Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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Gobble gobble!

Hey, it’s still Thanksgiving, isn’t it?

At Lurayville there is still a lot of turkey in the fridge, along with apple-cranberry pie and pumpkin pie, so it’s still the holiday for us even though I’m going back to work today in the new-fallen snow.

We’re leaving our Thanksgiving decorations up, too. Which is easy, because there are only two of them: that¬†melty plastic popcorn turkey, and this melty plastic popcorn Pilgrim boy.

Click to see him!


Placesettings: After the feast

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Thanksgiving: the Day After edition!

After the turkey, after the mashed, after the marvelous pies, after the dishes (LOTS of dishes!), after the sitting around watching Bringing Up Baby¬†with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant (the kids’ choice—clearly we’ve done at least one parenting thing right), it finally dawned on me that I’d never snapped a photo of the table. Rats!

So here’s the day after.

The dishes are vintage Pyrex in a pattern I have never seen anywhere else. It’s officially called “Scallop Burgundy.” I call it “My Favorite Cranberry Scallop-Border Pyrex Holiday Dishes.” I have a complete set for 8 plus a couple serving pieces.

They turned up years ago in a vintage shop, and the dealer was asking what at the time I considered an exorbitant price. I visited them weekly for a couple months, fingering the teacups and putting them back down. Then one day I went in the shop and the dealer had marked them down 50%.

Mine! Mine! All mine!

And there’s my lone butterscotch Bakelite knife, since all the rest of the pieces are still packed away somewhere in this almost-finished house renovation.

The tablecloth is cranberry-colored leaves on sky blue, an unusual color combo. The texture is unusual too: tiny honeycombs instead of plain weave.

And there’s all that’s left of the cranberry & dried cherry relish! If you like the taste of sweet and tart together, you will love this. The super-easy recipe is here. Yum!


Thanksgiving desserts

I don’t get to do the turkey this year. I’m taking the desserts.

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But before I leave the house I’m showing them off on jadeite and a small Wilendur leaf-and-acorn tablecloth. Read the rest of this entry »