I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thanksgiving ~ Looking Back

Hi! I'm not hosting Thanksgiving this year. My cherished turkey plates will remain unloved in their dark cupboard awaiting ''someday''; instead I will be a guest at a wonderful feast with friends. So let's look back to earlier blog years, and enjoy memories of good times long gone but remembered fondly.....

2010 Second year of blogging:

A foggy and gloomy Thanksgiving has finally given way to a rosy sunset on Black Friday...and I managed a crisp, brisk walk before the very early darkness closes in.

I didn't even think about hitting the mall! (Did you?)

Spent most of the day putting away the party dishes...

I know the "in thing" this year was for natural browns and blues for Thanksgiving...but I was sort of already committed to traditional colors with a touch of glitter and gold.

I think it looks pretty....and festive.

My Staffordshire in the autumn colors is my inspiration....

Then I added gold-leafed and glittered pumpkins

...and a wonderfully faded mercury glass beaded table thing---placemat?--- from Target,

with mercury glass votives....

My wedding china is maybe out of style, who knew? But I think it looks so pretty, with my greatgrandmother's trousseau linen tablecloth, family treasure wine glasses, and silverware...plus the flea market linen napkins and a little chocolate turkey for everyone...

The turkey was good...the Martha Stewart chocolate pumpkin cheesecake was excellent. The wines were great....except the dessert wine, an ice wine that tasted like Robitussin! eeeeew.

But for some reason all that turkey and fixin's makes me long for a pot of spaghetti Bolognese! Yes! Red meat sauce, made with sausage and mushrooms and the leftover wine. Lots of fragrant parmesan! Yum, right?

a pretty dolly to greet my friends

My mother always said the day after Thanksgiving she longed for a Big Mac! (And we'd get takeout at Wendy's, have a Thanksgiving aftermath picnic at Fort Hill overlooking Nauset Beach and the lighthouse, on the Cape.)

I know just how she felt!
homemade cinnamon potpourri to make my entry hall fragrant



gone to the beach....

PS I also thought this ''early years'' post, which got almost no page views, was still amusing and true to my life here   [except this year, the current Jeep has 3! immediate action needed recalls. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. I love your turkey plate. And I love all your different china pieces.

  2. Your dinner table always looked so nice! I read your old posts again, and lol - my old stove is still hanging in there after 8 years! I can't believe it's been that long.

    I know you miss hosting, but on the bright side you don't have to do all the pre-day cleaning, or the meal prep & clean-up, or the after-meal cleaning and putting everything back away!

  3. I think your wedding china is super gorgeous!!
    Enjoy the day not hosting!!

  4. Lovely dish collection you have there; and that is the cutest dolly; your turkey plate reminds me of my Friendly Village plates which will also remain unused this year as we will be going to my daughter's for dinner...so no cooking for me YAY!!
    I am not a huge turkey fan, so I will eat the taters, string beans and stuffing..
    Hope your Holiday is wonderful;)))
    Happy Thanksgiving...
    hugs, Julierose

  5. So many beautiful settings in your photos! Enjoy your holiday.

  6. Everything was lovely! I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! :) Kit

  7. I LOVE the sparkly tablescape! So festive and happy. Your dishes will be very welcome when they next make an appearance.

    Fun to look back at an earlier post. Eeeek, Robitussin wine, lol. Best forgotten ;)

    I am totally on board with your Mom's after Thanksgiving picnic. Sounds idyllic.

    A quiet day at home for us. Will visit with neighbors, and maybe meet up with a friend for coffee or a glass of wine. If weather is not sunny, maybe a Gilmore Girls marathon.

    Look forward to hearing all about your day. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! GOBBLE GOBBLE!


  8. Beauty in the Bounty. I love the doll. So sweet.


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