Thanksgiving and being crafty!

We had a very nice Thanksgiving. As per tradition, the day was spent at my sister’s house.  As usual, the table was full of food!  John made a spinach and gruyere quiche for the vegetarian entree:




That’s a cranberry gingerale.

Yummy plate:


The green veggie is shredded brussel sprouts sauteed with dried cranberries and pecans. Yum!  Note how my food doesn’t touch. Except for the stuffing and turkey. Those are okay touching 😀

After dinner, we went out for a chilly walk with a couple of the doggies:






The pond:


It was kind of icky out. Time to get back inside for desserts and games! The nieces made these beautiful apple pie rosettes:


A couple different pies and pumpkin roll:


Then games. One of them was Mexican train:


Love games! We always manage to laugh and laugh, no matter what we play.

On Saturday, I had another show. This was the Saratoga Holiday Marketplace and benefitted the Saratoga Cener for the Family, which is an organization that gives help to abused children and also family help for children with behavioral or learning challenges. So, a very good cause. The show was great, too! It was the best show of the year so far (and likely not to be beat).  I sold out of oatmeal and honeysuckle – honeysuckle gone for the year now.  My inventory for the next 2 shows is a little lean, but I think I’ll be okay.

While I was at the show, John put up the outside lights and our tree inside for decorating on Sunday.  It was nice to have a day just to myself to do whatever and I finally got down to do a project I have been wanting to do, which was make some outdoor decorations. I tried to break down a couple pallets, but the wood is wet from being outside and I couldn’t get the pieces apart without damaging them. So, I decided to rummage through our scrap wood pile and found some pieces that would do.


I marked out a tree shape and then got out the table saw. I really hate using this tool because it’s scary, but it did the trick.


Time to assemble with some screws:



I had a sample pot of paint  and went to work.


Isn’t it cute?  I am going to spray it with poly, put some lights on it and it will be ready to go outside. Nothing like cheap projects!

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18 thoughts on “Thanksgiving and being crafty!

  1. Debby

    That tree is cute. I was watching t.v. this morning and they showed making a wall tree using command hooks to hang the ornaments.

    As usual, your eats look good. Brussels sprouts sounds delicious. And your niece’s apple tarts are beautiful.

    What is the black dog? I thought your sister only had clumbers.
    Debby´s last blog post ..All the Pumpkin Things!

  2. Sharon

    I love it that you don’t let your food touch either. My family gives me such a hard time about and I will use two plates to achieve my not touching. However, like you there are exceptions, hehe. I happy to not be the only weirdo about that.

    The tree is also cute

  3. Helen

    Everything looks yummy! We generally have brussels too – alternate between the shredded style and halved. I’m with you on the no touching food.

    Glad to hear your show went so well!

  4. deb

    LOVE your crafty project Lori!!! So nice to catch up with you. I like to play games too but unfortunately i’m the only one in my family that does…. My husbands step father liked games so while he was alive we did play but now that hes gone more games.. We used to play a domino game called ‘Chickenfoot’… that looks remarkably like the game you have shown… Hugs ! deb
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  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    If I have jello I always have to have it in a bowl because I don’t want it to touch ANYTHING. I also am usually lean on gray because I don’t want it all over the plate and getting mixed with random dishes. I love how fancy your desserts were. Wow!!

    Your tree is really cute, I love it! What a great idea and likely way more durable than anything you can get in the store.
    Ali @ Peaches and Football´s last blog post ..Three Days of Thanksgiving

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