Yesterday was busy, and fun, and so very full.
There was so much food and so many laughing children.
I'm not good about taking pictures at gatherings.... so all you get to see is a few shots of dessert making and the table before we ate. We served everything buffet style, which really worked best for feeding 20 people. I filled mason jars full of my best silver and had to laugh a little at the site of it. Formal meets functional. Most everyone sat in chairs outside to eat. This is one of the things I'll miss about Thanksgiving in the south.... seventy degrees!
I realized this is the 9th year I've made my chocolate nut tart. Nine years, how can that be? The recipe is from an old copy of Cooks Illustrated. It takes all day to create, and it is the best thing ever. This year I used pecans instead of walnuts and added a good splash of bourbon to the caramel filling. It was the best tart ever. Really. Jade made the beautiful pumpkin pie and she hung out all day Wednesday helping with prep work. There's a bit of magic when you get to the place where your kids are old enough to work alongside you this way. I hope we spend many holidays working together like this. Sipping coffee and laughing.
We're pulling out the holiday decorations and putting up some twinkly lights today..... which always helps my northern brain remember it is really winter. But next year? Oh I'm sure there will be snow..... I just know it.
I only have a few links for this week.... but they're all lovely!
~A Happy Stitch has a wonderful sew-a-thon going on to help victims of hurricane Sandy. It's the kind of thing you read to make your heart feel happy.
Lastly, I wanted to share a holiday coupon code with you for the shop. Enter the code "WINTERGYPSY" to receive 10% off your purchase all weekend long! Thank you to everyone who seeks out small businesses for their holiday gifting!
I'll see you Sunday with a bit of shop news (new items!) and some weekending bits.....