Monday, November 19, 2018

Original Thanksgiving Menu Dinner

Welcome to our original Thanksgiving
menu feast - not your mashed potatoes, stuffing,
and pumpkin pie feast, but more closely related
to what the pilgrims would have had
with game and seafood, nuts and berries.

My husband is a Bishop in a Young Single
Adults Ward in our church
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)
and once a month members of the Bishopric
put on a Family Home Evening dinner for
the young single adults.  This beautifully attired
pilgrim couple above are our High Councilman and his
wife.  It was their turn to host and they went all out.
She wanted to have a more authentic Thanksgiving

They rented a hall that is used for wedding receptions
and dinners - The Startup Candy Building for the feast.
It had a really cool feeling to it and we were able to
seat about 75.

The tablesetting was very casual with
silver paper plates on a white paper plate
charger, silver paper cups and silver plastic flatware.
The rustic tables and walls really added to
the theme of the dinner.

Fruits and nuts and sparkling cider were also
placed on each table.

Lesa is the foods teacher at our high school,
so she planned the menu and arranged for
Andy and others to do the cooking.  

Andy and Lesa used long salvaged boards to present
the cooked meats on.

Original Thanksgiving Menu

Roast Fowl (chicken)
Smoked Ham
Boiled Lobster
Assorted Fruits
Sparkling Cider

(Salmon getting ready to go on the grill.)

Servers were asked to come up with some
kind of costume.  This is my hubby dressed
in his mountain man leathers, bringing the meats
out by candle light to the tables.

The end of each table was left open so the
serving board could be placed on the table.
The kids came up and sliced off what 
food they wanted.

You can tell these guys didn't really want their
pictures taken.

The meal was amazingly satisfying, and even the
venison was delicious.  I have had venison quite a
few times in my life and have always had it taste gamey,
but they had soaked it overnight in buttermilk and then 
topped it with beef fat and slow roasted it.  
The picture is missing the lobster.  They almost
forgot to bring those out!!!

At the very end, Andy felt the kids couldn't get by
without pumpkin pies and whipped cream, so
they did serve that.  I have to say at our table, 
people were so full and satisfied that they didn't
eat much pumpkin pie.

Here I am in my leathers too.  When we built our
cabin 25 years ago there was a local lady who
sewed leather clothing.  She is not there anymore,
so our outfits are real treasures.

What a fun way to teach the Young Single
Adults a little about Thanksgiving.  They really
enjoyed it and it was a fun evening.  I truly
didn't miss all of the modern twists - in
other words the carbs, which are my favorite
part of Thanksgiving dinner.

We have so much to be grateful for.
Our prayers go out to all those who
have suffered lately with storms and
fires and who don't have a warm home
left and who are missing loved ones.

I hope you and yours 
have a lovely Thanksgiving.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mickey's 90th Birthday Party

Did you know that Mickey and Minnie Mouse
are turning 90 this Sunday, November 18, 2018?
They have been entertaining the world for 90
years now, and we at Purple Chocolat Home
sure love them.

I bet we are all wishing we could be rocking
it at 90 like they are.

I decided to set a table celebrating their
big birthdays!!  90 years is quite an
amazing accomplishment.

They are still working hard and dancing
and giving it their all.

Our red and white polka dot plates
combined with a stack of red and white
plates and ruffled chargers set
the perfect table for their big party.

We even have polka dotted flatware
for the party.

 Mickey is still active at his playhouse,

and Minnie is still baking up treats
at her bake shop.

Of course she would be baking some of
her famous Mickey Mouse cookies
as a gift to Mickey for his birthday.

Red and white glasses compliment their
birthday table.

Mickey is all decked out in his red and white,
because they are already celebrating
Christmas at Disney parks around the world.

 Minnie has her sparkling holiday shoes on
so that she is festive too.

Give us a kiss to celebrate 90 years of
fun and entertainment.

ABC hosted 
(It is Minnie's 90th too.)

You can celebrate at home with 
Oreo's special Birthday Cake cookies,
Campbell Soup's special birthday cans,
90th birthday Goldfish and

even a 90th birthday party Le Creuset pan.
Ooh le le!! Haha!
(I need one of those, but it is a bit pricey!)

Just do a search for Mickey's 90th and
you can find a host of fun things to purchase.
(Minnie is turning 90 too - just saying!)

I will be celebrating with Mickey and Minnie
on Sunday night on TV.  Wish I could be there,
but I will be visiting Disneyland a week later.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Fall Elves for Thanksgiving

The elves have invaded the house to
begin preparations for Thanksgiving
and fall.

I just love my fall elves and am so
glad that they want to come back 
each year for fall.

They have just hopped right onto the
dining room table to participate in
decorating the table for Thanksgiving.

I love having tables set throughout the
various holidays as part of the decor.
It just makes the house festive, no matter
what holiday is coming up.

This table was also inspired by these
new burlap placemats from Home Goods this
year.  I love their rustic yet elegant appeal.

They work perfectly with the rustic, yet
elegant table and the gold flatware.

The table is set with gold and and white.

These gold rimmed china plates are 
ones I bought years and years ago and
are my only real china plates.  I still love
their elegant rims.

I stacked them with gold beaded salad
plates and gold and white chevron snack plates.

Extra Thanksgiving plates are added
to the sides of the setting.

Rather than use gold rimmed goblets,
I decided to use my bubble goblets
to go with the rustic quality.

Whitewashed candlesticks are topped with
pumpkin candles and gold candles.

More fun pumpkins and pumpkin candles
add to the center of the table.

This is one of my favorite pumpkins.  I love
the stem and the details on the top with
the soft orange mercury color.

We have so, so much to be thankful for.
The family is coming this Sunday for 
a Thanksgiving Dinner as we usually go
down south for Thanksgiving Day and
not everyone can come.  

Food assignments have been made and we
will get the holidays started this Sunday.  
Can't Wait!!!

Thanks for stopping by.  It is always so busy from
the beginning of school to after New Year's - 
it seems to just fly!  I appreciate you taking time
to visit.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from 
Purple Chocolat Home
and my youngest grandchild!

Hope your day is sweet as can be!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Harry Potter Tree and Mantle

I saved my favorite new Harry Potter
decoration for last - my new Harry Potter Tree!!

Hubby went on a backpacking trip and left
Beaulah and me to our own devices, so
we had a lot of fun creating a Harry Potter
Tree for the living room.

I already had a lot of collectibles,
but I purchased quite a few more,
all off Amazon to complete the tree.

There are so many fun collectibles out there,
of course we had to have a Dobby and a

I already had a sorting hat from a visit to
The Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter,
both in Orlando and California.

I got this Monster Book of Monsters a 
few years ago at Barnes and Noble.

Hedwig is new because our old Hedwig
had been loved a few too many times.

I found a great pair of socks for
Dobby and glued this one to his hand.

Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem was new this year.

As was this Gringott's bank that
lights up.

I ordered a kit and it had Dumbledore's Army,
a Marauder's Map, a ticket to Quidditch World Cup Finals,
and a letter from Lily Potter to Severus.

The cup was also purchased years ago at The 
Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

This Wizard Chess piece talks when you
press a button.

The skeleton of a dragon was one of
my old Halloween items, above it is the Quidditch
Finals ticket.

This Honeydukes store lights up also.

Of course I needed a Golden Snitch.

And of course we can't forget Nagini, as she is
critical to the end of the story.

I also decorated my Mantle this year with
a Harry Potter theme with a banner I had
from a previous party, letters to Harry from a
previous party, and new Harry Potter themed

Now what are we going to do with all of this
Harry Potter stuff you ask?  Beaulah and I
asked ourselves the same thing.  We came up
with a brilliant plan - when my daughter gets all 
of her furniture for her new house out of my
basement, I am going to turn my TV area into
a Harry Potter themed area, that way I have
room for the tree and the cauldrons!

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