For decorations, I had my Pom Pom Tom's stashed away, but I also wanted to do something with flowers. I went to the nearby florist and got flowers in seasonal red, orange and white. For the vases, I decided to take my inspiration from this picture on the Martha Stewart website and carve out various gourds. I picked out a selection last week in Kensington Market and set to work. If you are trying this yourself, make sure you pick gourds that sit sturdily on a flat surface or you will have problems with tippage.
|My gourds waiting to be turned into vases.|
|Gourds in the middle of carving. I used the giant knife to cut off the top (much harder than it sounds!), the smaller knife to carve out the flesh at the top, and the mellon baller to scoop out the goo and seeds.|
|Pom Pom Tom's used as name cards. Everyone got to take home their Thanksgiving friend.|
|One of my favourite bumpy gourd vases.|
|A view of the table.|
For the meal, I regrettably forgot to take pictures. Frankly, by the time it went on the table I was ready for a nap, but this is what we prepared.
- Roasted Turkey with Apple, Cranberry and Pineapple Sage Stuffing (my Mom's recipe with some modifications)
- Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots
- Maple Glazed Carrots
- Local Corn off the cob
- Purple and Orange Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce (classic recipe from the Joy of Cooking)
- Cranberry and Dried Cherry Sauce (one of my favourite things to make. So easy and you will never go back to the canned stuff again!)
|My Mom's famous pumpkin and apple pies. Yummy!!|
After dinner K's parents headed to the airport for their flight home and the rest of us engaged in a lively game of Apples to Apples. My cousin, Shannon, was also able to join us from Montreal. It was great to catch up with her as well!
|Lola was very thankful for a snack of turkey and a nice nap on Matt's blanket.|
Dishes done and apartment cleaned up, my guy and I had a wonderful date day on Sunday. We went out for brunch and then meandered through the St. Lawrence Antique Market for a couple of hours, where I got some awesome vintage buttons for my collection. Afterwards we headed to Queen West to pick up some supplies from my favourite beading store, Chaton Beads, as they were having one of their famous 50% off days. I used these supplies to make Beaded Stars on the holiday Monday. I have decided that this year I want to get a full sized Christmas tree and I want to decorate it completely with handmade ornaments. So I figure I better get started ASAP. Between now and Christmas I will be making a new ornament every weekend and either posting a tutorial or the link to a tutorial here. I will post pictures and instructions for the beaded stars soon. They are gorgeous and very simple to make.
I hope you all have a tummy full of turkey and have had time this lovely weekend to contemplate the things you are thankful for. I for one am thankful for my amazing guy, family and friends who made the weekend memorable.