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Thanksgiving 2016

by Jamie Sanford on November 24, 2016

I have some catching up to do, but it turns out that going on vacation in November and coming back to the busiest time of the year for e-commerce means that the blog is neglected. I’ll work on it soon!

For now, some Thanksgiving links.

The best turkey recipe is Martha Stewart’s wine and butter turkey, it has been the go-to in our house for years.

Speaking of Martha – her new show with Snoop Dogg on VH1 reminds us all that there is still good in the world.

Food52 has a Thanksgiving call-in line for cooking questions and issues!

It would not be Thanksgiving without thinking about sales – and the two I am really excited for are 70% off at Zoya, all day Friday, and 50% off at Sedona Lace, starting 8pm Thursday. I love nothing more than the opportnity to get big discounts on products that I know are excellent.

I hope that everyone has a lovely day with family and/or friends, and that you don’t get into any political discussions that sour the day. Good luck!

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Thanksgiving Turkey – My Favorite Recipe

by Jamie Sanford on November 22, 2013

I’m sharing this post from last year a bit early, because I think everyone should try this method on their Thanksgiving turkey.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I don’t really cook at all, but I have been sharing the hell out of this turkey preparation recipe that my husband will be using tomorrow to make turkey for us. Naturally I see no other choice but to share it here as well.

Click here for the cheesecloth magic that Martha Stewart uses to make a turkey, that has been used to GREAT success in my house for the last few years.

Another shot of the turkey.Here’s a look at last year’s finished turkey. The little potatoes and carrots around them were cooked with the breast, and were basted in the same liquid. Super delicious but we learned a lesson about the carrots being too small and burning and getting very sad. The non-blackened carrots were fabulous.

I’m serious people, you have time to alter your plans for how to cook the turkey. This recipe involves coating the turkey in cheesecloth SOAKED in wine and butter. It is no joke, and it is crazy delicious. The turkey will be moist and yummy and the veggies you cook along with it will be outrageous as well.

Of course, I know people have attitude about how to make things like turkeys, so please leave your comments and preferences in the comments! Also, of course, Happy Thanksgiving!

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2012: The Year in Instagram (Q4)

by Jamie Sanford on December 30, 2012

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Spent some time drafting pattern descriptions.

New kicks!

We are in the storage unit, again.

Fall Tabletop Market. Lots of Flatiron photos.

Tiffany and John’s wedding.

I got this close to Martha Stewart at the MS Weddings party but she was whisked away before I managed a photo of us together.

Lost Will at the party, then found him at the bar. I really love this photo.

Me and most of the Spices at Tasha’s wedding.

Fall was falling near the end of October.

Then Hurricane Sandy came and took the power away. We were lucky enough to only have to deal with a lack of power for a few days.

I watched this tree fall from my window. We saw lots of trees downed by the storm, but again, we were lucky to have not had any flooding in our immediate area.


Unsurprisingly, I voted in the election for Barack Obama.

My favorite fortune of the year.

I tried to make macarons. It didn’t go well.

Perhaps my best clothing purchase of the year was this ASOS Curve owl sweater.


Ice wines before the Dave Matthews Band show on December 1. Unfortunately the worst setlist I’ve ever had at a DMB show.

I had a birthday outing at Suite with Jason.

This was the best birthday present.

Getting early Christmas gifts was a lot of fun. I got wonderful MAC stuff from my in-laws.

We traveled to Florida again for the holidays.

My husband and brother scattered deer corn across the pond from my parents’ house to draw in the deer. It totally worked, we saw 4 bucks while we were there.

I hung out with my favorite canine nephew, Cooper.

This amazing picture of Will was probably my most liked image on Facebook this year. That apron isn’t joking.

Went to Weeki Wachee with Mom and Will. I hadn’t seen a manatee in ages so I was really excited about this.

We went to the Sponge Docks after Weeki Wachee. Here’s my mom and I in a Christmas ball – Will is in the back.

We came home to spend the rest of the year avoiding the cold.

It’s December 30, 2012. One more post, a proper recap.

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Instagram Roundup #10

by Jamie Sanford on October 16, 2012

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The “didn’t quite get my picture with Martha Stewart” special edition.

So on Monday, October 15th, Will and I went to the Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Fashion Week Party held at the Starrett-Lehigh Conservatory at the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia building. I had seen photos of this event in the past, and was excited to finally attend! It was an evening of lots of white, an actual wedding, delicious cocktails and some of the cutest food ever.

The bar was huge! I wish I had taken a picture of the name of my martini. Ginger something-tini I think. I did not take a picture of the gourmet Jell-O shots that we had by Marcia Selden. They were fabulous.

This was a mini cupcake with pralines from Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes. Shout out to them, NJ representing!

Lots of sparkle, florals and white furniture setting a festive mood.

More of the flowers.

This is so blurry but you can see the delicious edible engagement ring.

This is a henna-inspired cake by Creme Delicious. I also had a mini wedding cake cookie from Creme Delicious that was heavenly.

Here is a random shot of us during the party.

Martha Stewart appeared with Darcy Miller to officiate an actual wedding!

I saw this couple on the Today Show a while back, Lisa Gant and Alex Pelling have been married a bunch of times. This was the 26th wedding on 26th street.

Wide shot of the wedding.

I was determined to get a photo with Martha but right after this, she was whisked away by her security ninjas.

Lost Will for a bit, but found him at the bar.

Because they think of everything, there was amazing live mood music in the elevator corridor when you entered the party. Exited as well, of course.

Our final stop of the night was the Gorilla Cheese truck, where our rubber bling scored us some sample-sized grilled cheeses to go.

I don’t have pictures, but I did spy Sylvia Weinstock (who is impossible to miss), Randy Fennoli (I didn’t put together who he was until 2 hours later, this is what I get for not actually watching Say Yes To The Dress), and Austin Scarlett. I went up to Austin and congratulated him on his new collection, which from all of the images I saw, is really gorgeous. He seemed genuinely happy to hear it, which was really lovely and endearing.

Thanks to the party team at Martha Stewart Weddings for a great time! See you next year!

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Polish Project #32

by Jamie Sanford on September 22, 2012

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123 – 126. LA Colors Unnamed Polishes from this set that I found at TJ Maxx.

Pardon my setup, doing my nails can be messy.

127. Spoiled Did I Dye My Hair Too Blonde (I can’t find this online, but I got it at CVS.)

You really do get what you pay for.

This was my first big attempt at using the dotting tool. More on that in a minute.

Unfortunate bubbles.

Thoughts: These are all inexpensive polishes, and I am a spoiled princess who wants polishes that glide on all easily with tons of pigment. This purple as a base was fine, so I’m assuming that the rest would be OK. The Spoiled polish is represented as ugly colored dots, since the green came out looking like a nice bright green.
Verdict: The Spoiled polish is going. I did try it on a wheel and it is seriously highlighter yellow on the nails. The green can stay, but the orange, pink and purple are going in the share pile.

Dotting tool!

I bought this Martha Stewart dotting tool from Michael’s after seeing other people talk about dotting tools in nail tutorials. I like this technique since I fared much better than with stamping, so I want to try again, but I do believe a selection of differently-sized tools is probably helpful. All of my dots tend to be a bit too big for my liking.

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