My Week of Thanksgiving

It’s been quiet here for the last few days because I was getting ready to host Thanksgiving at our house, and then recovering from the event for two days. Every year, I think it should be easier since I’ve done it so many times now, but in reality, it’s always a crazy flurry of activity until the day arrives. Then in ten minutes, dinner is eaten, and all that is left is the mess and the memories.

This year, in true Addict fashion, I did quite a bit of experimenting with pins for the occasion. If you want to check out the original blog posts, just click on the picture.  Not going to get too detailed, but here’s what we tried…

If you recall, I posted about some hurricane lamps that I found at Walmart here. I found this pin and knew it would be the one I would use for Thanksgiving.

from My Hearts Desire

This is how mine turned out. The bags of dried beans cost about a dollar a bag, so for three dollars, I love that I got to re-use the vases as center pieces on the tables.

My version

We made place cards using this pin as inspiration, but tweeked it a little because they kept falling over on us!

from Centsational Girl

I swear, I must learn how to just stop what I am doing and take a few minutes to take a good picture! Sorry it’s kind of a cruddy pic, but you get the idea!

Clothes Pin Place Card Holders

And here they are in action…

Card holders...

Many weeks ago, I pinned this recipe. It looked easy, and after reading the reviews, I had to try it.

from Big Red Kitchen

It turned out to be pretty tasty, but heavy. I think next time I’ll only add 3/4 a can of the pumpkin and maybe some milk. No pictures of said cake, because I got a little too busy around the time that dessert was served and I forgot. UGH!

This was the year of the mini Thanksgiving… mini apple pies

from Little Bit Funky

Our version

These tasted delicious, but we couldn’t get them out of the pan without having them fall apart, so we pried them out and put them in a traditional pie pan and called it Apple Pie Crumble.

We also made mini pumpkin pies…

from Make and Takes

Our mini pumpkin pies

I don’t know how the other people make theirs so darn pretty!! Ours always looks like a failed science experiment. These were delicious though, so that’s all that matters :)  I did attempt to make fresh whipped cream, but it didn’t exactly work out as planned. It ended up just looking like melted ice cream. My brother said I should have chilled it more. Probably. Next time, I’ll try that. I have a half gallon of heavy cream to experiment with.

I liked all the banners that I saw all over Pinterest like this one…

from The Kurtz Corner

So we made one too! My daughter did an awesome job putting it together. We just used scrapbook card stock, glittered alphabet stickers, little clips and some ribbon. What’s nice about the way we did ours is that we can re-use the letters for different occasions. I can’t find large alphabet stencils or stamps – any one have any ideas where to get them? I tried Michaels, but they only had tiny ones. My artistic abilities don’t go so far as to be able to free hand lettering.

Give Thanks!

And so, that’s how I used Pinterest for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to try all the ones I found for Christmas so far!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stephanie Prettelt
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 18:19:38

    everything looked amazing….i hope you had a great time hosting….wish we could have been there….

    Reply

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