It’s a little hard to believe that the next 7 days will include making (and devouring) a Thanksgiving feast, and (as usual at our house on the day after Thanksgiving) picking out our Christmas tree  and spending an evening decking the halls. So I was pleasantly surprised to awake to freezing temps and blustering winds this morning, since the mere act of pulling on thick socks under wellies and spending the day doing cozy projects around the house is starting to get me in a holiday frame of mind. Are you guys there yet, or does the Christmas decor and holiday music in all the stores still just feel way too soon? And another very important question for you moms out there: how is one supposed to have a decorated Christmas tree within arms reach of a 15-month-old? I have visions of Phoebe shattering ornaments, eating garlands and shaking needles off branches… does she necessitate leaving the lower half of the tree undone? Or is there some other solution that’s worked out for anyone? Let me know, and hope you enjoy a few of my favorite links from the past week!

This skillet apple crisp is every bit as pretty as a pie, but without the crust. Perfect for us filling-lovers!

On keeping the holiday simple

Thanksgiving for the dessert lover.

These roasted carrots with cumin yogurt (from gjelina!) are on my must-make list for the weekend.

Love this foodie profile on designer Cynthia Rowley.

How pretty is Caitlin’s glam-meets-organic Thanksgiving table?

*and a few fun things you may have missed!

We got a peek inside the entertaining style of one of my favorite stylists around.

Claire DIY’d the most amazing gilded-edge desk… and showed the rest of us how to make one of our own.

It’s not too late! 10 great turkey recipes that are sure to make this year’s feast the best yet.

*image: ditte isager for bon appetit

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