A Twin Pines Thanksgiving – 2016

The Twin Pines Family of Companies is your family-owned, one-stop-shop for all indoor and outdoor home improvement needs. So, of course, we want to cover just as much ground for the biggest family holiday of the year! Check back with Twin Pines all this week for produce-featured Thanksgiving recipes, floral arrangements, centerpieces, and more!

Thanksgiving dinner. Roasted turkey with pumpkins and sunflowers

We at Twin Pines are big fans of flowers, especially ones that can highlight the beauty of a certain season, event, or holiday. During Thanksgiving 2015, we gave our readers step-by-step instructions on how to construct the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece, and this year we want to keep the tradition of sharing beautifully crafted or unique flower arrangements and centerpieces going.

If you’re looking for the perfect centerpiece for Thursday’s festivities, you still have time! Follow these popular trends from Twin Pines fans:

Crafty Containers-

One of the most important things we’ve learned about crafting the perfect centerpiece, is to put just as much focus on what the flowers and decorative items are presented in as you put on these items themselves.

2016 Trends Include:

Rustic Options-crates, burlap covered vases, watering cans, buckets, and more! Browse through some of our favorites in the contributed lineup below:

(Contributed By: waterwalkereventslovelly_flowers, michellefloralanddesign,  meredith_unoriginalmomvioletscreativefleurtacious_designssundaycena,  heavenlyhandspartycreations)

Pumpkin Containers: Using a pumpkin as the vase for fall flowers keeps the piece looking both natural and seasonal. Don’t feel like you need to stick with plain orange pumpkins either; this year, many centerpieces feature pumpkins that are naturally colored in white, green, or even yellow, as well as painted and crafted pumpkins! Check out some examples of each in the contributed photos below:

(Contributed By: violetsflorist, marzardesignsxo_bloom, brit_tuck_will28)

Highlighting Features: Another popular 2016 trend is to include a unique feature in an otherwise fairly traditional piece. Adding statement fall items like leaves, pumpkins in the water, a heartwarming message, or even some corn cobs (or other fall-themed items) can make a basic flower arrangement really pop! You can see some amazing examples of this trend below:

(Contributed By: jeansflowerbasketcorinne_bridgeslov_createdesigncapelily)

Flowers-

Many of these gorgeous centerpieces were constructed by expert florists who have a full understanding and eye for flowers. For those of us who don’t have quite as much experience, feel free to use this guide to popular fall flowers to help you put together a magnificent arrangement of your own!

Roses – They come in beautiful fall colors like orange, yellow, peach, and many more. These beautiful flowers make a great statement pieces in a mixed arrangement, and can also be used to construct an arrangement alone when multiple colors are used.

(Contributed By: michellefloralanddesigncorinne_bridges)

Sunflowers: These flowers have often been associated with fall, and there’s a good reason – their bloom is beautiful at this time of year, making them another great choice for any autumn bouquet. Their large size and bright color can add to any arrangement whether you use just one or many!

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Other Standout Flowers: While Roses and Sunflowers definitely take the lead in most used florals this fall, there are a ton of other beautiful fall flowers that you can use in your arrangements! Try certain kinds of Lilies (Asiatic or Calla, for example), Celosias, Dahilias, Chrysanthemums, Yarrows, Mums, and more!

(Contributed By: fleurtacious_designs, florbelladesigns)

Accent Pieces-

Often its the little extras that make a flower arrangement or centerpiece really pop!

In sticking with the Autumn Season, you could include things like pumpkins, sticks, cranberry branches, tall straw or grasses, pine cones, leaves, or even corn husks.

(Contributed By: capelilywaterwalkereventsjeansflowerbasket)

Non-Flower Centerpieces-

Although many trends this year point towards using florals in your Thanksgiving centerpieces, don’t feel stuck in that pattern! Some great alternatives include decorating a pumpkin for the occasion, using festive mason jars, or even crafting a model of your family tree to place in the middle of the table! Check out some of the great flower-alternative contributions below:

(Contributed By: handmade_by_kellymeredith_unoriginalmommrs.snook)

We wish you the best of luck in creating your Thanksgiving centerpieces and flower arrangements! Check out our full album of festive pieces here.

recipes-sectionDuring Thanksgiving 2014, Twin Pines decided to collect some favorite Thanksgiving recipes, dissect them for popular fruit/vegetable choices, and then teach our readers how to grow those most popular fruits/veggies for the next Thanksgiving! This year, we wanted to focus on these produce-based Thanksgiving recipes! Check out the amazing recipes contributed to the Twin Pines Thanksgiving Recipe Book 2016 below!

And if you’d like to check out our past Recipe Book, you can do so here!


Thanksgiving Stuffed Pumpkin – Contributed by Instagram user whatggmaate

Check out the full recipe from her website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on http://whatgreatgrandmaate.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


 Sweet Potato Quinoa Boat – Contributed by Instagram user gardeninthekitchen

Check out the full recipe from her website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on gardeninthekitchen.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Turkey & Kale Stuffed Apples – Contributed by Instagram user dmsfit_chicago

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram page below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on https://www.instagram.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Roasted Mushrooms – Contributed by Instagram user loveandfoodforeva

Check out the full recipe from her website below:

roasted-mushrooms

Note: This recipe was originally published on http://loveandfoodforeva.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Garlic Butter Carrots – Contributed by Instagram user thewholesomebite

Check out the full recipe from her Instagram page below:

garlic-butter-carrots

Note: This recipe was originally published on https://www.instagram.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potatoes – Contributed by Instagram user nikkidinkicooking

Check out the full recipe from her website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on www.nikkidinkicooking.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Vegan Green Bean Casserole – Contributed by Instagram user foodiechews

Check out the full recipe from their website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on http://minimalistbaker.com/ and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Sweet Potatoes Baked In Oranges (And Topped With Maple Pecans) – Contributed by Instagram user sillyalmond

Check out the full recipe from her Instagram page below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on https://www.instagram.com/ and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms – Contributed by Instagram user tobysfoods

Check out the full recipe from their website below:

stuffed-mushrooms

Note: This recipe was originally published on http://www.tobysfamilyfoods.com/ and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Stuffed Butternut Squash – Contributed by Instagram user upscale.cooking (Created by Instagram user wellplated)

Check out the full recipe from wellplated’s website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on www.wellplated.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


 Pineapple Ginger-Glazed Carrots – Contributed by Instagram user foodiechews

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

pineapple-ginger-glazed-carrots

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.africanbites.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin – Contributed by Instagram user fireandparchment

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on fireandparchment.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Honey Maple Roasted Carrots – Contributed by Instagram user soniafloresrealty

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on thecafesucrefarine.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes – Contributed by Instagram user backyardfarms

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on backyardfarms.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Brown Butter Sage Hassleback Squash – Contributed by Instagram user lacqueredladle

Check out the full recipe from her website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on lacqueredladle.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad (with Dried Cranberries & Almonds) – Contributed by Instagram user thesunnypalate

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

shaved-brussles-sprout-salad

Note: This recipe was originally published on thesunnypalate.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Thanksgiving Potatoes – Contributed by Instagram user mygreatrecipes

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on mygreatrecipes.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Easy Tea Braised Carrots with Almonds – Contributed by Instagram user foodiechews

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on naturallyella.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Garlic Grilled Tomato Kabobs – Contributed by Instagram user backyardfarms

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on backyardfarms.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Check back with Twin Pines as the week goes on for great Thanksgiving-Themed Floral Arrangements, Centerpieces, Decorations, and more!

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