Friday, November 19, 2010


We're just under a week from Thanksgiving! A couple of my favorite blogs are part of the "4 moms, 35 kids" group and they are doing a link-up for sharing Thanksgiving recipes, decor, etc. so I thought I would share and link-up too! I'll link up to Kim at Life In a Shoe for today.

I enjoy decorating for holidays, it helps us all to remember what celebration is coming up and be celebrating through the whole season. However, I don't want that decor to be expensive, cumbersome, or intrusive. I keep it simple. I have a couple of groupings of candles and gourds(fake) in our living room, along with the autumn toys.

Our table has an autumn table cloth.

I have napkins that match and/or blend well with the table cloth. I need to keep an eye out for more napkins though.

The table cloth and napkins are a great visual, but don't clutter our table and get in the way. I love that my dishes go with any season/holiday, this helps keep things simple, but still allows me to enjoy decorating my table. Sometimes candles make it on the table too, but usually once you get all of us around the table with the serving dishes there is no room for decor. Besides, all of my little blessings are the best decor!

For several years we have been doing a "Thanksgiving tree". This year the kids took over doing it! Miss E made the tree for us and hung it on the door. We try to remember to write something we are thankful for on a leaf at least once a day. We always do it as a group; once someone remembers to do it.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving/holiday dishes is the Yams that I make every year. We call them Dessert disguised as a side dish!

Our Favorite Yams

2 lg. cans of yams/sweet potatoes (or bake 4-5 fresh ones, which is what I do)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter (I use coconut oil)
2 eggs

Mix in a bowl and pour into a 9x13 pan. Top with topping (recipe follows) and cook at 350 for 30 min.

1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup soft butter
Cut all together until blended well. Sprinkle on top of yams.

1 comment:

  1. I made a dish like this last week! A few of the kids liked it, but most of them didn't so I ended up eating most of it myself! I didn't complain, though, because I absolutely love it...and I can justify it by playing the "I'm nursing" card. :-)