Thanksgiving crafts

We’re going to have people write what they’re thankful for on these leaves and then hang them from some manzanita branches as a centerpiece:

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Even the leftovers are so pretty!:

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Thanksgiving (sorta) live blog…

Ok, so I wanted to live blog, but I was doing a bunch of different things in the kitchen at once, so that didn’t really happen.  And now, as I sit here for a moment to try to take a breather and blog a bit of what I was able to capture on my iPhone, I’ve forgotten how to blog!!

Here goes… I think… and Judy said this is called batch blogging actually…

 

Yesterday, I tried to get a head start on the baking so that the kitchen would be freed up a bit today:

Roasting and peeling hazelnuts for chocolate hazelnut ice cream:

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Making vanilla bean ice cream and starting the chocolate hazelnut ice cream:

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Making red velvet macarons:

 

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Mom cooking and peeling crab for stuffed mushroom filling:

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Christine starting to prep the turkey:

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Vanilla bean ice cream churning:

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Macarons are piped and resting:

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The turks is in its temporary home for the night:

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Christine making the mirepoix for the gravy and beautiful cranberries for the cranberry sauce:

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Macarons out of the oven!

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Mint chocolate chip macs resting. They look so nice and pretty right now (though I put too much green food coloring), but they turned out horribly!:

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Then it was sleep time!

This morning, I woke up early to start again. (second try on the mint chocolate chip macs, which, spoiler alert, turned out horribly again):

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Christine working hard:

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Mom was making stuff but didn’t want her pic taken because she was in her PJs.  😐

I went to the store to get more ingredients for the chocolate mousse I was making:

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Christine still working hard:

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It is now 10:52am at this point, by the way.  😐

Then someone finally got up to prep for Thanksgiving.  Christine is peeling shrimp that will be used in mom’s stuffed mushrooms:2014-11-27 11.52.22

That’s turkey neck for the gravy that she’s cutting up, in case you’re wondering:

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Mom cutting up scallops for the stuffed mushroom filling.  (She’ll probably be mad that her picture is on here):

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Chocolate mousse cups done:

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Stuffed mushrooms ready to be cooked:

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Horrible macs v. 2.0:

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Christine giving the turks the star treatment for his special day:

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and his super-turkey cape being put on:

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In he went into the oven and after a half of an hour at 500 degrees, he started looking golden brown:

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Time to turn the turks:

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and put on his cape and give him a turkey probing… :O :

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That’s it for now!  😉

 

Thanksgiving 2014 Live Blog — Kicking it off!!

Okay, we’ve been a bit silent on this blog, but there’s renewed energy to get back in it, at least for today. Diana wants us to live blog our Thanksgiving prep and feast, so I’m gonna kick it off with something done the day before, and by none other than Diana herself!

Don’t know why I didn’t think of it ever before, but last night I had the flowers already, and everyone was over for K’s family birthday pizza party. Putting two and two together, I asked Di to do the Thanksgiving flower arrangements last night and… Voila! They’re done. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it ever before, but last night I had the flowers already, and everyone was over for K’s family birthday pizza party. Putting two and two together, I asked Di to do the Thanksgiving flower arrangements last night and… Voila! They’re done.  (Note to self: do this every year! This is why we blog, right? Blog = notes to self)

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Beautiful, fall arrangements?  Check.

Next up: making my contribution to the desserts…