Festive Finds with Nespresso (and a giveaway!)

November 10, 2014

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Nespresso Invite

Every single year I say I’m going to get a head start on my holiday shopping and not be seriously stressed as we get closer to the holidays. And then I never do. But this year, thanks to Nespresso and Sur La Table, I actually did! Nespresso has been seriously good to me over the past couple years and I can honestly say my regular workdays are made so much happier due to the fact that I have a Nespresso VertuoLine Machine sitting on my office desk and I’ve been starting each day with a large foamy coffee. So, when Nespresso and Sur La Table wanted to partner on a holiday feature, I was most definitely in.

Nespresso Vertuo

The challenge was a fun one… To start holiday planning by seeking out festive finds from Nespresso and Sur La Table. I started by day at the Nespresso Boutique on Newbury Street with a delicious meal to fuel my shopping day. The Nespresso November drink of the month is a Spiced Honey Latte and it was pretty much everything I dream about in a coffee. Must learn to make this one at home!

Nespresso Waffles and Espresso

I’m also in love with the wall of Grand Crus at the Nespresso Boutique.

Nespresso Boutique Collage

It was a gross rainy day, but the breakfast warmed me right up. After browsing the boutique a bit, we were shuttled off to Copley to hit up Sur La Table.

Sur La Table Copley

About two minutes in and I was seriously in the holiday spirit. Sur La Table was all decked out for my very favorite holiday, Thanksgiving!

Sur La Table Thanksgiving

See that turkey right there? Yup, that is now sitting on my dining room table. It took everything in me not to purchase that turkey platter, too.

SurLaTable Fall

And those amazing napkin rings.

Sur La Table Turkey

Turkeys aside, I’m actually not one for ridiculous holiday decorations. I’m much more about taking everyday decor and putting a holiday spin on it. So, many of my festive finds can be used year-round. Again, aside from the turkey… though I’m going to have a hard time putting that sucker away at the end of the season.

If you haven’t been to Sur La Table yet, you should know it’s a Le Creuset heaven.

Sur la Table Le Creuset

It’s a Nespresso heaven, too! While I was in the store, I heard at least 4 people inquire about Nespresso machines. Something tells me it will be the holiday gift of the year (I like to think I’m ahead of the times seeing that I bought my mom a machine for Christmas two years ago).

Nespresso at Sur La Table

I spent about two hours in the store and still don’t feel like I had a chance to look at everything. I was joking with the salesperson that I could never work there because I’d just stare at stuff all day and plan out what I was going to buy with my paycheck.

Sur La Table Shopping

The Sur La Table in Boston’s Copley Plaza has an awesome kitchen where they teach hands-on cooking classes. Adding this to my to-do ASAP list!

Sur La Table Cooking Class

I had no trouble finding a plethora of Festive Finds that will help make holiday planning a little brighter. Check out my full list of Festive Finds below:

Festive Finds Collage

1) Nespresso VertuoLine Machine. Of course! This is an every day item, but waking up to a Nespresso coffee on Christmas or Thanksgiving morning will make you SO happy. Plus, Nespreso has lots of seasonal recipes on their website, so you can totally get in the holiday spirit with your machine. 2) The Turkey. Enough said. 3) All-Clad Griddle. What goes best with coffee? Bacon, of course! This griddle will help you feed a holiday crowd. And you have a chance to win one at the end of this post! 4) King-Sized Ice Cube Molds. These molds make HUGE ice cubes for holiday cocktails and I am envisioning cranberry and sage ice cubes being made in these. 5) Beverage Jar. I’ll be whipping up batches of holiday cocktails for parties in this. 6) Marble Cake Stand. Red and green baked goods will stand out perfectly on this cake stand. Expect to see lots of this in future posts! 7) Ice Cream Containers. I actually make more homemade ice cream in the holiday months than I do in the summer because there are so many festive flavors. I can store homemade ice cream right in these containers. 8) Peppermint Crunch. One of my least favorite holiday “chores” is smashing candy canes for baked goods. King Arthur did it for me here. 9) Nespresso Capsule Drawer. I always have a ton of Grand Crus around and when I have people over for the holidays, I can now whip out this holder and let my guests choose their favorite. Plus this fits under the Nespresso Machine, so you can keep it out of the way, but still handy.

Shopping success!

Sur La Table Shopping Copley

I’ve already broke a few of my finds out and have started getting crafty in the kitchen. Though some may think it’s a bit early to get fully into the holiday season, I’m telling you these next few weeks are going to go by SO quickly. And I want to squeeze out every last bit of holiday joy that I can!

Ice Cream Containers

And one last photo of the turkey on my table. Just because.

Turkey 2

I want to give you a chance to get into the holiday spirit, too, so I’m gifting one of my festive finds to one lucky reader! I’ve been using my All-Clad Griddle for a couple years now and it’s one of my most useful kitchen tools. I make bacon, pancakes, french toast, grilled cheeses, and more on the griddle. It’s especially perfect for holiday entertaining for a crowd… Just this morning I made an entire pound of bacon on it! You’ve definitely seen at least 30 photos of it on this blog 🙂

All-Clad Griddle

Want to win an All-Clad Griddle so you can make a ridiculous amount of bacon and pancakes for your holiday guests? Leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d make on the All-Clad Griddle to serve alongside your morning coffee!

Comment by Wednesday, November 12, at 11:59 p.m. for a chance to win! (winner must live in the U.S.)

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Full Disclosure: Nespresso sponsored this post along with Sur La Table, but I think you can tell I’m a pretty huge fan of both brands and have been for a long time! All opinions are always my own!

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76 Responses to "Festive Finds with Nespresso (and a giveaway!)"

  1. Oh Gad, someone had to do it—-shop and drink coffee and eat. I am laughing. Fun stuff too. Right up my alley. I loved ALL of it. Well on my griddle I would be likely to be cooking little chicken sausages for my family crowd.

  2. Joan Kubes says:

    I would love to have an All-Clad Griddle, I would be cooking ridiculous amounts of bacon!

  3. beth says:

    I’d make corn cakes!

  4. suzanne s says:

    bacon, eggs and blueberry pancakes!

  5. Odetta says:

    I love this post! I would so make a ton of bacon!!!

  6. dani says:

    Bacon first, then eggs for a crowd! That turkey looks adorable on your table.

  7. Chris says:

    After Thanksgiving we could always put a Santa Hat on the Turkey. In the summer perhaps a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses.

    Turkey 365.

  8. SRM says:

    I’ve been in the mood for pumpkin pancakes lately so would make a batch of those for the griddle.

  9. Noel says:

    Definitely blueberry pancakes, greatpost!

  10. elizabeth says:

    eggs and pancakes!

  11. I’m a little behind on my holiday shopping this year and have a few things in mind from Sur La Table. I love that griddle and would love to make some the classic, bacon and eggs!

  12. Sur La Table is one of my favorite stores! I could definitely spend all day in there. And that griddle looks fabulous! What a fun giveaway!

  13. Joanna Kauffmann says:

    What a fun shopping spree! I’d definitely use the griddle for grilled cheese sandwiches to go along with all the soup I’m planning on making this season. My boyfriend doesn’t believe that soup on its own constitutes a full meal, so a perfectly grilled cheesy sandwich alongside is a must!

  14. Ok sign me, I want everything in this post. Seriously. SQUEALS!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    I’d love to make pancakes on a griddle pan, you can serve so much more quickly instead of just three or four at a time

  16. Martha says:

    Pancakes made from scratch for my grandchildren. Pancakes shaped like planes and trucks and gingerbread men and mickey mouse….
    …and bacon and sausage.

  17. Mary Ann says:

    Pumpkin Pancakes and a ridiculous amount of bacon.

  18. Eric Foss says:

    Yum! I would make some griddle-cooked apple rings dipped in pancake batter and a farmer’s breakfast griddle bake with eggs, cheese, bacon, potato, onion and a bit of this and that and the other…

  19. val bobias says:

    I have so many things to make on this. Pancakes will be made the most I’m sure.

  20. Pam says:

    My kids love pancakes on Saturday mornings but I have to use a regular pan because I don’t have a griddle. Hint, hint. 😉

  21. i LOVE sur la table! I’d make a big batch of pancakes on that griddle 🙂

  22. Kim says:

    Is love to watch my husband make me some orange cranberry pancakes on that griddle! Talk about being in holiday spirit!

  23. Jen says:

    Oh, I can see pancakes. Pumpkin pancakes, blueberry pancakes, nutty pancakes….

  24. Evan says:

    Johnny cakes and bacon! Great post, love Nespresso, too.

  25. Erin W says:

    French toast.. mmmhmm!

  26. Lemon ricotta pancakes!

  27. Lesa Mehl says:

    I would surely be making your pumpkin choc chip pancakes on that griddle! I have been making (and sharing!) that recipe since you posted it. And I do think it’s ok to make pumpkin pancakes all year long!!!

  28. Rachel says:

    French toast. Lots and lots of french toast.

  29. Hillary says:

    I’d whip up some mean breakfast sandwiches, eggs and bacon on there!!

  30. Diane says:

    I am thinking big thick slices of Brioche French Toast along with some thick-cut bacon!

  31. Rebecca C says:

    Bacon of course! And maybe some grilled fruit!

  32. Erin says:

    Oh I would totally make a breakfast skillet- tofu scramble with roasts veggies and goat cheese. Along with yummy breakfast coffee to go with it!

  33. Danielle Kourtakis says:

    Bacon Bacon Bacon!

  34. Ok, so you just went on the best shopping trip EVER!!! GAH! Totally wishing I could have some of this stuff…and maybe I can!! I’d make pancakes (OBVI), but in the spirit of the holidays I would make some gingerbread pancakes 🙂

  35. Carol says:

    Love french toast, maybe wtih some apple butter on top!

  36. Judy M. says:

    Loved your post!
    I’d make my Mother’s recipe for potato pancakes…….she made the best ever!

  37. Monica Lavoie says:

    I saw a recipe for Crème Brulee French Toast I must try! With some bacon on the side of course! Thanks

  38. Sarah L says:

    I’d make pumpkin pancakes. We enjoyed these festive pancakes when we made them a couple of years ago and now that we have a toddler, I think she’d love them, too.

  39. Islara says:

    Oh man…I need this All-Clad Griddle in m life! I would make delicious pumpkin pancakes for my fiancé and I! Yum!

  40. Meredith says:

    No coffee for me, I know I’m weird!! But, I would totally make a huge batch of French toast!!

  41. Angela says:

    I’d make buttermilk pancakes! And Iove my nespresso machine! Got me through the first year of parenthood!

  42. Windy P says:

    French toast and bacon. Definitely bacon. It’s one of the most import food groups. 😀

  43. What a fun day!

    I’d love to win – I would be making pancakes and bacon on that griddle!

  44. Dianne says:

    Wait ’til you have children and you will never again underestimate the sheer volume of chocolate chip pancakes you will make in one lifetime! I’d love to win – maybe I could feed the lot of them in one batch!

  45. Ashley says:

    My family all has different breakfast favorites, so this griddle would be great. It is large enough I could do french toast, pancakes, bacon, and an egg and everyone will be happy and eating at the same time.

  46. Megan says:

    I would definitely whip up some pancakes. Jeff complains that I don’t make pancakes enough. By the way, your coat is adorable!

  47. Kyle says:

    I can’t tell you what Mr. Boddy would reaaally do with the All-Clad Griddle, but let’s just say bacon. Lots and lots of bacon.

  48. Joyce says:

    Blueberry lemon pancakes with a side of bacon, yum!

  49. Meghan says:

    I SO need to stock up on Nespresso pods!

  50. Daisy says:

    that griddle is awesome! I’d make fried eggs and bacon.

    what a cool shopping experience. nespresso treats you right!

  51. Juliana says:

    Oh! I love Sur La Table…and you sure had a great time shopping…I would love to have French toast…
    Have a great week 🙂

  52. Jessica Lodge says:

    I would make eggnog pancakes and turkey bacon.

  53. I need to move! What a great give away – I would love a Nespresso machine for work 🙂

  54. Margot C says:

    Oh gosh, what a perfect thing that griddle is. I would make some blueberry pancakes and some bacon on it.

  55. Larissa Funfas says:

    Pancakes!!!!!

  56. Barbara says:

    I love Sur La Table! Could spend hours in there. What fun shopping with you today! Great giveaway too!

  57. oh i go crazy up in sur la ! It is a cooks dream and YES I want a nespresso:)))

  58. Joan Kirk says:

    french toast and grilled cheese would be great for this griddle! Yummy.

  59. Laura says:

    We have a Saturday pancake tradition that would be vastly improved by a good griddle!

  60. sara says:

    Chocolate chip-apple pancakes!!

  61. Emily says:

    Pumpkin pecan pancakes — ’tis the season!

  62. Kelly says:

    My son and I make pancakes every Saturday, and this would cut down on the cooking time!

  63. Angela says:

    The griddle of my dreams! My husband and I recently went Paleo to accommodate my food allergies- this griddle would be a staple in our kitchen! My goal is to make Paleo versions of all the amazing yumminess on WANM!!

  64. Erica says:

    How fun!! Yes, I can easily spend an hour there just looking around. I’d make pancakes with chocolate chips!

  65. Brenda Haines says:

    Cranberry orange pancakes with a big side of bacon. Yum!!

  66. Sharon says:

    Blueberry pancakes would be my first choice! But so much more: bacon or omelets, grilled veggies, sausage patties, hash browns …

  67. Joanne says:

    Okay, I need to head to Sur La Table ASAP. Also, I need a nespresso in my life.

  68. Love everything about this post because I bought a Nespresso Inissa a few months ago and am in love (and can only imagine visiting the store on one of my favorite streets in the world 🙂 And of course Sur La Table is the da bomb. I have this griddle pan and I use it every weekend to make pancakes. BTW, I see nothing wrong with keeping that turkey out year round.

  69. Laurel C says:

    That looks like the perfect pancake griddle!! Man, I love Sur La Table……..I could spend all my money in there 🙂

  70. i have been ALL about huevos rancheros for the past few months, and a griddle is perfect for making hash browns 🙂

  71. Justine says:

    CUTE coat! What a fun experience. I’d like to use the griddle for lots of bacon with a morning Nespresso drink!

  72. Sharon says:

    I would make a fantasic batch of pancakes on that griddle. Every Saturday. Yes, please!

  73. Bethenney says:

    Bacon and eggs for sure!

  74. Emma Kate Watson says:

    Sweet potato pancakes and bacon for sure!

  75. Noella says:

    My kids love pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon spiced apples on top!

  76. […] in time for the start of the holidays, I’m excited to announce the winner to my Nespresso Festive Finds giveaway! The lucky winner is Windy P. who said, “French toast and bacon. Definitely bacon. It’s one […]

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