Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Prep

I'm baaack! I have spent the entire past week getting ready for my first craft fair. I sold exactly two items, one of which I actually made while sitting at my booth. But it was a great way to get my feet wet. I shared space with Red Sky Enterprises and their daughter, Erin, who crochets some wicked cool hats and scarves.

Scarves by Erin ~ Longbottom Manor is her store. 

Tom of Red Sky and I have been trying to talk Erin into branching out with a web presence. I also got to trade some items with lovely artists who also don't have a web presence, lol!
So now that this craft fair is over I can concentrate on getting ready for Thanksgiving, which I am hosting at my house. Tom and Amber from Red Sky will be here as will my cousin, her two sons and her three grandchildren and my daughter as well. This little broderie will be full! And I cannot wait *smiles*. So of course I have been thinking about what to serve. I am so surprised that when I search Thanksgiving on Pinterest I get lots of crafts and very little food. Still, there are some lovely things there. 

I found a site for skinny appetizers. This has a lot of great ideas. No one will be blaming their 7 holiday pounds on me. 

Parmesan Spinach Dip from Skinny Taste

And check out Martha's kale crisps!

Kale Crisps from Martha Stewart

I have never tried brining a turkey before but I think I will try Martha's dry brine this year. Looks easier than a wet brine and won't take up so much room in the fridge!

Dry-Brined Roasted Broad Breasted White Turkey - Martha Stewart Recipes
Martha Stewart's dry brined turkey

I was reading an article and someone mentioned serving macaroni and cheese as a side. I laughed and snickered, thinking about Kraft mac and cheese. But then, I remembered tasting my sister's baked macaroni and cheese. This is on the menu now. I think the kids will appreciate it, lol!

Macaroni and Cheese from Ezra Pound Cake

For desserts I want to do mini versions. Then everyone really can "have a little of everything" without trying to slice teensy tiny pieces of pie. 

Pecan Pie Minis -- Gluten-Free, Casein-Free
Mini pecan pies by Elegantly Gluten Free

Christopher keeps seeing commercials on TV for Thanksgiving dinner at The Golden Corral. He is jokingly trying to talk me into going out for dinner. At least, I think he is joking......

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