Thanksgiving in the City (or at least the suburbs)

Since Thanksgiving will be at my house this year, I’ve been doing a little planning.  Today, I decided to work on how the table will be set.  I worked on the center of the table with my new gold and cream table runner from Target.  I’m going through a gold phase, as you can see.  I made the center flower arrangement with really good quality fake white magnolias and gold magnolia leaves that I purchased in San Francisco at the flower mart.


Next, I got out the cream and gold Lenox dinner plates that used to belong to my mom and dad, but were a gift to me last Christmas.  I paired the dinner plates with Queen’s Myott Factory “Thanksgiving” pattern salad plates that I purchased a few years ago.


Just to make it fun and mix it up a bit, I added my new gold and white pitcher from Target.

Now, I have to start thinking about the menu.  There will be turkey and stuffing.  Because Grandma Bonnie will be here, there might be popovers, carrot ring and her famous potato dish nicknamed “dead rats in butter.”  It’s called that because even dead rats would taste good in that much butter and salt.

For dessert this year, I’m thinking of pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger snap crust and salted carmel topping.   I found a great recipe on The Pioneer Woman.  Of course there will be pies with whip cream and vanilla ice cream too.


Fall Luncheon!

Yesterday, I had the privilege of hosting an early fall luncheon for some wonderful lady friends.  I love to set a cozy fall table.  This time we had a centerpiece of hand-blown glass pumpkins, gourds and leaves from Cohn-Stone Studios in Richmond, CA. The table was set with plates and individual acorn soup tureens from Williams-Sonoma.  We had a wonderful pear and green salad followed by Southern Living Magazine’s Cheesy Vegetable Chowder.  One of my favorite fall recipes.  Dessert was Libby’s Pumpkin Roll.  The recipe right from the inside of the can label.

IMG_2787Just for fun we had a little “dirty diet coke” bar complete with cut up limes and your choice of coconut, cherry or vanilla Torani syrup to add some fun flavor.

IMG_2788I really enjoyed of having a fun meal at home instead of a restaurant.  It seems like a more relaxed environment where you are free to stay or go whenever you need to.  It’s always fun to use your creativity to come up with a fun table and a yummy meal.  Something I should really do more often.