Did I tell you that I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year? I have the day off as on the Friday mum and I are heading to Brussels for the weekend. I’m perusing the Martha magazines and have already decided on the stuffing and I’m thinking of making whipped maple sweet potatoes. I have a lot to be thankful for this year, and so what better way to celebrate than with a good dinner, and what will be the First Ever Roast Dinner I have ever cooked. I’m pretty petrified. It’s the timing that worries me. But I think at my age its time to finally cook the dinner.
I hadn’t even started to think about decorations, but I now know that glittered pumpkins will form some of the decoration. These are so pretty. I have seen glittered pumpkins all over the blogosphere, but hadn’t thought to do them myself. I am so pleased that Megan chose this as this week’s Martha Mondays project. They are so easy to do. I used a pumpkin that I had on my desk at work and was about to throw away (I used to think that pumpkins were for Halloween only). And then I chose to do one of the gourds that we had grown at the allotment, and then my mum decided that two were not enough and so she went off to get more gourds, so we ended up with five in total.
When mum and I went to the Martha show nearly two years ago one of the giveaways was a 24 pack of glitter. I have barely used it and was actually a little apprehensive about using the glitter on the pumpkin, but on I went. I chose Fire Opal, Yellow Barite, Copper, Peridot and Carnelian. I was surprised at how pretty the colours were and how fine the glitter was, and how little of it I actually used. Which means, I’m already thinking up glittering projects for Christmas. Yep, no fruit or vegetable is safe anymore!
I love that you are celebrating American holidays! Your pumpkins and gourds look so great. I guess I’m just not a glitter person. It was two whole years ago you came to NY?!
If you need tips on the dinner, let me know. I use Martha’s method of covering the turkey with cheesecloth and it is amazing – it makes the best turkey ever. I can send you the instructions. Don’t worry about the timing. The turkey can rest when its done and you can make things like the sweet potatoes in advance and just heat up at the end.
And I am totally envious that you can just go to Brussels for the weekend! I would love to be able to see Europe in short little spurts like that.
Thanks Brette. I am now thinking of doing a turkey crown as there are only the three of us. And, I have to start celebrating your American holidays – otherwise I’m missing out! And, yes, it’s two years since New York, its gone so quickly! I’ll be sure to take lots of photos of Brussels (and a day trip to Bruges). I had to start dieting, as the weekend is sure to be full of chocolate and waffles!
I’m not sure what a turkey crown is, but you could definitely just buy a bone-in breast and do that. Leftover turkey is great for potpies, if you want to try those again!
Pru, your pumpkin and gourd are beautiful! I’m glad you liked the pick and had the glitter already. I, too, am thinking of what can I glitter for Christmas. 🙂 Thinking gold and silver pinecones to begin with. I caught the bug too.LoL
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner, I know you’ll rock it!
Thank you Megan! This was such a fun task. I loved your pumpkins and pinecones, everything looked so festive.
Wonderful!! I love glitter ANYTHING. I love the wreath too! Make sure you post about Thanksgiving dinner!
Pru, I love your colorful glittered pumpkins and it does look like no fruit is safe from the glitter hand! They are all beautiful. I have one little pumpkin and some MS glitter, just haven’t done it yet. I think pine cones would be good too.
Good luck on cooking Thanksgiving dinner…I know you’ll do fine. I did the Martha Stewart cheesecloth method last year and it turned out great, just like Brette said! Be sure to get photos!
Lovely project. Good luck with your dinner.
Wow! Now that’s a beautiful fall display on your fireplace! I love all the glitter colors you chose to use. I don’t really have a place to display my pumpkins AND I’m going to visit friends in Colorado for Thanksgiving so I don’t have to display my pumpkins. Good luck with your Thanksgiving dinner. It will be lovely. Can’t wait to see pics of your turkey!