This Holiday season has already been quite a whirlwind, from Birthdays to an upcoming move, we have been busy. But that’s quickly becoming the norm as all three kids have their own school schedules and activities. So when my mom and I sat down last week realizing we are hosting a party of twenty something at my house for Thanksgiving, it was time to buckle down. We put together the dishes we would make and guests would bring and made our shopping list. Vowing that we would keep this year’s celebration easy.
I wanted to put together a table design that would use items I already have along with something minimalist for decoration. We are pairing down our home goods so I was hoping to avoid purchasing decor that we would need to store. While shopping at our local Gelson’s Market for supplies I found these beautiful Satsuma Tangerines with their stems on. I used those as my base to build upon. With a plain white tablecloth, I set out our dinner plates and created a simple fruit centerpiece down the middle of the table.
Is there anything better than slowly cooking a delicious stew or soup in a dutch oven. The smell of vegetables, meat, and wine simmering fills wrapping your home in a cozy blanket. With fall arriving and the temperatures dropping in the evenings I am giddy as I break out my heartier recipes.
Scrolling through Instagram I stumbled upon a delicious looking bowl of Ragu via The Modern Proper. Check it out, seriously, is your mouth watering? Mine is. So an evening making Ragu went straight to the top of my to do list.
Before we get to the renovated Gotland summer home, a bit about my admiration for Sweden.
As a teenager I was able to spend a summer traveling the Southern part of Sweden with one of my best friends. Diana is the niece of my first au pair and lived with us for my freshman year of high school. Once the school year was over we travelled to her hometown of Falkenberg, Sweden, continuing on to Goteberg, Baståd, and Halmstad. Diana and I traveled around the South West of the country visiting family and friends. Long walks through the woods, mornings jumping in the water, exploring city life. We shopped, ate delicious food, dyed my hair brown (a story for another time), and spent nights talking into the early morning. It was a trip that opened my eyes to the vastness of the world. As a result,Scandinavia will always hold a very special place it my heart.
I was given the opportunity to collaborate with West Elm and Whole Foods Market to raise donations and awareness with the Whole Planet Foundation. West Elm and Whole Foods are donating $1 to Whole Planet for each time someone shares their #westelmxwfm tag on Instagram. This campaign, using the New Denim Project and Party Hosting ideas, provided a few recipes perfect for a Fall get together. From sparkling cider to an Onion, Bacon, and Butternut Squash Tart, it was hard to decide what I wanted to make.
I opted for the Clementine Crush Sparkling cocktail paired with Ham and Roasted Pear Crostini. Making a few adjustments with the recipes to suit our tastes, the cocktail and appetizer worked well together. I don’t use pears in my recipes often, so I enjoyed seeing the difference in flavor with the addition of citrus and then roasting them.
I want to start by thanking all of you for your entries in our Pieces&Chloe x EMILY ALDER Giveaway. It was so much fun to connect with all of you and spread the word about Pieces&Chloe. Congratulations to the wonderful Dena for winning. I can’t wait to see your custom piece!