Isn't it cute? I got the idea from Food Network magazine. They have a lot of cute wreaths in the latest issue, all made of food. I loved them all! I figured this one would be pretty inexpensive to make, so I thought I'd try it. Disclaimer: I am NOT crafty! This is why I wanted to do something cheap. I wasn't confident it would turn out right, but it was easy! To make it, you need a styrofoam ring, toothpicks and marshmallows. I used 3 bags of big marshmallows and about 1/4 of a bag of small marshmallows. I did have some fall off, so I glued those, but mostly the marshmallows are secured by the toothpicks. The syrofoam ring was about $5, and the marshmallows were on sale for $1/bag, so that was $9, plus another $2 for the ribbon and red berries. That makes the grand total $11. Not bad-and it's original. My neighbor, Keith, liked it so much, he ate one of the marshmallows...
So, my Thanksgiving was really nice. We went to my mother-in-law's house, like usual. She does the turkey, potatoes, and dressing and everyone else brings a side/sides to pass. I make a chocolate chip cheesecake, roasted maple squash, broccoli salad and bread. Everything turned out great, but I don't have a single picture. (forgot my camera) Besides, none of them are original recipes. The broccoli salad I've made for years, the cheesecake came from a Nestle cookbook. It is an old standby-always turns out perfectly. The roasted maple squash is from Ina Garten and the bread is from the book: Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It was the rosemary flax baguette recipe. Anyway, the food was great as well as the company. We all had a lot of laughs.
This time of year is filled with parties for me. I may not have very many recipes for the whole month of December! I always host Christmas and always make pulled pork. I asked for requests for a new main course this year, but was asked to do the pulled pork that everyone looks forward to. I guess it's about tradition. So, we'll have pulled pork sandwiches, apple upside-down french toast casserole for breakfast, put out reindeer food, open new jammies on Christmas Eve, exchange dirty Santa gifts, play American Idol on the Wii, drink Jagermeister and Baileys, play board games and sing karaoke. This is what we always do, and I wouldn't change a thing! We have such a great time. Everyone looks forward to it. I really have the best family. Ever. What are your favorite family traditions?