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This year we are staying in the city for Thanksgiving. I've been traveling so much for work that it was the only thing that seemed manageable for us. We are heading to a dear friend's home; Michael and Tamra hosted us last year and they always make you feel like the guest of honor! When deciding what to bring I thought of my favorite recipes, recipes that mean something to me, and then of course something a little bit fancy. It's the holidays, after all! If you're having trouble deciding what to add to your menu this 3 tiered strategy always does the trick for me!
1. Deviled Eggs - Something Classic!
Growing up in the South, this is a dish that means get togethers and holidays! You can fancy it up, but my favorite is the traditional. It's simple yet delicious and there is seldom a left over deviled egg at my house!
2. Corny Cornbread - Something that tells a story!
If you're celebrating far from home or simply pulling from family archives, a dish that tells a story or reminds you of a wonderful memory is perfect for this day of Thanks! I'm grateful for my Beaufort family from where this recipe hails. I had gone home with my college roommate, Amber Dawn, for the first time to her home town of beautiful Beaufort, North Carolina. That weekend we boated, we swam, we saw the wild horses on the banks of Shackleford, and then we had a proper clam bake with all the fixings including this one! It's a weekend that was repeated throughout our college careers and wonderful times I will always treasure with a sweet friend and family who treats me like their own. Picture courtesy of Miss Edith herself (Amber's momma!) who snapped this right from her kitchen then sent it to me here in NYC. It's a favorite if you can't tell! The time Amber and I tried to make it, it turned out like soup! We laughed until our stomachs hurt and then ate it anyways. I hope I'll have better luck tomorrow! 
3. Fingerling Potatoes with Wild Salmon Roe - Something fancy! In just 3 ingredients! Entertaining doesn't have to be fancy but it can be fun to up the ante and serve dishes you don't normally serve on a daily basis. The holidays are all about making special memories with the ones you love most and how you make it special is all up to you!Be safe if you're traveling today and happy happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Suede Champagne flats?! I'll toast to that! Here's the recipe for my signature Champagne Punch! And to join in on the boozy fun that was had over at Spring Street, watch my Facebook Live with Jack Rogers here:
Champagne Pomegranate Punch 
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 750-ml bottles chilled brut Champagne
1 1/2 cups white rum
1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
1 large lemon, thinly sliced
Pomegranate seeds
Fresh mint leaves

Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan

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San San and I had quite the adventure filming the last few days. Here are a few behind the scenes pics. We're so grateful for this opportunity, the memories, and the genuinely wonderful people we got to work with! San San in over his head on this one! Same case for me here, too! Demo Day was a blast and nobody got hurt :)Here's a mini Before and After!Updates: Paint, crown molding, window updates (we kept the original casings from the 50s!), and furniture install!

What we're still waiting on: the rug, custom built-ins, art, mirrors, lamps, and decor accessories! These 7 foot fancy fiddles are my fave. I always try to bring the outdoors in when decorating and their scale is perfect for the room. They're quite dramatic especially in these gorgeous washed out wood boxes with a brass accent around the top. They're actually storage bins but I thought they would make perfect planters! Fiddles are fickle and hard to keep alive so I don't mind going fake on these. Only really good ones, of course! We sell these through Society Social if you're interested! Britt was the most sweet and supportive! She's visiting from Canada and spent her vaca days helping us trim, paint, move, and all of the above. We couldn't have done it without her and miss her already!! These are our clients! Sweet little Noah showed off his new (one week new!) walking skills for the camera. Kelly approved of the updates we've made so far and it made us over the moon happy. She especially loved the paint color and Josh came later and gave us 2 thumbs up on the custom buffalo check swivel chairs. It's always a super pat on the back when the husband gets excited about something! San and I had fun with the wardrobe changes! I didn't have time to shop for the shoot so I literally went the day the crew arrived to the local Old Navy (I haven't shopped at Old Navy since high school!) and bought up $15 shirts and vests I knew I could get paint on. Not my most stylish moments but if they like us, they like us and if they don't, they don't!  We truly had so much fun! It came out one of San's goals in life is to become a shampoo commercial model. Naturally we made him do a few hair flips.  pssst, these are the custom chairs we made for the project! We can't say enough about the team that came down to shoot. It was clear they are amazing at what they do and they were also just really good people. We are probably a small project for them, but their energy, encouragement, and enthusiasm never wavered. This is Dan. I turned 33 this day and grew a whole 2 feet taller than him. He took this shirt off his back because San's wasn't working. He is a professional salsa dancer :), played college soccer, and likes to make things a playful competition.This is Pat. He loves sweet tea with fresh mint, well-fitted clothing, and bbq. He does not love to high five. He does have a really good secret recipe for bolognese. Mine and Alan Dale's fave!We had them over for a home cooked meal! On Friday, my sweet sister-in-law made Korean BBQ, sweet Momma made Filipino BBQ, and sweet husband Alan Dale flew in from NYC and stopped in Lexington, NC to pick up southern BBQ! I feel so lucky to have had this time with Alan Dale, Britt, my family and them- telling stories and learning about each other! San even made a bonfire for us to gather around! On wrap day which also happened to be my birthday (!), we finished up with an interview session at the factory. Turns out, it's really hard to talk to a camera for 4 hours straight. but Pat and Dan kept the energy up and were pros at the the interview. San and I even sang "Wagon Wheel" at the end. I hope they edit out my audio. I'm totally tone def. Look at that stance, Dan!! Champion!! We had a lovely farewell lunch and hit a few balls on the range before they headed out since we found out Pat loves to pay golf! We worked most of that day and were 100% whooped. But that night we rallied and celebrated sweet Noah's first birthday and my 33rd with long time friends and family. Dad even flew in from SS Asia and just a few hours off the plane and 24 hours in transit was the life of the party! It was a perfect past few days and no matter what happens from here it's an experience we will never forget! Thank you for being so supportive and excited with us :) We hope to have good news for you in the next few weeks!

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