Friday’s Fave Five

It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week
with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

It must be Thanksgiving after-effects: I fell asleep in my desk chair early this morning and napped much longer than intended! But here are some favorites from this week:

1. Supplies. It seems like every grocery store online order or visit results in several unavailable items, necessitating a visit to another store to fill in. But we’ve not lacked anything major, even if it takes more effort and time to find supplies.

2. Thanksgiving Day, of course, with feasting and time with family.

3. A successful pie crust. I may have made pie crusts from scratch in early married life, but then switched to either frozen or, more recently, the Pillsbury refrigerated ones. Since my daughter-in-law and grandson have developed gluten intolerance, we’ve used frozen GF crusts, but they’re not very good. Sometimes they’ve bought fresh-made ones from a GF bakery, but the prices have gone up and they’re a distance away. So this year I tried a pie crust mix made by King Arthur flour. I didn’t roll the dough out—I just pressed it into the pie pan with my fingers. It held up well, and most important, tasted good.

4. Thanksgiving place mats. These were cute and entertaining. I set them around the table before everyone got here along with some crayons. Different ones gathered to color, solve puzzles, place stickers, etc., while we talked and prepared the meal.

5. A Thanksgiving tree. I did this a couple of years ago. Then I didn’t last year, and a couple of people mentioned missing it. So it made a return visit this year. 🙂 I taped several sheets of brown card stock together and then cut out a tree trunk and taped it to the pantry door. Then I used the cut-off portions for branches. I set out a package of leaf cut-outs from Hobby Lobby along with masking tape and a marker, and added a few leaves to start everyone off. Throughout the day, people would write or draw things they were thankful for and tape them up. It was fun.

Happy Friday!

11 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Hi Barbara! Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I love the idea of the gratitude tree and those cute placemats. We always tell each other what we are thankful for after we have our Thanksgiving blessing. Gratitude is so important. I hope you have a good long weekend. See you again soon!

  2. I love the Thanksgiving Tree!!! OH I am going to steal that idea for my inlaws/extended family for next year.
    I haven’t had many problems with getting supplies or foods I need from our local grocery store although there are a few snack type vegan things my youngest daughter likes that have had problems being shipped (according to a couple of the employees when I asked).

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  3. What a cute idea – the tree! I’ll have to mention this to my son. I’m glad you found a good substitute flour for the pie crust. It sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

  4. Glad you got in that chair nap. 🙂 Sometimes those are the best kinds. It is crazy how many items are always missing at the store every time I shop. We’ve definitely been spoiled for a very long time. I love your Thanksgiving tree. We used to do a similar thing years ago but it’s been a long while.

  5. That’s nice what you did all together ! That’s what I am missing the most is that I have no family here at all, fortunately I met now in my building two ladies who are in the same situtation as I, but they are already widows..

  6. I had post Thanksgiving slump and am now just getting around to reading FFFs. I love your Thanksgiving tree idea!
    That King Arthur pie crust recipe sounds like it might be a winner here since we have a gluten allergic family member. Does KA have a special flour mix?
    Love those placemats!

  7. I love the Thanksgiving tree. So nice that you had a lovely Thanksgiving with family to celebrate! Glad you found a pie crust recipe that works and tastes good for your GF family.

  8. I like the idea of a pie crust mix that wasn’t at all fussy! Your feasting looks wonderful with everyone participating as well as doing up their placemats. And that Thanksgiving tree is a great way to keep adding leaves as the thankfulnesses come to mind.

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