Monday, December 15, 2014

Thanksgiving - decorations and more!

This was my first year hosting a Thanksgiving dinner all by myself! Normally every year we do thanksgiving dinner at my parents place in New Jersey, but this year we couldn't make it up there; so I decided if we can't go to thanksgiving we'll bring it to us! There isn't much of Fall in Florida, but this year we actually did get a few chilly nights, just enough for a few beautiful orange and red leaves to grace our yard. I took the boys for a walk and decided to incorporate fall into our Thanksgiving dinner. Can you tell how badly I miss autumn down here?
Our Thanksgiving Banner, flower arrangement, and leaves we found outside!
Using a dollar store bucket and tea light I added in some acorns we found outside to create a fall festive candle!
Spruced up our drinks bar with a few mini pumpkins from Walmart and festive pine cone decor from Michael's

my centerpiece! created from All Nature's Products found..outside our home! (candle,tray and pumpkin not included)

Took Ali for a walk and came back with a few cute items!

my little bubbas all ready and waiting for their guests to arrive!
Our Thanksgiving Menu: Turkey, roast lamb, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, green bean casserole, Waldorf salad, pasta and dinner rolls

my little poser

Alhumdulillah Banner - Arabic saying "All Thanks be to Allah"

Quick and Super easy Chicken Pad Thai recipe

I probably spent 15 minutes on this recipe from start to finish and it came out tasting great!! 
Everything you should need is pictured above, except veggies can't forget those!!

Brown your ground meat. I used ground chicken you can substitute with ground turkey or beef.

Chop an onion and two cloves garlic
whisk an egg, fry and set aside. 
create your sauce
Done! Tip: cook the pad thai noodles at the very end and add in before serving. These cook extremely fast and start to break if left with sauce too long.