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Free Holiday Desktop Downloads!
Sunday / 14 Dec 2008 / 05:06PM

Put a little shoe in your holidays with the omelle holiday desktop collection. May your computer, iphone and blackberry screens be merry and bright, and all your shoe wishes come true!

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Gift Tag Downloads!
Sunday / 07 Dec 2008 / 04:57PM



There is nothing better than a good looking gift tag to hang on your holiday gifts this year. I thought it would only be appropriate to put together some omelle inspired gift tags that you can download and print on your printer right at home!

GETTING STARTED ON YOUR GIFT TAGS
1. Download your gift tag PDF file here: Begin Download

2. Print your gift tags.
I recommend using a high quality setting on your home printer and printing on a matte card stock. Avoid glossy papers. A natural and soft finish screams luxury.

3. Wait for your tags to dry completely.

4. Cut out your gift tags!
Begin cutting out the tags by following the lines. I recommend a paper cutter if you have one available.

5. Punch a simple hole at the top of your gift card and tie onto your gift with a beautiful ribbon.

PACKAGING TIPS:
• Sometimes simple wrapping paper with a beautiful tag and ribbon says more than busy prints. I adore stripes in bold colors or kraft brown paper wrapped with simple ribbon, yarn or string.

• Often times I wrap all my gifts with the same paper and only change tags and ribbons.

• For a more eco-friendly option, you can wrap your gifts with used newspapers or magazines you have laying around the house. If you stick to similar colors on the pages, look for big text or pretty layouts, you will be surprised as to how nice your gift will look. (Barney’s catalogs do wonders here)

• Try spray glitter if you feel the need to be a little more crafty or want to add some sparkle to the tags for the holiday. I recommend testing it on your printer paper before making your final tags.

• Try printing the gift tag page on a solid sheet of sticker paper, if you prefer to stick them on your packages instead of ties.

Santa or Rudolph?
Saturday / 06 Dec 2008 / 05:35PM

Spectacular Pumpkin Bread Pudding.
Friday / 05 Dec 2008 / 07:34AM

My boyfriend Jean-Pierre & I were invited to our friends, Williana & Dan’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was amazing and among the handful of desserts, Willi made her “famous” pumpkin bread pudding. I am not much of a bread pudding fan in general, but after one bite of this dish, I was in heaven. She was kind enough to share the recipe with me, and I thought I would pass it on to you for your holiday season! Prepare yourself, you’re going to want to eat a lot of this!
Happy Holidays,
Nicole

Pumpkin Bread Pudding / Makes 6 servings
Ingredients:

BREAD PUDDING
2 cups half and half
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
1 cup (packed) plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
10 cups 1/2-inch cubes egg bread (about 10-ounces)
1/2 cup golden raisins

CARAMEL SAUCE
1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup whipping cream
Powdered sugar

PREPARATION
For bread pudding:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk half and half, pumpkin, dark brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and vanilla extract in large bowl to blend. Fold in bread cubes. Stir in golden raisins. Transfer mixture to 11×7-inch glass baking dish. Let stand 15 minutes. Bake pumpkin bread pudding until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare caramel sauce:
Whisk brown sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Whisk in cream and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth, about 3 minutes. Sift powdered sugar over bread pudding. Serve warm with caramel sauce.



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