Thursday, November 24, 2016

Our Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

I forgot to take a photo of the table before we sat down to eat.
So I decided to take one of my dinner plate.
Mashed potatoes - oh so creamy and buttery - and gravy, 
Sausage-Cracker Stuffing - I always make a double batch of this because everyone LOVES it,
Golden orange garnet yams (AKA sweet potatoes) slathered in butter,
Corn, also slathered in butter,
and juicy whole cranberry sauce.
Oh, yes, and fresh bread rolls,
but I never eat one on Thanksgiving Day, because I can eat bread any ol' day.
We also always have sparkling cider - oh yum.

The food is delicious, but the best part of Thanksgiving Day is having the family all together.

Thanksgiving Day Has Arrived

~Thanksgiving Day Morning~
The day is just getting going.
We always have dessert for breakfast on this wonderful holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful Eve

~ All the baking is done ~
Time to curl up on the couch by a warm fire and enjoy an evening with the family.
Coca Cola by the Fireplace:

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day!

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Day


Today is baking day!

I'm baking:
Pumpkin pies,
Apple pie,
Pecan pie,
(Note: I will be using the
Pioneer Woman's
Perfect Pie Crust
for all of my pies.)
and my daughter is making her
Key lime pie.

There is a cozy fire in the fireplace...
U.S. "Weekend in the Ski Country", 1955.  U.S. Brewers Foundation //  by Haddon Sundblom  (1899-1976). "Sundblom gets pigeonholed as the painter of Coca-Cola Santa Clauses, but this trivializes his central place in 20th century advertising art. More than any artist including Norman Rockwell, Sundblom defined the American Dream in pictures, proved by his work for virtually the entire Fortune 500.:

Oh what a happy day!

vintage thanksgiving ads | Vintage Thanksgiving Advertisements (Prudential Insurance, 1950):

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Too Pretty Not to Share

My little Lizzy is my little baker. Just look at these pretty cupcakes she made today.
Only days 8 until Thanksgiving Day!
Thanksgiving Tablescape

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Jello Jam ~ It's Easy and Delicious

Earlier this year, I made this wonderful Jello jam. I recently opened one of the delicious jars of jam. It was so yummy that I had to tell you about it. This is the easiest jam to make, no pectin used, just Jello.

I love the flavor of  the watermelon Jello in this plum jam.
Jello Jam
• 5 cups crushed fruit ; * see note
• 2 cups crushed pineapple ; drained {I used more plums and did not add the pineapple to my plums.}
• 6 cups sugar
• 6 oz. Jello gelatin powder ; * see note
• NOTES : *Use any fresh fruit you like, such as berries, apricots, peaches, plums, pears, cherries. Choose a complimentary flavor of Jello to go with the fruit you use.

How to make it
• Boil fruit, pineapple and sugar together for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
•Turn off heat.
• Add Jello, mix well.
• Ladle into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch from tops. .
• Wipe jar rims and threads.
• Cover with two piece lids, screw bands tightly.
• Invert onto clean towel.
• After 5 minutes, turn upright and check for seals.
• Makes 12 half pints.
Or see: PLUM JAM
 6 c. plums, ground
1 pkg. frozen raspberries (more if desired)
7 c. sugar
2 (3 oz.) pkg. raspberry jello

Boil plums, sugar and raspberries 20 minutes.
Add jello until dissolved.
Bottle and seal.

Or See: Make Your Own Jell-O Jam
Or Raspberry Rhubarb Jell-O Jam

Only  12 days until Thanksgiving Day!
Pot roast - John Gannam:


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sweet Rolls Are My Undoing

 I did it again. I went and made cinnamon rolls.
And a few days later, as an excuse to use up some cranberries, I made cranberry sweet rolls.
Oh no, a little too much icing on this one.
Here they are fresh out of the oven...
 And then, smothered in butter. Oh yum!
I think that I like them best with butter and just a touch of icing.
 Only 2 weeks until Thanksgiving Day!
by Haddon Sundblom from the "Home life in America series":

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Cottage Dream

I love small homes. A great part of my interest in small homes is that I live in one. I get inspired by looking at other small homes.

My dream home would be a cottage by the seaside. Wouldn't that be lovely? I can just imagine this little cottage with a view of the sea. 

Mid Century Cottage Style Minimal Traditional - Nationwide House Plan Service - 1950s Home Design - The Duxbury:

This could be the kitchen.
1920's kitchen:

And here is the dining room.
1950s Traditional Dining Room by American Vintage Home, via Flickr:

This is one cozy corner of the living room -
Of course, there is a fireplace at the other end.
1949 Minty Fresh Colonial Living Room by American Vintage Home, via Flickr:

 And upstairs, we have the bedrooms...
bossy color | Annie Elliott Interior Design | Matchy-matchy walls and upholstery: Cool again, or too soon |

 1924 Floral Bedroom - Design Inspiration from 20s:

 And the bathroom.
vintage bathrooms in gray colors | 1926 Blue & Gold Scheme Bathroom - Crane Plumbing Fixtures:

Oh, how lovely to dream.

Only 3 weeks until Thanksgiving Day!

{All images on this post are from Pinterest}

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Foggy Sunrise at the River

This past week, we have been taking the camera on our morning walks.
These photos are all taken this morning.
 My camera really does not do the sunrise justice.
 We are so blessed to have time to stop and enjoy the moment.

 It is hard to get a good closeup photo with my cheesy camera.

We see many wild turkeys every morning.
 This almost looks like a road to heaven.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

7:00 A.M. Coffee

It is just getting light at 7:00 a.m...
However, this Sunday, the time change will be changing that, at least for a while.

We have been leaving the house about 6:00 to head out for our morning walk.
Come Sunday, we will be starting our walk around 5:30. Oh, yay! I love early mornings!

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