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Thanksgiving Table Setting....on a tight budget.

As I was getting ready for Thanksgiving I started looking at all the blogs I follow to get ideas for my holiday table.  There were beautiful home decorations, lovely table settings with colorful dishes and place settings.  I wanted to make mine just as beautiful but what do you do when you are on a very tight budget?
I thought for a while and decided to pull out the beautiful dishes my mom gave me many years ago.  Then I decided to turn to nature for some color for our table, and also stop by Macy's to see if I could get a turkey platter at a reasonable rate......
Stephanie went outside and found some
pretty leaves.
She then folded the napkins so that
they would have a small pocket and slipped
in a colorful leaf.  Very nice.
Mom's dishes.

Martha Stewart turkey platter.
On sale for $10.00 with my coupon:-)
I placed a candle in a glass container, placed it on a decorative plate and added a few fall leaves.
 Holiday table.  Simple yet nice.
Once the food was added it looked

Recipe Review...."Turkey in a Bag" by Cooks Country Magazine

"Oh my", I thought to myself,  "Thanksgiving Day is here again".  This year I wanted to make the "perfect" turkey.  I wanted a beautiful brown and juicy bird to serve at our Thanksgiving table. You would think at my age I would have already devised a plan for the perfect holiday turkey...but no, that is not the case.  I thought my cooking prayers had been answered when I came across a magazine at Borders.  Cooks Country Magazine's Turkey in a Bag.  They had done all the work in their test kitchen so I thought I would give this method a try.   A week in advance I studied the article, highlighted the important instructions, and made my shopping list.  On the day of my cooking adventure I had two trusty assistants, Erica and Joe.  We gathered our ingredients.....
I went to Macy's and bought a roasting pan with a v rack, on sale of course, so that we could do this just as the recipe suggested...

We did as the recipe said and put the liquid and veggies…

Happy Thanksgiving

Holiday quotes and expressions of thanks on this Thanksgiving Day 2010.  And some photos too:-)
"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,  "thank you," that would suffice." -Meister Eckhart
Do not get tired of doing what is good.  Don't get discouraged and give up,
For we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. 
Galatians 6:9

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and  let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.   Konrad von Gesner

Thanksgiving, when the Indians said, "Well, this has been fun, 
but we know you have a long voyage back to England”. 
 Jay Leno

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them,
 is the true measure of our thanksgiving. 
WT Purkiser

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it  comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.  Edward Sandford Martin

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you conce…