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Monday, October 14, 2013

Mop Philosophy Monday

 We've been celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend.  Today is actually the day but we always have the dinner on the Sunday.  Once Rascals go away to Uni the Monday becomes a travel day it seems.
I had all kinds of organizing and decorating deadlines for this past weekend and I'm sorry to report that I didn't quite meet them all.
I guess I have American Thanksgiving for my new deadline.  I much prefer the timing of American Thanksgiving anyway.
I did move some art around, even if it's not quite hanging on the wall yet:
 We hauled out our straw turkeys:
 And of course I made a pumpkin pie!
 I'm going to share with you my killer recipe for cranberry sauce.
 It is so easy and fast, but very French.  Of course I don't think cranberries are big in France but never mind.  Here's what you do: wash up a 12 oz package of fresh cranberries and place them in a pot with 1 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter, a quarter cup of chopped fresh parsley and a giant swig (2 tablespoons or so) of brandy.
Boil for 10 minutes or thereabouts and voila!
Delicious fresh cranberry sauce. 
 I prepared a beet salad which was colourful and healthy.  I prefer to roast the beets in their skins, wrapped in foil.  Then I chill them, peel and slice them, throw over a red wine vinaigrette and sprinkle the whole thing with parsley.
 It looks quite special but it is dead easy.

Here's our table with a couple of the other side dishes before the food was devoured:
Some roasted squash and bread stuffing.
MrBP was just putting the finishing touches on his World Famous Mashed Potatoes.
 It was a gloomy day with clouds and rain but cozy inside:
 I know you're wondering, wondering, what did I wear?
The Brora Star Silk Blouse with a black skirt and some black ballet flats of course!
A detail of the Brora Star Silk Blouse.
Isn't it festively Thanksgiving with the orange and brown little stars?  I wore an apron as usual and good thing too, it saved my blouse from a few disasters in the kitchen.

I hope you have a wonderful day and a lovely Thanksgiving if you are in Canada!
xoxDani

39 comments:

  1. Happy thanksgiving - looks like you had a lovely dinner that was also healthy. The living room so cosy indeed!

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    1. Hi Naomi, thanks, well it was pretty healthy except for all the wine ;)

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  2. Oh looks great! I am off to get dressed and put in the turkey and make a pumpkin pie! So enjoying the day! Glad you had a great one with the rascals and hope me. Bp took it easy!

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    1. WMM I'm starting to think it's a great holiday just for hanging out with the kids... less hectic than Christmas. Old Rascal was home for 2 nights, it was great!

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Dani! It looks like your day was wonderful !

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  4. I'll need to make a batch of that cranberry sauce, with parsley! I usually make the regular with a bit of honey or sugar and water as well as the uncooked kind in the food processor with orange ( peel and fruit) and sugar.

    I love that star fabric! Need to check out the blouse. Relax and enjoy the day.

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    1. Hi Lane, well I'm relaxing now, the meal is really an all day in the kitchen thing... I was happy to have that comfy blouse.

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving Dani. It does look like its cozy at your house. Brandy in the cranberry sauce...brilliant and now in my repertoire. Thanks.

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  6. I'm going to try your Cranberry Sauce recipe! I make one similar, but without the butter, parsley, and brandy. I am going to add them this Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Hi Susan, try it you'll love it! It doesn't last long at our table.
      Thanks Susan.:)

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Dani! Everything looks so cozy and festive. I'll be doing a roast chicken and potatoes today. I am glad the sun is out today! Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

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    1. Louise I hope you had a cozy dinner as well. :)

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  8. Lovely and simple setting! We celebrate on the Sunday too- I will definitely look into your brandy cranberry sauce for next time! It's not like the kids touch it anyway... (I do believe my nephew ate 3 or 4 platefuls of spaetzle and nothing else!)
    That pie looks yummy too!

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    1. tdgd, my youngest rascal loves that cranberry sauce, it must be the brandy... apple doesn't fall far from the tree as they say!

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  9. Ooh that cranberry sauce sounds delicious! Your roasted beets look amazing too and so perfect for an autumn dinner. I have to wear a serious apron when cooking and entertaining or I end up all splattered with food....do you cook in one too?

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    1. Hostess, thank goodness for aprons or I would be out of shirts. Now getting the hubs to wear one (non-frilly), that's another story. Guess I will continue to scrub spatter spots.

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    2. I always pay the high price of net getting diligent enough with aprons...

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    3. Hostess I wear an apron all day, for cooking, cleaning, I am rarely without one. It is needed, it's saved my clothes!

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  10. TURNING THE TABLES Glad Mr. BP was in the kitchen, not the office, and hope you didn't have too much washing up, a good visit with First Rascal. Unlike you, I much prefer the timing of Canadian Thanksgiving. To me, the American one is too close to Christmas, betwixt weather, and too Black Friday/ Cyber Monday retail crazy. But I love any holiday with comfort food, family and friends, so count me in, regardless. Brora blouse got worn here as well.

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    1. GF yay to the Brora blouses, did you see the winter collection? I have a list for Santa long as my arm. MrBP took 4 whole days off, it was great. I think we should celebrate BOTH Thanksgivings!

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  11. Happy Thanksgiving Dani! We went up to Ottawa on Friday to spend the weekend with Number One Son. It was a gorgeous drive - we take a rural highway - and Saturday was also lovely. We had thought of cooking a turkey, either in the hotel or at our son's flat, but friends called before we left and we met up with them on Saturday instead for dinner at a restaurant. However, my husband still wanted to cook a turkey, so we picked one up yesterday and it's in the oven now. Looking forward to making soup with the carcass!

    Your living room looks so cosy, I love the colour scheme.

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    1. Thanks Patricia! It's great to have the turkey around for the leftovers, I need to do something with the remainder of ours tomorrow. Probably turkey pie, that's always a hit with the rascals. I hope your son is doing well!

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  12. What a lovely meal Dani! The cranberries and beets look delicious. I love a fresh beet salad, but alas, I am alone with my mom in this. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, I'm going to give the cranberries a try soon. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks M, and soon you'll be having your Thanksgiving! Beets, it's love or hate it seems.

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  13. Happy Thanksgiving Dani. Your meal looks wonderful and your house does look very cozy. I'll have to try your cranberry recipe for our thanksgiving meal this year. We love to cook a traditional meal with fresh local ingredients including the turkey and finish with pumpkin pie. The house smells so good. I'm getting hungry thinking about it.

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    1. AmW, it was good but I'm sad it's over... your meal sounds just the thing!

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving to the whole BP family! The cranberry sauce looks fabulous. I adore cranberries--I could eat a whole recipe myself!

    Canadian Thanksgiving is the beginning of a true fall celebration for me. American Thanksgiving is the end. So celebrating with turkey and all kinds of pumpkin-y fall treats is in the cards for the intervening weeks!

    Kickoff Sunday dinner was delish--turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread, lots of veg, yummy breads and 5 pies (and freshly whipped cream) for dessert! Plenty of extended family, walks and naps during the gorgeous afternoon. Pumpkin spiced milk punch to sip on during the day!

    Yours truly wore a jcrew tweed from the quality years and it was just the thing. Good boots and jeans, gingham button down (with a jcrew oxford popover the next day) completed a delightful weekend.

    Such good things to be thankful for--good family, food and friends to celebrate (oh, and a good wardrobe doesn't hurt)!

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    1. Dannie, 5 pies? All of those bakers in your family! Your weekend sounds terrific. I would have loved that outfit!

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  15. Hi there it's Anna#26. Love your home soooo cozy - where are your curtains from? We headed to the country and had a later dinner with our daughter home from university - so lovely! Turkey stuffed with lemon and garlic, roasted squash with maple syrop and butter, mashed potatoes, fresh peas, caramelized onions, gravy and pumpkin pie and apple-cran crumble for dessert - next year I am making your cranberry instead of my boring one! Hope you are all well!

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    1. Anna26!! Yes well I wish you were still at 26! We miss you. Those curtains are from FaAb drapes in Toronto (they spell it that way). It sounds like your weekend was perfect and I hope your daughter is settling in and loving Uni!

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving Dani! Your place looks cozy and the fixings yummy. Homemade cranberry sauce is the best - thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    1. Thanks ABC, I hope you had a great holiday.

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  17. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing that cranberry sauce recipe.
    The Brora blouse is divine!

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  18. Happy Thanksgiving Dani and thanks for sharing. It seems you had a wonderful weekend. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Europe and I think we should. It is not really too much to ask to stop for a day and think about what you are grateful for...
    Take Care

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    1. Steph yes we should send our Thanksgiving holidays over to you, it's a nice weekend as it's just about feasting and family!

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  19. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! I adore your simple and elegant table. Your linens are lovely.I am going to try your twist on cranberry sauce. Sounds yummy. I always have to host, so it's nice to try new things. The beet salad looks pretty and delish too. Loving the star blouse!

    xKim

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