I'm back after a whirlwind week of cooking, baking and entertaining!
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
I want to share just a few photos and food highlights from our dinner.
Here is my tablescape...
a little outdoors/garden looking because
we had planned to host in the backyard this year,
but our normally gorgeous California weather was rather uncooperative this year,
and we ended up inside!
Brown table cloth, topped with burlap purchased for $2 a yard on clearance
and then a Pottery Barn runner which I picked up on clearance for $15.
Individual place settings held in place with pages from a thrown out library book I found at work!
I cut out strips on a paper cutter and Voila!
Instead of an expensive arrangement, I purchased flowers from the market and
put them in a vase with cranberries in the water for a splash of color!
I think it all suited the tablescape very well...even if we were inside!
We started with appetizers early in the afternoon.
I had to keep my husband from eating it all the day before...
every time I turned around he was back in the fridge again!
This is the first time I have made this. I came across the recipe in an old cookbook I had.
It is delicious!
It was gone...completely!!
Lucky for me...I canned a few jars so I have more!
Then it was time for dinner!!
Turkey of course!
I dry salt brined a couple of days ahead using this herb salt recipe.
Everyone said the turkey was the most moist they'd ever had...
I'd have to agree that it was moist, very flavorful and a definite make again!
Smoked gouda mashed potatoes, so rich and creamy...YUM!
I also made a vegetarian dish...
Sun-dried Tomato, Wild Mushroom & Bourbon Sauced Pasta
I followed this recipe substituting vegetable broth instead of the beef.
Rich, creamy and gobbled up by everyone including my kids!!
This will be a regular pasta dish in our house.
And of course it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without dessert!
This is Chad's favorite pie in the whole world...he makes a special request for it every year.
It's so good and really easy to make.
I also made this Salted Caramel Pie
but somehow forgot to take a photo.
It was a bit of a labor of love, making the caramel in the oven, but oh so delicious.
a regular size pie yields about 16-20 slices...you don't need much!!
It was a lot of work and the day after I'll admit to taking a tiny nap in the afternoon, but it's so worth it.
Having our home filled with family & friends, enjoying good food and each other's company.
We have so much to be thankful for!
So how was your Thanksgiving?
I'd love to hear how your day went and what wonderful food you ate!