Decorating for Thanksgiving

November 13, 2008

I am crazy for holidays; I have been since I was a child. I loved the ritual of pulling the decorations out and putting them around the house in strategic locations to remind passers by of the season at hand. One of the things I have a penchant for is ornaments for the tree. I […]

Thanksgiving Cookie

November 2, 2009

Here is an idea for a Thanksgiving placecard, dessert or gift – massive 7″ turkey cookies. Here I took my vanilla-bean sugar cookie recipe and baked off these giant cookies using a vintage copper cookie cutter. Then I used my butter & almond royal icing recipe to create the white base and feathering technique used […]

Maple Syrup Pie with Walnut Crust

October 1, 2012

Maple syrup says home and family to me, it is a comfort condiment.  I figured why not take maple syrup and create a pie for occasions that celebrate family and friends.  Paired with a crust made from walnuts, it is destined to be a standard at all of your celebrations.  You can use pecans in […]

Stovetop Stuffing

December 24, 2010

24 oz. hearty white sandwich bread, cubed 1 sticks unsalted butter, softened1 onions, finely chopped2 ribs celery, finely chopped1/4cup parsley, finely chopped2 cloves garlic, minced2 tsp. dried sage2 tsp. dried thyme1 tsp. salt1 tsp. pepper3 cups chicken or vegetable stock In a large fry or saute pan on the stove over medium heat, melt 4 tbsp. butter – then add onion and celery […]

Jefferson Davis Pie

November 15, 2010

For any of you looking for an alternative to the usual pumpkin pie at the Holidays, your answer is here! This little-known Dixie dessert is a rich, caramely brown sugar custard pie that hides a delightful puree of dried fruits and nuts. In your food processor, puree the following until finely ground: 1/2 cup raisins […]

Cider Cranberry Sauce

November 22, 2011

I wanted to rethink the way I make cranberry sauce this year and seem to be obsessed with apple cider, so this was my new creation.  Did you know that making this from scratch takes 15 minutes?  So simple and easy, these fresh cranberries are mingled with cider, cinnamon, cloves and crystallized ginger to create a […]

Winter Punch

December 23, 2010

This punch says festive and friends all over it.  It requires a little planning in order to let the flavors blend but it helps me stay more organized since I do not have to worry about pulling everything together at once.  This recipe is slightly reminiscent of traditional sangria but with a twist. Combine in a […]

Glittered Funkins

September 25, 2009

Here is one example of how to decorate Funkins. I purchased the glitter from Art Glitter in a myriad of colors. To create these, you can either use a simple craft glue or sprayable tack material which are both readily available at most craft stores or even Lowe’s. Do the main body color first and […]

Cranberry Relish

November 26, 2009

For those of you who truly long for something better, here is where you will find it with little effort. Making cranberry relish from scratch is so easy. The key here is to simmer then for ten minutes after you start to hear the cranberries pop. Remove from the heat and let them cool. It […]

Happy Holidays

November 29, 2009

I wanted to show you a photo of the Thanksgiving table setting I used this year. The Faux Bois dinnerware I had created for kon-tent, olive wood flatware and vintage Thanksgiving towels used as napkins. Sorry I have been silent for the last couple of weeks. I have been busy working on finishing my first […]

Glittered German Mache Ornaments

August 20, 2010

Perfect ornaments to dress up your Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday.  Each German mache box is hand glittered and gold ribbon carefully applied by hand to the edge.  Hang on your tree or set at each place setting on your holiday table filled with a couple of hand-made treats or trinket (even a diamond!).  Available in […]

Halloween & Thanksgiving Crafts – Pumpkins!

November 3, 2008

Here I not only glittered the pumpkins, but I have also silvered them. These work for Halloween as well as Thanksgiving/Fall decor.

Gilt Funkin

November 16, 2009

Here I gilded a funkin for Thanksgiving. This craft was easy and it provides a lot of wow factor with minimal effort. My daughter and I did this together and it turned into a fun family craft. I used Gold Leaf, sizing and finshing spray from Houston Art/Mona Lisa Products. I found these at Michaels. […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

October 9, 2011

24 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup sour cream 1/3 cup corn starch 3 eggs 1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice OR 1 tsp cinnamon & 1 tsp. ginger 2 tsp vanilla-bean paste Toppings 1 1/2 cup pecans, chopped & toasted 1/3 cup white chocolate chips […]

Glittered Pumpkins

August 16, 2010

Why not glitz up your holidays with glittered faux pumpkins!  These beautiful holiday accents transcend holidays – I use them for Halloween and carry them right over to Thanksgiving.  Hand glittered to last a lifetime, these faux pumpkins will truly bring you a lifetime of celebrations!  You can choose your glitter color, sizes are below: Glittered […]

Spiced Golden Apple Cocktails

October 24, 2011

I love punch, and as people around me say ‘Ross loves anything gilt’ – so I figured why not mix the two together this holiday.  I have been obsessed with apple cider this season, but realized the pressed variety would be too murky to enjoy the shiny addition of Goldschlager so I decided to use the […]

Sausage & Mushroom Pudding

October 30, 2011

Rethink the traditional and make a batch of this savory pudding for breakfast or your Thanksgiving/Christmas meal.  You can use any type of stale bread for this recipe, yet I prefer to buy a loaf of roasted-garlic peasant bread.  I cube it up, then place it in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes, […]

Maple Syrup Marshmallows

October 2, 2012

I wanted to create a maple marshmallow initially to see if it would actually work.  Cooking to me is about taking a foundational recipe and expanding on it.  Here I simply took the ratio of corn syrup-sugar-water mixture that I boil to soft ball stage in my Vanilla-Bean Marshmallow recipe and switched it out with […]

Turkey, Artichoke & Leek Tetrazzini

October 30, 2011

As soon as the grocery store starts selling frozen turkey for $.39 or $.89 a pound, I snap up a couple just for dishes like this.  I roast the turkey whole, then use it to make stock with my Cuisinart Pressure Cooker.  After it is done creating beautiful stock, I shred the meat and place […]

Bourbon-Orange Pecan Pie

November 28, 2010

I am always trying to see traditional recipes in different ways.   I love pecan pie, but most recipes are light on the pecans.  This pie is packed with plump, pecan halves and infused with bourbon and orange zest.  An amazing marriage that is sure to please anyone.  Crust:1 1/2 cups flour2 tbsp. sugar1/2 tsp. salt8 […]

Candy Corn Cake

October 30, 2012

I love Candy Corn, and so I was inspired to make this colorful cake as a way to celebrate the Halloween Season, it actually would be great for Thanksgiving as well. Out of the ordinary tools for this project are my 6″ cake pans and I used Americolor colors since I became accustomed to them […]

Feathered Fowl Cookies

March 20, 2009

An icing technique called feathering is when you make lines with a contrasting color while the main background color is still wet allowing the colors to blend. You then take a toothpick or skewere and drag it through the lines to create the look you see here. I would say that this is the easiest […]

Funkin Autumn Beverage Idea

October 17, 2011

Looking for a creative way to offer ice cold beverages on your buffet or table? Why not use a funkin to do so. Here I have hollowed out the top of a pilgrim funkin, as it does not have a hole at the bottom. These are sealed all the way around, so they will not […]

Turkey 101 – Tom Vs. Hen

November 5, 2011

Hens are female turkeys, weighing in at 8 to 16 pounds. Male toms, which are now bred to yield a high proportion of white breast meat that American’s prefer, weigh in at 14 to 26 pounds. The size of the bird does relate to how old it is. Turkeys are labled young at the supermarket […]