Sunday, November 23, 2014


I'm lucky that my daughters chose colleges with an adorable mascot. I make them little cards throughout the year and have a fun time playing with the Terrier image. It gives me shivers to think that Allie almost went somewhere with a beaver for a mascot and Ash came close to having a hawk as her mascot.

I found a gorgeous ceramic pie plate at West Elm. Allie makes a fantastic Sweet Potato Pie every Thanksgiving and I thought this pie pan would be perfect for her dish. The pottery is simple, with embossed maple bar finish on the outside and a deep 2.5 inches on the inside. I can almost taste the dish now!
Farmhouse Pottery Dish from West Elm
This little cutie-pie needed a Thanksgiving family recipe for her class and she chose our Cranberry Ambrosia. She called and asked permission to include it in her book and I was beyond thrilled.
Did you know that when planning a "Secret Santa" or surprise Christmas gift swap, you can use a free website called Elfster that will do the organizing and draw for you? My siblings and I used it to set up our gift exchange and it was a time-saver! One person takes on the roll of administrator and enters each participants email address. From there, each participant adds a wish list and then it makes a draw. Easy as can be.
'Tis the season of panettone. It's the Italian Christmas bread that originate in Milan and is domed shaped. The bread is sweet, but not cinnamon bread sweet- and has raisins and candied citron in it. It's a taste that I grew up with and one that I've become very fond of in the past ten years. I am lucky enough to be able to purchase it at department stores, drug stores, and grocery stores here in the USA. I bought a loaf and cut the first slice for my Jon's mom who enjoys it as much as I do.

Netflix picked up Longmire for a fourth season after it was cancelled by the network it was on. It's one of our favorite shows and I was thrilled with the news.

I planned our Thanksgiving menu and scheduled out all the work that needs to be done sequentially. I had a huge list of groceries, as well as things to do. Jon offered to do some pre-emptive shopping with me this week and it was a great idea. It was such a relief to get some things done ahead of time. He's good to me.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November Sketch Daily: Day 22

Today's sketch prompt is for Star Anise, the fragrant spice that is also quite beautiful. Like all anise, it is licorice like in taste and looks to be the color of cinnamon bark. It's shaped like a star with pods inside each section. Star anise is used in cooking, both savory and sweet.

Friday, November 21, 2014

November Daily Sketch: Day 21 Mayflower

Today's sketch of the Mayflower, the ship the Pilgrims used to travel across the sea, was a fun one. I loved using the bright blue for the water. (I do realize that this is Caribbean water and not Plymouth, Massachusetts water.)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Sketch Daily:

Today's sketch of a football was an easy one. Since we don't watch football, I found it to be unrelated to November, but I have a sister who's die-hard crazy about football and some team named the Giants...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Daily Sketch: Day 19 Squirrel

Today's sketch looks more like a rodent with a fluffy tail. But wait, that's all squirrels are anyway. Even so, I'm not crazy about this one. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November Sketch Daily: Days 16, 17, and 18: Cornucopia, Turkey and Thanksgiving

 Here are the sketches from the weekend that I missed because of other posts.
 As a child, cornucopia's were synonymous with Thanksgiving. I remember cardboard cut-outs decorating the classroom and hallways at school. When I first saw a real cornucopia as a centerpiece on a table, I was surprised and a little disappointed that it was just an irregular shaped wicker horn. Now, I understand the the idea that it's supposed to be overflowing with food and feast for the holiday.
Even though we don't eat turkey on Thanksgiving (gives a few of us migraines), there is something about a rounded cartoon bird to bring a smile to my face. Luckily, they don't really look like this..

And for today, using the prompt "THANKSGIVING" I made the text on top of a pumpkin. I love the combination of bright orange and turquoise, even if it's not traditional.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkeys Abound

There's still time to get adorable Thanksgiving cards for those family you can't visit this year.
How about a humorous one like this?
Sending you Thanksgiving Wishes... Eat Beef Cards
Sending you Thanksgiving Wishes... Eat Beef Cards by DMellenDesigns
The outside features a turkey dressed to the nines in his pilgrim hat and the inside tells of his encouragement for you to "Eat Beef" instead...
or there's this one
Gobble 'till you Wobble Thanksgiving Card
Gobble 'till you Wobble Thanksgiving Card by DMellenDesigns
There's this sharply dressed turkey giving instructions for dinner and inside is a cute little poem. You can order them in time to send for the 27th.