Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread


‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.” has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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Low-Stress Holidays: The Art of the Gift Basket

2017-12-01_13-04-42via – Growing up, I remember the time leading up to Christmas being weeks that my mother had the makings of her annual gift baskets strewn throughout our infrequently used formal dining room. Baskets or buckets, Carrs crackers, pepper jellies, candied pecans were a few of the items. Oh, and rolls and rolls of cellophane and ribbon. Our dining room became her own little elf workshop where she carefully put together anywhere from 10-50 gifts for the people in her life – co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and distant relatives who might unexpectedly drop by for a holiday visit.

While I personally couldn’t stand the look of cellophane and curled ribbons (I know, what 10-year-old isn’t into curled ribbons?), I did appreciate the attention she put into making the perfect gift basket. It is, in fact, an art.

If you’ve turned your nose up at gift baskets in the past, I’m with you. They can be tacky, impersonal, and sometimes just full of, how shall I say, crap. But knowing how much time and effort my mother put into creating the perfect assortment, it might just be the way to go this holiday season – especially if you’re gifting to the masses.

Follow these simple guidelines for the best gift basket:

  1. Pick a theme. Having a game plan helps guide you in all your purchases. Think themes like A Cozy Night At Home, Family Game Night, Gifts for Hosting, or End-of-Semester Teacher Survival Kit to get you on the right track.
  2. Start with a good container. Pick something that can easily be reused or repurposed. And by all means, don’t just go for a brown basket! (See our favorite picks below.)


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10 Fall Cocktails to Toast to This Thanksgiving

pumpkin-spice-margaritaThere are countless things to be grateful for, but let’s face it: the best way to be thankful on Turkey Day is to kick back, bond, and have a drink (or three) with loved ones. To take Thanksgiving entertaining to the next level, match your courses with deserving wines, and start off with cocktail hour. Don’t forget to stock your freezer with ice, because we’ve got 10 tipples that are guaranteed to be magnificent with your meal.

Pumpkin Spice Margarita

Pumpkin spice and tequila certainly sound like odd bedfellows, but hear me out. The key to making this seasonal spin on the margarita work is using the right tequila for the task at hand: richer reposado tequila instead of clean and clear blanco. This aged tequila is earthy enough to hold up to the warm spices and nutty gourd but is still light and bright enough that it doesn’t overpower the lime and orange liqueur.

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via Food & Wine –  We’re at Thanksgiving for the food, clearly, but décor and a beautifully set table are just as important a part of the big day as the turkey and sides (well…they’re close). Here, a few easy tips to make sure your table is Thanksgiving ready.


Send all of your linens (napkins, table runners, even a fancy apron for the chef) out to be dry cleaned so they’re pressed and ready for the big day.


Not everyone has enough matching glasses, silverware and plates for 20 plus people, so don’t hesitate to mix-and-match what you have. Keeping it all in the same color family will give your table an eclectic, but coordinated look.


Use a lot of them. Everywhere. No, you’re not trying to seduce your house guests, but the warm glow of (UNSCENTED!) candles is much more welcoming than overhead lights. Candlesticks are festive, but short pillar candles or votives won’t block the person dining across from you.



Yates Pond Oakleaf

WAKE COUNTY, N.C – Homebuyers eager to see the estate-style single-family designs at Providence at Yates Pond are invited to join developer Baker Residential on Saturday, November 18th for special “Muddy Boot” tours at the new 88-home luxury community in Cary, North Carolina.

Highlighted in the preview event will be a four-bedroom Oakleaf home design currently under construction at Providence at Yates Pond.  Attendees will be able to walk through the spacious 3,998 square-foot layout and get an up close look at its magnificent living spaces, including a kitchen with separate breakfast area, formal dining room, expansive family room, first-floor owner’s suite and guest suite, media room, storage room and mud room.  There’s also a three-car garage and optional finished attic.

The Oakleaf home is priced from $659,990.

“The ‘Muddy Boot” tours are the perfect way for interested buyers to get a strong grasp of the roomy interiors and high level of luxury, comfort and appeal we’re offering at Providence at Yates Pond,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for Baker Residential.  “We’ve already fielded a number of calls from prospects excited to attend the event and be one of the first opportunities to preview the Oakleaf home.” Continue reading “BAKER RESIDENTIAL TO HOLD ‘MUDDY BOOT” TOURS OF FOUR-BEDROOM OAKLEAF HOME AT PROVIDENCE AT YATES POND”


Final Rendering (Rendering House) 7.6.17Developer Baker Residential is providing the first opportunities to preview three popular townhome designs with desired first-floor master bedroom suites at The Meadows at Panther Valley, the fast-selling residential enclave rising in this well-established Allamuchy Township neighborhood.

The Inverness, The Broadmoor and The Essex floorplans have taken the spotlight during “Sneak Peek” tours of homes under construction at the Warren County community.  The guided tours provide an advanced look at the high volume of luxury and space that have made the designs attractive to buyers seeking the ease of one-level living without sacrificing the space of a two-story home.

Interested buyers can call The Meadows’ sales center at 908-852-0016 to schedule a “Sneak Peek” tour.

“Our selection of master down townhomes has already generated strong sales based solely on floorplans and renderings,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for Baker Residential.   “We’re now offering prospects the chance to physically walk-through three of these designs to obtain an even better appreciation of the functional and spacious interiors.” Continue reading “THE MEADOWS AT PANTHER VALLEY OFFERS A “SNEAK PEEK” OF THREE-BEDROOM TOWNHOMES WITH FIRST-FLOOR MASTER SUITES”



via Wirecutter – If you’re having a party—whether it’s a small get-together or a call-the-cops dance party—you’ll need some supplies. Here’s our guide to the most essential gear you’ll need to throw the best party. The picks below represent several hundred hours of research and testing; some picks come from longer full guides, while other items come from research we did specifically for this collection. A great party is a chance to put your phone down and enjoy good company. Prepare just enough so you can relax and have fun. It’s your party, after all.