Many of you are probably knee deep into shopping either at the mall or online, but for me I'm just about to prepare for our second Thanksgiving Dinner.
Here's the table setting for 'Round One'
We were only four. The two oldest had other obligations, and my youngest is working retail this year - guess where she is today! Sooo in order to celebrate with her, we had a small Thanksgiving dinner - actually it wasn't the traditional dinner - steak, salad and french bread (her request - since she doesn't like turkey). I was however, able to squeeze in a serving of Butternut Squash Soup to make it feel a little more traditional.
Today, is Thanksgiving 'Round Two' with the rest of the family (minus my daughter who is back home and working)…and a traditional dinner - turkey with all of the trimmings. My son scores here - two homemade meals in two days!
I hope your Thanksgiving Day was filled with food, family and fun…and today is filled with great shopping along with a turkey sandwich.
The twins will be over later to help me set the table, so I'm off to prepare the stuffing and a healthy version of green bean casserole before they arrive. See you back here on Monday.
Wednesday's Windows is dedicated to the art of cooking…This time of year our thoughts often revolve around good food that is lovingly prepared for family and friends. And with the preparation of food comes a mess - at least in my kitchen. Now when I'm not cooking during a special occasion I am usually in my grubby clothes and I don't care if I get grease spots or stains on them. But when company is around I'm dressed up a bit so an apron is a must. I have a collection of them - some I've made and some have been "willed" to me by my youngest after her stint at a couple of retail chains.
This apron is in the window of a friend's shop - Cup and Saucer in Woodland, CA. I posted about it here when I visited last year.
In addition to all of her wonderful vintage china & linens, she also carries a full line of hand made aprons - lots of different styles and prints to choose from - some are even up- cycled from vintage tablecloths.
These lovely aprons hang in my cousin's kitchen in Napa.
Although I have lots of aprons from which to choose, on Thanksgiving I always wear this apron. It has a lot of sentimental value - it was my mom's and I she wore it often. I have many memories of her baking away, making batches of those decadent pastries she for which she was famous.
Here's our girls a few years ago making Monkey Bread…Riley is wearing her Great Grandma's apron while Zoey sports one of those "chain" aprons that I talked about earlier. Cooking is one of their favorite things to do when they come to our house.
Here are the birthday girls last year. Their aunt embroidered their names on these 'yummy' aprons.
And here they are putting those aprons to good use while they are hard at work making cookies.
Aren't these adorable? Little chef's coats that I spied at CIA Greystone in the Napa Valley. Just the thing for that budding young chef.
So, do you wear aprons when you cook? If so, do you have a favorite? I'd love to know. Here is wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends, and safe travels to and from your destination.
Need some inspiration for a Thanksgiving centerpiece? Look no further than your back yard...
Look what I found on my walk a couple of days ago! Leaves…Surprise - right?
I started picking up these gorgeous specimens - the large ones caught my eye first, but it wasn't long until I had some bright red leaves in my hand as well. I didn't know exactly what I was going to do with them until I got home but they seemed to add just the right autumn touch to my dining table centerpiece.
Don't they look great? I love the colors and blend of textures in this arrangement.
So easy and FREE.
I'm enrolled in an e-course focusing on styling and photography,Blogging Your Way: With Intention and Style . (We are encouraged to play around with our camera settings and focal points.) Soooo, not only did I create an inexpensive centerpiece, I also had fun 'playing' with my camera...here are some of my results.
I experimented with exposures and colors, as well as automatic and AV/TV modes on my Canon SLR camera.
I shot at different angles and depth of field.
This is my favorite - I love the way the sun is shining through the leaves!
If you need a last minute idea for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece….go out and gather some leaves before they all disappear! Then bring them in and get creative.
Wouldn't this be a great transition between spaces and levels. The knotty pine wall beneath the stairs leads your eye down to the window? It warms up the soft eggshell walls and creates a sense of rustic charm. Minimalist and chic it still says cozy to me.
Below are a couple more examples of warm and welcoming spaces that use the same color palette and nordic aesthetic.
They just say cozy day and have me looking forward to more cool weather.