Thanksgiving is a time to gather around,
share a wonderful meal and give thanks for so many things.
Our house was no exception,
and as I stood cooking in the kitchen
listening to the happy sounds of talking and laughter filling our home,
I was so very thankful for my life.
For the smiling faces that rang our doorbell,
the hugs and the laughter,
the patter of little feet sneaking into the kitchen
to grab a cookie before dinner.
It was the chatter of happiness.
I've decided to share a few peeks into our day...
mostly food related of course,
with some great new recipes that I've found.
That's me...with Chad playing photographer
putting the final touches on our table.
Normally, I have no desire to even be in the photograph,
but there is a reason for these ones.
It's the dress.
This isn't just any dress...this was an "ah hah"
that's my dress kind of moment.
I have to give credit where credit is due and that's to Angela over at
her great blog Pickles on Pizza who blogged about this very dress,
from a wonderful little etsy shop Call Me Chula
that carries the coolest vintage clothing.
So thanks Angela and Call Me Chula for my wonderful dress...
I love it!
So how about what the table was wearing?
This year we rented a large table and cleared out
our kitchen furniture so everyone could sit together.
The turkey plates were a Homegoods clearance find a couple years back
and the centerpiece was 5 boxes of "fake"
fruit and leaves for $2 a box from Walmart of all places.
Can't beat a $10 table centerpiece!
Everyone comes early and we do appetizers before dinner.
I always do the old standbys, a cheese plate, vegetables and dip,
but usually throw in one or two surprises as well.
This year it was these. As you can see from the recipe
it was supposed to be smoked duck and pear,
but duck was no where to be found so I did smoked ham and pear.
The only way to describe these...
Christmas on a spoon!
I decorated the drink station and the appetizer buffet with these
fun glass gems from Personalized Pebbles, a great little shop on etsy.
They are totally customizable and are perfect for all kinds of occasions.
They added a fun little sparkle to the day!
We made all the regular Thanksgiving day food,
turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes.
This year I tried a new gravy recipe from Tyler Florence.
Calvados Gravy with apple brandy.
It was delicious...a definite keeper of a recipe!
We had 2 vegetarians at our dinner this year.
I saw this as a great opportunity to try out a new dish.
I settled on Hazelnut and Swiss Chard Ravioli.
It was fantastic!
The sweetness of the butternut squash, played off the
bitterness of the swiss chard so nicely.
The caramelized onions, potato "croutons" and
the crunchy hazelnuts finished it off beautifully.
This recipe is going to be a new favorite in our house for sure!
It was a day of some old standbys and some new favorites.
A day to be thankful for family and friends and good food.
I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful day with your loved ones.
I want to take a moment to say thank you to each and every one of you
that takes a moment out of your day,
to stop by my blog and read my ramblings.
I love your comments and read each and every one.
They make me laugh and smile and just feel good.
So from me to you...