November 20, 2015

What I'm Reading: Thanksgiving

Hey everyone...this is the Thanksgiving issue of "What I'm Reading." I hope you can take a couple of minutes to see what I have run across this week. 

I have some great articles for you...from Thanksgiving kitchen tips, to etiquette tips, to a some last minute recipe ideas. 

For something new, I have embedded a video of Ellen talking about getting organized and arranged for Thanksgiving. I laughed. I hope you do. :-)

I have been clicking and surfing websites for Thanksgiving recipes, table decorations, and general inspiration. Here is some of what I ran across in the last couple of weeks. 

1. I have to tell you, I think table manners are so important for children to learn. It helps them to feel at ease when they are away from home and they know proper etiquette. We all know that it takes  effort to enforce or reinforce proper etiquette...but starting small, and young will help kidos get a good start. From Smart Kids 101 comes "What every kid needs to know about Thanksgiving Table Manners "plus a printable placemat coloring page. It is never too early to begin table manners!

2. In as much as so many rules and etiquette have changed...(I am an old bitty.) you might like to check out Bon Appétit because it offers a Modern Guide to Thanksgiving. They offer suggestions on everything from seating to thank you notes. Some made me chuckle...Like the one about how to keep testy relatives tame. I really like this article! Here is an example below.      

Ignore the host who tells you “Just bring yourself!”—you should never arrive empty-handed. There are a range of goodies that can be used on the day or saved for later:
Candied fruit or caramels
Pumpkin-seed brittle
Granola, for breakfast the next day
A loaf of artisanal white bread or really good bacon for day-after sandwiches
A small potted herb—like lemon thyme


3. We are never too old to learn something new...and while I was reading Bon Appétit I ran across this article...9 Mashed Potato Mistakes. I thought I had better not skip over this one! I learned a few things. Yes I did. Did you know this...
"Potatoes can easily fall apart in a pot of aggressively bubbling water. Simmer them instead; that way they’ll stay intact and cook more evenly." source

4. Still hanging out at Bon Appétit I found this classic potato gratin recipe. Oh yum!

5. Speaking of food, I found this on Southern living. Sour cream cornbread. Umm. I love cornbread, so I may give this one a try. It isn't traditional southern cornbread maybe...but it should be very moist. 

6. The Macy's Thanksgiving day parade info can be found here. Lots of neat info. We usually have the tv on while we are in the kitchen or just chilling in the great room waiting for something to happen. ha!

7. From Magnolia Homes...a transitional tablescape. Also, if you have missed any of Chip and Joanna's shows there is a tab with links to the show's episodes. 

8. The Southern Lady Cooks is a Ky food blogger that I follow. She offers some turkey basics tips about choosing, thawing, and cooking your Thanksgiving turkey. Also...turkey talk.

9. Have you tried cooking a turkey breast in your crock pot? It turns out so moist. Take a look at Sweet Tea and Cornbread's post.

I think of Thanksgiving as a "food" holiday and while I read dozens and dozens of recipes I tend to cook most of my annual dishes that my family likes. Not everyone likes every dish, but I try to have at least three veggies that each person will eat. Not easy with picky eaters. ha!  I will eat almost any vegetable...except okra. ha. 

And for goodness sake, watch Ellen talk about planning for Thanksgiving at her house! (It is worth the 3 second ad.) I could not help myself but laugh.

 I guess we need to approach any holiday with a certain degree of humor when gathering together. Ha! Things happen! Crazy things! 

Happy Turkey Day

As long as the turkey does not jump up and run away as you are trying to put it in the are off to a very good start! 

And on a more serious note...this song (below)- Let There Be Peace on Earth, sung by Vince Gill and his wife Amy Grant, just seems appropriate. It really is a Christmas song, but like I said, it just seems appropriate with all of the tragedy and suffering in the world right now. 

Let us pray for peace on earth as we gather and hold on to those who are most precious in our and friends. Tell them that you are thankful for them! 

Click to listen.

Thanks for visiting!

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S H Elliott
S H Elliott

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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