Stylish and Affordable Entertaining Ideas for the Holidays in Nesting Newbies Online Digital Shelter

Creative and inspirational ideas for holiday entertaining are in the premier Fall issue of Nesting Newbies™ Magazine about cooking, entertaining and decorating for a home tweet home.
Nov. 16, 2009 - PRLog -- Lea McIntosh and Jodi Murphy have published Nesting Newbies™ Magazine, an online digital shelter magazine for foodies and design enthusiasts who are new to nesting.  In the premier fall issue, Kathy Goodman, one of McIntosh and Murphy’s favorite foodie peeps, shares her vision for Thanksgiving desserts and Kirsten McKay, owner of the curious and distinctive shop Brick Monkey, shows how easy and affordable it is to set a Thanksgiving Day table.  All instructions, recipes and images are in the magazine with direct links to resources and purchase locations.

Kathy Goodman ( believes that Thanksgiving is an opportunity to delight friends and family by doing something out of the ordinary.  In Caramel Apples, Mini-pies and Fall-tinis, she shares a unique way to end the meal by having guests get up from their seats to make their own gourmet caramel apples, complete with a choice of  toppings—M&M’s®, toffee chips, nuts, candy corn, or sprinkles.  Using petite lady apples saves room for bite-sized apple or pumpkin pies.  Goodman ties the entire theme together with decadent libations—Caramel Apple Martinis and Pumpkin Pie-tinis.  Her point is to “if you think outside-of-the-box, the holidays you host will be memorable.”

Murphy, the magazine’s editor, challenged Kirsten McKay to show readers a Thanksgiving table setting that’s stylish and affordable.  In Harvest-to-Holiday, McKay took found objects, grocery-store produce, a few special pieces from her store Brick Monkey ( and glass items from a mass-market emporium and turned them into a fresh and fun harvest table.  With a few substitutions, she transformed the setting into a perfect Christmas tableau.  “Kirsten did a great job at meeting our challenge,” says Jodi Murphy.  “Our message is, it’s worth putting in a little effort, especially during the holidays, to set a decorative table for your guests.  We wanted to show something different, and we wanted readers to feel that they can easily re-create the setting.  Kirsten really made the design accessible...and we love that it goes from Thanksgiving to Christmas so easily.”
Lea McIntosh is the culinary chef for Nesting Newbies Magazine.  Her original dishes for Thanksgiving are also featured in the Fall issue.  Decorating stories plus links to new products and resources round out the content.   The magazine is available for free at

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McIntosh & Murphy is a partnership between Lea McIntosh and Jodi Murphy. Their primary focus is in areas that matter most to women. McIntosh has achieved success in a variety of disciplines, including graphic, website and event designs, and is a credentialed chef from the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco. Murphy, a marketing specialist and journalist, writes about and develops client marketing programs in luxury, lifestyle and high-tech industries. is another McIntosh & Murphy creative endeavor. Future plans include an interconnection with the BotiQs Network™, a series of search-find-share hubs for women’s lifestyle interests. Current and soon-to-be-released BotiQmarks™ include OmniBride™ (wedding), DecorMetro™ (design), BambinoBuzz™ (mommy), and FitJava ™ (fitness). Kurt Rose leads the engineering behind the technology that gives BotiQmarks superior search and dynamic interactive capabilities. For more information, go to
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