Thanksgiving is just around the corner. One year I made the above place-card for my Thanksgiving table and had them printed at Walmart on a 4×6 print. I figured out how to go in and put each name on the card in fancy lettering using my computer. Folded it in half and it just looked so cute. It came from a free template online. Cost only $.29 each to print and there is no way I could find personalized place-cards for that price or even find anything I liked unless I paid an enormous price.
On Thanksgiving you always have turkey gravy. I love the above gravy boat to have as it would go with any dish pattern because of the white background. I found it on Amazon.
Gingerbread Trifle looks so fancy and is so easy to make. I love the trifle bowl to show it off. I have the recipe on my Thanksgiving board on my pinterest.
One year we went to a country inn on Thanksgiving and they had a coaster like the one above and they had a glass of hot mulled cider on it. Such a cute crochet turkey. I have the pattern link on my Thanksgiving pinterest board.
I like the orange and yellow candles in a small white pumpkin idea for a centerpiece.
I think the above would be a nice display to have by the front door. The colors are just so beautiful for Fall.
Gotta have an apple pie and I like the looks of the above apple pie. I have the recipe on my Thanksgiving board on my pinterest.
I love a pumpkin pie with whipped cream. There are a ton of recipes for pumpkin pie. It’s a must have for Thanksgiving.
I like a traditional type Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixings.
I like blue and white and the above table setting is just elegant.
I like the idea of a cheddar and chive pumpkin cheese ball.
Another cute idea is the adorable cornucorpius made from a waffle cone.
It makes a cute favor for the table.
Cranberry orange bread is always nice to have. I have the recipe on my Thanksgiving pinterest board.
I first saw the Oreo cookie turkey idea on the Giada Delaurentis cooking show. I had to find the recipe on how to make it and I pinned it on my Thanksgiving Pinterest board.
I love all the ideas but truthfully I have all the time in the world to create all of the ideas. But not the money. And that is what it takes. A lot of money. I barely scrape by on the small income that I have. After bills, there is not much left. But I still have fun with what I would do if I could. And I have done some of the ideas here and there.
I envy families and gatherings. There is nothing like it. I have memories of when I was a kid and the beautiful Thanksgivings with the parents, siblings and grandparents. And there were a few years with my husband and children that are sweet memories. We had a dining room with a fireplace and we always lit a fire in the fireplace on Thanksgiving day.
Then I have had some wonderful memories with the precious grandkids. I remember one time the little ones had turkey T-shirts that were made from their handprint being the tail of the turkey. So cute. Love how my son carved the turkey. And instead of making pies I bought a mile high apple pie and a pumpkin pie from the Woodstock Creamery. They were very impressive. I have 2 sons, but my daughter-in-law is the daughter that I never had. Just precious.
But I have made lots of turkey dinners and I have gone out with friends on Thanksgiving sometimes.
The holidays are meant to be a joyous time. Somehow I just get sad. And I don’t think that I am alone on that.
With the Presidential election coming up, I don’t know what is going to happen. I’ve seen better times then what we have had in the last decades. They all promise change but we can only hope.
I miss my parents and grandparents. All the laughter and good times. I have an autograph book that I got on my birthday when I was about 8 years old and I still have it. My grandma and grandpa both signed it. My grandpa said “We gather together to ask the Lords blessing.” And signed his name. My grandma said “My pen is pink and my ink is pale and my hand shakes like a little dogs tale.” And signed her name. I also have my Mom and Dad and siblings all autographs as well as all my little classmates. I treasure that autograph book.
I watch the candidates for office for the state of Vermont. My Mom’s grandfather was in the Vermont legislature way back. Now it’s all about their political careers and they are so careful to follow the establishment ways. I can remember when people cared about one another and wanted what was best for families. Really honestly from the heart.
As I grow older, I realize that the world is not a pretty picture. My Dad always said that I looked at the world through rose colored glasses. Not anymore my Dad.
And that’s my musings for today.