EMMA for the modern domestic
No. 11 December/January 2014
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OH HELLO With my husband in a separate hemisphere, and myself surrounded by everything foreign and new, I found comfort in the tinsel tradition.
wo Decembers ago, my husband left me in an unfamiliar sea of moving boxes for a work trip to Beijing. We had just purchased a new home and barely had time to unload the moving truck before I took him to the airport. I slept fitfully that first night. Alone on a mattress on the floor, I panicked at the creaks and groans typical of a mid-century house. More than once I convinced myself of an intruder but too cold and too pregnant to do anything about it, I clutched the comforter tighter and willed myself back to dreamland. Before moving day, I pictured the perfect life unfolding in our mid-century ranch style home. It needed a lot of work, but I imagined the potential: kids giggling as they ran across the grass, baking together on cold December days, a baby nursery for our little one on the way. The next morning, I awoke to a stack of boxes, and furiously entered nesting mode. Despite most people’s better judgement (and the doctor’s orders to take it easy), I put up our
Christmas tree right then and there. With my husband in a separate hemisphere, and myself surrounded by everything foreign and new, I found comfort in the tinsel tradition. So this issue is all about reclaiming the traditions we loved as kids, but in a way that’s actually doable. For instance, Emma columnist, Kindra Hall recalls her inaugural cookie decorating party (page 92) with a reminder that it’s the ugly cookies that get eaten first. Fill an advent calendar with daily December activities (page 25), and be sure to include a few selfless acts for others. Finally, create a DIY snow globe, give it a good shake, and watch it fill with snow (page 29). That Christmas, we filled our home with more family than could fit, we hosted a gift exchange that went awry, and I fell asleep before the last guests left, but I’m looking forward to doing it all again this year.
SARAH HUBBELL, EDITOR IN CHIEF OF EMMA MAGAZINE
MID CENTURY MODERN Take your design cues from Betty Draper and trim your tree in retro fashion.
WHITE CHRISTMAS It may not be snowing outside, but a wintry white room gives the feel of a cozy Christmas in the Alps.
SWEATER STOCKING Turn an old sweater into a new stocking.
SNOW GLOBE A DIY project little ones will love.
ONE BOX 4 WAYS DIY bloggers give their own spin to a simple white box.
WINTER SOUPS These delicious recipes make dinner party prep a breeze! HOMEMADE PESTO Whip up a jar of pesto with a printable tag for Christmas gifting.
MERRY MUNCHABLES Pack a holiday lunch like a boss. Plus win a lunch box!
62 CINNAMON TWIST A sweet recipe fit for Christmas brunch.
DIY ADVENT Create a homemade advent calendar filled with daily December activities and treats. MARQUEE LETTERS Put your family’s name in lights, or make your New Year’s party shine with a homemade “2014.”
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Fight the post-Christmas blues by ringing in the new year with sweets, bubbly, and close friends.
COOKIE DECORATING PARTY How columnist, Kindra Hall, survived her first cookie decorating party and birthed a new Christmas tradition.
HOLIDAY HAIR This braided updo stays modern while giving a nod to the 20s. Perfect for a holiday party or fancy date night.
BERRY TIGHTS 3 WAYS Trouble styling colored tights? We sent the same pair of tights to a handful of fashion bloggers to see how they wore them!
HOLIDAY SHOPPING Gifts for the home cook, the little tykes, the gadget lover, and everyone else on your list!
DECK THE HALLS The editors’ picks for holiday decor, cards, and giftwrap.
Here’s what Emma’s got on the books this month!
RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR AUSTIN Austin’s premiere indie-craft marketplace with music by Waterloo Records. Bring friends along to snap a picture in the Magnolia Photo Booth! www.renegadecraft.com
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CRAFETERIA PHOENIX Indie craft festival featuring 40 artists plus food trucks and live music under the stars. www.francesvintage.com/crafeteria
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BROOKLYN HOLIDAY BAZAAR BROOKLYN Schmooze, booze, shop! Over thirty hand-picked local artisans (curated by Brooklyn Makers) will be on site selling clothing, jewelry, accessories, stationery, gourmet food, and much more. brooklynexposed.com
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HANDMADE HOLIDAY PHOENIX Mingle with the editors of Emma Magazine while making handmade gifts. There will be plenty of hot chocolate and Christmas jams for merry-making. www.handmadeholiday.net
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RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR LOS ANGELES Hit up this indie-craft marketplace for sophisticated ceramics and housewares, delicious artisanal food and drink, and screen-printed art just to name a few. www.renegadecraft.com
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Felted Pom Pom Garland
“Ho Ho Ho” Pillow
“No Peeking” Wrap
Food Gift Tags
HOLLY JOLLY DECOR Want to purchase? Click on the link below each image to shop! Mistletoe Wreath: Gilt ABC Ornaments: Pottery Barn Felted Garland: World Market Food Gift Tags: World Market Advent Calendar: Land of Nod Wooden Tree: Urban Outfitters Pillow: Joshua By Oak (Etsy) No Peeking Wrap: Pei Design Stocking: Anthropologie Foil Stamped Cards: Tiny Prints
Looped & Loomed Stocking
Foil Stamped Cards
HIPSTER HOLIDAY CURATED BY THE SAZDANOFFS
C H R I ST M AS T R E AT Ju l i a n Ca sa bl a n c a s
LADY DECEMBER The Concretes
JINGLE BELL ROCK The Ventures
T H E C H R I ST M AS S O N G Th e Ra v eo n et tes
T HE FALLING SNOW D ami en Jura d o
THE BLIZZARD Camera Obscura
B LU E C H R I ST M AS Joh n n y Ca sh
AIN’T NO CHIMNEYS IN THE PROJECTS Sh a r o n Jones & The D ap-Kings
IN THE NEW YEAR The Wal kmen
CONTRIBUTORS SA RA H H U B B E L L Ed i to r i n C h i ef
MARISA SCHIBILLA Photographer
EMILY YEATE S D esi gner
S H E L LY SA ZDA N O F F As so c i a te Ed i to r
JAMIE SCHULTZ Photographer
MEGAN BAILEY DIY Contri bu tor
MICHELLE HERRICK Ph oto g r a ph e r
HEATHER KINKEL Ph oto g rapher & Food Contri bu tor
JOANNA MEYER Food Contri bu tor
SA RA N EV E L S Ph oto g r a ph e r
AUBREY NIELSEN Food Contri bu tor
KRISTIN ALBER D esi gner
AL E JA N D RA A R M ST R O N G In te r n
KINDRA HALL Columni st
ERICA VELASCO Photographer
YAS M I N E YAC U T In te r n
JENNY STREBE Hair St yli st
DANI HAMPTON Gu est Gif t Cura tor
L AU RA H O U C K In te r n
MARIANA WALTERS Makeup Ar ti st
ADRIANNE LENTINE Gu est Gif t Cura tor
M E L I S SA CA M PA N A Co p y Ed i to r
STACEY WOODWARD Photographer
MEGAN COLLINS Gu est Gif t Cura tor
V E R O N I K A N OVOT N Y Fa sh i o n Co n t r i b u to r
K ATIE WALTEMEYER DIY Contri bu tor
SUSAN PETERSON Gu est Gif t Cura tor
M A RA F E R R E I RA Fa sh i o n Co n t r i b u to r
KELLI MULLINS DIY Contri bu tor
RISSA SANDMAN Gu est Gif t Cura tor
TIEKA KNIGHT Fa sh i o n Co n t r i b u to r
REBECCA LOPEZ DIY Contri bu tor
MIMI G Fa shi on Contri bu tor
M A R I S SA M E A D E Fa sh i o n Co n t r i b u to r
KRIST Y CALL DIY Contri bu tor
MELISSA JILL Photographer
An advice column for the modern domestic. Need advice? Send your questions to AskEmma@emmamag.com.
Q: ANY ADVICE FOR A FRIEND BREAKUP? I DREAD RUNNING INTO MY SISTERIN-LAW AND FORMER BEST FRIEND AT HOLIDAY GATHERINGS. WE HAD A FALLING OUT, AND NOW IT’S AWKWARD AND DIFFICULT TO BE TOGETHER. A: Broken friendships are always difficult, especially when the friend is also family. Ignoring the problem will only make it more difficult. It is really important to know what the problem was, so you will not repeat this situation. Here are some questions to consider: What went wrong? How did this conflict happen? What did I do? What did she do? What am I willing to do to mend things with her? Take responsibility for your actions and yours alone. Many people want one person to be the “good guy” and another the “bad guy,” but perhaps no one in particular is good or bad in this relational breakdown. Resist the urge to talk to other people about how badly she treated you. If you aren’t entirely sure who did what or what went wrong, find a neutral person and ask for perspective. In the case of a family member, it is not always an option to avoid the person entirely. If you can, communicate with your sister-inlaw before the next family gathering. You can do this by email, letter, phone, or in person. You can express your apology for the part you played and ask for understanding if there is more to the problem you are unaware of. I love the phrase: “Help me understand what happened from your perspective?” If this goes well, you could ask her to forgive you and invite further friendship. If she is open and willing, great. If not, understand she may need more time to process and make her own decisions about moving forward. Maybe your sister-in-law won’t be a best
friend but she could be someone you don’t react to or avoid every holiday. Q: EVERY YEAR I EXPECT THE HOLIDAYS TO BE FILLED WITH JOY, AND EVERY YEAR I AM DISAPPOINTED. ANY ADVICE? A: You are not alone! First, unrealistic expectations often cause holiday blues. Whether those expectations come in the form of gifts wished for or hopes for emotional satisfaction, not getting what we want leads to disappointment. Consider your expectations for this season. Are they realistic? Understand what you have control over and what is beyond your control. Second, there is a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is external. It’s based on situations, events, people, places, and thoughts. Happiness is connected to your hope for a relationship or for the perfect Christmas. Chronic unhappiness can lead to despair and depression. Joy, on the other hand, is internal and cultivated. It is not dependent on externals. Joy comes when you make peace with who you are, where you are, why you are. Joy is a way of experiencing the world. We cultivate and experience joy in the ordinary moments of our lives. Many people find joy through developing their spiritual life, by serving people who are disadvantaged, by delighting in the beauty in nature, or creating art. In some ways, you could say joy is dependent on you, while happiness is dependent on circumstances and others. In the busyness of this holiday season, find ways to cultivate joy. Then, if circumstances or people disappoint, you will be able to reflect back on the season as one where you experienced moments of joy.
Larcy Dunford MC LPC has a private counseling practice in Scottsdale Arizona. Counseling provides individuals and couples the opportunity to gain perspective and learn new information and skills which change lives and promote healthy relationships. www.larcychriscounseling.com
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHELLE HERRICK
Dress up your fireplace this Christmas by turning an old holiday sweater into a stocking. Homemade holiday decorations always add a sentimental touch. Canâ€™t bear cutting up anything in your closet? Grab an inexpensive sweater at your nearest second-hand store and get crafty!
TRACE & CUT Take an existing stocking and trace a chalk line onto your sweater. Make sure the opening lies at the bottom of the sweater. This eliminates the need for sewing a hem at the top of your new stocking. Cut slightly outside of the chalk line to allow room for the seam line.
PIN & SEW Pin sweater pieces, right sides together (inside out). Sew a 1/8 or 1/4-inch seam around the exterior. Cut a narrow strip from the excess fabric and create a loop. Sew loop to the inside for hanging. Flip right sides out and hang by the chimney with care!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARISA SCHIBILLA
Get the kids (and adults!) excited about Christmas with a homemade advent calendar. Keeping a calendar filled with goodies and holiday activities serves as a reminder to enjoy the season and relish in the small, simple joys. Mini Stockings: Cut out 48 felt stocking shapes (our stocking stencil measures 4 inches). Place two pieces together, one on top of the other, until you have them all doubled up for a total of 24 stockings. Sew each set around the edges, leaving the top open. Set aside. Trace numbers 1-24 on a different color felt. We used 1-inch number stencils. Cut them out. Glue numbers on each stocking. Once dry, cut small snips in the back of each stocking and thread a long piece of yarn through each one. Hang over the fireplace! Muslin Pouches: Purchase two dozen muslin pouches or make your own. Stencil numbers on with red paint and hang on bakerâ€™s twine with clothespins. Fill some with candy or small toys, or write daily December activities and stuff them inside!
Donate canned goods to a local shelter. Make a handwritten card for someone and send it via snail mail. Purchase a gift for someone less fortunate (try the Angel Tree Program). Bake Christmas cookies. Deliver cookies to a neighbor. Swap Secret Santa names. Hang mistletoe. Go ice skating. Make a gingerbread house. Doorbell ditch neighbors, leaving a Christmas surprise on their doorstep. Take pictures with Santa. Go Christmas shopping. Whip up hot cocoa. Roast marshmallows by the fire. Make the DIY snow globe on page 29. Attend the Nutcracker ballet. String a cranberry garland. Spend the evening hunting for Christmas lights. Wrap gifts. Build a snowman. Instigate a family dance party to classic Christmas jams. Host an ugly Christmas sweater party or cookie swap. Read the original Christmas story (from Luke chapter 2). Watch your favorite Christmas movie. Read “The Night Before Christmas” and set out a plate of cookies.
THATâ€™S A WRAP PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARISA SCHIBILLA WORDS BY MELISSA CAMPANA
Emma handed four DIY bloggers the same white box, and asked them to make some holiday magic. In the end, we had four completely different examples of gift-wrapping glory; be sure to check out the links below for more great inspiration. Warning: replicating what you see here may make your parcel too pretty to open! No. 1 Katie Waltemeyer from www.sweetrosestudio.com kept with tradition, layering sparkly gold ribbons and an embellished white poinsettia over neutral mailing paper. No. 2 Rebecca Lopez of www.thecraftedsparrow.com blog, brought the outdoors in, with birch wrapping paper and a DIY felt fox cut-out. She covered an old plastic Easter egg in brown felt for a woodsy bow alternative. No. 3 Kelli Mullins blogs at www.lollyjane.com and traded traditional red and green for soft pastels. Contrasting delicate doilies with textured burlap, she then tied it all together with bakerâ€™s twine and a stamped gift tag. No. 4 Kristy Call from www.thediaryofdaveswife.com dressed up her box with festive red and white polka dots and whimsical ribbons. She added a sprig of Christmas berries for an extra pop.
DIY SNOW GLOBE PHOTOGRAPHY BY SWEET LITTLE PEANUT WORDS BY MEGAN BAILEY
Have some holiday fun with your little one making a homemade snow globe. Blogger Megan Bailey, from Sweet Little Peanut, shows us how. MATERIALS Clean, dry jars with lids Plastic or ceramic figurines or trees Tulip® Fashion Glitter® from ilovetocreate.com Distilled water Glycerin (available at most pharmacies) Aleene’s® 2-Part Liquid Epoxy Adhesive™ from ilovetocreate.com
STEPS To get started, make sure your jars are cleaned and completely dry. You can spray paint the lids to be a holiday color or leave their natural metal finish. Adhere the figurines to the jar lid by using epoxy glue, which will hold the best in water. Make sure to follow the application and drying directions for the glue. Once the epoxy is completely set, fill your jar almost full with distilled water. Add a small drop of glycerin to the water. You don’t want to add too much, or it will make the water thick and chunky. If you are using a standard size jar, one small drop will be plenty. The glycerin helps to suspend the glitter in the water, giving it the “snowing” effect. Add glitter to the jar. How much you use depends on just how snowy you want your world to be! Insert the lid with the figurine and tighten down. Give it a good shake and watch the globe fill with snow!
How to Style
BERRY TIGHTS WORDS BY SARAH HUBBELL
We’ve all been there. An accessory beckons us from the department store shelf. “I could pull that off,” you think, and the next thing you know, you’re standing at the checkout. A year later, that prized piece is sitting, unworn, in the back of a dresser drawer somewhere, and you begin to consider donating it, or bringing it to a friend’s clothing swap. For me, that accessory was a pair of colored tights, and if it wasn’t for the help of the five fashion bloggers below, my sartorial snafu would be destined for just such an end. Instead, we sent each blogger the same pair of berry tights, inspired by the holiday season, and asked them to style however they wished. I am happy to report that these fashion-savvy gals have put my underused accessory enigma to rest. As Veronika of By The Shore, a style blog based in Vancouver, explains, “When it comes to styling bright tights, I love reaching for neutrals like cream, biege and a fantastic whiskey-hued shoe. It allows for the tights to take center stage but still creates a wearable and classic outfit!”
TRENCH GAP DRESS FOREVER 21 SHOES JEFFREY CAMPBELL 32 EMMA
BLOGGER: VERONIKA NOVOTNY BLOG: BY THE SHORE
BLOGGER: MARA FERREIRA BLOG: M LOVES M DRESS WILLOW & CLAY VIA MARSHALLS JACKET SW3BESPOKE BOOTS BC FOOTWEAR
BLOGGER: TIEKA KNIGHT BLOG: SELECTIVE POTENTIAL NECKLACE ACCESSORY FANATIC DRESS/WEDGES MODCLOTH CUFF BRICKYARD BUFFALO
BLOGGER: MARISSA MEADE BLOG: STYLE CUSP POLKA DOT TOP ZARA SKIRT MAJE SHOES ALDO
BLOGGER: MIMI G BLOG: MIMI G STYLE SKIRT DIY BLAZER FOREVER 21 SHOES ZARA
CHRISTMAS PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARISA SCHIBILLA WORDS BY LAURA HOUCK
Skip traditional red and green and opt for a clean, white look, with touches of warmer hues for added dimension. Add subtle holiday hints to the walls with a white stag and graphic reindeer prints. An all-white tree dressed in twinkling lights and metallic ornaments casts a cozy glow. Keep your space from feeling too frosty with warm candlelight and a classic holiday garland.
STAG HEAD String a felt ball garland and drape over a faux stag for decor that feels wintry but can stay up year-round. Find this stag at www.whitefauxtaxidermy.com.
DIY GARLAND Layer varying types of non-traditional garland. We used a roll of burlap ribbon and a string of felt balls found at www.handbehg.com.
DIY TRAY PRINTABLES Give a plain white serving tray a wintry touch by adding a These bold graphic prints add a Christmas touch while piece of wrapping paper cut to fit the bottom. still remaining sophisticated. For free printable, visit www.emmamag.com/christmas-wall-prints to download.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARISA SCHIBILLA
Does your Christmas consist of Mad Men binging and repeated viewings of A Christmas Story? Take your tree trimming cues from Betty Draper this season, and give your Christmas a retro-American edge. No. 1 Start with a white tree. No. 2 Add multi-colored lights. We love this pre-lit tree from www.treetopia.com. No. 3 Pick a color scheme. Mid-century design eschews traditional red and green for bright blue, lime green, and fuschia pink. We stuck with blues and greens! No. 4 Trim the tree! A lime green beaded garland goes first, followed by a DIY tree topper. Miniature versions of our tree topper hang as DIY ornaments alongside sunburst ornaments found at Target. No. 5 Choose your gift wrap. Keep gift wrap in the same color scheme with brightly colored cellophane. Enjoy your retro-inspired Christmas snuggled up to a midcentury pillow like this one found at www.regansbrain.com.
MUNCHABLES PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMIE SCHULTZ WORDS BY SARAH HUBBELL
When Jamie Schultz started packing legendary lunches, it wasnâ€™t out of a deep-seated desire to put all other sack lunches to shame, but put them to shame she did. Schultz sought to replace convenient, sugar-filled foods commonly found in the cafeteria lunch line with whole foods her kids would actually want to eat. On her blog, This Lunch Rox, she gives tips and ideas for presenting healthy foods in an irresistable way. Below are two merry munchables she crafted in honor of the season; give them a whirl! Snowflake Lunch: Ham and cheese sandwich with white American cheese accent, broccoli/cauliflower, strawberries/grapes, dark chocolate squares, cheese curds, and a lunch box note tucked in a little paper sack. Joy Lunch: Roast beef and cheese sandwich made with spinach wrap, strawberries/kiwi, cheese curds, and snap peas all packed in a PlanetBox lunch box. Follow @emmamagazine on Instagram to win your own PlanetBox lunch box (seen here)!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHELLE HERRICK RECIPES BY JOANNA MEYER
Piping hot winter soup in a trio of flavors makes for simple dinner party prep and a satisfying guest experience. Kristin Alber, of REstyleSOURCE, styled this winter soup bar with crisp white dishes, layering in natural wood pieces for an organic blank slate that lets the food shine. Try one or two of these savory recipes, and feel free to slip in a store-bought variety for the third. Itâ€™ll be our little secret.
KALE & SQUASH SOUP INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 white onion, diced 3 cups vegetable stock 3 cups chicken broth 2 cups butternut squash, diced into 1/2â€? cubes 4 large kale leaves, ribs removed and roughly chopped salt and black pepper, to taste 1 cup rice, cooked
PREPARE Heat the oil in a large pot, add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the vegetable stock and chicken broth and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Add the butternut squash and continue to simmer for 10 minutes or until the squash is slightly tender. Add the kale and cook for 3-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings
CARROT APPLE GINGER SOUP INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 shallots, chopped 1 lb carrots, peeled and chopped 1 Gala apple, peeled, cored and chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 3 tsp ginger, minced 6 cups vegetable stock 1 tsp orange zest juice of 1/2 lime salt and black pepper, to taste chives, chopped for garnish
PREPARE In a large pot, heat oil to medium, add shallots and cook until translucent. Add carrots, apple and celery and cook for 5 minutes. Add ginger and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the stock and add orange zest. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 minutes until the carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Add lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender; blend on high speed until smooth. Pour the soup back into the pot to warm over medium heat. Serve with a sprinkle of chopped chives. Makes 8 servings
WALNUT & ROSEMARY FOUGASSE INGREDIENTS 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading 1 3/4 tsp rapid-rise dried yeast 1/2 tbsp salt 1 1/4 cup whole milk, scalded then cooled for 15 minutes 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 3/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped 3 sprigs rosemary, leaves roughly chopped
PREPARE In a bowl, mix 3 cups of flour, yeast, salt and 1/2 cup walnuts. Pour in milk and 2 tablespoons of oil and mix until a ball of dough is formed. Knead for 5 minutes and using flour only when needed to keep dough from sticking. Cover the dough in the bowl with plastic wrap and rest for 20 minutes. Uncover, knead for another 5 minutes, coat the bowl with 2 more tablespoons of oil, cover and let it rise for 40 minutes. Repeat this step twice; the dough will double in size. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and form a long rectangle. Fold the ends in like a letter where it overlaps in the middle. Place seam side down and let it rise for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and place a baking sheet on the lowest rack. Divide the dough into four pieces and create each into a leaf shape (about a 1/4” thick), then cutting a leaf pattern into the dough. Transfer to a lined baking sheet and stretch the dough so the cut pattern is more prominent. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary and remaining walnuts; let it rise for 15 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes until crisp and golden brown. Makes 4.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND RECIPE BY AUBREY NIELSEN
Something about cool weather and evergreen trees sends us into full on bake-mode. The sweet and stylish food bloggers behind Oh So Delicioso couldnâ€™t agree more. Try their twist on a classic cinnamon roll for a tasty Christmas-time treat.
CINNAMON TWIST WHEEL INGREDIENTS 3 cups warm water 2 T yeast 2 T sugar 3 tsp salt 4-6 cups flour 1/2 cup melted butter 1 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons cinnamon 8 oz whipped cream cheese
PREPARE In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, dissolve yeast into water. Let sit for a few minutes to grow. Add salt, sugar and start mixer. Slowly mix in the 4 cups of flour. Once smooth add 1-2 more cups. Knead until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rise about 20 minutes. Meanwhile make filling. Mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. Lightly flour clean surface and turn dough on to it. Divide into two equal dough balls. Take one dough ball and pat it down to a long flat strip about 4 inches tall by about 2 feet. Spread about 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture onto the dough, followed by dollops of cream cheese. Fold in half covering all the filling so you have one long strip of dough. Twist the dough and place in a spiral on a cookie sheet lined with either parchment paper or wax paper. Leave a little space in the spiral for the dough to rise. Repeat with the second dough ball. Cover and let rise another 15 minutes. Take the remaining brown sugar and cream cheese and place dollops of each over the dough and in the creases. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 20 mins or until golden brown. Brush with butter and allow to cool.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND RECIPE BY HEATHER KINKEL
Heather Kinkelâ€™s family members look forward to a fresh batch of homemade pesto every Christmas. Heather, the photographer behind birdiegirlphotography.blogspot.com, whips up her homemade spread once a year, and packages it in a clear glass jar. Try her recipe and attach our simple gift tag printable for a delicious yuletide gift this year.
INGREDIENTS 4 cups packed basil leaves (leaves only, no stems) 1/2 cup pecorino-romano cheese, pre-grated 1/2 cup pine nuts 1/2 cup olive oil 8 cloves garlic course salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
P R E PA R E Place all ingredients in food processor. Pulse until desired consistency is reached. Fill jar and seal with lid, then refrigerate. No need to process as if you were â€œcanning.â€? Makes one 8 ounce jar.
HOLIDAY HAIR PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERICA VELASCO
Holiday parties are a great excuse for fancy hair. Jenny Strebe, stylist and blogger behind Confessions of a Hairstylist, shows how to create a glamorous silhouette with this 20s-inspired updo. A tribal print and braids keeps her look modern. Shop the outfit at francesvintage.com.
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No. 1 Start with dry, clean hair, and create a triangle section from crown to the hairline. No. 2 Now clip away the hair in front of the ears. No. 3 Create a low pony in the back, divide the hair in half, and create a braid using the â€œfishtailâ€? technique. No. 4 Continue your fishtail braid all the way, until you are 1/2 inch away from the ends. Secure with an elastic band. No. 5 Take your fishtail braid and wrap it around your ponytail, creating a bun. No. 6 Drop your side sections and create normal, three-strand braid, securing the ends with an elastic band. Repeat this technique on the other side.
No. 7 Drape your braid across to the back and wrap around bun. Repeat this on the other side. No. 8 Drop triangle section out and curl with a 1.5-inch curling iron. No. 9 Clip each section with a pin curl clip to help set your curls. No. 10 Drop out the pin curl clips. No. 11 Gently comb the hair down, and where the hair naturally dips, place a clip to help set a classic â€œSâ€? like pattern in the hair. Repeat this technique on each side. No. 12 Release clips and pin the ends into the bun in the back. Finish the look with a firm hold hairspray and enjoy!
NEW YEAR’S EVE FÊTE PHOTOGRAPHY BY STACEY WOODWARD WORDS BY SARAH HUBBELL
We wanted to make sure we had all our bases covered before we doled out NYE party-hosting advice, so we went ahead and threw a party early this year. Take it from us, a little bit of gold glitter goes a long way for a fete like this one! No. 1 The Invite: If your guest list is small, it allows you to go big with the invite. This sets the tone for your soiree and gets friends excited. Dress up a simple black and white invite with a dash of gold glitter, noise makers, and a “2014” banner. Pack it all in a Petite Party Studio pastry box, and you’re ready to ship out a very memorable mailer! No. 2 Beverages: Set out champagne cocktail recipe cards, and a chalkboard “Pop some bubbly!” sign, inviting guests to mix it up on their own. What better place to DIY than at the bar? The Hostess with the Mostess can take it easy while guests belly up to the bar and decide how best to toast the new year. Be sure to have sparkling cider on hand for non-drinkers! No. 3 Dessert Buffet: Set up a “Bark Bar!” With flavors like cake batter and dark chocolate cherry hazlenut, there’s something for every sweet tooth. We picked up pale pink and white cake pedestals from Petite Party Studio to display each bark flavor, and provided striped take home bags for packing up leftovers. Don’t have a striped tablecloth on hand? Pick up a rental linen like this one from La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, and leave the clean up duty to them! No. 4 Photobooth: With gold triangle decals, we created a bold graphic backdrop for a photobooth that can stay up long after the party. Make your own removable adhesive wall pattern with a large triangle pack from Walls By Mur. Make up a hashtag and post it near the booth, so social-media savvy partygoers can follow their friends into 2014. Don’t forget the silly props!
HOW TO: BARK This bark’s got bite, and the sky’s the limit for your creativity. Chocolate chips of your choosing meet your favorite toppings to create a sugary symphony. No. 1 Pick your chips (white, milk, or dark chocolate) and toppings (dried cherries, chopped hazelnuts, crushed peppermint…you’re the boss!) For this cake batter bark, we used white chocolate, sprinkles, and chewy Sweet Tarts. No. 2 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. No. 3 Melt chocolate over a double boiler. No. 4 Pour melted chocolate evenly over baking sheet. No. 5 Sprinkle toppings over the chocolate layer. No. 6 Allow to cool at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if you’re in a hurry. When the chocolate has hardened, break it up and pass ‘em out!
MARQUEE SIGN PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERICA VELASCO
Put your family’s name in lights, or make your New Year’s party shine with a homemade “2014.” There’s no shortage to the things you can do with your own marquee sign, and interior designer Emily Yeates shows us how in just four easy steps. You’ll need foam core board, poster board, globe string lights, a hot glue gun, and an Exacto knife. We can’t get enough of these bright ideas, so share yours with an #emmamag hashtag (and we promise to stop punning).
No. 1 Print out letters on cardstock. Trace onto foam core board and cut out using a razor cutting tool or Exacto knife.
No. 2 Measure and cut four-inch strips of poster board.
No. 3 Hot glue the poster strips to the letter perimeter, centering the letter on the poster strip. This will help your letter to stand. Optional: Spray paint your letters if desired.
No. 4 Using scissors, make “X” marks where you want the bulbs to go, evenly spaced around the letter. With the bulb unscrewed, poke it through an “X” mark. Screw into the socket on the other side and repeat with remaining bulbs. Tuck any excess sockets or cords into the back side of the letter and save extra bulbs somewhere safe!
SWEET SUGAR SOAKED REVENGE WORDS BY KINDRA HALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELISSA JILL
How I survived my first cookie decorating party and birthed a new Christmas tradition. It was several Decembers ago, and my dear friend Stephanie invited me to her house to decorate Christmas cookies. This made me very excited for several reasons: 1). I love being invited to things. 2). I love eating Christmas cookies. 3). In preschool, I loved finger painting. I had never decorated a Christmas cookie before, but I imagined it involved a similar technique. I arrived at Stephanie’s at 6pm sharp, eager to get my hands on some cookies and in some frosting. Moments after I knocked on the wreathed door, Stephanie’s sister who was in town visiting for the holidays answered; the sister who had spent the last 30 Christmases perfecting her cooking decorating skills. Over the past several decades this sister had honed her precision frosting placement and when she shook sprinkles from the bottle they fell like magic atop her golden brown canvas. Every single one of this sister’s cookies was a masterpiece – she made cookies simply too beautiful to eat. Of course, I didn’t know any of this as the sister shook my hand and welcomed me into the home. Stephanie was in the kitchen mixing the final colors of homemade frosting while our other girlfriend was preparing the decorative sprinkles and the edible silver balls (I loved edible silver balls). I paused for a moment to take in the scene. The kitchen counters were full of cookies. There were six bowls overflowing with brightly colored frosting as if they were a gift from Rainbow Brite herself. Finally, two large empty Tupperware containers sat waiting - waiting for only the most beautiful cookies to be packed safely away for Stephanie and her sister to bring to friends, family, and members of the church the following afternoon. The cookies that made it into the Tupperware container were destined to spread joy to the people of the world. To achieve the greatest of all cookie heights. I thought I had died and gone to sugar-starved, finger painting-deprived heaven. I pulled my tall chair up the kitchen counter and so commenced my cookie-decorating debut. I was determined to get some of my cookies into that Tupperware container. For hours I decorated with my heart and soul. I painted, I poured, I licked my fingers and then drove my freshly cleaned hand back into the bowls of the delicious powdered sugar and milk mixture, ignoring the decorating spoons. I sprinkled, I spackled, I splattered. There was frosting on the counter. On the carpet. Above my brow. In my hair. On my sweater. On the dog. It was preschool all over again and I. Was. Loving it. I even dipped a tortilla chip meant for the salsa into the blue frosting just as an experiment. All the while I hummed a little Christmas tune. “Oh we need a little Christmas, right this very minute.” I was so focused, so immersed in my decorating that I barely noticed how ... different my cookies looked. Different from Stephanie’s, from our other girlfriend, and very different from Stephanie’s sister’s cookies. I barely noticed until ... she spoke. “What exactly is THAT supposed to be?” She pointed to a gingerbread man I had painted white with a red stripe through it.
Disdain dripped off the end of her index finger like frosting onto to a sugar-cookie star. “It’s… a cookie?” She did not appear to believe me. I decided to be more clear. “It’s a ... tribute.” “A tribute?” She did not appear to like tributes. “It’s a tribute to my dead grandfather, may he rest in peace.” The sister fell silent. Her eyebrows lowered, lips pursed. She didn’t have much to say about that. Without a word she turned her cheek and put a final button on her well-dressed gingerbread man, adding it to a pile of completed cookies that would rather go stale than be eaten they were so exquisite. I knew at that moment in order for even one of my cookies to find their way into the coveted Tupperware container, I would have to take a different approach entirely. And so I did. From then onward, my cookies were MORE than just holiday cheer. My cookies told stories. My cookies represented the pain and irony of the world. Not just Santa and his sleigh; my cookies had blood, confronted issues of racial tolerance, and acknowledged death. These things happen at Christmas too. And as I finished each one of my cookie masterpieces, I named them. Each name became more controversial than the one before it. Finally, so they could truly appreciate the depth of my cookies and grant them permission to achieve the greatest of cookie heights, I taught my fellow decorators the names until they were able to recognize every single one and (reluctantly) recite them as I pointed. It was great holiday cheer for all. When the evening came to an end, it was time to divvy up the cookies and place the best ones in the honored Tupperware containers to be shared with the world. I held my breath and looked away as rows of red hearts, Red-Hot-spotted-trees, frosting stitched stockings, sparkling stars, and fancy gingerbread men were placed on layers of wax paper in the plastic container. When the sorting process was complete, I was given three paper plates, a piece of saran wrap and handed all of my cookies to bring home. “I bet your husband will like them,” the sister smiled as she said it. I don’t remember smiling. That night, all of my cookies and I went home to my husband, Michael, who was playing with a light-box he had ordered to take better photos for a project at work when I walked in. “Why the sour face?” he asked as I dropped the plate of reject-cookies on the kitchen table. “No one wanted to give my cookies to the people of the world. No one wanted my cookies to spread joy.” He could tell I was upset. “Who said these cookies won’t spread joy? These cookies will live on LONG after they have been digested,” he proclaimed. I was confused until he grabbed one of the paper plates, removed the saran wrap, and placed the first cookie in the light-box. “Are you ready for your close-up Mr. Cookie?” “That one is called Hole in Sock, Frozen Toe,” I told him. He smiled, as if to himself, and snapped a photo. He proceeded to take a picture of every single one (or at least the ones we didn’t eat first) of my misfit cookies so that they could spread joy to the world. “These cookies will live in Infamy!” he proclaimed (with too much drama - just
how I like it) from behind the lens. Cloud Over Moon. The Colors of TV. Mr. America. It Doesn’t Matter if You’re Black or White. Frosty Tree with the Blood of Slaughtered Fuzzy Forest Animals. Gay Pride. The Heart of a Cheating Man. Forest Under Sun by a River of Blood. This Tree was Beautiful Before Plastic Surgery. Broken Ankle, Shattered Dreams; A Tribute to Nancy Kerrigan. And in case there was any question: You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be Delicious. My sweet Michael and I ate every last one of those cookies at the end of the photo session. It was joyful. The following December, I started a new tradition. My own cookie decorating party where the cookie with the best story won a prize. I baked 200 sugar cookies in the shapes of gingerbread men, elves, hearts, trees, and ghosts (which should have been for Halloween but Michael claimed it was for the Ghost of Christmas Past). Finally, there was one erotic cookie that Michael had created himself and hidden among the rest for one “lucky” lady to find. I had bowls ready for homemade frosting, sprinkles, and even a dairy-free batch for my lactoseprejudiced friend (though she calls it intolerance). Stephanie was the first to arrive, to help me get the frosting just right and as the rest of the ladies arrived, the party began with a story - the story of the First Cookie Decorating. The story of the ugly cookies that started it all. A story that would live in infamy. From there, the decorating commenced at all different levels of skill, and we loved every ugly cookie made. Kindra Hall is a regular columnist at Emma, and author of Otherwise Untold: A Collection of Stories Most People Would Keep To Themselves. Read more of her hilarious adventures at www.kindrahall.com.
CURATED BY THE EDITORS Stuff those stockings with candy canes, oranges, and one or two of these little goodies for a very merry Christmas morning.
Mast Brothers Chocolate
Iowa Pine Candle Tin
Want to purchase? Click on the link below each image to shop! Chocolate: Dean & Deluca Pine Candle: Mrs. Meyer’s Sunglasses: Framed Ewe 2014 Calendar: Whitney Rae Paper Team Golf Ball Set: Amazon Audrey Pencils: Etsy Beard Oil: Sam’s Natural Succulent Stamp: Creatiate (Etsy) iPhone Cover: Ban.Do Glitter Polish: Sephora
Framed Ewe Sunglasses
Team Golf Ball Trio
Glitter Nail Polish
Olive Wood Utensil Set
Bourbon & Brown Sugar Candle
Gold Geometric Coasters
Seasonal Cocktail Syrup Trio
Herbs for Wine Lovers Kit
Cheese Knife Set
CURATED BY RISSA SANDMAN Dark Chocolate Pecans
Custom Recipe Box
Rissa sells swoon-worthy handpainted coasters at her Etsy shop, The Coastal, and knows a thing or two about pampering a hostess. Want to purchase? Click on the link below each image to shop! Utensil Set: Leif Shop Candle: Sydney Hall Co Coaster Set: The Coastal Pecans: Schermer Pecans Recipe Box: Susy Jack Cocktail Syrup Trio: Morris Kitchen Wine Lovers Herbs: Bambeco Cheese Knife Set: Cook Works Tea: Mill Mercantile Wine Chiller: Corkcicle
Corkcicle Wine Chiller
CURATED BY THE EDITORS From a stamp for her famous baked goods to the French oven sheâ€™s always wanted, everything the home cook wishes she had already.
Want to purchase? Click on the link below each image to shop! Stamp: Yours is the Earth (Etsy) Spoon: Amelie Mancini Tea Towel: Yours is the Earth (Etsy) Dessert Plate: Anthropologie Floral Thermos: Urban Outfitters Compost Pail: World Market French Oven: Le Creuset Cocktail Shaker: Target Pepper Shakers: Williams Sonoma Cookbook: Amazon
Hey Good Lookinâ€™ Tea Towel
Salt & Pepper Shakers
Mini Bucket Chair
Color & Shape Cards
Cable Knit One Piece
“And then I woke up” Hoodie
Wooden Tap Toy
CURATED BY SUSAN PETERSON
Christmas Carol Board Book
Freshly Picked Platinum Moccs
In addition to her role as a wife and mama, Susan is a successful entrepreneur, designer, and seamstress. She created these adorable baby moccasins (top right) at her kitchen table on a shoestring budget (no pun intended), and has been “slinging moccs” ever since. To see more of her designs, head to www.freshly-picked.com. Want to purchase? Click on the link below each image to shop!
Bird Tower Mobile
Radio Flyer Walker
Chair: Diapers.com Color & Shape Cards: Wallet Cards Scrappy Dogs: Under the Nile Board Book: Diapers.com Moccasins: Freshly Picked Cable Knit One Piece: Baby Gap Hoodie: Ugmonk Wooden Tap Toy: Amazon Bird Tower Mobile: Diapers.com Radio Flyer Walker: Diapers.com
CURATED BY ADRIANNE LENTINE Adrianne shares bits of her life at www.dreambookdesign.com. She lives in a mid-century ranch style home where she and her husband tackle DIY projects (with stunning results) on the regular.
Cut Glass Jar Candle
Fireplace Log Basket
Orange & Ink Pillow
Want to purchase? Click on the link below each image to shop! Candle: Anthropologie Fireplace Log Basket: Lamps Plus Gray Pouf: Fab Chalkboard: Pottery Barn Mercury Glass Votives: West Elm Lantern: Crate & Barrel Pillow: Crate & Barrel Doorknockers: Anthropologie Nesting Bowls: Amazing Softest Throws: West Elm
Chalkboard Towel Holder
Mercury Glass Votive Holders
Olive Wood Nesting Bowls
Keurig Brewing System
Canvas Rubber Boots
Paige Denim Jeans
CURATED BY MEGAN COLLINS
Silk Knit Tie
Fancy Shave Cream
Guys are always the hardest, right? Not for Megan Collins, who dispenses sartorial advice for men (from a girlâ€™s perspective) for a living. Here are some of her favorites this year; for more ideas and daily updates, follow her blog stylegirlfriend.com. Want to purchase? Click on the link below each image to shop! Weekender Bag: Everlane Coffeemaker: Keurig Minimalist Wallet: Portsmith Co Knit Tie: The Knottery Shave Cream: The Motley Boots: Tretorn Cologne: Lacoste Jeans: Paige Blender: Target Notebook: Poppin
Vitamix Professional Blender
CURATED BY THE EDITORS For the mamas, in-laws, or best friends, a round-up of gifts sheâ€™ll love. Plus, use code EMMA10 for 10% off the Leaf Nekclace December 1 through December 10!
MAC gloss set
Want to purchase? Click on the link below each image to shop! Plaid Tee: Sheinside.com Gloss Set: MAC Perfume: Kate Spade Record Player: Urban Outfitters Swan Sweater: Frances Vintage Necklace: Confetti by Annette Backpack: Madewell Dress: Topshop Tea: Revoultion Tea Earrings: Upper Metal Class (Etsy)
Kate Spade Perfume
Sweet Ginger Peach Tea
Library Book Letters
A Cozy Blanket to Cuddle Up With
CURATED BY DANI HAMPTON
J.D. Salinger Gift Set
Jane Eyre Tote
Dani, a former high school English teacher turned stay-at-homemama, picked up blogging to share her musings on motherhood, friendships, and fittingly for this gift list - books. Read more at sometimessweet.blogspot.com. Want to purchase? Click on the link below each image to shop! Bookends: Anthropologie Book Letters: Anthropologie Kindle: Amazon Salinger Gift Set: Anthropologie Tote: Out of Print Clothing Blanket: Story North Wall Print: FlapperDoodle (Etsy) Chair: Thrive Home Furnishings Tee: Out of Print Clothing Phone Cover: oldbirdy (Etsy)
A Wrinkle in Time Tee
Library Card Phone Cover
CURATED BY THE EDITORS Dress up gadgets with these stylish cases, or get your favorite techie a Coin card for Christmas. It can replace all of the cards in his wallet. So cool, right?
Coin Credit Card Consolidator
Want to purchase? Click on the link below each image to shop! Headphones: Urban Outfitters Cable: Birch Box Flash Drives: Leif Shop iPad Stand: Whitney Rae Paper (Etsy) Laptop Sleeve: Kate Spade Instax Camera: Amazon Credit Card Gadget: Coin Fitness Band: Best Buy Cord Wrap: This is Ground Wallet/Phone Case: Dodo Case
Echo Flash Drive
Fitness & Sleep Track Wristband
Handmade HOLIDAY AN EMMA MAGAZINE EVENT
Reminder! Handmade Holiday is December 12 and space is limited. If you live in Phoenix and haven’t already reserved your ticket for merry-making, register today! Let us help you make December’s shopping list less daunting: after an evening of mingling and crafting, you’ll go home with two memorable handmade gifts. Join us as we raise a mug of hot chocolate to toast the holidays; there will be nibbles and know-how on hand for your sweet tooth and your crafty side. Visit www.handmadeholiday.net for more information and updates throughout the month. We’ll be there with (jingle) bells on, hope you will too!
We try to give credit where credit is due, but sometimes you can only fit so many great people on one page! Here are all the people and places who helped make this issue possible. OH HELLO Photography Jeanette LeBlanc
BERRY TIGHTS 3 WAYS Intern Alejandra Armstrong
ENTERTAINING - PAGE 78 Photography Stacey Woodward
CALENDAR Art Heidi Bartlett
HOME - PAGE 38 Photography Marisa Schibilla
HIPSTER HOLIDAY Photography Marisa Schibilla
WHITE CHRISTMAS Intern Yasmine Yacut
HOLIDAY - PAGE 16 Photography Marisa Schibilla
MID-CENTURY MODERN CHRISTMAS Styling Shelly Sazdanoff
NEW YEAR’S EVE FETE Location Cleo & Clementine Wardrobe Monique Sandoval Food Sarah Hubbell Styling Shelly Sazdanoff Styling Sarah Hubbell
DIY ADVENT CALENDARS DIY Shelly Sazdanoff DIY Hannah Wright Advent Ideas Sarah Hubbell THAT’S A WRAP Intern Yasmine Yacut FASHION - PAGE 30 Photography Tieka Knight
MARQUEE LETTERS Intern Laura Houck
FOOD - PAGE 50 Photography Michelle Herrick
GIFT GUIDE - PAGE 96 Photography Marisa Schibilla
WINTER SOUP BAR Intern Yasmine Yacut
HANDMADE HOLIDAY Photography Sara Nevels
BEAUTY - PAGE 70 Makeup Mariana Walters
BACK COVER Photography Marisa Schibilla
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