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Fabulous Thanksgiving Table Decor Inspiration

We’re a week away from Thanksgiving. Which means that everyone is thinking about food, food, and more food. I wanted to take a moment to focus on where you’ll be enjoying that delicious meal.

Buffalo Check is huge right now. Those in the know in the home decor community are finding ways to incorporate it in their fall and holiday decor. Like Michelle (IG: @houseoftransformation). She shows us that a black & white tablescape will go lovely in any type of home. Whether your style is farmhouse, glam, or somewhere in the middle.

Another favorite of decor lovers is neutrals. Jenna (IG: @fabulous_farmhouse_designs) blends neutrals with a soft pop of color so that your table isn’t overwhelming, yet gets attention. The addition of a pastel or muted color is a great way to take your place settings to the next level.

Alicia (IG: @smalltownnest) selected a unique option for her centerpiece. The beautifully arranged wooden toolbox will make your table stand out for all of the right reasons. Not only is this a great option for a dining centerpiece, but this would also be lovely to add to your living room or bedroom.

Sometimes the holidays are spent away from your family. If you’re lucky you have a circle of friends that have become your family. And that is worth celebrating. This tablescape by Ashlee (IG: @sweetsouthernoaks) celebrates your Frimaly. The Friendsgiving decor and twinkling lights make everyone feel at home and welcome.

As mentioned earlier Buffalo Check is what all the cool decor kids are doing right now. Angela (IG: @thefrugalredhead) added her own touch to that with a deep teal tone. Incorporating it in her place settings and centerpiece. The jewel tones offer a nice warm feeling to your meal.

Thanksgiving is the unofficial end of Pumpkin Season. Amber (IG: @trendifarmgirl) gives pumpkins a beautiful send off. Using various tones gives you a palette that is a gorgeous ode to fall. It also prevents your tablescape from being to monotone. With an outside setting such as this one the pumpkins also help to keep things grounded if your Thanksgiving is a windy one.

Astra (IG: @redbrickfauxfarmhouse) also gave her table the unique spin of using a wood toolbox. She altered hers slightly by using vintage glass bottles for her florals. The pop of coral tones work beautifully with the splashes of coral along her table runner. Brightening up your dining experience.

Family, thankfulness, and food are what we usually focus on when it comes to Thanksgiving. A lovely backdrop for all of that can start with your dining room table.

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Hey Pumpkin!

I’ve always been a sweet potato pie kind of girl. I used to (and still do) wait anxiously for the holidays because I knew that it meant SPP was coming. Then a few years ago a friend introduced me to pumpkin pie. And while SPP is still my number one holiday dessert, pumpkin pie has joined the list of my faves. Here’s a quick and easy recipe to try this holiday season.

INGREDIENTS
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup light brown sugar3 large eggs lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
1 9-inch deep-dish pie shell
Whipped cream

Combine cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt,cloves,and sugar in a large bowl. In a small bowl beat eggs. Add eggs to the mixture. Add pumpkin, making sure to blend well. Slowly add milk. Once mixture is well blended carefully pour into pie shell.

Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven at 425 degrees. Lower temperature to 350 degrees and continue bake for 40 to 55 minutes, or until fork inserted in center comes out clean.

When the pie is removed from the oven allow it to cool for about 2 – 2 1/2 hours.

Serve room temperature or place in the refrigerator to chill.

When ready to serve top with whipped cream.

Baking Tips:

I prefer to bake mine on the lower oven rack. It will still cook fine on a top rack, but I find that I like the results a bit more personally.

If you find that the edges get too dark you can cover them with aluminum foil, or pie crust shields.

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Brunchalicious: Ladies Who Brunch

Bring the brunch to your home

Brunch. A magical word that can bring added happiness to your weekend.
Brunch doesn’t have to include a long wait at a restaurant or feeling rushed to let another party have your table. You can coordinate your own brunch at home with more ease than you think.


Food
For food make it as simple or as grand as you like. If you don’t want to spend all morning in the kitchen consider catering. Many restaurants offer catering menus for small and medium sized groups. If you prefer to do everything yourself then head over to Costco. They offer a variety of pastry and deli platters. You can also grab items like pancakes and quiche from the frozen food department. Fruit salad or a fruit platter is also a nice addition to a brunch menu.
Buffet style is always good for an at-home brunch as it will allow guests to eat at their own pace and make their own selections. It also keeps the host from having to spend all day serving everyone. Food warming stations are great for keeping hot foods hot throughout the day. And if you’re having a buffet style brunch a DIY waffle or pancake station is definitely something to consider.
Another way to cutback on your work is to have a potluck. Just make sure that you know what everyone is bringing to prevent duplicates and to make sure that nothing is missing.
Also, make sure that your menu has something for everyone. Check with your guests regarding food allergies. And consider special dietary needs for vegans, pregnant or nursing mothers, and anyone else that may have to avoid certain things.


Drinks
For the beverage portion of your menu there’s lots of room for variety. Mimosas can be made in a few different flavors. You can either make them in large batches or provide the ingredients so that guests can create their own flavors.
Coffee and tea can be offered hot and cold. When it comes to coffee consider ordering from someplace like Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. They can provide you with milk options, sweeteners, stirrers, and cups. If you place your order in advance you can schedule a pickup time. Most locations will let you order at the time of pickup. Just expect a short wait. For tea I like to mix it up. Have on hand a few different flavors. Your classic black teas, white teas, green teas, and fruit flavors. Have a kettle available for hot tea. For iced teas many brands now offer cold brew bags. Or this is something else that you can pre-make in a container. If you’re hosting a brunch during colder months consider adding hot cocoa or hot apple cider. If you have a single serve system like a Keurig that can help prevent having too much on hand. Only what is desired will be made.
Juices and soft drinks can be added to your list also. As well as specialty drinks. Water is also a must-have so make sure to either grab a case or two or keep some ice water available. Infused water adds a nice touch.


Atmosphere
Decorating for brunch doesn’t have to be elaborate. You can pick up a few bouquets from your local supermarket or Trader Joe’s and make them into beautiful arrangements. A quick trip to Michael’s, Joanne’s, or Dollar Tree can dress up your flower selections. Grab a few vases, some ribbon, and anything that catches your eyes.
For music there’s the option of creating a playlist or letting a program like Pandora mix it up a bit. Just create or select a station based off of an artist or song that would make a nice soundtrack to your day.

If you’re ready to host your own brunch don’t worry. If planned properly it can be a piece of cake.

Check out my mimosa post for some fun drink recipes!https://mytiffytaffyworld.com/2019/11/02/welcome-to-my-blog/

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MMMMimosa Time

Take a classic for a spin

I love a mimosa as much as the next girl, but sometimes you may want something a little different than the classic orange juice flavor. Here are some tips for making a dreamy glass of fruity bubbles. As well as a few varieties that you may or may not have tried before.

1. Ingredient Selection

For my mimosas I don’t have a specific bubbly that I use. I also don’t have a preference for price range. I know that there are some people that prefer to use something that costs a bit more. And there are others that prefer something inexpensive. I’ve had both and enjoyed both.

One thing that I won’t do is use frozen juice. I worked for a company that served mimosas mixed with frozen juice and there was most definitely a difference in consistency and taste. I also avoid pulp when making mimosas. It’s not a pretty sight in your glass, and I feel like it takes away from the experience.

2. Presentation

A classic mimosa is served in Champagne flutes, although I’ve seen people serve them in wine glasses. The choice is yours. I personally love a nice Champagne flute. It makes me feel ooh-la-la fancy.

Toasting Flutes

Make sure that you use cold ingredients. And if you’re making them in batches make sure that they stay cold. Warm mimosas aren’t fun. You’ll probably still drink it, but it won’t be the same.

3. Preparation

When mixing make sure to pour the sparkling wine first. It will help to prevent the drink from overflowing. Trust me and learn from my mistakes of my youth. Also, tilting your glass slightly will retain more fizz. And isn’t it really all about the bubbles? There’s also no need to stir your mimosa. Your drink will mix itself.

And now the fun part!

The below recipes are for large batches, great for hosting a brunch. They roughly make about 8 servings. They can also be made by the glass following a 50:50 ratio of sparkling wine and juice. If you like them a bit sweeter try one part sparkling wine and two parts fruit juice. If you want more of the bubbly stuff try two parts sparkling wine and one part fruit juice.

For all recipes, serving immediately will give the best flavor. If preparing for later, store the pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to serve. (Be aware that you will lose some carbonation if storing for later.)

Beverage Dispenser

I’ve included some classic recipes, as well as some out of the box recipes that I’ve experimented with in the past. Enjoy!

Classic Mimosa

INGREDIENTS

1 750 mL bottle of chilled sparkling wine

3 cups chilled orange juice, pulp-free

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour sparkling wine into pitcher

Add orange juice

Serve in chilled glasses

Bellini

INGREDIENTS

1 750 mL bottle of chilled sparkling wine

3 cups peach puree, strained

8 pear slices, thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour sparkling wine into pitcher

Add pear puree

Serve in glasses garnished with pear slices

Pina Comosa

INGREDIENTS

1 750 mL bottle of chilled sparkling wine

3 cups chilled pineapple juice

1 tablespoon coconut flavoring syrup (I like Torani) https://shop.torani.com/Coconut-Syrup/p/TOR-361651&c=Torani@Syrups@375&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&adtype=&kw=?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItOKgwPnR5QIVKSCtBh2NEgLXEAQYAyABEgJXi_D_BwE

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour sparkling wine into pitcher

Add pineapple juice and coconut syrup

Serve in chilled glasses

Cran-Apple Mimosa

INGREDIENTS

1 750 mL bottle of chilled sparkling wine

2 cups chilled cranberry juice

1 cup chilled apple juice

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour sparkling wine into pitcher

Add cranberry juice and apple juice

Serve in chilled glasses

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Cheese, Please!

Your charcuterie board can be whatever you want it to be

If you follow my stories on Instagram then you know that I love a good charcuterie board. In addition to having them available as finger food at a get together, I’ve been known to make a small one as a single gal lunch/dinner.

Here are some of my tips for making one for your next gathering. Or for your next quick snack.

The Board

While a charcuterie board can be a mish mash of things, you want to remember that it’s also about presentation. That starts with the right board. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes but I discovered one from Royal Craft Wood recently that I love.

Royal Craft Wood Cheese Board

 

Meat

I like to have options for different tastes when it comes to the meat selection. My go to selections are prosciutto, 1-2 types of salami, and ham. I like to either roll the meat or stack it in a simple pattern.

Cheese

I’m kind of a cheese addict. So this is where I can sometimes go a bit overboard. When sticking with the basics I will use 1-2 types of cheddar, swiss, pepper jack, and brie. If making a more elaborate board I may also include provolone, and gruyere. 

Fruit

For fruit I typically use the same thing every time. Strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and grapes. However, I have been known to also work with raspberries and apricots.

Dips & Spreads

I like to include a few small bowls with dipping/spread options. These are usually some type of jelly, honey, or veggie dip. My go to dip is spinach dip. And for fun I may add some type of chipotle dip or spicy mustard.

Bread & Crackers

Tiny baguette slices, various types of crackers, and pretzels are perfect additions to your board. As well as breadsticks. 

Nuts & Olives

While I personally prefer black olives, I will include black and green for my boards when hosting.

For nuts I always include cashews as those are my favorite. I will also add almonds or peanuts. When using peanuts I prefer something with a bit of a flavor kick like honey roasted.

Whether you’re hosting a family event or a dinner party for business associates, a charcuterie board is a quick and easy way to add a light bite.