5 Thanksgiving Tablescapes That You’ll Adore

I’m awesome at cooking a meal for one or two people. Four people tops, but when you start getting into catering numbers like the 17 people that will be at my house for Thanksgiving, I pass the torch to my sister. The trade off is that I’m always in charge of decorating the dining room. Seems like a fair trade until you factor in how neurotic I am when it comes to staging the perfect table. There are so many things to consider. Color scheme, seating, floral arrangements. The list goes on.

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. What I usually do to get inspired is I scour the internet for snapshots of beautiful tablescapes, and then I just recreate them in my own dining room, usually at a fraction of the cost thanks in large part to stores like Michael’s, Target, Thrift Stores, and even the Dollar Tree! I rounded up some of my favorite tablescapes so you can get inspired too! It’s not too late to create a beautiful and elegant Thanksgiving.

via Everyday Occasions
via Casa de Perrin
via Annabode + Co
via Style Me Pretty Living
via Rooms For Rent

For more dining room inspiration, check out my Pinterest board Because Dining Rooms & Because Homewares

5 Last Minute Vegetarian Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Menu

I love you all. I really do, but I have suffered through many a Thanksgiving hosted by well-meaning, non-vegetarian friends where the feast pickings were slim. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that my crusade against leaving your vegetarian guests hungry at Thanksgiving rages on. Last year I gave you some tips on how to not starve your vegetarian guests on Thanksgiving. Hopefully you heeded my advice, and had an amazing vegetarian friendly holiday. This year, I want to share some of my favorite last minute Thanksgiving recipes that are not only easy to prepare, but also super delicious!

Vegetarian Vegetable Stew

via The Curvy Carrot

Simple Pumpkin Soup

via Minimalist Baker

Mushroom Pot Pie

via Savory Simple

Sweet Potato Gnocchi With Balsamic Sage Brown Butter

via Salt and Wind

Mushroom & Stout Pot Pies with Sweet Potato crust

via First Mess

200 Ways to Begin the Journey to a Calm & Happy Home

I was once drowning in clutter. No matter how much I tidied up, scrubbing floors, wiping down light fixtures and windows, vacuuming, and cleaning baseboards I felt like my home was never really truly clean. I finally figured out that it didn’t have anything to do with dust, but everything to do with the amount of useless things I’d accumulated.

I’m a firm believer that being home should feel like a getaway. A place where you can relax and leave the stresses of the day outside the front door. To achieve this, we have to make certain lifestyle changes. Kickstart your journey to wellness at home with these nifty ideas.

To learn to love housekeeping…

To pare down your stuff…

To learn a few shortcuts…

To wrangle in your mess…

To stay on top of things…

To give yourself a break sometimes…

Source: Apartment Therapy

Super Simple No Churn Ricotta Ice Cream

There’s gonna be a low of 27°F in the City this weekend. You know what that means. I’m finally turning the heat on this season and I probably won’t be turning it off until April. You got me, National Grid. Well played, sir, well played. Anyway, there’s a bright side to this. You might not know this, but NYC radiators literally hiss and spit heat right out at you. It can get down right hot even when temperatures outside are plummeting. I can now, once again, after a brief Fall hiatus, settle into eating ice cream in shorts and a tank top like it’s the Fourth of July.

I probably should’ve shared this recipe over the summer because, well, it’s ice cream. I’m sharing it with you now though because, well, it’s amazing. I don’t own an ice cream maker, so if I try making homemade ice cream, it’s always no churn. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of no churn ice cream because I can never get that perfectly smooth, creamy consistency I crave in an ice cream. But this…this recipe will make you a no churn believer. The secret…ricotta cheese! Think cannoli meets ice cream. You must try this!

No-Churn Ricotta Ice Cream

ingredients

  • 2c heavy cream
  • 1c whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2c wildflower honey
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon

Directions

  • Pour 1¾ cups heavy cream into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining ¼ cup heavy cream with the ricotta cheese, honey, vanilla and cinnamon to combine. Whisk vigorously to help thin the texture of the ricotta so it’s less clumpy.
  • Whip the heavy cream on medium speed until it forms medium peaks.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the ricotta mixture, mixing just until fully combined.
  • Pour the mixture into a storage vessel (a casserole dish, cake pan or loaf pan would work) and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze until set, 3 to 4 hours. Soften for 15 minutes before scooping and serving.

Source: Pure Wow

Broken is Beautiful

Kintsugi— the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer. Yep. That is a thing, and it’s way more beautiful than you’re imagining. Much like Hygge, the definition of kintsugi encapsulates a concept rather than just a clear cut definition of something tangible. Kintsugi is like the antidote to the consumer driven, planned obsolescence of our present. By celebrating imperfections, kintsugi points to a more sustainable future. Mending everything from pottery, to floors, to fabrics, kintsugi really is quite cool. And while the urge to immediately start breaking your stuff will be strong, you must resist. Just check out these amazing photos that show how beautiful broken can be.

image via Fromental

 

You can buy a kintsugi repair kit and diy your own masterpiece like the pictures below.