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Shopping Guide: Glamorous Thanksgiving

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I’ve been dreaming about a glamorous Thanksgiving with a tablescape dressed in moody hues! Sleek and sexy dark metallics paired with black, with plenty of votives and white calla lilies make for a perfect evening in my book! I’d love to serve an elegant meal surrounded by family and friends at this dazzling table. Let’s take a look and what this fashion-forward Thanksgiving could look like!








  1. Ita Cheese Plate & Forma Spreader: I’ll start this dinner off with wine and cheese served on this elegant polished agate plate. Both natural and chic, this server will add some sparkle to my table.
  2. Waterford Corra Tablecloth: Setting your table starts with a good base, so a fabulous tablecloth is essential. This dramatic wine colored linen/cotton tablecloth will set the mood.
  3. Vera Wang Wedgwood Polished Noir 5-Piece Place Setting: Stainless steel place settings in a polished black finish are the fashion-forward element your table is looking for!
  4. Crystal Votive Holders, Set of 3: Line the center of your table with these sleek cube crystal votive holders for a warm sense of high-end style!
  5. Juliska Emerson Side Plate: Beautiful white ceramic stoneware side plates, with a fabulous pewter-glazed trim, are just edgy enough for this tablescape! And, they are dishwasher, oven, microwave, and freezer safe – does it get any easier?
  6. Apilco Reglisse Dinner Plates, Set of 4: I love how dramatic each setting looks with a matte black (and scratch resistant!) dinner plate! These plates are on the larger side to hold up to those generously sized Thanksgiving servings!
  7. Silver Heritage Bottle Opener: Everyone will want to serve drinks with this alluring crystal handled bottle opener with a pure silver edge detail!
  8. ‘Pewter’ Stoneware Soup Bowl: This warm pewter-glazed stoneware will hold everything from soups and salads to pastas and even dessert! And when you’re guests have gone home, just pop them in the dishwasher to make clean up a breeze!
  9. Classic Serving Set: The shiny mirror finish on these teardrop-shaped servers gives them a classic look that you will enjoy for years to come! These will fit seamlessly into your décor any time of year.
  10. Mode Living Positano Linen Napkins, Set of 4: I want to add a little feminine touch against these sleek, modern elements. A lovely floral linen napkin ties together the color scheme!
  11. Amulet Napkin Ring: These napkin rings are to die for! These brass napkin rings in a silver finish will add plenty of sparkle to each setting with its faceted face!
  12. Tri-Corner Bowl: Beautiful curves meet with 3 gentle points on this serving bowl to elegantly serve all of your special sides to your loved ones!
  13. Carine Red Wine Goblet: These gorgeous red wine goblets feature an organic-inspired textural finish that will add plenty of interest!
  14. Waterford Crystal London Smoke Decanter: Cocktail hour and after dinner drinks will be a fabulous way to end a perfect evening with this decadent crystal decanter.

“Mom’s Homemade Blueberry Pie” with ABCD Designs

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Today I am so very excited to have a talented friend and fabulous cook joining us for our All-American blog series.  Amy Beth from ABCD Designs not only has a gorgeous blog, but she often includes gorgeous (and delicious) food there for her readers, like me, to enjoy.  Today she is bringing one of those yummy recipes to Tobi’s Blog for us all to love, but she brings with it a piece of her spirit and it is a spirit shared by so many of us as Americans. I know you will be touched by her story, as I was. So without further adieu, here’s Amy…

I moved to NYC in the late nineties. To me, it was like an adult Disney Land. I am not kidding you. There were fabulous dinners out, lots of dates, fashion to indulge in, and a lot of exciting work to be done. I am at risk of sounding bleak – but when I think about America – I find my mind wandering to 9/11 and how that moment in time shaped my late twenties and has lent a hand in making me who I am today.In the immediate days after 9/11, all I could hope for was that they’d take the bridges and tunnels off lock-down and that I could get off the island of Manhattan. ATMs were out of cash, and I had to show proof of address to pass below 14th Street to my apartment. The plan was that I’d meet a friend from Michigan who happened to be in Newark for business that fateful Tuesday morning. “I’ll see that she gets home safely.” he told my family.We drove together in silence, steeped in sadness, shocked by what we’d witnessed in the days prior. We traveled through New York, across Pennsylvania, and through Ohio to arrive in suburban Detroit about dinnertime. That night, we sat at the dinner table surrounded by the people in our lives who mean the most to us.For dessert, we ate warm homemade blueberry pie topped off with a scoop of butter pecan ice cream. I can not remember ever eating something so comforting. As the 10 year anniversary approaches, I only have to smell pie baking to take me right back to that time and place when my life (our lives) changed.
So when Tobi handed us the topic of ‘America’ for this post, I asked myself: what’s more American than the tradition of recipes handed down from one generation to the next, baking homemade desserts that are made with love from in-season fruit, and time around the family table with loved ones? Exactly my point. Today I will share with you my mom’s homemade blueberry pie recipe.

4 cups blueberries
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon lemon peel
dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon butter

Method: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and get out a large mixing bowl.
Mix all of the ingredients together (except the butter) and place the mixture into an unbaked pie crust.Slice butter and place evenly scattered on top of the berries. Roll out the dough for the top crust. Cut the top crust dough into 1/2-3/4 inch slices.Cross the two longest pieces of dough in the center of the pie. Continue to place slices and weave the additional pieces of dough until the top of the pie is complete.

Pinch top and bottom pie crust edges together to make a fancy edge.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

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