1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving...dinner for two and autumn displays...

How nice to have Thanksgiving dinner for two at Cranberry Cottage. Unfortunately, for the second time in a month, we had to leave earlier than planned as I have been having major problems with my allergies (at least we think that is the problem) while in the woods. My doctor arranged for me to see my specialist at the hospital again in two weeks though so he can check some things. 

Our dinner was a turkey filet steak with onion gravy, sautéed Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon and roasted butternut squash. This turkey steak was so moist and tender so I think I will do it this way from now on. It means no leftovers but that is not such a bad thing when the meat is so succulent. Dessert is not pumpkin pie but pumpkin mousse. I started making this each year for the holiday a couple of years ago from fresh pumpkin. It is delicious and simple to make. You can find my recipe here on a previous blog post.

Back at home in the city and we are busy getting some big projects done in the garden while preparing to allow the garden to have its winter sleep. I also started taking down my autumn decorations to make way for Christmas. 

I have been trying to use my quilts in different ways that I traditionally do. I feel a need to pare down what I have and start making this more simple to do around the house. Just a few pieces like my bobbinlace toadstool picture, gourds places on wooden candlesticks and a leaf shaped dish with acorn pincushions adorned my sideboard along with a quilt and pots. 

The vintage olive pot is a favorite item and I combined it with an old mustard pot and handmade pottery vase to sit on my quilt. 

We moved my sea chest to the quilt wall now and I can keep changing the flowers in my large crackle effect pot. Did you notice the wreath with Sinterklaas? Hard to believe that it is almost December 5th already! Time flies and it will be Christmas far too soon.....

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving if you are from the US and otherwise are enjoying the last days of autumn wherever you are in the world!



  1. We also had a quiet Thanksgiving. Only George and I since both your brothers now live in Arizona. I will be leaving the 11th to join them and the Grands for Christmas. George will not go. I got a super deal on a flight so could not resist. $42.00 to Phoenix was great. It is also non stop. Can't beat that.
    All your decorations look great at home and at the cottage since I got a sneak peak on Skype as you were decorating your tree there. Have fun
    decorating. Love you, Mom

  2. Your Thanksgiving dinner looks delicious!

    Your decorations are wonderful! I especially love the quilt!

  3. Sorry to hear you are having problems with your health. Your decorations are lovely as usual.

    Hope you get better soon Heidi.

    Warm hugs
    Hazel c uk

  4. That pumpkin mousse sounds delicious. Can you share the recipe? I'd love to try something new for Christmas dinner!

  5. Heidi your quilts are just lovely as are your other decorations. Your dinner looks delicious and the pumpkin mousse sounds really good! I love anything pumpkin :) We had a houseful this year with all the family here,lots of food and plenty of desserts including pumpkin pie :) It was fun! Hope you are feeling better!

  6. Beautiful decorations. Looks comfy cozy. Can't wait to see Christmas decorating. I am scrambling to get mine done before I have surgery this Thursday. We had a very nice Thanksgiving with two of three children, our son in law and grandson.

  7. I love the way you decorate your house for the seasons Heidi they always look beautiful. Your dinner sounded great especially be pumpkin mousse. Hope you get your allergies sorted soon. Take care. P x

  8. Hoi, hoi,
    Hè wat een vervelend eind voor je tijd in Cranberry Cottage!!
    Alles weer oké??
    Je huis ziet er weer gezellig uit (zoals altijd) Ben benieuwd wat er nog meer aan decoraties bijkomt voor de kerst.
    Tot binnenkort groetjes,

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  10. Oh my, your food looks so delicious. I love chocolate mousse and I love pumpkin, so I know I would love your pumpkin mousse (I've never tried it). I've just now taken down my fall decorations and am starting to decorate for Christmas. Can't believe how long it takes me. I sometimes wonder if it's worth it!

  11. Your menu sounds delish! I made turkey parts instead of a whole turkey. We had enough leftovers for sandwiches the next day which is what everyone really cared about. Love how you've used your quilts!

  12. Ziet er weer mooi uit! En de details waarmee je je huis decoreert zijn met zorg gekozen.


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