A Rainy Saturday Before Thanksgiving

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Fall table setting

Happy Weekend to you!

 It’s been pouring rain here the last couple of days and feeling utterly Autumnal. As I look out my window through the rain I can barely see the tops of the trees shrouded in deep fog. Santa Barbara is doing a great impression of the Pacific Northwest right now I must say.  Although Fall is not my favourite time (sorry but I’m a Summer Gal and get a tad sad cranky when we turn the clocks back) Autumn might be my favourite season in terms of appreciating the coziness of my home. Built well over a hundred years ago, it harkens back to a time when fireplaces were included in many more rooms than we would ever dream of indulging in now. Especially for Southern California.

So I’ve been enjoying the outdoorsy, I might even say ‘East Coast’ scent of burning wood inside and out. The giant oak we lost last year in the huge rain storm is giving us one more gift.

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I’m all about Fall leaves at the moment, but more on that in an upcoming post.

I’ve already completed a dry run on my Thanksgiving table because I got excited about using deep garnet coloured depression glass plates instead of my usual green and amber theme. Roses didn’t seem appropriate, and though there were bountiful fruits and veggies at the Farmer’s Market this week, flowers are getting scarce. I chose long lasting gerbers in warm colours with a burgundy base and, yes, again with the leaves.

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Fresh walnuts from the market, leaves & the last of our apples for the season

Autumn floral displays

As much as I adore doing all the decorating and the table by myself, I’m not that revved up about cooking the entire turkey throw down on Thursday, only to have a repeat performance a scant few weeks hence-so… I asked for suggestions and inspiration over on my FB page and I’m happy to share a few of them here;

-Turkey for Thanksgiving and Prime rib for Christmas (though I’d flip this around as I have a larger group for Christmas than Thanksgiving)

-Chinese food on Christmas Day

-a pot luck dinner with an Indian Feast Theme for either holiday (love this idea)

-Turkey chilli on Thanksgiving which is so easy to make ahead and only improves with age (within reason of course)

-Go vegetarian. In fact, to quote; Go vegetarian every day.   Hmmmmm.

-Apparently Gelson’s does a delicious  full bells & whistles take-out Thanksgiving dinner. Who knew?

-Cornish game hens, red currant glaze, wild rice & mushrooms

-The secret is in the planning

-The secret is in the sharing- Make a timeline; each prep task is written out on a separate card marked with a start time & posted in order on the fridge. Everyone can grab a card and jump in to help. Frankly I can imagine this working much better in some households than others. Just saying.

-The secret is in the drinking. Serve enough fun libations and no one cares about the food.

and finally, this ingenious suggestion

-Go to someone else’s house!

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Do you have any suggestions or inspiration you’d like to share??

After all, it is Thanksgiving :)

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Gourds, Goblets & Gratitude

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING  EVERYONE!!

Wishing all of you a beautiful day filled with

family, friendship

and fantastic food prepared with love.

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Oh I do love the colours of this Season!

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If candied yams or sweet potatoes  are a traditional treat on your Thanksgiving table

have I got a tip for you (You’re going to love me for this-seriously, a game changer )

Use coconut oil in place of butter & glaze your marshmallows with the oil too- they get all crunchy on top

Sooo DELICIOUS.

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We always make  fresh cranberry sauce with lots of orange juice-very tart to balance those sweet potatoes (and lots left over for yummy turkey, brie & cranberry paninis)

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A clove studded onion simmers in heavy cream & whole milk for English bread sauce

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I’d like to say I’m so thankful for all the fun I’ve had & the friendships I’ve made over the course of writing “Slim Paley”.

My readers (That’s YOU) are The Best!

xoxo

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Enjoy, be safe and don’t forget to pace yourself  :)

PS. Is the football game over yet??!

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Thanksgiving Greatest Hits

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“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the Beautiful Stuff out” 

Ray Bradbury

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The Big Day is rapidly approaching and life is wonderfully busy, so I hope you don’t mind if I take this opportunity to link to a few of my past Thanksgiving Season posts. I know many of you well-organized types are thinking about your tables already, but there might be an idea or two here to inspire you.  Some already know exactly what they’re doing, and possibly even have their tables set (don’t even speak to me if this is you)

Just kidding!

I would highly encourage everyone to weigh in in my comment section with any fun, beautiful, unusual, or just “Duh, basic, but who thinks of it?” Thanksgiving suggestions.

 For example; having take-out boxes ready & labeled for friends & family to bring left-overs home in.  Genius!

-To brine, or not to brine?

-How do you make Thanksgiving Dinner feel completely different from Christmas Dinner?

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The suggestion lines are open!

I’ll be back in a couple of days.

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Our table set for Thanksgiving in Sun Valley

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Recipes…

 click here; GETTING EXCITED FOR THANKSGIVING!

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Ideas for Table settings…

click here; FORGET ABOUT THE TURKEY-WHAT ABOUT THE TABLE?!

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And more table talk…

click here; HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!

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Happy Thanksgiving To Everyone!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL!!

The table is done, and just in the nick of time.  My theme this year was “More is More”; inspired by wanting to use my cranberry glass collection after a long hiatus, as well as the lushness of the garden still, even though the cold is finally here in Santa Barbara. Despite the chill in the air, it was a gorgeous sunny day and just as I was finishing my floral arranging, I was blessed with the stunning golden light that November brings…

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Only the pink lilies and small orange chrysanthemums (Omg- I just spelled that right the first time!)  needed to be bought for the table. Everything else came from the garden.

umm…except the pomegranates… the figs are from my garden though, I swear.

One of the flower boxes where the ruby coloured leaves and plum ‘daisies’ grow

(little “Polaroid photos all taken with iphone”Shake it” app.).

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The smaller table at the window seat serves as the buffet

(or the place where those misbehaving at the grown up’s table are banished :) )

Still have a few little pears hanging on to my Weeping Silver Pear trees…

The Silver Pear Allee

Ignore the fact there is no water coming out of that damn font. I swear the birds deliberately poop right in the spray holes

Oh…wait…but I’m thankful to have so many beautiful birds in my garden

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For Peaceful Homes, and Healthful Days

For All the Blessings Earth displays

We give Thankfulness and Praise

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Wishing everyone a Healthy, Hearty, and Happy Day!!

Tartan & Turkey

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Our Thanksgiving table at home in Sun Valle, Idaho

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I HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL AND VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Our Thanksgiving table, slimpaley.com

Vintage Depression Ruby glass plates, vintage pewter chargers, plaid tablecloth & napkins Williams & Sonoma, cutlery tied with Hermes ribbon.

XX SP

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