Woodland Prep: Holiday Decor Theme

Post by Anna Passadori, Nod’s resident trend expert

Need some decorating inspiration this holiday season? Try mixing styles for a more eclectic, rich look. For this holiday decor theme, Woodland Prep, I’ve mixed a more traditional, collegiate style with an outdoor woodland feel. Parents will love the plaids and traditional colors of the preppy look, while kids will have fun with the sporty and animal references of the woodland look.

To master the preppy look, mix in family heirlooms and antiques with eclectic finds such as family portraits and monogrammed accessories. Bring out of storage items you wouldn’t normally consider décor- vintage skis and badminton racquets look fun and eclectic around the tree. For the woodland look, bring in plenty of plaid and rugby stripe patterns (they can all mix together) as well as animal motifs such as foxes, bears and sporting dogs.

A great example of a preppy & sporty mix:

Woodland Prep: Holiday Decor ThemeA large family heirloom brings in a personal touch and makes a great style statement:

Woodland Prep: Holiday Decor Theme 1Mix family portraits with vintage and new finds:

Woodland Prep: Holiday Decor Theme 2Dress the little ones in their preppy best!

Woodland Prep: Holiday Decor Theme 4The more plaid the better!

Woodland Prep: Holiday Decor Theme 5Here are a few suggestions to try it on your own!

Woodland Prep: Holiday Decor Theme 6Clockwise from top left:
Make My Chain Fabric Garland | On the Bright Side Stockings | Fair Isle Ornaments | Animal Stocking Holders | Tartan Throw Blanket | Woodland Prep Animal Ornaments | Tabletop Tannenbaum | All Shapes and Sizes Countdown Calendar

By Anna Passadori . Anna develops and designs exclusive product for The Land of Nod. She hails from the west coast and has traveled the world to source product. She loves anything Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola or stripes! (So, if anyone can get a photo of Sofia Coppola wearing a striped outfit by Marc Jacobs, please send it along.)

Vegan, Raw Crunch Bars

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Healthy rice crispy treats? Sign me up! These bars are seriously delicious. They have just enough sweetness to satisfy your cravings but they have nada to feel guilty about because they are literally a healthy treat. AND they are vegan, gluten-free and require zero baking!

Gather all of the ingredients.

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In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup coconut oil {melted to room temperature} with 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 5 tablespoons of liquid sweetener {I used maple syrup}, pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla. Mix well.

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Fold in 1 cup of crisp rice cereal.

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In an 8 x 8 inch pan that has been lined with parchment paper {or a round pan, because that’s all I had at the time}, pour in the crispy mixture and smooth top. Place in freezer to chill/harden.

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Meanwhile make the drizzle. Mix 2 tablespoons of all natural peanut butter with 1 1/2 teaspoons of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Stir to combine.

When bars have hardened {about 15 minutes}, remove from freezer and cut into bars. Simply drizzle the peanut butter mixture over the top of bars and allow to chill again for 10 minutes.

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Bars are best served straight from the fridge/freezer as they will melt slightly at room temperature.

For a printer-friendly version of this recipe click here: Vegan Raw Crunch Bars

Post by Ali: Papery & Cakery

How to Decorate for Thanksgivukkah

Post by PJ Feinstein of Bunny and Dolly

How to Decorate for Thanksgivukkah

Across the country, Jewish families will be eating turkey with a side of latkes this year, as Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah both fall on November 28th. This holiday mashup — cleverly nicknamed “Thanksgivukkah” — is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. It hasn’t happened since 1888, and it won’t occur again for 70,000-80,000 years.

Although JB and I have always celebrated Thanksgiving with family, I don’t think we’ve ever had the chance to light the menorah with them. It’s always been impractical to buy plane tickets and take time off from work for holidays typically two or three weeks apart. So this year, in excitement for this once in a lifetime event, I’ve been thinking about how to decorate for Thanksgivukkah.

This year we’ll be giving thanks and playing dreidel with my side of the family. I’m imagining a menu loaded with dishes combining the best of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. How delicious do Pecan-Cranberry Noodle Kugel, Pumpkin Challah, and Pumpkin Rugelach sound?

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But how does one decorate for Thanksgivukkah? Combining Hanukkah’s cool shades of blue and silver with Thanksgiving’s rustic red, green, orange, and yellow could potentially be an eyesore. Plus, loading the table with menorahs and dreidels and Stars of David and pumpkins and leaves and turkeys and feathers and acorns would definitely be overkill.

It turns out that blue and orange are complementary colors, meaning they look great together. So I decided to stick to a mostly blue, orange, and metallic silver color palette accented with a dash of gold. And since Hanukkah actually begins at sundown the night before Thanksgiving and lasts for eight days, I put the emphasis on Hanukkah decorations.

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I started by creating a backdrop with the Happy Hanukkah garland we bought last year and two new metallic garlands for an added dose of glamour.

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By happy coincidence, Levi’s plush toy menorah (a gift from his grandfather) also happens to be blue!

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Adorned with blue ombre candles, I placed our silver menorah on a teal ceramic platter to catch any wax drippings. The colors mimic the various shades of blue in the Happy Hanukkah banner. I sprinkled gold foil-wrapped gelt and yellow and orange plastic leaves around the base of the menorah. (The packet of decorative Thanksgiving leaves also included red, green, and brown leaves, but I chose not to use them.) Instead of the leaves, you could easily swap acorns.

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To bring Thanksgiving into the mix, I arranged pumpkins and pinecones atop a silver cake stand. Yes, the pinecones are brown, but I thought they grounded the look and paired nicely with the gold in the star garland and the tablecloth. If you don’t have pumpkins leftover from Halloween, you could also use craft pumpkins, faux pumpkins, paper pumpkins — you get the idea. Instead of pinecones (from your yard or the store), you could try a handful of leaves or, again, acorns.

So what do you think? Festive but totally doable, right (even for us non-DIY types)? Here’s how to get the look in your home:

Happy Hanukkah banner (similar) from Land of Nod // Starry garland and Embroidered Silver Metallic garland c/o Land of Nod // Kids First Menorah Soft Toy from One Step Ahead // Molten menorah (similar) from Nordstrom // Hand Dipped candles (similar) from Fab // Decorative Plastic Leaves from Michaels // Hanukkah gelt (similar) from Cost Plus World Market // Threshold Oval Textured platter and Threshold Beaded Aluminum cake stand from Target // Armor tablecloth (similar) from John Robshaw

Post by PJ Feinstein of Bunny and Dolly. Originally from the East coast, PJ lives in Omaha with her military officer-husband, toddler son, and lazy white dog. She’s expecting baby #2 in February.

Thanksgiving Kids’ Table

Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery and Augustine
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Thanksgiving Kids' Table - 7In case anyone is looking for fun details for their Thanksgiving kids’ table, I wanted to share this play date that we had last November.  The table set-up and craft ideas came from Fiskars.  The afternoon included turkey sandwiches (it was Thanksgiving after all) and later, my cousin Amy made apple bites dipped in fleur de sel caramel along with Nutella and pumpkin pie pops.  It was a delicious and fun afternoon!

Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery and Augustine. You can see her work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.