happy thanksgiving

November 27, 2013

me

ginny branch

i’m taking off for the rest of the week to celebrate and eat. we’re having thanksgiving at my moms, who lives very close by, so firstly i’m thankful for almost never having to go on an airplane for the holiday. today we’re cooking some side dishes to bring over (my boyfriend makes the best stuffing ever).

and for the cheesy portion : i just wanted to also say that while i’m obviously very thankful for the people and cats in my life and all the love, support and laughs they provide me. but this year i’m also really thankful for this blog and you, the readers. having this space has done so much for me, developing my skills, challenging myself to the point of many a tantrum, being comfortable with who i am, and hopefully inspiring others. its the feedback that makes me feel like i do all this work for a reason. and if i can make people feel happy and motivated, i’m happy and motivated too.

ok ok enough. have a great holiday if you’re in the states, and if you’re elsewhere — sorry for all the boring thanksgiving posts.

photo by ginny branch

salted caramel pie

November 26, 2013

dessert / holiday / recipes

salted caramel pie

still looking for that perfect dessert to make for thanksgiving? good. you’re in luck. this pie is not only INSANELY easy but i can guarantee your guests will say “holy shit” or some other form of exclamation.

my good friend made this for our annual version of friendsgiving (we actually call ours regretsgiving), and the second i tried it i said gimme that recipe now. i doubled the crust amount because my boyfriend likes the crunchy. also, about the filling : it is caramel (hence the name of the pie), which is not the easiest thing to slice, but the taste trumps any difficulty with the gooey texture.

caramel pie

salted caramel pie
(from food and wine)

ingredients
2 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
8 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup light brown sugar
two 14 ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
fleur de sel
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
* again, i doubled the crust recipe

directions
preheat the oven to 350°. in a food processor, pulse the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and light brown sugar until the crumbs are moistened. press the crumbs evenly into a 9-inch glass or metal pie plate. bake for about 10 minutes, just until lightly browned. let cool. increase the oven temperature to 425°.

scrape the condensed milk into a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish and sprinkle with a scant 1/2 teaspoon of fleur de sel. cover the dish with foil and place it in a roasting pan. add enough hot water to the pan to reach one-third of the way up the side of the baking dish. bake, lifting the foil to stir 2 or 3 times, until the condensed milk is golden and thickened, about 2 hours; add more water to the roasting pan as necessary. the consistency of the caramel should be like dulce de leche. don’t worry if it is lumpy; it smooths out as it chills.

scrape the caramel filling into the pie crust, smoothing the top. spray a sheet of plastic wrap with vegetable oil spray and cover the pie. refrigerate until the filling is chilled and set, at least 4 hours.

in a mixer, beat the cream with the confectioners’ sugar until firm. remove the plastic. mound the whipped cream on top of the pie and sprinkle with fleur de sel. cut into wedges and serve.

make ahead : the recipe can be prepared through step 2 up to 5 days ahead. refrigerate the crust and filling separately.

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payday wishlist

November 22, 2013

wish list

hope you all have a great weekend! i have lots of tasks i want to accomplish before thanksgiving — starting with an eye exam. fun fun.

payday wishlist // 65

one . i am so into african mud cloth that i want to marry african mud cloth. these pillows would look good on my bed and on my couch and on my chair and on my everything.
two . overstock is selling their eames shell replica chairs now in this beige shade. i think i love it.
three . this geo wood wall shelf is just so good.
four . i would look like such a grownup with this leather tote — which is big enough to double as an overnighter!
five . i’m going to confess that i’m a bad jew. we celebrate christmas. but i still love a good menorah!
six . the nate berkus holiday collection is full of pretties like this hexagon wood tray.

i link you

November 21, 2013

i link you

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ez comes up with such simple diys — this week she did these thanksgiving printable luminaries that are easy and lovely. (via creature comforts)

aspiring photographer kyle thompson had social anxiety, so he took hundreds of self portraits. and they’re aaamazing. (via viralnova)

gab of the artful desperado shared three soul warming coffee recipes that make you want to curl up and … well, drink coffee. (via the artful desperado)

i didn’t really like cats until a year and a half ago. that’s when i watched my cats come out of another cat. and now i can proudly say i live for my cats. and if you too love your cat or hopefully cats (because they’re better in pairs), you must read this list right now and giggle a little like i did. ok i giggled a lot. (via distractify)

loooove the styling, art direction and of course jewelry from the new kate miss lookbook.

i’ve been wanting to make a display shelf lately, and brittni inspired me. she didn’t think she could do it. she totally did it! check out her adorable christmas tree display shelf on curbly. (via paper & stitch)

diy thankful tags / free printable

November 19, 2013

diy / downloads / holiday

diy thankful tag printables

here’s a really easy and fun thanksgiving diy for you guys. using standard mailing tags, you can print directly onto them. then tie them around each napkin, have each guest fill theirs out, and after everyone has had a bunch of wine, they have to read them aloud.

you can obviously make these last minute and use them however you’d like. i used them as napkin rings but you could also fill a bowl with them or tape a tag to each plate.

fill a cup or jar with pencils or pens and you’re all set!

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materials
shipping tags (the templates are designed for these #5 tags measuring 4 3/4″ x 2 3/8″)
a printer and printer paper
washi tape
twine

step one . in order to print onto the tags directly, you need to print a guide with the size of your tags onto your paper first (i followed these instructions)

step two . once your guide is printed, remove the string from each tag and tape them over the guides. make sure you feed the paper the right direction. it actually took me a LOT of prints to get these right. so i recommend doing a bunch of test prints, but you did just buy a big box of tags so if you mess some up i think you’ll be ok.

step three . once you have all your tags printed, tie a piece of twine through and around your napkins. some leather cording would also look dope.

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click above to download the printable. click HERE to download the guide.

if you have photoshop, you can compile the files. if you do, just make sure you don’t accidentally print with the guide layer on. i did that. too many times.

if you don’t have photoshop, just download the separate files and print one by one.

+ these tags are for personal use only, and not for re-distribution. if you’d like to post a link sharing them, you may not directly post the downloadable files. please credit and link back to this post for downloading.