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Harvesting Home: A Thanksgiving Celebration with Geri Reilly Real Estate in Northern Vermont

As Thanksgiving approaches, it's the perfect time for reflection, gratitude, and, of course, a celebration of all things home. At Geri Reilly Real Estate, we're not just about finding houses; we're about creating homes and fostering a sense of community. Join us as we explore the essence of Thanksgiving in Northern Vermont, from delightful recipes to heartwarming community events.


Recipes to Warm the Heart:

Thanksgiving is synonymous with indulgent feasts, and we’re happy to provide some delightful recipes that embody the spirit of Northern Vermont's harvest season.

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Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans


  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. Prep Brussels Sprouts: Trim the ends of the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add Cranberries and Pecans: Toss fresh cranberries and chopped pecans into the bowl with the Brussels sprouts. The combination of tart cranberries and nutty pecans adds a burst of flavor and texture.
  4. Whisk the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. This flavorful dressing will enhance the natural sweetness of the Brussels sprouts.
  5. Coat and Toss: Drizzle the dressing over the Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and pecans. Toss everything together until well coated, ensuring each piece is infused with the delicious maple-balsamic flavor.
  6. Spread on Baking Sheet: Spread the coated Brussels sprouts mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet, arranging them in a single layer. This ensures that they roast evenly and develop a beautiful caramelization.
  7. Roast to Perfection: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are golden brown and crispy on the edges. Make sure to toss the mixture halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  8. Serve and Enjoy: Once roasted to perfection, transfer the Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans to a serving dish. Garnish with additional chopped pecans if desired. Serve warm and watch this vibrant side dish become a Thanksgiving favorite!

This delightful side dish combines the earthy goodness of Brussels sprouts with the sweetness of cranberries and the crunch of pecans, creating a harmonious medley of flavors that will complement any Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy!


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Herb-Roasted Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Glaze



  • 1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds), thawed if frozen
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled

Cranberry-Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup cranberry sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Zest of one orange


  • Pan drippings from the roasted turkey
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat and Prep: Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Remove the giblets from the turkey cavity, rinse the turkey inside and out, and pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. Herb Butter Rub: In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, chopped sage, rosemary, and thyme. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  3. Prepare the Turkey: Gently lift the skin of the turkey and rub half of the herb butter mixture directly onto the turkey breast. Rub the remaining mixture over the entire surface of the turkey. Sprinkle additional salt and pepper over the exterior.
  4. Stuff and Truss: Place quartered onion, lemon halves, and garlic cloves inside the turkey cavity. Truss the turkey using kitchen twine to secure the legs and keep the shape.
  5. Cranberry-Orange Glaze: In a small saucepan, combine cranberry sauce, orange juice, honey, Dijon mustard, and orange zest. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes until it thickens slightly. Set aside.
  6. Roast the Turkey: Place the prepared turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the turkey.
  7. Glaze the Turkey: During the last 30 minutes of roasting, baste the turkey with the cranberry-orange glaze every 10 minutes, creating a flavorful, glossy finish.
  8. Rest and Carve: Once the turkey is cooked, let it rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a moist and flavorful bird.
  9. Make Gravy: While the turkey rests, pour the pan drippings into a saucepan. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and a cup of broth until smooth. Gradually whisk the flour mixture into the pan drippings, adding the remaining broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve and Enjoy: Carve the turkey, drizzle with additional cranberry-orange glaze if desired, and serve with the savory herb-infused gravy.

This Herb-Roasted Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Glaze is a show-stopping centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast, combining the classic flavors of herbs, citrus, and cranberries to create a memorable and delicious entree.


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Title: Harvest Spice Bourbon Mule


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz apple cider
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • Ginger beer
  • Ice cubes
  • Cinnamon stick and apple slice for garnish


  1. Prepare the Glass: Fill a copper mug (or your preferred cocktail glass) with ice cubes.
  2. Build the Base: In a shaker, combine bourbon, apple cider, fresh lemon juice, and maple syrup. Shake well to ensure all the flavors are nicely blended.
  3. Strain into Glass: Strain the mixture over the ice in the prepared glass.
  4. Top with Ginger Beer: Pour ginger beer over the bourbon mixture, leaving enough room for the effervescence.
  5. Give It a Stir: Gently stir the ingredients in the glass to combine the flavors.
  6. Garnish: Garnish your Harvest Spice Bourbon Mule with a cinnamon stick and a thin slice of apple. The aromatic cinnamon and the crisp apple slice add a festive touch to the cocktail.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Toast to gratitude and the flavors of the season with this delightful Harvest Spice Bourbon Mule.

This Thanksgiving cocktail is a perfect blend of the rich warmth of bourbon, the seasonal touch of apple cider, and the sweet notes of maple syrup, all complemented by the effervescence of ginger beer. Cheers to a festive and flavorful Thanksgiving celebration!


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Setting the Table in Style:

Elevate your Thanksgiving dinner with tablescape ideas that capture the essence of Vermont's rustic charm. Incorporate natural elements like pinecones, acorns, and seasonal flowers to create a centerpiece that celebrates the beauty of the outdoors. Consider using locally crafted ceramics or wooden serving dishes to add a touch of authenticity to your table setting. Let your creativity flow, and don't forget to share your stunning tablescape on social media using the hashtag #VermontThanksgiving!

Decorating Your Home for the Season:

As we approach the holiday season, there's no better time to infuse your home with warmth and festive cheer. Embrace the rustic elegance of Northern Vermont with cozy throw blankets, plaid accents, and soft lighting. Consider swapping out your regular decor for autumn-themed elements like pumpkins, gourds, and seasonal wreaths. We've curated a list of local artisans and shops where you can find unique decor items to add a touch of Vermont to your home.


Giving Back to the Community:

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and giving, and at Geri Reilly Real Estate, we believe in making a positive impact in our community. Join us in supporting local food drives to ensure that everyone in Northern Vermont can enjoy a hearty meal this Thanksgiving. See below for information on community events and how you can contribute to making this holiday season a little brighter for those in need.


Community Events and Gatherings:

Discover the array of events happening in Northern Vermont during the Thanksgiving season. From festive parades to craft fairs and tree-lighting ceremonies, there's no shortage of activities to bring the community together. Check out our event calendar to plan your Thanksgiving week and make the most of the vibrant and welcoming atmosphere in our corner of Vermont.


The BTV Winter Market at City Hall Park | 11/18 at 12pm | 11/19 at 4pm



Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at Leddy Park | 11/23 at 10am



GMAA Turkey Trot 5K | UVM Gutterson Fieldhouse | 11/23 at 10am



Santa Parade | Church Street Marketplace | 11/24 at 12:30pm



Tree Lighting Ceremony | Church Street Marketplace | 11/24 at 5:30pm



Kids Train | Church Street Marketplace | 11/26 at 11am-3pm



As we gather around the Thanksgiving table, let's celebrate not only the bounty of the harvest but also the warmth of community and the joy of creating a home. At Geri Reilly Real Estate, we're grateful to be part of the Northern Vermont community, and we wish you and your loved ones a Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love, and the unmistakable charm of our beautiful region. Happy Thanksgiving!

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