Tag Archive: Thanksgiving

Pie is for Pumpkin!

pumpkin pie

When you think of Thanksgiving you think of Pumpkin Pie!  Okay, maybe you think of turkey or green bean casserole or Jello- but I’m sure pumpkin pie is pretty high on the list.  Pumpkins are the symbol of Fall.  In early September they start appearing everywhere.  Pumpkins in the grocery store, pumpkin patches on the corner, craft pumpkins, pumpkin recipes, pumpkin wreaths, pumpkin spice lattes, pretty much pumpkins galore!  They are a major part of Halloween and Thanksgiving, and are sort of a national seasonal obsession.  I for one am part of the obsession!  I LOVE pumpkin spice candles and admit to lighting them in August!!  Pumpkins decorate my home from September to December;  and I make Pumpkin Pie almost every year.

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Pass the Vintage Jello Please!

vintage jello recipe The Orange Tree orangetreefla.comOne of my most memorable Thanksgiving memories is the moment when my grandmother, Mama Ialeene, would let me dig into her red, fruit filled jello salad.  It was one of those jiggly, molded ones with the fruit suspended inside of it- chunks of pineapple and little sliced cherries.  I’m sure your grandmother probably made something similar.  I don’t have Mama’s original recipe- but I do have one of her cookbooks.  It’s a lovely old book, published in 1945; called The Household Searchlight Recipe Book.  My grandmother wrote her new married name on the inside front cover (how cute is that!).  I think it might have been a wedding gift or maybe a shower gift.  I found it when we were cleaning out her house after her death.  I kept it, mostly because of her name in it.  I felt drawn to it- she was a new bride and giddy to start cooking for her new husband- thinking about it now makes my heart smile!

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Blue and White Thanksgiving

For my Thanksgiving place setting and place cards this year I wanted to incorporate some of my blue and white plates.  I always use my Spode Woodland Plates.  They are brown and white with woodsy animals in the center.  They are very “fallish” and I love using them at Thanksgiving.  I thought the blue and white would add a pop of color to the Fall colors in the Woodland pattern.  I chose to layer the Spode Woodland plates with Spode Blue Room salad plates, and My Great-grandmother’s Spode Buttercup salad plates on top.  I topped it off with a mini pumpkin.  Then I got the inspiration to write names on the mini pumpkins and use them as place cards.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

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