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Sunday, December 15, 2013

My Two Favorite Things & Another Giveaway!

Melody Camp 
for winning the
Bella Snail Mail stamp!!


I have received two early Christmas gifts and I  positively love them.  The first one is The Preppy Cookbook by Christine Nunn. 

I am going to admit something very few people know about me:  I judge a book by its cover.  And I am usually always happy with my choice.  The Preppy Cookbook's plaid cover is so darling that if you gave it as a gift you wouldn't have to wrap it.  I can't wait to put it on my  bookshelf in my kitchen.

Many of you know I am married to a man that is a former chef.  So needless to say, I am not the sharpest knife in the kitchen.  The majority of  recipes in The Preppy Cookbook have fewer than ten ingredients and are relatively simple, yet the final product looks very impressive.

Ms. Nunn is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of the Arts, just like my Mister.  Along with the delicious recipes, she writes warm, humorous stories about her family as well as her adventures in entertaining. 

The Preppy Cookbook has sumptuous recipes as well as gorgeous photos.   If you are looking for a fun read or a great hostess gift, this book is for you!

Sorry the photos aren't better.  They are beautiful in the book.


The Mister gave me my other favorite thing because he feels guilty that I have to brave Boston's bitter temps to take Gypsy out.  He bought me headphone-wired earmuffs by Uggs.  These things are the best!  Not only are they great looking, they are comfortable and delightfully warm.  The added bonus is being able to listen to James Taylor while Gypsy is taking care of business!!


Now, for some great news.  I have another fabulous giveaway thanks to my friends Caroline and Alistair Crawford who own Crawford Boutique, a company which makes some of the finest silver in the world.  They have kindly agreed to donate this beautiful ornament as a giveaway.

It's easy to enter.  All you have to do is "like" Preppy Empty Nester and Crawford Boutique on Facebook.  For a couple of extra points, visit Crawford's fabulous site and leave a comment below about what gorgeous item you would put on your wish list.

Every year we produce a limited edition of 100 CRAWFORD BOUTIQUE'S silver Holiday ornaments.
Made by hand in sterling silver with a festive red silk ribbon.
Designed originally as a Christmas tree ornament, but have been popular as graduation and commemorative gifts for that special year. Equally fun as hostess gifts and they look fabulous around a bottle of wine!

The 2013 edition strictly limited to 100.
Hurry and order soon - these are becoming a collector's item! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hope you're staying warm and toasty!

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

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  1. Katie, I'd love to win an ornament....and goodness knows, I love to polish silver! Thanks for the giveaway and the earmuffs are excellent!

    Warmly, Kathleen

  2. I KNOW you are going to get a lot of good use out of those darling ear muffs! Make sure the girls don't "accidentally" take them:) Featured your hysterical post on the "cape aka tree skirts" on my blog today...it was too funny to not share!

  3. I saw that cookbook over at Christine's. I too love the cover. I may have to pick up a pair of those headphones for baby girl to use at school! As you know, the wind in TX is awful!

  4. I wear earmuffs for walking, but don't have such snazzy ones :-)
    I think we are in for a long cold winter - welcome to the frigid north!

  5. Oh my goodness I love the hair accessories. They are stunning.
    I love the earmuffs -- I could have used a set when I was walking around Lake Forest on Wednesday for the Woodlands House walk--it was snowing and cold!!. The houses were beautiful and decorated so nicely for Christmas.

  6. the iPhone covers from Crawford Boutique are nice!

  7. Love your blog and LOVE the ornament!

  8. That dog photo is the best ever!!! Great giveaway and congratulations to the winner of the stamp!!


  10. "Your Heart is in My Hands" Emerald Ring!! OH EMMM GEEE!!! Soooo pretty! Only in my deams tho!

  11. http://crawfordboutique.com/gifts/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=18&products_id=115

    These earrings are cute. I do love this ornament!

  12. Just found your blog and you are such a good writer. I love the humorous way it is written. Very different from other blogs. I love silver and have a nice collection of smalls. Actually love to polish them. Happy Holidays.

  13. I love your Blog, I found it just as you were moving from Texas (where I live).

    I love the ornament, but would also love this necklace under the tree!

  14. Who says the number "13" isn't lucky! I just know that the 2013 ornament has a new home here in North Carolina. Thank you for the opportunity. Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a great 2014!

  15. Love the ornament, and boy do I NEED that stingray clutch!

  16. I have that cookbook on my Christmas list....hoping it's under the tree or I may be gifting it to myself!


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