Thanksgiving 2015! Being Grateful!
Wow, another thanksgiving has passed at Chestnut Cottage! I had a post ready for last Wednesday, but we had a bit of a computer issue, so I have revised what I wanted to share and now you can have a peek at what went on at Chestnut Cottage last week.
I started my cooking on Monday and cooked up until serving time on Thursday! Wednesday is always my flower day and this year I had “mother’s little helper”…who ate the heads off four tulips!
Just back from the groomer, Duncan was ready to help and help he did!
I love getting the tables ready early so that I can enjoy them as I am arranging flowers and finishing up the cooking.
When all the flowers were completed and in their place, I really started feeling grateful! As I rushed around, I took a few moments to reflect on how I am so abundantly blessed. I thought of all of my friends who come here regularly to The Collected Room and wondered how things were going at your house. Hopefully each of you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had a bit of time to reflect on your own blessings.
Earlier this year, I met Jennifer Stephens, the owner of Maison de Papier, while she was showing her line in Cashiers, NC. I was totally delighted with her entire line of exquisite papers and purchased these lovely little “thankful cards”. (to view more, click HERE)
I had planned to give each of my thanksgiving guests one to complete, so they could share what they were thankful for this thanksgiving. While considering my thanksgiving favors (you all know how much I love to give a little take home favor to guests who dine at chestnut cottage), I decided that i would fill the cards out for each guest, letting them know I was thankful for them and why. So off I went to the chocolate fetish in Asheville (between flowers and cooking) for some of their delicious sea salt caramels!
I planned for each guest to have one dark and one milk chocolate (my preference would be dark, of course) and then the “thankful cards” would be attached to their chocolates.
It was very relaxing to take time to reflect on each guest…friends and family, and remember how each person at my thanksgiving table is such a blessing to my life.
I was up at 6:00 on Thursday to finish the cooking and get a few hors d’oeuvres ready for the guests. I always give them a bite of something to allow myself time to get everything out at just the perfect time.
This year I served local smoked trout on cocktail pumpernickel, with crème fraiche. I also had some local goat cheese that I served on toast rounds…topped with hot pepper jelly and a few brie cups with a yummy fig and hazelnut jam on top.
Sadly, I never have time to take photos of the food, as I am at “fever pitch” getting everything ready for the 20 plus guests! I enjoy cooking all of the food and doing the tables and the flowers, but as soon as the food is served…my work is done! One of my great friends, Holli Morris, is the dish-washing captain and organizes all the silver, crystal, and china to be perfectly washed and put back in its place.
Holli’s daughter, Maggie, is about the cutest dishwasher I have ever seen in my kitchen!!
I sincerely hope that each of you were surrounded by family and friends on Thanksgiving day, counting your blessings. I am so grateful for each of you and for your support of my “creative efforts”!
Now it is our countdown to Christmas…I just finished watercolor painting our Christmas card…bet you can guess who it is and today my seven live trees are being delivered! Say a prayer for me that I will still be standing when those are completed! And a big prayer that Duncan MacDuff understands the “no touch rule”!!!!!