Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thanksgiving Thursday ~~ 5 Weeks & Counting

Well, a BIG Thanksgiving hello from our kitchen table to yours (or in this case ~~ from behind my laptop to yours =) Alyssy and I say a HUGE GINORMAS WELCOME!!!

So in this installment of "Thanksgiving Thursday" we are going to rejoice together for all the LORD is to us. I believe that Thanksgiving is just what it says. I believe we are to be thankful, truly thankful for all God has done for us in giving us Christ. That is the ultimate gift, without which none of our lives would make a lick of sense. Can I get an Amen from the Louisville section? ~~ Thank you sister!! Moving on .........

Psalm 95:1-2 "Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song."

So let's give the LORD a shout, go on give Him praise right now child, He is worthy!!!!!


I really wanted to give you a peek at my porch with my adorned pumpkin, beautiful impatients (which have been in their pot since Spring, yep they made it to Fall), and my beautiful mum, a lovely gift from a friend, but alas, my pumpkin is not adorned yet and how awful would it be for me to show you a naked pumpkin, so I shall wait. For the pumpkins sake, poor thing.

So I will pass along some lovely ideas I found while searching out beautiful fall ideas.

This first one I LOVE ~~ LOVE.

This iron piece looks like a candle holder that you might put in your house,

but they have used it outdoors with small sweet pie pumpkins.

How beautiful and simple...

I love beautiful and simple....lovely.......and re-purposed.....

Now this is an idea that I always LOVE.

I wish I had a way to hang candles from my back porch.

I keep asking Sweet Hubby to build a pergola over our back concrete porch,

so far I have no answer....but I press on .... I will not be deterred =)

And if you aren't comfortable hanging candles you could put electric lights in mason jars

and hang them with wire from your porch. Another GREAT idea.

I love soft light.

And this I just ADORE, and


I mean really ~~ What in the world is wrong with me?!!

This is simple and just gorgeous!! Lovely!!

Simple grape leaves attached to the top of a pumpkin ~~


So please, oh please decorate those porches, and if you are like me and do not like to spend a lot of money on decorations, use what you have ~~ re-purpose ~~ those make THE BEST decorations. They are easy and comfortable and you feel a huge hug when you walk on your porch to familiar items.


So this week I want to give you a recipe that you can make before Thanksgiving even gets here. Ya know, to get you in the Fall mood =) And then make it for that Thanksgiving dinner. It is easy and makes a lovely presentation.

I made a variation of this dessert this week. It is a FAV of my families.

I am putting here the recipe for the trifle. It is so easy and pretty and again there are many variations, even on the trife. I am going to post my dear mother's fav, but I'll add a variation at the bottom of the recipe.

Pumpkin Trifle

2 small packages of instant sugar-free vanilla pudding

2 cups of no-fat (skim) milk

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

15 ounce can of pumpkin

8 ounces of fat-free Cool Whip

Make pudding first, then fold in ingredients. Set in the refridgerator until ready to use. Next make the cake.

Combine a spice cake mix (dry) with one can of root beer (I usually use diet) and one egg.

Mix and put into a 13x9x2" pan or 2 round pans. Bake about 35 minutes ~~ do the toothpick test ~~ cool.

After cake/cakes have cooled crumbled some cake into the bottom of a trife dish, cover cake with Pumpkin Mousse, then whipped cream and continue layering. This is an elegant and delicious dessert. One of my mom's favorites!!

A variation of this is to use butterscotch pudding instead of vanilla in the mousse and then use gingerbread cake instead of spice ~~ either way ~~ delish!!

This week I made just the Pumpkin Mousse (original recipe) and put it into mini-graham cracker tart shells and topped with whipped cream. Delish!!

If you use skim milk, no sugar no fat pudding and lite whipped cream the mousse is only 1 point per CUP on WW. Now that's a deal if you follow WW.

Here are a couple of pics of Pumpkin Trifle I found online. These look very similar to what I make minus the chocolate!! Still, quite a presentation and it is really easy. My kind of dessert ~~ pretty and simple!!

This one is the gingerbread variation: so cute!!

Okay, so what would a Thanksgiving Thursday post be without Sir Cuteness? Incomplete that's what =)

C & T had some fall pics made a couple of weeks ago.

Look at this doll. I mean seriously, have you ever?!!

Love you Scoot!!

So go on, deck out those porches and make some Mousse!!

I'm so thankful for all of you!!

Love & Blessings,


  1. ***Raising hands to the Lord*** AMEN

    Your desserts look absolutely wonderful. Surely there will be some of that in heaven :)

  2. i LOVE the idea of thanksgiving thursday! that's so cool!!! great idea dawn!!
    love fall decor too!! it's my fave! such cute decor and ideas!
    and those pumpkin sweets sound awesome!!
    have a great weekend!
    God bless!!

  3. Dawn,

    I stand with you, hands raised to the heavens and rejoice for all that the Lord has made.

    What a blessing this post was, so many wonderful things to enjoy and printing out the wonderful recipe. What a great treat to make in lieu of pumpkin pie!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  4. Those trifles look gorgeous AND delicious! I love the Pumpkin "stand". I am so thankful for all my blessings today, friend!
    Love ya!