Tuesday, October 7, 2008


What a great weekend we had! We basically got to be outside all day Saturday (due to Itasca and roofing), and it was a beautiful day!
Sunday, we did something unusual and fun...we had Thanksgiving dinner! (Since we will miss the real one, we thought we should make up for it!)

We invited about 18 people over, but only 15 could come. Sami was quite popular!

I had lots and lots of fun planning for it....menus and decorations etc. From the leaves we picked up on Saturday, I made a wreath for our front door. I made it out of a paper plate, that I cut the middle out of, a hot glue gun, and a pretty ribbon I had on hand. It only took me about 15 minutes. :)

I also made an arrangement for on top of our piano.... out of a vase I had on hand, the leftover ribbon, and leaves and wheat I had dried.

I made some name tags earlier in the week for our table. I printed out each name with some clipart from Microsoft Office Online, and then pasted it on a piece of green tag board. On the back, I pasted different Bible verses that I liked - one for each person. Mom lent me her white napkins.

I picked up some squash and a pumpkin from our local farmer's market on Thursday. Becky & Jeff were up visiting this weekend too....so that was extra special. Becky made a centerpiece for our table out of the pumpkin and some sunflowers.

Mom made the turkey and a pumpkin pie. Becky brought a couple pies and dessert too. I made the other side dishes and pecan pie bars.

About 4 of our students are vegetarians this week, so we needed extra veggie dishes. Here is our menu from Sunday:

Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Turkey
  • Turkey gravy
  • Mushroom gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Baked Squash, Carrott, and Potaoes
  • Split Pea Soup (without ham)
  • Homemade potatoe bread
  • Green bean casserole
  • Cranberries
  • Black olives
  • Pickles


  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pecan Pie Bars
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Brownies
  • Pilgrim hats
  • Orange Jello

It really was a lot of fun. It happened to be two of our birthdays that day, so we celebrated those too, with a surprise Ice Cream Cake. (So we ended up not eating any of our delicious desserts at lunch time!)

Then Jeff and Becky and Mom whipped up the dishes, and we played Cranium, while others left for naps.

After church that evening, we had alot of fun inviting everyone over for leftovers and pie. We had a great time visiting and eating pie! (I ate my pie first, then my leftovers....ha ha)

It really was a fun weekend. I'm so blessed with so many crazy and fun family and friends!


Abbi said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. Now the Pilgrim hats make more sense, as you were celebrating Thanksgiving. :-)

Katie said...

Whew! you had me worried there for a minute! I was sure we hadn't missed Thanksgiving dinner, Or could I have?!!????You always do such an amazing job, so creative.


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