Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Traditions

This Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day, one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with family.

Growing up as a child, my family (parents and 4 siblings) would celebrate this special day along with my grandparents. I have such great memories of my mother or grandmother stuffing a fresh turkey and popping it in the oven.  Homemade pumpkin pies were a specialty for my mother using fresh pumpkin.  Although we had many more trimmings to go along with the turkey (homemade cranberries, green bean casserole, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and candied sweet potatoes. my favorite side dish was my grandmother's creamed mushrooms!  Right before we pass all the turkey and the trimmings, we say grace and each family member shares what they are thankful for!

We would always watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and watch a family movie after dinner.

Although my family has grown with my siblings all married and 11 nieces/nephews, it still is not the same without my father and grandparents presence.

The weekend after Thanksgiving our family would begin decorating for the holidays and begin our holiday baking.  We would always do butter cut out cookies and my sisters and brother would always have fun in decorating them with assorted colored sprinkles.  The next morning, I would go shopping with my grandmother on Black Friday.  Now of days, I no longer go out on this day to shop especially at large shopping malls, I just support small businesses and the remainder of my holiday purchases are via online shopping.

So what are your Thanksgiving traditions?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Homemade Pumpkin Bread and Eye Candy from My Favorite Antique Shop

Over he weekend I pulled out my recipes and made one of my favorites for the fall - Pumpkin Bread.  It's usually a tradition for me to make something with pumpkin before the holidays arrive.

My kitchen smelled amazing with scents of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.  I actually enjoy having a slice of pumpkin bread with my morning coffee.

Here is the recipe if you want to try it.

1 2/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin (I used Trader Joe's Organic Pumpkin)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup water
**1/2 cup raisins - optional

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves.  Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk eggs, pumpkin, water and oil until moist.  Stir into dry ingredients until well mixed.  Fold in raisins if desired.

Pour into a greased 9x5 loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 65-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes before placing on baking rack.

I have been quite busy this month as I am working part time at one of my favorite antique stores right around the corner from me for the holidays.  When I moved from SC to NC, I found this store and have bought several things for my home there.  I am happy that I am working there during a fun filled season.  (My whole check will be going to the shop, I have to say!)  FYI - they also sell MMS Chalk Paint!

Here is some photos of the shop from the outside -- (some serious eye candy, don't you think?)

Around the home:  My paint color has been decided on and I am now ready to tackle the powder room, I really want to move on this and have it done before or after Thanksgiving.  Christmas decorating won't begin until the weekend after Thanksgiving so I think the painting will be done in plenty of time before the holidays!  My husband has volunteered to paint ceiling while I am happy on painting the walls!  I really don't mind painting but music is always needed while I am painting any room!  How about you?  Do you love to paint with music in the background?

Oh and I now have a iPhone6.  I am in love with it and use it quite often now instead of getting out my Canon!  It is perfect for Instagram too!

Have a lovely week!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Ltd. Turkey Platter Centerpiece

My husband bought me a beautiful turkey platter from Williams-Sonoma several years.  I used it only a couple of times when I prepared a turkey for Thanksgiving.  However this year, I wanted to create a centerpiece from it for my farm table this year.

The imprint on the back of platter states that is was made in England by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Ltd exclusively for Williams-Sonoma.

I shopped from my home on items that I could use on the platter.  White candles wrapped in ribbon, with mini pumpkins, fresh pine cones, wooden bobbins tied with twine, and fresh apples.  A pine cone candle was also added with the white pillars.

What kind of centerpiece are you making for your Thanksgiving table?

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Some Vintage Finds

Well it's still raining here in the Raleigh area so it was a good day to go thrifting!  I have been on the lookout for some old chippy windows that I want to hang over my iron bed.  Guess what?   I did find them today and only paid $20.  Now that is a SCORE for me!

While in the shop, I came across a set of skeleton keys, too.  I hung them on my window pane mirror that I just recently added to the dining room.  This mirror was in my living room from my home in SC.  I think I will keep the blue for now since it makes the room pop and I have blue in my striped PB rug.

Another recent find was these blue glass insulators that I added to my "blue" bottle collection on my demilune table.

Here are some more shots of my dining room with the recent window mirror added to the wall!  I think I need to find some sconces to place next to it!

I especially love the chandy reflection in the mirror!

Well that's it for now my friends!  I am sure I will be hunting for more treasures for the home!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Looks I am Loving for Fall

I can't wait to pursue the clothing options that Fall provides us with cooler weather. Hopefully I might be able to wear a wool coat or two, also.  It has been so much fun browsing through my fashion magazines (Soft Surroundings, J Crew and Garnet Hill, etc.) and narrowing down on what I am going to buy to add onto my wardrobe!!!!

Here is what I am swooning over lately.......



These Asian Wrap Pajamas are definitely on my list!




Have a great week!  It is still raining here....Perfect day for making chili.



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