Since Marissa and Dave’s mom fly back home today and Connor heads back to school, Thanksgiving is officially over at the Hopkins’ home. Let’s take one last glance back before the Christmas holiday crush begins.
My 2012 Thanksgiving tablescape and buffets were a lovely mix of pumpkins, silver and burlap, vintage and new.
To begin, I laid my burlap runner diagonally down the center of the table and placed a burlap placemat at seat.
I hollowed out one of the blue-green Jarrahdale pumpkins and used it as the container for the central floral part of the centerpiece. Originally I planned to set it atop a Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Leaf pedestal plate, but it was too high and would have prevented guests from seeing each other.
It was the perfect height on an oval maroon Bordallo Pinheiro grape leaf platter.
A silver charger was set down at each place and then every other placesetting received either this vintage Johnson Brothers Native American Wild Turkey dinner plate or…
… this Johnson Brothers “Wild Turkeys” dinner plate.
More Johnson Brothers plates were added next – a Friendly Village bowl went atop the dinner plate and the Johnson Brothers Friendly Village square salad plate was placed at the top left as a bread plate. Mixed pattern flatware and a stag horn steak knife were set in their proper places.
November 24, 2012 5 Comments
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We upheld all our traditions and had a new guest at our table. It was the first Thanksgiving Dave’s mom has ever spent with us and it was a joy having her here!
Just a few of our many Thanksgiving day traditions: Dave and the kids hike Pinnacle Peak while I get the turkeys into the oven and onto the grill. I always make two turkeys, not that we ever feed more than six people, it is just what we do! My dad arrives to cut up the giblets for the gravy. I make two pans of gravy, one with giblets for my dad, Dave, and this year, for his mom too. And another pan without giblets (Yuck!) for me and the kids.
We play games outside in the warm Arizona sunshine.
Dad brings the Beaujolais Nouveau, our traditional Thanksgiving wine. Connor and Marissa help me serve, get everything onto the table, and clear the plates between courses. Then they cheerfully help clean up until the last dish is dried and put away. And I’m not being sarcastic when I say cheerfully, they are the best! To finish it all off it, at the end of the meal, my dad always says, “You done good.”
Yes, there is a lot to be thankful and grateful for!
November 23, 2012 2 Comments
November 22, 2012 No Comments
When you read all the recipes on here, do you ever think to yourself, “I wonder if Linda ever makes something that tastes just horrible? Or if she tries a recipe that just doesn’t turn out?”
Um.. Yeah! Of course, it happens!
Let’s say I create a dish and it just isn’t all that. Well guess what? We eat it but it doesn’t show up here.
Or if I see something on the web, let’s say on Pinterest, and I think, “Oh that looks So Good! I’m going to give that a try and post it for my readers.”
Same thing, if it’s good, I share. If it’s not, I don’t. Well, that’s about to change…
Let me share with you a little story about yesterday’s epic fail:
I’ve been planning on doing a series of recipes called “The 12 Gifts of Christmas” – you know, food gifts from your kitchen. There was this particular recipe I saw on Pinterest and it appeared to be the perfect fit.
Here is the LINK to make Maple Cream, also know as Maple Butter. Go check it out and then come back here.
November 14, 2012 3 Comments
It’s rather late in the day for me to be posting, but it’s not too late to remind you, as if you need it if you’re hosting, that Thanksgiving is next week!
I know! Wasn’t just last week Halloween?!? It’s early this year, so don’t let it sneak up on you.
November 13, 2012 2 Comments
You may recall that I used a bunch of pie pumpkins in my Thanksgiving table setting and on my kitchen island fall display. Soon after Thanksgiving, I roasted those pumpkins and froze the flesh – with the knowledge that I’d be making pumpkin soup for Christmas.
This recipe serves eight, so you will only need 2 small pumpkins, but since I had five to work with, I more than doubled the recipe.
For the garnish I used THESE sweet and spicy pepitas, but toasted pepitas (readily found at Trader Joe’s) work just as well.
December 30, 2011 3 Comments
I found this recipe in an issue of Bon Appétit three or four years ago and tucked it away. When I stumbled upon it right after Thanksgiving, I knew it would be a perfect side for the pork roast I planned to serve on Christmas Eve. Not only because the flavors would compliment the pork so well, but also because I had a kabocha squash and a butternut squash laying around that I had used in my Thanksgiving table decor. I’d also used several pie pumpkins in the decor that I’d already roasted and frozen for use in a pumpkin soup I planned to serve. It is so gratifying when you can use such gorgeous vegetables twice… first to decorate and then to eat!
Just as with yesterday’s post, this dish my also be prepared a full day in advance. Assemble completely in the baking dish, cover and refrigerate, then bring to room temperature before baking.
December 29, 2011 4 Comments
Ready to make your pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? Yeah, sorry I didn’t get this recipe up before the big feast. But maybe you will need to make a pumpkin pie for Christmas, in which case, this is perfect timing!
November 28, 2011 No Comments
Everyone has their favorite way to eat up their leftover Thanksgiving turkey. I’d guess that a good old turkey sandwich would be the hands-down winner for most of us. I like my sandwich one way and one way only – on white bread that is slathered in Miracle Whip with sliced turkey breast only. I don’t eat any of the leftover sides, I just relish that sandwich and I am as happy as can be. If I haven’t remembered to purchase a jar of Miracle Whip before Thanksgiving so that it is ready to be cracked open on the Friday after… well, someone (someone who is not me!) is going to the store to get me my Miracle Whip! Mayo will not do! I buy the smallest jar because this is the only thing I ever use it for, leftover turkey sandwiches.
Connor, on the other hand, makes a sandwich that looks like this…
He’s got the required white bread, but tops it with turkey (white or dark), then spoons on the gravy and the stuffing, tops that with the other slice of bread and heats it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Interesting, but not to my taste. Marissa also must have the breast only and tops her’s with cranberry sauce and eats some stuffing and maybe some gravy on the side. Finally there is Dave, he will eat it all and will eat it any and every way, sandwich or a full redo of the Thanksgiving plate.
After a couple or three sandwiches, I am through with the turkey, then it is time to remake it into an entirely different meal, such as this lasagna. Now this is how you get rid of leftover turkey!
November 27, 2011 No Comments
Thanksgiving 2011 Photo Album
This is how it always begins… the bird goes into the oven…
My Dad always brings the Beaujolais Nouveau!
Anticipation – potato bread rolls! A Hopkins’ Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition!
November 26, 2011 2 Comments