Happy Friday! My favorite day of the work week! As everyone gears up for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping, and the holiday decorating season, I have some ideas. First, easy decorating ideas with apples, and secondly, menu ideas starring pumpkins to use this weekend and over the holidays.
Decorating with Apples
With apples still in season (in other words, inexpensive) why not use them in your Thanksgiving decor? Surround punch bowls of hot mulled apple cider with an array of apple varieties - McIntosh, Granny Smith, etc. For a centerpiece, put florist sticks through one end of the apple and voila! An apple becomes a flower, ready for a vase. Use your imagination! Even a simple white bowl filled with apples or a crate-full is a thing of beauty.
Treat your family to a Pumpkin Party this weekend! Oh yeah, I'm talking pumpkin pie spicy sweetness! Surprise your family with delicious Pumpkin French Toast goodness for breakfast on Saturday morning and reap the rewards all day - Ok, so I'm talking mostly smiles, and if you're lucky, even a thank you Mom sort of thing - I get shivers down my spine just thinking about it! LOL!
If your hubby is deserving, (haha) then make him a Vanilla Pumpkin Beer to sip while watching Sunday night football. Super simple gals:
1. Dip a beer mug rim in brown or white sugar mixed with pumpkin pie spice.
2. Pour in a shot of your fave vanilla vodka - Absolut perhaps?
3. Pour a pumpkin ale of your choice (my personal fave is Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Ale or Blue Moon's Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale)
SERVE with a smile. You can collect your rewards later...:)
Next week, we will focus on harvest tablescapes, easy to make centerpieces, great menu ideas and new family traditions to begin for the holiday!
Hope you have a GREAT weekend!
Thanks to Missie, Erica, Rachel, Wendi, and Lyndsay for the Pumpkin Beer drinking girl chat last night at the Rustic Kitchen! So much fun!