Happy Tuesday, all! Today I want am topping off Thanksgiving and Christmas trees!
By, topping off Thanksgiving, I mean…sharing with you what I did different that were crowd pleasers.
I have posted my traditional dishes before, but if you need a recipe, then let me know.
Let’s start with Mr. Turkey.
TOPPING OFF THANKSGIVING
My roasted turkey has always turned out well. I always roast it breast down, and stuff it with onions, apples, celery, and fresh spices (sage, rosemary, thyme). I cover it with Applewood Bacon.
But, just to mix things up this year…instead of using basting tools, I did injections! I injected into several locations melted butter mixed with orange rind, orange juice and poultry seasoning.
I did this twice during the slow roast at 325 degrees. The flavor of the meat…particularly the white meat…was amazing. You could taste the citrus and seasonings in moist meat.
This is a keeper.
For the past three years, I have tested new pumpkin pie recipes from blogs and so far, none have disappointed.
This year the pie was fabulous and I found the recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction, The Great Pumpkin Pie Recipe.
I made my own version of Cinnamon/Sugar Leaves with pie dough and the grandchildren loved them…they definitely are addicting.
The last new item on our Thanksgiving menu was the 1858 Cabernet from Caymus Vineyards in California.
The wine description: “This hand crafted Napa Cabernet is a powerhouse in flavor and texture. Featuring luscious, ripe blackberry flavors with undertones of dark chocolate and toasted oak. The initial surge of raspberry is stunning but almost outdone by the regal tannic finish.”
It is delicious, an excellent cabernet sauvignon that all our guests enjoyed. I purchased it at Total Wines and would really like more.
Sadly though, when I purchased our first bottles in the summer, they were $25 a bottle…with inflation, it has gone up considerably.
But, if you want something special…this would be a good choice.
Now, speaking of food…here are some wonderful food gift basket suggestions. I can personally vouch for the products from Stonewall Kitchens…..they are delicious. My favorite is the Peach Jam, and Holiday Jam.
Here are the baskets:
TOPPING OFF CHRISTMAS TREES
For some reason, this year, I have really enjoyed looking at tree toppers. There are so many creative ones.
I first started doing this a couple of weeks ago at Dillard’s.
Cute, right? My favorite holiday decorations at Dillard’s at by Southern Living and Mud Pie.
I am tempted to be more creative with our tree toppers…however, I love the traditional ones and don’t mind taking them from year to year.
Thanks to blogging and a wonderful collaboration a few years back with Balsam Hill, we have two Christmas trees.
This angel on the Balsam Hill tree is in the front living area. The angel was my Mother-in-law’s angel and she loved Christmas, so I do this in honor of her and her memory.
My adult children had a great relationship with her.
The family room tree is our live tree…still want to have a real one in the house…and it is more of a farmhouse/ country style tree …a reflection of me!
I discovered the star a few years back and I love it for my tree…I will show you the complete tree soon.
Maybe, I could stick the red & white curly ribbons around it at the top…they are so cute!
Today’s slideshow features more Christmas tree toppers….
I hope these ideas from the kitchen and for decorating are helpful…we will be back to Would You Wear It tomorrow…and there is more for fashion and beauty ahead. Thanks for being here and always….
By Pamela Lutrell
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