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11 November 2012

A Little Thanksgiving Take-Home

(Original post for this picture here)


This weekend, the Headmaster and I will host his children and grandchildren in Wisconsin for an early Thanksgiving before we return to Louisiana for the winter.  We have a very small 'cottage', but we manage to squeeze a number of folks in for dinner!  Instead of the usual turkey, which they will all have Thanksgiving week, we'll do a typical southern 'Sunday dinner' of roast, stuffed potatoes (atypical), and green beans.

We will also gift them with their Christmas presents, but I've also prepared a couple of little 'extras' to take home.  I found these on Pinterest and couldn't resist duplicating!

First:  Rosemary Salt (Martha Stewart)

This is soooo simple!  Simply take kosher salt (you could probably use sea salt as well),



 and place in a sauce pot.  Add some sprigs of rosemary (I had to use store bought as mine has bitten the proverbial dust in the garden),



 and heat for a little while, until the salt is quite warm.  The heat allows the rosemary to release its fragrance and smells so nice!



Let it cool for a while, then cover overnight. That's it!  And I can tell you that it smells wonderful!



I will use these cute little containers from HL (50%, so they cost just $1).



 When ready to fill, remove the rosemary sprigs, fill the containers, add a fresh sprig of the herb,






and add a little bow (I used some twine I had on hand). What could be easier?
Note #1:  I had about a half a box of salt on hand; it filled five of these baby jars.


The next treat I also found on Pinterest; it's an autumn mix of some really yummy and fun stuff; the little ones (and the big ones) are sure to like it!



Ingredients:  mini pretzels, sunflower seeds, Reese's pieces, Autumn Mix, and Indian Corn.  



Mix it all up,



 then ladle into jars (also from HL, 50%); add a ribbon and you're done!
Note #2:  I used one bag of each and it filled three of these large jars (with a little leftover for the Headmaster; and...a little bit of the sunflower seeds goes a long way!)

We are still praying, and will continue to do so, for all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  We wish all of you Godspeed.


These little goodies will find their way to some of these parties this week:




Inspire Me Monday ~ Create With Joy
Masterpiece Monday ~ Boogieboard Cottage
Mop It Up Monday ~ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party ~ Debbiedoo's
Mosaic Monday ~ The Little Red House
Show Me What You Got ~ Our Delightful Home
Metamorphosis Monday ~ Between Naps on the Porch
A Return to Lovliness ~A Delightsome Life
On the Menu Monday ~ Stone Gable


Nifty Thrifty Tuesday  Coastal Charm 
Time to Shine ~ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Table Top Tuesday ~ A Stroll Thru Life 
One Project at a Time ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Tuesday's Treasures ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Show Me What Ya Got ~ Not JUST a Housewife
Be Inspired ~ Elizabeth & Co.
Let's Dish ~ Cuisine Kathleen

Welcome Home Wednesday ~ Vintage on a Dime
Wordless Wednesday ~ Create With Joy
What's It Wednesday ~ Ivy and Elephants
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday ~ Primp
Wow Us Wednesday ~ Savvy Southern Style 
Show & Share ~ Southern Lovely


Home Sweet Home ~ The Charm of Home
Home and Garden Thursday ~ A Delightsome Life
Tips and Tutorials ~ Stone Gable

Potpourri Friday ~ 2805
Vintage Inspiration ~ Common Ground

It's Fall, Y'all~ Thrifty Decor Chick

Furniture Feature Friday ~ Miss Mustard Seed

Saturday Nite Special ~ Funky Junk Interiors

25 comments:

  1. Love the salt and snack mix. I am making some homemade vanilla for the first time.

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    1. Olive: did I see that on your blog? That is so ambitious! I obviously took the easy way out! Thank you for visiting!
      ~N

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  2. Hi Nancy - what a lovely blog you have. I especially like the falling leaves. I believe this is my first visit, and it certainly won't be the last.

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    1. Thank you so much, Patricia, for your kind comments!
      ~N

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  3. Love the rosemary salt - what a great hostess gift idea!
    Just discovered your blog at Debbiedoo's and I look forward to following along :-)

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    1. Thank you, Vicki! So simple to make, and fun, too!
      ~N

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  4. Hopping over from On The Menu. I saved all of my rosemary before the snow and dried some and put some in the fridge so I definitely want to make this. I grew up in Madison Wisconsin, so I love hearing about it. We always thought a cottage would be fun in Northern WI.

    I definitely prefer your meal to turkey. (Do I dare say that?) Sounds like a wonderful time and what fun gifts. Come visit me. I have a $200 Christmas giveaway going on.

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    1. Thanks, Jacqueline! Actually our 'cottage' is a very small house (looks large, isn't)! We love the area, but it's time to head south to Louisiana where there will at least be a turkey breast! Thank you for your invitation!
      ~N

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  5. Such cute ideas! I am new to your blog - I can't wait to look around. I am a former principal too :-)

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  6. I always want to make time to visit but it slips away. This morning I am up extra early and I made a point to see what intesting and delightful information you have posted. As usual I am pleased to find ideas I could borrow. :) Thank you and have a lovely holiday season

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  7. I love the salt trick and am going to be gathering containers today. Thanks so much for sharing something that is both doable and a wonderful gift!

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  8. I like that rosemary salt idea! Hmmmm...I could maybe do one rosemary salt and then maybe a vanilla sugar. I'll give the salt ones to the "salty" people in the family, the sugar to the sweet family members! :-)

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  9. Great ideas! I bet that salt does smell good! I think the candy and pretzels are a great idea too! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. The snack mix looks delicious, as well as pretty and very fallish. I like the idea of the rosemary salt too.

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  11. Love these ideas. The salt would be fabulous to use on so many things. Have a safe trip back home.. xomarlis

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  12. How clever -- what great ideas. I do make the rosemary salt (which is great for roasted potatoes) but not the mix. I may have to do it too!

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  13. Great ideas! I might "need" to do a similar snack mix, perhaps with a Christmas theme, when my grandchildren visit in early December. Where in Louisiana do you winter? We lived in Baton Rouge for eight years and still love any chance to visit New Orleans. Wish we could go in December for the Papa Noel menus!

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    1. As a matter of fact, Tricia, our home IS in Baton Rouge! Thank you for visiting!
      ~N

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  14. I can just imagine your family gathering all the more special because the cabin is small. Closeness - love - and laughter. What marvelous ideas - love actually using Pinterest ideas! The jars are terrific! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  15. I love the idea of the treat jars. So simple and inexpensive too. I won't be making them for Thanksgiving, but I'm going to switch out the goodies for Christmas treats for our Christmas dinner with friends. The kids will love these! Thank you for the ideas!

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  16. Great ideas...will be trying the rosemary salt...may even try some lemon thyme.

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  17. Yum, that mix looks tasty! Visiting you from Debbiedoo's party and I am your newest GFC follower (us newbies have to stick together)! I would love if you would take the time to visit my blog and follow back - http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah; it's my pleasure to follow you back!
      ~N

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  18. Love It!!!! Thanks for linking up!!! Blessings....Deb Vintage On A Dime

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