Thanksgiving Garland {DIY)

IMG_5671I don’t know about you but I am busy! This time of year is so full of friends and family and celebrating that trying to carve out time for a craft or decorations is as challenging as running a marathon…I kid, but not really. With that said, now is not the time to cut corners. The hours spent baking your leftover Halloween pumpkins into puree for your holiday pie gives you time to reflect on all the things to be thankful for. The care in kneading your homemade rolls gives your mind rest from the everyday as it wanders to all the joy this season brings.

As you pin your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, your thoughts lean toward the laughter and family that is to come at the end of the month around the table filled with food, fun and laughter. The shorter days and darker evenings lend themselves to huddling in the kitchen around simmering pots of cider, warming the body and the spirit.

I am looking for something little; a sweet, easy, craft to bring a bit of November charm to the house for thanksgiving. Nothing crazy, mind you, just something for my hands to do on these foggy and chilly Oregon nights. This Thanksgiving Garland is perfect for adding a little celebration to the dinner table; you could even make a minute one to be a pie-topper on your pumpkin pies. See full blog and tutorial at My Craft Spot


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To being thankful for the little things,

Marcella Rose 

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The Perfect Roast Turkey

 

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The Turkey. It’s the prize of the table, no need for a centerpiece with this bird, for if it’s cooked right its glory is more than regal enough to make your table glow. This year we are getting our own bird and I couldn’t be more excited to try a wild Oregon bird. Normally I pour over the local stores and their turkey providers, weighing the pros and cons of heritage birds, organic birds, and trying my hardest to find a free range bird that lived a healthy life before it lands on my table. This year my husband will be hunting for a perfect wild bird to grace our table and I am over the moon!

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In the spirit of the season I did a blog on My Cooking Spot direct from Marcella Rose’s kitchen of my classic recipe for the Perfect Roast Turkey. I have included a recipe for brining as I feel it makes a luscious bird full of juicy goodness but you can skip ahead to the roasting directions for your bird if you want to by-pass the 24-hour brining process. I am using my great grandmother’s recipe for the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey. She would soak cheesecloth in wine and butter and drape it over her bird; this allows the breasts to retain more flavor and moisture as it cooks. Simply remove and discard the cloth for the final hour of cooking and a perfectly brown turkey will be your reward.

I hope this blog breaks the Thanksgiving bird down for any novice to make a Turkey the whole table will enjoy. Follow the link for my recipe to brine, twine and have a Perfect Roast Turkey in no time!

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With Thanks and thanks and thanks,

Marcella Rose

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