November 21, 2018

classic style from serena & lily

Cove Rattan Lantern & Bedford Tray

This year I’m hosting everyone for Thanksgiving in our dining room, and I’m so happy to have furnishings and accessories from Serena & Lily in my home to offer a casual and chic sense of style.

Mayberry Napkins & Round Raffia Placemats

I’ve had several questions on where to purchase some of this S&L tableware and a few of my pillows, so I thought I’d share the direct links with you today.

Riviera Side Chair

Also, everyone loves the classic French bistro style of these Riviera chairs, and best of all, I’m here to say they’re as comfortable as they are cute! Best of all everything at Serena & Lilly is 20% off right now, so now's the perfect time to get a few!

(with the code GATHER)

I actually bought four Riviera chairs at first. I loved them so much that a few months later, I added four more to my table . They were one of my best purchases ever! 

Montecito Outdoor Pillow Cover & Alsworth Pillow Cover

On my sofa in the family room, all my pillows are by Serena & Lily, and you can just catch a peek at a couple of them here.

Montecito Outdoor Pillow Cover & Mattituck Armchair

And talk about comfort, I have a pair of these Mattituck chairs in my family room, and they’re always the first ones taken. I love their retro, but beachy style!

So the great news is from now until November 25th

Serena & Lily is hosting 
"The Thank You Event” with 20% off everything,

 just use the code GATHER.

They even have some really nice gifting ideas.

Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for the season...

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ciao! fabiana

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November 20, 2018

thanksgiving prep

I’m so looking forward to Thursday. I spent most of this morning prepping for Thanksgiving and cooking a few things ahead of time.

Turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes

have always been my favorite meal!

In fact in high school, every Thursday, turkey and gravy were on the menu, and I would get really excited about it, like to the point of doing a happy dance! My best friend Lisa still remembers my crazy turkey Thursdays and sometimes teases me about it to this day!

We did have really good cafeteria in high school!

And being the foodie,
that I am,

I was very Thankful!

Do you like to start prepping a few days before Thanksgiving day? I have to start early, otherwise I get super stressed out, and maybe even a little cranky, so I started this morning with the cranberry sauce, which is the easiest thing to make.

I like to put the zest and juice of one orange in the mix as well as some grated ginger. Then all it needs is a little water and about ½ cup of brown sugar.

While the cranberry mixture was on the stove, I put about eight sweet potatoes in the oven, skin and all, on a cookie sheet. After they’re fork tender and cooled a bit, I just peel the skin off and mash them in a large bowl. I like to add a little butter, salt, pepper and a splash of maple syrup to my sweet potatoes.

They come out really good and not overly sweet. Then on Thursday, once the turkey is done, I’ll pop the casserole dish of sweet potatoes back in the oven to warm up, and at that time, I usually add a few mini marshmallows around the perimeter for those who need that extra sweet bite.

Everyone seems to like them that way.

After lunch, I decided to tackle the stuffing. This year I’m trying a different approach and making the stuffing more like a savory bread pudding with a milk and egg based custard that gets soaked up my the bread cubes I toasted.

We buy fresh French bread every other day at C’est si Bon bakery, so I use the day old, hard bread for other things like breadcrumbs, and it’s so perfect for stuffing!

I can’t wait to gather around the dinner table with family Even though our group is small this year with only 9 of us, it doesn’t stop us from having a good time.

After dinner we like to play a game like charades or Apples to Apples and if it’s cool enough, I’d love to light the fireplace.

I hope to check in with you again before Thanksgiving…

I have some really fun news to share!

ciao! fabiana

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