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Put a Twist on the Holidays



There is nothing I love more than having the entire house decked out for the holidays. This year we’ve kept it a little more low-key, but this little nook in the dining room was screaming to be decorated. That’s why I turned to Pottery Barn for their beautiful holiday decor to give it a little bling from the usual look – it’s one of my go-to spots for sprucing up the house from season to season. Now that the house feels festive, I’m ready to have a few small gatherings with friends and family before baby Flemming arrives.


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Liberty Double Old Fashioned Glassware | Silver Mercury Glass Trees | Snowflake Napkins


When it comes to the holidays I love having a few signature cocktails on hand to make for guests. This year I’ve had the challenge of creating a cocktail for guests that can also be created into a delicious mocktail for myself. After quite a bit of taste testing I finally came up with a twist on the perfect holiday cocktail that is now my go-to mocktail – the Cranberry Fizz. Just add a splash of vodka for guests and voila it’s perfection.


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Cranberry Fiz Mocktail | Sacramento Street

This mocktail is sure to have guests wanting the recipe. Plus, the best part is that it’s easy to make, which means you won’t be stuck behind the bar whipping them up all night long. Are you putting a twist on anything this holiday season? A cocktail? Decor? Recipe?
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Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street

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Gift Guide: For the Host

Gift Guide : For the Host | Sacramento Street

With all of the holiday parties on the calendar I’ve been pulling together the perfect gifts for every host. There is something special about finding that special item that reflects their aesthetic and style. Plus, I tend to look for things that I would want for myself. I’ve selected a handful of amazing finds that I love to give when going over to somebody’s house.


1.) Monogram Bottle Stopper | 2.) Holiday S’mores Kit | 3.) Letterpress Notepad |

4.) Wishbone Ring Holder | 5.) Haskell Sunglasses | 6.) Traders Soap Dish |

7.) Jacobsen Salt Co Cocktail Salt | 8.) West Emory Bingo | 9.) Go Be Lovely Gift Set |

10.) Mara Collection Crocodile-Embossed Leather Backgammon  | 11.) Accent Coasters |

12.) Marble + Wood Cheeseboard | 13.) Izola Guestbook | 14.) The Essential Bar Book |

15.) Set of Three Plated Glass Ornaments |16.) Travel The World 2015 Calendar |17.) Reclaimed Wood Catchall


Don’t forget to check out all of our gift guides to help make your shopping easier this year!


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On the Menu: Homemade Holiday Candy

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For me, holiday gifts can be tricky. On the one hand I want to celebrate all my friends and family but sometimes it can get a little crazy trying to find something special for everyone. Plus, to be honest, I am not the best shopper. I get a little stressed especially with the holiday madness.  As a remedy I have started to make food gifts for all the people in my life. It has become a tradition to block off a Saturday in December and spend the whole day making holiday candy. My favorite candies to gift are homemade vanilla bourbon marshmallows, chocolate bark and my all-time favorite homemade peppermint patties.

There is a myth that marshmallows cannot be made at home. Totally not true. Marshmallows are infinitely better homemade than store bought. There are a couple different ways you can make marshmallows but I have found that whipping gelatin that has been dissolved in water with a hot sugar syrup is the easiest and most delicious way to go. It is kind of a magical transformation – one minute you have gelatin then the next you have mounds of fluffy white marshmallow fluff. You can flavor with vanilla, or cocoa powder or even a little bourbon.

There are so many iterations of chocolate bark, I like mine with chocolate, almonds and a large helping of sea salt. Feel free to mix these up and add things like dried fruit, coconut flakes, or other types of nuts.

Last, but definitely not least, my absolute favorite holiday candy to make is peppermint patties. Like the marshmallows, once you taste a homemade peppermint patty, store bought ones will never compare. If you only have time to make one type of candy as a holiday present, this one should be it. Plus it is the easiest of the three – no brainer right?

So if you are like me and would rather be in the kitchen then out shopping, give the gift of candy instead. I promise the recipients will be blown away. But, be warned, they will begin to expect it from you every year. ~Amanda

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 Vanilla Bourbon Marshmallows

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3 packages unflavored gelatin

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

large pinch of salt

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon bourbon

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

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1.) Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Allow the gelatin to bloom (dissolve) while you make the syrup.

2.) Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.

3.) With the mixer on low speed, slowly and carefully pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 8 – 10 minutes or until the marshmallow mixture holds stiff peaks. Add the vanilla and bourbon and mix thoroughly for another 30 seconds.

4.) Dust an 8 by 12-inch nonmetal baking dish with powdered sugar. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth the top, and dust with more powdered sugar (The mixture will be very sticky so make sure to dust well with powdered sugar). Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.

5.) Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more confectioners’ sugar.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

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Chocolate Bark with Almonds

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1 ½ cup roasted whole almonds

1 lb chocolate, preferably dark chocolate about 60% – 70 %, chopped

Sea salt, such as Maldon Sea Salt

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1.) Place chocolate in a medium bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted.

2.) Remove from heat, add nuts (all but ¼ cup of nuts) and stir quickly to combine.

3.) Spread chocolate-nut mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet, try to spread out nuts in a single layer.

4.) Top with the reserved nuts. Let chocolate set for about 1 hour then sprinkle with salt.

5.) Chill until chocolate is completely set, about 2 more hours.

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Peppermint Patties

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 1/2 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract

1 tablespoon vegetable shortening (preferably trans-fat-free)

1 lb 70%-cacao bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

chopped candy canes for garnish

Directions | Sacramento Street


1.) Mix the powdered sugar with corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, shortening, and a pinch of salt using an electric mixer at medium speed until combined.  Roll out the peppermint mixture between sheets of parchment paper on a large baking sheet into a 7- to 8-inch round or until it is about1/4 inch thick. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.

2.) Once firm cut out as many rounds as possible with a 2” cutter, transferring to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place rounds in freezer again and freeze until firm.

3.) While the chocolate is freezing, melt the chocolate in a medium bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. (Feel free to temper the chocolate if you would like, but I usually do not).

4.) Balancing a peppermint round on a fork, dip into the warm chocolate and cover completely with chocolate. Scrape any dripping chocolate on the side of the bowl, then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Dip all peppermint patties and let stand at room temperature until chocolate is set, about 2 hours.

5.) Top with chopped candy canes.

Makes about 2 dozen. | Recipe adapted from Gourmet

Recipe by Amanda Frederickson | Photos by Emma Fineman for Sacramento Street 

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Layer It: Holiday Party

Layer It : Holiday Party | Sacramento Street

Holiday parties are in full swing! There is nothing I love more than dressing up a little more than usual for holiday parties – it’s so much fun adding a little more sparkle to an outfit. This season I’ve been obsessed with this Kate Spade Embellished Dress. It’s the perfect combination of being classic but having a hint of bling to make it special. Do you have a favorite dress or outfit you’ll be wearing this holiday party season?

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1.) Short Sleeve Embellished Dress

2.) Cocoon-shaped Wool Coat

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3.) ‘Larger Than Life’ Volumizing Mascara

4.) Juniper Ear Cuff Set

5.) TF Lip Color

6.) Leather Split Vamp Bootie

7.) Ice Bar Bracelet

8.) Leo Envelope Clutch

9.) Gemini Pearl Ring

10.) Naked 8 Tights

11.) Smokey Suede Eyeshadow Palette

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a brand new week . . .

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This weekend was all about catching up with friends before baby Flemming arrives. It was such a treat seeing everyone – both Eric and I feel incredibly lucky to have such sweet friends. It’s amazing to think that our little guy could come any day now . . . it’s a bit of a waiting game. With that being said, I’m keeping myself busy with a full week of work that’s ending with a huge install at my Sonoma project. I cannot wait to see how it turns out!

With Christmas shopping in full swing we have some incredible gift guides in the works for you this week. If you missed the guides last week be sure to check them out – they are not to be missed my friends!

I hope all of you have a splendid week ahead filled with holiday goodness!

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