Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving Eve

Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Are you in the thick of kitchen duties? I hope that the turkey is thawed!

Although I am not hosting this year, I am indulging in a wee bit of baking. That makes the house seem properly Thanksgiving-like. I am baking Pioneer Woman's Pecan Pie and Karen's Kitchen Pumpkin Bread. If I have any extra energy, I am considering baking some of Mary MacDonald's Molasses Cookies.



Though the tree is up, I haven't been able to decorate it yet. Apparently, I have great loyalty to Thanksgiving. Friday will be time enough for that. In the meantime...


I became so charmed by a vignette seen at Susan Branch's that I tried the impossible—to copy her. 

In the end, I did something quite different, which is just what Susan suggests in the first place. 


















It's a charcuterie of objects instead of meats, fruit, and nuts.



It's nowhere near as darling as Susan's...  The best that can be said is that I made it my own. I borrowed the recipe box, the cookbooks, and the wooden spoon. I tossed in a wee Christmas tree and a squash.


Source: Pixaby free images


Wishing you a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving... 







40 comments:

  1. Charcuterie? Did I spell it right? Remember in school when we learned a new word every day. This is mine today! I love your pretty vignettes. I like using books and recipes are a nice touch. Hope you bake all of your favs! I'm going to make pie crust strips today! heehee! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Nonetheless, your arrangement is beautiful. I am so thankful for your friendship, Vee. smiles

    Happy, Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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  3. Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. I think that is beautiful! Hehe, I bought Christopher a charcuterie board for his birthday last week. They love stuff like that. The baking is about to commence here. We are experiencing high winds (high wind warning) and the computer has flickered a few times so I'm praying we don't lose power. It will be better to get the baking done earlier rather than wait.

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    1. Oh dear! Those high winds are hitting everywhere. They’ll be here tomorrow along with some of that white stuff. Glad that I’m not doing the driving.

      Praying that the power will stay on for you and everyone...thinking of Ellen in Washington state who has also mentioned power concerns. So many! God is good. He will provide.

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  5. I love what you have done with your own version of a holiday vignette Vee.

    Glad you are up for some baking - I'll be making an apple galette tomorrow morning (bought pumpkin and pecan pies), and roasting a large tray of winter veggies to take to my daughter's for the meal mid-afternoon - she is doing the turkey, stuffing etc. Oh, I did make fresh cranberry-orange sauce yesterday - delicious and so easy, who would even consider the jar kind - had a spoonful on my vanilla yogurt for breakfast, yum!

    Happy holiday my dear!

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  6. Although Thanksgiving won't be at all what we planned due to weather preventing travel to be with family, it will be much less stressful. We would have been in a bad snowstorm during our trip there and an even worse one when returning home. I had to make a mad dash to the grocery store to buy the things needed for Thanksgiving at home. It's turning into a fun holiday anyway! - So glad that you're enjoying creating beautiful things around you and sharing them with us. Wish you could share the wonderful aroma of baking cookies, too. Wouldn't that be fun?!!

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    1. There’s a Hallmark movie in that story! Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  7. I think taking inspiration and making something your own is the best! Also, I always love to see how you have styled the top of the yellow cupboard! I love it!

    I made cappuccino muffins yesterday to give as holiday thank you gifts! A big bag to our local produce stand people, and a smaller bag to the young woman who cuts my crazy hair! I do plan to make an English Apple pie for tomorrow, as well!

    We few who hold out until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, have another reason to rejoice that Thanksgiving is here!

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Vee. Your home must smell delicious with all the baking you're doing. It's good to share around the food preparation. The wind is howling here today and I'm not looking forward to going out, but go out I must. Have a great day!

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  9. Oh, I love it all, Vee!!! Simply beautiful! I love the cookbooks, wooden spoon, recipe box ... all of it. So inspiring.

    I planned quite carefully so I would not have to grocery shop this week. Forgot just a couple things so got them at Walmart last evening when Mr. T went there to buy a new windshield wiper blade for his work truck.

    I'm planning to bake a pumpkin pie today, and bake the pie shell for the Reese's Pie I'm making. Afraid that one would get soggy if I did the whole pie ahead. Supper is going in the slow cooker for sure, as I also want to cook and mash sweet potatoes today and make the cranberry sauce.

    Praise and Thanksgiving service at church tonight, which is always a blessing on Thanksgiving Eve.

    Thanks for this lovely and inspiring post.

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  10. You did a fine job!!
    Hope you like the pumpkin bread. Its a big hit around here! I like it with a little butter on it.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family.

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  11. It is beautiful and so evocative...I wish you a joyful Thanksgiving with your family!

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  12. P.S. I forgot to tell you, had to search high and low for the Bell's Seasoning...thank you for turning me onto that stuff all those years ago, smiles (thinking fondly of you, smiles).

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  13. I love it! I am especially fond of your clock and that framed vintage envelope!
    I’m about to head into the kitchen and start my pie making.....dragging my feet a bit because I’m so tired!!
    Hope your strength is equal to your task....
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. Beautiful table décor and Happy Thanksgiving

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  15. Hope you are feeling well, Vee. I pray for you often. Glad you are able to bake - it all sounds great! Happy Thanksgiving! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving, Vee. You are such an inspiration to us all. I count among my blessings to have you as a friend.

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  17. Happy Thanksgiving Vee! Your home must be fragrant right now with delicious baking smells, to go along with your Thanksgiving decorations. Have fun with the Christmas tree on Friday. Prayers continue for you . . . Sara

    By the way, the a.vision.of.cats and a.vision.of.grace IG accounts who have requested to follow you on Instagram are me, if you are interested in connecting that way.

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  18. Well I think you did a fine job in designing your copycat version of Susan Branch’s., and I love your addition of JB plates. I have that same Fanny Farmer cookbook. Happy Thanksgiving, Vee!

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  19. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Vee! Your vignette looks wonderful to me!

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  20. Mmmm...I'm pretty sure I can smell the aroma of all of these yummy baked goods! No cooking for me either...did that over the weekend while were in NC having our Thanksgiving there. I cooked the turkey and dressing part of the meal. Tomorrow will enjoy someone else's cooking (in Ohio) and maybe a tiny slice of the Apple Pecan Streusel pie we are bringing, compliments of Cracker Barrel :) May you enjoy a most blessed Thanksgiving Day, dear friend...health crises and all, we have so much to be thankful for! And your vignette is so very pretty...Susan would be proud of you! Hugs!

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  21. Happy Thanksgiving dear Vee. I like your vignette. I'm always happy to see your wonderful copycat vignettes. I've got Fanny Farmer on my shelf, too. I'm going to admit that I'm ready to put away Fall decor and move on to Christmas but I'll hold off until Sunday. The wind storm that they threatened us with fizzled in our neck of the woods so that was a good thing. We still have power. Woohoo. You managed some good cooking. Tomorrow I'll boil my yams/sweet potatoes for our classic dish my kids wait for on Thanksgiving. Yams, brown sugar, butter and marshmallows. Lots of marshmallows. Katie and Andrew will be driving from the Seattle area to our place (6 hours) tomorrow morning and we'll enjoy a meal at our DIL's tomorrow afternoon. Our son is gone on the southern border for 30 days. He's halfway in to his time there. Such a bummer for him to be gone this time of year with two little ones at home. Our DIL is a gem and a wonderful mother. We all help as much as we can to make the days easier. Oldest and his love arrive on Friday (they'll fly) so we'll have our family tday meal on Saturday here at our country bungalow. Nothing like writing a family history right here on your blog...
    God bless you dearly through this Thanksgiving and right up to Christmas, too!

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  22. Your home must smell wonderful. I haven't been able to bake anything even though I want to. I'm just so tired all the time. I love your little vignette. You are so creative.

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  23. Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend! Hope you enjoy your day with your loved ones!

    I think your vignettes are awesome - as is Susan Branch. She'd be proud of you. ♥

    Big hugs.

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  24. I love your vignette! Happy Thanksgiving to you dear Vee! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  25. You do the most lovely vignettes! It's a form of art that I love. I sometimes totally wear my feet out going all over the house borrowing this and that, and then, to usually, take it back. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  26. I thought I had commented, but I guess not...I really like your vignette and your tales of baking and getting ready for Thanksgiving. I hope it was wonderful! Ours was. And enjoy your tree decorating today! Enjoy your weekend and be well!

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  27. OH, dear. Now I see that I did comment yesterday! I feel a bit silly.

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  28. Your dishes sound delicious. I brought sweet potato balls and green been casserole to our sons house. Your decorations look so pretty. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

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  29. Vee, your vignettes are charming! All of the elements are beautiful. I trust you had a beautiful Thanksgiving with your family. Your contributions to the meal sound delicious.

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  30. Since I am running late . . . I'll just wish you a blessed Thanksgiving weekend! I love your little vignette with the turkey! Yes, I am loyal to Thanksgiving too! We will begin Christmas decorating on Sunday after Kati and Andrew leave for home. It will help to cheer us up!

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  31. Well, I am rather late in wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, but am trusting it was a good one! As for the vignette reproduction...you did well! Did you get your tree up today? Mine was up...a brand new pre-lit tree that I was all excited about. The excitement was short-lived, since the lights went out after two days. We gave up trying to be electricians, undecked the tree, squished it back into the original box and returned it from whence it came. The replacement still sits in the un-opened box and my enthusiasm for decorating is gone. Take care, Vee!

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    1. My tree went up a week ago. It sat there looking forlorn until yesterday when I finally got the lights on. Today I’ll do a little more. Tomorrow the same. It’ll get done eventually. That’s the nightmare of a pre-lit tree. I will never go that route again, though the premise is a good one.

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  32. What a lovely post and I love that you put a line through the word "one".
    Every day is filled with blessings to be grateful for :)
    Have fun decorating your tree.
    Connie :)

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  33. I have made Ree's pecan pie before, and it's out of this world. I love your photos and we have a similar clock to yours in the top photo. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  34. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, dear Vee. I like your vignettes.
    Amalia
    xo

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  35. As usual I am always late, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family, your vignette is so lovely, I try to create some but they never come out as I had planned. Your home is always so warm and inviting!
    Thank you for the recipe links, I am always searching for new recipes.
    I think of you so often, you remain in my thoughts and prayers!
    love,
    Sue

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