Thanksgiving is one week away. I’m sure you’re all well under preparation for the big day, having planned out the exact menu and seating arrangements. You may have even taken it a step further and planned the whole tablescape (yes, “tablescape”) and added placecards to every seat.
Or, you may be going over to someone else’s home for Thanksgiving.
Either way, you’ll want to have this rich, decadent s’mores pie on your table. It’s chocolate fudge center topped with warm, gooey marshmallow fluff, sitting on top of a buttery graham cracker crust is no match for the candied yams that will be sitting on the table. Plus, not everyone likes candied yams, but who doesn’t like s’mores?!
My favorite part about this pie is that you can make most of it in advance and then finish it off right before bringing it to dinner or serving it at dinner.
Be prepared to send a few slices of this pie away with your guests as they’ll be asking for it and you’ll not want to part with the pie.
Geez, has it been almost a month since I’ve done Favorite Finds? Things have been a bit busy around here and with the holidays coming up, everything is only going to get crazier. I’ve been seeing a lot of great Thanksgiving-themed dishes and crafty holiday gifts all over the internet, so here are a few of my favorite finds over the past week.
Credit: Lindsay and Bjork at Pinch of Yum
Easiest Garlic Mashed Potatoes- This caught my eye. Not only because there are potatoes involved, or garlic for that matter, but because it says “Easiest”. The last thing I want to do on Thanksgiving is run around like a chicken with my head cut off. Easiest is what I’m looking for. And with garlic involved, you know that it’s going to be a flavorful addition to that turkey and gravy. Yum! I may be having these mashed potatoes throughout the cold season.
Credit: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes via A Beautiful Mess
Marbled Clay Ring Dish – A Beautiful Mess has been on point with those DIYs lately! These pretty dishes are so trendy right now with the whole marble craze, and even better is that you can easily make this at home and make it unique. You won’t be finding a pretty ring dish like this at a local boutique or anything…and if you do, I wouldn’t bet on it being cheap!
Credit: Ashley Page Norton via Oh Happy Day
Gold Pretzel Napkin Rings – If the last DIY didn’t make you want to run to your local craft store and pick up some Sculpey or FIMO, then this one might push you over the edge. These pretzel napkin rings would look beautiful and whimsical on any holiday tablescape. If you want these on your table for Thanksgiving, you better get to making!
Credit: Brittni Melhoff via Paper + Stitch
Glazed Donuts with Macaron Sprinkles – What kind of genius culinary creation is this? MIND = BLOWN! Take one super good, pretty, and delicate treat (macarons) and sprinkle them on top of your average-looking but still very tasty glazed donuts. What! WHAT! I can’t even process how amazing this idea is right now. Once I can wrap my mind around how amazing this is, I’ll be attempting this at home (hopefully).
What do beer/wine enthusiasts, coffee drinkers, tea drinkers, and hot cocoa drinkers all have in common? They all (probably) need coasters. At a time when everyone will celebrating with a little more wine, a little more tea, and a little more cocoa, these DIY Wood Burned Coasters will be much appreciated.
These DIY Wood Burned Coasters have that homey, rustic feel that everyone is looking for during the holidays. Not only that, but each piece looks slightly weathered and is totally unique. Those who really appreciate handmade gifts could really get behind this coaster idea. I actually even chose to go with the wreath design because it goes well with the holiday/winter theme here.
The best part about these coasters is that if you plan out getting your supplies just carefully enough, these will make for some pretty inexpensive (yet cute!) gifts.
I purchased these basswood coasters for about $2.99 each at Michael’s. That can add up quickly. So, you might want to look to your own yard and use a saw to cut rounds from fallen tree branches. Or a very nice friend’s yard.
Is that a little hardcore? For some of us suburbanites and city dwellers, yes. Another option is to hit your local Christmas tree lot. They usually have a bunch of rounds left over from cutting the bottoms of Christmas trees to keep them fresh. My local lot is pretty friendly and they let me take home tree clippings and tree rounds, free of charge. It must be that holiday spirit!
Now, about wood burning.
You need to do this in a space with a lot of ventilation. Be sure to let anyone know in your home there will be a strong burning smell in your workspace so they do not panic…or get queasy. In fact, you may want to do this outside, weather permitting.
Also, if you are new to wood burning, use a scrap piece of wood similar to what you plan to use and test out your design. Simpler designs are better. It can take a while to get the hang of using the wood burner. Also, there are a few tips that can be used to achieve the design you want like a shading tip and calligraphy tip. Be sure to have the right tips on hand for your design.
Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do a “pretty” design the first time! Full tutorial is after the jump.