Sunday, November 13, 2011
My first ocean themed ornament I made was a super simple jelly fish (right) made with cheap clear glass bulbs and hot glued iridescent ribbon. The "leg" ribbons have wire in them to shape. I made sea urchins with some ugly glass bulbs I had and glued some organic looking beads then spray painted them gold. (left)
Sorry, these starfish are real and I sprayed them with gold paint and sprinkled with glitter. You could easily make some out of fimo!
This colorful anemone was made from yarn; I looped some yarn together like a bow then hot glued "legs"
The scallop was just enhanced with colored pens and glitter! I also painted sand dollars silver and other shells gold and collected beautiful glass ornaments. My husband still wants a more traditional tree and I agree, I want two trees this year, I have so many new ideas!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I love these tea lights placed inside gourds from Family CircleI am so focused on the food I often forget about nice simple little festive touches like this.
Brussels sprouts are my favorite. Most everyone actually eats the sprouts when I make them! The secret is roasting and the maple syrup! Try roasting parsnips and carrots with them : ) Here is the recipe and others from The New York Times
|Maple Sage Scalloped Sweet Potatoes|
This is another favorite Thanksgiving dish; Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Sage. The recipe from Kathy Casey in the Seattle Times. I like to throw pecans on top too! For a "lighter" version you can substitute chicken stock for some of the cream with a couple tablespoon of flour and it is just as yummy
|Thanksgiving aprons from Sew What Designs on Etsy|
For a festive look while you are cooking you may want one of these aprons from Sew What Designs on Etsy.
These shimmery pumpkins would be smashing on a more formal table! How-to at favecrafts.com
Here is a gorgeous centerpiece from wedding-ideas-guide.com There will be no room on my table for this but it would look great on the side table!
Last but not least the dessert! I love pumpkin tiramisu. I use a traditional recipe with espresso and all but add a small can of pumpkin puree to the mascarpone with pumpkin pie spice ( about 1/2 tsp) I also add 1/3c each toasted hazelnuts or pecans, chopped candied ginger and dried cranberries. I make sure to be generous with the shaved chocolate! Here is a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens plus a bunch more yummy pumpkin recipes!