Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Feast

On Tuesday of last week, I stayed up late crafting for Thanksgiving. I wanted to make place-holders in the shape of pumpkins.

This project took me soo long to complete, mainly because I couldn't figure out how to get the pumpkins to stand up on their own. Finally, I had the idea of using a toothpick and sticking it into the box top (as seen below, in my prototype).

All day Wednesday I worked on finalizing the menu. I fought the grocery store crowds and went last-minute shopping for the final ingredients, scoured the internet and my favorite blogs for gluten-free and vegan recipes, and put together as many things as I could ahead of time. The final Thanksgiving menu became:

-sauteed purple kale
-stuffing with mushrooms, onions, carrots and celery
-roasted Brussels sprouts with chopped hazelnuts
-garlicky mashed potatoes
-cranberry sauce
-relish tray and drinks
-baked onion rings (this was D's idea and it was such a hit!)
-pumpkin pie

I also made individual pumpkin labels for each dish, like the ones below. I served everything in the China I inherited from my grandma. 

The dinner was a success, but as I'm sure you can tell, it took a lot of work and time. However, that was the only way I could insure that I could eat everything in front of me, so it also meant I had a very enjoyable and filling dinner (and delicious leftovers!).

What was your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

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