Thanksgiving Ideas

I like to see all the awesome ideas for table settings for holidays.  This is one that is an inspiration for Thanksgiving:

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I just put this template in my pictures library on my computer.  Then I saved it to a disk on the D drive.  Took the disc to the Walmart and had 4X6 picture copies made that I made myself on their Kodak machine.  Folded it in half and wrote the names of my guests on it for a name card for each place setting.  They loved it last year.  I could have printed it myself on my printer, but it saves ink and comes out beautiful using the photo machine.

Another idea for a centerpiece that looks elegant and is simple is the pumpkin with flowers in it.  At work one year for the potluck that we used to have for Thanksgiving, my boss’s daughter sent centerpieces like this in.  I just thought it looked really seasonal and nice.

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Another table setting idea is the following:gobble-coaster (1)

I got this idea when we had Thanksgiving at an Inn one year.  They had these cute coasters and a little cup of mulled cider on them.  I have the directions to make this using an easy crochet stitch on my pinterest board called Thanksgiving.

Then today on the Food network, I saw Alex’s Indian Pudding.  It caught my eye because one year as a bonus, a place where I worked sent us all plus a guest to Boston for the day.  They chartered a bus so we could all travel together.  We were free to shop or whatever and then met at “The Top of the Hub” for dinner with anything we wanted on the menu.  I took my son, James, with me and he loved it.  For dessert he had Indian Pudding and he loved it.  So I saved the recipe I saw today as a “must try recipe”.  It’s on the Food Network.

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Then I like this thankful message:

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November

November is the month that I was born. Sometimes my birthday falls on Thanksgiving day as it was the last Thursday of the month that I was born and Thanksgiving day.

12196213_987458671305842_7574728180598618084_nLiving in Vermont most of my life,  I know that this month can have snow, and most often does.  Most of the ski areas that can make snow are now open for skiing.  We have been lucky this year, as even though it gets down to freezing temperatures at night, we have not had any snow yet, at least in southern Vermont.  And it is supposed to stay nice all this week.

I enjoy cooking and baking.  But the truth is you really have to have the right tools, in my opinion, to make things turn out right.  The critical tool being a really good stove (preferably gas) and a really good oven or two.  Good stainless steel cookware, a Le Creuset pot and maybe a green frying pan that is non stick.  Also basic baking pans.

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This time of year, I love the King Arthur Flour catalog that comes in my mail.  Recipes in the catalog as well as all the latest in mixes, neat baking pans, bread making tools and everything delightful if you enjoy baking.

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I really like recipe books and all kinds of ideas for all the seasons.  A neat idea is to try one recipe from each book that you own as often as possible.  I also love magazines and all the ideas that are in them.  Pinterest is the most amazing and fun site that I have yet to find.  Some of the ideas that are out there are just awesome.  And there is something for any interest that you may have.

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I am new to blogging and my site is a work of progress.  I just really enjoy writing my thoughts and hope that I can have a really nice blog with interesting posts.

The 4 Seasons of Vermont

I really like living in an area that has 4 seasons.  There is something very beautiful about each season.  Right now it is November and close to Thanksgiving.  All the New England traditions for a family gathering and giving thanks is a very special time of year.  I always remember back in the day when Grandparents came for the gathering.  The huge feast that Mom would prepare.  Gram always made the gravy right at the stove and brought her huge rolls that were scrumptious.  The dining room table all set up with the best china.  The sideboard with grapes, peanut brittle, fudge and all kinds of delightful and special treats.  The huge turkey stuffed with dressing.  The cranberry sauce, squash, mashed potatoes, green beans, boiled onions on the table family style.  Then the celery, pickles, cheese and all kinds of relish tray stuff.  Mom always made pies that varied from year to year.  But usually a chocolate cream, mince and pumpkin.  After dinner Mom and Gram would visit for awhile and then the clean up where the women all pitched in.  Dad, Grandpa and my older brothers would play penny anti which is a card game.   Some years there was snow on Thanksgiving day.  Just wonderful memories.

Then when I was married and had my own house, I loved creating a feast.  I liked making a New York style cheesecake, all kinds of pies and the traditional New England turkey dinner with all the fixings.  We would light a fire in the fieldstone fireplace in the dining room.  Beautiful memories.

Then living in the times we live in, divorce broke up my dream world.  My grandparents are no longer with us or my parents.  I am now a grandparent and have hosted dinner now and then with all the traditions I grew up with.  My usual Thanksgiving is going out to a nice restaurant buffet which is kind of fun.  The salad bar, all kinds of delightful choices of a feast and the dessert bar.  Lots of fun memories with friends and family.

Then Black Friday is now another tradition.  It’s fun to scan all the Ads and find a must have deal as Christmas is just around the corner.

But this month of November always has lots to be thankful for and traditions that are always memorable.