11.24.2010

Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes & Place Cards

Happy Thanksgiving Eve friends!

If you are still looking for a side for your Thanksgiving feast, try the Barefoot Contessa's Sweet Potatoes.  These are devoured by everyone in our extended family!

Smashed Sweet Potatoes With Apples
from Barefoot Contessa Parties
4 lbs. sweet potatoes (about 6 large)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I substitute my fave juice, Simply Orange)
1/2 heavy cream (I substitute half & half)
4 T unsalted butter, melted
1 t ground nutmeg
1/2 t ground cinnamon
2 T kosher salt
1 t freshly ground black pepper

3 T unsalted butter
3 McIntosh or Macoun apples - peeled, cored and cut into eighths
3 T brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375.

Scrub potatoes and prick them several times with a fork.  The BC calls for baking them for 1 hour, but I microwave until fork-tender.  Slice the top and let cool for about 15 minutes or until they can be handled.  Scoop out insides into an electric mixer w/paddle attachment .....
and add OJ, cream, melted butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt & pepper.  Pulse together until combined but not smooth, and pour into baking dish.

For the topping, melt the 3 T of butter in a skillet over medium heat. 
Add the apple wedges and brown sugar and cook for 5-10 minutes, until lightly browned on both sides.  Place on top of sweet potatoes in casserole.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through.  {And then taste-test a wee bit when it comes out of the oven just to make sure it's okay ;) }  If you're thinking this looks like baby food - it does - except it tastes so delicious! 
{I divided this dish into two small casseroles and froze one (photo above).  It was great to have on hand for a night short on time!}


Thanksgiving Place Cards -
A Craft To Keep The Kiddos Busy While You Cook

Now for something for the kids {and adults!} to contribute to the Thanksgiving festivities - place cards!
In my family, we all love to set a pretty table, but we don't really worry where everyone will be sitting - as long as there are enough seats.  However, I love how place cards personalize a table either for a casual or formal affair.  They give each person a place of honor.  How lovely are these for your Thanksgiving table?

 Photo:  Beverly Brown

Photo:  Good Housekeeping

Photo:  Southern Living

Sometimes when I'm busy preparing a meal, I'll ask my kids to make colorful place cards to keep them occupied.  My kids have always enjoyed that they had a part in making the table special.

This is what we'll be making today - new turkey thumbprint placecards for each guest at my parents-in-law's house tomorrow.  My mother-in-law was so gracious when we presented her with these a few years back - being the wonderful grandmother she is, she welcomed the kids to put them on her beautifully set table.   How pretty the china, crystal and beautiful flowers looked mixed in with the children's handmade placecards! 
To make these placecards, have each child use their thumb to make the big print for the body/face, and the tips of their fingers to make rows of feathers.  We used a white paint pen to make the eyes, and when they dried we added a dot of black marker.  The legs are drawn with marker, and the "gobble-gobble" thingamajiggy is scrap of red tissue paper.  So easy and so cute for your Thanksgiving meal!  You could even have the kids make the turkeys and then write the names yourself in fancy handwriting.  I know you love fancy!

I'm pretty sure the ones we make this year will be sparkly - I feel some glittering coming on!

I hope you can enjoy this day of preparation and find much to be thankful for. 
I am thankful that you joined me here today!

 

I love hearing from you! {Comments welcome!}

5 comments:

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Lisa! Love all the placecard ideas, but the fingerprint ones are "hands down" my FAVORITE!! So CUTE, and sure to be a hit at the dinner table!!!.. As a guest, it would be something I would take home and save forever!.. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! ~tina

Jennifer Juniper said...

I think the kids making cards is a great idea! I might have to try that this year :)

Isn't it funny that we both wrote about place cards today?

Judy said...

Love the place card ideas and the sweet potatoes. Thanks for you comment. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

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