Here's my homage to American Thanksgiving with my Pilgrim Bear ($1). The Thanksgiving display also included thrifted turkey shakers ($1), Dollar Store pumpkins & fake flower display, my gifted acorn plate, and this summer's Antique Store purchase of the green depression glass cranberry sauce bowl.
As I mixed & stirred & baked & stuffed & peeled, the morning was still dark outside. But there was folk music playing in the background, a great cup of coffee and a Morning Glory ('cause that's how it felt to me!) muffin from the Market. I get such a sense of joy and well-being when I prepare these special meals for my family.
There was an opportunity for a quick snooze on the sofa before Daughter #2 arrived and dinner was ready to be served: turkey, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip, carrots, oven roasted maple squash and a lovely, light tasting homemade cranberry sauce. But the star for me was my dressing: I used a loaf of good quality french bread, fresh Market herbs, and chopped apples & dried, plumped cranberries. It was baked outside the turkey and had a slight crust to it. But WOW! So good!
As I mentioned a few days ago, dessert was Martha Stewart's chocolate pumpkin cheesecake squares. (It's easy to find her recipe online.)
The girls loved them. But this being my second attempt at mixing pumpkin and cream cheese, I have to say I'm not overly fond of them together. Individually? YES! Give me cheesecake or give me pumpkin pie ..... or give me a piece of each. But I shall not marry them again.
It was a stellar day -- very relaxing and filled with good food and lots of laughter. Just the way a holiday should be!
It gave me something else to be particularly thankful for.
How'd you spend your weekend? Up to your ears in turkey? Or was it beans and weiners?