Happy Anniversary Under A Tin Roof! + Our Thanksgiving Menu
I am sharing our Thanksgiving meal a bit late this year since I took a short trip to Nashville with our friends from The Barn immediately after we ate! In years past, I usually share savory dish ideas in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Somehow this year felt like I was being pulled in all directions, and there were many other things that had top priority over the blog. Real farming takes a little bit more time than growing a glorified garden! Thanksgiving, however, still happened at our farmhouse. This is my favorite holiday of them all. Why? Well, the food of course! I love getting to take the reigns on making supper for our family and experimenting a little bit. This year it was just me, my parents, and Tad so I could be a little bit more adventurous if I chose to be. Though I kept many classics on the table this year. We deserve the good stuff after all that we have to be thankful for this year!
My gratitude goes, of course, to my parents who both worked so hard to make this farm look and feel like a true, steady business. They always see the best in everything, can turn a structure or space that was once falling apart or empty into something that feels like home. This business would be nothing without them, without all of us, for we each bring an element to the table that the other person lacks.
I am thankful for our business this year. We made breakthroughs that were unexpected and welcomed in full. This has been our most successful year financially through and through. That is all thanks to you, who read our blog and shop with us. We thank YOU! We grew produce for other people, cut flowers, and pumpkins on less than half of an acre. We made it through our first CSA program with success. We opened a Country Store! I wrote for some amazing magazines. It has been a really great year so far for our business that started around this time of year only three years ago! So thankful, so grateful.
This week marks our three year anniversary. We started our blog with this post all that time ago. I feel like, even though that post is a little embarrassing to look at, the sentiment stays the same. This business has been built, in ways, around food. At least for me.
Our Thanksgiving Menu
Fresh Brown Country Oatmeal Bread
Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese, Red Onion, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Sweet Cream Dressing
Herby Mushroom Croissant Stuffing with Kale and Gruyere Cheese (Half Baked Harvest)
Cranberry Orange Sauce
Chili Spiced Maple Bourbon Sweet Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole with Mushrooms, Thyme, Crispy Shallots, and Parmesan
Maple Glazed Roasted Rainbow Carrots (the last from our garden!) and Brussels Sprouts
My Classic Turkey with Gravy made from the drippings
All of our food I tried my hardest to source locally and use from our own stock of vegetables grown and preserved on our farm. Our turkey was be provided from my dear friends Shawn and Cara Slaubaugh of Wild Farm, who also provide the meat to our CSA program. It was my first ever pasture-raised turkey that was able to live its life roaming freely around their farm until its last day. No antibiotics, added hormones, nor was it fed any GMOs. Amazing! It tasted out of this world good!
It feels bittersweet to think that our business has aged three years already. It seems like so long, and yet so very very short. We have come a long way since we began making linen clothing for women and children in our little studio-converted-shed at the Little Homestead. Who would have thought that we would have a farm, brick and mortar, and even bigger plans ahead for us! I am excited to see where the next year takes us, the next five and more. Happy Anniversary to us! (:
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family; I hope it was a good one for you. Thanks for being here and supporting our family and business. You make our dreams come true every time you stop here!