Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Thanksgiving 2010

Friday, November 26th, 2010

A few shots from our day…

Fun cocktail napkins from Target.
My husband did an excellent job cooking both potato dishes.
Punch Glasses
Savory Stuffing
Purple shoes to go with her purple placemat.
The Turkey

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends.  We all certainly have much for which to be thankful.

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Yes, That’s a Cabbage

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The timeline of Thanksgiving tasks has begun.  As you know, I like to get my table set the night before.  Here’s how it came together.

Martha Stewart posted this photo on her blog from her home at Halloween.  Besides being oddly envious of her purple glassware, I liked the idea of a purple pattern.

I started with these placemats from Bed, Bath & Beyond.


Then I found a purple patterned napkin in the outlet section (yes!) of Crate and Barrel.


My centerpiece is created in the same hues as the napkins.  Also, I wanted to add vegetables as a nod to traditional cornucopia.  Yes, that is a cabbage.  And actually, its my favorite thing in the arrangement!


Close up of the other side -


And with that, the table is ready.  Are you setting your table tonight?  I’m happy to have mine ready to go.

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The Show Must Go On

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Interior Fabric Texture

In the midst of all this Holiday Hoopla, real work must still go on.  To me, its one of the most stressful things during this time of year:  Trying to live your “normal” life and keep up with your tasks while still getting all the extra things done.  But woman cannot live on turkey alone, so the show must go on.

Wendy sent me leather pictures last night.  (Her Wednesday morning).  I have to say, I was very, very pleased.  The goal is to do the first season of laptop bags in three colors and I think from the 15 or so samples I can have at least three wonderful options.  Remember, even though these will come out in April, they are the Fall 2011 collection.  That should give you a good hint on what the color pallet might be.

Also last night, she sent me dust bag and intererior fabric samples.  Looking at 50 shades of the same basic color can make you go cross-eyed.  I’m anxious to get the samples in my hand so I can make the final call.  In the meantime, having choices is always a good thing.  (This holds true for just about everything, by the way.  Ladies, make sure you have choices.)

The next contact I have to make is the customer broker.  This is the person that helps you get your goods into the United States.  The most frustrating parts are the fees involved.  Taxes and shipping are (as my father likes to say) enough to knock your socks off.  Time to revisit the budget.  Let’s just hope I don’t get it mixed up with the brining recipe.

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Thanksgiving Kids Table

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

On Thursday, our kids table will be filled with four young ladies.  Three of the girls are our good friends and neighbors.  The fourth is my 19 month old daughter.  Since they all are VIP’s in my world, I wanted to do something fun for their Thanksgiving table.

At first, I couldn’t get these adorable owls from Rock Scissor Paper out of my head.

Then, I saw these cute turkey shirts from my friend Christy Wing.  They are available through her store, the Shining Wings Boutique.

Of course!  Turkey.  It is Thanksgiving after all.  With those two images in mind, I made turkey placemats using each one of the girl’s favorite colors.

The youngest is Pretty in Pink.

The middle daughter’s favorite color is purple.  She even has purple glasses which I must tell you, are fabulous.

The oldest daughter loves blue.

And my daughter doesn’t have a favorite color yet, so I picked her pattens in yellow and green.

I used clear glass plates so you could still see the turkey faces.  (I may rethink the grape juice with the white tablecloth!)

Each girl will have a different deck of cards to keep them entertained.

The full place setting looks like this.  Ready for mashed potatoes!

I added a centerpiece with walnuts and a flag in each color.

The final table ended up looking like this.  I hope the girls enjoy it!

How is your Thanksgiving planning going?  Are you packing up for a trip?  Vacuuming the guest room?  Today I’ll be trying to beat the crowds at the grocery store. Let’s hope there’s a nice bird waiting for me.

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Three Thanksgiving Tricks

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Planning your Turkey Day meal?  Here are my three tricks to make sure dinner goes off without a hitch.

Slow Cooker Stuffing

1. Slow Cooker Stuffing

There is a lot of debate about whether or not to stuff your turkey.  I vote no – the turkey takes longer to cook and its harder to figure out if its done.  Use this stuffing recipe instead.

I like it for several reasons.  The stuffing turns out beautifully and tastes better than any other I’ve had.   It saves time in your oven and a burner on your stove because it utilizes the slow cooker.  Also, it fills your house with an enticing aroma so when guests open the door they’ll say “Mmmmm, it smells so good in here!”

The harder/more stale the bread the better.  Buy a baguette a few days before and then cut it into cubes the night before.  Start the recipe first thing in the morning and it will be perfect when the bird is ready.

Green Bean Casserole doesn't make the cut.

2. Simplify Something

Is there one recipe you make because you are “supposed to”?  For me, it was the green been casserole.  I don’t especially like it and its filled with extra calories.  Two strikes for a vegetable dish and its off my table.

Instead, I make fresh green beans seasoned with salt, pepper and a touch of butter.  Easy, tasty and you can have at least one truly heathy thing on the table.  What dish can you make easier?

Pillsbury Pie Crust

3.  Pre-Made Pie Crust

A few years ago one the best bakers I know told me she uses a pre-made pie crust.  I’ll let you in on the secret too.  The best crust out there is Pillsbury’s Refridgerated Pie Crust.

There are plenty of times to experiment and perfect your made-from-scratch crust.  Thanksgiving just isn’t one of them.  No need to even tell your guests you didn’t make it yourself!  Just keep your mouth full and nod during the compliments.

A note of caution:  You aren’t the only one who knows the pie crust secret.  These babies sell out quickly!  Grab them at your store now before they’re all gone.

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When is Thanksgiving?!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

If I'm not careful, this could be my Thanksgiving menu.

One of my Twitter friends, Stacey Huggins, sent out a tweet yesterday that made me break out in a cold sweat.

shuggins1229 (Stacy Huggins) Holy Fried Turkey! Why didn’t anyone tell me Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks from TODAY?!

Holy fried turkey indeed!!  For some reason I thought I was in the three weeks range.  Yikes!

Part of the reason I’ve lost the calendar is this has been a great week for Alesya Bags.  Wendy sent me 8 new hardware samples, two leather samples and we decided on a direction for zipper pulls.  She also mailed me about a dozen interior fabric sample.  These are all exciting details that bring the bag to life.

But with one tweet, now I have a list of things I’m concerned about having nothing to do with work.  Because you know what comes RIGHT after Thanksgiving – Christmas and the New Year!  In no particular order, here’s my holiday list of concern for the moment:

  • Thanksgiving Tablescape
  • Thanksgiving Menu
  • Thanksgiving Final Guest List
  • Holiday Cards
  • Holiday Photos
  • Freezing Cookies
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Ribbons & Tags
  • Getting the house ready (read: clean) for guests
  • Organizing the Pantry
  • Gifts, Gifts, Gifts
  • Christmas Meals
  • Around Christmas Meals
  • Dessert for New Year’s Day
  • Football
  • Outside Decor
  • Lights & Blinking (NO!)
  • Fresh Greens
  • Inside Tree
  • Homemade ornaments
  • Candles
  • Water Glasses
  • Sequins

Please tell me your list is at least this long.  Please.

While I’ll still be posting on the weekend from time to time, I’m now going to incorporate my weekend themed posts into the week.  Sometimes I wish I could just focus on “work” during the week and “fun” during the weekend, but I think we all know that’s not how it goes.  Time to make this blog reflect real life a little more.

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