Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Giving thanks & Thanksgiving Favorites

Pumpkin patch

image via pinterest

Every year my sister in law and I trade off Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  One year we celebrate Thanksgiving at their home in the bay area and the next year here at our home on the Central Coast.  I do love to cook (however I do not bake!) so I am looking forward to having about 25 friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner.  Hopefully the weather will be nice.  We love to set up one table outside in front of the fireplace.


On Thanksgiving we like to serve primarily traditional fare. I always brine my turkey over night in a big garbage bag in the refrigerator.  I have tried different brines and they all come out about the same.  My favorite turkey recipe is Roast Turkey with Herb and Shitake Mushroom Gravy.  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Roast-Turkey-with-Herb-Rub-and-Shiitake-Mushroom-Gravy-801

image via Bon Apetit

We always make two dressings an oyster and a cornbread.  My family loves heat.  Here is the Cajun Cornbread recipe that I have made for years.  I do not make my own cornbread but rather use unflavored cornbread stuffing mix.


image via bon appétit


The other dressing that I serve alongside the turkey is Bon Appétit’s Northern California Oyster Stuffing.  It has a California slant as it is made with sourdough bread




As I mentioned in my last post one of the best parts of blogging are the wonderful people you meet.  In the last few days the fabulous Katie Denham from Katie-d-i-d blog posted pictures of our lake house patio on her lovely blog.  You can read her blog here  http://katie-d-i-d.blogspot.com/ .  Katie has such a fresh young approach to design and her blog is always full of inspiration.

T&G interiors (thanks ladies) penned by the talented  Julie Taylor and Dani Greenwalt wrote a wonderful post about the power of blogging friendships here http://tginteriors.blogspot.com/.  They recently did an interesting post on Providence LTD Design and starting a business that was very informative.

Today I opened up my mail to find that Kelley (at Talk of the House) nominated my blog for the Liebster Award for a small up and coming blog. She has a wonderful blog that you can read here: http://www.talkofthehouse.com/talking-about/ Thanks Kelley!  Since it is such a busy time of the year for all of us I am going to forgo the question part of the award (I hope you don’t mind Kelley).  I am honored to have been selected and honored to pass it along to a couple of “up and coming bloggers”.

Maria pens the wonderful Swedish Design Blog below.  It is packed with wonderful images and ideas for the Swedish home.



Heather Lindstrom is a school psychologist for children with emotional disabilities  who writes the blog Style MindChic http://stylemindchic.blogspot.com/. Not only is she making the world a better place for these children she also has great style and fabulous fashion sense.


Congratulations Ladies!  Thanks for inspiring us!!


  1. I'm hoping it will be warm on Thanksgiving...only in Callie you can have Thanksgiving on the patio! Sounds wonderful.......
    Don't you love the power of blogging...all the people you meet along the way is amazing.

    1. We will have to get together in person one day! Any time you are up this way or in Paso...we could always meet in SB as well I always love an excuse to go there!

  2. Hi Cindy, Sounds like a great way to manage the holidays. Your table setting is beautiful and the menu, perfect. I had a look at your terrace on Katie's blog, it is absolutely gorgeous. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
    All best,

    1. Thanks Phyllis! I adore your new sectional! I used to use a lot of Lillian August's things. I am going to have to check out her new look!

  3. Isn't blogging fun? It is perfectly fine for you to skip the questions. I will have to check out the other blogs you have nominated. Now on to the food - the stuffing that uses sourdough bread sounds delicious! I think I would really like that. Thanks for all the food inspiration here today.

    1. Give it a try Kelly it is great! Thanks again for choosing my blog! Yours is just packed full of fun!

  4. Cindy,
    Reservations for 6 please! That all sounds truly wonderful. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
    xo, Lissy

    1. Hi Lissy

      Next time you are in California come on over!

  5. AWWWWWW THANKS SO MUCH this really made my day:)
    Its raining in GBG I had a rough day and came home very tired and found out that you mentioned me on your blog.

    I love your blog to dear and Im following you:)

    thanks again

    BIG LOVE Maria from Sweden

  6. Hello Cindy! I absolutely love your outdoor living space with that fireplace. I agree with liking to cook but I don't bake either:)

    What a fantastic surprise to see that you have shared The Liebster Blog Award with me at Stylemindchic. This is my first blogger award and I'm honored it has come from you~you have such a fabulous sense of style. I look forward to posting this and sharing with other up and coming bloggers. Thanks again! You made more than just my day!
    xx, Heather

  7. Cindy Congratulations! What a great outdoor setting for your feast!I love the links you offered us for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast as well as to some bloggers I was not aware of!

    A Special Scalamandre Giveaway

  8. Wow - lots of recognition coming you way and well deserved! :) Your Thanksgiving plans sound wonderful and your table setting is perfection - rustic but also very classy - I love it.


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