Food & Wine

Victoria November - December 2015

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

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1 min.
dear friends

As winter days approach, our thoughts turn to the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. With hearts full of gratitude for our dear readers, we reflect on the many places we have traveled, the homes we have visited, the entrepreneurs we have interviewed, and the bountiful foods we have prepared—all so that we could fill the pages of Victoria to overflowing with the inspiration you love. For this special, celebratory time of year, we wanted to share marvelous stories, so we searched out a royal palace in the Netherlands, a remarkable Beaux-Arts-style house atop Lookout Mountain in Tennessee, and four quaint villages located in Connecticut. We also asked our resident chef to create dishes that showcase the flavor of peppermint. They are all wonderful, but my favorite is her interpretation of fluffy,…

1 min.

Take a closer look at some of our favorite November/ December features: A Snowy Mountain Sanctuary These Tennessee homeowners adorn their Chattanooga residence in a gleaming palette of gold and white to welcome the season with sophisticated style. The Regal Paleis Het Loo Originally the home of a Dutch prince more than three centuries ago, this magnificent castle is now a museum that visitors from around the globe can enjoy. Yuletide in New England Steeped in equal measures of history and charm, the quaint small towns of Connecticut are especially inviting this time of year. Teatime by the Hearth Celebrate the gift of friendship by hosting a cozy Christmas tea featuring a menu of delectable sweets and scones. ON THE WEB Look for this symbol throughout the magazine for more online information. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Visit our…

5 min.
the heart of the holidays

I love Christmas, but there is something about Thanksgiving that is especially meaningful to me. On September 1, I always celebrate in my heart, because I feel that date is the gateway to all the happy holidays just ahead. The night before Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law arrives. The kids and I go out to meet her in the driveway and begin carrying in the wonderful things she has prepared—homemade cranberry sauce; all the fixings for her corn casserole; and pumpkin, cherry, and French-silk pies. (We somehow find a place for everything in our refrigerator.) Then I put the finishing touches on the dining-room table—china, cloth napkins, crystal goblets, candles, pumpkins, and a garland crafted from bittersweet. I try to make everything as special as I can, not only for my own family but…

5 min.
nativity scenes

Each year, about December 25, I haul a large cardboard box of decorations from the garage into the living room. It is time to prepare the house for Christmas. I can do it with my eyes closed, hanging wreaths, lining windowsills with pinecones and candles, and clearing off the mantel for the most important prop of all—a large wooden manger with the figures of the Nativity scene inside. Every winter, I ask the same question: Where is it? I have a habit of misplacing things unless they’re large (like cars) or permanently glued down (like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph upon the manger floor). Too unwieldy to fit into the box with all the other adornments, the manger could be anywhere—on a shelf, behind the coats in the hall closet, or maybe upstairs,…

3 min.
festive finds

“Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home”—W.J. Ronald Tucker…

1 min.
noah’s ark

Alex Beattic’s latest design is an outstanding piece of needlework capturing so much detail so clearly. His fresh colors and skill as a graphic designer are perfectly suited to his subject matter giving this famous biblical story a contemporary feel . Stitched on 10 holes to the inch canvas the panel measures 21” x 21”, 53cm x 53cm, and is worked in half-cross stich. The kit comes complete with the cotton canvas printed in full color, all the yarns required (100% pure new wool), a needle, instruction booklet and a color chart as an additional guide. A wonderful design from a top designer. $140.00 TOLL FREE ORDER LINE 888 826 8600 www.ehrmantapestry.com…