Friday, November 27, 2015

Delicious Autumn!

"Delicious autumn!  
My very soul is wedded to it, 
and if I were a bird I would fly about 
the earth seeking the successive autumns."  
George Eliot

Today we close the door on my favorite season 
and give way to the rush of holiday 
fever as we welcome December.

I hope each of you enjoyed a 
delightful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Thanksgiving at our home was truly just that!

We hosted a much smaller group than usual,
but the afternoon was one of the best.
The chef prepared a non-traditional meal.

Perfect Filet Mignon in Rich Demi Glaze
Roasted Vegetable Slaw
Garlic Tart
Potatoes Dauphinoise
Lemon Meringue Pie
Pecan Pie

I'm a self confessed dishaholic and setting
a beautiful table is a priority for me.
This year's Thanksgiving table was set for four.
No linen tablecloth, just simple woven reed
chargers atop the bare wood of the table
to add texture to our crisp white wedding china.

I topped each with one of Juliska's Harvest Country Estate
dessert plates to give some added color
and removed them for serving dessert later.

Mini bouquets the colors of autumn, 
wrapped in burlap, and tied with ribbon
paraded down the center of our table 
and were gratitude gifts for our
two guest to take home.

We ended our meal with
sweet treats, a fitting goodbye to
Delicious Autumn!

Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows 
is hosting a group of Texas Bloggers for a
Christmas in Texas Blog Hop.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us December 7-11.
Hyacinths for the Soul is honored to be one of the first to share 
along with several other Texas bloggers on December 7.
I plan to share some uniquely Texan Christmas decorations.

Hope to see you there!



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. The filet looks wonderful, and I am coveting your beautiful Juliska! The country estate in ruby, jardins du monde, and field of flowers are my favorites! It looks like you had a lovely day!

  2. I am another one sad to see autumn turn to winter...I love the rich colors of autumn.
    Your Juliska plates are so pretty sitting on the white china with green peeking through.
    Have a wonderful week, Sarah.

  3. Sarah, what a lovely table you set! And my father, for one, would have been pleased indeed with your elegant non-turkey menu.

  4. Sarah:
    I think your meal sounds fabulous and all these photos were lovely. Cute turkey too!

  5. Wow...your meal looks amazing! My family would be thrilled with that meal. Yum.

  6. I love the menu! The garlic tarts have me intrigued as well as the slaw. Recipes? ;-)

    Your table is beautiful, the bouquets as well and how special they were offered to your guests! I'm hoping to do a very low key Christmas dinner, I am exhausted!!!

    Many warm wishes to you as we begin the holiday season with gusto!


  7. That untraditional meal looks so delcious!

    So does your pretty tablescape!

    Glad you enjoyed the day!

  8. Hi Sarah, Yes, we must say goodbye to November and welcome December. Although Winter isn't until the 21st I believe. I'll be decorating for Christmas in a couple of weeks.
    Your Thanksgiving meal looked delicious! Glad you had a good day!

  9. Sarah, love the table setting. You know how I love all Juliska patterns and the color of the Harvest Country Estate is perfect for autumn. The chef's menu is fabulous, love the filet with glaze and your desert must have been delicious! I am up early here while the family is sleeping and needing rest after much touch football in the backyard on a glorious Thanksgiving. Your day sounds wonderful.

  10. It all looks so lovely & welcoming, Sarah. I think your hubby should start his own FOOD BLOG!!! Would love to know exactly HOW he roasted that slaw...flavors? sauce? marinade?
    That meal makes my mouth water just looking at it & your tablescape is simply lovely. I've not seen those Harvest Country Estate plates before or at least, I can't remember them. They are beautiful & so apropo for autumn.

  11. The food looks PERFECT:)That little garlic tart I think has me intrigued..pretty table as always:)
    The slaw too:)

  12. Your chef prepared a delicious meal, Sarah! You two make the perfect pair, since he enjoys the cooking and you love doing the table decor. I love your choice of dishes and seeing the beautiful wood of the table. I'm sure everyone had a relaxing, wonderful time. Yes, and now we're on to the next season.

  13. An absolutely lovely table. And, I love the idea of the centerpiece being made of components that go home with the guests. What a terrific idea! Thanks for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  14. Hey we had the same potatoes! This looks delicious. We had filets last year. Might do again at Christmas! Would your chef care to share the garlic tart recipe?

  15. Sarah,
    Gorgeous send~off to Autumn,dear friend!!!
    "Mr. Ed" would have enjoyed your perfect ending. . .Pecan Pie!!!
    Looking forward to viewing your home in the Christmas Texas Blog Hop!!!

  16. I was kinda craving turkey but now that I have had it for 3 days in a row, your meal looks so delicious. I would love to know more about those garlic tarts! Lovely table and it is just as fun with few as it is with a crowd. We had 3 of us!

  17. Your meal looked and sounded wonderful! Oh I know it's time to say goodbye to Fall but the leaves are still so pretty that I haven't been able to. Have a great week!

  18. Sarah,
    Put me on your Thanksgiving guest list please. The filet mignon looks divine!

    Looking forward to the Christmas in Texas blog party.... and to the cookie exchange the next week. Wish you were able to be there...


  19. I'm not a turkey lover so your menu sounds wonderful.

    I'm looking forward to the Christmas in Texas party.

  20. What beautiful pictures to say a loving farewell to my beautiful Autumn. Your menu and your table are excellent!

  21. Love the plates! :) I can't wait for Stacey's party. I like Texas bloggers best! ;P

    We went out on Black Friday to get signed copies of books at Barnes and Noble. Because we are nerds…..and no one was at the pretty mall, like no one! We went to a few sales since NO ONE was there, and I knocked-out most of my Christmas shopping. I have no idea where the shoppers were, but it sure was convenient for me!


  22. Lovely table and a great meal with friends. Can't get much better!

  23. Oh, how I love those Juliska dishes!

  24. Beautiful setting and sweet gifts! Looks like you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

  25. Love that orange plate -- gives such a feeling of fall to the table but without the falseness of those Brown Spode dishes that everyone seems to have!

  26. Looks yummy and so sweet to have gifts for your guests.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  27. Your Thanksgiving table is gorgeous and what a fabulous looking dinner!!
    Mary Alice

  28. The table looks so inviting! Thanks for stopping at Your Inspired Design!

  29. Oh Sarah! What a delicious menu! I will take filet mignon over turkey any day of the week! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  30. Dearest Sarah,
    You no doubt will create a very cozy and lovely winter setting for your lovely home with your knack for styling and table setting with the beautiful china you got!
    Loved this post very much.

  31. Your Thanksgiving dinner looks amazing, Sarah, and to eat at such a beautiful table. You must have had a perfect day.

  32. Although Spring is my favorite season, fall runs a close second! You certainly do set an elegant table Sarah. And just wondering, could your personal chef cook that meal up for me sometime? lol! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Looking forward to you Texas gals Christmas party.

  33. Sarah, I would enjoy the menu you and the chef chose for Thanksgiving. Lovely table and a great meal with friends. The colors of fall are my favorite.

  34. Autumn WAS delicious and here comes December...hope yours is magical!

  35. Oh, Sarah, your table is so pretty and that pie looks wonderful. How did you make that fancy crust? I am so looking forward to seeing all the Texas Christmas..Happy Weekend..Judy


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