Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Preparing Your Heart For Thanksgiving

Today I'm guesting over at Blissful And Domestic and I'd be tickled pink if y'all would join me! 

I'll tell y'all, I was good up until about midnight on October 31st, then it registered that it was November,  N-o-v-e-m-b-e-r?........ Thanksgiving, then Christmas, oh my! My mind began to uncontrollably race, menu plans, tablescapes, house cleaning thoughts were dancing through my head....................... Click HERE to continue reading. 

And I'd like to wish you all a most blessed Thanksgiving week. Today, I'm beginning my preparations for Thanksgiving and I'll be baking this little cake today. I'll be taking a little break from blogging to spend time with family and friends, but I'll see y'all right back here next week! Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Apple Cider Doughnut Cake {perfect for Thanksgiving!}

I really wanted to re-share this recipe post from last year because it's one of my favorites and this cake will be gracing our Thanksgiving table again this year. In the afternoon, after the big lunch when you're not really hungry but would love just a little sweetness with a cup of coffee, this is your cake friend! Hope it land's on your table this year!

I LOVE this recipe for Thanksgiving because it can be made a couple of days ahead and kept in the fridge and we all love goodies that can be made ahead of time for Thanksgiving, right?? It's also a good traveler if you find yourself over the river and through the woods to grandma's house for Thanksgiving! I love that too! 

So here's what you'll need:

For Cake:

1 1/2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 T. butter softened
1 egg
1/2 cup of buttermilk
2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

For topping:

2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
3 T. butter melted

Instructions for cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Warm apple cider on stove-top
  3. Cream together the 4 T. butter, sugar, and brown sugar
  4. Add egg and buttermilk to creamed mixture
  5. In a separate bowl combine the flour, soda, powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  6. Add the flour and cider alternately to the creamed mixture
  7. Place batter in well greased bundt pan and bake for 35-40 minutes
  8. Cool in pan for 25 minutes then turn out onto serving plate and prepare cake topping.
To prepare topping:

Combine 2 tsp. of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of sugar. Melt 3 T. butter and brush onto top of cake using pastry brush. Once cake is well coated, sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mixture onto cake.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Today and tomorrow, I'll be taking some time off to prepare a wonderful feast for my friends and family. Wishing you a joy-filled Thanksgiving in your home and hoping that your day is filled with simple pleasures that come from spending time with those near and dear to your heart. Blessings from our family to yours! See y'all Friday morning when we'll begin the Christmas season here on this little farm. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Simple Thanksgiving


Well, Thanksgiving's here, whether I'm ready or not. In just a few short days, we'll have a house-full of family and friends. How I decide to embrace this day has a lot to do with how enjoyable it will be for us and our guests. If I'm striving for perfection in foods and decor, it'll bomb. If I remember that this day, this day of gathering, is more about the process of being together than it is anything else, it'll be a success. That's really hard isn't it? Hospitality is a mindset long before it's an action. Welcoming people into our imperfect homes and lives, immediately puts them at ease. They don't even want all that pretense of perfection we're trying to shove at them.

This Thanksgiving will have a casual aire of simplicity. This Thanksgiving will be about the act of gathering. This year's focus will be on sharing the day with those we love. Nothing more. Simple. I've done a lot lately that cleaves to simple. We had a simple fall, now a simple Thanksgiving, and starting Friday, a simple Christmas. That's all it's supposed to be, you know? Simple pleasures. The world has confused us and made us believe that complex is normal. It's not. Don't believe it for a second. 

If your week is starting off with you a frazzled mess, filled with deadlines and over the top decor for your Thanksgiving, give it all the gift of good-bye. There are still a couple of days left to re-center and focus on gathering. It's not too late my dears, not too late at all! Set this Thanksgiving apart from years past, focus on the simple pleasures.

I happened across these printable place-mats that I've highlighted in this post over at Ella Claire. I knew they would be perfect for our Thanksgiving table this year. Simple with the focus on thankful- perfect! I just loved how she added the pencil into the place setting so cleverly so each guest could write down what they are most thankful for this year. Here's more inspiration photos from all around blogland with lots of great and SIMPLE tablescapes. Follow the link back to Ella Claire's for getting to all those blogs

Wishing you a most blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving Day. See you right back here Friday as we kick off the start of the Christmas season here at The Little Farm.

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