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6 hours ago @ Design Happens - The After Thanksgiving... · 0 replies · +1 points

The Honey-Apple Sipper sounds like the ideal after Thanksgiving dinner drink. But the question is, with the effort required to mix just one, wouldn't it be well worthwhile to fix no less than two for a double-dipper sipper? http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2014/11/26/the-after-thanksgiving-cocktail-honey-apple-sipper/

8 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - The Giveaway Entry Per... · 1 reply · +5 points

On December 7, from 2-4 pm at the Mandarin Oriental Residences, Santa will be reading the story of the Nutcracker while little ones enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. If interested, you must RSVP by December 3rd.

Now when you consider that Santa knows when you're sleeping and knows when you're awake, you can bet he probably knows the winner's name! If only he'd share it and show the winner's surprise video, served with hot cocoa and cookies for the big ones to enjoy, I'd certainly consider an RSVP for the occasion.

Maybe if we all ask nicely, we can get Virginia to arrange it....

1 day ago @ The Traveling Type - Our Type of Traveler: ... · 0 replies · +3 points

Yikes! After all these years, I finally got around to adding up my country count (thanks to this travel post) and discovered, very much to my own surprise that a life of travel has taken me to a grand total of 83 countries so far, with two more on the immediate horizon.

Amazing. No wonder I'm ready to ease up on my travels now, but I may still manage to get 90+ under my travel belt before semi-retiring to a rocking chair!

1 day ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Dream Home 2015 S... · 3 replies · +5 points

As we wait for the reveal of our own Dream Home 2015....

For those who enjoy tagging along on the big screen while other folks search for their dream home on HGTV's 'House Hunters' series as much as I do, just a bit of news this fine morning: "HGTV expands its House Hunters franchise by adding a dash of humor in the new series House Hunters Pop’d, premiering Friday, November 28, at 11p.m. ET/PT. In the new series, irreverent tidbits, real estate trivia and witticisms about the home buyers, locations and the real estate market pop up onscreen during each episode. A second series, Tiny House Hunters, premiering December 15-19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, follows home buyers as they navigate the big world of small space living."

I'll be looking forward to it.

1 day ago @ Design Happens - Mood Board Monday: Tha... · 1 reply · +3 points

Who me? What do I make year after year on Thanksgiving? Well, since you asked, Kayla....

Year after year, Thanksgiving for me is a time to get together with good friends and renew those long-treasured bonds of fellowship. With between 8 to 12 of us gathered for the meal, each brings a special dish to the table, creating a traditional selection and yet unique blend of favorite holiday recipes. I usually provide the "special recipe" cranberry sauce (secret ingredients include orange zest) and, always appreciated, lemonade made from freshly-picked-off-the-tree tart, tangy-sweet Meyer lemons. (I think I get the easier Thanksgiving dinner assignment.)

My goal, however, one of these years when I get really, really brave (and find someone eager to do most of the cooking!) is to put on a gourmet Thanksgiving spread à la Française, as follows:

Hors d'oeuvres: French onion crackers, saucisson sec (French dry salami,) black olives marinated with garlic and olive oil, cornichons (small pickled gherkins) and celery sticks with cream cheese sprinkled with pieces of dried cranberries.

Opening beverage: mulled spiced wine, cocktail or drink of your choice -- and plenty of lively conversation.

Appetizer: Brie-stuffed mushroom caps

Soup: creamy chestnut

Dinner entree: Sage-brined roast turkey; wild and long-grain rice stuffing with vidalia onions, bacon, garlic, bread crumbs and butter, finished with a side of cranberry-port sauce.

Vegetable: herbed haricot verts with butter, olive oil, parsley, tarragon and chives

Potato Galette: baked crusty potato mini-casserole with bacon, butter, parsley and garlic

Salad: celery root, carrot and raisin with lemon juice and lite mayonnaise dressing, sprig of parsley

Bread: bakery-fresh French baguettes (from a real French-style bakery)

Cheeses: a Morbier, gruyère, or chèvre (to enjoy before, during or after dinner, as you wish)

Wines: a selection of California and French wines. (A Pinot Noir is essential.)

Dessert: French-style pumpkin pie with brown sugar, vanilla bean, pecans and a flaky puff pastry top. Or an apple tartine in puff pastry with the slightest hint of lavendar. Served, if desired, with French Vanilla ice cream. (One of each dessert is allowed, if there's room!)

Dessert wine: choice of a fine Riesling or Muscato

To finish the evening (and combat that after-turkey torpor,) a spiced cappucini cocktail will do the trick along with the subdued sounds of classic French singers and the easy-going "until we meet again next year" conversation to wrap up the evening.

Vive la France... and Thanksgiving!

(Okay, it won't be happening this year for sure. Maybe next...) ^_^ http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2014/11/24/mood-board-monday-thanksgiving-ideas-inspo/

2 days ago @ The Traveling Type - Our Type of Traveler: ... · 1 reply · +4 points

I very much enjoyed the interview and commentary with Travel Hacking pro Clint Johnston. He's a young man who certainly gets around, with a good 70 countries under his travel belt!

I haven't compiled my country count yet, but I'm sure it's much more modest. I'm the "like it once, return again and again" type of traveler. Unless I'm on a cruise, and it's an "in and out of ports-of-call experience," I like to spend anywhere from several days to a month getting to know an area in depth.

Some of the destinations Clint mentioned are familiar and brought back good memories; particularly the charming towns of Cape Cod, the impressive old walled city of Carcassonne, and coming soon, the beaches of Punta Del Este and European sophistication of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Yet while I've missed the splendor of Angor Wat, Cambodia, I've been fortunate to have toured the ruins of the ancient Thai capital in Sukhothai and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the second Siamese capital of Ayutthaya.

Wadi Rum and Petra in Jordan have also escaped my travels so far, but I've compensated somewhat by thorough explorations of Ephesus and Cappadocia in Turkey.

Thanks go to Travel Channel's Kwin Mosby for his post featuring Clint Johnston, author of 'The Art of Travel Hacking.' Since there are, however, nearly two hundred countries in the world, Clint still has a wealth of travel adventures ahead of him. I hope that he and his wife, Tori, will have many more memorable journeys. http://blog.travelchannel.com/the-traveling-type/...

2 days ago @ The Traveling Type - A Destination Wedding ... · 0 replies · +2 points

Talk about a hands-on approach, this colorful Indian-style wedding along the white sands of Cancun takes the cake! http://blog.travelchannel.com/the-traveling-type/...

2 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Behind the Build at HG... · 0 replies · +5 points

TWO-BIT Tidbits -- well-known and not so well-known English proverbs

"If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times."

At my age, if I've said it once, I've probably said it twice! That's why I need a house that's smarter than I am.
D B Coop

2 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - The Giveaway Entry Per... · 2 replies · +4 points

TWO-BIT Tidbits -- well-known and not so well-known English proverbs

"The best cure for an obsession is to find another one!"

Sounds logical. Once the Urban Oasis 2014 winner is revealed, move on to Urban Oasis 2015!
D B Coop

2 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - The Giveaway Entry Per... · 0 replies · +2 points

We're counting on you then, StormyWV. The second the Urban Oasis winner's name pops up in a new post, send out the smoke signals, beat the drums, get on the wireless or maybe even post a News Flash on the blog -- whatever it takes to assemble the troops for some rapid-fire repartee!