I’m gearing up for Thanksgiving this week with my yearly chocolate covered strawberry turkey recipe and crossing every limb I have for the miracle of seeing snow in Houston since I won’t be making it back to the east coast for the holiday. I’ll be laying low until next week with the exception of a few exciting tid-bits of news here and there but I’m wishing you lots of turkey induced naps and pieces of pie you don’t need but eat anyways.
Now, how many of you will be heading out for Black Friday? I’m terribly too impatient for lines and camping out, but if you have any online deals that I should know about I’m all ears!
Believe it or not, I’m actually a total underachiever when it comes to preparing for parties and holidays. That doesn’t mean I don’t go at least five miles out of my way for cute gift wrapping, it just means that I wait until I’m biting my nails all the way to the shop for the cute gift wrap in order to not be late to the party. That makes perfect sense, right?
This all brings me to my next point, which is if there’s a way to make something super cute in less than five-minutes before a get together, then I’m game! Kind of like these simple DIY pumpkin leaf place cards for the holiday table. Mix them with dark colors for Halloween, or go white and bright with a little gold here and there for Thanksgiving. You pick!
- Martha Stewart vintage frame labels
- Gold floral wire (two of the same shape for each setting)
- Mini pumpkins
- Pencil or pen (or a stick if you’re rustic)
- Wire cutters
Wrap half a strand of floral wire about 5 inches long around a pen or pencil to give it a curled shape.
Write each name on two stickers and place the stickers on each side of the wire where it’s left uncurled. This makes a double sides place card with the wire in the middle.
Twist the end of the wire around the stem of your pumpkin, and give the opposite end of the wire a little twirl to finish off the gold stem look.
Throw in a few other key decor items to set the mood of the table, and your guests will never know you only sweated a few sacred minutes over these!
When I was at school in Berkeley, I would walk to and from campus daily, passing a little cafe right on the corner. It was a charming little place for studying, always packed, especially in the summer months. During the winter evenings they would wrap lights around the patio, adding a festive little touch to brighten my late walks home. Even though it’s been years, I still remember Caffe Strada fondly, although I have no idea what it’s been like now.
Usually I only ordered coffee, though I also would occasionally order a small treat– the apple cloud. It was like a cream cheese bar with cinnamon apples, and had a lattice crust on top. It was served cold, and it was delicious. Although it’s a rather ordinary dessert, I still think about it to this day, and long to be able to get it again. This dessert was inspired by my quest for the apple cloud, and has the same flavor notes, but is definitely different. I used fresh apples from the farmer’s market, and unlike the apple cloud, this dessert is served warm from the oven.
To make the cloud, thinly dice 2 small apples and toss with 4 tb brown sugar and a few dashes of cinnamon. Then, in a medium size bowl, mix together 1 pack of softened cream cheese, 2 tb of beaten egg, and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (this is very important), then break apart a pack of Puff Pastry shells
in bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until it’s mostly risen. Remove from oven and use a knife to remove the “tops” or the inside from the shells. Fill the shell 1/3rd of the way with the cream cheese mixture, and then fill the rest with the apples. Bake in the oven for another 10 minutes at 375 degrees F, until the edges are brown. Serve piping hot.
p.s.- the giveaway winner of last week’s Celina Mancurti textiles is Julie Kuberski! Congrats, Julie! Email me, ashley [at] sugarandcloth.com.
I hope all of you American readers had a very full Thanksgiving! Seth and I had our own little Thanksgiving for two, well technically it was 1 1/2 since Seth has been recovering from the pesky Flu, but it still called for pretty table settings nonetheless. Also, yesterday I learned it’s always best to make your own turkey while living in Texas, unless you’re cool with the possibility of picking up your Turkey only to realize that it’s practically BBQ style. #texasliving, sigh… happy weekend!