• Melissa V

Thanksgiving Around Our House 2016 - Highlights

Pumpkin spice and everything NICE (yes, I'm on the pumpkin spice train... sorry but it's literally Fall in a cup - my tall Starbucks Non-fat Pumpkin Spice Latte cup that is). Before I start, don't forget to scroll below for my Harvest Apple, Brie & Pecan Salad (it's my new favourite).

We had a great Thanksgiving weekend with family, and of course we did our part decorating inside and outside around the Vandermeer house. First stop (and one of my fav's) was Appleland with the fam.

Thanksgiving weekend with my sister's family in Simcoe at the Norfolk Country Fair

A great shot of my sister's family and us, at the Norfolk County Fair in Simcoe, ON.

Had the most fantastic opportunity to go on Daytime Oxford last week showing off some Thanksgiving decor ideas to the hosts; Jerry and Sarah Acchione! Will post a video soon (and I'm back there next week filming a segment on Halloween)..

I made a trip to the market for these beautiful blooms, in some fall and some fresher tones (looove).

Our chalkboard wall in the dining room at home, it's the perfect backdrop for any occasion (and how lucky am I to have a Husband who built this for me)

A sneak peek at the tablescape created for Daytime Oxford. How amazing is that rose gold goblet? Homesense, baby!

Thanksgiving decorated sugar cookies made by me just before the long weekend. Loved them, they barely made it to Thanksgiving dinner!

This is the front of our home in Dorchester. I have the basics; a bale of hay, corn stalks and pumpkins. But I love my 'Hello Fall' white pumpkin!

To get your pumpkin decorated and waterproof, use a fabric pen or marker meant for decorating t-shirts (it doesn't wash off, even in a down pour of rain!).

Subsequently, after I did this I found pumpkin markers at Winners meant for this (but at least now I know fabric markers are multi-functional right?)

Lastly, below is my recipe for the Harvest salad I made this Thanksgiving (it's a keeper, and would be great for Christmas too)

Harvest Apple, Pecan & Brie Salad: serves 10

1 - Large container of spring mix (most grocery stores have the small container, in that case use 2)

1.5 Cups - Sliced Brie cheese (I used extra creamy)

2 - Anjou Pears

1/2 - Freshly Squeezed Lemon

3 - Medium Honey Crisp Apples

1 - Cup of Pecan Halves

1 - Cup of Dried Cranberries

1/2 Cup - Raisins (any kind)

3/4 Cup - of Light Balsamic Dressing

Empty your spring mix salad greens into a large bowl. Thinly slice pears and apples. Toss in freshly squeezed lemon juice (it adds flavour but, it's to keep your fruit from browning!). Slice brie into 1/2" x1/2" pieces (or thinner, I like larger chunks - see below). Add in remaining ingredients and toss (leave balsamic dressing until just before serving. Spring mix greens wilt easy).

Let me know if you use this salad recipe, tell me what you think? It's pretty simple right?

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