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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

If you leave a comment, tell me 3 things that 
you are thankful for today.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November Wind and Rain


Yesterday the wind howled!  At some points, it sounded
 like a freight train rolling down the middle of the neighborhood!
 The cats crouched under furniture like they do when it thunders. ha.  


The strong wind made the clouds roll by the windows at a rapid clip!
Bits of blue sky would occasionally show with bright white clouds,
only to be quickly covered up again by thick darkness and rain.


It was not a good hair day, even for the Blue Jays!


Garden Girl didn't seem to mind, though.
And she's nice and clean from her shower.



Eventually, the birds gave up trying to stay on board
the swaying feeders.


It was fun to watch the drips of rain during some of the quiet points.


Very few leaves are left.
Now we'll have to wait until April to see the new buds.


There's a chill in the air!
Feels like November!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Thanksgiving Menu


I sat down today and went through my recipes and made
the big old To Do List for the week.
The Thanksgiving meal takes days to prepare and
only 15 minutes to eat. haha.  But then the leftovers
treat the cook to a few days of well deserved rest and yumminess. :)

I changed some things on our menu this year.
I'm excited to see how it all comes together.

Menu

Appetizers
A tray of cheese, crackers, sweet pickles
and THESE spicy pecans.


Dinner

Pear and Pomegranate Spinach Salad
Something cold and fresh with all that heaviness.  See HERE

Bone-in fresh, free range turkey breast
This works best for our small, white meat loving group.

Mashed Potatoes
Trying The Pioneer Woman's make ahead recipe.
Ree, don't let me down!  Have you made these?  See HERE.

Gravy
No recipe here...just pan drippings, turkey broth, and
corn starch to thicken it up.

Roasted Whole Carrots
I thought these looked lovely and autumnal.  See HERE.

Green Bean Casserole
A fresh twist on the old classic.
No canned soup or beans.  Everything is fresh.  See HERE.

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing.
My own concoction.  I'll share sometime.

Susan Branch's Cranberry Sauce
The best and so easy.  See HERE.

Light and Fluffy Dinner Rolls.
I've posted these before.  Super fast and easy.  See HERE.


Desserts

Deep Dish Pecan Pie
my recipe which I'll share at some point
Assorted Shortbread Cookies
HERE and HERE
Apple Dumplings 
Pumpkin Bread


Beverages

Assorted Wines, Punch, Coffee
Hot Mulled Cider

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The lovely Lauren is bringing the apple dumplings and
pumpkin bread.  She has a year of marriage and cooking
under her belt and I'm so happy she's bringing a few things!
Not only does it help me out (I got to scratch apple and 
pumpkin pies off my to do list!) but I just love to taste other 
people's cooking.  Always fun!

Tomorrow I make the annual drive to the turkey farm!
You can feel the festivity in the air when you get there!
And if the weather is nice, you can hear turkeys gobbling!
So fun.

Are you doing anything different this year?




Monday, November 24, 2014

This And That










  1. Garden Girl with a visitor.
  2. Chicken, kale and ranch pizzas.
  3. My favorite lip gloss since high school.  Lots more varieties now and a six pack lets me have one in every coat, purse and drawer. ha.
  4. A piece of ironstone from the auction.  And for only $5, I was the only one that wanted it!  It even has birds on the inside.  Love.
  5. Setting sun.
  6. Jack, lounging with the squash.
  7. Robin, glad the snow is gone.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Whiskers


"Cats' whiskers are so sensitive;
they can find their way through the narrowest
crack in a broken heart."

~author unknown