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In this issue...
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Did You Know?
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
  • Thanksgiving Pies
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Real Estate News
  • Thanksgiving Centerpieces
  • Thanksgiving Wines
 Happy Thanksgiving!
I can hardly believe it, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I just realized it is only 3 weeks away. I am hosting this year and there is so much to get done. I need to buy more festive decor for the house, clean everything (the worst part) and try out my new recipes. There are so many dishes to prepare at once that I always like to do a trial run on new sides so that I don't run into any surprises on Turkey Day. We did a dry run with a new stuffing recipe the other night and it was horrible. Thank goodness we tried it ahead of time. On the bright side, I worked out all the issues in advance, so now I'm ready for the great wine, food, football and family time! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
 Did you know?
The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade didn't feature any balloons.

But when the parade made its big debut in 1924, it did have something that might be even cooler than balloons: animals from the Central Park Zoo.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
Looking for a way to burn some calories before the big in a Turkey Trot! Have fun with your friends, neighbors and family and get some fresh air at the same time! Below is a list of some of the events in the area:

Concord Turkey Trot 2017
November 23rd
Todos Santos Park, Concord

Forma Gym Turkey Trot 2017 Walnut Creek
November 23rd
Civic Park, Walnut Creek

Turkey Trot Run Pleasant Hill
November 19th
Briones Regional Park - Bear Creek Entrance

Moraga Country Club Turkey Trot
November 23rd
Moraga Country Club
Thanksgiving Pies
One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the pies! It may be the best part depending on who you ask :) Some people choose to make their pies and some choose to buy their pies. Either way, pie is definitely something to look forward to on Thanksgiving. At our celebration there are usually at least two choices. Pumpkin Pie and either Pecan Pie or Apple Pie (sometimes there is a chocolate pie or some other type of interesting and delicious dessert). This year things have been so hectic that I am not sure if there will be time to make pie. It would make things less stressful to cut that out. I have had pumpkin pies from Nation's, Sweet Affair, Safeway and Whole Foods (all delicious by the way), but this year I am thinking about branching out.I stumbled upon an article online with suggestions for three amazing bakeries: PieTisserie (Oakland), Bakesale Betty (Oakland) and Crixa Cakes (Berkeley).

If making pies is not your thing or you need an extra pie. Please email us for your free Apple or Pumpkin pie.

Recipe of the Month
I have been trying to decide what appetizers to serve on Thanksgiving. I need them to be fast, fun and easy since the meal will be taking center stage. I love all things fall and pumpkin spice so when I saw this recipe, I instantly wanted to try it!! Check it out!!
Pumpkin Spice Whipped Ricotta
Prep: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Author: The Seasoned Mom
Yield: 8

  • 1 (15-ounce) container part-skim ricotta
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree (unsweetened –NOT the canned pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus extra for serving
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • For serving: graham crackers, shortbread cookies, gingersnap cookies, apples, pears

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Puree for a few seconds until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl and swirl the top with the back of a spoon. Drizzle with additional maple syrup and serve.

Real Estate News
Remodeling: Stand-Alone Showers and Tubs
Bathroom remodeling is all over HGTV. The larger bathrooms have the most options as they have the most space. I love the new trend of Stand-Alone Showers and Tubs. Not only do they look amazing, but they offer so much more space to relax while enjoying a hot shower or wonderful bubble bath. A steam shower and a beautiful claw foot tub in my master bath sounds like the just the type of oasis I need!! :)

Thanksgiving Centerpieces
I want to make sure our Thanksgiving Table looks fun and festive this year. Better Homes had some terrific ideas. They all looked great, but I chose what seemed to be the most low key, but still fun approach. Pumpkin Pillars!
I already have the pillar vases, so that's a great start. I am going to get some small pumpkins, fun colorful gourds and beautiful fall leaves and I'll be all set. The table will look beautiful!!

Thanksgiving Wines
I love to serve several different wines on the Thanksgiving table. It's great to have at least one red and one white and maybe some bubbly champagne for fun. I was looking at Sunset Magazine (I just want to live in there. The beautiful, serene photos) and they had a great article with wine recommendations for Thanksgiving. The link below has the article with the full list of recommendations, but I think I am going to try the below:

Laetitia 2014 Brut Rosé  (Arroyo Grande Valley; $34)  Its pale salmon color belies bright red berry flavors and crisp citrus in this elegant wine.

Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2015 “Eroica” Riesling  (Columbia Valley; $20) The barest touch of sugar lifts apricot, nectarine, and green apple flavors, followed by a dry lemon-lime finish.

Ridge 2015 East Bench Zinfandel  (Dry Creek Valley; $32) A lovely, pinpoint balance of juicy, briary berries, pretty florals, and earth.

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