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The Salty 6: Holiday De-Stressers

With only 3 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, holiday stress is at an all time high. Here at Sailormade, I am in the middle of moving studios, setting up for shows, shipping out holiday orders, etc. This is happening right in the midst of all the holiday obligations and social commitments I made weeks ago when they still sounded like a good idea. Generally, it's hard to keep your calm this time of year. Therefore, I wanted to share with you my Salty 6 go-to's for de-stressing this time of year in hopes there is some value in them for you. 


There's Something Fishy About These Dessert Plates

If I had a reason to buy new dessert plates this holiday season, or a kitchen with more storage, I'd buy this Vintage Fancy Fish Plates by Yvonne Ellen on Esty.

The Salty 6: Seafood Appetizers for Thanksgiving Day

Every year on Thanksgiving Day I always over do it on the appetizers and I'm never all that hungry for the main meal. This year, I've picked 6 seafood options that err on the side of light to try and make. I will bring only one with me to Thanksgiving dinner. 


Party Like The Puritans

Did you know that you can relive the beginnings of the Thanksgiving celebration at Plimouth Plantation? Plimouth Plantation offers a 17th Century themed dining experience with a well stocked buffet showcasing local ingredients and traditional cuisine. Apparently, this is a hot event and tickets sell out fast. Not to worry, they also offer a "Story of Thanksgiving" Dinner as well as a New England Harvest Feast throughout the end of the month.  


Scituate Woodcarvings

Last week I wrote a post about Plum Island Drift, a Newburyport based wood carver specializing in whale sculptures. This week, I learned of a studio in Scituate Harbor that has workshops to teach you how to create your own wood sculpture, Kukstis Woodcarving. The motifs are not limited to whales and according to the images of student work you can design whatever your heart desires. If you're not up to doing the labor yourself, Kukstis specializes in decorative signs, New England folk art, and eagles all made to order. 

Simple Centerpiece with Driftwood

This tablescape using driftwood as a centerpiece caught my eye. I have plenty where that came from...

The Salty 6: Thanksgiving Takeout in Boston

I've never hosted Thanksgiving dinner before so, in turn, I've never experienced the stress of cooking a feast such as it is. YEAH RIGHT! We all know that Mom stress on Thanksgiving Day is everyone's stress. Let's help Mom lighten the load and grab a dish or two from one of the many restaurants offering takeout options in Boston. Here is my Salty 6 lowdown on the best menus cooking up (NOT in my kitchen):


Beck Ink

So, I'm not going to pretend like I know a thing about wine. If I'm being totally honest, whilst shopping for a bottle of wine the first thing that usually attracts me to something new is the label. It's a good portion of my adoration for the bottle shown above (plus, I'm a sucker for the sea-tastical). 


Caramelized Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Toasted Buckwheat

Oh, yum! This is my gluten free recipe of the week. I LOVE salmon and anything with an asian flare. I also like a little heat so I rubbed a little siracha onto my fish filets. This is a great well-rounded, light but filling meal for November.


Thanksgiving Makes me Mantel

I love the idea of painting pumpkins in an ombre shade of blue for a decor upgrade this Thanksgiving. Thanks to, Making Home Base, for the inspiration.

A Titanic Estate

Can you hear Jack Dawson whisper in the wind? I do. He's saying, "only $37,000,000." That's the price tag on this Newport estate previously owned by John Jacob Astor, the richest person to sail upon and perish on the Titanic. 


Harborside Half Marathon - Newburyport, MA

I can finally knock half marathon off my bucket list. This past weekend, a number of friends and I ran the Harborside Half Marathon and 5k in Newburyport. It was a gorgeous November day, cold but not icy and sunny. The 13.1 mile loop took us from Newburyport through West Newbury and back into downtown. We ran past gorgeous old farms, reservoirs and nature preserves.


So Fetch

This video of a beluga whale playing fetch with boaters in the Arctic is absolutely amazing. Click HERE to check it out. 


That Peaceful Easy Feeling

Another song that makes me thing of summer.

If you haven't had the chance to watch the History of the Eagles documentary, think about carving out a couple hours in your evening in the next couple of weeks. Towards the end of the first half of the movie, the band was shown hanging out on a sailboat (disclaimer, I have a hard time believing that Glenn Frey was really behind the helm). It made me questions if the Eagles are really talking about a woman in Peaceful Easy Feeling, or if the song is about that feeling you get in the middle of the ocean when you're surrounded by nothing but ocean and water, the sea breeze washing all your worries away. 



Plum Island Drift

I don't know how this discovery hasn't happened sooner. Eric Stevens is an artist from Newburyport that makes whale sculptures out of driftwood. He has both stock pieces and his larger scale gallery style one-of-a-kinds. His collection is called Plum Island Drift. I've gotta get my hands on one of these!


Why Jaws Was Wrong

Sharks are scary but let's get real - they're more scared of us than we are of them. Ok, I don't know if that's exactly true but we do need to change our view of sharks, they're a pretty incredible marine species. If you're the type of person that refuses to take a dip in the ocean, give this article a read and this podcast a listen and let me know if you change your mind. 

O Captain! My Captain!

I was watching Dead Poets Society last night...

O Captain! my Captain! 

Walt Whitman
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
                         But O heart! heart! heart!
                            O the bleeding drops of red,
                               Where on the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.

Part II: Saint James Clothing Fall And Winter Collection

I can't help myself. Saint James has too many great clothes this season. I love love love their La Gacilly Funnel-Neck Sweater. It's tailored in all the right places to give it shape but still stays roomy. I've never been one for something that fits too tight.

And who says you can't wear white after Labor Day? I'm pretty sure our Charter Big Brummel Bracelets in white would be pair perfectly with any of these Saint James essentials.

Part I: Saint James Clothing Fall and Winter Collection

I love a perfect stripe. It makes any outfit look clean, crisp and contemporary. Saint James is the ultimate go-to for stripes and classics in my closet. All I have to add is a good pair of jeans, nice pair of boots, and of course a little touch of Sailormade to achieve the perfect casual look. 

Happy Halloween

Well, the lobster costume lasted about 2 minutes for a brief and not so spooky photoshoot. Reggie's face says it all. Hope you have a Happy Halloween!

Hot Spiked Cider

I told you I'd have a good use for my leftover apple cider! I'm crossing my fingers and hoping the rain holds off for Halloween tomorrow. WHEN it does, and whether or not it is truly cold enough, I'm planning to make these belly warming hot spiked ciders to walk around Union Park and live vicariously through those still young enough to trick-or-treat. 


Apple Cider Mussels

Personally, I've never met a mussel I didn't like (in a bowl or on a man *wink*). This week, with Halloween on Thursday, I've been feeling all the fall vibes and have my mind on fresh apple cider. It's not a flavor that usually makes me think "seafood" but I am excited to test out this recipe I found for Creamy Apple Cider Mussels on Healthy Delicious. It's super simple, uses less than 10 easily accessible ingredients, and will leave some leftover apple cider for spiked cocktails later this week. 


Farm Fresh Pumpkins

Nothing says fall in New England like a staircase full of pumpkins. So, where do you get your pumpkins? If you say the grocery store, the pilgrims that found this beautiful country will turn over in their graves. Please, keep the hauntings out of Boston and use this resource to find a pumpkin patch by you, wherever you are. 

Click here to find pumpkins fresh off the vine

Riptide Reggie's Top 5 Halloween Costume Picks

Did someone say trick-or-treat? More importantly, did someone say TREAT?

Believe it or not, Reggie loves a little dress-up session. He may not be going door-to-door this Halloween but he will most certainly be dressed for the occasion. Here is his list of the costumes he is considering for next week's holiday and where to find them:  


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