Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. 
--WT Purkiser
Thanksgiving Menu

Stuffed Celery

Stuffed Dates
Ham Roll Ups

Roast Chicken

Sausage and Olive Stuffing
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Roasted Carrots
Steamed Turnip
Onions in Cream Sauce
Roast Squash
Sauteed Corn with Jalapeño and Garlic
Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry Ambrosia
Mashed Potatoes

Allie's Sweet Potato Pie
Cherry Pie
Pumpkin Panettone Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Getting Ready for Christmas!

I'm sure you've heard the joke about the 4 Stages of Life:
1. You believe in Santa Claus
2. You don't believe in Santa Claus
3. You are Santa Claus
4. You look like Santa Claus

Friday begins the season of me becoming Santa Claus.... and I have to admit, starting to look like him. And I am very excited about Advent and Christmas. I have a few projects I've been working on and I'll start unveiling them on Friday and throughout December. I've made a few using Gelli prints and Gelli printing and wanted to give you a sneak peek!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Family Advent Activities Poster

We're nearing Advent and I created a poster that lists 25 family friendly activities that you can do together in anticipation of Christmas. Most of the activities cost nothing and involve the true meaning of Christmas: giving, gratitude, and family. You can purchase the poster here and have it sent to your home. Hang the poster and then you can cross off each activity that you do together with a marker, or leave it alone and roll it up for next year. It's like an Advent Calendar that you pick and choose the activities you want to do.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Tip: Stuffing in a Bundt Pan

I stumbled upon this Thanksgiving tip for Thanksgiving from A Spicy
Photo by A Spicy
When making stuffing for Thanksgiving, prepare it and then put it in a bundt pan to heat for dinner. The bundt pan will give it a beautiful shape (grease the pan appropriately) as well as heat it on all sides. An added bonus for home cooks is that you can used the not-so often used bundt pan, instead of a one of the pans you need for other goodies. Be sure to go to A Spicy Perspective for her way to modify your own stuffing recipe.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I'm lucky that my daughters chose colleges with an adorable mascot. I make them little cards throughout the year and have a fun time playing with the Terrier image. It gives me shivers to think that Allie almost went somewhere with a beaver for a mascot and Ash came close to having a hawk as her mascot.

I found a gorgeous ceramic pie plate at West Elm. Allie makes a fantastic Sweet Potato Pie every Thanksgiving and I thought this pie pan would be perfect for her dish. The pottery is simple, with embossed maple bar finish on the outside and a deep 2.5 inches on the inside. I can almost taste the dish now!
Farmhouse Pottery Dish from West Elm
This little cutie-pie needed a Thanksgiving family recipe for her class and she chose our Cranberry Ambrosia. She called and asked permission to include it in her book and I was beyond thrilled.
Did you know that when planning a "Secret Santa" or surprise Christmas gift swap, you can use a free website called Elfster that will do the organizing and draw for you? My siblings and I used it to set up our gift exchange and it was a time-saver! One person takes on the roll of administrator and enters each participants email address. From there, each participant adds a wish list and then it makes a draw. Easy as can be.
'Tis the season of panettone. It's the Italian Christmas bread that originate in Milan and is domed shaped. The bread is sweet, but not cinnamon bread sweet- and has raisins and candied citron in it. It's a taste that I grew up with and one that I've become very fond of in the past ten years. I am lucky enough to be able to purchase it at department stores, drug stores, and grocery stores here in the USA. I bought a loaf and cut the first slice for my Jon's mom who enjoys it as much as I do.

Netflix picked up Longmire for a fourth season after it was cancelled by the network it was on. It's one of our favorite shows and I was thrilled with the news.

I planned our Thanksgiving menu and scheduled out all the work that needs to be done sequentially. I had a huge list of groceries, as well as things to do. Jon offered to do some pre-emptive shopping with me this week and it was a great idea. It was such a relief to get some things done ahead of time. He's good to me.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November Sketch Daily: Day 22

Today's sketch prompt is for Star Anise, the fragrant spice that is also quite beautiful. Like all anise, it is licorice like in taste and looks to be the color of cinnamon bark. It's shaped like a star with pods inside each section. Star anise is used in cooking, both savory and sweet.

Friday, November 21, 2014

November Daily Sketch: Day 21 Mayflower

Today's sketch of the Mayflower, the ship the Pilgrims used to travel across the sea, was a fun one. I loved using the bright blue for the water. (I do realize that this is Caribbean water and not Plymouth, Massachusetts water.)