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The Woodstock Wassail Weekend is a holiday tradition that sees the town come to life with festive holiday events and attractions the second weekend of every December.Wassail Parade The weekend’s nonstop schedule includes a parade, concerts, craft fairs, holiday house tour, and much more. Often named one of the prettiest small towns in America, the village of Woodstock, Vermont becomes the ultimate holiday destination during its annual Wassail Weekend.Wassail Parade

 

The highlight of the weekend is the Wassail Parade through the center of Woodstock with more than fifty horses and riders dressed in holiday costumes and period dress from the early 19th Century.Wassail Parade Spanning the entirety of downtown, the Wassail Parade winds past the stately First Congregational Church before circling the town green and the Woodstock Inn, where each entry is formally announced.Wassail Parade Throughout the route, upbeat crowds lined the street, waving and clapping and calling out “Merry Christmas!”Wassail Parade

 

Mr. Claus himself usually puts in an appearance and then heads on to our Little Theater where he greets the children at the magical “Christmas Visions.”Wassail Parade

 

The merriment of the parade, paired with the Christmas-drenched scenery of Woodstock (a town already celebrated for its visual charms), is an utter delight.Wassail Parade

 

After the parade, as the Yule log burned low, volunteers lighted the 400 glowing luminaries.

 

Can you believe it is December already? Where has the year gone? What better way to start off the month of December than with a giveaway!

I’m joining my friend Katherine from Katherines Corner for her annual Season of Giveaways, this is the Comfort and Joy Giveaway.

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One winner will receive a Comfort and Joy cd (Jim Brickman) Comfort and Joy Cookbook and

Cash prize is provided by Katherine’s co hostesses and is not affiliated with Amazon.

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Katherine- Katherines Corner
Nancy- Nancy on the Home Front
Marilyn- Marilyns Treats
Olivia- Reinvented Collection

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Several weeks ago I shared a post on getting organized for Thanksgiving, are you ready for a stress free Thanksgiving now?thanksgiving Hopefully your menu is set and you’ve realized that you can’t buy all the food in one shopping trip. Instead stock your pantry ahead of time with the basic items that don’t need to be refrigerated. Buy the perishable items just a few days ahead.Garden vegetables

 

When planning your menu don’t go overboard. Consider how many people are coming to the meal. Most people don’t want to over eat but want to enjoy the company of others. Include a few healthy choices for those watching their weight. Skip the fancy appetizers and just serve nuts, good olives or figs and prosciutto. Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes is another idea for a healthy choice!Appetizers

 

Create a game plan so you know what needs to be made when. Figure out which tasks can be done a few days ahead. Delegate! If you’re hosting this year don’t try to do everything yourself! Ask each person to bring a favorite dish or give them choices as to what they could bring. Remember your goal is to have a stress free Thanksgiving!dessert, pie, cherries, Recipe Box

 

Do as much food prep ahead of time as possible. Pies, blanched vegetables and cranberry sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.Chopped Onions

 

Identify which of the dishes that have to be made on Thanksgiving Day will take the longest. Work backwards from the time you want to eat, allow 10 minutes extra per recipe.

 

Figure out the cooking temperatures and see what can go in the oven at the same time. Have your recipes on hand; make copies if necessary to cut down on the clutter!

 

When your guests arrive give them all a chore such as setting the table or pouring the water. My sister in law has a wonderful way of letting everyone be a part of the preparation. She has chores written down ahead of time and when you arrive everyone draws one or two chores to do. Everything from setting the table to clearing the table is covered.

 

Take a few moments between eating the dinner and dessert. Set up a desert station on a side table with forks, plates, pie servers and coffee cups. Have the coffee pot ready to go so that all you have to do is hit brew.contest

 

Once the table is cleared put the dishes right in the dishwasher. If you are particular about how your dishwasher is loaded at least have the dishes soaking in the sink.

 

By planning ahead and delegating the food and clean up you will be able to enjoy a stress free Thanksgiving. I love hosting Thanksgiving! I use these same tips whether I’m hosting a dinner party or a holiday meal. It helps keep the stress of the day to a minimum.Frugal tips, prudent living, stress free Thanksgiving

This Baked Cauliflower Cream has been served at just about every Thanksgiving meal I can remember. The first time it was served there were numerous requests for the recipe. Since then no matter what part of the family is getting together this Baked Cauliflower Cream is served. It is that good!baked cauliflower cream

 

This recipe can easily be doubled as well if you have a large gathering. It’s also a very easy side dish that can be prepared ahead and then heated up to serve. Give it a try you’ll be glad you did.baked cauliflower cream

 

Baked Cauliflower Cream

 

Ingredients:

 

1 ½ pound cauliflower

3 Tbsp butter

1 chicken bouillon cube, crushed

1 medium onion, roughly chopped

1 small clove of garlic, chopped

1 cup sour cream

Salt and pepper

Parsley for garnish

 

Remove the greens and core the cauliflower. Cook it whole in 3 quarts of water for about 15 minutes. Drain and cut the cauliflower up.

 

Melt 1 Tbsp of butter in a medium skillet and stir in the bouillon cube over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook for one minute. Add the garlic and cook for another four minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat.

 

Place the sour cream in a food processor. Add the onion mixture and the cauliflower. Add the remaining butter and process until the consistency is like mashed potatoes. Add the salt and pepper. Bake in a one quart buttered dish for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

Can make ahead of time and then bake until heated through, about 30 minutes. This recipe makes six generous servings and can easily be doubled. This is one of those recipes that can help make your holiday meal stress free as it can be made ahead!baked cauliflower cream

 

Do you often serve cauliflower at your holiday table? Have you ever tried baked cauliflower cream? Let me know how you like it!baked cauliflower cream

Today I have another great giveaway for you! I have teamed up with a group of wonderful bloggers and we are giving you the opportunity to enter the Give Thanks Giveaway! Perfect time to win a set of these beautiful flameless candles for your holiday table!

I’m joining my friend Katherine from Katherines Corner for her annual Season of Giveaways, she has several going on now! This is the Give Thanks Giveaway and is hosted by Katherine and some of her bloggy friends.give-thanks-prizes

One winner will receive a set of 3 flameless candles and candles sticks valued $50 and $80 in cash or Amazon gift card( winners choice cash or amazon gift code)

Cash prize is provided by Katherine’s co hostesses and is not affiliated with Amazon.

Please remember to follow your sponsors and all of the hostess so you can get all of your entries!give-thanks-giveaway-hostesses

Katherine- Katherines Corner
Nancy- Nancy on the Home Front
Nina- Vintage Mamas Cottage
Diane- Mamal Diane Keeping Life Simple
Roz- La Bella Vita Cucina
Angelina- Peonies and Orange Blossoms
Marilyn- Marilyns Treats
Christine- I Dig Pinterest
Laura – Not A Trophy Wife
Lynn- Turnips 2Tangerines
Nicole- High Latitude Style
Debbie- Heartbeats~Soul stains

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Good Luck In The Give Thanks Giveaway!

 

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Only four weeks till Thanksgiving! Does the thought of the approaching holidays leave you breathless? Is it your turn to host the thanksgiving meal this year? Do you feel like there is just not enough time to get ready? What can you do to be ready for the day?prudent living

 

Years ago I read an article that had several steps that would help you to be ready for Thanksgiving. I wrote a few notes down on an index card, placed it in with my recipes and have used the advice every year since then. Even though you only have four weeks till Thanksgiving with these ten simple steps you too can be ready for the big day.4 weeks till Thanksgiving, preparation, holidays

 

  1. About a month before Thanksgiving compile a guest list. Figure out who’s coming for dinner and if anyone has any sort of food allergy.
  2. Have your guests help out by contributing a dish or a dessert. Be specific, ask your aunt to bring her wonderful creamed onions or your sister to bring her delicious cherry pie for example. Tell everyone you’ll do the turkey and let your guests bring the sides. Once everyone has decided what they are going to bring you can fill in the missing items.dessert, pie, cherries, Recipe Box
  3. Purchase your turkey at least 3-4 weeks ahead of the big day. If you’re ordering a fresh bird you can do that 2-3 weeks in advance.
  4. Prepare and assemble any dishes ahead of time. Baked goods and pie crusts can be prepared ahead of time and placed in the freezer.
  5. The Saturday before Thanksgiving shop for your perishable food. Get out your china, serving dishes and serving utensils.
  6. The Monday before Thanksgiving put the frozen turkey in the refrigerator to thaw. If making your stuffing from scratch cut bread into cubes and put in a plastic bag.
  7. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving cook, peel and mash sweet potatoes, cover and refrigerate. Chop your onions and celery for the stuffing and refrigerate.onions, chutney
  8. The day before Thanksgiving prepare your stuffing and refrigerate. Cook the giblet broth for the gravy. Prepare your cranberry molds and refrigerate. Make your creamed onions. If you can, set the table and arrange the centerpiece. Bake your pies.
  9. On the big day add your liquid to the stuffing and stuff your turkey. Start roasting the turkey so it will be done 30 minutes before you plan to eat. Make sure you have a few light appetizers set out for your guests. Having a few nibbles will help tide everyone over until dinner is ready.
  10. Remember what Thanksgiving is all about. It’s not about the turkey or the special dessert, but who is gathered around your table. Be thankful for your family and friends and enjoy the day!Thanksgiving

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