions. It really is becoming my most referenced blog isn't it? Anyways, these canapes looked so tasty I just had to reblog them to you folks! I hope you enjoy!

Roasted Beef & Horseradish Cream Canapes

25 canapes

2 baguettes, sliced into 1/2 inch toasts
1 packages of cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons of horseradish
1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
salt & pepper
1 pound of Roast Beef, sliced
flat leaf parsley

Mix together cream cheese, horseradish, dijon, salt & pepper.  Spread the mixture onto each slice of bread.  Top with a thin slice of beef and sprinkling of parsley, salt & pepper. 

Roasted Red Pepper & Blue Cheese Canapes

24 canapes

2 baguettes, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large jar of roasted red peppers, sliced
8 ounces of blue cheese, crumbled

On a baking sheet, spread out the slices of bread.  Pile the peppers and blue cheese on each piece.  Put them in the oven under the low broiler for 2-3 minutes just until the blue cheese melts.  Sprinkle with parsley and fresh black pepper.

Thursday, November 17

Decorating Ideas Part Trois

Today this DIY is a little trickier and a little pricier than the previous two, but I promise it will pay off in the end! Go to your local farmers market and purchase gourds, heirloom pumpkins, and anything else that catches your eye. Then you can begin! Click here for full directions from Jenny Steffens Blog, Everyday Occasions.

Tuesday, November 15

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas Part Deux

The decorations I showed you last time were a little on the untamed and unpolished side and a tad pricey too depending how much you were looking to spend. Today I'll be showing you a refined and cheaper route. Everything today was found at Jenny Steffens Blog, Everyday Occasions.

Here is a simple way to dress up any table setting, and it's free! Just go outside, to your backyard, the woods or a local park and clip off a few branches. Remember in this case less is more, you will only need a few branches depending on the size of your table.

Here's another variation to what you see above, instead of using tree branches, you could use bittersweet that you can purchase at Christoffers Florist. I prefer the simplicity of the bittersweet personally, I also get a few extra branches and wrap some around the chandelier over the dining room table! It really brings the whole room together.

Click here to download Thanksgiving Place Cards!

Sunday, November 13

Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas!

Over the next few posts I'll be showing you different ways to style your home for the Holidays, hopefully some of you will be able to get inspired! Today all examples are from Design*Sponge

Here's a great way to display what this season has to offer, go to your local farmer's market and buy some of the colorful produce, either put it on display or make it part of the meal!

Friday, November 11

Holiday Bedecking: Bay Leaf Wreath

Special order your holiday Bay Leaf Wreath today from Christoffers! I look forward to hanging my wreath in the kitchen every year. It's so much fun just being able to pluck one or two leaves off and throw them into the stew. Maybe that's just me, but it always puts a shocked face on people who think that you've just put a regular leaf into their dinner!

Wednesday, November 9

Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas!

Now that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and it will be here before you know it! Here are some great tips to get your creative holiday juices flowing. All original photos can be found (some with directions) at Martha Stewart's Website. There are some really cool ideas on place cards and center pieces as well!

I love for the kids table putting down a paper runner, that way you don't have to worry about spills! For the younger kids you could put out some markers or crayons and it becomes a canvas after supper!

This is another inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holidays, take some of your candles and wrap wax or tissue paper around them to get that glow!

Thursday, November 3

Snow Storm Blackout!

Last Saturday Mountainside was hit with a surprise (at least to me) snow storm. I lost power for four days. We made the most of it, taking advantage of our candle supply and using the snow as a surrogate fridge, we were able to keep most of our food. Really the only downside was not being able to listen to music and read before bed. I had a dinner party on Sunday, instead of canceling, I hung tea lights from the chandelier and  covered the table in mix matched votive holders! Here's a picture of the table below!

Wednesday, November 2

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets

This is one of my favorite appetizers, well really anything with goat cheese is going to be my favorite! Here is a great recipe from Jenny Steffens Blog, I have made a few of her recipe's and none of them have turned out less than absolutely delectable! I can't wait to try this out, perhaps I will have to do a test run before Thanksgiving? Try and be local with your Thanksgiving food and purchase your produce from a local Farmer's Market, like the one in Summit on Sunday mornings!

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