Entries in Thanksgiving (3)
I don't have any Thanksgiving decorations. Mostly because Tim and I travel for the holiday and we don't have a dining room, but I also because I find it hard to create decorations for. It's a lot of browns and oranges, and turkeys. I knew that I wouldn't be hosting Thanksgiving, but I do spend time making pies for our family dinner so I decided some kitchen decorations were in order. I've been wanting to make a sort-of appliqué tea towel and thought this would be a great way to display some Thanksgiving language in our home. Here how I put it together.
You'll need a dish or tea towel, fabric, scissors, straight pins, and a sewing machine. I didn't end up using that dish towel in this picture and swapped it out for a green one.
Depending on how many letters your wording has, cut enough same sized squares out of the fabric. My squares were about 3in x 3in. Using a pencil, draw one letter per square, making sure to keep them relatively the same size.
I chose Give Thanks. You'll want to lay the letters out on your towel to get a sense of the spacing you'll need, but I chose to pin only the one I was sewing. Begin the sewing process by pinning that first letter down with 1 or 2 pins.
Using a zig zag stitch, sew around the outside each letter. You'll want to stay right along the edge and when you get to a corner, simply put the needle in, lift your presser foot, and rotate the fabric. Once you get all the way around, tie the extra threads together on each side before moving on to the next letter. The hardest part is doing circular letters. That "S" was very difficult and frustrating, but just take your time and go slow. You'll do it. And it doesn't have to be perfect, it's handmade!
I love it! It adds such a perfect touch of holiday spirit to our little apartment. And these would make great hostess gifts to whoever you celebrate your Thanksgiving with.
The color combinations and fabric can be switched out for any decor, holiday, or personal preference. You can even personalize it for a housewarming party or a favorite saying. Possibilities are endless!
As I said in my recent apple cranberry pie post, pumpkin pie is my ultimate favorite. Always has been and probably always will. This recipe has always been a hit for me, and though it still has that standard pumpkin pie taste, it offers something a little bit different.
Creamy Pumpkin Pie
Yields 1 deep pie, or 1 pie and 2 mini pies
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 8oz package of cream cheese
2c canned pumpkin
1/2c brown sugar
1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks
1c melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
1. Fit pie crust to pie dish and fold and crimp the edges. Even though I've done this a bunch, I always have to refer to a YouTube video. I can never remember year to year. Place in freezer for 30 mins to firm up.
2. Cover with aluminum foil and pie weights (I may have used coins, since I didn't have pie weights or dried beans, worked just great.) Bake for 10 mins, remove foil and bake another 10 mins.
3. In a large mixing bowl, whip cream cheese until fluffy. Add pumpkin, combine. Add sugars and salt, combine. Add eggs, half and half, and melted butter, combine. Lastly, add vanilla and spices, combine.
4. Pour filling into crust and bake for 50 mins, or until center is set. Cool to room temperature. Eat.
5. If you have extra filling and mini casserole dishes like I did, place a little crust in the bottem, prebake and fill with pumpkin pie filling. Slightly different consistency, but equally as delicious.
This was my contribution to our Thanksgiving dinner. Topped with some homemade whipped cream, it was rather fantastic.
(Please ignore that gash in my pie, messed it up coming out of the oven...)