Thanksgiving 2011 recap

Sharing a little recap of Thanksgiving before we get totally engulfed by Christmas.

Here’s my husband and me. It was so warm outside and extra warm in the kitchen with all the cooking going on that my hair was totally a limp mess. 2011_11_24_2991


My granddaughter Mia, enjoying some veggies and dip before the feast. If it has dip on it, she’ll eat it!

My daughter Dawn and her husband Scott.


Dawn and Mia are making green bean casserole. I planned on fresh broccoli, but the broccoli I bought was brown on the inside and bitter tasting, so I had to come up with something else.




She’s so cute, I love this picture of her cooking like a big girl.


My oven isn’t big enough for all the dishes, so I always end up using a roaster to cook the turkey. If I ever have another kitchen, it will have double wall ovens!nan2011_11_24_3011

Mia had a great time talking to my husband’s mother, Catherine, who’s almost 95.  Mia called her Nona, and told her she had pretty rings and earrings and pretty hair. She can be quite a chatterbox.




Care for a little Kahlua with your chocolate trifle?


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That famous after Thanksgiving dinner snooze… grandson, Dave, a student at Pace university in NYC, was sleeping soundly with a smile on his face!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, now let the Christmas decorating begin!


Debbie (((xx)))

Simple felt and burlap napkin rings for Thanksgiving

The simple beauty of these felt leaf shaped napkins rings inspired me to recreate the look. Leaf shapes cut from felt and sewn with contrasting thread for veining is a quick and easy project.


After cutting strips of burlap, I glued them to wooden napkin rings I already had.


A clipart program provided leaf shapes for patterns. Some leaves I cut from felt squares and some from felt fabric, which isn’t as stiff as the squares.


You could glue the leaf to the napkin ring or not, either way looks good.


I like the look of the plain burlap ring with the leaf on the plate.  Write a name on the leaf for a place card.


The oak shapes, cut from felt fabric aren’t as stiff, but I like the way they lay on the napkin ring mimicking a real leaf.


You could even skip the sewing and use a marker for the veining and just place felt leaves on the table here and there for decoration. That is; if you have room for turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy and felt leaf decorations! Laughing out loud


Tomorrow is the everything Thanksgiving linky party. Please come back tomorrow and link up! I sure would enjoy seeing your decorations and projects and hearing your turkey story disasters, like not realizing the oven is on broil while trying to roast a turkey! Steaming madOh yeah, that was a good one!




Adding to Making the world cuter Monday, The Tablescaper Seasonal Sunday, Inspire me Monday at Singing three little birds, Just Something I whipped up at The Girl Creative, Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A 2 Z


Debbie (((xx)))

Hope we don’t skip Thanksgiving!

The stores are already all decked out for Christmas. Every year we go directly from Halloween to Christmas! Sad smile  Why is Thanksgiving ignored? It’s like the shy kid in the corner feeling alone and outcast.

Come on, let’s party for Thanksgiving, the pilgrims, the Mayflower, Plymouth rock, the native Americans and you know the rest.




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I sure would appreciate that!Open-mouthed smile




We’ve all got lots more than pumpkin pie to be thankful for.

                         Let’s celebrate!





Debbie (((xx)))

Are we forgetting Thanksgiving?

Don’t know why…… but it seems Thanksgiving is standing in the background jumping up and down, waving and yelling, “Hey don’t forget me!” Do you feel that way too this year? Are we jumping from Halloween straight to Christmas?
I sure hope not because I love turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce (from a can, no kidding) and all the other delicious  goodies.  This year I’m not cooking at home but I could still use some inspiration in the form of beautiful table settings.
Did you ever notice how natural elements lend themselves perfectly to the Thanksgiving table?
Tied Up and Dressed Up
From BH&G, tiny ears of corn embellish the napkin.

A single leaf dresses up this plain white plate.

I love the colors and berries on this table!

Above photos from Country Living

From Martha Stewart,  the large felt leaves on this table are  appealing and probably easy to make.
Our Thanksgiving menu doesn’t change much from year to year. Does yours?  We usually stick to the tried and true favorites. THIS POST from 2008 has our menu posted and SNOW before Thanksgiving. My Thanksgiving table 2009 HERE.

More Thanksgiving foods at Tasty Tuesday, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving !
There’s still 2 more days left to enter the giveaway HERE.

Debbie (((xx)))

The Season has officially begun

Let the decorating begin! I haven’t started to decorate yet and I’ll bet you are all finished! I’m waiting for the mood to strike!

So far this mod podge project is all I’ve done. I found a small tree on clearance  last year for $4 with the thought of putting it in this planter I got from Big Lots a couple years ago.  I bought the planter because I liked the shape and knew I could remake it. 

I used a sturdy wrapping paper that I had on hand and  outlined the edges of the planter with black magic marker because the edges of the paper weren’t perfect, but that won’t matter when it’s finished. I mod podged the paper onto the planter and am just waiting for it to dry.


When it’s done I’ll set up this little tree in the kitchen because we spent so much time there. I’ll do a couple tablescapes, decorate the porch and call it done.

My favorite thrift shop sent me a $5 coupon that I used on some Christmas dishes that are perfect for a holiday tablescape. Getting that coupon was a nice surprise!

Now that Thanksgiving is over it’s quiet around here again. Mia Kate has gone home and  taken all her chattering and screaming with her. She is a screamer, have I mentioned that before? Makes your ears ring, that’s how loud it is.

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She napped right through Thanksgiving dinner, but she had her dinner after she woke up. At 19 months she is just too cute!


I’m looking forward to visiting all over blogland and seeing all the beautiful holiday decorations.


Give Thanks


As you gather around the table, please pause for a moment to reflect upon the the blessings you’ve received this year. I hope you will remember the most wonderful blessing of all, your salvation through Jesus Christ. It is free to you but cost Him his life and for that we are so blessed.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thrift Shopping

Yardsale season may be over but I’m still on the hunt for bargains and treasures, or even thrash that I can turn into a treasure.  I hit the local thrift shop at least twice a week, sometimes more. Sssshh,  don’t tell but I think it’s an addiction! 


I found this bird cage for $3. I have a few others so now I guess I can call it a collection.
IMG_0676Barrel shade and nice wooden pedestal were $1.50

tp2  I found this tea set in different parts of the store but each piece has the same mark on the bottom so I’m assuming it’s a set. Total $2.75

Three winter skirts and a Tommy Hilfiger sweater for $3 each. What a bargain! The Beth Moore book was only .50.
On the Thanksgiving table in the previous post, the tureen was $2. the frame $1.50. The praying hands look so real and were only .50 and even though I found then months ago, they’re perfect for Thanksgiving. 

That’s it for my recent finds. I think I did pretty good. I’m linking up to Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville. thriftthursday
Seeing what others found is almost as good as finding it yourself!

Sharing Thanksgiving

WELCOME to sharing Thanksgiving. Come on in.
On the front door is a  different twist on a door wreath.
I’ve added a yardsale initial. OK, it’s not an original idea that I just dreamed up, I totally copied it from another blogger.  The problem is……I can’t remember who that was!
IMG_0692A little scarecrow amid bright pumpkins on the porch.
A pop of orange in the entry.
The table is set with my old, cheap wedding ring china, mismatched silver and crystal goblets.
T6 Most of the things I’ve used in the tablescape are thrifted treasures. The oblong frame, I just found at the thrift shop for $1.50. The tureen was $2.00 and the praying hands were only 50 cents.
T4 I picked up these turkey plates at T J Maxx. A friend gave me this beautiful linen tablecloth years ago.
The charger plates were gold and came with the china when I bought it. Oil rubbed bronze spray paint changed that.

Our meal is always the same. Turkey, filling and gravy, cranberry(MUST be canned), glazed sweet potatoes, a green vegetable, hot rolls and cream slaw with a pumpkin dessert. And sometimes a baked corn casserole.
We have filling, it’s not called stuffing. Potato filling is the only filling you’ll find around these parts. It’s one of those recipes that has no real recipe. The basic ingredients are mashed potatoes, sautéed celery and onions and bread cubes.
Here’s how I make it.
Sauté  about 4 stalks of diced celery and a large onion in lots of butter and add that to the mashed potatoes. You can make the potatoes a day ahead (season them the way you like with salt and pepper, milk and butter).
Add one bag of cubed bread and mix it all up, adding milk or broth and  more butter if you like.
Some people add eggs, seasoned bread crumbs or parsley.
Add milk and butter to make it the consistency you prefer. I like filling a little on the stiff side. I add lots of pouty seasoning, salt and pepper. You can bake this in a casserole or put it in the crockpot. If you use the crockpot you may have to add more milk or broth to make sure it doesn’t get too dry. That’s it, I could eat this for days and usually do, even cold straight from the fridge.

Ok, that’s my Thanksgiving, are you ready to link up? I hope so.

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Linking to Second time around at A picture is worth 1000 Words.

Linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Let’s talk turkey and all the trimmings

Thanksgiving is only 21 days away. Are you getting ready, mentally preparing or actually washing the good dishes and ironing the tablecloth?

Since there are always lots of great Christmas parties around blog land, how about we have a little Thanksgiving party link up? We can talk about anything Thanksgiving…..your most requested recipe or one that must be on the table. Your best memories or your worst memories, does your family prefers buffet style or a family style meal, a kitchen disaster, personality clash and anything at all that is or was part of your Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving last year was a disaster for us. I got so sick and at the last minute had to cancel everything and I had so much prepared and ready for the day. This is the place setting from last year that never got used.

The following beautiful pictures are from Country Living on line.

I love this table. The branch is the perfect accent, like icing on a cake.

Who wouldn’t love this centerpiece, the colors are gorgeous!

A centerpiece of pictures of loved ones, how neat!


This pheasant transferware just makes my heart go pitter pat! It screams Thanksgiving.

And here’s yet another use for burlap.

Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, NEVER!

What a statement this makes! I could see this on a buffet table. WOW!

SO will you link up and dish some turkey on NOV. 17th?    I hope so!   There’s a button to grab on the sidebar…come on join in! I’ll put up MrLinky on the 16th so we can start  the party.



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