Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving

So I took the day off before Thanksgiving to clean my house. This is a big deal for me as I only "clean" before relatives visit or if I'm hosting dinner, as I was this year. I woke up full of energy to clean bathrooms, but got sidetracked immediately when I decided I needed something festive on the front porch table to welcome guests. I wandered around the yard snipping evergreen boughs and stuck them in this planter which also holds a dead buddleia. I figured the boughs would cover it up okay, and added a few peacock feathers for good measure.


Ready to clean the bathrooms, but wait, I'd better do the pies first because what's more important? Doorbell rings, and its the UPS man with the cute little pie cutters I ordered from Williams-Sonoma. I didn't expect to see them before next week. I'm so excited I start cutting out acorns, maple leaves, pumpkins, and turkeys. How cute is that?



Here's the pie ready to go in the oven.

 
 
 
Finished baking pie, then look at the instructions for the pie cutouts. Oops, I was supposed to brush them with a wash of eggwhite and water mix, and bake them SEPARATELY on a cookie sheet and then place them on the finished pie. Oh well, it still looks pretty good, but maybe a little brown. Good thing I put those tinfoil-piecrust-cover-things over the edges before I put the pie in the oven.

 
 
I still can't get excited about the bathrooms as I'd rather work on the dining room table decorations and figure out what plates to use. Hmm, the only tablecloth that will work with all three leaves in the table is a Christmas tablecloth. I'm sure I have a plain white one but I can't find it so this will have to do. And what about the dinner plates? They're a little small for a feast so I decide to use chargers under them to hopefully catch the overflow. I go to the basement and look for chargers. I seem to have them in red, brass, and also silver. I must have gotten a good deal on these after-Xmas some year. I decide on the deep red.



Gourds and pumpkins are the centerpiece, with a few pheasant feathers thrown in. Why not?

 
 
At the top of each charger I add a glittery acorn. Now, I realize I could have used these for napkin holders, but seriously that would have taken a lot of time. Besides, I used paper napkins (the store brand calls them "elegant" napkins) and they don't deserve the effort.

 
At midnight, I clean the bathrooms and give thanks that I got it done.

8 comments:

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

Love the little pie crust cutters and arrived just in time!...how sparkly is that acorn?

Lynnie

Carol said...

That pie looks very fancy. And I think your priorities are right in order.

Randy said...

I agree with Carol! I love the way the crust looks. Maybe you did need to do the egg wash I'm not even sure what that's for, but I think putting them on to make the edge of the crust was pure genius!

LostRoses said...

Carol, true...we always have to keep our priorities straight. :)

Randy, thanks, but the genius idea was in the Williams-Sonoma catalog. I am happy to take credit though!

Annie in Austin said...

Lavish table, Lost Roses! I also like the pie crust with the cut-outs draped & baked on the edge. They might look too stiff and contrived if on a baking sheet. This effect is charming!

dkzody said...

Your piecrust is just amazing. I've never considered doing something so ornate. I just pinch and go.

Hope you were able to get all the Christmas decorations down, too. Since I only had the porch to really work on, it was pretty easy. Now, I must attend to my Sunday School room where I did so much more than at home.

Happy New Year.

dkzody said...

Your piecrust is just amazing. I've never considered doing something so ornate. I just pinch and go.

Hope you were able to get all the Christmas decorations down, too. Since I only had the porch to really work on, it was pretty easy. Now, I must attend to my Sunday School room where I did so much more than at home.

Happy New Year.

Country Mouse said...

I enjoyed your story of your day -- distraction is no stranger to my house keeping either, though I don't end up making cute pies like you do!