It’s very hard for me to do anything simple and modern looking. It just is. I love to look at trendy simple things: clothes, home decor, scrapbooking pages, patterns….anything. And I love it. But when it comes right down to it, it’s impossible for me to duplicate that look in anything I touch. It starts out simple, but very soon another element creeps in, an extra detail here or there, some brighter color sneaks in….and soon whatever I’m working on is full right up with all sorts of visual junk! Yes, I am a messy person, and it usual shows up even in my “designing” (art, decorating, crafting, junk making, whatever you want to call it). It’s hard to stop myself. I know, I know, I’ve heard: Art is knowing when to stop. And I agree. And I guess that’s where the line between crafty and artist is drawn. All this to say, I felt rather proud of myself for creating (in my mind) a simple modern-looking Thanksgiving table setting this year. It was excruciatingly hard to hold back and not add more and more, but I forced myself and getting some new simple dishes from Ikea helped (and a time crunch helped, too).
Last year’s Thanksgiving table here was more like what I usually do. This year I tried a new color scheme, and I must say I liked it. I just loved the bright colors (that is normal for me) what wasn’t normal was the more simple decorations.A plain white cake stand, a dried gourd (from Guatemala), a couple of small pumpkins and pomegranates, a few candles, a bunch of purplish carnations and a few green flowers. Yes, it did involve a shopping trip to IKEA for a few things: new blue dishes, a couple of blue candles, purple table runner, purple juice jug and purple serviettes. I had lots of orange things already in my stash 🙂 No time for place-cards this year, just a few plain wooden leaves from Walmart. I did print out some Thanksgiving things on kraft paper, but we didn’t really use them…..they were to make a thankful paper chain. We were thankful without the craft. The rest of the photos were taken under the dining room lighting so the color looks kind of weird…. I quickly crammed all the flowers into an orange bowl (and left the other non-color-coordinated flowers in the kitchen).simple but pretty, I thought. And yes, that is an old fashioned jello mold!For that old fashioned, traditional touch. I enjoyed it, even if few others did! I had made one awhile ago, from an old recipe, then totally lost the recipe!! So this was kinda made from my memory: grated carrot, crushed pineapple, orange gelatin (jello), and a cup of plain yogurt. Does anyone have a recipe like that? It would be nice to have the exact amounts!
My daughter the turkey,I mean, my daughter cooked the turkey this year! She did a good job, though we had a few nervous moments 😉
There was a kids’ table this year, with a few Snoopy treats…very simple (not like the other Peanuts kids’ table)When the younger kids couldn’t take the wait for supper, we gave them a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving meal. It’s what Charlie Brown and Snoopy served in the classic cartoon: buttered toast, pretzels, popcorn and jelly beans! (It’s starting to be a tradition!)Another food that is now a Thanksgiving tradition around here is Guatemalan enchiladas! I think this was the day after Thanksgiving, though traditionally they are served on Nov. 1st in Guate. (It was a short weekend with family, so we had to cram a lot of food into it) Mmmmm good!! I’ll have to post the recipe someday…. 🙂 And so that was our little Canadian, American, Guatemalan Thanksgiving!!
I’m afraid that when I was planning my little Thanksgiving snack table this year, I forgot that not everyone loves cranberries as much as I do. Cranberries are just so “in” at this time of the year!! My eyes were enticed by all the lovely-looking cranberry recipes online…their beautiful shape and color….and especially the ones robed in cheese!!! I didn’t even think about people in this world who do not favor the red little things.Fresh cranberries were on my shopping list, and didn’t need no “checking twice!” This baked cheese and cranberry dip was very easy and quite tasty. Great for filling one of those hollowed out sourdough breads….I used this recipe called Gooey White Cheddar and Cranberry Dip with only four ingredients: cream cheese, white cheddar, fresh cranberries and olive oil. Of course I added in a bunch of freshly ground black pepper because that’s what we do at our house. It was quite a mild tasting dip, but I really enjoyed it; the tart, hot cranberries were delish.
Then there was this spicy sounding recipe for Cranberry Salsa that just looked so gorgeous and used all of my favorite ingredients. It is pictured in the orange bowl in the middle of the table above. Now this recipe was interesting…..so easy to make. But it was not a favorite with my bunch. In fact, no one really liked it much….except me. I ate it for days afterwards! On and in everything. Sometimes I’d be eating it and it just tasted like a regular tomato salsa, the cranberries didn’t stand out super much. But other times I really got the cranberry flavor. And it was sweet. So sweet and spicy!! I think I will totally make it again and eat it all, by myself if necessary! Such a healthy salsa! The main ingredients are fresh cranberries, cilantro, green onions, honey, cumin, lime juice and a jalapeño (I didn’t have a fresh one, so used some pickled ones. Careful, don’t make it too hot!) You can click on the link above for the how to.
I also made some hot pink cranberry punch with more fresh cranberries and juices (smells wonderful). With all the cranberry going on, it was a good thing there were also a few non-cranberry foods on the snack table, like some cheeses, grapes, chips, Texas Trash and Turkey Cheese-ball for those non-fans of the tart berry!!
It was a fun Thanksgiving snack table to put together, though almost as much work as the main meal! Oh well….. Happy cranberries everyone!
Gobble gobble! That’s something you see written a lot at this time of year. I would say “hear a lot this time of year” but honestly, it’s been years since I’ve heard a real turkey’s garbled yell. Not something the next door neighbors keep in their yard. Maybe your neighbors do…..?
I don’t love turkeys, but I do love cheese-balls! And snacky foods. And cheesy foods. So I saw this baby on Pinterest and felt in my bones that I should copy it! I followed the recipe from Homemade in the Heartland for this handsome gobbler, though I didn’t have all the decoration ingredients. We ended up having a Thanksgiving snack table before the actual turkey dinner, and this gobbly guy fit right on it!Instead of starting life out as an egg, he started out as this (cream cheesy, oniony, pinappley goodness):And then rolled around in this (pecans):I found that after sitting around a while, the pecans started to soften up (especially the next day). I think I would try and roll him in pecans at the very last minute before the party! I used white chocolate chips for his eyes, glued him together with black candy melts. His neck is a pepperoni stick and candy corn for beak and feet!With the extra red candy melt I made his “gobbler” and wrote….a little word….I was in a hurry, ok?!! (and my brain has been turning to mush lately)To go along with Mr. Gooble, I was all excited to try this traditional Texas snack mix! (Texans, tell me the truth in the comments below:) A delicious recipe for Texas Trash! I found it on Little Magnolia Kitchen and just changed her recipe a bit to fit with what I could easily find. The only Chex cereal I could find was Honey Chex (see photo above)!! And the nacho flavored Bugles. I made up half the recipe, and could barely squeeze it into my pan. Little Magnolia’s recommendation to use a large aluminum foil roaster is a good one….next time! I didn’t have steak spice, so just kinda made my own with what I had. So things were kinda different, but kinda……AWESOME!It turned out Y.U.M.M.Y!! Definitely a hit!!! I think it might go on our “traditional” list. We thought of our Texan relatives while we ate it!! 😉 (Oops, should I have said that???)There were some other new recipes that I tried out this year…..let me get it together and I’ll do another post…..