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Q&A: Thanksgiving 911

Every Thanksgiving hostess has his or her moments of anxiety. Hell, I've been making holiday dinners and hosting dinner parties for a decade, and I still get a little nervous when it come to roasting the perfect turkey. That combined with kids, houseguests, and having to make an endless supply of side dishes all timed in perfect harmony...it's a lot for one person. Hopefully by the time you've read this post, I will have answered any of your looming questions, but if there is still anything you are concerned about, please leave a comment at the end of the post, and I'll be sure to answer. Pictured above: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1. What if I overcook the turkey, and the breast meat is dry? Slice it thin and soak it in warm chicken or turkey stock.
2. How do I get the skin beautiful golden brown? Lots of butter! Separate the skin and push butter directly over the meat then spread more butter over the outside of the skin. Also cover just the breast of th…

A Cozy Country Christmas


A cozy country look is such a warm and inviting look for the holidays. In my single, one-bedroom-apartment days, I gravitated towards sleek modern Christmas decor. Though in the last few years I've gotten more and more traditional with my Christmas decorations. I always struggle between glamorous vs. rustic, and while there are ways to incorporate both, I definitely love to decorate with more vintage-inspired pieces as well as items made with natural materials. It creates a comforting and cozy look for the holidays. My husband and I both like a mix between cozy and classic...so pretty much everything in Pottery Barn!





Pictured Above: Pottery Barn Chunky Cable Handknit Pillow Cover  /  Pottery Barn Chunky Knit Stocking  /  Set of 3 Rusty Primitive Star Christmas Ornaments by The Urban Barn  /  Pottery Barn Red Stripe Burlap Ribbon  /  Pier 1 LED Lantern Ornament

Quick Tips for Creating a County Christmas Look
  • Include natural elements like twine, pine cones, wood, and burlap.
  • Use vintage-inspired pieces like a primitive barn star and tin lanterns. *Turn a mission-style lantern into a beautiful Christmas centerpiece by adding red ribbon and greenery (see photo below).
  • Stick with muted tones. For example if you go with a blue and white color palette, pick a dusk blue rather than a sapphire or navy blue.
  • Incorporate plaid patterns and cozy cable knit items.
  • Stick with bronze or tin as opposed to gold and silver, but don't be afraid to add a little sparkle. I like to pair red glittery ball ornaments with my country ornaments. That paired with twinkling white lights really helps to showcase the rustic elements.
  • When shopping for Christmas Country items online, look for products under "Vintage", "Primitive", "Rustic", and of course "Country Christmas"


Pictured: 1. Christmas Wooden Lantern  2. White christmas tree with red ornament  3. National Tree 24-Inch Crestwood Spruce Wreath with Silver Bristle/Cones/Red Berries/Glitter  4. Wooden home decor  5. Laura Ashley mini candle  6. Metal home decor  7. Pottery Barn fall home decor   8. Department 56 Christmas in the City Village Atwater's Coffee House Lit House  9. Lenox Winter Greetings Cocoa Mugs with Spoons, Set of 2


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  1. That lantern ornament certainly does grab my attention!

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