DIY Gratitude Tree

Gratitude or Thanksgiving Tree from atthepicketfence.com

One morning, while upstairs putting on my makeup, I had the news on in the background and, as always, had my ears tuned to the weather segment. It was finally time for Mr. Al Roker to have his turn and he weaved his weather magic and soon I knew just what the temps would be all over the country. But when it came time to talk about the west coast, specifically my beautiful Pacific NW, he just kind of casually waved his arm and said, "And there will be rain in the Pacific NW." I stopped dead in … [Read more...]

Free Thanksgiving Printable …

Live Thankfully Printables.  Three Color Choices.  For At The Picket Fence by Live Laugh Rowe

  Happy November!! Can you believe we're weeks away from Christmas? Have any of you started to do any shopping? Me? Nope! Nada. Nothing. I have to commend those of you who have already gotten a head start -- you are my heroes {wink}. Well, today I have a fabulous printable for you! A festive one that has a great reminder to Live Thankfully. … [Read more...]

Hot Apple Pie… A Low Calorie Cocktail

Low Calorie Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

  “The ripe, the golden month has come again, and in Virginia the chinkapins are falling. Frost sharps the middle music of the seasons, and all things living on the earth turn home again... the fields are cut, the granaries are full, the bins are loaded to the brim with fatness, and from the cider-press the rich brown oozings of the York Imperials run. The bee bores to the belly of the grape, the fly gets old and fat and blue, he buzzes loud, crawls slow, creeps heavily to death on … [Read more...]

Last Minute Thanksgiving Decor Idea

giving thanks photo

Happy Thanksgiving friends! As you are getting ready to celebrate this special day we want to not only take a moment and tell you how very thankful we are for all of you, we also want to bring you a super simple last-minute idea for adding some extra beauty to your Thanksgiving decor this year, courtesy of our friend and regular contributor Angelina! Hello Picket Fence Family, this is Angelina from JoJo and Eloise. If you are a follower of mine, you probably know that I do a lot of SEWING. … [Read more...]

A Blue, Blue, Blue Thanksgiving Tablescape!

Blue and White Dining Room 9

  I've always been a traditional sorta gal.  I love classic colors associated with the seasons.  Red and pink for Valentine's Day, orange and brown for fall...green and red for Christmas. But sometimes it's fun to break away from tradition and create a fresh new color palette.  Like my blue and white Thanksgiving tablescape. … [Read more...]

A Thankful Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving-mantel-with-chalkboard-platters atthepicketfence.com

I'm thankful for many things... I'm thankful for that very first sip of coffee in the morning...I can feel it coursing through my veins and bringing my out of my early morning stupor. I'm thankful for that moment when I rip off my skinny jeans and pull on my sweats...oh sweet, sweet elastic waistband come to mama. I'm thankful for the smell of the first batch of Chex mix of the season...but not so thankful for how quickly it disappears in our house! I'm thankful for dual-purpose … [Read more...]

Holiday Appetizer: Roasted Beet Salsa and Brie…and a giveaway!

Two Holiday Appetizers with Roasted Beets

There seems to be some foods that strike fear in the hearts of home cooks when it comes to preparation. BEETS They often seem to end up near the top of the list. Brussels sprouts may run a close second. I think it's because in days gone by, i.e. when our grandmothers and mothers made them, they boiled them within an inch of their lives turning them into mushy side dishes. If only they had known the magic of ROASTING.  How roasting turns these unassuming little vegetables into dishes … [Read more...]

Of Groaning Sideboards and Apple Pan Dowdy

Apple-pan-dowdy-dessert from At the Picket Fence

One November, when my husband and I were still fresh-faced newlyweds, we traveled from Oregon to Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with my sister and her family. At the time, they lived next door to her in-laws (Southern transplants!) and I was so excited to introduce them to my new husband.  My sister's mother-in-law, Arlene, is every bit the true Southern belle. And as we gathered together at their home to celebrate this day of thanks we knew we were in for a culinary treat. But, nothing could … [Read more...]