This Thanksgiving means so much to me because I am going to be preparing the traditional
meal at our home for my children and their families.
We might even have an outdoor Thanksgiving!
This is the year we will all be together under one roof or star lit sky and my heart is singing.
My theme for my outdoor Thanksgiving table is a combination of rustic and traditional.
I have incorporated pine cones, burlap pumpkins and natural pumpkins into a rustic iron
basket along with some ribbon and Fall leaves.
I am mixing some china and fall patterned dishes together along with some new porcelain
dinnerware I just purchased, linen napkins and yarn napkin rings.
Reflecting on my childhood Thanksgiving I remember how my Mother prepared well in advance for
Thanksgiving by using the bounty from many of the crops that were grown by my parents.
We had the best, best, russet potatoes ever, which came from our farm, apple pie made from
McIntosh apples from our apple tree. (yes McIntosh apples are best for sauces, but Mom's
pies were the absolute best.)
To this very day I can see her standing over the stove stirring gravy, mashing potatoes
or making one of her signature homemade cakes, cookies or pies from scratch.
A pure symbol of her love was preparing and cooking a meal for her family.
In preparation for Thanksgiving day, I have fluffed up some pillows and planted some petunias.
The menu is planned, traditional right down to the creamy mashed potatoes, and you do know they
are the tastiest made with real butter, half and half and some grated Parmesan cheese.
I have taken a dry run on setting our table and creating an outdoor Thanksgiving tablescape.
So, all that is left is to show you the new dinnerware I just purchased.
I am drawn to dishes with a pattern, but I know that off white is so clean and universal.
I am looking forward to mixing and matching my china, whipping up those tasty
mashed potatoes and preparing a meal with much love for my family, just like Mom did.
Will you be having your Thanksgiving outdoors or indoors?
Please Join Me~
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