To You with Thanks

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are many blessings in my life, and today I will give thanks for all, including you who are such faithful followers of Lulu’s Musings.  Some of you I’ve been lucky enough to meet face to face, but most of you are unknown except for what I learn about you through your blogs.  It’s amazing what connections are made online.

As I gather with my family around the table today, I lift my glass to you with the hope that you have a wonderful day no matter where you are.

Thank you for being a part of my life.

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Tips for a Stress Free Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving need not be stressful, and to keep that from happening here’s what I’m thinking will be helpful.

Set your table several days in advance.  That’s a fun job that could help you get in the right frame of mind.

Plan your menu and make a shopping list.

Don’t wait until the last minute to go to the grocery store.  Go early morning or late evening to avoid some of the craziness.

Prepare as many dishes as possible in advance so that on Thanksgiving day they only have to be baked or warmed.  If guests are coming, don’t be shy about asking them to bring a favorite dish.  They are probably happy not to be preparing the entire meal!

In the days preceding, put aside any anxiety, uneasiness or distress you have and focus on that for which you are grateful.  There’s probably much more than you think.

At the Thanksgiving table, avoid any conversation about politics or the outcome of the election.  Enough is enough!

Most of all don’t worry about everything being perfect but focus on the privilege of spending time with family and friends who mean so much.

AND don’t forget to take the turkey out to thaw!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving all of you.

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Getting Ready

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor the hubby and me, Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday.  Maybe that’s because it’s the only one where the family still gathers at our house, and each year we hope that all of our small brood will be at the table.

img_8283Most things stay the same from the table setting to the menu. Out come the dryer hose pumpkins that have been a centerpiece mainstay for oh so many years.  

img_8280The trick is to create a little different look each time they appear.  At some point, I may have to start repeating!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

No question the Della Robbia ironstone will come out of the cabinet for its annual appearance.  It is the first set of dishes I bought so they have real sentimental value, and given that only one piece has been broken they are indestructible.  For sure the color way is reminiscent of the 70’s, but for Thanksgiving it is perfect.

Like with the pumpkins, the challenge is to change things up each year, and that is getting harder.  It’s likely that that no one notices whether anything is different,  but for me its’s  what makes setting the table fun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost years a little something new is added.  It may be a placemat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAor glasses or napkin rings.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome months ago I purchased this inexpensive flatware thinking the colors and shape were fun.  It never occurred to me that it would be a great match for the Thanksgiving dishes, but here it is. Carson of Downton Abbey probably wouldn’t approve of the arrangement, but it adds a bit of jauntiness.

The something new this year are the place holders that I recently found in a cute shop in Franklin, Tennessee.  You can bet they will be part of tables to come.

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With the table ready, I’d best get thinking about a grocery store list!

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Taking Time Out

OriginalPhoto-468983450.166784With so much energy focused on Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving is an almost forgotten holiday wedged between the two.   Perhaps that’s a good thing because there is a calmness around Thanksgiving that doesn’t exist with most other holidays.

Though I try every day to be thankful, it is on this day I sit quietly and focus on all the gifts in my life.  They are many, some so small they sometimes get overlooked.  Some are full of joy, others are tinged with sadness, but in its own way each is a gift.

One gift I don’t want to overlook is each of you who take the time to read and sometimes comment on these musings.  I  started writing thinking it would be a good way to keep up with friends but thanks to the power of the internet,  a whole new audience has become part of my life.  Thank you.

Wherever you are, I wish you a wonderful day and urge you to take time to be grateful not just today but every day.

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Ready!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe table is ready

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand how I look forward to having family gather round.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanksgiving is the only holiday the hubby and I still host as daughters have taken over the rest and create their own traditions.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere not much changes from year to year.  Dishes are the same

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand for years dryer hose pumpkins have been arranged one way or another for a centerpiece.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis time some of the pumpkins are in a box that belonged to my much loved mother-in-law.  In spirit she is always with us

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAas is my mother whose flatware is at my place.  Why I kept only one place setting is totally beyond me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost years there is a little something new just because!

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There’s still shopping to do and preparations to be made, but readying the table  and reminiscing about all that it means is one of my favorite parts of the day that is to come.

Have you things on your table that are special to you?

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Thanksgiving Happies

I just heard on  TV that Christmas will be here in only 47 more days.  Gads, how is it possible to think about Christmas when we haven’t even gotten to Thanksgiving?Della RobbiaSpeaking of Thanksgiving, it’s not too early to think about the table.  For me, some things stay the same, like the Della Robbia dishes, my very first set.  Others have come and gone, but for some reason I’ve hung onto these, and they come out once a year at Thanksgiving.  Is it too much to hope that one of my daughters will keep them?

pumpkins/ThanksgivingNo question, the dryer hose pumpkins will be used as a centerpiece.  The challenge is figuring out how to arrange them differently!

While some things are traditional, I like to have some new little happy each year, so I went looking at Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Pier One, Target and World Market.  I found a number of tempting things, and if you, too, are still looking for that something new here’re some ideas.

Napkins and table runners for easy updates.

Place card holders for a touch of fun.

Chargers and placemats for a different look.

Cute things that could be worked into a centerpiece.

Just because.

A brine kit that takes the work out of preparing a turkey.

Pier One

So, after spending several hours going from place to place, what came home with me?  I restrained myself and got only napkin rings that were on sale at Pier One.  The looking was sure fun, and I hope you enjoyed it, too!

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Finishing Touches

Thanksgiving is the only holiday the hubby and I still claim as ours as it is the one time of year when most of our immediate family gathers under our roof.  Some things about this day don’t change.  Everyone makes part of the meal, cornbread dressing and giblet gravy just like Mother made are a must, the same dishes and dryer hose pumpkins are a traditional part of the tablescape.

Thanksgiving tableThe trick with the pumpkins is figuring out how to present them a little differently from one Thanksgiving table to another. This year they  spill out of an old wooden box, special because it belonged to my mother-in-law.

Thanksgiving tableThe box is on a piece of burlap tied at each end with ribbon that has not only the colors of fall but tones complementing those in the painting.  I always like having the table look like it belongs in its space.

Thanksgiving tableLittle turkeys roam the table expecting to cast a soft evening glow, and that’s it, a simple centerpiece.

Thanksgiving tableIt wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Della Robbia dishes,  the very first ones I bought when I moved into a Houston apartment more than 40 years ago.  Amazingly, not a single piece has been broken.  I had enough burlap and ribbon to make a few placemats that alternate with another set.

Thanksgiving tableNow, orange stems gotten several years ago at Pier One and  new flatware from Ross are added to the mix.  At the time I bought the flatware, I wasn’t thinking about the Thanksgiving table, but it is a fun touch perfect with the Della Robbia.

Thanksgiving tableHelping out with the finishing touches are the girls who are tying napkins with twine and putting their specially made name cards at each place.  

Thanksgiving tableSo, there it is, an uncomplicated Thanksgiving table, full of tradition, around which we will share gratitude for all that blesses our lives and the joy of being together.

Now, it’s off to the kitchen where the girls will make adorable pumpkin rolls from a recipe found here.  My job is to get started on the dressing and season the turkey.  Thinking about all the food that will be on the table  tomorrow reminds me that today I better eat light!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who take the time to read and comment here.  You are among my blessings.