Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Tea with Grandma


It is time for a Christmas Tea Party 
at 
Grandma's house.  
Everything is decorated and magical
and the little ones really notice and 
appreciate it.


Of course, this is very girly girl decor
with fluffy feather placemats, and pink polka dots.


Pretty flower shaped pink plates sit atop the feathers.


A white holly berry plate tops the pink
and pink strips and polka dots finish off
our girls' tea party.



Pink and white macarons decorate the plate.


These lovely pink goblets are perfect,
and they are heavy enough for little ones.


This is all softness and fluff.


This party calls for sterling silver -
my Dubarry by International.


Our candy shop is under glass on
a pink and purple striped cake plate.
I am obsessed with cake plates!

This year I used fairy lights inside the
house, leaving the battery pack out the
back so I can turn it on and off without
removing the cloche.


The kitchen counter is filled with
glittering nutcrackers, and candy
themed items.


Naturally, there are real treats!




I adore the treat themed nutcrackers.




The Sweet Treats tree takes center stage on
the counter for our tea party.


It is surrounded by all kinds of goodies.






Little Christmas elves hide in the tree
to watch everyone during the season.







I got two of these adorable Christmas trees 
under a cloche, and they sit atop candleholders.





There are even nutcrackers with cupcake hats
on the Sweet Treats tree.

Little Jacquelyn who is only four, and she even
knows how to say "macarons" correctly
(like the French do.) 


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow


Everything is decorated and ready for celebrating 
Christmas
here at Purple Chocolat Home.

Not only is it decorated for Christmas,
but we have redecorated the entire living room,
which will be revealed soon.


But here are a few sneak peeks!




Which totally fits with our first snowfall-
and wow, was it a snowfall!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Microwave Pumpkin Seed Brittle



Here is a fabulous, fun and quick addition
to your Thanksgiving table or for anytime
during the fall.

This Pumpkin Seed Brittle is made in the
microwave.  It was inspired by a box I
got from Trader Joe's, but it is so quick and
easy to make, and Trader Joe's is a pretty long
drive, so I came up with my own.



 The secret is adding pumpkin pie spice to the
brittle, and then for more fun flavor, I
dusted the top with additional pumpkin pie spice.


Pop it in the microwave for a few minutes, stir,
microwave again and finish it off, then pour onto
a buttered piece of foil and you have a great treat
for Thanksgiving or Halloween, or really any time.

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

1 C. white sugar
1/2 C. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 C. (two packages) shelled pepitas (from the
Hispanic section of your grocery store)
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. pumpkin spice
1 tsp. baking soda
Butter a large piece of foil.  Set aside.

In a glass, microwave safe bowl, place sugar, corn
syrup and salt.  Stir together.  Microwave on high for
5 minutes.  Stir in the pumpkin seeds.  Microwave for 2 1/2 
minutes more.  Remove, and stir in the butter, 
vanilla and pumpkin spice.  Microwave 1 1/2 minutes
more.  Remove and stir in baking soda.  It will bubble.

Pour immediately out onto the buttered foil and spread
it thin.  Let cool and crack.



Now here is where we really had fun with it

Pumpkin Seed Brittle Salad

1 head Romaine lettuce
1 chopped Kale salad mix from Costco
(with the pumpkin seeds and cranberries included)
Slivered jicama
1 C. Dried mango and pineapple, diced
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 C. crushed Pumpkin Seed Brittle (or more)

Toss the ingredients together,
minus the spice.  Add the spice to
the poppy seed dressing and toss.

Top with the crushed Pumpkin Seed Brittle.

You can make up your own salad mix and
your own poppy seed dressing.

This was such a hit, we have had it four times
this month!




Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Turkey Table


The dining room at
Purple Chocolat Home
has been filled with 
Thanksgiving bling this season,
so our Thanksgiving tablescape uses
a lot of that decor to celebrate
upcoming Thanksgiving.


I bought these beautiful turkey bowls in my 
early days of collecting tableware from
Spiegel catalogue.  I was wise enough
to purchase 16 of them - thinking of the
future.  They are still my very favorite.

We haven't eaten Thanksgiving at home
for many years, as we all go south for
a little warmth (as many as can go each year)
but I always like to set a Thanksgiving
table.  



Looking back at Thanksgiving tables
on my blog, I realized I have misplaced
a whole box of some of my favorite
Thanksgiving pumpkins and I can't
find some plates too.  They are probably
hidden behind some Christmas boxes
somewhere.


Here is another shot of the turkey,
in all of its glory.


I found these darling crackle finish
turkey napkin holders a few years ago
at Home Goods.  



This gold flatware has been in service
for over twenty years.  I realized I had
an awful lot of these, as I pulled them out.



I have enjoyed gold forever, especially
around the holidays, and it is fun to see it 
back in decorating.


I paired gold rimmed goblets
with clear water goblets,
and I decided to not cover the beauty
of the wood table.


A white and crystal tray from Z Gallerie
holds a collection of gold sparkles and
a sparkly white pumpkin.



The gold and white velvet pumpkins
are a soft touch to the table.


This sparkly cream pumpkin is just yummy!



The plate stack are square plates
in three sizes, with the top one turned on
an angle for interest.  They were from
Home Goods years ago too.


I love their textured edge, and they were some that
I was able to get quite a few of, so they are
perfect for feeding our large crowd.


I always love lots of bling,
as you well know!!

I hope you have a marvelous Thanksgiving
surrounded by family and friends, and that
your day, year and life is filled with gratitude
for all of the blessings you enjoy.

We had a breakfast for our Relief Society
group from church here on Saturday, where
over 40 women enjoyed pancakes, quiche,
yogurt and fruit and one another's
company.  I asked that they focused their
conversations on their blessings - putting aside
any discouraging conversations - thus making
it a Gratitude Breakfast.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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