Giving thanks – table top

Thanksgiving kicks off one of my favorite times of year. I think we will all be taking the time to focus on the good in our lives next Thursday! I have so much to be thankful for. My five year old daughter has been begging me to decorate the house for the holidays. I promised her that tonight we could put the little white candles in the windows around our home. Sometimes it is the simple things in life that bring the most joy, for me coming home to illuminated windows on a chilly, dark night makes my children and I a little happier. ( I think Matty will appreciate it too) I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year but I will be helping my Mom with as much as I can. These holiday table ideas each looked fairly easy to pull together but are impactful. I LOVE LOVE the idea of the top left-hand image. How ingenious is this? Simply display fruit, cheese and charcuterie selections along a piece of pine. Most hardware/building supply stores can cut a board to the exact length you need. 

 The items I shared layered with flowers, a slew of candles and some natural mixed    greens would create the perfect table for your delicious Thanksgiving meal. 

1. Votive
2. I want to invest in a set of cabbage plates. I love the green too but I think food always looks best on white plates.
3. Serve sides or nuts in a few tortoise dishes. I love the depth tortoise brings to design.
4. I love sipping wine and water out of a large goblet.
5. I usually prefer cloth napkins but these were too fun not to post! Furbish always does a fabulous job sourcing their goodies. Purchase napkins here!
6. Pretty bamboo flatware is always a hit

Thoughts on home – Thanksgiving table update

Hello Loves! Today I’m sharing an update on my Thanksgiving preparations. I’ve got almost everything in order for the table. I’m purchasing the flowers tomorrow! Mind you this is a table on a “budget”, so I’m going to mix a couple different types and bouquets to get a custom look. Here I have shared some common Fall/Thanksgiving bouquets for inspiration……
 I am however going to mix my colors up a bit. I was out scouting over the weekend and think I am going to combine the two floral looks below. The orange roses will be deeper and richer in color. 
My kids and I also gilded pumpkins yesterday. They loved it and I was really happy with the results! The smaller pumpkins are going to be used as place setting markers and I may guild the stems today. 
I am using these dishes on top of my china. They are from a family collection and are Spode, pattern: Florence. I’m loving the fretwork pattern and brown color!! Finally I had a couple of people ask for the stuffing recipe I use. I mentioned it is from the old school Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook! I combine these two, double it and add a bit more spices and of course more BUTTER!!!
Bread Stuffing
3 Tablespns chopped onion  (I also use celery)
1/4 cup butter
4 cups bread cubes (about 7 slices of bread)
1/4 teaspn salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 t poultry seasoning
1/2 t sage
2-4 T water or chicken broth
Cook onion and celery in butter.  Combine w bread and seasonings.  Toss with enough broth to moisten.  Makes enough for 3-4 lb chicken.  You have to at least quadruple the recipe.
Herb Stuffing
12 cups slightly dry bread cubes
1/3 cup snipped parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
11/2 teasp salt
1 teasp sage
1 teasp thyme
1 teach dried rosemary ( more if you use fresh)
6 T butter
1 cup chicken broth.
Makes enough for one 12 lb turkey. I usually double this recipe  Also use celery.  And adjust seasonings to taste, often using a little more than the above recipes.

Thanksgiving recipes!

So I have pulled together my Thanksgiving Day recipes! I mentioned last week I’ll be sharing a weekly post up until the holiday. I’ve included all of the saved recipes and my thoughts. I have also pinned them here – under my recipes board.
I loved this table setting guide breakdown. I’ll be going with a basic table setting but adding a water glass too. Enjoy!
I’m going to try and brine my turkey this year. Recipe here.
I am a classic stuffing girl. I actually use a recipe out of my Mother’s 1970’s copy of Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook. It’s yummy. I add extra butter.
I LOVE sweet potatoes. I thought these sounded like a twist on the traditional holiday veggie.
Again, I keep my squash pretty classic with lots of butter and a little brown sugar.
My Mom bakes the best rolls ever. I should probably learn the recipe. She also always bakes sticky buns. These look similar to her rolls, they are a blend of sweet and salty. Delish! 
I’ve never added chicken broth when I cook my green beans. This year I’m going to try this simple recipe.
Matty’s favorite.
Home made jellied cranberry sauce.  (Recipe below)

I love both red and white wine and feel either work with Turkey and the array of sides. I’ve included two of my favorites below. I also aways have a bottle of Apothic Red on hand. I should start buying that by the caseload. I swear it is addicting.

T.G.I.F.

Having a backyard barbecue and mixing some rita’s tonight! I’m going to whip up my own sour mix, cause who needs all the extra junk in the pre-made mixes! Have an amazing weekend!!
My go to summer salad. I keep a basil plant on my sun porch all summer! Maybe I’ll even grow some tomatoes this year!

Merry Christmas Cocktails..

Merry Christmas Eve! Sorry for the silence. I’ve been buttoning up work and all my holiday preparations. I’m in charge of devising and mixing a holiday cocktail to bring to my sister’s house this year. I was torn. There were lots of minty and fun choices to choose from. I’ve settled on a more refreshing libation. Found via

Have a wonderful holiday all!! xoxoxo 
I’ll return later this week…..Cheers!



Grape Nehi:
– 1.25 oz. Vodka
– 3/4 oz. Chambord
– 2 oz. Grape Juice, Cranberry Juice or Cran/Grape mixture (this is what I did!)
– 2 oz. 7-up

Pour over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.