How was your Thanksgiving week? Did the fun end all too soon for you? Was your focus fully on the blessings of the week? Or, did the process of preparing everything take priority over enjoying it? Please tell me I’m not the only one who struggles with that! Concentration while preparing doesn’t come easy when […]
It happened months ago. I received an email from someone I didn’t know. She was from TinyPrints. She wanted my permission to use one of my pictures in my Three French Hens post for something she planned to publish on-line. When I saw the picture she was using, I laughed. Ha! Why would anyone want […]
Do you write down things each day that you’re especially thankful for – like in a journal or on a calendar? Confession: I don’t, but I know I should. Someone (and you know who you are, my email friend. 🙂 ) inspired me recently because she was saying that she planned to start doing that. […]
Have you written out your Thanksgiving menu? Or, are you like me…running behind this year? We know it’s within a week, so if you’re behind like I am, let’s get our ducks in a row! I sat at my computer yesterday and created our Thanksgiving menu largely by looking over my Mains and Sides posts. […]
Last week after I shared my blog anniversary and stats (like the number of posts I’d published) Painter Artist Mom (PAM) and I had a discussion. We marveled at how so many projects, recipes, tables, and lots of things have whizzed by – never to be seen again. I thought it would be nice to […]
I visited Pam at Everyday Living one day (as I do often) way back in August. In her early roundup post for fall dishes, Perfectly Pumpkin!, she shared the best looking recipe for a pumpkin pecan cobbler. Of course, I had to try it! Don’t we all need a trial run on something new before […]
On the day of inspiration, Folliot Sanford Pierpoint was strolling in the countryside on a beautiful spring day. I can so relate to that! Can you? Do you sometimes take a walk and receive a flood of inspiration? (It happens to me on motorcycle trips, too.) The old hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth, […]
Are your ovens warming for pies to enjoy for Thanksgiving? Did you get ahead of the game a little over the weekend? I made these two Southern Sweet Potato Pies. One went into the freezer, and the other…let’s just say HH and I started giving thanks a few days early (wink). I decided to try […]
There’s so much to be said today in expectation of our week of Thanksgiving. God sure gives us many blessings! He also allows hard times. Is the purpose to make us more thankful for the good times? He says to praise Him in the hard times, too, though. Ugh, that is hard! If you are […]
Earlier this week when I published my post Tried and True Turkey Day Sides, I included sweet potatoes you can make in a slow cooker. With my wall ovens full of other things, it sure is helpful to cook something in a crock pot. I wondered if I could cook my grandmother’s cornbread dressing recipe […]
I thought at first this turkey fold (from Giving Thanks on Brown and White) would be so not worth the effort. It looks very involved. But, once I got started, it wasn’t hard at all. It was actually fun to see if I could do it. Begin with the white napkin, which is the body […]
I never was a brown person, so I didn’t wear brown shoes or purse. I always wore black shoes, and sometimes navy. Until this scarf. The thing that zings me is the sharp contrast of rich dark chocolate and pure white! After buying this scarf, my collecting of a few pieces of brown clothing ensued. […]
Is your menu for Thanksgiving dinner complete? If you’re missing something important, here’s help. The linked title before each picture below is the source page for the image. Does gravy intimidate you? It does me, especially when it involves making a rue. But the best gravies start with a rue. Here’s a fool-proof recipe that […]
Nothing is better than having breakfast prepared ahead of time for holidays. Do you agree? With all the other Thanksgiving meal prep needed from daylight ’til prayer around the table, quiche cups are for you! Everyone needs these delicious make-ahead cups of quiche for a quick breakfast for family and guests. Make them a day […]
Do you get stressed out when having people over? Are you intimidated by all the table decor hoopla? While next week’s tablescape will include everything turkey and Thanksgiving, for today, I wanted to share a simple and casual style of dining for the occasion. Simple settings can set a calming mood. Who doesn’t need that […]
Do clearance items sometimes get you moving towards a decorating theme? I bought this tablecloth on clearance a while back. With tones of brown and a deep maroon, it will work for many occasions. I decided to set a simple Thanksgiving table of mostly brown and white with highlights of orange and maroon, brought together […]
I hope you don’t mind, but I have another tablescape for you today. With Thanksgiving marching towards us, I’m getting my turkeys in line for some marching of their own. Did you notice the red turkey in this picture from my Roasted Acorn Squash Soup post the other day? PAM (Painter Artist Mom) gave Tom […]
I woke up this morning and reminded myself that it’s Fall. Gulp. Not officially yet, of course, but September means Fall to many of us. The fresh vegetable harvest is over, for the most part. In celebration of summer season ending, why not set a table filled with Vegetable Bounty? The Southerners among us are […]
Heavenly Father, life is so hard sometimes. Yet…You understand. Sometimes we get discouraged…and then You breathe strength into us. Lord, we struggle. Yet, we believe! On this spectacular Sunday, we raise our hands to You, Father. We proclaim Your sovereignty, Your goodness, Your healing, Your Lordship. We praise You! Image Source Thank you isn’t enough. […]
I know it’s only August. And barely August, at that. Yes, you have plenty of time for planning before Thanksgiving rolls around. But…here’s where we pause and think back on last year, remember how you wished you had ordered certain things before the last-minute, before it was too late? I’d like to help you avoid […]
I’d not planned to post anything today, but I decided to connect with you today with this video. I think it will help us all remember what this day is about – and overlook some family strains that might occur. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
During this week of Thanksgiving, show the one you love some appreciation. Orange French Toast can do that. Really. They’ll get the message – because not just anyone would go to the trouble.
Holidays can be hard. When we’re in the middle of troubled times (the storms of life), it’s not a time for being thankful for the circumstances we’re in. Then, why does Paul tell us to be thankful in this I Thessalonians verse? Doesn’t he understand? James, the brother of Jesus, said basically the same thing. […]
We’re taking a brief detour from the turkey leftovers feature this week. I realized this table couldn’t wait until next week – Thanksgiving is upon us! Every year at Thanksgiving, the big game happens – the fight between two rivals. Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss. Why not incorporate HH’s (and now Fun Son’s, too) Mississippi […]
This salad is terrific to use when you have leftover chicken of any kind. I’ve used rotisserie chicken, lemon chicken, baked chicken – well, everything except barbecue chicken. I’ve also used leftover turkey meat after Thanksgiving, and it is delicious – and a nice change from the flavors we associate with Thanksgiving. I’m not saying […]
We give thanks throughout the year, of course. But, during November, giving thanks is on the forefront of our minds. Source What are you most thankful for? Is there one thing that comes to mind before everything else?
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I decided to do a little pre-meal preparation. I was reading recipes in the November issue of Southern Living, when I found a recipe for twice baked potatoes. I had just brought home a 10-pound bag of large Idaho potatoes from the grocery store.
Here we are at the end of summer. The last of the garden produce is trickling in. It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving for us to be thankful. And, we are that. Even the farm animals are gathered…huh? (What are y’all doing out here? You’re supposed to be in the kitchen.) (Get back inside!) We’re […]
It’s pumpkin month, y’all! And this pumpkin was very easy to make! I copied this idea from a friend who owns a nifty decorator store. She got the idea from Pinterest and made hers using a wire wreath. I made this with a grapevine wreath. (Sorry about all the distracting reflection in the glass […]