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Some of our favourite seasonal settings can be found below.

  • Christmas Kitties by David Carter Brown
  • A Romantic Rose Garland for Christmas
  • A Glitzy Gold Penguin Table
  • A Carpe Diem Festive Outdoor Tablesetting
  • Woodland Berry by Williams Sonoma
  • A Touch of Woodland Sparkle to Finish the Year

Seasonal Food and Flora

 

Here are some of our favourite seasonal recipes.

A Festive Chocolate Orange Cake

A Festive Chocolate Orange Cake

This cake is the result of a happy collision of ideas. First, the plates (as so often happens around here). They're Woodland Berry by Williams Sonoma – a combined gift from daughter Lauren and daughter-in-law Annie for Christmas last year. I've been plotting and...

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Winter Vegetable Chili

Winter Vegetable Chili

The weeks leading up to Christmas are fraught with opportunities for overindulgence. This vegetable-packed chili is a healthful antidote to a surfeit of sweets. Our family loves it, even the die-hard meat eaters and small children. It's warmly spiced, without being...

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Gingerbread Village Spice Cake

Gingerbread Village Spice Cake

When I was little, a crisp, spicy gingerbread cookie adorned with crunchy icing was the tantalizing reward to encourage exemplary behaviour while Christmas shopping with my Mum. Trailing around after her, scarf dragging and winter boots clumping, my thoughts would run...

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Sticky Toffee Trifle

Sticky Toffee Trifle

I've always been a fan of Sticky Toffee Pudding with its dense cake and luscious caramel sauce, so I was eager to try this lighter, caramel-custard version with its drool-worthy trifle presentation. I took it to a friend's house recently as a contribution to their...

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The Churchill Cocktail

The Churchill Cocktail

It's always such a treat to visit Cliveden, a country house hotel in England, and it's an even bigger treat when the visit adds a delicious cocktail recipe to our repertoire.  We scored the champagne cocktail, the Cliveden 66, on our last visit. This cocktail,...

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Entertablement Abroad

 

Enjoy our travel journal of castles, cathedrals, country houses, wonderful tableware and delicious meals.

Entertablement Abroad – England in the Autumn

Entertablement Abroad – England in the Autumn

The long-awaited, oft-rescheduled trip to England was a heady mix of emotions: apprehension as to how difficult it might be to navigate changing requirements, elation at the freedom of travelling again, disappointment and frustration with the National Trust, amusement...

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Entertablement Abroad – Ely Cathedral

Entertablement Abroad – Ely Cathedral

As cathedrals go, Ely Cathedral is one of the biggies. Literally, at 537 ft long, but also because of its story, which began in 672.  A lot has happened in the intervening 13+ centuries. Not just the usual political squabbling and overly ambitious clerics, but...

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Entertablement Abroad – Sudeley Castle

Entertablement Abroad – Sudeley Castle

Most of the grand manor houses we see in England have a history involving a lot of ups and downs. Sudeley Castle is the veritable Snakes & Ladders of the genre. The tale began innocuously enough with a commonplace event: William le Boteler of Wem married heiress...

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Entertablement Abroad – St. Malo, Brittany

Entertablement Abroad – St. Malo, Brittany

St. Malo, a town in Brittany on the northwestern coast of France, has some of the biggest tides in Europe. They can vary more than 40 feet from low tide to open sea, as you can see from views of the national fort, which becomes isolated at high tide. St. Malo is just...

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Entertablement Abroad: Herculaneum

Entertablement Abroad: Herculaneum

Visting Herculaneum was one of the highlights of our recent cruise to Croatia, Montenegro, and Italy. Remember when people went on cruises and emerged unscathed, having actually enjoyed themselves? Neither do I, except I know it happened. As recently as October....

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Entertablement Abroad – Burford & Chipping Campden

Entertablement Abroad – Burford & Chipping Campden

Let's do a little armchair travelling to the beautiful Cotswold villages of Burford and Chipping Campden. Like many people, we have postponed our overseas trips for now; I'll use the found time to catch up on photos of past trips and let the world gradually come to...

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