There will be pumpkin pie of course- one of my sis in law's are on that. (I made a teeny gf one for my Ava girl and I because we can't miss out on that!) There will be a brined turkey because that's a favorite in my household. There will be green bean casserole (blech- so glad I am gluten free) because my man loves it. Like. LOVES it. It may be one of the few things in life we disagree on. (Bless his heart.) His other little sis is on that dish. His mama will bring the sweet potatoes and another sweet sis in law will bring the fruit salad. Little by little it comes together. I love that part.
I am mostly excited about the place cards I created this year. They are so fun! I wanted to make them inexpensive (you know me) yet cute. I used little brown bags that had been cut with my pinking sheers and Avery tag labels. Filled with goodies, hole punched and tied with yellow and white twine made for quick work. I downloaded Avery's Turkey graphic and changed the color, then added each person's name. SO CUTE!!
brown and white dishes on the table top. I love mixing things around and not quite matching, but my favorite thing is layering a tabletop. I've got our everyday white dishes on top of seagrass mats from Ikea, with mis-matched brown Transferware on top. It makes for a casual yet pulled together look and I do feel that Martha would approve. I've collected these brown and white dishes for several years and finally had enough for everyone. (I'll have to get a few more as the family expands. Ha!)
Today I set things out to see how I wanted them to look, because I always find that it makes putting everything together on Thursday morning a breeze. I snapped some photos before putting things back into a pile... and I may have taken too many but eh... why not?
kids table for a second. I found the felt feather headdresses in the dollar bin at JoAnn's last summer. I've got brand new crayons and Target supplied me with a color-on-me tablecloth. It wouldn't be complete without fun striped straws. My kiddos are at the eye rolling stage of the kid's table. They say, "Really mom? We have to still sit at the kid's table?" Until they see it and realize how fun it is. Someday they will look back and have fun memories with their little cousins and they will love that I made them sit together. Nothing better than goofing off at the kid's table, I always say. And cousins are important.
In-a-hurry-Chicken pot pie.
Rotisserie chicken, cut up the breast meat.
Butter about eight personal sized baking dishes (I found mine at the grocery store) and set aside.
Prepare some pre-made pie crust by cutting it out with a pie crust cutter in a leaf shape. You could easily use a cookie cutter or a biscuit cutter. (I use the gluten free pantry brand of pie crust and keep some in the freezer for things like this, but if you're not gluten free, go easy on yourself and use the refrigerated kind.)
Into a large bowl, toss the following;
Cut up chicken pieces
small bag frozen peas
small bag frozen corn
small bag shredded carrots
1 diced onion (I used a sweet onion)
2 cans cream of chicken soup (I used gf soup)
a few chopped and boiled potatoes
salt, pepper, oregano, sage, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, thyme, marjoram. I think we ended up using about a tsp of each, but doubled that (or more) for the sage, garlic powder and poultry seasoning.
Spoon evenly into about eight prepared baking dishes. Then place prepared pie crust on top. (I brushed mine lightly, with some melted butter and salt and pepper.) Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes, until bubbly and the crust is golden and flaky. Enjoy!
keep them under our watchful eyes, rather than tucked way in the office/guest room that Adrain and I share. I had been looking for a tiny desk for this spot, and we found this little guy at Ballard Designs a couple of weeks ago- on sale! It's a perfect fit and already being put to good use this week.
So I think we're all set... and I know we're excited!
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Happy Thanksgiving my friends- I hope it's a wonderful day of rest, being with family and loves ones and enjoying the simple things we have been given.
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