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.


Half Moon Bay…Pumpkins!

October is a beautiful time to be in the San Francisco Bay area.  If you live in the Bay Area like I do, going to Half Moon Bay every October to buy pumpkins might be one of your favorite traditions.  Half Moon Bay is famous for their pumpkins and is the location where the largest pumpkins are weighed and one is pronounced the biggest grown this year!


Our family has been going to Half Moon Bay every October for as long as we can remember.  There are a lot of pumpkin farms to go to, each one a bit different from the others.  Many are almost carnival like with pony rides, trains and petting zoos.  Some have darling gift stores and flower shops.  (Beautiful flowers are also grown here.)


So…when you go to one or more of these “mega-pumpkin-patches,”  you have to be discerning about which pumpkins are worthy to come home with you and adorn your front porch.  Do you prefer big, small, curly stems?  Do you like different colors and shapes?  White?  Green?  Multi-colored?



Decisions…decisions….decisions….there is everything you could imagine here.



It’s always hard to choose, but somehow we make it home each year with a great collection of very fresh pumpkins that will sit and look pretty until carving time.

 And the winner??  The largest pumpkin grown this year???  That will be announced next week at the Pumpkin Festival.


BEST pumpkins in the WORLD????  We think so!