Saturday, November 28, 2009

I'm Pretty Sure I'm Still Full...


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

We spent the day at my best friend's house with her family, and we couldn't have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable day.

There were ten of us, including six kids ranging in age from 16 years to 3 & 1/2. Will and Owen have a blast with Luke and Kelly's son, Isaac, and their daughter, Miranda, so the four of them all but disappeared for the day. Their daughter, Alyssa, and Ellison are like two peas in a pod...


Ellison LOVES Alyssa and followed her around all day! We're so grateful that Alyssa loves her back and didn't mind the three year old following her around and calling her name when she couldn't find her. Ellison got the royal treatment - she got her nails and toes done, her hair done, and even got to wear one of Alyssa's shirts (as a dress) which made her feel so special. Needless to say, our little girl had a fabulous Thanksgiving!


We had more food than we knew what to do with and our eyes were certainly bigger than our stomach's, but it was a beautiful spread and almost everyone had a hand in preparing some part of the meal.

A true feast!



It just isn't Thanksgiving without

Sugared Pecans

so we made two trays of them on Wednesday night...


(it's a family recipe from my good friend down in AZ. I'll ask her if she minds me sharing it and if she doesn't, I will pass it along to you. Even if you don't like pecans, you'll like these!)



As a hostess gift, the kids and I made Mr. Turkey and filled him with assorted nuts and a nutcracker to give to our hosts to say

"Thank you for having us!"

Owen was bound and determined to make this after we found the idea earlier in the month, and I think it turned out absolutely adorable!


Speaking of the kids and crafts...

We made these for the boys' teacher's on Tuesday night for them to take to school on their last day before the Thanksgiving weekend...


This is about as easy as it gets!

I make sure that I always have a supply of handled craft bags here. They come in handy and can be dressed up, if need be, in a snap!


For this, I kept it simple.

I wrote our message right on the bag, so that the boys wouldn't have to be worried about losing a separate card...


We made two loaves of Cranberry-Orange Bread...

(very simple to make, but SO yummy)


I wrapped each loaf up in waxed paper and tied twine around it to look like a package...


Each loaf fit perfectly in the bag. I added a little tissue paper and a small bow made with a little more twine, and that was all it needed.


Just a little something to let their teacher's know how grateful we are to have them in our child's lives!


The day after Thanksgiving is the day that Christmas arrives around here!

So we spent yesterday doing this...


...and this...


...and this...


Today will be more of the same.

Decorating, listening to Christmas music and just being together.

My kind of weekend.



I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!




P.S. I am posting this over at A Soft Place To Land for DIY Day.

12 comments:

Tricia Anne said...

Your Mister Turkey is adorable and your teacher's gifts are so thoughtful. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

{ L } said...

My kind of weekend too! Sounds like you had a fabulous holiday. I absolutely LOVE your turkey hostess gifts, very adorable and thoughtful.

Hopeful Housewife said...

Love the tree & the Mr. Turkey!

lkjatl said...

What a great idea for teachers. They usually don't get gifts at Thanksgiving and I'm sure they felt much appreciated!

Lori E said...

It is always so nice to share the day with friends.
I have been decorating around here since Friday and still haven't made a dent in the pile of bins on my floor but the tree and the mantle are looking pretty darned good.

Jessica said...

Those bags are such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

Cottage Dreamers said...

What a cute turkey! I hope you get to share the sugared pecan recipe. They look wonderful!!!

~~Deby said...

Beautiful pictures...we too had a great Thanksgiving..and now our home is all Christmasy...just love this season..
Deby

Katherine said...

i made the mr turkey basket too! haha. being that i'm 24 and have no kids, i think the family thought it was weird that i was doing elementary crafts on my own. :)

Lorie said...

Ohhh! I hope she lets you share the recipe!!

down comforter said...

So glad to hear you had a great holiday! I really think I gained a couple pounds - to scared to weigh myself yet :(

Sindi said...

Hi were you able to get permission to share the recipe for the Sugared Pecans? If so please post it, they look absolutely delicious!!! Thank you :)