Monday, November 22, 2010

Let's celebrate Thanksgiving!

One of my co-workers recently commented that she is so distraught over the retail world's fast forward from Halloween to Christmas, she wants to write an obit for Thanksgiving. I thought that was both funny and sad but true! So this week, I am going to try very hard to focus on Thanksgiving and not skip ahead to Christmas. I thought I'd begin by sharing the yummy and easy cake recipe I made for the office Thanksgiving luncheon last week. I found the recipe for Pecan Spice Cake with Maple Frosting in Cooking Light magazine. Couldn't have been easier to bake, tasted great, and only a portion of one slice was left after the office luncheon! We have sooooo many desserts at these luncheons, I was pretty amazed (and more than a little happy!) that almost all my cake got eaten. I plan to make another one for my family to enjoy on Thursday.

The Thanksgiving luncheon is one where food is served by department throughout the building. Near the entry to the newsroom, some festive Thanksgiving linens and figural pieces spruce up the table with the plates and utensils.

I brought a teapot, tablecloth and some teas to brighten this little corner where my friend Stacie's Red Velvet Cake was on display.

Several people (OK, including me) tucked into the offerings in the Classified Department pre-luncheon, which is supposed to be a no-no, but I considered the Georgia Caviar (a salsa-like dish made with black-eyed peas) an appetizer.

Classifieds also had these cute decorations. I really like the pumpkin at back!

My friends in Circulation set up quite a spread and had some of the cutest decorations, which included ...

... these scarecrows and ...

... this animated turkey!

And last but not least, the talented folks in Graphics once again outdid themselves with a lovely display and graphically beautiful display labels on their dishes. I am certainly *thankful* for the good times at our annual Thanksgiving luncheon!


  1. Your workplace Thanksgiving luncheon looked great. The food looked delicious and the table decorations were pretty.

    Your Pecan Spice Cake looks yummy. My Mom used to make a spice cake that had a secret ingredient (tomato soup). :-)

  2. Your cake looked amazing and did make me hungry. But then moving on to all the other decorations and food was truly a delight. How fun to have an event like this at work.

  3. That recipe is in my "to try" pile. Each issue of Cooking Light never disappoints.

    I completely agree with your coworker. So many people I know have completely forgotten Thanksgiving and are demanding Christmas gift lists and other Christmas things. I like to finish one holiday before I move on to the next.

  4. The food looks so delicious, especially your spice cake! Wishing you and your family a Wonderful Thanksgiving, Joanie

  5. Hey - I recognize that table cloth!


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