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posted by Jamie - Friday, December 11, 2009  |  Three To Share

TGIF everyone! Welcome to the third edition of Three to Share! Ever heard that old adage, "they come in 3's?" I thought it might be fun to share some: 3 Times a Charm, 3 Wise Men, 3 Blind Mice, 3 Little Piggies, 3 Stooges and 3 Strikes (you're out!)... oh and the list goes on... here!

Thanks for indulging me there! :)
Now, allow me to present the third edition of my Three to Share picks:

We are exactly 2 weeks from Christmas, people! And time is running out for getting that perfect gift for your someone special. I found this cute and cheeky Cheat Sheet by way of Design Crush (one of my very favorite blogs) and I just had to share.

The downloadable PDFs (one for boy , one for girl ) were created by Cookie at Made in England. To make shopping a little less arduous, print out the forms and exchange them with your sweetie and have better idea of what you're shopping for!


Hosting or attending a holiday get-together? Plum Party has got you covered! They have everything from fun party themes to invitations, hostess gifts to party supplies and favors. This site is literally a one-stop-shop for all your celebration needs! Added bonus: they are now offering Personalized Party Supplies which will easily make you the hostess with the mostess!


It wouldn't be a proper Three to Share without a music selection! Rockabye Baby CDs have been my absolute go-to gift for my friends that are expecting or already have little ones. There is such an eclectic variety of artists to pick from, so you're sure to find something for everyone. I have gotten such great feedback on how well it works on relaxing the babies and how it doesn't drive the parents batty, which I'm assuming is because the restful rhythms are both soothing (soft percussive instruments) and familiar (stuff you probably listened to in high school).

Check out the Christmas album with its festive and peaceful renditions of '2000 Miles' by the Pretenders, 'Oi to the World' by No Doubt and 'Happy Xmas' by John Lennon just to name a few. It's a special gift that will be appreciated by parents and tots alike!

















posted by Jamie - Friday, December 4, 2009  |  Three To Share

Happy Friday, readers! I can't believe we've already made it to December. I hope this installment of Three to Share will give you some holiday cheer and good ideas for the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoy! ;)

If you haven't checked out the talented world of Bakerella, get ready to be amazed and inspired! I have a vast collection of cooking and baking blogs that I follow and this is one that I most look forward to. She offers great tutorials on everything baking and the photos are top-notch something we all can appreciate, I'm sure! ;)

A few months ago, she posted an incredibly sweet surprise you just have to see to believe! I think all the brides and brides-to-be will just swoon. :)


Meg and I were jamming out to Christmas songs right after her Halloween party, I think. I love holiday tunes and I'm always searching for a fresh take on the classics. My favorite find last year was Winter Songs a melodic, singer-songwriter compilation with a festive mix of the quintessential and new originals. If you enjoy the musical stylings of Ingrid Michaelson, Lenka and KT Tunstall, I think you will really appreciate this album!


No doubt you will be shopping in the weeks ahead. If you're like me and haven't started on your list or you're stumped on what to get someone who's a bit challenging to shop for, I'd like to share one of my favorite go-to shopping sites: Uncommon Goods! They offer a unique selection of products for the home and the office as well as an assortment of distinctive personal accessories. I've also found some great gifts for weddings and baby showers here. Happy shopping!

















posted by Jamie - Monday, November 23, 2009  |  Three To Share

Happy Monday everyone! I'd like to introduce what I hope will become a regular feature here on the blog: Three to Share. I love discovering new (or new to me) goodies whether it's music, recipes, crafts or even other blogs and it would just be unkind to keep them all to myself. ;)

I stumbled upon this unique take on guestbooks. This would (of course) be perfect for weddings but The Guestbook Store also offers non-traditional books for your home, family reunion and baby shower just to name a few. The idea is that instead of having your guests just sign their name, they can have a bit more fun and get creative by including quirky sketches and charming answers to some fill-in-blank questions!

Wouldn't you love to own something totally distinctive and personal to you and your event? I know I would!


I love music. LOVE IT! I've got a lot to share in this category, but I'll begin with a fabulous compilation that has songs that will definitely make you dance, sing along and maybe even get you in the mood! ;) Perfect for the "big day!"


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, can you believe it?! I'm a big fan of the Food Network and when I saw this recipe a few years back, I knew it would be the sweetest ending to a delicious meal. I know it may sound fancy and look intimidating, BUT it was really simple and I still get requests to make it! Try it out on your family this year!


Pumpkin Creme Brulee
from Emeril Lagasse

* 2 cups heavy cream
* 1/4 cup light brown sugar
* 1/4 cup sugar, plus 4 teaspoons
* 8 large egg yolks
* 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
* 1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Arrange 8 (1/2-cup) ramekins or custard cups in a large metal baking pan.

In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Bring to a bare simmer over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until frothy and lemon-colored. Slowly add 3/4 cup of the hot cream mixture, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture to the remaining hot cream, and whisk. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin, and whisk until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Divide among the prepared custard cups.

Add enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the cups. Bake until the custards are just set in the center but not stiff, 45 minutes to 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight.

Sprinkle each custard with 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining sugar. Using a kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar. (Alternately, preheat the broiler, and broil until the sugar melts and caramelizes, watching closely to avoid burning and rotating the cups, about 1 to 2 minutes.) Place on small dessert plates and serve.


{Photo via Scrumptious Photography}


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