Halloween is over, we’ve changed our clocks, and Thanksgiving is less than a month away. You do not need to spend a lot of time decorating to have a home that is warm and inviting. There are three areas of your home that are easy to decorate. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
- Decorate your Front Door and/or Porch. An attractive and welcoming entrance will automatically make people feel comfortable when arriving at your home. Repurpose an old Christmas wreath by adding faux flowers in fall colors. Add a pot of mums and pumpkins outside your door or on your steps.
- Decorate your Mantel. It doesn’t take a lot of money to decorate your mantel yet still have an impact in the room where your family and guests will spend the most time.
Go traditional and pick up a few branches, using the things you already own.
- Decorate your Table. By keeping it simple, you won’t have to move a lot of items when serving Thanksgiving dinner.
Use your imagination. Take an old board or tray, add some candles and then go natural by finding items from your yard such as pinecones, acorns or branches.
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the spicy aroma of my old-fashion Pumpkin Bread. This recipe makes three small loaves. Send your guests away with one of these tasty loaves, and they will be calling the next day for the recipe.
4 Cups flour
3 Cups sugar
14-1/2 oz. can pumpkin
2/3 Cups cold water
2t baking soda
1t each baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice
1 Cup vegetable oil
Sift flour and sugar. Make well in flour. Pour in oil. Add pumpkin and water. Blend. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition. Add spices. Beat again. Pour into well-greased and floured mini-loaf pans. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.
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