Our Thanksgiving was great. My dad was here this year; it was so nice that he wasn't traveling with the WVU basketball team. I can't remember the last time he's been home for Thanksgiving. His presence was a real treat. The meal was delicious, although I thought the turkey was a bit dry - but that's why we had gravy!
My aunt made the best pumpkin upside down cake and the kids all played a game of football when the weather cleared. The day was spent visiting, eating, napping and doing dishes. As the mountain of dishes was washed we used my newly sewn dish mat.
I made this dish mat for all those dishes that aren't allowed to go into the dishwasher. I typically have used tea towels and they would end up very soggy. But this dish mat worked great....it caught all the drips and stayed absorbent til the last glass was put away. The back of it is an old bath towel that I re purposed and it works much better at catching those drips than a cotton tea towel. And it looks pretty!
I made two...one for us and one for a gift. These would make great hostess gifts over the holiday season. You could make them in a Christmas/winter theme or coordinate them to match your hostess's kitchen. They are fast and satisfying and they made dish washing a little bit more fun. I've got a couple more to make for Christmas presents....I just need to round up some more 'out of commission towels' to reuse. This week we're putting away the turkeys and pilgrims and pulling out the Christmas decorations....I hope your week is full of new inspiration as well! happy last day of November.