“Gratitude is the best attitude.” – Unknown Source: Quotegarden.com
Happy Thanksgiving! As Turkey Day approaches, we revisit updated versions of a couple of our favorite side dishes, a hostess gift idea, some of our favorite Thanksgiving things, what we are thankful for, the garden (now patio) update and, of course, the bears!
FAVORITE HOLIDAY SIDE DISHES
Sweet potatoes with bananas
Check out the recipe here!
Cranberry sauce with jalapeno peppers
This zingy favorite is sure to surprise! Heat one 14 oz. can of whole berry cranberry sauce over medium heat until it liquefies. Finely chop one jalapeno pepper (remove seeds and ribs to make less spicy if desired) and add to cranberries. Simmer for 5 minutes. Cool at least one hour until mixture solidifies.
Check out last year’s post, where this recipe first appeared, to find a crunchy cranberry sauce variation with a touch of citrus!
Click here for the post and recipe:
HOSTESS GIFT IDEA
Baked goods are great hostess gifts, but time constraints around the holidays can make baking from scratch difficult. We suggest using quality mixes. This pumpkin bread was made from a boxed mix. Add dried cranberries, raisins, nuts or whatever you think will work to personalize your goodies. Make it your own! It’s a great gift when wrapped and paired with specialty tea. You can find delicious mixes and ready to bake treats at any supermarket. Easy and appreciated!
“Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants!” – Kevin James (comedian)
This cornucopia has been in Roy’s family for as long as he can remember. It was the subject of a recent “veg art” photo!
Kevin’s family has had this pilgrim candle a long time, too. His mom gave it to us for Thanksgiving just a few years ago. A treasure for sure.
“Family gathers to share good noise and good food, gratitude abounds!” –
poet Alexandra Elle (source goodreads.com)
PATIO UPDATE (FORMERLY GARDEN UPDATE)
The bee is bee-fuddled by the change in the impatiens.
The tomato cages are waiting to be transformed into Christmas trees or some other holiday creation!
Bonus picture: We love bittersweet, a fall vine with berries which grows abundantly on our property. Bittersweet make a great fall decoration, but be warned, if you use it indoors, the berries can stain!
FOOD ART (FORMERLY VEG ART)
Fruits and vegetables ready for Thanksgiving!
JOKE OF THE WEEK
What sound does a space turkey make? Hubble . . . Hubble . . .Hubble!!! source:101thanksgiving.com
Here is some interesting trivia about Thanksgiving!
We are thankful to have wonderful, supportive families, great friends and fun and creative lives. Plus, the 10-0 Pats!!!
The bears get in the act with their own turkey hats.
Last but DEFINITELY not least, we are thankful for your support and kindness!
Roy & Kevin