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Pretty. Delicious. [Flan]

Pretty. Delicious.

We’re revisiting our How Sweet It Is recipe collection for a final holiday Pretty. Delicious. selection. A family favorite from longtime Vera Bradley employee Elit rounds out our festive offerings. Add Traditional Flan de Leche to your celebration this Christmas.

Pretty. Delicious. [Flan]

“My family always makes this dessert when we celebrate birthdays, weddings, fiestas, and when special friends and relatives come over to visit. As an immigrant to this country I always remember my family when I fix this dessert. This is also my husband’s favorite.” – Elit Hoover, Senior Product Designer/Sample Room Manger

Pretty. Delicious. [Flan]

Traditional Flan de Leche

Ingredients

Caramel
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Custard
12 egg yolks
1 (8 oz) can condensed milk
2 cups regular milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (lemon essence or peppermint can be substituted)

Directions
1. For the Caramel, combine sugar and water in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves, and mixture just begins to simmer and turns into a clear liquid. Once sugar dissolves and syrup is simmering, let cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, without stirring. Hold sides of pan and gently tilt pan off heat to distribute color evenly as sugar caramelizes.
2. When sugar turns to light golden brown color, immediately remove from heat and pour into an 8″ x 8″ x 2″ loaf pan, coating bottom of pan evenly (tilt pan so that caramel coats the bottom). Set aside and let cool.
3.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For Custard, blend all ingredients in a blender. Pour mixture into the caramel-coated loaf pan, and tightly cover with aluminum foil to keep from drying. Place tin in a larger baking pan half-filled with water, and bake for about 1 hour or until custard is firm. Enjoy.

Pretty. Delicious. [Flan]

Oh what fun

Early in December, our Vera Bradley family gathered to ice skate, mingle and share Christmas wishes with a very special guest, Santa!

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

We hope all your holiday celebrations
are merry and bright.

Setting the holiday table II

There is nothing more classic than the paisleys and color palette of Venetian Paisley. The warmth, and versatility of the colors tell a traditional holiday story for your next dinner party.  It’s easy to mix and match with your current holiday décor or add bright accents to make an even more vibrant color scheme.

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley
Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table

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Classic Christmas

For the 10th consecutive year, Vera Bradley was among the more than 50 towering displays of twinkle lights and uniquely themed trimmings at the annual Festival of Trees in Fort Wayne, held at the Historic Embassy Theatre downtown.

Vera Bradley | Festival of Trees

Vera Bradley Christmas Tree

Championed by Janielle from Visual Merchandising, the Vera Bradley tree was dedicated to Birchwood, a local care center for patients affected with Alzheimer’s Disease. “[Our Co-founder] Barbara thought an old-fashioned Christmas theme would be nice knowing the tree would eventually be placed there. We focused on motifs from the 1940s, the years the men and women at Birchwood were children,” she said.

Vera Bradley | Festival of Trees

Vera Bradley | Festival of Trees

Vera Bradley | Festival of Trees

“Hand-blown glass ornaments provided that great old-fashioned feel, particularly the adorable Santas and nutcrackers. Venetian Paisley ornaments were used for a modern Vera Bradley touch.”

Recreate this nostalgic look at home by adding our Holiday Ornament or Holiday Ornament Set to your tree.

Vera Bradley | Festival of Trees

Darling, Clementine

Clementine

Despite the bite in the air and impending flurries, we’re in a bright state of mind. A favorite from Spring is showing up early to chase away the chill of winter and provide a much-needed ray of sunshine. Our Trend Reporter Liz is here to introduce the floral, citrus burst that we call Clementine, available today!

Clementine

What inspired it.

Spring is all about bold, bright, poppy colors mixed with soft and acidic yellows and greens. Clementine hosts these shades in a pattern that lends almost a hand-drawn appearance. Part ikat, part floral, Clementine features pink, salmon, orange and yellow for a juicy, vibrant visual. It’s cheerful, feminine and brimming with those blazing shades we love for spring. See more on our Pinterest board.

Available in …

Clementine fabrications

Shop Clementine online and in stores

Dress your tech. Cover your mobile device or desktop
in a vibrant Clementine wallpaper.

Clementine Desktop wallpaper

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

The Download: December

gift ideas

Gift guidance. When it comes to finding the perfect present, you’ve come to the right (and bright) place. Visit our Gift Ideas page on verabradley.com to browse our suggestions by category or price point and, for a special treat, see our Co-founders favorite styles. Want more? Read our blog post with Barbara’s helpful gift tips.

ClementineDarling Clementine. This burst of citrus and floral fun arrives early to chase away the winter chill. Shop the collection online and in stores tomorrow, December 5.

FoundationA little change. The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer has a brand new website and a new way to donate to the cause. Round your purchase up to the nearest dollar to support the fight against this disease. Learn more about the Foundation

Setting the tableSet the table. Add Winter hues to your holiday guest list and gather around a table punctuated with Magenta and silver. And stay tuned for a Venetian Paisley-themed dinner party, coming soon on Inside Stitch!

Pink Elephants BangleTrunk show. Pink Elephants is officially back on the market and available in a beautiful bangle as your gift with purchase, December 16 – 19. Shop Pink Elephants and see the inspiration behind the color on Pinterest.
Galette

Pretty pear. Don’t let the holidays pass by without trying this warm galette with cinnamon, honey, pears and a wonderful pastry dough made from scratch. Serve one today or pin to try later.

 

Gratitude

Today we will gather around the table with our dearest friends and family to give thanks for another wonderful year. We asked what you were grateful for this Thanksgiving and here are some of the things you shared …

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Wishing you and your family
a safe, happy Thanksgiving!