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November 24, 2021









My Thanksgiving table is set for tomorrow and I went old school with my aunt's china and my grandmother's linens. At the last minute I decided my old silvery turkeys needed to be gold, so quickly they were spray painted then aged with some watered down brown paint, and voila, a few hours later they graced my pretty table.


I have been on a mission for the last few years to refresh my faux garland, but by the time I shop in December wherever I go they are completely sold out. This year I went early and bought this garland when they were putting it out--on Halloween! The guy was literally unboxing as I walked by, so I waited and tried not to look too eager, then took 4 boxes off his hands with a smile. He told me that this was really popular and it was their last box and would get no more in. This is on Halloween! I also found the deer and doe, (all of this happened at good old Target) and when I brought them home decided they would look pretty on my fall table, not just for Christmas, so they've been out all month. The garland is made of faux magnolia leaves with some of the leaves painted gold. It's really pretty, and since we have a huge magnolia in front of our house, I thought it would be perfect. 


It will be a busy weekend. After our family leaves on Thursday evening, my husband and I will finish the last of the clean up (doesn't it seem to take forever?) and prepare the turkey carcass because on Friday I'll be making turkey soup. I hope you'll join me again! While the stock is simmering away I'll begin decorating for Christmas. I give myself three lazy days to complete it and then we'll end the weekend with our downtown Christmas parade on Sunday night. Our little family will be meeting several other families--a long time tradition for over 40 years. It's very fun and a bit nostalgic with our now grown up children bringing their little children to the same parade. I hardly know what to say about the recent parade tragedy and all the looting and unrest happening here in the US. My head and heart cannot even comprehend what is happening. I leave in an hour to pick up my 4 year old grandson who will "help" me with the Thanksgiving prep work. I will hold him extra tightly and give him more kisses than usual I'm sure. If you live in America, I hope you have a restful and grateful Thanksgiving. Sending love from the bottom of my heart. xoxo Kristen


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9 comments

  1. Followed you along last year making the one broth and then the soup. Found an old, but nice, chinois at our antique shop which I will use this year. Loved the soup so I’ll be making it along with you on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving. I have much to be grateful for.

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  2. I meant bone broth but spellcheck got in the way!

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    1. Great! I'm so glad to hear that. You were lucky to find an old chinois strainer. It's so useful. Thank you for your commment.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving! I so enjoy your blog and photos--thank you for sharing.

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  4. Your table looks beautiful! I thought the magnolia leaf garland was from your tree. It is a magnificent faux. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    Carole

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    1. It's so real looking, even in real life, right? You have a beautiful Thanksgiving too, dear one.

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  5. So beautiful, and that china is the pattern my mother had as a bride! I have always loved it! Thank you for all the inspiration and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Missy

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    1. It's a beautiful, classic pattern. I thought it was called Winter Wheat but I just turned a plate over and it's called Harvest by Lenox. I really love it for it's simplicity. Thank you for your comment and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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