Friday, November 25, 2011

Wood and Plaid holiday table and Smashed Turkey Dinner Panini Sandwiches

The Thanksgiving holiday is centered around the dining room table which gives me good reason to adorn our table with lots of fall pretties. 

 This year for Thanksgiving, I threw a throw on the table. ;) This plaid wool blanket brought our gathering table a bit of warmth.

 My little squirrel candle 
tucks himself into a lot of our Thanksgiving tables...

Light birch vases cupped around fresh burnt colored flowers and wheat...

Pinecones on bare branches...

Leftover cluster of nuts from the boys collection they've used
to feed our backyard squirrel.

Acacia wood dishes are the loveliest for this season! 


 Blades of wheat at every place setting...

I finished each setting with creamy cloth napkins 
and a string of simple yarn. 

We celebrated the night before Thanksgiving with friends and panini sandwiches.  These sandwiches are the BEST way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. 

They're super easy to make too.  
Take everything you LOVE about Thanksgiving dinner 
and smash it between two slices of bread 
and BAM, dinner is served.

- First spread a bit of mashed potatoes on one slice of think Italian Wheat bread.  
- Then spoon a bit of gravy onto the other slice of bread.  
   (this is NOT pb&j loves) ;)

- Top each side with a half slice of provolone cheese. 
- Add cranberry relish {if desired}.  
- Stack turkey breast slices and stuffing.  
- Smash together and sizzle in your panini machine. 
- Serve with a side of green beans.
 - Repeat as needed until your lil belly is full. 

Smashed Turkey Dinner Paninis

"a cranberry Thanksgiving'

We had an extra full school day so this pumpkin mousse 
was made with love by our local grocery store.


PS  Special bread and butter make cozy gifts for friends, neighbors, or family.  
This pumpkin maple butter is coupled with 
an adorable loaf of fresh baked cracked wheat bread 
made to look like a pumpkin. Too cute! 
I found it at a local bakery.


From our home sweet home
to your home sweet home
Happy Thanksgiving. 

Gather together and be blessed.

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Jane said...

Very pretty table...warm, very YOU!

Love the panini middle son would use stuffing on his sandwich. In fact, he asked me to make extra stuffing just for that purpose.

Today and tomorrow will be days filled with football and leftovers. We have to cheer on LSU and then's the BIG RIVALRY...Auburn vs. Alabama. All the kids will be here tomorrow to watch the game with Marty. It's gonna be raucous!
Hugs to you all...

Jenny said...

Oh I love the panini idea! If I had any leftovers I'd totally do it! Everyone ate like there was no tomorrow yesterday. Thanksfully I hid a tiny bit of stuffing in the bottom of the fridge for lunch today!

Hope your Thanksgiving weekend is glorious!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How cute this is....looks like a Thanksgiving picnic in the woods. Love that cutest pumpkin bread ever! said...

Very cute! I love the woodsy, informal touches...and the pumpkin bread is the sweetest!

btw, My son says the same prayer everyday at mealtime! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table looks so pretty! I love the touches of wood and the nature elements...perfect for fall! The throw is a great idea...I like the way you "threw" it! lol!

The panini's sound great! It's been awhile since I've had one at a restaurant and although Rachel Ray makes them with a brick, I've never tried that either!! ;-D Looks good!


Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

What a warm table! I love your acacia dishes! And, your panini photos made me hungry!

Kathleen said...

Very pretty table. Love the wood plates and wheat , nice!
Here from Seasonal Sunday.

Unknown said...

just perfect, and the food sounds wonderful!

Andrea . Charcoal and Crayons said...

Wow, your table looks gorgeous! I love all of the natural elements and using the throw is a fabulous idea. Those paninis look absolutely delicious too!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

We are having paninis tonight for dinner. Your table is gorgeous - you do a fantastic job!

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

One of the warmest, most inviting fall tables I've seen! Must be that plaid throw, the wood elements, and the sprigs of wheat...lovely!

Amanda said...

Okay, wow! That is one beautiful table and sign me up for one of those paninis!! Those sound and look amazing!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is beautiful! Love the rustic touch. Very warm.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog::)

sstone said...

I love the idea of a throw for a runner. It went perfectly with your table. Or the table went perfectly with your runner? :)

nikkisimone said...

I absolutely love this table!! I am sooo going to use a scarf as a runner as you did. This table is simple and so gorgeous - Love, Love!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Lisa! Love the serene nature of this table! Just proves that you don't have to inundate a table with color to create a fabulous look for fall/winter!!! GREAT flower vessels!!!!!!

Marigene said...

I like the way you have used that beautiful tartan on your simply lovely table...all the details from nature, acacia, wheat, pine cone, branches, nuts, twine and yarn. The squirrel candle is cute! Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

Shannon said...

Very nice! The plaid blanket adds some pattern and texture...perfect!

a quiet life said...

wonderful table abnd details~

kim said...

So rustic and welcoming! I am loving it!I am hosting my first EVAH link party this weekend. It is up and running now and I would love for you to come link up some of your projects!

Kim @ Too Much Time

Jennifer said...

Your table is perfection. I love all the details and the "runner" is beautiful with all the little touches. But those! I could go for one of those! Would you link it and any of your other favorite projects to my party?

Anonymous said...

The plaid in neutrals and the natural elements of this table are wonderful. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I had a panini today for lunch. Every since buying the panini maker I find it hard to eat a cold sandwich. On your table I especially like the way you laid the cloth. I rarely flatten anything on a table!

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House of Smiths said...

GREAT photos! I am dying over that sandwich... yum!
And I love how you used the wheat sprigs. So cute!