Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thanksgiving Wrap Up

Hello there! I've been so busy lately, but wanted to pop in quickly to do a little Thanksgiving wrap up. I know everyone is already in Christmas mode, but I know I'd regret it if I didn't at least add in a few pics of Thanksgiving 2015. :) 

We always begin Thanksgiving morning (and Christmas morning for that matter) with a Sara Lee Butter Streusel Coffee Cake. We enjoy it with our coffee while watching the parade on tv. Since the oven is busy with Mr. Turkey, we just slice this up and microwave individual pieces for about 20 seconds. 

Early that morning, I made up these goodie bags with fudge and cookies for our guests. It was 80 degrees on Thanksgiving day, so I had to keep these in the fridge so they wouldn't melt. That's why you see the condensation on the bag. Lol! 

Now to the best part...the dessert bar! We had pumpkin pie, pecan pie, lofthouse sugar cookies, M&M cookies and orange fudge. Yum!

Here's a tip I've shared before, but tweaked it a bit this year. So everyone can remember which glass is theirs, I tie a ribbon around the glass and write their name on it. The key is to make the ribbon a lot longer than you think you need so you'll have enough to work with. Then triple knot it and cut off the excess. I did double knots one year, and they came undone halfway through the meal. Ha!

I just use scissors to cut the ribbon off and discard it at the end of the day. 

One more thing...many of you asked if I clipped the spent blooms on my mums. I did clip them. The plants were just green for a few weeks while new buds formed, then right before Thanksgiving they started blooming again! I just took this pic this morning. Aren't they pretty?

I'm loving this second round of blooms! It only took about 5 minutes per plant to clip all the spent blooms and it was well worth it for this repeat performance. :) 

Y'all have a great day!



  1. Lisa, I always clip my blooms too for a second showing. Mine are still alive but will be frozen by the end of the week.
    Everything looks wonderful and I can't imagine having 80 degrees for Thanksgiving! xo Diana

  2. I did not know the clipping trick, Lisa! Next year I will try that. Our Thanksgiving day was about 60 degrees, unusually warm and a little weird, but I'm not complaining. Your Thanksgiving looks lovely...especially that fudge. Yum!

  3. What a lovely Thanksgiving..
    I am going to try the clipping the mums.. Never knew this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Your Thanksgiving sounds like it went very well. I like your tradition of eating crumb cake while watching the parade. Your little gift bags were such a nice addition for your guests. Your mums look great! The extra pruning really paid off.

  5. Your mums look great Lisa. Did not know the clipping trick. Glad your Thanksgiving was so nice.
    Have a great rest of the week.

  6. The mums looks lovely, but that dessert bar steals the show!

  7. Everything looked just lovely!! Where in the world do you find the coffee cakes? That is my lifelong favorite there....and i went to get one to watch the macys parade with....and nobody has them. I was so disappointed

  8. I love all of your ideas, the streusel sounds perfect. And the sweet gift bags, never thought of that but it's so cool! And the ribbon idea. I used to have those charms but lost them..and who really remembers what charm they had??!

    Your posts always give me new ideas, Lisa. Thanks!

    Jane x

  9. Well, I'm craving pie right now! :) Everything looks beautiful! So glad the mums bloomed again...I've done the clipping too. Love your gift bags ~ I'm sure everyone loved them. Yes, 80 one day and 35 the next ~ that's us!



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