This week in New & Notable Mentions #16, I have for you decorated Christmas trees and fun gnomes to make. As well as food recipes and a couple of books you might want to read.


A Pop Of Pretty has 3 Christmas tree decorating tips she’d like to share with you.

Decorating tips for Christmas trees in New & Notable Mentions. #16

Sincerely Marie Designs decorated the cutest vintage-inspired nutcracker tabletop tree for Christmas.

Nutcracker tabletop Christmas tree


The Navage Patch created these adorable Dollar Store Lighted Mop Gnomes.

Gnomes with lights in New & Notable Mentions. #16

Remodelacasa shows a tutorial for Lil Pom Pom Mini Gnomes her sister-in-law created made out of yarn.

Gnomes made of yarn


Vintage Home Designs created a holiday tablescape with fresh greenery to inspire your own tablescape for the holidays.

A Christmas tablescape with fresh greenery

In My Own Style shows you how to make ribbon bows.

How to make a bow for New & Notable Mentions. #16


Add A Pinch has a recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole for either Thanksgiving or Christmastime.

Sweet Potato Casserole recipe

Gimme Some Oven has a whole bunch of Thanksgiving recipes all in one spot for you.

Thanksgiving recipes for New & Notable Mentions #16

All The Healthy Things has a recipe for Gooey Chocolate Pecan Pie, and boy does it look good!

Chocolate pecan pie


LUCKY, a book by Marissa Stapley, is a compelling and thrilling road-trip novel about a talented grifter whose past comes back to haunt her.

Lucky is a book I talk about in New & Notable Mentions. #16

Lucky Armstrong is a tough, talented swindler who has just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, Cary. She’s ready to start a brand-new life, with a new identity—when things go sideways.

Penniless and alone for the first time in her life, Lucky discovers that a lottery ticket she bought on a whim is worth millions. There’s just one big problem: cashing in the winning ticket means she’ll be arrested for her crimes.

The book “What Comes After”, a novel by Joanne Tompkins, came out in the spring of this year.

After the shocking death of two teenage boys tears apart a community in the Pacific Northwest, a mysterious pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of those same boys’ families—a moving and hopeful novel about forgiveness and human connection.

The novel What Comes After

In misty, coastal Washington State, Isaac lives alone with his dog, grieving the recent death of his teenage son, Daniel. Next door, Lorrie, a working single mother, struggles with a heinous act committed by her own teenage son.

Separated by only a silvery stretch of trees, the two parents are emotionally stranded, isolated by their great losses—until an unfamiliar sixteen-year-old girl shows up, bridges the gap, and changes everything.

Quote Of The Week graphic for New & Notable Mentions #16

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri in The Namesake

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  1. That small table-top Christmas tree is giving me lots of ideas. My 87-year-old mother and I have no desire to deal with our 7 feet tall artificial tree. A couple of 3 feet tall trees might just be the ticket to decorate for the holidays without climbing on a ladder to hang ornaments.

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