Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Recommendations

Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Recommendations


If you are searching for wine and drink recommendations to compliment your Thanksgiving Dinner, check out the list of well loved wines and liquors I have reviewed below:

Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Recommendations

Aldi’s Landshut Riesling Wine

Archstone Chardonnay Wine

Black Swan Moscato Wine

Brotherhood Riesling

Confectioner’s Angel Cake Chardonnay

Keuka Springs Vignole Wine Review

Schmitt Söhne Riesling

Thanksgiving Dinner After Dinner Drink Recommendations

Baileys & Kahlua Iced Coffee Shake

Hot Buttered Rum

Trader Vics Roasted Chestnut Liqueur


As always, drink responsibly and please don’t drink and drive.

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American Made Cookie Cutters

American Made Cookie Cutters


Last month, Hubby and I went to the Made in America Store. As I was perusing the merchandise, I came across a display of cookie cutters. I started sifting through them, and grabbed one, then two, then a third one off the rack. They were not only made in America, but they were “different”, felt solid, and were $4 each.

Now, I had decided to do the 15 Days of Holiday Cookies last July. And, I knew one of the cookies would be Kris Kringle cut outs. Too bad I either gave away – or at least could not find – all my cookie cutters. I was fairly certain I had given them to my niece figuring I was never going to bake cookies again. Ever. Well after the last 4 months the joke is on me. That was a short “never”.

I nevertheless needed cookie cutters, and these cookie cutters seemed to be high quality. I had purchased a holiday cookie cutter at another store a few months prior, and while that other cookie cutter was only dollar, it felt more like it should have been in the quarter clearance bin at a dollar store the day after the holidays. Really, really flimsy. I was despairing finding anything reasonable before December, so was thrilled when I stumbled across these!

Unfortunately, they only had one Christmas cut out left.

I guess I wasn’t the only one on an early hunt.

So, I went online to discover who made them, and if I could buy more. And sure enough I could!

They are Ann Clark cookie cutters. The sell for $3.99 online, and they have a special whereas you Buy 4 or more cookie cutters and receive free ground shipping.

Since they are located in Vermont, I received my order three days later.

American Made Cookie Cutters


I bought from the holiday cookie cutter collection, and each came with a recipe… that I will read and possibly make someday. Right now I am a tad cookied-out.

The only negative to these cookie cutters, is apparently they are not dishwasher safe. Nuts. Oh well, they are sturdy, nice designs, and cut dough very well. If you are looking for cookie cutters that will last, you may want to give these Ann Clark cookie cutters a try!

Do you make Christmas cut-out cookies? What cookie cutters do you use?


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Easy Holiday Table Decoration Idea

As I mentioned before, I am not the most crafty of people. I’m actually more of an anti-crafty person. For me, the easier the better. I probably shouldn’t be allowed within 50 yards of a glue gun – I’d end up gluing my fingers together or something. Because of my limitations, I’ve learned over the years that proper placement, simplicity, and multiple individual pieces can add up to a great looking arrangement, table top decor, or holiday decoration.

My holiday table is set up with many, many individual pieces. I call it my gift table! Over the years I have purchased small, decorative gift box decor everywhere from Target to Dollar Tree to Pier One to Macy’s. If I like it, I buy it. None of the pieces are very expensive, and like all collections adding one or two pieces per year helps keep the decor fresh.

This year I decided to add a floral piece instead of a new gift box. I went to JoAnn’s and bought winter white floral feathers and accessories. They were marketed as “winter bridal”, but since I have a thing for sparkly and over-the-top during the holidays, they fit right in with what I was trying to accomplish.

Easy Holiday Table Decoration Idea


I started with a cutter, some stems, and some white tape in addition to a variety of feather floral, pearls, and crystals and an old vase.

Easy Holiday Table Decoration Idea


At the bottom of my clear vase, I added a small amount of red and clear crystals that I bought at Big Lots a few years ago. This holds my floral pieces in place, but allows me the ability to move the stems around easily.

Easy Holiday Table Decoration Idea


These were the pieces I ended up using.

Easy Holiday Table Decoration Idea


Because I am not using a Styrofoam anchor, I have a the ability to add or take away as the piece pleases – or displeases – my eye. I had big white pom-poms to start with, but they just didn’t work. Instead of holes in my green Styrofoam, I just pulled them out and tried again. I did wrap the stems with white tape for uniformity. The extra-wire ended up being unnecessary the wire stems were strong on their own. If you do not like the look of bare wire, just fill your vase to the top with crystals, Styrofoam balls or rice. You can still move your stems around at will, but the wire stems will not be visible in the final product.

As I am a “big picture” person, I take frequent steps back to see how the arrangement is coming together. As frequently as every new addition or subtraction. It helps tremendously to have an idea of some sort in mind when buying, and arranging flowers, although sometimes what is in my head in no way looks like the finished product! And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – the finished product usually ends up looking better.

Easy Holiday Table Decoration Idea


I then arranged my gift boxes, some diamond table confetti (for added sparkle), but I skipped the teeny-tiny confetti this year. I am always changing-up the decor.

Easy Holiday Table Decoration Idea


This is how it looks in the evening. It is fun, sparkly, and a very easy holiday table decoration idea!


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