Holiday Cooking Tip: Power up your Pepper

For the past two years my friend Joan and her husband Brandon have used Alton Brown’s Power Pepper trick to pepper our potatoes. They are always in charge of the turkey and the mashed potatoes each year… and, while they loved the taste of fresh ground pepper, they hated how much effort it took to grind enough pepper to properly pepper the potatoes.
Then… they saw Alton’s trick of attaching a drill to a pepper¬†grinder and never looked back! They took the lid of the pepper grinder off and attached their drill to the rod that spins the grinder. Then, holding the grinder firmly in one hand, they pushed power. Not only did everything get properly peppered… but, they got to play with power tools in the kitchen. WIN WIN.

 

Happy Thanksgiving: A Look Back at Thanksgiving 2011

I haven’t always been a big fan of Turkey Day. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoying eating good food and getting together with family… it was that all of the other holidays overshadowed the day and made it last in my book. However, the last five years we’ve been able to spend Thanksgiving with a wonderful group of friends that I am over-the-moon thankful for! I don’t know if it is my age (starting to actually understand what thankfulness means) or this particular group of people… but, I love this holiday now!

I have so many different things to be truly thankful for, especially this year. We’ve had to depend on our friends and family to get us through a very tough year. There have been huge ups and huge downs that has made this year an especially memorable one. I’m thankful for my family, my husband’s family, my old friends, my new friends, MY SON, and the many memorable moments of the year.
Last year we celebrated as we will this year. It is going to be different with a toddler wondering around… I can’t wait to see how he likes all the tasty Thanksgiving dishes!
What a cutie in suspenders!
YUM! fooooooodddd
Our beautiful hostess!
Me enjoying an Apple Cider Margarita
Little bug was only a couple months old here and only his Oddmom can get him to go to sleep!

How do you spend your Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving… I hope that you are able to spend time with those you love, reflect on the things you are most thankful, and eat a ton of great food!

Writer’s Block: Thanksgiving Links

My brain is blank at the moment. I’ve been writing a ton lately…. and, today, two days before a HUGE deadline, my brain is fried and I can’t think of anything to write. I don’t know if I am overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work I have, if I have too many ideas to focus on one, or just have good-old-fashioned writer’s block. But, I’m blocked.

So, head on over to these awesome people’s sites who are nice and prolific.

Thanksgiving Posts from Around the Web:

  • Sarah Hearts has adorable FREE printables for your Thanksgiving wine.
  • A really adorable fox is sharing a What to Wear for Thanksgiving post over at Creature Comforts.
  • Hostess with the Mostess is sharing mini baked goods (not to be confused with Hostess brand that is going out of business) for the Thanksgiving season.
  • Glitter and Grace and The Kinas show fun ideas for dressing up and down for the Thanksgiving meals you’ll be attending.
  • Cute Fall decor and great thanksgiving food ideas from the Friendsgiving post from A Beautiful Mess.
If you are looking for other free Thanksgiving Printables or Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas then check out my posts from the past:
Have a good day. And, if my brain shows up over the next few days then I do have some items to share with you. I just need to get them out of the piled high file folders of ideas that are cluttering up my head.
Do you have any Thanksgiving inspiration to share with everyone? I’d love to see it in the comment section! I’ll post the links on my Facebook page throughout the week!

{Recipe} Apple Cider Margarita

Mmmm… is there anything better than the flavors of apples and spices together? Why, yes…there is! Add tequila! ūüėČ I typically enjoy rum with my apple cider. But, after I saw How Sweet It Is put out a delicious looking Apple Cider Margarita, I knew I would have to try something different. (BTW– one of my favorite food blogs!)

The Apple Cider Margarita was a HUGE hit last thanksgiving as everyone mingled and snacked before the big meal.

I had to use some items that I had on hand, so my drink is a tad different. It was super delicious though. Please let me know what you think if you try it!

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{Recipe} Smore Cocktail

Last Thanksgiving I had the distinct pleasure of drinking for the first time in nearly a year. I made my plans with pumping/dumping/timing so that I wouldn’t have to worry about nursing my son and created two delicious cocktails for the hour before Thanksgiving dinner. They were AMAZING. I wanted to share these delicious cocktails with you just in case you wanted to make some for your holiday celebrations.

The first of these cocktails combines my favorite thing about the fall (Smores, Roasted Marshmallows!), my favorite flavor (Chocolate!), and alcohol.

Friday Finds: Thanksgiving Goodies

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Okay, so… I LOVE the holidays. But, as I used to work in retail, Christmas music playing on the overhead makes me cringe before Thanksgiving.
I mean… it was October when I first heard the music this year for goodness sakes.
So, I’m going to go ahead and be with Nordstrom and keep
Christmas from the blog until November 27.
But, then…
check back often, because I have some fun things happening this December on the blog!
(Don’t take it wrong if you’re already featuring Christmas on your blogs.¬†
Believe me, I’m reading them and pinning ideas away!)
 
Thankfully, there is a TON of inspiration out there for this year’s Thanksgiving festivites.Thanksgiving Goodies I’ve been Finding:

Via Cottage and Vine Etsy Shop



1. I think burlap looks amazing on festive Fall tablescapes.
These placemats from Cottage and Vine look devine! And, if it is too late to get these you could immitate the look by cutting burlap placemats for your dinner guests.

2. Babble has a nice round up of 14 Thanksgiving Printables.

3. Did you know that Pottery Barn has a Design Studio website with tips on entertaining?
I didn’t until recently and I am addicted!
Check out these great tips on how to make a successful kids table for your Thanksgiving feast.

Via Twinkle and Twine

4. Twinkle and Twine has a fantastic tutorail on how to make reusable, felt multi-use bunting by creating several felt letters that will spell different things. So smart and the instructions make it so easy.

5. I’ve recently dicovered How Sweet It Is and the amazing recipes on it. I think this Apple Cider Margarita and Sweet Potato pie will both be making an appearance at this year’s Thanksgiving.

Happy Friday everyone! 

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