I truly love Thanksgiving. While I was in the Air Force, I spent every Thanksgiving away from home, and spent several far away entertaining troops in Turkey, Korea, Germany and Bosnia. Maybe that's why I love it so much now that we are settled here near my parents.
The last several years, I have really enjoyed the afternoon meal we have with my parents and a close family friend. My mother lets me cook the turkey now, so I cook it overnight starting about midnight. I love to wake up to the smell of roasting turkey with fresh herbs from my garden. It reminds me of my childhood.
I really wanted something special for place cards this year, so I took music from my great grandmother's 1920 song book, scanned it, edited the image to get what I wanted, then turned it into this.
I also wanted to use something different on the table, so I borrowed from my mother's wonderful collection of Johnson Brothers Friendly Village. She has old and new ones, but we will be eating on the newer ones. The salad plates will actually come off and be used for dessert later.
Heirloom Wallace "Louvre" sterling flatware from 1893 definitely adds a vintage touch to this table as do the linen embroidered napkins from my mother's collection.
For the centerpiece, I used an old wormy chestnut board covered with arborvitae, hydrangeas, pine cones and hand-painted pumpkins.
Silver sugar bowls, creamers and a sterling compote that belonged to my great grandmother are filled with coffee beans and different size candles.
My great grandfather's "Aladdin" style oil lamp takes center stage and will come in handy when the snow comes and the power is off:-)
I can almost smell the homemade pumpkin pies my mom will make from Candy Roaster squash with my grandmother's homemade crust recipe. Of course, her apple pies will be just as wonderful.
Cornbread dressing and gravy will be accompanied by mashed potatoes, green beans and corn from my mother's garden, and just maybe she will make her homemade rolls.
I love her cranberry/strawberry salad, but my favorite is the banana, apple and pecan salad she makes just like my grandmother did.
All in all, it really will be a pretty simple meal with mostly homegrown food and family favorites.
The most important part, though, will be sharing a meal with loved ones and thanking God for the incredible blessings in our lives. Maybe that's why I love Thanksgiving so very much:-)
I'll be joining: