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Wednesday Spotlight: Musical Magic

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Family, friends, good food and cheerful decor are all part of what makes the holidays so wonderful. Music, of course, is another – whether you put on your favorite record, dance to an upbeat pop song or carol along with Christmas music, there are many ways to enjoy the days with sound. This week, we are spotlighting five musical items that will keep you uplifted and your home organized and well decorated.

Musical Christmas Book DisplayIn tune with the season, our Musical Christmas Book Display brings a holiday storybook to life with charming carolers, beautiful colors and all signs of the season. Eight classic songs play beautifully from the book, spread cheer throughout your home and among the hearts of your guests.

Musical Santa Sleigh

Santa takes the reins in the next Christmas musical sculpture, and leads his four reindeer into the night, presumably on Christmas Eve. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” plays as you enjoy a holiday party, a snowy evening by the fireplace or as you give this accent as a gift to be enjoyed for many holidays to come. Beautiful details complement your own charming decor, and bring the festivity out of anyone.

Holiday Train Musical Snow Globe

We love nostalgic gifts and decor that remind us of childhood holidays and inspire us to carry on and create new traditions, and a classic accent that is found in many homes is the snow globe. We are featuring our Holiday Train Musical Snow Globe, since it plays “Over the River,” a testament to going to grandmother’s house and visiting with loved ones. The train in the center circles the village as snow floats down, spreading charm throughout the holiday season.

Executive USB TurntableFor many, listening to classic and favorite records is most cherished during the holiday season – can you get any more nostalgic than when listening to the vinyl of your favorite songs and musicians? Many newer artists still release their own music on vinyl, so a turntable is a charming way to unite all generations of loved ones, especially during Christmas and the holidays.

Record Carrying CaseOur Executive USB Turntable from Crosley presents a regal look that is portable, so take it to a holiday party or just to different parts of your home. Featuring a USB port, you can also convert your favorite music to digital files for when you can’t take the turntable with you. We also recommend our Record Carrying Case, for seasoned vinyl collectors and novices alike. Your records will stay organized and safe from dust and other elements so you can enjoy them for years to come.

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Tuesday Recipe: Easy New Year’s Eve Appetizers

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating with family and friends, putting the past behind you and looking forward to the future. Save time this year with easy appetizer recipes sure to please everyone at your party, even if it is just a gathering of you and your beloved pets.

Apple Rings With Gorgonzola Cheese

Tart apples with creamy cheese = a yummy treat.


  • 2 tart apples
  • Juice from half of a lemon (2 tbls)
  • 4 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tbls honey
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup candied nuts, chopped
Apple Hooked Wool Pillow
French Market Prep Bowl Set Directions

1. Core the apples with an apple corer, making sure to remove all of the seeds. Cut apples horizontally into fairly thin rings and brush both sides of rings with lemon juice; set aside.

2. In a small bowl stir together cream cheese and honey. Spoon cream cheese mixture into a small resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Snip off a corner of the bag. Pipe cream cheese mixture onto apple rings. Sprinkle with Gorgonzola cheese and candied walnuts. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 2 hours.

Vintage Sugar Sack Wall Panel Spicy Candied Walnuts

Use these walnuts on the apple ring recipe or have them on ice cream!


  • 1  cup  coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1  tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • dash crushed red pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 9×9x2-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper; set aside. In a small bowl stir together the coarsely chopped walnuts, packed brown sugar, vanilla, salt and crushed red pepper.
  2. Spread nut mixture in prepared pan. Bake about 10 minutes or until nuts are toasted, stirring twice. Cool.
Squirrel Nutcracker

Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

No holiday party is complete without a cheese ball!


  • 3  tablespoons fresh chives
  • 3  tablespoons  fresh basil
  • 2  tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 – 1/2  teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Assorted crackers
Chives Herb Marker
Mouse and Cheese Board Directions

1. In a shallow dish combine 1 tablespoon of the chives, 1 tablespoon of the basil, and the parsley; set aside. In a medium bowl beat cream cheese and goat cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in remaining 2 tablespoons chives, remaining 2 tablespoons basil, the pepper, and garlic. Form into a ball.

2. Roll ball in herb mixture. Wrap and chill cheese ball for 4 to 24 hours. Makes twelve 2-tablespoon servings.

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Entertaining Tips With SYW

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we understand the importance of gathering with friends and family, especially during the holiday season, to share joy, hugs, good news, and lots of great food. Here we have compiled a few of our favorite ways to ensure that your gatherings are worth every bit of time and hard work that you put into them.

Country Stoneware, Poinsettia Napkin Rings Captains Dining Place Setting
Coordinating Items For a Festive Gathering

Whether you are attending a dinner party, or hosting one of your own, it is always fun to have coordinating pieces, especially for themed parties. Perfect for the holidays, our Marching Santa Placemat, Cheese Board with Decorative Knife, and Coaster Set will offer plenty of holiday charm when put on display this season.

Marching Santa Cheese Board

Marching Santa Reversible Placemats Marching Santa Coaster Set

Snowman and Cardinal Glass Cheese Set Extend the Life of Your Kitchen Coordinates With Multiple Options

Not just for the holidays, this friendly snowman motif will work well all season long! The placemat reads, “In winter snows, friendship grows.” It really does not get any simpler than that! Give this set to a friend, or, better yet, invite them over for supper on a cold January night to warm their heart and soul with good company. The Coasters and Cheese Board complete the look!

Snowman And Cardinal Coaster Set

Serve It Up With Lots of Charm

When you are hosting, it can be a bit daunting keeping everything organized. To help with the appetizer course, try preparing your dips and cheese plates in advance, so that on the evening of the dinner you simply have to fill the serving dish or platter with the pre-made appetizers. That way, you can spend more time relaxing with your guests, and less time in the kitchen!

In addition, something like our handy Butcher Block Cart will offer additional counter space, and appetizers on the go for whichever room you choose!

Mouse And Cheese Board
Chip Dip Platter Butcher Block Cart

Mini Ivory Taper Candles Enhance the Mood

Mood lighting is not just for romantic dinners for two; create the same sense of warmth and welcome for every gathering you have at your house. Mood lighting creates a calm, open atmosphere where people are more likely to feel relaxed and enjoy themselves. With items like our Bird Wine Topper, mood lighting is easily achieved, with a sense of whimsy, in this charming topper designed to re-purpose that old wine bottle on the counter. Other options, such as our Mini Ivory Taper Candles, or the Iron Taper Candle Centerpiece, will offer elegant lighting options for even the most fashionable of gatherings.

Iron Taper Centerpiece Bird Wine Topper

Finally, if you are in need of a little inspiration, take a peek at these two great cook books, for hosts in a pinch (for time and ingredients!).
5 Ingredients or Less Cook Book Super Fast Slow Cooking Cook Book

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