Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving cookies

I went an entire 7 days without baking.  It wasn't really by choice -  I spent the last week clunking around in a ski boot like contraption for a hurt foot as well as a prolonged period in Migraine Land.   I missed my oven!

Still clunking around in my boot, but I'm BAAAAAACK!  I began my Thanksgiving cookie baking with some more fall leaves because I am relishing the last few that are hanging on and coloring my world.

Because my three oldest children can't be here for the holiday (the Philadelphians going to New York this year, the green beret is in Japan, and Ted in Bahrain - I guess they all have good excuses...), me along with the enchanted husband and younger children will be driving to Iowa to celebrate with my mom.

It is a long haul in the car, but I am so excited to spend the holiday there!  I guess going back there has got me thinking about my childhood thanksgivings and put me in a retro mood.  Remember these vintage candles of figures like pilgrims, or Indians, or Santa?  They never got burned because they would be brought out year after year.

My mom never burns candles because she hates the idea of them being used up.  One year I went around with a book of matches and lit every last one of them and then blew them out so they would have a blackened wick.  I didn't want those poor candles to feel like they weren't being useful :)

She forgave me.

Also in the retro mode, I wanted to make some pumpkins reminiscent of the plaid jumpers that were so popular back in the 70's.

Throw in some knee socks, thick yarn hair bows, and a turtle neck and you had my look - a plump-ish Jan Brady.  Sigh.

There will be plenty of football on TV.

And of course there will be a ton of great food, but most importantly, there will be FAMILY!

 I hope everyone's holiday will be filled with people you love, laughter, and safe travels,


A special thank you to Michelle from The G-Free Wifey for the triple cute blogger award.  Check her out because she is pretty cute herself!

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  1. I love all these designs - your cookies are always like small works of art. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Lisa, and special thanks to the two fighting for our country. ((hugs)) xo

  2. these are just amazin, those pumpkin designs just jumped off the page....if you want a good LAAAAAAF check out my dorky turkey cookies!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  3. Lisa, so glad you are back on your feet. I love them all, but especially the leaf ones. You need to tell us your techniques! I hope you have a wonderful time in Iowa. I LOVED those candles -- back then when we didn't have such great holiday decorations those candles were the bomb. I remember giving several of them away to my mom and my aunt. Happy Thanksgiving. Joni

  4. Those look amazing and delicious, as usual!

  5. Glad you are back! Sorry about the migraine and the bootie!

    As always...love love love your cookies. They make me smile!


  6. stopping back by to say Happy Thanksgiving to such a great lady w/ great talent and who I think is the BEE'S KNEES!

  7. Wow Lisa, these are all amazing!! I mean AMAZING!! LOVE LOVE the turkeys, LOVE LOVE the Pumpkins!!! Hope you had a wonderful time in Iowa and your foot is doing better! I never used to get migraines, but I do now, and they are the pits!! I'm also relishing the last of our beautiful fall leaves here. We just had a storm come through and blow most of them off the trees!! So sad to think thats all until next year! But your leaf cookies are beautiful! Maybe I'll just order a dozen of yours just to look at! Can't wait to see what you've got planned for Christmas! xoxo Jina