Wrapping up 2017

It has been busy here on Maplewood Hill. You would think that winter would be a slow time but there are still animals to feed and other chores to do on a farm.  Some years, we try to get a mini-vacation in at Thanksgiving or Christmas but this year we decided to stay home and enjoy the house and farm.

I really wanted to do some much needed organizing as I have had a strong urge to declutter and what a great feeling to start the New Year somewhat organized. Boone has always said if there were just a table with a few chairs, a couch and mostly windows in the house I would be at my happiest. And he is right! Having a lot of “stuff” makes me antsy for some reason. My mostly bare walls seem odd to some folks but I like them.

Holiday Table

We celebrated Thanksgiving here on the farm with family and friends. I kept the table simple, more space for the food! The menu was traditional and wonderful.  My son helped in the kitchen and our guests contributed too.  I have linked to some of the recipes and will get some of the others posted soon!


Cheese Wafers
Sausage Biscuits
Nibble Platter (grapes, tangerines, Port Wine cheese,
Beef Sausage, crackers, honey mustard)
Sweet Tea


Herbed Turkey with herb/white wine gravy ( the gravy is amazing)


Broccoli Salad
George’s Collards
Corn Pudding
Mashed Potatoes
Maple Sweet Potatoes with Browned Butter
Dressing, (dressed up Pepperidge Farm)


Pecan Pie
Apple Pie
Irish Cream

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