Nov 16, 2012

Happy Fridays: Thanksgiving 2012!

Mmmmm I can almost smell the pumpkin pie…which can only mean one thing…Thanksgiving is just a few days away! As we prepare to gather with friends and family and fill our bellies with delicious treats, why not take a moment to do something a little different this year. Try out a new and unexpected dish…or maybe create a fun fall centerpiece to impress guests (and yourself of course!) To help encourage these new adventurous endeavors, we have put together a little inspiration of gorgeous goodies.

Centerpieces al Naturale

If you want to try something new, but also want to keep it cheap, a beautiful but natural centerpiece is the way to go. Hollowed out gourds and pumpkins look great when filled with flowers and berries. Or mix it up with some very non-traditional fall colors, like purples and greens! With so many fruits and vegetables to choose from, you could really get crazy!

Fabulous Foods to Try

Now the above recipes may not be your regular Thanksgiving staples, but they might be after this year! Surprise your guests with something a little different that is sure to put a smile on their faces. Above recipes: 1- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, 2 – Balsamic Green Beans, 3 – Coconut Almond Cream Cake, 4 – Sweet Potato Soup, 5 – Roasted Sweet Potato and Onion Tart.

Happy Fridays everyone!

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About the Contributor: Kristen Smith is a graphic designer and illustrator residing in Augusta, GA with her fiance Jon-Michael and two fur babies, Desmond and Penelope. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to do something creative and began taking design classes in high school. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia, she worked hard to establish a freelance career and officially launched her own company in 2011. Kristen is an award-winning designer, a celebrated creative for Minted.com, and has been working with NAPCP since it's inception in 2009.  She has a passion for fresh and beautiful designs with subtle feminine hints and a dash of whimsy.   Her passion for design is rivaled only by her passion for animals. She has been an avid animal rights supporter for many years and presently works with a local rescue organization fostering and rehabilitating cats. When she is not designing or sketching, you can find her crafting or in the garden!  She is also an entertainment junkie and watches entirely too many movies and television shows. Kristen looks forward to the extraordinary possibilities each new day brings!  

 

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