Category Archives: Thanksgiving

I’m back!

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a little absent lately from posting on the blog. We just got back last night from a wonderful trip to California visiting family and friends for Thanksgiving. I have nothing crafty for you this evening — I just didn’t have enough time to get it together. I’m sure you all can relate to that. :) So I thought I’d share some of the highlights from our trip. (Tomorrow, I have something really awesome to show you!)

We stayed at my mother-in-law’s house in Pacifica, CA for most of the trip in addition to Thanksgiving day. (She lives just two blocks from the beach!)

It seems odd to say my mother-in-law since she is practically my mother — sounds so formal. Anyway, she gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted with the Thanksgiving dinner table. So I took her up on her offer! I only had 24 hours to pull it together so things were kept rather simple. I know everyone is in the Christmas mood (so am I), but — if you will — humor me as we reflect back to Thanksgiving one last time. After all, we should be thankful all year round, shouldn’t we? And maybe some of these ideas can be used for your Christmas table if you are in a spot to pull something together last minute.

Greenery for the centerpiece was cut from a beautiful tree in the front yard, and accessories used were recycled from what she already had.

Remember the table cloth of memories idea? We did it and it was a huge hit! To kick things off, I first drew a turkey and wrote the year to mark the beginning of the tradition. You can find the full project description here. A quick trip to Jo-Anne’s for the table cloth fabric and muslin used as place-mats did the trick.

I also found these cute little chalk board ornaments that I used as nameplates. These will be repurposed and I have just the perfect project in mind. Stay tuned :)

The kids table was basically purchased from the dollar store. Packing paper used as a table cloth and a basket full of crayons to keep them entertained during dinner. Also, a bag full o’ goodies!

Hear the choir of angels singing? I did when I saw this turkey! It was soooo good! My mom sure can cook a turkey!

Well, I see that this post is getting a little long and I still have more to share. So I shall say: “to be continued…”

Lots of love,
Mary

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How to make this Thanksgiving memorable

It’s less than two days away! The big day when we get to eat all the Turkey and pie to our little heart’s content. As we prepare for the big meal and try to time out all the little details so that everything is complete when that Turkey comes out of the oven, I can’t help but think of my growing children and how to preserve these precious memories and make Thanksgiving extra special and memorable. And most important, I want my girls to be truly thankful and learn why we celebrate Thanksgiving — to understand our thankfulness for Christ.

I stumbled upon this amazing idea that is sure to become a family tradition in our home! Check out “From glitter to gumdrops” featured here. She showcases a friend of hers who used the same tablecloth every Thanksgiving for the last 34 years. Each family member in attendance is encouraged to write and draw what they are thankful for on the cloth and she then embroiders over the writing in preparation for the following year. How special is that?!

This is something that can easily be pulled together last minute before the festivities begin. Yay! I’m so excited!

Lots of love,
Mary

How do you cook your Turkey?

Every year I try to perfect my Thanksgiving turkey and try new tips and tricks. We’re out of town visiting family this year, so I won’t get to make my turkey for Thanksgiving…but I think I’ll still cook one when we get home just so we can enjoy the leftovers! :)

 
 

Doesn’t Martha produce some beautifully photographed turkeys? And delicious recipes, too!

Some tips that have worked out great for me so far:

1. Find a great roasting pan that you love. I purchased the largest, deepest, sturdiest pan I could find a couple years ago and I’ll never go back. I like it so much more than the electric roaster that I used to use.

2. Take a stick or two of butter and smear it underneath the skin as well as on top. This helps with browning as well as a juicy breast.

3. Injecting the turkey with flavor. Last year I purchased an inexpensive plastic turkey injector from the grocery store and I LOVE it! This helps to produce a juicy breast as well as some added flavoring. I think this year I’ll experiment more with spices in the injector.

4. Placing a melted butter-soaked cheese cloth over the turkey breast while cooking. I found that this gets in the way of browning a beautiful turkey, but helps a lot with tenderness. I learned this last year. If you place the butter under the skin as mentioned in #2, then the breast will brown rather quickly and you can add the cheese cloth after the browning takes place.

5. What’s your secret?

I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any tips or tricks that I can try?

Lots of love,
Mary

Pumpkins – Thanksgiving table decor

Thanksgiving is less than one week away and you’re probably finalizing your decorations and meal plans. I’ve seen so many amazing ideas for painted pumpkins this year and just love the thought of incorporating them into Thanksgiving table decor.

I’ve been seeing a lot of golds and neutrals lately! Perfectly Imperfect made the cool color of blue so warm and cozy with her combination of neutrals. I wouldn’t have guessed to put these colors together, but it works SO well!

Check out the detail on these puppies. And oh how I just love polka dots!

Or you could use a simple stencil design.

What great ideas! Also, such a fun way to get the kids involved.

*Please note: Inspiration photos have been posted from Pinterest and all link back to their original source. Please click on each individual photo for further ideas and tutorials.

Lots of love,
Mary