Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ornaments

From Our Tree


Little did you know I took these pics of the tree, oh about 2 weeks ago! But I made myself wait until after Thanksgiving before I posted them...

My annual ornament last year, a little baker handcrafted in Germany.
Isn't he sooo cute?


My handmade reindeer (out of clothes pins) from when I was a little girl, he's even missing an eye! Surrounded by the ornaments my step-mom used to give me from Hallmark every year. I made Dad ship my musty dusty box to me last year for my first year with my special collection.


My love got his little handcrafted German ornament last year too, a pretzel man, because everytime we went to the mall, he would have to get a Wetzel's Pretzel! (He will be so embarrassed I posted that- because he likes to make everyone think he has a perfect diet. ;)


My grandmother's hand crocheted ornaments. They make this tree very special and add such a beautiful touch.




On my Europe trip last year, I decided to get an ornament from each country as my souvenir.
From Paris with Love.


Chatty Chipmunk from Hallmark.


& Grandma's adorable crocheted Santa!


Tis the season!


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Monday, November 29, 2010

WWJD?

I. LOVE. THIS. BUTTON!


It's true! I watched Julie & Julia yet again this Saturday night. It has been my goal to try a Julia meal once a month since last summer, and maybe now that I'm putting it in writing, and a new year will be starting soon, this can be a new goal. "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" is just so darn intimidating, and I get caught in needing photos when reading recipes. It's also true that "My Life in France" by Julia Child is the only thing on my Christmas list so far this year.


Read my other Julie & Julia post HERE.


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Just Because

It's Good to Be Alive


For the first time in 5 years, I ordered a Quarter Pounder w/ cheese, fries & coke...


And put my hair in a bun and wore rhinestone drop earrings on a Monday... just because.

How did you make your day special?


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving Weekend

Behind the Scenes

This Thanksgiving we had a quiet dinner for two at our home. I made my second turkey in my life, and I must say that I Rocked the kitchen. The timing was perfect for everything, and my stuffing, green bean salad, mashed potatoes, and turkey were all pretty good. Believe me, I'm pretty hard on myself in the kitchen, but everything went well, except for the cobbler. We forgot to take it out of the oven, oops! It turned into blackberry crisp, though still edible. :)




My sweetie making the cobbler...


Prepping the stuffing the night before.


For inside the turkey: lemon, grapefruit, sage, rosemary, oregano & butter!


Smothered with butter, salt & herbs de Provence
and ready to go!


Voila!



Turkey coma :)


&
I had to work for a half-day on Friday...
as the stock market doesn't close,
especially for Black Friday.


 

The courtyard Christmas tree.

I braved the Boca Raton mall after work, which puts Beverly Hills to shame for people watching. Saturday, I enjoyed a no-computer day, did a little shopping, went to the movies to see Love & Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhall and Anne Hathaway, it was much better than anticipated. Then spent a relaxing evening flipping though InStyle, Better Homes & Conde Nast Traveler. Today, I had a chick flick marathon at home and crafted some ornaments!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Black Friday Shopping Special

Ready, Set, Shop!


To those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, if you're not out joining the masses today at all the crazy Black Friday sales, maybe you are having a little down time to yourself now that the cooking craze and Turkey coma has subsided. If you're lucky, you may be sneaking in a little 'me' time... and rightfully so! But I can't forget about my international readers either, who may also want to take advantage of some great deals this weekend, so I've put together a little online Black Friday Holiday Guide for all of you. But first let me tell you about PHOTOgraphy Getaways Black Friday Special!

From now through this Sunday, Nov. 28th 11:59p.m. EST, we are offering $75 off your total price for any 2011 PHOTOgraphy Getaway, as long as your deposit ($200) is made by Sunday night!
Email me at: nfisher@photographygetaways.com, if you have questions or want to customize a gift card.


The 2011 PHOTOgraphy Getaways Calendar...





SCHWANGAU, GERMANY


It's time to dream big this holiday season! Treat yourself, or get that once in a lifetime gift for someone special.



Or if you need holiday cards,
See our NEW additions in the PHOTOgraphy Getaways Etsy Shop!

1. Christmas Berries in Switzerland Set of 10.
2. Pink Tree in Amsterdam Set of 10.
3. Red & White Tulips Set of 3.
4. Tiffany Ornament Cards Set of 10.
(I used both 1 & 2 for Christmas cards last year!)


 More from the PHOTOgraphy Getaways Shop...

1. The Tiffany Ornament.
2. Perfect Tulip Matted Print.
3.The Tulip Card Collection
4. Raspberry Ornament Set of 4.


Happy Holiday Shopping!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey Day

May your day be filled with family, friends, delicious food & safe travels!


My wish for you is a fully thawed turkey, a good smoke alarm, lumpless gravy, lots of pumpkin pie, minimal family feuds, & safe road conditions!


What am I thankful for?
The continued support of my readers & a year of possibilities!


Thank YOU!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sage Butter

Good Eats for Thanksgiving
from Nicolette & Sage in the kitchen...



First of all, Mom (Nicolette) is letting me (Sage) run this post today! Since I run the roost anyways and developed my culinary excitement from Mom, it was only fitting. Actually, she agreed to let me participate in Good Eats this week after our tomato showdown last week. If you've been reading Mom's blog awhile, you may remember she has mentioned my affinity for tomatoes a couple times. There is nothing like the smell of a ripe tomato on the vine.... mmm mmm! Well Mom neglected to cut up my tomato at dinner time because she was too busy blogging for all you, hmmmph... so I thought I would take matters into my own hands, but I swear I didn't mean to break one of her vintage Mikasa bowls. Sorry Mom.



Well besides tomatoes, I also happen to love when Dad gives me little bits of turkey each morning when he makes his sandwich for work, and since you've probably already seen tons of recipes for The Best Turkey Ever and more than likely have those delicious passed down sidedish recipes from your mom and grandmother, I thought I would share one of my other favorites... butter! (For all you worried about my health out there, no, they don't give me butter, but Dad does occasionally spray my paw with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter... Spway.) Yeah, you know Spway, how Fabio used to advertise it? ;) Anyway, whenever I hear the spray bottle I run to the kitchen, (the same way I do when I hear Mom's first knife chop for my mato). Dad knows I just love licking my buttery paws after, even if I do back away like I'm scared!

So, here's a unique and festive way to present your butter this holiday. Everyone should have butter on the table, right? For those hot rolls, or creamy mashed potatoes? You may already have Sage on hand because of Thanksgiving dinner, and since Sage is the herb of the season (and the reason why Mom named ME Sage, because she loves to cook & because we both have Sage-colored eyes), these extra velvety leaves can be used to create a fragrant butter spread for your tablescape.



Herb Butter

1 or 2 sticks of butter
Fresh herbs
lemon zest (optional)

The best thing about this recipe is you can really use as much or little as you want. We used about 1 stick and 5 sage leaves, with fresh herbs it was pretty potent. Tarragon, oregano, or rosemary would work good too. Let the butter soften outside of fridge for a couple hours. Chop fresh herbs finely and mix in with butter. Take your favorite (or seasonal) open cookie cutter and fill with butter. Make sure butter fills smoothly on both sides. Set on plate, cover with wrap and put back in fridge until it sets. Best to make it a day in advance, or the night before so it can set appropriately. When taking out of fridge, let soften for a minute and lightly push out with your finger. 

Note: If you have a thick cookie cutter like I did, you can cut in half or thirds to have thinner stars and use them at different ends of the table. 

What a pretty little addition for your tablescape! Have a turkey cookie cutter? Give it a try.
I lost mine... thus the star. :) 


xoxo,

Nicolette & Sage


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Photo Shoot

& Photographers Journal
A  Special Post

I had big plans for this weekend. Obsessed about it all week, my Red Velvets Fashion Holiday Shoot for Christmas cards and the blog. Since the time changed, photos after work are impossible, so I rose early Saturday morning to steam the dress and satin dropcloth, did the hair, makeup, nails, whitened teeth, packed the prop bag, gathered the tripod, camera, etc., even managed to drag my boyfriend out to be my photographer. But... after about 2 minutes outside, the camera started acting up. I had forgotten to re-charge the battery. Crap. Rookie move, and utterly defeated.

These were taken in that short window...







My boyfriend being very sweet & consoling offered that we 'reschedule' for 4:30 lighting instead. Which we did, but it just wasn't the same...  It is sort of hilarious now to capture my frustration like a film strip.

He likes to take photos non-stop even while I'm trying to explain what I want, the angle, pose, zoom, pan out, where to focus, which gets frustrating because he won't listen. Maybe he'll listen now that I'm sharing it with all readers. He could just be trying to test my teaching patience for PHOTOgraphy Getaways! ;) Maybe if I can get through to him... I can help anyone. Trust me when I say he took over 500 pics! Of which, maybe 25 I wasn't looking down, squinting, talking, adjusting, setting up, blah blah blah. Hun, you have to put me at ease... say "relax, smile, fluff your hair, whatever!" Watch my progression of frustration... they are horrible photos which I will probably regret as soon as I post, but after settling down a few hours, I now find the body language hilarious. I especially love #2 "you need to do this... , #4 "you're not listening to me" & #6  loud sigh, yanking down the sweater tell myself to "take a deep breath Nikki". I think he just likes to get me going...



But he did manage to finally get me relaxed and the evening wasn't a total loss...



And when the shoot was over... I got to enjoy my Red Velvets & The Birds flew off just like out of a movie...




It was a long day... but now I'm pleased. I guess unpredictablity makes life fun and it was a good memory!
(Thanks for you help and patience sweetie!)


Dress, Tights & Accessories - Charlotte Russe
Maroon Heels - Nine West
Silver Flats - Xhileration


xoxo,
nicolette



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