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Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick post to wish everyone in the US a very Happy Thanksgiving. For those that don’t celebrate the holiday, I wish you all the best as well.

So, who is cooking and who is not? This year I will be cooking, along with my husband. I have a 20 pound monster of a turkey in the fridge and all of the ingredients for everything else. At least I am fairly sure I do. After seeing the craziness in the market yesterday, I can say for certain that if I don’t have it by now, it won’t make its way to the table.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. We have so much to be thankful for and it is wonderful to have a day to enjoy family and just be grateful. For us, the day tends to be centered around food and family which are two of my favorite things!

About two weeks ago I was browsing Pinterest looking for ideas for the table this year. I found this simple wooden box filled with candles and small, decorative pumpkins. I showed the picture to Ray and asked if he might have time to make one for me.

The following weekend he came through with his version and it far surpassed the picture I had shown him.

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The wood is the most gorgeous walnut. He had a number of scraps left over from a table he was commissioned to make for my sister last year. I am so happy with it. I love it with these autumn colors.

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Ray really loves looking for pieces of wood with exceptional grain and this was no exception.  He was sorting through his ‘stash’ looking for just the right pieces. (You know how we are in a fabric shop… wandering, thinking of possibilities, feeling fabric to see what the hand is like? That is Ray in a hardwoods shop. He goes a little nuts with all of the wood and all of the inherent possibilities contained within. And I totally get this.)

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I look forward to using this piece over the years. It is like a blank slate and can be decorated for any holiday. It is pretty awesome having a creative guy and it is fun to have this in common with him.

I hope each of you are able to spend time with your friends or family and celebrate all that we have to be grateful for. Thank you for your virtual friendship – I so enjoy our community.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I just picked the last of my mums and have enough for the table. The flowers are now finished until the rhodies and azaleas come to life in about February. We are getting ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Today is a baking day. Thanksgiving will be up at my mom and dad’s home this year. Two of my five sisters, their kids and grandkids are coming to celebrate. I love this holiday. It is probably my favorite of all of them. It is a day to enjoy family, eat wonderful food and visit, visit, visit! What better way to enjoy a holiday! I have been assigned dessert so Julia and I are making two kinds of fudge and a Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake (a layered deal that looks amazing.) I am also bringing the Cranberry Sauce and have a recipe that I love making each year. It is very simple.  Just in case you are looking for something new to try (could be for Thanksgiving or Christmas), here is the recipe. (I have had this clipping from a Bon Appetit magazine of years ago.)

Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Zinfandel

  • 1 3/4 c red Zinfandel (or any rather sweet red wine)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 large strip of orange peel
  • 1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries

Combine all ingredients except cranberries in medium saucepan. Brting to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 1 3/4 cups, about 10 minutes. Strain syrup into larger saucepan. Add cranberries to syrup and cook over medium heat until berries burst and sauce slightly thickens, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer to bowl. Cover and refrigerate until cold. (Can be made up to 1 week ahead. Keep refrigerated.) This is soooo yummy plus your house smells delicious when it is cooking!

 

I have so much to be thankful for. All the simple things – my husband, kids and my amazing family, a home that I love in a community that I love, good health, good friends and, yes…. two sewing machines!! Not only that, I am also thankful for this quilting community that I so enjoy. 🙂 I am grateful! I hope all of you are feeling as fortunate. It feels good to remember how very much we have to be thankful for.

As far as sewing goes, this week was not entirely productive. We were gone last weekend and with the holiday, this is a short week. Also, there’s some procrasination going on here. I have not one or two, but three quilt tops that are finished and ready for quilting. I have to be in the mood for quilting – it takes a lot of focus for me. Probably because I don’t have tons of experience so it doesn’t just come automatically to me. Anyway, I haven’t been in the mood.

In the interest of avoiding all the quilting that needs to be done, I decided to make some drawstring bags to use for Christmas wrap. This will avoid some of the huge amount of paper waste that comes with Christmas morning. I can put them away and use them year on year.

I have a drawer full of Christmas fabric. All sorts and sizes of holiday scraps. I pulled out anything that was of decent size, ironed and squared them up. Sewing them into drawstring bags took no time at all. (If you haven’t made anything like this, there is a quick tutorial on www.diaryofaquilter.com. Amy Smart does it again!)

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Aren’t these cute? Fun to use up these scraps and a great way to put off quilting the three quilts that are staring me down.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful, safe holiday.

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