Silk Blouse - Ann Taylor
Animal Print Cardigan & Blk pencil skirt, tights & bangles - Forever 21
Nude Heels - Steve Madden
Worked like crazy cooking and preparing the house and the table for our dinner party this afternoon.
I used this recipe my friend gave me from Cook's Illustrated website (which she has a paid subscription from) and my turkey came out AMAZING. We brined it overnight and today I made this amazing herb paste and rubbed it all over and under that Turkey's skin and inside its breast meet etc...It only took 3 hours to cook a 20lb turkey if you can believe it! It was so juicy and moist and very tasty.
For the table I used the dried leafs and the pine cone branches the kids and I had collected for our fall basket to give it a 'fall' vibe. I wished I had orange napkins but I only have red ones so used orange candles and Halloween leftover mini pumpkins to make it a thanksgiving table.
I took out all the serving platters I was going to use for apps and the turkey and washed them so they were ready. Instead of buying a regular veggie tray from costco I did my own veggie platter with steamed sugar snap peas, slied cucambers, sweet bell peppers and cherry tomatoes. My new thing is also serving tortilla chips with a hint of lime with mango salsa. Very refreshing. Made mini quiches as well.
I always like to make a signature punch or drink for my parties. It gets everyone even those that don't plan to drink drinking! :)
For tonight I tried a new recipe called 'drunken apple cider'. It makes the whole house smell wonderful and the flavor is very warming with a hint of spice. It has apple cider, nutmeg, vanilla, Cinnamon sticks, cloves and honey! Once it boils you add 3/4ths of a bottle of a non dry white wine, add fresh apple slices and fresh cranberries and simmer a bit more. Looks great too. I wish I had taken some photos but it was a big hit. I will probably repeat it again.
My daughter looked like a 'doll' in this retro looking outfit I got 2nd hand from a friend.
With my Mom, sister and daughter. By coincidence all 3 of us were wearing touches of animal print!
With my hubby who is carving the Turkey!
The dinner was wonderful. I had place settings for all 3 kids (mine and my nephew) and we all got to sit at least for a little while.
Here are the family MEN!
And the whole group!
We ended the night with wonderful desserts. My SIL made the cutest Turkey Cookie cake that my kids couldn't wait to eat. She also made a traditional apple pie. And my mom made this super light and delicious lemon rum cake which was also a big hit.
Everyone helped out with the clean-up and I just have to put it all back tomorrow!
What a night!