You may have noticed that we lost a few days here last week. Blame it on the germs that seem to be ravaging the eastern seaboard. As soon as we kick one bug out of the house, another comes along. We try all the usual suspects to fend things off — EmergenceC, lots of garlic, ginger tea. Next remedy on our list: Influenza sorbet. While it’s hard to imagine actually wanting to swallow something frozen when you have the aches and chills, this treat could be just the ticket the next time our throats feel scratchy. Made with Cayenne pepper ginger, Maker’s Mark bourbon, honey, and citrus juices, it’s bound to taste good. The folks over at Jenis claim that it clears nasal passages, eases a sore throat and soothes the body. At $12 a pint, the cost is nothing to sneeze at, but we’re gonna hunt some down and give it a try. Click here to find out where to buy near you or order online (minimum order four pints).
Pantone has announced its 2013 color of the year, and the good news is that it goes great with 2012′s color, Tangerine Tango. Emerald green – specifically Pantone 17-5641 — is the new hue to embrace. Lush, regal and radiant, it looks great on a dining room table, or against milky white winter skin. Here are a few emerald green picks available on Etsy right now, that could get your 2013 off to a glowing start.
Glass Fenton Button & Daisy Votives. Delicate and ornate, these will make any setting romantic. $20
Emerald green mod dresser. We love how the rich green is balanced with the wood drawer and white knobs. $400
Green Glass Napkin Holders. These 1950s beauties are filled with possibilities. Napkins, flowers, pine cones.. what would you put in them? Set of three is $42.
Placemats & Cloth napkins. There’s something super mod about these dainty green crosses. A set of three (lets hear it for odd numbers this year!), $15.
This Friday, December 7th marks the 50th Anniversary of Crate & Barrel, and while we don’t need any reason to swoon over their holiday catalog, they have given us a great reason to do our shopping there tomorrow. All day, the company is donating $5 from each purchase to a great charity, rebuildingtogether.org. We learned about their efforts following the post-Sandy devastation of the east coast, and are very inspired by their rebuilding campaigns. Everyone should visit the org’s site and consider making a one time holiday donation. In the meantime, if you’ve been eying any Crate & Barrel goodies, tomorrow’s the day to bite the bullet and buy! Here’s what’s on our shopping list:
1. Reindeer Tea Light Holders (in stores only), $25 each. Hand crafted in Africa, they are double-plus good. Purchasing one of these festive guys also helps create and support jobs for African women.
2. Eva Zeisel Classic Century Sauce Boat, $48. Your holiday dinner gravy will never look more beautiful than when presented in this classic serving bowl.
3. Molcajete pestle and mortar, $30. Great for hand-grinding spices and pastes, this is a kitchen gem you’ll use over and over every summer. Trust us.
4. 5-piece Beer Sampler Set, $30. Instantly turn any dinner into a beer tasting treat with this handy set. Pour a different ale or stout into each numbered glass, and have your guest take note of his favorite.
5. Bodega Bird Chalet, $70. Rustic and modern at the same time, this little birdie bodega is extra appealing.
Here’s a great gift idea that will warm someone’s heart — like your favorite teacher or helpful neighbor: Jessica Rust’s adorable Mr. Bunny set. It says “Hoppy Holidays” or you can personalize your message. He comes in a gift box along with an 11 ounce mug and a stacking 6″ square plate. Since this little guy has a touch of sparkle (via a platinum glaze) you can’t put him in the microwave or dishwasher. Treat him gently and he’ll serve you forever.
$28.50 at rustdesigns.com.
Don’t know about you, but we break out into hives thinking about going to the mall or a big box store on Black Friday. Sign us up for online retail shopping, or better yet, we’ll walk on over to the awesome shops right in our own neighborhood and support them on Small Business Saturday. We’ve seen too many great small places go under in the past year, and love the idea behind this American Express led campaign. Our little town seems to be at the center of the action, as you can see from this video. Some of the places where you’ll find us trolling for holiday gifts include the domestically minded Perch Home and the lovely No. 165, dubbed Maplewood’s answer to Anthropologie.
What great stores do you love in your ‘hood? Share here, and if they have a website we can all visit, please include!