Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Foodie Friday - Turkeys

Thank you Gollum for hosting Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!

Today, I want to talk Turkey, but not the kind you are thinking! I not only have lots of ceramic turkeys that I decorate with in the fall, I like to decorate foods to look like turkeys!

Here are two examples:

Turkey Cheese Ball

I got this idea from a magazine decades ago, but made it my own way with port wine cheese and crackers that were easily found.

Here is a picture

Turkey Chees Ball

and here is my recipe Turkey Cheese Ball.

Here is a very easy Turkey Cake that I also got the idea from a magazine, but completely changed. The key to this cake is finding the Stella D'Oro breakfast cookies. I found them in Rite Aid of all places!!!!

Here is the platter I made the cake on

Turkey Cake Platter

I used a Triple Chocolate Cake from Sam's Club and added round cookies to fill in the hole in the middle.

Turkey Cake 2

Then I added the cookies and candies to make the "turkey."

Turkey Cake

Here is the recipe No Bake Turkey Cake .

I hope this has inspired you to cook some turkey shaped treats of your own! :D Jewel

Tablescape Thursday - Turkey Time!

t's Tablescape Thursday sponsored by Susan at BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH!


I decided to use my Spode Woodland Turkey China in a different tablesetting this week. I got this green tablecloth at Bed, Bath & Beyond and the bronze napkins on clearace at WalMart. The goblets (which I use for all seasons) were a gift from my girls Christmas 2007. I kept the alligator texture chargers and the turkey flatware holders for my touch of whimsy. Instead of the turkey centerpiece I had used since September, I put out a large cornucopia (thank goodness for spell check or it would have had to be a horn of plenty) filled with gourds and fruit.

Here is my latest fall table:


As you can see I have both the dinner and salad plates.

A close-up of the centerpiece:

Notice the arrangement on the little cabinet. I did this with a grocery store bouquet and leaves from my yard.


Now the tables I have shared with you on this blog have only shown my Spode Woodland Turkey plates. I do have a set of "everyday" turkey dinner plates from Churchill China that we use from September through November.


Then I have these salad plates by Johnson Bros. "Autumn Monarch"


And I have a Johnson Bros. Deviled Egg Plate "His Majesty"


With all these turkey plates, I know you are asking, "Which will she use for the actual Thanksgiving dinner meal?" Well, wouldn't you know, we have a family reunion on Thanksgiving every year, so I don't have an official Thanksgiving meal at my house! It is a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and tradition though. This year, as we have for many Thanksgivings, we are going to my cousin's Celebrity Goat Dairy, which has not only goat and a cheese dairy, but a bed and breakfast and inn. It is absolutely wonderful and all of us can't wait!

So from my old Victorian, I am wishing all of you a Happy Turkey Tablescape Thursday! :D Jewel

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Foodie Friday - Fall Feast

Thank you Gollum for hosting Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!

I am sharing one of my favorite Fall meals. I served this menu at a dinner party last fall.

Here is the Menu:


And here are pictures of the meal:


Of course, I used my Spode Woodland Turkey Plates.

Click Here for the Menu and the Recipes.


Here the Brown Rice Salad is in a Spode Pink Tower Bowl.

Here is a not very good picture of the Pumpkin Bars.

Pumpkin Bars

I used a Martha Stewart recipe for a Wild Rice Salad for my recipe and changed it to Brown Rice and added the dried cranberries. In the Cornish Game Hen recipe using Apple Jelly was my own crazy idea that actually worked!

I first had the Zesty Carrots at my friend Rhonda's house, but someone else had posted the same recipe on Recipezaar.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my Fall Feast! Now visit Designs by Gollum!