January 26, 2011

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck

if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Groundhog Day is just a week away!
I'll meet you on Gobbler's Knob at 3 am. Bring plenty of hot apple cider.
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On second thought, it's too early and too cold. Let's wait and watch the outcome
on Good Morning America.
Later we'll all meet back here for dinner.
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We're having onion soup, panini chicken sandwiches with a side of chips and big cold drinks.
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A bit of raffia ties around each napkin.
Light blue napkins work as placemats.

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Although it's still dark out, Punxsutawney Phil
awakens from his winter sleep
and pauses to get his bearings.

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To see or not to see,
that is the question.


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Tea lights and place cards are supported by an old felled log.
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PhotobucketAnd for dessert there's Groundhog Sundaes
(an idea posted on a number of cooking sites).
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Punxsutawney Phil
pops up through the snow
and spots his shadow.


Phil = Spicy Groundhog Cookie
snow = vanilla ice cream
shadow = chocolate sauce


A link to the cookie recipe
can be found below.



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Placemats: Blue napkins
Dinner plates: Sandalwood, Heathware, Coupe design
Apothecary Jar: Delpina Large Covered Jar, Crate and Barrel
Log Tea Candle Holders and place card holders: homemade
Clear Acrylic flatware: Can't remember
Glass steins: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Pasadena, California
Pip berry garland: Craft Show, Crafters Unlimited
Punxsutawney Phil figurine and cookie cutter: Punxsutawney Phil's Official Souvenirs
Official Punxsutawney Spicy Groundhog Cookie Recipe: recipe can be found here.

Note: This is a great gingersnap recipe - very tasty, yet not too strong for young children. BUT . .
If you ever make these cookies, you should know that "chill overnight" is not good enough. I had to put the dough in the freezer to get it firm enough to hold its shape while transferring to a cookie sheet. In the end, I pressed the cutter into the chilled dough and then pulled the dough away from the outside of the cutter. With the dough still inside the cutter, I moved the cutter to the cookie sheet, and only then did I lift the cutter away from the grounghog-shaped dough inside. It was a pretty slow process for a woman who's as hyperactive as I am.

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I plan to link to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
and
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesdays.

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20 comments:

  1. To see or not to see! Too funny! Adorable table, love the dessert!~
    I have to dig our my hairy animal I call a Groundhog. So much snow here he would get tired trying to make his way up!
    Fun post, Denise!

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  2. This is one of the cutest and most clever posts ever! I am flipping out over the dessert! I'm going to think about this one for a very long time.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

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  3. Will he or will he not? The anticipation is rising at Gobbler's Nob...I am a HUGE fan of the film Groundhog Day. I know that some aren't, but I LOVE it. This is such a cute table. If I had a little Groundhog, I would be making that cute little Sunday. I love the little guy in a apothecary jar. Very fun table. Joni

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  4. This is just TOO creative!!!!! I wanted to do a Groundhog Day luncheon for friends, but I just can't top this! I looked EVERYWHERE for a decent-looking ground hog, but couldn't find anything to my liking. You definitely looked in the right place! The cookies are just TOO cute for words!!! I think I'll pass on hosting a Groundhog Day luncheon and just refer my friends to your blog! :-) Also, hope you got my reply to your question on my post! Let me know if you need more info.

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  5. Way cute, Denise! What a welcoming table for Phil! Love the apothecary centerpc & the brown dinnerware you've chosen & hefty mugs...birch logs, just everything so earthy & welcoming! And the GH Sundae...so unique! Jeanne S.

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  6. He's the cutest little groundhog! Love how you put him in the jar with the "snow"--just perfect. And your dessert idea is fantastic, sorry it was so much work making the cookies.

    Kay

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  7. The groundhog cookies with chocolate shadow are so cool. I hope he says winter will end early.

    I love wrapping JDaniel up in a warm towel too.

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  8. Denise, this is a darling table! I taught elementary children for 30 years, and Ground Hog Day was always a big event. ;-) I even have a cute Punxsrtawney Phil of my own. Not sure why he is one of the few things I brought home with me when I retired, but he sits in my office. Perhaps your post will inspire me to do a table for him. ;-)
    The cookie idea is too cute. I wish I had seen this when I was teaching. Don't you know the kids would have fun making the shadow? ~ Sarah

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  9. Last year I had a Ground Hog Party and I wished I had seen your post then - and I especially loved your dessert - too cute!

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  10. I'm begging your little groundhog to please, please tell us that winter is over!! This is so cute! Linda

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  11. Oh how darling! Now if they would stop shining all those darn lights on him...he wouldn't see his shadow!

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  12. This is a very cute table scape! I would like to invite you to link this up to my new link party, Masterpiece Monday, at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. Take care, Mary :O)

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  13. Cute table...hope winter is on it's way out!

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  14. Such a fun tablescape. I love it! Thank you for sharing your whimsical design. Cherry Kay

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  15. I've so enjoyed your blog and I'm honored to award you with the Stylish Blogger Award. You can pick up your award on my blog. Enjoy, DG

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  16. This IS the cutest post EVER!!! Groundhogs day is a major even here in my house. My youngest son's birthday. I LOVE your table, HOW FUN IS THAT!!! and I "WANT" your chocolate set in the background! That is GORGEOUS! Thank you for such a fun post! Oh and by the way, the groundhog will NOT be coming out in Connecticut, He's QUITE BURIED till spring!

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  17. Love the tablescape! it was so cute! :)

    Theresa

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  18. You are so creative! I love this post!

    Thanks for coming by my new blog. It allowed me to find yours. I'm your newest follower.

    Have a great day!
    Pam

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  19. This is just the cutest table ever! I love that you did a special one for Groundhog's Day. That dessert was wonderful! Thanks for the link to the recipe and cookie cutter.

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