How To: Thanksgiving (Part 1)

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[infobox bg="purple" color="black" opacity="on" subtitle="New Videos Every Week"]Watch on Wednesday[/infobox] Though Halloween just seemed to end, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I always start planning my Thanksgiving menu and to-do list right about now, because no matter how many weeks remain in the countdown my list helps me stay organized and ready for the big day.  I've decided to break-down my Thanksgiving Prep into 3 Parts - appetizers and decor, the main menu, and outfit/beauty look.

Today I'm sharing Part I of my plans which include an incredibly simple yet delicious appetizer to serve, and a decor idea that will make your table glow.  I suggest checking out your local farmer's market to fill your appetizer plate.  The options are endless, unique, organic, beautiful, and taste great!

Read below for details on the Appetizer Plate and Golden Leaves seen in my Thanksgiving video!

Appetizer Plate

[tabgroup layout="horizontal"] [tab title="Ingredients"]1. 2 Apples

2. 2 Pears

3. Dark red or green grapes

4. Honey sticks or honeycomb (if you serve honeycomb supply a knife so guests can slice little pieces off)

5. 4 Radishes

6. Soft Butter

7. Coarse Sea Salt

8. Spicy Jam (I like a spicy plum chutney)

9. Crackers (I like the Raisin Rosemary Crisps from Trader Joes)

10. Cheese (I like Prince La Fontaine Triple Cream)

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[tab title="Steps"]1. Wash and dry produce.

2. Prepare fruit and veggies by chopping and slicing into bite-sized pieces.

3. Arrange fruit, vegetables, cheese, honey, jam, butter, sea salt, and crackers on a serving platter.  The soft butter and sea salt should be eaten with the raw radishes.

4. Provide small serving utensils so guests can slice cheese, honeycomb, and scoop up jam.

[/tab] [tab title="Notes"]Serving Size: 1 Large Platter (serves 8)

Be careful not to cut fruit too far in advance as the pieces of apple and pear may brown.

Difficulty Level: Easy[/tab] [/tabgroup]

 

Golden Leaves

[tabgroup layout="horizontal"] [tab title="Supplies"]1. Gold Spray Paint

2. Dried Brown Leaves

3. Newspaper or Paper Bag[/tab] [tab title="Steps"]1. Lay dried leaves flat against newspaper or a brown paper bag.

2. Spray one side and allow to dry for 5 minutes.

3. Flip leaves and spray the other side. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for a second coat of gold paint.

4. Let dry for at least one hour (I prefer to let mine dry overnight)

5. Place leaves on individual plates when setting the table, or strewn about on the table for an attractive centerpiece.[/tab] [tab title="Notes"]I recommend wearing plastic gloves to spray the leaves, and only use leaves that are completely dried out and brown. Difficulty Level: Easy[/tab] [/tabgroup]