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Thanksgiving has traditionally been held at my parents’ house, which means I have only had to worry about bringing a side dish or two. I haven’t had to worry about decorations, a Thanksgiving tablescape, or hosting a lot of people. This year, my mom is thinking of switching things up and having me host. In preparation, I have been planning and practicing some new takes on old favorite recipes, and setting up a Thanksgiving table that will wow the family, all on a budget. I’ve got to give credit to Target, because I was able to pick up everything for the table and my Thanksgiving recipes in one shopping trip!
Let’s begin with the table. I decided to skip the traditional tablecloth and go with something a little different. Target’s party-supply brand, Spritz, makes a brown paper roll that I spread over the table. I thought the brown paper lent itself to a simple time, which Thanksgiving comes from, and I thought it would be fun for everyone to write on it the things they are thankful for. I then sprinkled Spritz confetti over the top. Spritz makes matching name tags, banners and table runners. I just used a Sharpie to write on the banner to give it a Thanksgiving flair.
I sprinkled in some stuffed woodland creatures, a fall wreath and pinecones, and that’s all there really is to it. The table was super easy to put together, but I couldn’t be more pleased with how it came out. I also love that I didn’t have to spend a fortune on it.
For the food, I turned to Archer Farms for a fun twist to some traditional dishes. I jazzed up the traditional spinach and pecan salad with a raspberry-and-bacon twist. All you need:
- Whatever green salad mix you like
- A couple of Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
- Fresh raspberries
- Archer Farms applewood thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Red onion, thinly sliced
- Archer Farms raspberry balsamic vinaigrette
Then for dessert, many of you may be familiar with pumpkin dump cake, which is a pumpkin mixture with white or yellow cake mix over the top.
I decided to change things up and use Archer Farms cranberry-orange scone mix instead of the traditional cake mix. Boy was this tasty! This added some fun new flavors and was a cool way to change things up, if you don’t like getting stuck in a rut with your Thanksgiving dishes.
- Archer Farms Cranberry Orange Scone Mix
- 1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin pie filling
- 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease bottom of 8x8 pan.
- In a bowl, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and salt then pour into your pan.
- Sprinkle dry Cranberry Orange Scone Mix evenly over pumpkin mixture and drizzle with melted butter.
- Bake for 55 minutes or until top is turning golden brown. Cool completely and drizzle prepared scone topping over the top, if desired. cut and serve.