Thanksgiving Count Down

IMG_1575.JPG
It’s about that time folks……and if you’re hosting Thanksgiving, like me, you have to begin the ‘prep’ early. On Monday, I took my 18 lb turkey out of the freezer. Yesterday, I boiled all the sweet potatoes for my sweet potato casserole. I also, chopped and sauted a large onion & garlic with some all natural sausage…..this will go into the stuffing.

This morning, I boiled a ton of eggs for the deviled eggs that I will make and I also went ahead and prepared & baked 2 pecan pies. These are my weakness……favorite dessert on Thanksgiving, hands down. Not exactly a healthy option, but so utterly delicious…..and that’s why they are only allowed inside this house once a year. Sheer will power will have to keep me away from these until tomorrow evening…….what a challenge.

IMG_1572.JPG

IMG_1573.JPG

Later today, I’ll boil all of my yukon golds for the garlic mashed potatoes and fry up the bacon that will go into my balsamic glazed brussel sprouts. This way, majority of the grunt work is over and it will make putting together these multiple dishes tomorrow a bit less taxing, so I can focus on my bird.

I’m adding a special touch to the mirror in my dining room this year. While scrolling through Pinterest I came across these fabulous free printables…….this gals darling website had many printables to choose from, banners, place cards, tags, etc. Be sure to check it out here, what a fun treat. I’ll be focusing on the banner.

IMG_1574.JPG

IMG_1577.JPG
So super cute. I used mini paper clips to attach them to some twine. You may not be able to tell from the photo, but when these print out, the paper faintly looks like a light textures burlap. I’m loving it.

IMG_1578.JPG

IMG_1579-0.JPG
Tomorrow……it’s ‘go time’. So while I watch/listen to the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, ill season and cook my bird, mix filling for deviled eggs, mix up sweet potato casserole and create strudel topping, prepare and cook stuffing, mash-heat-season mashed potatoes, cook-brown & glaze brussel sprouts, and when the turkey is done…..I’ll make the gravy.

May all of you enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving

Advertisements

Fall updates

I really enjoy fall….though I am not quite ready for the snow (which came crashing in several days ago with Artic type temperatures…..ugh!)

While all of my Halloween decor has been put away, what is left will serve dual purpose for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday .

image

The new sign hanging outside our front door I found dirt cheap at Sam’s Club. It actually looks like a chalkboard and says ‘Welcome’ on one side and ‘Give Thanks’ on the other. I did have to paint it with some DIY white chalk paint, as I was not a fan of the initial red frame.

image

Before Halloween, I gave my pumpkins a little burlap skirt and some decorative fall sprigs tied up with twine around the pumpkin stem.

image

image

image

These mini pumpkins and the squash will stay on my kitchen island through Thanksgiving.

image

image

Shall we all be mindful to give thanks, at all times, in all things.

The Table/s and the Turkey

20131129-080012.jpg

Hoping everyone enjoyed as blessed of a Thanksgiving as we did. With friends and kids visiting from Florida, our big boy home from CSU, along with local family members, we joined our kitchen table and dining table together in the dining room. (Little people had to sit at the island in the kitchen). Such a blessing to set my table with my moms lovely china. There is always something to be thankful for.

20131129-080310.jpg

And the turkey I baked in the oven turned out great. Each year I attempt to recreate my sweet mothers most delicious and moist turkey. My 14 pound bird was both juicy and tasty……..yippee!

20131129-080645.jpg

And now I need to get busy decorating our super tall tree. Thanksgiving is complete and here comes Christmas…………didn’t we just do the whole Christmas thing? Feels like it. Happy shopping everyone!!!!!