Recipe for Turkey Stock, Idea for Thanksgiving Tablescape and an Idea for Giving.
Well my friends, in case you haven’t noticed, Thanksgiving will be here in 27 days…not that I’m counting. Can you even believe it? Wow, I swear I just finished putting away the dishes from last Thanksgiving (0k…maybe that’s a wee bit of exaggeration, but you know what I’m saying.)
I am tickled to be joining my great group of friend for this Thanksgiving Blog Hop. When I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, this group will be among my many blessings.
There is a lot packed in to this post as I am sharing Thanksgiving Ideas for the Table, the Food and (the) Giving.
One of the things Kate and I have always loved doing together is to decorate for the holidays. When she was home last week for a quick fall break, we took the opportunity to figure out our Thanksgiving Dinner table.
We hit up our local Michael’s and shopped our home to put together a Thanksgiving table that we both are quite tickled with.
The punch bowl that my mom gave me years ago and that has been sitting up in my attic for way too long became the ‘vase’ for our floral and feather arrangement.
We used silk artichokes, gold-tinged leaves, pheasant feathers and dried hydrangea from our neighbor’s yard to fill the punch bowl. (in addition to the jasmine on the front porch, my hydrangea was another victim of my yard boy (aka my 17-year old son) this summer).
The crystal that sits in my china cabinet for 363 days out of the year came out, as did the silverware that belonged to my grandparents. I am really trying to be better about using my china and silver on a more regular basis.
I found these chargers at Michael’s and they are just perfect for Thanksgiving. And I got them at a B1G1 deal…SCORE!
I was originally thinking about a brown toile tablecloth for Thanksgiving, but was having a hard time finding one. When I saw these I knew it was that kismet thing.
I can’t find them on-line…if you’re hoping to find them you might try your local Michael’s…and keep your fingers crossed.
We ‘made’ the placecard holders by bending the wire stem of the silk artichokes and placing the name card in front of one of the oak leaves we pulled from a stem left over from the centerpiece.
I am using the linen napkins that I made for Thanksgiving last year. You can see this easy tutorial here.
And since 99.9% of the time our table is set with just a fork and a knife, I had to google to find out the proper placement of silverware when you’re using all the extras! So, this is the correct placement and here’s a couple tips on proper placement:
How could I possibly talk about Thanksgiving Preparations without sharing our recipe for Turkey Stock, which we use to make the very best gravy on Thanksgiving day. It’s so easy to make this stock ahead of time and put it in your freezer until you need it.
As far as making the gravy, there are 2 methods I use.
Now is the time to prepare your shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse.
Over 125 million boxes containing toys, hygiene and school supplies have been donated throughout the world to children in need, regardless of their faith. If you are looking for a way to put your thanksgiving into action, this is one of many way to do that.
Simply pack a shoe box with a couple of toys, school supplies, basic hygiene supplies or craft supplies and take to a collection center near you. Collection week is November 14-21.
This link provides some great suggestions on what to put in your box, how to pack and label your box.
This link will help you find a collection center near you.
And if you need a few ideas of what to put in your box, here’s what’s going in two of my boxes.
Well my friends, I hope this has got you thinking ‘Thanksgiving’. It will be here before we know it. I’m looking forward to having Kate back home and to ‘do’ our family’s Thanksgiving traditions.
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