Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish: A Thanksgiving and Christmas Tradition

Last week I provided a Thanksgiving round up of home décor and tablescape!

Thanksgiving Inspiration

If you missed all the Thanksgiving inspiration you can check it out here.

Thanksgving Inspiration

After receiving rave reviews and requests for the recipe, I’m finally sharing a family favorite that started with my Southern grandmother: Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish.

Mamas Cranberry and Apple Dish

This dish is a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition in our family.  It’s good with turkey anytime and will wow you’re guests!

Mama’s Cranberry & Apple Dish

Ingredients: Serves 6-8

  • 3 cups sliced, peeled gala apples
  • 2 cups raw cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar or Splenda
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar of Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Put apples and cranberries in layers in a baking dish. Sprinkle sugar or Splenda on top. Melt the butter and mix with flour, brown sugar, oatmeal and pecans. Spread mixture over the top layer of apples and cranberries. Cook at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Serve immediately with turkey and sides.

Mama's Cranberry & Apple Dish

This recipe was first published in America Discovers Columbus, a collection of recipes for easy entertaining from The Junior League of Columbus, when my mother was cookbook chairman. It has come full circle as I’ve started my own family in Charlotte, NC, where my mother was born and raised, and I’m currently a member of Junior League of Charlotte.

Thanksgiving Inspiration

Hope this inspires you to start your own Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition!

Thanksgiving Inspiration and Recipes

Sarah

Credits

Styling and design – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

 

Thanksgiving Inspiration: Get The Look For Less

Fall Entertaining 2011

Now that Halloween is over and we’re entering the second week of November I wanted to share some more fall and Thanksgiving inspiration with you.

Fall Entertaining 1 2011

Glamming up your pumpkins, gourds, and eggplants not only add color but dimension to your Thanksgiving décor. For the easy DIY tutorial check out here.

Fall Entertaining 2012

You’re Thanksgiving tablescape doesn’t have to be fancy or traditional to be festive and colorful! Adding décor pieces that you already own and mix and matching them with one or two new pieces work great. Get the details for this look here.

Festive Fall Decor Tablescape

Here’s another simple Thanksgiving tablescape that I shared with you to kick off fall! I love the pop of orange, yellow, and red against the blue and burlap. You can check out the details of this look here.

Don’t forget the front of your home is the first thing that will greet your guests.

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Get the look and details from my previous post here.

Pottery Barn is always a source of inspiration for me during the holidays. Get the look for less and in 15 minutes.

Thanksgiving Decor

First step is to use accessories you already own! Everything you see here is something I’ve pulled from different areas of our home.

Thanksgiving Decor & Tablescape

I absolutely love these black lanterns from Ikea! I usually have them displayed outside but brought the outside in for a rustic look. The faux sparkle pumpkin is one of my favorite buys from Michael’s, but you can easily do it yourself. This gold sea urchin was pulled from our master bedroom. Don’t have colorful table linens? Make your own. I bought this fabric from Hobby Lobby for an event and have used it several times since then.

Thanksgiving Decor & Tablescape

I’ve wanted to try pumpkin carved votive for a few years now and love how it turned out. All you need is a small pumpkin, knife, spoon, candle, and electric drill.

Thanksgiving Tabelscape

I was easy and took less than 10 minutes. Simply slice off the tops, carve a small hole, and scoop out the flesh & seeds of the pumpkin.

Thanksgiving Decor & Tablescape

I decided to use pumpkins again this year as place settings. Simply write the name on the pumpkin with chalk paint or permanent maker.

Thanksgiving Decor & Tablescape

You can easily turn this pumpkin into a DIY decorating craft for kids to keep them occupied during dinner. Simply add fun stickers to the table.

Did you catch Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish, that will WOW your guests?

Mamas Cranberry and Apple Dish

If not check out the recipe and more Thanksgiving décor inspiration here.

Thanksgiving Inspiration and Recipes

We’re also teaming up with wedding and event pros this holiday season! Make sure you check out all the dessert inspiration, dessert table, and mini pumpkin pie recipe here just in time for Thanksgiving!

Holiday Dessert Bar

Mini Pumpin Pies Home is where the boat is

Credits

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Black Lanterns – Ikea

China and silverware – Villeroy & Boch

Orange chevron table runner – Hobby Lobby

Gold sea urchins – Target

Gold pumpkins – Michael’s Craft Store

 

Festive Fall Decorations

 

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Happy fall y’all! I love this time of year, especially with the upcoming holiday fun with family and friends!

This year I decided to add a burlap wreath to my fall and Halloween décor outside.  I used this as a guide I wanted a whimsical wreath for my kids that I can use year round, changing the ornaments with the holidays and seasons.

Gather your supplies from Michael’s or your local crafts store.  You will need a 20″ wire wreath, 2 rolls of  4″ burlap ribbon,  a letter for your family’s initial, and floral wire, which totals $40.

To personalize the wreath, use items you already own or your children’s arts and crafts.  I used a bat my daughter had made, a scarecrow, and chevron burlap ribbon.  To create a little more pop of color I tied an orange ribbon to the pink chevron burlap bow.

The best thing about the wreath besides the price for supplies, is that it took me 30 minutes to make and another 10 minutes to style!

One of the best secrets about decorating is buying a few staple items and reusing them each year in a different arrangement, while adding a few new items.  In my arrangement I love the contrast of the lanterns next to the pumpkins. Add a little glitter to glam up your décor!

Don’t be afraid to mix and match. I have a few orange and white artificial pumpkins that I arrange next to green and multicolored pumpkins.  I also use pumpkins that come in different sizes and shapes to make the arrangement more interesting.

For more fall décor and entertaining inspiration check out our previous posts here and here.

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Fall Decor

Vendor Credits

Styling and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Orange, white, and gold pumpkins – Michael’s

Welcome sign – Target

Burlap ribbon – Michael’s

Chevron burlap ribbon – Hobby Lobby

Wire wreath – Michael’s

Scarecrow – Target

K initial – Michael’s

Lanterns – Ikea

DIY Chalkboard Decoration Ideas!

Chalkboards are not just for the school room anymore! Chalkboards are the new trend in wedding and event decor from table number signs, to food displays, to name tags.

Why not be creative and make your own chalkboard decor using chalkboard paint such as the pumpkin pictured above for the kids to decorate this Halloween.

Hosting a wine and cheese party? Make your own chalkboard signs in fun colors to fit your theme.  You can also make your own chalkboard sign to match the theme for a kid’s birthday party or next years first day of school photos.  Another fun way to announce you’re expecting a baby is to make your own chalkboard sign(s) with the name of the baby, due date, or the words love, happiness, and family. The uses are endless!

To make your own chalkboard sign you will need the following:

  •  1 Piece of white foam board/plastic pumpkin (8in x 10in foam board is shown)
  • Colored chalkboard paint (Martha Stewart Blue Chalkboard paint is shown)
  • 1 Sponge brush
  • Colored chalk

Take the white foam board and paint one coat of chalkboard paint using the sponge brush as directed.  Let it dry for 30 minutes. Paint second coat of paint and lay dry for 24 hours.  Use colored chalk to write your message.

BEFORE & AFTER PAINTING

 FINISHED PRODUCT

Fall Entertaining

There’s something about Fall when the kids go back to school, the air becomes crisp and football, apple and pumpkin picking are family past times. Using the flavors and the colors of the season it’s easy to decorate your front porch and tablescape with seasonal squash, apples, flowers, eggplant and a little glam with glitter!   Host a fall dinner party, pumpkin carving or decorating party with stickers and glitter, or a Halloween party. Fall entertaining and decor isn’t just for the September and October months, but can be carried over for Thanksgiving entertaining as well.  Be creative in your design by using other vegetables for a punch of color like I did on this tablescape above with artichokes.  You can cut a hole in the top of the artichoke or a small pumpkin and place a votive candle in the middle, which will make your setting perfect for an evening event.  For decorating tips and ideas please check out last years post on Fall Entertaining.