It’s a Wrap!

17 Nov

 

The holidays can be stressful!  We work so hard trying to buy the right gifts for everyone on our list and getting it all done in time so we can enjoy the time with friends and family.  I enjoy wrapping the presents with beautiful paper and ribbons so they look great under the tree.  I know that’s the part most people dread!  But it you plan and add some fun elements to your gift wrapping, you can really make if bearable (it’s true!).  Here are some gift wrapping tips that have worked well for me:

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  • Invest in one of those plastic bins or containers that let’s you organize your wrapping supplies.  It really helps when you’re ready to wrap!
  • Shop right after the holidays for great sales on gift wrapping supplies.  Store away for the following year.
  • Focus on one element that will really make your gifts stand out.  Maybe you choose personalized gift wrap and then a simple ribbon.  Or try simple paper and beautiful, bold ribbon.
  • Have the kids get in on the fun!  Give them a roll of kraft paper and they can doodle holiday pictures and messages.
  • Try personalized gift tags to save time and give presents a beautiful finishing touch.
  • Tie it all up with personalized ribbon.  It dresses up every gift!  Personalized ribbon is great for wine bottles and homemade treats, too.

What ideas do you have for gift wrapping that help you make it fun, creative or time-saving?  Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!

xoxo,

Jennifer

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Movember or No-Shave November?

14 Nov

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I feel inundated with images of men participating in “Movember” and “No-Shave November” no matter where I turn.  They’re on TV, twitter, Facebook … you name it!  I personally know men who grow their facial hair for hockey playoffs.  But I wanted to know more about “Movember” and “No-Shave November” and what do they really mean?  I did a little research online and found a great article about the difference between the two.

According to ABCNews.go.com, here’s an explanation of both:

What is Movember?

Movember began in Australia in 2003 to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancers, according to the Movember Foundation, a nonprofit that raised nearly $21 million in 2013.

“We are all about the mustache and only the mustache,” said Movember’s U.S. Director Mark Hedstrom. “What we’re asking them to do is participate by changing their appearance. What that fosters is a conversation.”

From there, Hedstrom said men can explain why they’re growing a mustache and start talking about men’s health.

Now, it has campaigns in 21 countries, according to the organization. This year, the U.S. Movember campaign will also include men’s mental health and men’s fitness, Hedstrom said.

What is No-Shave November?

No-Shave November is a different organization that encourages people to donate what they would otherwise spend on hair grooming to the American Cancer Society.

Instead of being “all about the mustache” this group is a little more anything goes. Participants can grow mustaches and beards, but it also encourages women to maybe skip shaving their legs.

No-Shave November was founded on Facebook in 2009, but last year began a partnership with the American Cancer Society.

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So I guess seeing men lumberjack worthy on Thanksgiving isn’t a sign of lazy grooming.  It’s merely a way to raise awareness of men’s health issues.  Once December hits, it’s time to get shaving again.  We just added our new Monogram Shaving Set that is perfect for the man in your life who appreciates an old fashioned and timeless shaving set.  Both gorgeous and practical, the Monogram Shaving Set makes a great holiday gift, too!

Happy Movember and No-Shave November!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

News Source:  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wanted-movember-shave-november/story?id=26654042

 

 

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Thanksgiving Dessert You’ll Gobble, Gobble Up

11 Nov

Gobble, gobble!  Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your menu.  So much time and effort goes in to planning and making sure everything turns out right.  I have a great recipe to share with you to make sure you shine in the dessert department.  If you’re not hosting, offer to make this delicious dessert to finish off your Thanksgiving meal.  I made this recipe last year and everyone made sure to save room for a slice … or two! I got this recipe from Taste of Home.

Deluxe Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Deluxe Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Ingredients

1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies (about 20 cookies)

1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

1/4 cup butter – melted

4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened, divided

1-1/2 cups sugar, divided

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tsp vanilla

4 eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

2 teaspoons ground cinammon

1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs, pecans and butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat 1 package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch until smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in remaining cream cheese, one package at a time until smooth. Add remaining sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
  • Place 2 cups filling in a small bowl; stir in pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Remove 3/4 cup pumpkin filling; set aside. Pour remaining pumpkin filling over crust; top with remaining plain filling. Cut through with a knife to swirl. Drop reserved pumpkin filling by spoonfuls over cheesecake; cut through with a knife to swirl.
  • Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake 55-65 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Garnish with chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, whipped topping and additional crushed gingersnaps if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

If you make this yummy dessert this Thanksgiving, let me know what you think of it (and most importantly … what your guests think of it!).

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

recipe & photo source:  Taste of Home

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