giveaway...

i promised another giveaway this month. i really had fun reading all of your responses to last month's question about halloween. this month i'll ask the obvious... "what are you doing, or what do you usually do for thanksgiving?" maybe you'll give me ideas! i need some ways to make thanksgiving a little more special. as vegetarians we can't make it all about the turkey, but haven't really settled on a special dish yet. the first thanksgiving i spent with my husband we made pumpkin lasagna! one year we made a delicious vegetable pie, but it was really complicated. i did find a recipe for a swiss chard and gruyere gratin that is cooked in mini pumpkins (i saw it in living etc. magazine, but this is the same recipe). i'd like to try it this year... other than that we have no idea what we are doing!

so, leave me a comment and tell me what you are doing. also leave your email so i can get a hold of you. you can win one of my mini pumpkins... i think they would be cute for thanksgiving... a nice decoration or hostess gift. i only have two left, a creamy colored one, made from a hand dyed wool with a green polka dot stem (just slightly different than the one above), and an orange cashmere (same material i use for my orange kitties). you can pick which color you want. everyone is eligible, regardless of where you live. i promise to send it out quickly since thanksgiving is so soon, and because of that let's make this a quick one. post your comment by weds. the 19th at midnight (eastern standard time). good luck!

** i just realized that since this is open to international readers as well, not everyone can share a thanksgiving story! please feel free to leave a comment letting me know you'd like to be entered. thanks!

13 comments:

ThePeachTree said...

Wow, pumpkin lasagna sounds divine :)

Because of our business we're not usually able to travel over the holidays. We were able to sneak away the weekend before thanksgiving last year to see my boyfriends mother and her family in NC. There's nothing like watching the dog and cats chase around the pigmy chickens!

Katie said...

Thanksgiving is one of the only holidays (besides Christmas) where both my mom and my dad's sides of the family have a great big dinner. So I always get to eat pumpkin pie twice :) And since I am in Canada, it's always on a Monday so it's a long weekend, and the town I live in hosts the oldest fall fair in Canada. So we pretty much make a weekend out of the whole holiday. We do eat turkey, but sometimes my mom's side will have ham. There are always great veg dishes for the vegetarians, my one aunt can make squash in to about 100 different dishes! It's just a really nice time where we get to see family we haven't seen over the summer and catch up, and of course take the little kids to the fall fair. It's pretty relaxed, no one does the "perfect meal" pressure. Everyone brings something, we eat and drink and just relax. I love Thanksgiving <3

Katie said...

PS, I just noticed that your felted leaves are part of the "Choose Your Favourite Ornament" vote going on over at Etsy - I've voted for you! Good luck!

Mandie said...

We are spending Thanksgiving with my husband's extended family. We have hor dourves and wine prior to dinner. This year will be my daughter's second Thanksgiving (she's a November baby). I think I'll be spending most of the day chasing her around!

joshntiff said...

We do Thanksgiving with our "family in Nashville" since our blood family is in TX. We have breakfast at one friends house and then this year we are having a baking night with some other friends since we aren't big into turkey and dressing.

MaDau Creations - Cat said...

Hmmm... well we do have Turkey with yummy stuffing. I usually host and whoever attends brings something yummy to share. I think my favorites are squash pie and cranbery/wildrice stuffing. I love all the delicious mish mash of flavors and sitting around eating slowly all day long. The buffet is usually crammed with nuts and pickles and cookies, clementines and other finger foods. We usually play games and chat, chase the kids around and generally enjoy the havoc created by having so many family members in one place at a time.

meg said...

we usually spend thanksgiving with friends, because christmas is such a family holiday (and so soon). There will only be a few of us this year, so I'm going to make a couple ducks instead of turkey. I know this doesn't help you, but we always make these delicious sweet potatoes:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Molasses-Horseradish-Mashed-Potato-Spears-108754

Homemade from the Heart said...

we don't celebrate thanksgiving in the netherlands, but we have a different celebration, Sinterklaas on dec. 5th. I just love this time of the year, the air fresh and crisp, leaves falling and everybody getting cozy inside their more and more decorated homes

janina said...

we are travelling to the river to a big house that my grandparents got for all of us to get together. (there will be 21 of us this year) It is like a lodge with a great room and kids running everywhere. There is a big table for everyone to feast together and later play games and eat way too much dessert. We are really looking forward to it since we all live so far away, and this is a great way to get to spend time together.
I really like a cashew loaf that we made last year for Hanukkah with mashed potatoes and veggie gravy, so I will probably be taking that, and some kind of treat with chocolate--with so many people, there is always someone looking for a snack.

janina said...

oh-my grandma always brings home made gingerbread men and helps the little kids decorate them, they LOVE it!

FaerieRebecca said...

This is going to be an odd Thanksgiving for me--it's the first one in 6 years since I've gone to my parents' house. I'm doing the turkey, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes--everything! This is one of my favorite holidays, as I have so much to be grateful for :)

Jenna said...

So, so cute! This Thanksgiving I'm not doing anything too exciting - dinner with my bf's family then hanging out doing homework.

We often have Middle Eastern dishes at Thanksgiving - tabbouleh, moussaka, horiatiki, kibbeh - some of these can be easily adapted for vegetarians, though they aren't exactly traditional T-day fare.

The Milkshake said...

We make lots of deserts for thanks giving at our house.
Because we all have sweet tooth's!

We make pumpkin pie,(Of course) Apple pie, cheese cake and fruit salad.

Thanks for a chance to win a cute pumpkin!
Have a great day!
-Tessa