Happy Friday, my friends!
I hope you all had a nice week - and a lovely Thanksgiving Thursday, if you are American like me. We had a wonderful holiday and I'd like to share a few some a LOT of pictures from our day if I may ... some food, some family and some festive touches around my home. :)
Love this sign my mother bought ~ I'm grateful for all those things!
This is my grandmother's crystal punch bowl, filled with this year's "signature holiday cocktail" - a Bourbon Wine Punch. I am such a sucker for punch! This was a mixture of chilled white wine, bourbon, cranberry juice, lime juice, sprite and frozen grapes. I added sliced apples for an autumn touch. It was so very yummy.
Thanksgiving cupcakes - made by my mum and decorated by my boys. My initial plan had been to make "turkey cupcakes" but as the hour drew late, I called uncle. I think I like them like this even more. The chocolate frosted ones were made in such a way that my sensitive EB could still indulge.
Some pretty candies on the windowsill ...
My brother in his silly turkey hat. :)
Crackerjack with my Aunt Marcia who brought, amongst other things, this delicious shrimp dip - a family favorite.
Mum and me - two cooks in the kitchen! But I bet you can guess which one of us was responsible for this situation:
This would be burnt crostini tossed onto the front doorstep ... in a snow-filled planter, no less. There were smoke alarms blaring inside and I might have panicked a bit. Lol.
(Luckily I bought a LOT of French bread!)
Here I am with my Earlybird, who had a great day after a bit of a rocky start. Party prep sets him on edge, but once his loved ones arrived, he relaxed and enjoyed himself.
My cousin, Kate and her husband, Paul - their first Thanksgiving as husband and wife!
We served appetizers and drinks in the sunroom ... I like spreading the party out as much as possible. Keep bodies - and conversation - moving!
The aforementioned shrimp dip ... so good. I have a real weakness for this stuff.
A Thanksgiving Blessing Snack Mix: Bugles, pretzels, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, m&m's. I think there was supposed to be candy corn too, but they got used up on the cupcakes. I found the recipe on Pinterest.
Cranberry jam-goat cheese toasties - a recipe from Family Fun Magazine.
Desserts of all kinds lining the windowsill ... pies, cake and cookies!
This is a Gingery Pear-Apricot Pie , a recipe I found in Woman's Day Magazine. It called for a crust made up of overlapping pastry cut-outs - which looks neat, but is very labor-intensive. It had a nice filling though - pears, dried apricots, golden raisins, real grated ginger, orange zest ...
Yes, that's snow you see out there - we had a white Thanksgiving this year!
We had two tables for our party of 14; the first was set for eight in the dining room ...
And the second was set for six in the living room.
I like how this table fits in this room, and might keep it here for crafts and homeschool projects. Without the china and glass, of course.
Our Bookworm, home from BC, where he is a sophomore this year.
Little Bear was napping till the very last minute - he woke up just after grace!
"Who's coming to my house?"
Loving a new ride-on toy, a gift from Grandma and Grandpa.
Hard to believe this little guy is now 18 months old. Such joy he brings to our family!
My mother's birthday cake - a cranberry spice cake with cream cheese frosting, dried cranberries and golden candles ... November's colors!
(Note my brother photo-bombing the shot.)
The living room mantel all aglow at the end of the day ...
My four boys, relaxing after dinner ... so good to have them all home!
Pretty lights ... a taste of things to come. :)
Well my friends, thank you so much for letting me share these pictures (and my thoughts) with you all. I just love Thanksgiving - it is perhaps my favorite of all the holidays! But I am now turning my attention to the season of Advent which begins this Sunday! And I will be back on Monday with my next Tea Journal post and some thoughts on the new season ... until then I wish you all a very happy weekend!
See you here again very soon ...