Thanksgiving Ideas


I love Pfalzgraff Plymouth dinnerware.   Right now they have a service for 8 on sale for $179.00.   Then they have a 25% off coupon and free shipping for anything over $49.00.  What a beautiful table that would make for Thanksgiving.  The sale includes a turkey platter and a vegetable dish.   So nice.

But my Mom had this beautiful Victorian set of dishes that had 24 karat gold around the rims that were my Aunt Marion’s dishes and my Grandmother actually sold them to my Mom.  They were like a burgandy rose print and my Mom loves dishes anyways and just adored that set.  She always got it out of the China closet at Thanksgiving.  We had Thanksgiving dinner in the dining room and we had a Victorian type dining room table and the sideboard that matched the set was always just loaded with all kinds of  Thanksgiving food.


The above is the type of Thanksgiving that I remember as a kid.  There was always a huge turkey and all the fixings.


I like what my Mom called a “sideboard”.



I just adore the wreath from the Plymouth Collection that is marked down to $29.00 from $69.00.   Plus there is the coupon for 25% off from the $29.00.   Soooo beautiful to have.  I could just see that on our door for Fall and on Thanksgiving day.


I love cranberry sauce that has orange zest in it.  The above recipe is as follows:

12 oz. pkg of fresh or frozen cranberries

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup orange juice with pulp

1/2 cup of water

l.  In a medium sauce pan, dissolve sugar in 1/2 cup water and half of orange juice over medium low heat.

2.  Then add cranberries and return to gentle boil for 10 minutes.

3. Remove from heat.

4.  Let sauce cool

5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note:   Sauce thickens as it cools.  Garnish with fresh orange zest for presentation.

Maybe have a can of the regular cranberry sauce and some of the above cranberry sauce would be just right to have on the table.slide_326006_3131252_free

A nice relish tray is always colorful and nice to have.


I like the above Antique looking relish tray.  My Mom had one like that with the dividers in it and she would have celery, pickles, olives and cheese in it.



For a nice wine, the above wine can be found at Aldi’s or Trader Joes and it won an award for the best wine in the world.  The really good part is that it only costs $8.00.


My son loves Indian Pudding.   It’s an old New England recipe and I pinned that recipe on my Thanksgiving ideas on Pinterest.


The Pioneer Woman has a mashed potatoes recipe that has cream cheese in it and sounds like it might be good.  I pinned the link to the recipe on my veggie recipe board on my Pinterest.

inas gravy

I’ve always had a hard time making gravy.   There really is a trick to it and you have to have one of those special separator pitchers that separates the fat in the turkey drippings.  To tell the truth, I used to just buy that turkey gravy in a jar at the grocery store.


Butternut Squash Mash

One of my favorite sides for Thanksgiving is butternut squash with melted butter.  Even I don’t have a problem with making that.  Although it is not easy peeling the butternut squash.  The easiest way is one of those little tools that just scrapes the peeling off with the thin blade.

parker house rolls

Parker House rolls are always traditional to have at Thanksgiving.  My grandmother used to always make those and bring them to Thanksgiving at my folks house.  Gram always made the gravy also.  I wish that I had my Gram’s recipe for her rolls.  But I found a recipe for Parker House rollsand pinned it on my Thanksgiving ideas on my Pinterest.

apple pie mile high

I made a few Thanksgiving dinners and I used to get a “Mile High Apple Pie” all made at the Woodstock Mountain Creamery.  Everyone absolutely loved that pie.  It’s really good with vanilla ice cream.



And while I was at the Creamery, I used to pick up a Pumpkin Pie also.

choc cheesecake kuhlua

One year I made a Chocolate Kuhlua Cheesecake.  It was really, really good.

choc cheesecake recipe

The above is the recipe for that Cheesecake.


When I was a kid, my brothers always loved Chocolate Walnut fudge and that was usually on the dessert sideboard.  Fudge is not easy to make usually, but a really simple and no fail recipe is the following:

2 cups toll house semi sweet chocolate morsals

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup walnuts

1 can carnation sweetened condensed milk

Line a 8 or 9 inch baking pan with foil.  Combine the morsels and condensed milk in a medium heavy duty sauce pan.  Warm over lowest possible heat, stirring until smooth.  Remove from heat, stir in nuts and vanilla.  Spread evenly into prepared baking pan.  Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.  Lift from pan, remove from foil and cut into 48 pieces.

A funny story about chocolate fudge is that my two older brothers would sometimes stay home when my Mom went shopping.   And they would always make a batch of chocolate fudge and cool it outside in the winter so my Mom would not know.  But she always knew.

So that’s some of my ideas on Thanksgiving.  Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.







4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Ideas

  1. Hi Linny Louise (Is that your real name??) — Love this post because we pretty much think Thanksgiving is the best day of the year round here. Those dishes are so pretty! I have a cheese cake in the oven right now too– although it’s not for Thanksgiving– it’s my mother-in-laws birthday party here tomorrow! And thanks for the wine tip– we are big Tader Joe’s shoppers and they are (finally!) building an Aldi not too far from us. Plus– I love the idea of fudge for Thanksgiving!! It iw easy to whip up and adds a little chocolate to the dessert table. I usually just make fudge at Christmas but ti hink this year we’ll give it an early start!! Thanks for all your great ideas… Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with people yoy love. I’m thankful for you and all the beauty you post here. xo


    1. Thank you Rhonda! My real name is Linda Louise. But my Dad always called me Linny and I just added my middle name to it because my Mom would add the Louise when she got angry with me at times. Cheesecake is just a really nice treat for the holidays or for birthdays. You sound like a really good cook as well as a baker and you have a beautiful family and lots of neat friends. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xo


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