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Our Less is More Holiday Gift Guide

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GIVE MORE BY GIVING LESS. AND PERHAPS INSPIRE A HABIT SHIFT. choosing more wisely.

Gift giving any time of the year can be challenging, never mind the pressure of the holidays and the never-ending sales and promotions overflowing your inbox. There is a lot of noise out there and sometimes it's difficult to find or know where the goods stuff lies. And by good, I mean meaningful. In previous years, I use to always go overboard. I showered everyone close to me with an unnecessary amount of gifts. I thought more gifts meant more thought and more thought = more love. But it didn't take me very long to shift gears and appreciate the gesture behind one really thoughtful, more meaningful gift.

And a lot of times those deals and sales influence what we buy, but what matters most is that you do want it to be thoughtful, something they might not already have, and maybe handmade or local (bonus!). When I opened our first Holiday Pop-up at The Innovation & Design Building in Boston's Seaport district in early November, I aimed to bring in product that was all of the above and more. Keeping our goods the focus, I wanted everything around it to feel complimentary not only in look and feel but where they came from, who made them and how they would be used. Whether it be our Keap candles from Brooklyn that support the distribution of solar lamps (available in-shop only and made with coconut wax for a slower, cleaner burn) or our Mulxiply felted animals handmade by indigenous fairtrade artisans in Nepal . . . or our new Waxed Canvas Lunch Bags that encourage the use of less plastic and paper, you won't have to think twice about a gift from our shop. 

So if you want to give less, but a lot more meaningful (perhaps functional, sustainable and beautiful too), our 2017 gift resource is below. Not to mention everything here is handmade in small batches (because that's just how makers work). I stand by all of these goods and by discovering something here for that last person on your list, you support a small (but mighty) business too.

So the deal here, less is always more.

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Encourage bringing lunch and the use of less plastic and paper
Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag 3 Colors: Camel, Navy, Chartreuse $24

Stop with the paper napkins and give a set of Everyday Signature Napkins
Blue Yarn-Dyed with Moss starting at $8.50ea

Handmade by indigenous fairtrade artisan in Nepal, Mulxiply Felted Animals provide opportunity and interrupt poverty. Babies $20–$24; Large $36–$42

4 Traditional napkins are cumbersome, use a lot of material.
Our  Gold Windowpane Dinner Napkins are great for everyday use, not just holidays. Set of 4 $56

5 Sometimes that oversixed cutting board just isn't necessary, not to mention where does it get stored?  Maple Hexagon Serving Board $38

6 Our handtowels are found in kitchens and bathrooms with our brightly-colored hooks.  Green Chambray Hand Towel with Navy Hook $20 (more styles and scents available at our pop-up shop)

7 Customize and keep close to your heart. Carry with you and use often.  Custom Handkerchiefs

8 Not just decorative but functional. Unzip our exposed brass zipper and toss in the wash when necessary! 24" Throw Pillow $148 down/feather insert included

9 Preservative-free and made with 100% soy wax derived from American-grown soy beans for an eco-friendly, clean burn . . . And lead-free cotton core wicks primed with vegetable based wax, essential oils, and phthalate-free perfume oils. Brooklyn Candle Studio Gold Travel Candle Scents: Sweet Fig, Fern + Moss, Japanese Citrus,Tobacco $14 (more styles and scents available at our pop-up shop)

10 Doubles as a cutting board, serving board, and small plate.  Red Oak Serving Board with Handle $22; with wood conditioner $27

+ Bonus! Don't forget about your little furry friend. Handmade by self-taught ceramicist in Portland, Oregon.  Sandbox Ceramics Pet Bowl $30 (mugs and ramekins available at our pop-up shop)

HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP REMINDER: OUR FINAL HOURS ARE NEXT WEEK

Monday, Dec 18   10–4p
Tuesday, Dec 19   10–7p open late!
Wednesday, Dec 20   10–4p
Thursday, Dec 21   10–4p our last day!

The Improper Bostonian Holiday Gift Guide by Sarah Hagman

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Our new Windowpane Linen Throw Pillow gets cozy with The Improper Bostonian's 12 Days of Giving!

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Grab your free copy of The Improper and flip right to page 41 for the full holiday gift guide with thoughtful finds from our friends: Boston General Store, Hudson, Flock, SAULT, Olives & Grace, Follain, Neatly Nested, Jeremy Ogusky, Paper Mouse, Salt & Grove, and December Thieves—now that's a local gift guide that will not steer you wrong!

Thank you Improper Bostonian for this surprise feature along side of our favorite local shops, thoughtful gifts, and handmade goods for this giving season!

Poached Apricot Almond Tart by Uncommon Feasts . . . Perfect for Fall

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POACHED APRICOT ALMOND TART
BY Michelle Mulford of UNCOMMON FEASTS

Photography by Gabriella Riggieri | Styling by Catrine Kelty

featured Product

The Everyday Co. Luxe Gray Linen Napkins in Silver Moss, Light Peach, and Signature size.

// sweet pastry crust

1 cup flour
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter cut into 1/2” pieces
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Place flour, butter, salt and sugar in a food processor and process until the dough resembles coarse crumbs-about 10 seconds. Add egg and process just until the dough comes together.

Roll out dough into a disk. Using your fingers, press the dough into a 10” tart shell making sure it is as even as possible. This is a very flexible dough. You can pinch it into place where necessary. It doesn’t need to be perfect since this is a rustic tart.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours.

While the tart shell is chilling prepare the apricots and almond cream.

// poached apricots

2 cups white wine
2/3 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
thick strips of lemon zest from 1 lemon
2 cups dried apricots

Put wine, sugar, cinnamon stick and lemon zest in a medium saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Once sugar has dissolved reduce heat to medium-low, add apricots, and cover with a tight fitting lid.

Simmer until apricots plump about 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and let apricots cool in the syrup.

// almond cream

3/4 cup blanched almonds finely ground in a food processor
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons flour
8 tablespoons butter cut into 1” pieces
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Toast the ground almonds in a small pan over medium heat, stir often to ensure they do not burn. You want them to be a golden color which will take about 5 minutes.  

Remove from heat add the flour and sugar. Once cool put almond mixture in food processor, add butter, whole egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Process until smooth.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread almond filling in the prepared tart shell. Arrange apricots over the filling in a nice design, pressing into the filling.

Bake until the filling puff and is deep golden brown about 45 minutes.

Dust with confectioners’ sugar, serve at room temperature, and enjoy!

PRO TIP |  Save the syrup from the poached apricots to use for cocktails or homemade sodas!

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A MINI GUIDE: PORTLAND, MAINE IN 48 HOURS

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Our first family getaway to Portland, Maine: Where we beached, shopped, dined and stayed with our 3-month old

Jake and I decided to head up to Maine for the fourth of July and spend some time away from the city for our 2nd Anniversary. Jake spent his childhood summers in Wells and we spent the days following our wedding in Kennebunkport and Portland two summers ago. So needless to say, we love Maine. If you've never been, it's a quick drive from Boston, you don't have to fight Cape traffic and it's a beautiful state with a generous coastline. Portland especially has some great food and to me, Maine is everything New England. This is by no means to full guide—just my recommendations for a couple days in Portland.

Going to Portland was our first out-of-state, over-night trip with the baby! Nikko is now 15 weeks and at this point, very alert and curious! He is also somewhat on a schedule so we felt like we could explore the city without being overwhelmed or stop often for frequent feedings. We packed up our essentials, creature comforts and just a couple outfits, and were on the road by 8am Monday morning. In case your wondering, Nikko's creature comforts: Fischer-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play, Dohm Sound Machine and his Angel Dear Lovie Blankie—the three main things he needs to fall asleep!

We made it up without a stop and decided to head straight for the beach! Jake had mapped out a couple spots for us to check out including a beach just south of Portland, Crescent Beach, in Cape Elizabeth. Nikko's first beach experience was a success (yay!) and besides the ice cold water, he loved dipping his toes in the sand! The next 48 hours would be the perfect mini getaway hitting up our favorite shops (coffee included), discovering some new views of the ocean and eating at some of our favorites . . . all at our own pace.

Here's our 2-day trip and the places I'd love to share:  

Day 1

8:00a Portland bound!
10:00a First stop: Crescent Beach State Park (ample parking, per person admissions, kids under 5 are free at all Maine State Parks, nice facilities) In preparation for Nikko's first beach trip, I snagged an inexpensive beach tent on sale at Target and a little hat (also on sale) at Janie & Jack. I had found this Honest Co. swim diaper at Marshalls a while back and a long sleeve cover by Tea for 50% off at Mockingbird—all great things I'm glad we had for the babe!
1:30p By this time we had caught some rays and our stomachs were calling for lunch—lobster to be exact. We had a couple recommendations for lobster rolls in Cape Elizabeth and ended up choosing Bite Into Maine Truck at Fort Williams Park. The recommendation did not disappoint! These lobster rolls were hands down the best lobster rolls I've ever had. Order from five equally delicious styles and take your lobster-filled tray and find yourself a picnic bench under the old trees or walk the cliff. You'll get a great view of the coast. P.S. The hubby stood in the moderate to long time while Nikko finished his nap and fed. He's the best.

Photo: Anne Wu

Photo: Anne Wu

Photo: Anne Wu

Photo: Anne Wu

3:00p We headed downtown and checked in at The Press Hotel, an Autograph Hotel by Marriott. The staff was friendly and took notice of the screaming baby in the back seat. At last, we settled into our room and took a family nap.
6:00p What next? Shops on Exchange: You'll find the most adorable clothes, accessories and gifts at Little and you'll hop over to Bliss Boutique (same owners) for something for you! 

Little Boutique Photo: Little Boutique

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Photo: Little Boutique


7:00p It wasn't too long before our bellies were rumbling again. Eventide Oyster Co.'s wait was unrealistic with Nikko so we popped over next door to Honey Paw and they took us in 15 minutes. The food was amazing. The dishes were sweet, spicy and delicious and the service was great. And since we had been to Eventide before, I was glad we had dinner here.
8:15p Since we declined the dessert menu at Honey Paw, we grabbed a ice cream cone on our way back to the hotel but detoured towards the wharfs for a quiet stroll before hitting the sack for a decent bedtime.

Honey Paw Photo: Nicole Wolf

Honey Paw
Photo: Nicole Wolf

Honey Paw Photo: Meredith Perdue

Honey Paw
Photo: Meredith Perdue

Day 2

9:15a Jake requested to take a walk around the block before sitting for breakfast . . . 
9:45a We decided to try breakfast at Union, The Press Hotel's restaurant by Chef Josh Berry. It was great. I loved it's interior and the menu had a little bit of everything. We often take turns holding Nikko when we're out eating to give the other some time to enjoy their meal. This works for us and we like that we get to interact with him vs. being in his Bjorn or car seat all the time. 
11:15a Jake walked with Nikko to get a coffee at Bard Coffee while I hit up Blanche & Mimi across the street. Blanche & Mimi is one of my favorites. It's a great little shop around the corner from The Press Hotel packed with Brimfield finds combined with new product, great gifts, home accents and a sweet little baby corner in the back. I picked up some antique silverware, two Go Gently Nation pieces for Nikko, a candle and hook for our kitchen. They also have reclaimed light fixtures from boats which were awesome and great for bathrooms!
12:45p We hopped in the car and took a short drive south to Scarborough Beach State Park (parking, admissions, life guards, snacks, out houses) which proved to be another great beach! We ended up meeting a sweet women who had met her husband on the beach over 30 years ago who's the head lifeguard.

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5:00p We headed back to the city and b-lined it forEventide Oyster Co. for a late lunch / early dinner. The oysters are a must but Jake was craving a burger and my taste buds were craving a fish sandwich. This was maybe the second time (if not the first) I've ever ordered fried fish on a bun but it was delicious! We also shared the asparagus salad and clam chowder—one of the best we've ever had. Light, tasty, whole clams, a piece of thick cut bacon and seaweed for a little added flavor. We opted for their ice cream sandwich to-go and enjoyed it in the hotel room while we chilled out and Nikko took his record-breaking nap (10 hours!)
8:30p After a little downtime and washing up, we walked to Eastern Promenade along the north coast of Portland's East End where they were having a fourth of July celebration . . . food, music and fireworks at 9:45. It was the perfect night. We arrived sans a blanket but the beautiful view of the inlet, all the twinkling lights of the boats that had pulled in for the show along with the sounds of the Portland Symphony Orchestra were enough to keep all of us happy! Surprisingly, Nikko slept through entire thing—a very explosive fireworks show and all! Note: He's a pretty light sleeper and wakes up bright-eyed for just about anything.
10:30p We headed back to the hotel and enjoyed the evening in their cozy lobby, typed a letter on their old typewriter, and called it a night!

Day 3

8:45a With not much time before we had to get back to the city, we decided to have breakfast again at The Press Hotel's restaurant, Union. It was good, easy, and convenient, so why not? I highly recommend the detox smoothie and red flannel hash with beets—delicious! Of course you should order the avocado toast, vanilla brioche french toast and the smoothie bowl, too! Another suggestion for breakfast is Hot Suppa down Congress Street.

Union at The Press Hotel

Union at The Press Hotel

Photo: The Modern Adventurist

Photo: The Modern Adventurist


9:45a By mid morning, we had the car packed and ready to go. I popped into Folly 101, a store I had never been to (also a block from The Press Hotel) and grabbed some last minute finds. A great shop for kitchen wares, linens, gifts and home storage pieces. Then we quickly walked over back to Bard Coffee so Jake could get his decaf ice latte for the road!

Of course we wanted to stay . . . "Another beach day?" I asked Jake. Not in the cards for us this time but we left very content and happy that our first mini getaway with Nikko was smooth sailing.

OK. Yes, we got lucky. Very lucky. Nikko was awesome. He either slept in the car, in his car seat or in our arms while we were out. He took lots of cat naps at the beach and we fed him when it was time. If you're wondering how we did it, I'm nursing in the morning (first feeding of the day) and only pumping twice a day now. And while we waited for our table at Eventide on Day 2, we (and by "we" I mean Jake!) fed Nikko in the car. It worked out perfectly. Otherwise we were feeding him at dinner or at the beach or in the parking lot. He's on a 4 to 5 hour feeding schedule drinking 4.5 to 5 ounces. And we are pretty rigid about it so that we can go about life and plan ahead for his feedings. It's given us some freedom and allowed us to feel in control.

Happy Summer! Would love to hear your travel stories with or without babes!

MORE shopPING & EATING

In addition to what I've mentioned above . . . Portland Dry Goods, K. Colette, More & Co., Shift, Judith, Bliss BoutiqueMaps (where they serve grilled cheese, beer and cake!), The Holy Donut, Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, Central Provisions (for the craft brew drinkers, Duckfat, Hot SuppaTwo Lights Lobster Shack

 

How to wrap with a furoshiki using an Everyday Dinner Napkin

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Step-by-step guide to wrapping with a furoshiki or Everyday Dinner Napkin

Cloth wrapping has been used for over 1200 years in Japan and the word furoshiki came about during the Edo period (1603-1868) when cloths were often used in bath houses to wrap clothes and also used as a bath mat. The word furoshiki means 'bath spread'. Over time, they were great for a multitude of uses. Today, furoshikis are often used to wrap gifts.

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Our Everyday Dinner Napkins can also be used to wrap small gifts. It's an eco way to wrap small gifts and presents using fabric. This wrapping is paperless and can be reused by the receiver of the gift. And hello, they get an Everyday Napkin too!

There are many easy ways to wrap all size objects with a forushiki. We'll be showing you how to fold "otsukai tsutsumi" (お使い包み), the basic carry wrap using our Blue Yarn-Dyed, Everyday Dinner Napkin. Traditionally, both the color and the printed design on the furoshiki is meaningful—choose a piece of fabric or Everyday Napkin that fits the occasion! 

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STEP 1

Place the gift in the center of furoshiki. You'll want to make sure that the object you are wrapping is one third or less of your furoshikis diagonal length. A box is best for this style of wrapping.

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STEP 2

Pull one corner over the object snuggly with the tail coming around the opposite side of the box. Take the opposite corner and overlap it in the opposite direction. 

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STEP 3

With two opposite corners left, fold the sides of the fabric inward and up towards the top of the box. This takes some practice as you want these two sides as flat as possible. Because the material may bunch, fold the fabric inwards just enough to match the width of the object. Repeat on the opposite side.

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STEP 4

Once both sides are folded up, turn the box so that you can easily pinch a tail in each hand.

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STEP 5

Tie the two tails into a single knot keeping the sides taught and smooth along the box. Pull your knot tightly in a diagonal direction. You may want to clean up any unwanted bumps or folds. You can also gently pull on the second corner you folded over the box in step 2 that is now under your knot.

Small wrapped gifts of gratitude make great party favors. Tuck a note or card under the knot to secure it in place.

TIP

Thin, stiffer fabrics with a little structure work better with this wrapping style than loose or stretchy ones.

Photo Elizabeth LaDuca for Nikko's Baby Shower / Styled by Kathryn Yee

Photo Elizabeth LaDuca for Nikko's Baby Shower / Styled by Kathryn Yee

AS SEEN ON STYLE MY PRETTY LIVING

We wrapped boxes of homemade gluten-free granola for our guests at our baby shower featured on Style Me Pretty Living.

Homemade Masala Chai Recipe by Uncommon Feasts

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Homemade Masala Chai Recipe by Uncommon Feasts

I love a good hot chai, especially on a day like today when it's cool, rainy and raw. By the way, where's Spring?

The spices and flavor of a great chai bring warmth and comfort to any hectic (or rainy!) day. For our son Nikko's Baby Shower (recently featured on Style Me Pretty Living) our caterer Michelle Mulford of Uncommon Feasts served up her delicious homemade chai to our guests. It was the perfect alternative to the expected and blah coffee or tea. We served it up in hand-thrown ceramic mugs by our friend and local potter, Jeremy Ogusky. Needless to say, one of my favorite details of our special day that Michelle and I wanted to share with all of you!

Scroll for her recipe!

What you'll need . . .

6 whole cloves
3/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 bay leaves-preferably fresh
2 tablespoons Assam black tea or better yet if you’re near an Indian store pop in and see if they have Taj Mahal tea (remove tea from bags)
2 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk
2 cups water

How to make it . . .

1. Grind cloves, peppercorns, bay leaves and tea in a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or by hand using a mortar and pestle.

2. Add ground mixture to a medium size pot and add all remaining ingredients

3. Set over medium heat and cook until you start to see wisps of steam

4. Bring to boil while stirring constantly

5. Reduce heat and allow chai to simmer for 10 minutes

6. Remove from heat, cover and, steep for 20 minutes

7. Strain using a fine mesh strainer or pass through a strainer lined with cheese cloth 

8. Sip and enjoy in your favorite mug

 

THE EVERYDAY CO. featured in edible boston magazine spring 2017

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Springtime linens with Edible Boston

We are so thrilled (and lucky!) to be included in two stories of the current Edible Boston Spring issue!

Not too bulky and just the right size, our Everyday Napkins are perfect for day-trips, outings and picnics with friends and family. So, I couldn't be more excited that Edible Boston has chosen to feature our 7" linen napkins in 'Welcome Spring with a Picnic' featuring recipes from Leigh Belanger and a short list of Boston picnic spots to try out!

The second story is Sunday Poaching by our friend, chef Michelle Mulford of Uncommon Feasts. I love that Michelle uses Sundays to regroup with her family and gather over a simple and unfussy meal she's taken only a little time to prep. "Your only task is to assemble ingredients carefully," says Michelle. We're big fans of Michelle's weekend food delivery (yes, a home-cooked meal delivered to your home!) and she's a fan of our dinner napkins for her catered feasts, as well as our hand towels in her kitchen!

Check out these beautiful photos styled by Catrine Kelty and shot by Michael Piazza that included our Everyday Napkins & Hand Towel . . . and of course these delicious recipes too! Grab your issue for the full story or head over to Edible Boston for all the great recipes in these two features and more.

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CASHEW DIP by Leigh Belanger
FEATURING OUR EVERYDAY NAPKINS

Photo: Michael Piazza | Styling: Catrine Kelty

Photo: Michael Piazza | Styling: Catrine Kelty

Barley & Herb Salad by Leigh Belanger
FEATURING OUR EVERYDAY NAPKINS

Photo: Michael Piazza | Styling: Catrine Kelty

Photo: Michael Piazza | Styling: Catrine Kelty

OLIVES POACHED IN WINE AND LEMON BY MICHELLE MULFORD
FEATURING OUR RED CHAMBRAY HAND TOWEL

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All the ways to sip with your Everyday Napkins: cocktail edition

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TOP 10 COCKTAIL RECIPES FEATURING THE EVERYDAY CO. & $5 off our new coaster sets

Happy Thursday! Cocktails will kick off our newest series of our favorite Instagram photos by fans, bloggers and brands. As you day dream about what your weekend will look like, check out our round up of our Everyday Napkins beautifully paired with these delicious cocktails—recipes included!

Pair your drink with our Everyday Coasters (cut from our remnants) and you have a party on your hands! Want them? Enjoy $5 off all of our new coaster sets today thru Saturday (May 20, 2017) using code: SIP5OFF at checkout!

Enjoy & Cheers!

SPICED PINEAPPLE @GABIVALLADARES, BY GABRIELLA

SPICED PINEAPPLE @GABIVALLADARES, BY GABRIELLA

grapefruit, honey & sage margarita @KCHYSMITH, the young austinian

grapefruit, honey & sage margarita @KCHYSMITH, the young austinian

RYE ICED TEA @FEASTANDWELL

RYE ICED TEA @FEASTANDWELL

THE BLUE LADY @FEASTANDDWELL

THE BLUE LADY @FEASTANDDWELL

PASSION FRUIT MEZCAL SLING @BEAUTIFULPAPER & @Liquorary

PASSION FRUIT MEZCAL SLING @BEAUTIFULPAPER & @Liquorary

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