A Pie in the Making and a Happy Thanksgiving

We started our Thanksgiving dinner prep today by making the croutons for the stuffing, brining the turkey, making the cranberry sauce and rolling out the pie dough for the pumpkin pie. For me, the anticipation is the most exciting part of the whole thing. I love prep work and organizing every single step in my head.

We picked out some fresh flowers today called “wax flowers” for our table setting. We are using recycled spice jars as vases and placing them next to each person. I love little details.

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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50 Responses to “A Pie in the Making and a Happy Thanksgiving”

  1. Vera says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Aran!

  2. nadia says:

    GORGEOUS!!!!!! happy thanksgiving to you! thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us.. it is always a feast of beauty and inspiration our for the eyes aran!

  3. VeggieGirl says:

    Just started my Thanksgiving prep today too :-)

    Have a lovely holiday celebration tomorrow!!

  4. simplesong says:

    so lovely! i had those flowers in my wedding bouquet … love them.

    hope you have a wonderful, restful + tasteful thanksgiving!


  5. FeeMail says:

    even if we don’t celebrate thanksgiving here in germany (for sure not, i know the history of this holiday ;-)) or just because of that, i’d love to participate once…

  6. Suzana says:

    Although we don’t celebrate it in Portugal, I actually find Thanksgiving a very moving holiday. Have a great one with your family, Aran!

  7. Mobula says:

    Las tartitas están espectaculares, supongo que lamreceta no la incluyes por ser un clásico, me he dado una vueltecita por los comienzos del blog…. recopilando ideas, cuántas cosas se me habían olvidado!!!

    Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!!!


  8. luf says:

    Que rico todo no se con que pastel quedarme, m pasaré con frecuencia.
    muxus y biquiños

  9. Ms Ashley says:


    I love the pie! I’m so jealous…

    What kind of Camera do you use to get these amazing photos??

  10. Y says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Aran! We don’t celebrate it here but I wouldn’t mind a slice of that pumpkin pie all the same! :)

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! They have some beautiful pie to enjoy!

  12. LunaCafe says:

    This year I am thankful for discovering your beautiful site, Aran, which brings inspiration and pleasure to so many. Your work is glorious! Happy Thanksgiving!…Susan

  13. cookworm says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! I love clever ideas like the flowers in spice jars. So pretty!

  14. Tartelette says:

    Had waxflowers in my wedding bouquet also! Love them!!
    Happy Thanksgiving Aran! Wish there were a smell button on the computer!

  15. paula says:

    have a wonderful thanksgiving! it would be fun if you were cooking mine;)

  16. Looks like you’ll have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  17. Millie says:

    The warmest of Thanksgiving wishes to you & your family Aran from across the Pacific. Your beautiful blog continues to delight me each & every day.
    Millie ^_^

  18. QlinArt says:

    Enjoy Thanksgiving. I bookmarked your beautiful and inspiring blog in my favorites ;)

  19. kaitlin says:

    A new york city pastry cook, an international pastry lover and a fellow food blogger, I’m giving thanks tonight for having discovered your lovely blog! Looking through your recipes is a sweet appetizer for thanksgiving dessert tomorrow; happy turkey day!


  20. Michelle says:

    happy thanksgiving! yours is definitely a house I’d love to have Thanksgiving dinner at haha. Everything looks delish

  21. Happy thanksgiving! I know you are going to have a good time seeing these preparations!

  22. giz says:

    Thanksgiving is one of those “foodie heaven” kind of days. Have a great one.

  23. Sugar Chef says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks to you for sharing your beautiful desserts, recipes and ideas.

  24. Christy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!! My plan is to go to the States with J to visit his family around this time sometime in the near future. Then I can experience all the generous offerings of an American Thanksgiving!!

    PS. little details are what makes you so good at what you do!

  25. Your love for little details is so evidente, dear!!! you manage little details like few persons can make. thank you for this, because your photos are gorgeous!!!

  26. A gorgeous looking pie and stunning pictures!

    Happy American Thanksgiving!



  27. Como siempre, todo parece exquisito, hasta el detalle mas minimo. que envidia!

    Y como es Thanksgiving, (aunque aqui en Amsterdam no se celebre): eskerrikasko, por el blog!:D

  28. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family Aran. Beautiful post, love the flowers & recycled jars. Of course, love the pie too…inspirational!

  29. linda says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! The pie decoration is beautiful in its simplicity.

  30. Foley says:

    Even if in france we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, i wish you a very happy holidays :)

  31. feliz acción de gracias.
    Disfruta mucho con “la familia”
    beso fuerte


  32. Hi, I’m new to this blogger thing and I think you should check out my site :D Thanks!
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    p.s. Happy Thanksgiving :)

  33. jesse says:

    My gosh, your pictures are to die for! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  34. idu says:

    Happy Thanskgiving!!
    bizitzako detaille txikiak dira azkenean zoriontsu egiten gaituenak

  35. Aran says:

    Thank you everyone. Whether today is a holiday where you are or not, just have a wonderful day and be thankful for all the great things in our lives. I know I am. Thank you!

  36. Beautiful.
    I really love your garnish.

  37. Que detalle más bonito, que lo pases bien hoy!

  38. Simone says:

    Oh how beautiful Aran! Have a very happy Thanksgiving.

  39. happy thanksgiving! day late…no internet at my grandmothers…old people… :P

  40. Gis says:

    I dont just love your cooking, but i love your photos!! everything so perfect in every post :D

  41. cindy* says:

    i agree aran, the details are the best!

  42. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Your pie looks delicious! I went for the literal interpretation of “pumpkin pie” this year with a milk custard inside a pumpkin.

  43. Elizabeth says:

    The flowers are a beautiful little detail. What a lovely table you must have had!

  44. The little pies look so perfect! I bet they were the best!

  45. Jinnie N. says:

    love the photos… i can’t steer away. ;p

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