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Ice cream: It may not be the first thing you think of as November temperatures drop, but what good is pie if not a la mode? Luckily for us, several ice cream retailers across the country have taken their love for Thanksgiving to the next level with seasonal pints that highlight the traditional components of a Turkey Day feast — cranberry, apple, sweet potato and yes, even turkey. Read on to learn where to find them.
Salt & Straw: November Seasonal Pints
Every fall, the wacky-flavor inventors at this Portland-based ice cream shop release a set of seasonal pints (pictured above) that incorporate ingredients — both savory and sweet — of a traditional Thanksgiving feast. This year’s lineup includes Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans, Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey and more. With a range like that, why even bother cooking the meal?
Set of 5, $65
Let’s face it: Homemade pies are a labor of love. Between getting the dough just right, choosing the right filling, rolling out the dough, blind baking the crust and finally crafting a pretty top crust, making pie from scratch requires some serious effort … and a few tricks. These clever gadgets will help you bake the perfect pie and enjoy the entire delicious process from start to finish.
Sure, you can spend time painstakingly cutting and weaving a pretty latticework pie crust. Or, you can simply lay a single sheet of dough over the oh-so-handy Lattice Piecrust Cutter ($20; pictured above) and use a rolling pin to press the dough into the pattern. Voila: near-effortless pie perfection.
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Who else remembers the sheer unadulterated pleasure of scoring a treat from the ice cream truck? How about the excitement upon first hearing the telltale jingle in the distance, the race to form a line, and the dizzying menu of seemingly endless choices plastered on the door? Snow cones, firecrackers, ice cream-cookie sandwiches … the list went on and on. The treats weren’t gourmet; they weren’t sourced from organic, free-range dairy. But they sure hit the spot. Every. Single. Time. Even if its been years since you last tasted or even thought about your favorite flavor from yesteryear, the mere crinkle of an ice pop wrapper is likely to transport you back to simpler, more-carefree days. Read on to find out which of the classics made our all-time favorites list.
Remember the feeling of arriving for your first day of the new school year sporting freshly sharpened pencils and a gleaming new lunchbox? It’s back-to-school season, which means the new wave of portable lunch options is here. But why should the kiddos have all the fun? Sure, these cute options are kid-approved, but their bright colors and clever designs will make grownups’ lunches “aldesko” more cheerful too.
You probably never imagined you and your kids would fight over a lunchbox, but Takenaka’s candy-colored bento boxes are colorful and sleek enough to appeal to both the kindergarten crowd and the 9-to-5 set. The Expanded Double Bento Box (pictured above, $36) comes with a built-in fork, a removable partition to separate foods and an elastic band to keep all the components together. Read more
The long-awaited season of alfresco dining has finally returned, and the last thing we want to see when we open our picnic baskets is a cracked pie or a leaky bowl of coleslaw. A sturdy carrier is our greatest ally when preparing for an outdoor feast, and luckily, there are plenty of dependable totes, bowls and baskets designed to get your precious cargo to the park in one piece. Here are a few trusted picnicking sidekicks that are worth investing in this summer.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to get a 2015 calendar in your hands (or on your wall)! Of course, most of us have one on our computer or phone, but these good-enough-to-eat options (like the one pictured above from Lou Paper) will will convince you that the paper variety still reigns supreme.
Deny it all you want, but we all know one of the best parts about Christmas is, in fact, the cookies! Cookie baking, cookie decorating, cookie exchanging … it all gets you right into that holiday spirit. For those of you who are gifting cookies this year, hosting a cookie swap or just generally want to shout your love for Christmas treats from the rooftop, I’ve rounded up some cards (like the one pictured above from Rock Candie Designs) I know you’ll appreciate.
We all know the food is the real star of the Thanksgiving table, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have some great supporting actors. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite place cards (like the ones featured above on the top and bottom from Rifle Paper Co.), menus and other favorite paper items that are just begging for their debut alongside that turkey and pumpkin pie.
Pretzels, hot dogs, pizza and bagels — as healthy as you may eat on a daily basis, it’s pretty hard to deny the occasional indulgence in your favorite street food. Many cities are defined by their signature street-side treats, and I think most of us would be lying if we said we didn’t consider street food a guilty pleasure. Today I’ve rounded up my favorite stationery inspired by street food staples (like the card pictured above by Fish Cake Design) , so we can indulge even if a hot dog cart isn’t nearby.