Ok Dolls, today’s gift suggestion is a fragrance selection ~ Bond No. 9 New York. I’ve seen the bottle, but wasn’t familiar with the scent. After viewing an Instragram post earlier this week from über beauty blogger @thisthatbeauty, I dashed out and took a spritz of several of the scents! Love it; and it is now on my wish list!
It’s post Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but for many of us there is still more shopping to do. A gift that I like to give and receive is a beautiful coffee table book about a subject of interest. As I have accumulated a collection over the years, I change which ones are displayed in different rooms of my home.
Every Doll has her “go to” fly pair of boots. Color ~ check; heel height ~ check; pointy toe ~ check; fits calf perfectly ~ check; great for bad weather ~ not so much. I have pair that I can’t live without, but when the weather turns cold, and sidewalks and streets becomes slushy, they just aren’t practical A cute option, and holiday gift idea, Wellies by Hunter Boots.
Hunter Wellies are stylishly classic, and come in a multitude of colors. I love the tall high gloss Regent style. And while you are at it, pick up a Hunter Bubble Umbrella to add to your gift.
The Christmas holiday is just around the corner, and Black Friday (err Thursday, for those that went last night) begins today. That said, it’s time to begin holiday shopping ~ if you have not already done so.
To inspire your shopping, each day between now and Christmas Eve, I will be posting a gift idea. Some will require an online purchase, others an in store visit, but all will reflect my tastes.
Today’s find is from Pinch Provisions. Every Doll has been out for the evening and experienced a minor “wardrobe malfunction.” These emergency kits by Pinch Provisions have all the necessary accouterments for the Doll in need. And what’s better, they are monogrammed, so that you can personalize them for your girlfriends and family members.
Over the next 32 days, stop by Pretty Domestic, and share your holiday shopping finds!
And the “Harvest Season” requires harvest food. Recently, we attended the wedding of one of our favorite couples. The wedding and reception were held at a beautiful location, with red, yellow and orange foliage serving as the perfect fall backdrop. The meal was fabulous, but the piece de resistance was the Butternut Squash Soup ~ the perfect Harvest Season soup! It was so rich and yummy that I committed to making some within the next week.
Here’s the recipe in time for you to prepare and serve with your Thanksgiving meal.
2 large butternut squash (about 4 1/2 lbs.) or 4 lbs. peeled and cubed butternut squash
2 medium onions
3 cloves garlic (optional)
3 Tbsp. butter or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. salt plus more to taste
8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
Halve, seed, peel, and cube the butternut squash. Set aside.
Halve, peel, and chop the onion. Mince the garlic, if you like.
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the butter or oil and the chopped onion. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the squash and the broth. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the squash is very tender, about 20 minutes.
Transfer small batches to a blender. Hold a kitchen towel over the top (to prevent burns) and whirl until completely and utterly smooth, 2 to 3 minutes per batch.
Return the soup to the pot, add more salt to taste and ¼ cup of brown sugar.
Makes 4 to 6 servings Perfect Butternut Squash Soup.
Here’s a tip. Unless you purchase the squash pre-cubed, the prep time is longer than 50 minutes. I suggest purchasing it already cubed. Other than that, the recipe is simple and the soup turns out wonderfully.
We enjoyed the soup with a glass of Prosecco. I know, not a very Harvest Season libation, but we wanted to try these cute Villa Jolanda Presseco splits found at our local winery.
Leave me comment and as Donna Brazille says, let me know “what’s on your menu.” Have a Safe and Blessed Harvest and Thanksgiving Season!