The weather this year has been so mild and beautiful. My daughter and her family and my mother-in-law were at our house this year. We were blessed to Skype with our son's family who were visiting family in Virginia.
I used my English game plates I bought at Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts years ago now again this Thanksgiving. The first blog post I did as I began my blog in 2009 can be viewed here with the same plates. Can you see changes? Hopefully, there are improvements. Blogging has stretched me in many ways and I have miles to go but thank you to those that have been a part of my journey in this endeavor!
It is interesting to me how one texture or color can inspire a new direction in tablescaping design. The blue Jarrahdale pumpkins inspired me to use my Provencal tablerunners I bought in Provence on the table and the sideboard. Then, when I placed the game plates on the chargers the blue in the sky popped out. Of course, does it not make sense blue is my favorite color and I am drawn to blue! My dryed hydrangeas from a previous post shown here seemed at home still so they stayed this year.
The blue gray pumpkins called Jarrahdale or Queensland pumpkins are so pretty to me and new to me this year. I found the blue gray ones as well as the very unique peanut pumpkin or also called double uglies this year.
One of my blogger friends sent this pic from a market she visits. See the pic above from Linda @ Lulu's Musings.
It is amazing how many pots and pans and dishes you can dirty making Thanksgiving dinner. Thankful for dishwashers and extra help in the kitchen!
Our menu consisted of: squash casserole, sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and nut topping, green beans, southern cornbread dressing, fresh cranberry relish, and smoked turkey done on the green egg with great care by my husband and son-in law. Ok, I will admit all the women present admit we flunked gravy 101 but we had two renditions. One was pre-purchased and one was very hands on but did not compete with the turkey drippings at all! The drippings were served au jus and beat the other choices by far! The turkey was so tender and flavorful! It was stuffed with an apple, lemon, onion, celery, fresh thyme, and fresh rosemary with ground salt and pepper.
Our ten year old grandson read Psalm 100 as we reflected on all our blessings God has provided after my husband asked God's blessings on our lives before we began our meal.
Later that evening smores were enjoyed just because they were fun to make by the grandchildren as we visited around our fire pit. I think we were all stuffed by pumpkin and pecan pie but you know how it is! Thanksgiving comes but once a year! We are a blessed people!
It is so much fun to sit around a fire and teach the younger ones the techniques of roasting marsh mellows as well as the mesmerizing effects of a fire and the heartfelt warmth of loved ones! I wish you all a blessed and happy extended Thanksgiving. I am counting so many rich blessings living in America affords. May we all recognize the providence our creator has provided.
Hope you have a delightful long weekend! PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW! Bonnie