Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Tables And A Favorite Recipe

How was your Thanksgiving?  I hope you all had a nice one.  We had such a nice day and such good food; we are truly blessed.

Since the first year we were married, my husband and I have rotated Thanksgiving between our parents' homes.  This year, it was our turn to eat at my in-laws' house.  I'm sharing some pictures of my mother-in-law's tables; they just looked so pretty.  We were supposed to be 13 people in all, but my husband's grandmother and great-aunt were not able to be there due to sickness.  We missed them, and I'm sorry they missed out on such a delicious meal.


The dining room table is always set more formally and always looks so pretty.  I just love, love these Byers Choice pilgrims.



This is my mother-in-law's wedding china -- very elegant.  I don't know the pattern name; I forgot to ask.  She made the tablecloth with fabric she purchased while in Italy several years ago.




The buffet is decorated, too.


I love her turkey candle snuffer.  :)


In the breakfast area of the kitchen, Diane has used her Johnson Brothers "Historic America" dishes that belonged to her mother.  I'm such a fan of Johnson Brothers transferware; I think they're such good quality dishes at an affordable price.





Some closeups of the centerpiece on this table...


A thankful gnome...   :)


...witches left over from Halloween.  :)



The island eating area is set up for our young niece and nephews.  These dishes are the Villeroy & Boch "Basket" pattern.  My mother-in-law has lots of pieces for this; it's her everyday pattern.


Now for some food pics...


Homemade pumpkin pies,


 Diane's cranberry sauce -- my very favorite.


Turkey breast, cranberry sauce, and dressing,


 Diane's homemade yeast rolls turned out extra good yesterday!


Slicing the turkey...


The whole spread -- turkey, gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, yeast rolls, pumpkin pies, and iced tea.  I just love Thanksgiving, and we have so much to be thankful for.

The dish in the left forefront of this picture is my broccoli casserole.  I made a different broccoli casserole for many years, but then I tried this one, and we all like it so much better.  It has a good combination of flavors, with a Ritz cracker crumb topping.


 It's a Paula Deen recipe from "The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook." 


A few of these measurements are hard to read.  The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup of crushed Ritz crackers, 1/2 cup condensed cream of mushroom soup, and 1/4 cup mayonnaise.  I also use frozen broccoli florets that you steam right in the bag in your microwave -- so easy and tastes as good as fresh.  I always double the recipe when I'm taking it to a family dinner.  My brother-in-law, who doesn't like broccoli, even said it was good yesterday.  :)  I hope you'll give it a try during the holiday season.

Thank you for taking time to visit and read my blog.  I love your visits and really appreciate your comments; doing this wouldn't be as much fun without you.  :)



I'm joining the folks at Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and Foodie Friday, hosted by Michael at Rattlebridge Farm.  I hope you'll join us there, too.  Have a great holiday weekend!

Denise

11 comments:

  1. Such pretty tables...love the one with the red/white transferware. The food looks amazing!
    Have a wonderful week, Denise.

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  2. Very lovely table settings. The food looks delicious. I have that same red transfer dinnerware. It was my grandmother's that she uses every holiday with a burgundy and gray table cloth. Your celebration looks festive and cheerful. A happy house with a happy family.

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  3. I'm so happy you had a wonderful Tksgiving at your in laws. The tables are gorgeous and in the kitchen too, along with all the lovely dishes. Great récipe, I will try it. Enjoy your Tksgiving weekend.
    FABBY

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  4. Your mother-in-law's wedding china is gorgeous! So fun to be able to set many tables and each unique and lovely. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  5. Everything looks wonderful and very homey.
    Pamela
    OH

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  6. It looks wonderful -- scrumptious food! I too like the red and white transfer ware

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  7. Looks like you had a very nice Thanksgiving Denise! The food looks great and the settings are so pretty! Lovin' that cute little yarn scarecrow, I might look into making one for my tree next year:@)

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  8. Your mother-in-law obviously has the gift for true Southern hospitality. Each table is set so beautifully and the food looks delicious.

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  9. Oh the wee gnome is just wonderful as is your entire table and menu!

    Have a lovely first week of advent.

    Laura

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  10. Beautiful tables and wonderful food. Looks like Thanksgiving was well celebrated.

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  11. Your mother-in-law's tables are really pretty. LOVE her Byers' Choice figures. I have two for Thanksgiving, but this is the first Thanksgiving I didn't put them out. I like her china patterns, too, and homemade yeast rolls...YUM!

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