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Fiori holiday wreaths

At this time in the season it’s a little late to commission a custom evergreen arrangement from a luxury florist. But ring a jingle bell, because the folks at floral design studio Fiori are angels: they’ve volunteered to show us how to dress up a store-bought fir circle with just a few easy tips.

Pomegranates, dried oranges, succulents and other wreath decorationsWhat you need:
A wreath, 26 to 28 inches wide
A spool of wired ribbon
Accents like pine cones, fruit, artificial flowers, succulents, glass ornaments, other foliage–pick things that go with the style of you home and the size of your door
20 or so pieces of six-inch wire
A 10 to 12-inch wire for a back fastener
A hot glue pot or gun
A wire cutter

1. Start with a simple green wreath that you can buy at many grocery or home improvement stores. Attach a wire or hanger to its back if there isn’t one already.

2. Collect some wares. Fiori’s creative director Leigh Grossman recommends wired ribbon with reversible sides. Six-inch wire pieces for fasteners. Camellia, magnolia and/or eucalyptus leaves add depth to the evergreen needles. Pinon cones are sturdy, earthy accents. Fruit, as well, can be used for color. Artificial or dried flowers add softness.

YOUR WREATH COMES FULL CIRCLE: HERE’S HOW

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A Foraged Friendsgiving: Part Three, the Table

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Ingredients have been gathered, your feast is cooking—now it’s time to set the table. Keep things simple with a pared-down palette and a few pops of color for a festive, modern presentation.

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Dark Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Recipe, Holiday Entertaining Menu Dessert | What’s Cooking:

Our chefs, Wit & Wonder Gifts team and blog editor take the stress out of planning a full-course menu that’s memorable (in a good way) and won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen all night. In a special What’s Cooking series, we’re serving up six perfectly paired, delicious recipes and inspiration for holiday entertaining—from drinks and dessert to décor and gifts.

Nordstrom recipe for triple chocolate cheesecake with Maker's dark chocolate and mint; photo by Jeff Powell.

After cocktails, a salad, side dish and entrée…finally, dessert! And it’s more than worthy of capping off the impressive dinner menu. After making this rich and fudgy cheesecake at home to photograph, I brought it into the office to share with my cohorts in digital creative. I’ll let just a few of their unsolicited email responses speak for themselves.

“it’s SO GOOD!” -Tina R., Senior Designer

“Wow. Superb. Truly delicious. And I’m not even a cheesecake guy!” -Andy C., Creative Director

“Best. Cheesecake. Ever!  Wow!!” Corinna H., Web Designer

“Oh wow, that is so delicious!!” -Jamie K., Copy Manager

“And it was DELICIOUS!’ -Amy B., Creative Director

“!!!!!!!!!!” -Justin A., Senior Editor

Nordstrom recipe for triple chocolate cheesecake with Maker's dark chocolate and mint; photo by Jeff Powell.

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What’s Cooking: Holiday Entertaining Menu Entrée, Peppercorn Lamb Chops with Sriracha-Fig Jam

Our chefs, Wit & Wonder Gifts team and blog editor take the stress out of planning a full-course menu that’s memorable (in a good way) and won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen all night. In a special What’s Cooking series, we’re serving up six perfectly paired, delicious recipes and inspiration for holiday entertaining—from drinks and dessert to décor and gifts.

Nordstrom recipe for easy Peppercorn-Crusted Lamb Chops with Sriracha & Fig Jam; photo by Jeff Powell.

The beauty of this recipe is in its serious simplicity. From start to finish, you’ll be done in well under an hour—with minimal effort—and have two gorgeous racks of lamb to show for it. To complement the lamb chops, an unexpected combo of Sriracha and fig jam create a one-step sauce that’s a little sweet, a little spicy and a lot easy. Plated up and accompanied by those Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts, these peppercorn rib chops make for a main course that will leave you with a table full of happy guests and compliments to the chef.

Nordstrom recipe for easy Peppercorn-Crusted Lamb Chops with Sriracha & Fig Jam; photo by Jeff Powell.

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Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto and Gruyère, Holiday Entertaining Menu Side Dish | What’s Cooking

Our chefs, Wit & Wonder Gifts team and blog editor take the stress out of planning a full-course menu that’s memorable (in a good way) and won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen all night. In a special What’s Cooking series, we’re serving up six perfectly paired, delicious recipes and inspiration for holiday entertaining—from drinks and dessert to décor and gifts.

Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts with prosciutto and Gruyère cheese. Best oven brussels sprouts recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Have picky eaters at your table? Not to worry. The layers of salty, complex prosciutto and melted Gruyère in this gratin recipe are far too tempting for even the biggest Brussels sprout-ophobe. Plus, cream added to a super-reduced chicken stock creates an incredible sauce that coats the caramelized Brussels sprouts in yum. Since that Bistro Crab Salad first course was so light and refreshing, we’re okay with this gratin side dish falling on the more indulgent end of things.

Nordstrom recipe for Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts with prosciutto and Gruyère cheese; photo by Jeff Powell.

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Bistro Crab Stack Salad Recipe, Holiday Entertaining Menu 1st Course | What’s Cooking

Our chefs, Wit & Wonder Gifts team and blog editor take the stress out of planning a full-course menu that’s memorable (in a good way) and won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen all night. In a special What’s Cooking series, we’re serving up six perfectly paired, delicious recipes and inspiration for holiday entertaining—from drinks and dessert to décor and gifts.

Now that conversation—and some amazing cocktails—are flowing, you’re ready for the first course on our menu, and it’s definitely a looker. A bit of dicing is the hardest part of this wow-factor, towering salad. Fresh avocado, tomato, cucumber and mango all get pulled together with our seriously tasty Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (the same dressing used in the popular Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad at our Nordstrom Cafe). Tangy, refreshing and topped with crab, this salad sets a high bar for the next two courses to come.

Nordstrom recipe for the Bistro Crab Stack Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette; photo by Jeff Powell.
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What’s Cooking: Holiday Entertaining Menu, Two Cocktails

As of November, party season is in full swing. To give you a leg up on the hyper-social months to come, The Thread partnered with our Restaurants Division and Wit & Wonder Gifts team to offer ideas and inspiration for holiday entertaining—from drinks and dessert to décor and gifts.

Our chefs and blog editor take the stress out of planning a full-course menu that’s memorable (in a good way) and won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen all night. In the weeks to come, we’re serving up six perfectly paired, delicious recipes in a special What’s Cooking series. First up, two easy-to-make cocktails to get your party started—our take on an of-the-moment favorite and a citrusy number with a spicy, smoky surprise.

Nor'Easter Moscow Mule-inspired bourbon cocktail recipe from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

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Breaking Bread with Pioneer Square Pantry

On the other side of the globe as well as in your own kitchen, our friends at Pioneer Square Pantry—part of Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR—are improving the world through food.

When you invite their quaint and functional coasters, aprons and placemats into your home, you’re not only supporting a small business that builds connections across oceans and industries (the items we’re carrying are an exclusive collaboration with a design studio in Japan)—you’re also creating a reminder for yourself to slow down and savor life’s quiet moments and simple pleasures.

Keep reading for a Q&A with Eva Soroken and Kylen McCarthy, the creative culinary duo behind the brand—plus mouthwatering, edible inspiration from Chef Kylen.

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Conway Electric: Power to the People

With Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR, curator Olivia Kim and team discovered dozens of ways we can all help make the world a better place: Feed the hungry by buying a handbag. Plant flowers with the flick of the wrist. You can even support the fabric of American manufacturing by purchasing a handmade, high-quality power strip.

Regarding that last point, we navigated the boat-lined north edge of Seattle’s Lake Union to visit the modest production facility of Conway Electric—a brand led by a man who quit his day job in order to build a better extension cord. Keep reading for a Q&A with founder Kevin Faul about industrial design, leaps of faith and the power of American ingenuity.

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Goods That Do Good: Creative Growth Art Center

“We wanted to recognize all the different ways that being ‘socially responsible’ can be interpreted,” Pop-In@Nordstrom curator Olivia Kim said in reference to our latest limited-time shop: a collection of eco-friendly, upcycled, artisanal and community-focused goods titled TMRW TGTHR.

“If we can provide these organizations with a platform to tell their stories,” Kim continued, “I feel like we’re helping spread their purpose to a larger audience.”

One of the most inspiring stories we came across was that of Creative Growth, an art center in Oakland that serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Check out our visit to their campus in the video above, shop at selected stores for one-of-a-kind artworks by Creative Growth artists—and keep reading to learn about the four artists whose work we’re honored to showcase on a series of tote bags (free with any in-store Pop-In purchase).

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