Christmas Tree Farm Fun

Sharing a few fun photos from the other day at the Christmas tree farm with our little family.  When I was young, I would take a drive with my parents and brother and sister, to a similar farm where I remember weaving through the Balsam Fir, Douglas, Fraser, with gloves on tight, hats over heads, the snow crunching underneath us.  I have looked forward to taking my kids to a place like that, getting to watch them run around and make their own winter memories that they would be able to one day look back on.  And since this is the first year that Emma is old enough to (somewhat) grasp the concept of the holidays, we couldn’t wait to go.  Though there was no snow this time around – in fact it was a ridiculously warm day for mid-December – it was perfect nonetheless and so, so memorable.

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Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin + Rose Holiday Giveaway Winners

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Pumpkin + Rose Holiday Giveaway.  We really appreciate your interest and support!

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The three winners, who were selected at random, are Matt Stoeber / @mwstoeber, Berenize Canchola / @bereecan and @houseofhardys.  If you have not already done so, please email gina@pumpkinandrose.com to redeem your holiday gift baskets.  Thanks again for your continued support and happy holidays!

xo gina & pumpkin + rose

In The Kitchen: Spicy Sausage, Spinach and Mushroom Gnocchi

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I love any dish that includes mushrooms and spinach is one of my favorite greens, so when I came across a recipe that combined both and had crumbled spicy sausage on top of that, which my husband looks for on every menu when we head out for dinner, and it listed the prep, plus cook time at only 15 minutes, I’m pretty sure I ran out to the store the very next day.  Throw in a filling, decadent pasta, like gnocchi, and this made for one hearty meal.  I have doubled the recipe and cooked this for family and stuck to the original serving size of two for just my husband and I.  I have served this up three times since stumbling upon it on Pinterest and it’s so simple and delicious that I will keep coming back to it for a long time.  If you are looking for an easy weeknight meal that requires only a few ingredients, then this is for you.

gnocchi bowl{Original recipe, ingredients and instructions taken from the blog, Table For Two

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-ounce package of potato gnocchi (you can substitute any other type of pasta if you prefer or if you just want to change it up)
  • ¾ pound spicy pork sausage
  • 1 diced onion, about ¾ cup
  • 8 ounces of baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 10 ounces of chopped, frozen spinach, cooked and drained well
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese, to top

Instructions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and follow the instructions on the gnocchi package. Drain well once done and set aside.
  2. Brown sausage in a skillet over medium high heat and break it into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon.  Add the onion and mushrooms to the skillet and saute until softened, for about 5 minutes.
  3. Toss the cooked and drained spinach into the sausage mixture.  (follow cooking instructions of the back of the frozen spinach package)
  4. Add the cooked and drained gnocchi to the skillet and gently toss to evenly distribute the ingredients.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve hot and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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Enjoy!

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide for the Little Ones

Little Ones1.     A book that will make you smile, filled with fun, colorful illustrations.

2.     A soft, fleece cape in neutrals perfect for the winter (and this one is currently on sale).

3.     This mini hand-knit hat is soft and warm with adorable pom pom detail in contrasting color.

4.     Hand-made line of wood rattles personalized with baby’s most important stats and shaped after their home state.

5.     Sweet, cozy sleepwear in pure organic cotton.

6.     Irresistibly cute and easy to cuddle plush toy.

7.     A super cool fleece sweatshirt for kids.

8.     This is chock full of funky art supplies to entertain a kid’s vivid imagination.

9.     Personalized blanket for the stroller, the crib or the playroom.

10.     These super cool moccasins are durable and suitable for infants and toddlers alike.

11.     Hand-drawn, hand-painted alphabet flash cards awesome for learning the ABC’s.

12.     A perfect hang-out for tea parties, sleepovers and story-telling.

13.     Comfortable seating in a playful pattern.

Here are some of my favorite picks for the little ones.  Whether for this holiday season or to spark ideas for any other time throughout the year, these items offer something for everyone.

Have a great rest of the week!

Pumpkin + Rose Holiday Giveaway

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We absolutely love all things holiday and to celebrate we are holding a giveaway featuring some winter necessities.  Enter the Pumpkin + Rose Holiday Giveaway for the chance to win a fun gift basket that is stocked with the perfect companions for wrapping gifts, hosting a cookie exchange party or cozy nights spent by the fire. 

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{Contest Rules}

1.  Follow Pumpkin + Rose on Instagram: @pumpkinandrose.

2.  Tag a friend in the comments below the Pumpkin + Rose Holiday Giveaway photo on our Instagram page and have that friend follow Pumpkin + Rose on Instagram: @pumpkinandrose, too.

3.  You can enter as many times as you would like by tagging new friends in the comment section each day that the contest is running.

4.  Contest begins 12/10 and ends 12/14.

5.  Three winners, selected at random, will each win a fun holiday gift basket that includes a box of Starbucks hot cocoa in one of my favorite flavors (salted caramel, double chocolate or marshmallow), a holiday mug and a bag of jumbo, homemade marshmallows from Raymond’s in Montclair, NJ.

6.  Contest participants must be following Pumpkin + Rose on Instagram and the friend(s) they tag in the giveaway photo must follow us, too.

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Best of luck and happy holidays!

xo gina & pumpkin + rose