A Thanksgiving Table

This post is done in partnership with The White Company. All opinions, however, are my own.

Decorating your Thanksgiving table may not seem high on your list of priorities when you’ve got turkey, juggling a million side dishes in the oven, and an extra bed for Aunt Ethel to worry about, but I always like to make mine a little extra special. Let’s face it, there aren’t really many opportunities to decorate for Thanksgiving, so I like to make the holiday a little more festive any way I can.¬†With a few timeless pieces and some grocery store finds, you can transform your table into a Thanksgiving wonderland. Is that a thing? No? Well, I’m making it a thing.

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Finding pieces that can be used to decorate everyday, on special occasions and for holidays is key because then you’re getting more bang for your buck. Enter The White Company¬†– a UK-based lifestyle brand with over 23 years of expertise in British-designed, artisan-made, and hand-finished pieces (and luckily for me they’ve just opened a store nearby at the Mall in Short Hills!). I started with a few pieces from their holiday collection, which could easily be used any other time of the year, and filled in with some pieces I already had and some simple finds from my grocery store.

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Thanksgiving Menu

Years ago I made a Thanksgiving playbook. Typed up every recipe and included a timeline for what could be made when because getting AS MUCH prep out of the way before turkey day is like super important. Each year I’ve changed up the playbook a little, replacing old recipes with new ones, but this year I have been dragging my feet. Planning Thanksgiving dinner can be so overwhelming with the long shopping list and all, but time is a ticking.

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To be honest, I’m not sure anyone really cares about what I’ll be serving for Thanksgiving, but this post was more of a way for me to stop procrastinating, get my sh*t together and finally write out my plan for Thanksgiving. Maybe it will give you some last minute menu ideas as well. Continue reading

Halloween Playlist

I listen to Christmas music around the clock starting the day after Thanksgiving, so about four years ago I figured why not create a Halloween playlist? I mean, Halloween comes in a very close second after Christmas for me, so it damn well deserves its own traditions too. We listen to this playlist in the car, while making dinner, after dinner, while getting costumes on before heading out on the big night…

I think I shared this playlist on Instagram last year, but I always add a few new songs each year and figured I might as well share it again. If you’re looking for some festive Halloween tunes to get in you in the trick-or-treating mood, then look no further. Or maybe you’re hosting a Halloween party? This would be a great playlist for that!

Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Psycho: Prelude – 101 Strings Orchestra
The Headless Horseman – Bing Crosby
Ghostly Music Box – Haunted Mansion
Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
Dracula’s Castle – The London Fog Singers
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Jump In the Line – Harry Belafonte
This Is Halloween – The Citizens of Halloween
Harry Potter Theme – The London Fox Singers
I Put a Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Thriller – Michael Jackson
999 Happy Haunts – The Happy Haunts
Twin Peaks Theme – Twin Peaks
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
Otherworldly Concerto – Gaylord Carter

Yet another change

I know you’re probably sick of seeing different versions of this room by now and are convinced I have some sort of problem for which I should seek help. Maybe you’re right, but I like to think of myself as an interiors Goldilocks. I test things out until I find what’s just right.


The main issue I’ve always had with this room is that it’s a long rectangle, so it’s been tricky to find a furniture set up that doesn’t highlight that semi-annoying feature and make each end of the room feel like an empty no man’s land. Also, one entire wall is made up of windows, so there’s only ever been one spot we could put the TV. I know you’re probably thinking “Just get rid of the TV!” Yeah, we tried that once, and no thanks. The placement of the piano was a bit odd too because it hid some of the built-ins surrounding the fireplace and made that little nook feel slightly cramped. So a few weeks ago when my piano was moved for a thing that was shot in my house, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to change things up.  Continue reading

Pumpkin muffins

The boys are home from school today, so I don’t have much to say because I’m exhausted. I posted in my stories on Instagram that only a Thursday off from school should be illegal because it’s like tricking the kids into thinking it’s the weekend, but surprise! you still have school tomorrow. Needless to say, everyone was in a great mood today (sarcasm), myself included. I blame it on not making the beds this morning. I told you how I feel about bed making! BUT! I promised a muffin recipe, so a muffin recipe is what you will get… minus all of my annoying chit-chat before it.

I’ve been making these muffins for five years now, and they’re always a hit. I pulled ideas from a few different muffin and bread recipes and somehow came up with something that everyone actually liked. Loved, actually. I don’t know the science behind baking, no, but somehow this worked and continues to work. You really can make any version of these you would like by swapping the pumpkin for a different pureed/mashed fruit and changing up the spices. A banana pear version with ginger was also a big hit around here. Also, these are already pretty healthy-ish, but I’ve also made them with half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour with good results. I’ve also tried making them with all whole wheat flour, but I prefer my muffins not tasting like cardboard.

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