Thursday, November 26, 2020

Let's Talk Turkey ~ Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving 2020
Good Morning!
Let's Talk Turkey

Are you ready to celebrate?

November is coming to a close, 
but before we make the leap into the Christmas
season, lets give the turkey its day in the limelight.

While I'm one to enthusiastically embrace and celebrate all holidays, Thanksgiving has always held a special place in my heart. 
The season of gratitude, the warm, rich colors of autumn,
pumpkins, and of course turkeys, native birds of the Americas ~
all reasons to embrace this American holiday.

Traditionally we have Thanksgiving with 
good friends, including those we know who would
 otherwise be alone for Thanksgiving.

This year it will just be a table for two.

I purchased a pair of these beautiful plates in July 
while shopping MacKenzie-Childs' Online Barn Sale.
Called Pheasant Run, the rich colors, autumn motifs,
and touch of Court Check called out to me.

I chose placemats made of silk autumn leaves and layered the plate
stack with Williams Sonoma's autumn plaid charger, a fall plaid napkin, the Pheasant Run dinner plate, and a simple black salad plate.
Faux bamboo flatware added another layer of texture. 

I topped the stack with a vibrant rusty orange napkin 
and a Kay Siebert feathered turkey napkin ring 
which offered the perfect touch of whimsey.

Our wedding registry crystal still pleases after 45 years.
The Denby amber cased glass was made in Sweden.

I picked up a pair of these unusual glass hurricanes 
last winter when a local shop was going out of business.

There are real bird feathers within the glass, and I knew
these would add an interesting touch to our fall and winter tables.

I was greeted with happy mail early in the week.
Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is recently hosted a giveaway.
I was one of three lucky winners of a beautiful turkey plate.
Queen's Made in England produces this charming piece. 
Named Majestic Beauty, the pattern is adapted from an original
copper engraving that appears to be a scene 
straight off the English countryside.

It joins one other turkey plate I found thrifting years ago.
This plate in brown transfer ware is unmarked, but
also a handsome Tom Turkey.

I used the Tom Turkey plates to set a
morning brunch tray for each of us.
We'll save the dining room table 
for our evening meal.

I'm taking my morning cup of tea in this beauty.
Maruta  Ware made in Japan, c1940-1950,
also a thrifty find years ago.

If you have followed our Thanksgiving meals through the years,
you might recall that we Pardon the Turkey here.
Our evening menu will be 
ribeye steaks, baked potatoes, and spinach salad.

Normally I make a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie at Thanksgiving,
but I recently acquired a beautiful vintage MacKenzie-Childs
Wittika Peanuts cake stand, so I decided to make a cake.
Glazed pound cake, made from a family recipe 
passed down from my grandmother.  

My previous post here features a table set with Wittika Peanuts,
a retired pattern produced in the late 1990s using techniques of traditional German Slipware.  The cake stand has tiny charms of brass carousel animals hung from lamp-worked glass baubles.

I have a few other pieces of 
red ware pottery collected over the years, 
All was made by potters in the US.

The beautiful pitcher, also part of the Wittika Peanuts
series is a perfect container for autumn blooms.

 I wish each of you a wonderful 
Thanksgiving Day 2020.