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!



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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  5. Everything looks wonderful and very homey.

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

  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:@)

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

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

    Have a lovely first week of advent.


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

  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!

  12. Your mother in law prepared the quintessential and perfect Thanksgiving dinner, but you know what caught my eye? The red dishes. I have the same set. It was my grandmother's and your MIL's table brought back such wonderful childhood memories. The dishes are so warn and chipped and cracked, that I have them packed away. I should get them out. You had a lovely holiday. And beautiful.



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