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The Last of the Thanksgiving Decorations

Thanskgiving chalkboardI had really good intentions.  I was going to spend Sunday’s rainy afternoon answering the 164 emails in my inbox, and then if there was any time left, I was going to work on this blog post.

Thanksgiving buffet and chalkboardBut you know that cold, I mentioned in our Weekend Talk? Well…by Saturday night I had a fever of 102 degrees, was shivering all over, and I knew it wasn’t just a cold.

sofa with pumpkin pillowI huddled under the covers and ran a fever all day Sunday while the rain fell and the winds blew outside.  My mother says she never remembers running fever. She is lucky.  When I run a fever I hover somewhere between awake and asleep, never a sound sleep, and my thoughts get all muddled….like I can be thinking about chocolate pie, Christmas trees, and tacos all at the same time. Yes, I was craving tacos at 4:00 a.m. this morning.:)

Thanksgiving porchI will normally drive myself to the doctor when I am sick, but not today.  I was waaay too weak, so my sweet husband took off work to take me.  When I got back to the examining room, the first thing the doctor asked me was, Kelly, have you had your flu shot yet?  And I politely told him, No.  Be quiet. It doesn’t matter that I work with 5 zillion elementary students who have all shared their flu and other sicknesses with me. This is not the flu.  I don’t have any achy joints.  He said, Okay…then let’s listen to your lungs.

porch swingAnd after doing so and shaking his head he said, No it isn’t the flu. (Ah ha! I was right.:) )  It’s pneumonia.  Not good.  He gave me some meds, and told me to come back in 48 hours to listen again.  If it has not improved, he wants to discuss the h word….hospital.  :(Boo hiss.  I, like everyone else at this time of year, have too much to do to think about taking time off to be sick.

table vignette for ThanksgivingYou would know this would be the week I have off.  It would never happen at a time when I could miss work.

deskEnough of the pity party.  I am really not telling you all of this for pity.  I am telling you this because I am trying to write this in bed with an electric blanket on and my laptop is balanced in my lap.  (Probably not a good thing for the laptop.) Anyway, if the photos are too dark or too light or if I have repeated any of them, please forgive me.  I can’t figure out how to tilt the screen to edit the lightness (and my fever is 100.8 right now.:))

thanksgiving porch tableSo let’s talk about decorating before I get to the end of the photos.  I had planned to do the porch in brown and red for Thanksgiving like the rest of the house.  But I had that pumpkin pillow that is on the sofa in one of the photos near the top of the post, and I had all those pumpkins leftover from October’s decorations, so I just had to go with orange and red out there.  It made perfect sense to me.

Thanksgiving tableSo I piled some pine branches, pinecones, and the pumpkins in a dough bowl (from a super kind reader from a whole different continent!) and ended up with a simple but workable holiday centerpiece.

Thanksgiving centerpieceI mixed more leftover pumpkins, pinecones, and pine branches on the buffet and in other spots around the porch.

porch table for Thanksgiving

centerpiece forThanksgiving table

buffet topAnd there was a little more November decorating that didn’t make its way into a post, so I am including the photos here.  My friend Eddie made this beautiful cotton wreath that is hanging in our hallway.  If you are in the middle Georgia area, she has these 17 inch ones for $45 at Vintage Junktion in Warner Robins.

cotton wreathAnd I had these leaves in an arrangment in the bedroom for another touch of fall.  (But I took them out this weekend when I got sick.)

bedroom Thanksgiving floral arrangementAs Thanksgiving draws close, I am most thankful for my sweetheart of a husband who is the world’s best nurse…sorry Paula (my sister who happens to be a real nurse.)  He has fetched meds and McDonald’s french fries when I have wanted them, made mashed potatoes for dinner, and gone out to get tacos for lunch for me.:) I am also thankful that our sons are not coming to visit from Seattle this holiday.  I don’t think I would be very good company for them.

Thanksgiving beverage buffet

And I am thankful for your friendship.  This online world allows for some amazing and crazy connections doesn’t it?  Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving is full of good times with family and friends.  I am going to be a good patient now and rest…and hopefully I will be back with a post for you on Friday (assuming these medicines kick in.)

Happy Thanksgiving!:)

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Susan - November 24, 2014 - 5:11 pm

I am sending healing vibes your way!

Anne from Atlanta - November 24, 2014 - 5:12 pm

So sorry that you are sick! Feel better fast! With all of the many things that I am thankful for, I must include your blog and the time and talent that goes into it. It is always the highlight of my day! ~Anne

Anne Boykin - November 24, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself!

Sue - November 24, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Please rest and get better ~ pneumonia isn’t fun at all. Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving house with us. It looks just right, and I hope someone else is making your holiday meal for you!

Scribbler - November 24, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Pneumonia is serious! Take it easy and follow doc’s orders.

Everything looks so beautiful, as always. I adore your cotton wreath.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Patty - November 24, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Kelly stop decorating and rest. Pneumonia is nothing to fool with. When you are better, get a flu shot AND a pneumonia shot too. Also do NOT use menthol cough drops. They make more mucus. Use a fruit cough drop – Halls breezers are a good choice. I hope you feel better soon. Take good care of yourself and please rest!

Carolyn - November 24, 2014 - 5:28 pm

So sorry you’re sick. Take care of yourself and rest. You don’t have to do everything yourself, or necessarily everything you set out to do. Getting sick when you have time off isn’t that surprising to me. It’s happened to me, my husband, and friends. Something about the let down that signals your body it’s OK to be sick now. Even though it’s not as if you didn’t have anything to do or didn’t have plans. Sounds crazy, but I’ve seen it happen time and again. My takeaway has been to remember to rest and relax and not keep pushing all the time. It may be particularly hard for those of us with perfectionist tendencies. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

barbara - November 24, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Kelly- take good care of yourself and don’t worry about the bog. Certainly hope that it’s not pneumonia! Hope you’re able to enjoy Thanksgiving and that someone else will be doing the cooking. Get well soon!

Louvina - November 24, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Your not so good news was the fourth bad thing today that has my smile turned upside down. Hoping you are on the mend quickly– rest and take your medicine. At least you have the week off — but not the way to spend a vacation! Love all your photos and will go back and look at them all again and again. You are a blessing in my life. Please get well soon!

Martha - November 24, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Bless your heart …..take it easy, get well. Your pictures of your home are beautiful, as usual!

Stacey - November 24, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Look at you! Sick sick sick and sharing this beautiful post with us. Rest and get well so you can avoid the h.

Kathy - November 24, 2014 - 5:50 pm

OMGoodness, Kelly! How could you do a post while feeling that badly?!? You must really be the queen of over-achievers! I am so sorry you are sick! Two more things we have in common…I never get a flu shot AND my sister is a nurse named Paula. (That is a lie, her name is Cindy but she is a nurse.) I love the cotton wreath and your chalkboard. Of course, I am going to copy it. Feel better soon! That H-word is not a fun place especially this time of year! I am going to say a get well prayer for you.

Arlene@Nanaland - November 24, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Feel Better Soon!!

Maureen - November 24, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Beautiful post… but so sorry you’re sick. Pneumonia is no fun (speaking from experience). Rest, rest, rest! Take care and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


Katrina - November 24, 2014 - 5:58 pm

All your Thanksgiving decorations look fabulous!
I am so,so sorry that you are sick and I really hope the “H” word is not in your future!!! I hope that by the time you read this you are well on the way to mending!!!
I am never ( hardly ever) sick other than a fall and spring sinus infection. We had such a great weekend in Greenville, SC seeing James Taylor and Christmas shopping on Sat and Sun! Then we returned home to a shrimp and grits dinner at at a friends. I woke up at 4 this morning shaking so hard from a fever that it woke my husband up. The picture got much uglier by 4:30 when I started throwing up…. Thankfully I have a husband like yours! He has piled blankets on me, washed sheets and towels and cleaned bathrooms most of the day.
I guess I just picked up a bug but pneumonia is a whole different story!! Please take care of yourself, Kelly. And goodness, don’t worry about responding to fans comments.
Happy Thanksgiving! Calling for snow in western NC.
When I first started reading your comment I thought you were just making me jealous…James Taylor, Christmas shopping, and shrimp and grits, but then I read further. Bless your heart! Get well!

Kim - November 24, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Looking good and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Gail - November 24, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Oh Kelly: I am totally amazed at what you were able to accomplish while sick. You are super woman! I felt your pain throughout the whole post and pray that you will recover beautifully. Just stay in bed and meditate on the goodness of the Lord and thank Him for blessing you with good health and such a sweet helpful hubby who would feed you tacos….the desire of your heart for the moment:-) Blessings to you and yours at this wonderful time of giving thanks to the Lord…the greatest giver of all time.

Debra - November 24, 2014 - 6:11 pm

I think the bug you are dealing with is making the rounds here in the Midwest too. My second daughter just got over pneumonia four weeks ago, on to have her whole family come down with a flu bug now. Her included. Several schools outside of Chicago had to close for a day or so because of too many absent students. Yes, it does seem being a teacher does expose you that much more to these terrible viruses. :( On that mentioned Flu shot, well, raised hand here. :( I’ll be bad with you. I had a terrible start to 2014 and you think I would have learned my lesson and had gotten one already. Well, at least my husband and youngest daughter went ahead and did so. I can’t believe you are still going ahead with hosting Thanksgiving. Please try and pull back. Though we love you for this sweet post. I think we would survive if we had to go for a week or two without your blog posts. Ugh! Did I really just type that?? (Who am I kidding) We love you please get your rest. Be sure to take whatever babying you can grab. Get Well!
That is terrible about your daughter Debra! Thank you for the well wishes. I was hoping to host a dinner Thanksgiving night, but not now. We are doing the inlaws for Thanksgiving lunch and then a Thanksgiving with my side of the family on Sunday. Resting until then…

Susan from GA - November 24, 2014 - 6:25 pm


Jill - November 24, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Oh, dear Kelly, I’m so sorry you’re sick. Please rest and take care of yourself. You would hate to have to eat turkey dinner you-know-where…..blech!,
I love the orange and red together on your Thanksgiving porch. And I love the hymn on your chalkboard. We really should sing it more often.
Praying you feel better soon! Happy Thanksgiving!

Jane - November 24, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Oh, Kelly! I feel so bad! I am the Queen of pneumonia and bronchitis, a fever means you are infected and you need those antibiotics pronto! I’m not a nurse, I just know a lot of them! Ha! And you are a loyal blogger, there are days when I’m fine and I can’t bear the thought of putting together a post! Laptops just don’t seem to be made for laps in my opinion. A woman didn’t invent them.

I LOVE your fall decor. My favorite? The pine sprigs in the bowls of pumpkins and squash. Simple and perfect! Your colors are great also.

Happy Thanksgiving and get well soon.

Jane xx

Benita - November 24, 2014 - 6:48 pm

Kelly, please take care of yourself and feel better soon! Try to have a Happy Thanksgiving…relax and be pampered!

Jackie - November 24, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! As usual, your home looks beautiful. I’m thankful for your blog and that you are willing to share your home with us. Hope you feel better soon.

Peggy Bryant - November 24, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Prayers for speedy recovery and a blessed Thanksgiving.

Theresa in Nebraska - November 24, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Rest and get well. We are seeing a lot of that in our clinic lately.

Lynne - November 24, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Kelly, please take care of yourself and get well soon. Don’t ever worry about answering emails, blogging alone is time consuming. I hope you are able to have a happy Thanksgiving and feel like eating some of the goodies!
Glad you have someone good to take care of you in this time of need.

Brenda Kula - November 24, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Your photos of your home are so lovely. Take care of yourself. We don’t want the “H” word to happen! I commiserate with you. I had ankle surgery two weeks ago, and I’m typing sitting up in bed on my laptop. But I live alone, so no nurses!

Elaine - November 24, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Your blog is absolutely one of my very, very favorites but in the interest of getting you well, I can “survive” w/o it for a time. :-) Take ALL the time you need to get “fully” well.

Re pneumonia. I had it last year just at this time. Learned the hard way that “the pneumonia shot” (which I had had some years ago) was only good for one of the 20 DIFFERENT varieties of pneumonias out there. So. When you get well, check with your doctor and get the most up to date “variety”.

Loved your decorations!

Andrea - November 24, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Kelly….you are in my thoughts and prayers….get well soon. Why is it that we, I mean us women, never get sick until we are taking time off…it’s like our body relaxes, knowing we are getting time off and that’s when the ugly bugs attack! Feel better.

I really enjoy seeing pictures of your porch. I think I could live there forever….if you ever need a tenant. I absolutely love your little peculator… pot….where in the world did you find that???

Dawn - November 24, 2014 - 8:18 pm


I am sending you prayers of good health. I know how incredibly difficult it is to “just be sick.” I appreciate your post but I hope you get some rest and recover quickly so you can get back to your usual business. Take care and have a restful, healthier Thanksgiving!

Pat @ Life At Lydias House - November 24, 2014 - 8:45 pm

I am so sorry that your are sick and pray that you are well soon. What a terrible week to be sick, work or not! I love you chalkboard. Your handwriting is spectacular!

Charlene - November 24, 2014 - 8:46 pm

Feel better, Kelly! I am thankful for you sharing your creativity with us through your wonderful blog!

Patty in Michigan - November 24, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Praying you are feeling better soon, Kelly! I, too, am amazed you put together this post. I know it can get old lying in bed all day. Your hubby sounds like a good man. Take care of yourself!

Barbara (WA) - November 24, 2014 - 9:08 pm

Kelly – oh my – get well soon!! (I have a broken wrist myself, oy!)

Cindy - November 24, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Kelly, so very sorry you are sick. I hope and pray the meds work and you are better soon.

Garden, Home and Party - November 24, 2014 - 9:46 pm

I wish you a speedy recovery. I know you must hate being sick right now with the holidays looming. I think you are in good hands with your sweet husband taking such good care of you.
I hope you have a relaxing Thanksgiving, get well soon, my friend.

Merri Jo - November 24, 2014 - 9:53 pm

You poor thing–so sorry that you are so sick. Pneumonia takes REST & TIME–allow yourself both to get well. I loved reading that your husband is such a wonderful nurse. My hubby had the flu two weeks ago, & after a recheck tonight, is now back on an antibiotic for a sinus infection. Here in the western suburbs of Chicago, entire classrooms of students and teachers have been out….
illness is hitting early this yr. i’m praying for your healing, Kelly.

Jane Campbell - November 24, 2014 - 10:11 pm

Kelly, So sorry you are feeling so poorly. Hooray! for wonderful husbands who take care of us! Have him being you some nice spiced tea, prop you up on fluffy pillows and get on the phone to Publix for a turkey dinner you won’t have to cook. Get some well deserved rest and we will all be looking forward to your posts when you have recovered.

Barbara P from MA - November 24, 2014 - 10:14 pm

So sorry to hear you are under the weather! Hope your meds kick in and you are feeling better by Thanksgiving Day!

Barb - November 24, 2014 - 11:52 pm

You need to take Pneumonia very seriously. Even as you start to feel better, take it slow. Happy Thanksgiving.

Donnamae - November 24, 2014 - 11:53 pm

Oh my…sorry to hear it’s pneumonia! Well, you know the drill I’m sure, get lots of rest…drink plenty of liquids…take your meds…and have a Happy Thanksgiving! Next time you get sick….don’t do it while you are on break! ;)

L J - November 25, 2014 - 12:09 am

Hi Kelly
Just a few suggestions…Rest….Enjoy Thanksgivine….Rest…Be thankful for all your blessings…Rest….And throw in a daily mid-day nap. May you have a speedy recovery and no h-word, please.

Colleen - November 25, 2014 - 12:14 am

Kelly, you are amazing, with amazing talent!! Get well soon.

Paula - November 25, 2014 - 4:22 am

Dear Kelly,
I love your blog. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and sharing your lovely house. Have your rest and get well again. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

PATTI - November 25, 2014 - 7:01 am

Hope you feel better soon. Happy Thanksgiving!

Frances in England - November 25, 2014 - 7:56 am

Oh hon, the most important thing is you rest and get better asap. I’m sending you good wishes, and hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

Carmen - November 25, 2014 - 8:25 am

Hope you feel better soon. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Shar - November 25, 2014 - 10:04 am

Poor girl! Stay warm–you know laptops are as good as an electric blanket, right? ;) I have always figured I don’t need a flu shot either, as I work in a school (aka “germ lab”). I prescribe hot toddies while snuggled up warmly + internet surfing. Get well soon!

Judy Miller - November 25, 2014 - 10:57 am

Kelly, I’m so sorry you are under the weather. There’s nothing more frustrating than being sick during the holiday. You said your sons weren’t coming home so let someone wait on you and get better. You know you want to be well and in good spirits by Christmas!

Susie in MO - November 25, 2014 - 11:33 am

So sorry you’re feeling ill! And I get it – sick when you already HAVE the time off (I didn’t get a flu shot either…) I’d love to hear how your boys are doing and where they ended up.

Marianne in Mo. - November 25, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Feel better soon, don’t overdo it. Will be thinking of you on Thursday!

Amy O'Quinn - November 25, 2014 - 1:31 pm

You just take of yourself and FEEL BETTER soon! Just so you know, I am so very THANKFUL for you and Talk of the House–and all the wonderful encouragement and inspiration you provide for all your readers! I realize that a lot of hard work and thought goes into each and every post…and none of it is taken for granted. Sending hugs and prayers from down here in deep(er) south GA! And may you and your sweet family have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving! :)

Liz - November 25, 2014 - 4:07 pm

So sorry to hear about your pneumonia – that stinks! Hope you let your family take care of you and can just relax and enjoy whatever Thanksgiving festivities you can manage. Just fyi – your blog brings so much JOY to us readers…I wish we could all “pay you back” by bringing you chicken soup or whatever might make you feel better! Thanks again for all you do for your loyal readers:)

Teresa - November 25, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Kelly, I’m sorry to hear you’re so sick. Please take care of yourself & get some rest. Pneumonia is awful anytime, but so much worse at the holidays when you’re trying to do so much. I hope you and your family have a wonderful & healthy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the tip on the shop in Warner Robins, I will have to check it out. Now, go get some rest!

Sue - November 25, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Kelly! I hope you feel better!

Julia G. - November 26, 2014 - 9:46 am

Hope you are feeling better! No fun being sick when you are actually off work :( Your decorations are very pretty and I really like that pumpkin pillow! Blessings to you and your family!

vickie - November 26, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Hi Kelly,

I am very sorry to hear that you are not well this holiday. Please take care and get lots of rest. It takes a while to recover from pneumonia. You might want to talk to your doctor about the vaccine. It has helped me. It used to get it almost annually.

i hope that you have a lovely and restful holiday.

shannon - November 27, 2014 - 6:45 pm

So sorry you are sick… That darn car line! Hope you are feeling better and had a Happy Thanksgiving!!! Love the pumpkin dough bowl centerpiece and Eddie’s wreath!

phyllis - November 28, 2014 - 8:21 am

Bless you, Kelly! Praying for you some speedy recovery! Too much fun to be had :) Everything looks wonderful as always!

Lynne - November 28, 2014 - 1:36 pm

I’m so sorry you are sick! Good thing you went to the doctor because pneumonia is scary and can be deadly! I used to not think so, but we almost lost our grandson to it and I will never take it lightly again. So please follow doctors order and get better quickly!
I so enjoy your blog and I thank you for sharing your lovely home with all of us! I can’t wait to see your Christmas decorating! You always have such great ideas!

DiAnne - November 28, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Oh Kelly,
I am so sorry you hve been so sick. Bless you and I will say some prayers for you!

Talk of the Weekend #9

Talk of the HouseWe are deeeeep into November now, and I can feel my head starting to spin with Christmas ideas.  Is that happening to you?  (Of course it could be the cold medicine I am taking.:() I am having to quiet my brain and tell myself to stop and enjoy this time of Thanksgiving. So today let’s talk about appreciating some things of this season that God has blessed us with, and we can put off Christmas thoughts for one more week.  I hope that is alright with you.

Where shall we begin?


I am thankful for the abundance of food with which we are blessed, and since I am craving a snack at the moment:)let’s start with a recipe I want to try.  Have you seen these? (Or better yet, have you tasted them?)

Pecan Pie cookies

I am thinking these pecan pie cookies might be a perfect dessert for a crowd at Thanksgiving – and much easier to serve. (Although, I would still want a dab of whipped cream to top them.:))

I am truly thankful for creative bloggers and books that inspire.  Brains and beauty are great, but creativity is far above those on my list.  (Of course having all three would be perfect. LOL) Have any of you read this book? It combines Marion’s creative blog with inspiration for making your house a home, and it is next on my reading list.

Inspired You by Miss Mustard Seed

Inspired You: Breathing New Life into Your Heart and Home

I am also thankful for creative designers who inspire, and I was super thrilled when Barbara Westbrook’s new publication – Workbook - arrived in my inbox a little over a week ago. It is jampacked with gorgeous rooms. You will want to spend all afternoon just drolling over it I know.:)

Workbook kitchen by Barbara Westbrook

There is a great article about how she started this online publication here.

There are amazingly beautiful kitchens in it here.

And there is an interview with baker, Audrey Garliff from Tiny Buffalo Baking Cohere (along with a recipe for pumpkin bread!:))

Barbara Westbrook’s online publication reminded me a lot of this one from Nora Murphy (although Nora’s is definitely more country in feel.) You will enjoy this one too.

Nora Murphy Country House

I am also thankful for beautiful places to visit – like The Greystone Inn on Lake Toxaway in North Carolina. We have never been there, but I am adding it to my list of “places I want to see.”  Here is a link to an article from someone who did recently stay there.

Greystone  photo by Patrick Heagney

Like you, I am grateful for family, friends, and home…which also makes me grateful for the talent of creative people who inspire us to make our celebrations with family and friends even more special.

Loralee Lewis

I am thankful for the wonder of nature.  This was outside our bedroom earlier this week…

(There were actually 3 of them.  I just wasn’t fast enough with my photography.)

deer in the woods

and this little guy was on our leaf and pinestraw covered deck this morning!

chipmunk on the deck

(Obviously, our deck needs sweeping, but I am waiting until tomorrow’s predicted severe thunderstorms pass.)

I am thankful for all of you who spend time visiting here.  You don’t know how much I appreciated the many many comments on my Thanksgiving decorating posts last week.  You have to be the most complimentary readers in all of blogland!  I did the random drawing this morning from the 237 comments from various sources, and the winning number for the Williams Sonoma pumpkin goodies was…

random number generator

And that number went with this comment on the kitchen and dining room post:

winning comment

Congratulations Peggy!  If you read this before I have a chance to contact you, please email me your mailing address so that I can get the package out to you on Monday. And for the rest of you, don’t worry.  There is another giveaway coming to you in December.:)

And finally,  I am thankful for gorgeous music like this!


I hope your weekend is a cozy one, and if you have a long to-do list, I hope you get everything accomplished with time to spare.  If I can get over this cold, I will have one last Thanksgiving decorating post for you early next week (if anyone is still thinking about that holiday!:))

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Nan, Odessa, DE - November 22, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Feel better!
Test those cookies with hot tea.
Lots here to digest.

Donnamae - November 22, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Those cookies look wonderful! I’m still thinking about Thanksgiving…I’ve still got to cook the bird! ;)

Peggy - November 22, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Kelly, get well!
Thank you for the beautiful pumpkin bread pan, mix and pecan butter! I have never, ever won anything! That is very generous of you.
Enjoying Barbara Westbrook’s Workbook. So many beautiful photographs! Hopped over to peek at Mora Murphy’s Country Home magazine, too. I think my weekend reading is going to be very enjoyable! Again, thank you.

Dawn - November 22, 2014 - 2:47 pm


We are still thinking about Thanksgiving around here. We are celebrating with the in-laws this weekend and then with my folks next weekend. In fact we are going to celebrate Thanksgiving a little in a nontraditional way. For the first time we are going to the lake house for the Thanksgiving weekend. I am so excited to celebrate the tradition in a different way. I am going to make your cranberry salad and my Mom is anxious to taste it. She loves citrus. Thanks for sharing this Thanksgiving rich post. I am off to grade, do house work and run weekend errands.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - November 22, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Great post, you have chosen some beautiful books that would be fun to read. I hope you have a very, very Happy Thanksgiving. Get well.

L J - November 22, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Kelly, I’m grateful for today’s post–you’ve brightened my whole day. It’s gray, overcast and drab outside. Inside I’m wearing sweats while wrapped in a blanket with a box of tissues nearby (not so attractive but comfy) and all the while feeling blah and tired of cold meds. So I do (a-choo!)sympathize with you. Your post sparked my brain and energized me. I think it is the temptation from those delicious-y looking pecan pie cookes. Woah! Nevertheless, I needed this. Thank you for thinking of us and taking the energy and time to gift us with your thoughts, pictures, and inspiration.
Congrats to Peggy.
In my previous comment I mentioned that I recently purchased a red pedestal cake stand from Cost Plus/World Markets. I think it’s like yours, Kelly. I know other readers have wanted to know where to find it and so I thought I’d pass it along.

Sandy - November 22, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Kelly, I received Miss Mustard Seed’s wonderful book last Christmas. Those pecan cookies may be a dessert at next year’s Thanksgiving dessert buffet. I am thankful that I found your fabulous blog several years ago. I love your house and your decor. I am grateful for the places you share and mark them on my future trips list. Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your family.

Sallie - November 22, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Kelly- I grew up visiting the Greystone Inn when it was a private home. It was my Aunt Lucy’s home. She was a wonderful Southern Lady and very generous. She had a full staff and educated many of their children. She had a 2 story library where you could be lost for days. The original home had numerous kitchens where the most wonderful food was prepared. It was such a wonderful way of life at that time. Thanks for bringing back such great memories. Happy Thanksgiving!

Debra - November 22, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Ok, this post took me away in so many directions. You really jammed a lot in. What a “feast” for my eyes, as always. That cookie looked so delicious. I am drooling over the kitchen with that ironstone filled cabinet. I don’t think I would make it to my dining room table, if I was preparing my Thanksgiving fare in that kitchen. :) The Country Home is so my taste. It would be so fun to dine outdoors with the leaves at my feet, yes with moderate temps, (something we are so not having here in the Midwest as well. I’m still clinging onto fall like the last of our yellow maple leaves. I’m not ready to dive into the wintery cold, snow, hustle/bustle, flu season yet. Yes, let me linger just another week, please? The Greystone Inn looked wonderful. Will I ever get to experience a real “taste” of the south someday? I hope so. Thank you for making my bucket list grow as well. :) I think. :) Take care and I hope you feel better by Thanksgiving. P. S. Let the leaves blow upon your lovely porch and the critters delight. So precious.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - November 22, 2014 - 7:38 pm

Thank you for another fun post with so much to see…and cookies to drool over…I love pecan pie too! Can’t wait to look through the Barbara Westbrook online magazine. I love her work! And, the Piano Guys are real favorites of mine. We saw them in concert last February and they were awesome!Take care, drink lots of fluids and get over your cold :), and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Jane Campbell - November 22, 2014 - 7:54 pm

So thankful I came across a pin that lead to your blog. I ahve only looked over today’s post and i am in love with it all! Everything is so beautiful!I am definitely going to make the wreaths over the kitchen sink, though here in FL I will probably use turquoise ribbon and some starfish because a wintry Christmas really doesn’t exist. Maybe I will try make a beach shack gingerbread house! ;)

Andrea - November 22, 2014 - 8:50 pm

The cookies are a must try…thank you so much. I want to say thank you for the beautiful blog to visit. I enjoy coming here and am filled with inspiration each time…..thanks so much for that!!!!

Patty in Michigan - November 22, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Congrats to Peggy! So thankful for you, Kelly, and your wonderful blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Kathy - November 22, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Congratulations, Peggy! You will love getting your treats in the mail from Kelly. She even uses her pretty writing for your address! I won her cookbook giveaway a while back! So, so exciting! Not go sound braggy…just thankful… but I also won the Miss Mustard Seeds book…which is awesome! (Anita…can you believe it…just my luck!) Kelly, I am going to spend this week, through Thursday anyway, getting ready for and celebrating Thanksgiving. (But, Katrina, I have been getting ready for Thanksgiving with my Christmas CDs providing background music.) Kelly, feel better soon! I am thankful that I am retired and do not catch everything the kids at school always seemed to share with me. Thanks for all of the side trips in this post. As always, I get so excited to see you have a new post! Happy Thanksgiving!

Garden, Home and Party - November 22, 2014 - 10:24 pm

I needed this! We will be at Kevin, Sarah and our new, Fae (granddaughter) for Thanksgiving and it’s all I can do to keep myself from taking all of the pumpkins down and start putting out the nutcrackers! I’m holding steady and giving thanks for this beautiful time of year, with joy and gratitude in my heart. :-)

Rhonda - November 22, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Beautiful music! I love coming to your site because it makes me feel peaceful and calm and gives me so many wonderful ideas for my own home. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Barbara Hinske - November 23, 2014 - 9:29 am

What a glorious post! I’ll be checking back into it all week. And thank you for the Piano Guys! So lovely! Happy Thanksgiving.

classic•casual•home - November 23, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Lots of goodness here!!! Thanks for all the fun links and entertaining me on a lazy Sunday!

Lynne - November 23, 2014 - 8:58 pm

I have read Miss Mustard Seed’s book and I love it. Very thought provoking IMHO. Those cookies look delicious! Please let us know if you make them and if they are fairly easy or more of a pain. I hope they are easy! I’m so thankful for your blog. I know it seems odd that a complete stranger feels like she knows you, but I kind of do! Your home is lovely and I love the effort you put in to everything! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

Sherry Myers - November 23, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Thank you, Kelly. Like you, I have been under the weather this weekend. I hope by now you are feeling better. I have enjoyed each of your posts this week. It has been such a delight to drink in every one. Beautiful. Feeling a little overwhelmed with everything I had to do this weekend, I have to say, your special touch in decorating and giving us a sample of the piano guys music warmed my heart and was very encouraging. You never know how your readers are affected by what you post. I, for one, am adding it to my list of multiple things to be grateful for this week and throughout the holiday season. May your week be blessed with things that bring you joy.

Karen - November 24, 2014 - 3:20 am

Thanks Kelly for all the lovely links and for the care you put into your posts I really enjoy them. Here in Australia we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. ( although I’m grateful everyday ) So my Xmas decorations are up although I’m always tweaking them.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

phyllis - November 28, 2014 - 8:23 am

I just shared the Piano Guys Christmas playlist on FB, myself!

Paula B. - November 29, 2014 - 11:45 am

I hope you are over your cold, and that your Thanksgiving weekend has been filled with peace and enjoyment with family and friends. I am grateful for the gift of good health as I have a protracted but relatively easy rehab from knee surgery. I am also grateful for the wonderful family I have around me, as well as the friends who have given me so much support these past few weeks. Loving the piano recital heard in the background as I type. I think, Kelly, that you do have the best blog followers, it is always a pleasure to keep here to read your posts and then to enjoy all the comments as well. Here’s to sailing through the next few weeks of school and seasonal festivities (mayhem)!

Donnie - December 2, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Kelly, hope this finds you feeling better. Loved the photos of the Pottery Barn outlet – definitely must go when next we visit out son and his family in Atlanta. But had to comment, my daughter was a music major, her instrument was her voice. I sure remember all the concerts, all the tears and what joy to look back on it. She has two daughters now and we go to their concerts – oldest plays the cello and is in the chorus (middle school). Good times ahead. You will never regret rearranging your schedule for yet another time for one more concert.

The Kitchen and Dining Room for Thanksgiving


A couple of weeks ago we were talking about different china patterns to use for Thanksgiving, and I mentioned that I liked a pattern at Williams Sonoma with a turkey in the middle of it. Do you remember that I went to order it,and it was sold out online?

coffee tray

The weekend after that discussion, my daughter had a concert in Atlanta so we made good use of the time there by doing some shopping.  We left early that morning so that we could go to the outlets north of the city.

November desk

I looked in the Williams Sonoma outlet thinking I might find some of those turkey plates there.  No luck.  The only thing remotely resembling Thanksgiving was a pattern with pumpkins on it. Plenty of pumpkins – zero turkeys.:(

kitchen chalkboard
So we drove on into the city and stopped at two different malls where I quickly ran through 2 Williams Sonoma stores looking for those turkey plates. They were sold out at both of them as well. It looked like finding my turkeys was not going to happen.

kitchen (2)

We dropped our daughter off at the place where she was to perform,and then my husband and I went to eat at a little Mexican restaurant before the concert.  While I was munching on my taco, my husband’s cell phone rang.  It was our niece who lives in Augusta.

Thanksgiving herbs

 Our conversation went something like this…

Aunt Kelly, I found some of those turkey salad plates you wanted at the Williams Sonoma store here.  I can send them to you by my mother if you would like.   Do you want them?

cookbooks and sweet potato casseroleDid I want them??

Oh my yes!

So our sweet niece got them for me.  Her mother carried them home from Augusta, and those plates made their way to our dining room table.:)

dining room

Thanksgiving table settings

 They were actually the inspiration for my brown and red Thanksgiving decorating.

place setting forThanksgivingAnd the inspiration for the centerpiece came from the grocery store.  Truly.  When I was in the produce section there was a small pot of herbs labeled “turkey herbs.”:)You can use the sage, rosemary, and thyme while cooking your turkey. Pretty smart, right? So turkey herbs seemed like the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece, and I used a sprig of rosemary with each napkin as well.

Thanksgiving centerpieceAnd I added a little rosemary to the cabinet in the dining room.

cabinetdining room cabinetOkay, that’s enough about herbs.  Let me finish my turkey plate story.

It gets even better.:)

The other night my mother in law called and asked my husband if he thought I would like to use my Christmas present from her before the holidays. He told her that would be a great idea; so on Sunday night I got to open my first Christmas gift of the year…

The serving bowl that matches the hard-to-find turkey plates

Thanksgiving vignetteand the beautiful matching platter that now stands proudly atop the refrigerator.

turkey platterSo for a girl who had no Thanksgiving dinnerware just a couple of weeks ago, I am now blessed with quite a collection thanks to some thoughtful family members!

Thanksgiving table

And while we are talking about Thanksgiving, please don’t forget about the Thanksgiving giveaway here for one of you very thoughtful readers who takes time out to read my ramblings.:) I am so thankful for you!  You can find all the details about the giveaway here.

Thanksgiving giveawayHope you are making good headway with your plans for Thanksgiving!

Until next time…

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - November 20, 2014 - 3:07 am

Kelly, so happy for you that you got your WS turkey plates…and the bowl and platter are such a bonus! Love brown and red together…a nice change from traditional orange/rust. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nikki - November 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

Love the turkey plates and your tablescape. I got the Spode turkey plates as a gift from my mom a few years ago. I like them so much they hang on my kitchens backsplash.thanks for the inspiration. I may take them down and use them for Thanksbiving.

Debra - November 20, 2014 - 6:34 am

Ok, now I want the Turkey plates too! I was in Sonoma last week and looked again at the pumpkin plates but didn’t do it either. I love your choice. Everything came together so well and look how your extended family members were right there and so “giving” of there thoughtfulness and effort! Between the special delivery and early Christmas gift, wow! Mother in law gets the gold star for the platter and bowl. Gorgeous! You lucky girl! Well, so in my hunt, I did find some white background with green/brown oak leafs and a brown Mr. Tom design. Yes, I too wanted to give Mr. Turkey his due. I bought coffee mugs and bowls, but no salad plates, darn. That’s all they had. These were found at my Home Goods. I guess my colors will be the brown and green. I have the traditional white turkey embossed platter and big white ceramic Turkey for the centerpiece. Time to get creative…. I have to say I have always thought that Thanksgiving comes and goes so quickly and poor Mr. Turkey and the Pilgrims get short changed. So much excitement and anticipation with Christmas, but I feel as strongly about this holiday, as it is the “start” of the season of “gathering and giving” and the importance of family. Oh, and we mustn’t forget all the good food! Well, once again you have stirred my inner “Martha”. Look how you kept to your simplistic styling by using such a pretty design. Ugh, and you even got to showcase your beloved red. I love it all Kelly. Good job! Have yourself a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Stacey - November 20, 2014 - 6:34 am

Kelly, your posts about your house and your decorating ideas are some of my very favorites. Those plates were made for your house and your red dishes!

Joyce - November 20, 2014 - 6:40 am

You are such an inspiration! Love the turkey plates, the turkey herbs and RED! Thank you for sharing! Can’t stop thinking about pumpkin bread…..

yarlette - November 20, 2014 - 7:03 am

So happy for you that you got your turkey dishes. What a great family to think of you when they found some pieces of that set. I love that pattern. I know that you will enjoy it for years to come. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sherry - November 20, 2014 - 7:03 am

This reminds me of myself!!!!! So many times I have driven everywhere looking for something and making special trips to Nashville and surrounding areas hoping against Hope I’ll find what I’m looking for. Sometimes I’m lucky and sometimes not! Love your turkey dishes! And the colors!

Vicki - November 20, 2014 - 7:13 am

Went into a WS store in Ala. over the weekend and they had the salad plates on their display table right at the front door. Who did I immediately think of??? You have some great family members! BTW…… Love the red and brown!

Sandy - November 20, 2014 - 7:24 am

It was meant to be! Everything just fell into place at the perfect moment! I hope you enjoy these Turkey plates for many years.

Cindy - November 20, 2014 - 7:30 am

I love when a plan comes together! How thoughtful of everyone to look out after you. Everything looks beautiful, just love the red and brown. Enjoy your turkey dishes and the great story that goes with them.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 20, 2014 - 7:34 am

You are very blessed to have such wonderful family members thinking of you, knowing how much you love those gorgeous plates!…they are magnificent and it is no wonder that WS sold out of them so quickly!….you always have the most beautiful holiday vignettes!…

Jill - November 20, 2014 - 7:45 am

Thoughtful family members indeed! I love that it all came together for your Thanksgicing table. It looks wonderful! Those beautiful turkeys add lots of color and I love your centerpiece too. Happy Thanksgiving Kelly!

Joy Cooper - November 20, 2014 - 7:56 am

How great this WS pattern looks in your home and how very thoughtful your family is. Hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful.

Kathy - November 20, 2014 - 8:17 am

Like a good movie, I was predicting the ending BUT I am so gullible I am never really sure it will turn out as I want until the ending. I am so glad you got the turkey dishes! (We all know what this is like, don’t we, Josie! Not buying, then wishing we had!) I love the rosemary on the napkins. (I just got “into” rosemary…thank you, DiAnne.) I love your brown and red and that your mother-in-law went ahead and gave you your Christmas present! I bet she couldn’t wait to surprise you! And, your sweet niece who really got the ball rolling. So thankful for family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving!

sharon - November 20, 2014 - 8:25 am

Everything looks so beautiful! I’m so happy you have your turkey dishes. William Sonoma has such classy items. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Barbara (WA) - November 20, 2014 - 8:51 am

I love the story behind your new dishes!

Lori Lucas - November 20, 2014 - 8:55 am

Your turkey plates are marvelous, but quite frankly, you could make paper plates look like the bombdiggity! I love studying every detail of your wonderful home. What a great give-away-too! You make the holiday spirit very catchy!!Lori Lucas

Shelley - November 20, 2014 - 8:56 am


I LOVE to open Christmas gifts early! And just between you and me, when I was little, (money was REALLY tight for my parents) I would sneak around the house looking for presents. One year I found a box of gifts my Mother had tucked away in a back hallway for us kids. It was filled with wonderful things-jump ropes, coloring books and crayons all sorts of goodies. Christmas morning came and we opened all our gifts. I snuggled up with my Mom for a hug and a kiss and I remember she asked if I got everything I wished for…I had no choice but to confess and ask why we didn’t get the jump ropes and coloring books that I spied in the hallway…She had forgotten about the box!!!

Anyway, what wonderful family you have to search out the beautiful Turkey dinnerware! You deserve to be blessed.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Janis Stufflebean - November 20, 2014 - 9:09 am

Love your Thanksgiving table. It all came together so sweet! Really, how much more wonderful could it have happened?

donna - November 20, 2014 - 9:10 am

Kelly, Love your posts and everything about your home. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you so much for the giveaway.

Amy O'Quinn - November 20, 2014 - 9:10 am

I LOVE your turkey plates and the brown/red touches. When you did the post on Thanksgiving china and table settings earlier, I fell in love with the Johnson Brothers Friendly Village pattern, and I think want to get started collecting that set. In fact, it may be part of my Christmas gift this year! It’s so vintage-y.
So glad you were able to get the lovely Williams Sonoma plates! What a delightful surprise and blessing!

Sandy - November 20, 2014 - 9:13 am

Your Thanksgiving table is lovely.The turkey herbs inspired me to use my beautiful rosemary plant in my tablescape. I read that smelling this herb helps with memory. Congratulations receiving your lovely turkey plates and special pieces from your family members. I am sure they have received much love from you.

Susan - November 20, 2014 - 9:14 am

Great story and beautiful table ideas. I love your napkins rolled with the rosemary! Thank you for the inspiration and chance for the giveaway.

Patty in Michigan - November 20, 2014 - 9:19 am

Kelly, I just love the way this story came about! What a great family you must have that they would go out of their way to bless you! These plates are great. Your table looks so beautiful. There are some different colors on the plates so next year if you wanted to you could change it up with maybe green or a dark brown instead of the red. You will love these for a long time.

Nicola - November 20, 2014 - 9:23 am

I adore the turkey plates! The Thanksgiving table is beautiful! Your blog is always a great inspiration to me. It encourages us all to look around and use the simple things that we find either outdoors or around our homes to create our own holiday memories! Thank you for sharing all your ideas with us! Happy Thanksgiving!

Amy Mac - November 20, 2014 - 9:25 am

This is magical! I’m going to start blogging today about things I want and see if my family comes through for me on a similar scale. Like “Dear Family and Blog Readers: I have been DYING for a fabulous drop-top BMW coupe, flexible on color, but it NEVER seems to appear in my drive…”
But seriously, that’s a thoughtful bunch of folks you have looking out for you!

Louvina - November 20, 2014 - 9:26 am

Loved the turkey hunt story!! I’ve been looking for the potted herbs,too! Having 14 for Thanksgiving dinner so now I’m off “tracking my turkey”! Got to shake my tail feathers!! :) Have a blessed holiday! Do you have the week off? Hope so!

Arlene@Nanaland - November 20, 2014 - 9:33 am

What a wonderful surprise!! And your table looks beautiful!

Barbara - November 20, 2014 - 9:34 am

I am loving your dinner ware. I’m on the lookout myself.

Carolyn - November 20, 2014 - 9:39 am

Isn’t it wonderful when your wishes come true? And isn’t it interesting that it happened when you’d pretty much given up on it? So funny how that happens. What thoughtful relatives you have who know you so well. Your table, et al, looks wonderful. I think I love the platter most of all. We have the real live turkeys wandering around up here. And yes, I’m talking about the bird kind, not the human kind ;-).

Gail - November 20, 2014 - 10:08 am

Kelly: You certainly have the most wonderful family who must love you tremendously! Can I be adopted into very family?:-) The plates are so appropriate for the season and I love the herbs in the centerpiece. Your home must smell amazing! Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!!!!

Scribbler - November 20, 2014 - 10:10 am

Your decorating all looks so pretty! I love the “nutty” idea, and of course, all your signature jars. The turkey plates are probably the nicest ones I have seen. I don’t do turkey at my house, so I have never bought any. I do like the idea of red and brown — it is very warm and fall-ish.

Vicki - November 20, 2014 - 10:11 am

I absolutely love your holiday decor and would be totally comfortable with you doing mine! When may I expect you? Lol! Thanks so much for sharing your home! Truly inspiring!

Stacy - November 20, 2014 - 10:13 am

Love love love the turkey plates!! I’m so glad your sweet family members were able to help you find them!! I totally understand your obsession! A few months ago, I was obsessed with a set of Johnson Bros turkey plates I saw in a cute antique shop. Of course when I decided to go back for them, they were gone!! Luckily I was able to track them down on eBay! (But unfortunately at a higher price!:( ….Hope y’all have a happy Thanksgiving!!

Barb - November 20, 2014 - 10:39 am

You know what I love about this story? I love that so many people were thinking about you. Now THAT is a blessing and something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pamela Aker - November 20, 2014 - 10:43 am

Love the turkey plates. Your house looks so warm and festive. Happy Thanksgiving.

Sue - November 20, 2014 - 10:44 am

It all came together perfectly Kelly. The plates look great with the red plates. You are all set for years of Thanksgiving memories.

Loretta Hamilton - November 20, 2014 - 11:02 am

Your beautiful table settings makes me wish I was entertaining this year…but after 40+ years of hosting Thanksgiving for the family, I am taking a break. And I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry…but I think I’ll click my heels and laugh. Until Thursday morning when I realize that I only need to fix a side dish or two to take to my brother’s home instead of stuffing and popping a turkey in the oven and feel a little sad about it. Anyhow…it is time for others to take on the job I guess. And in the meantime, I’ll enjoy looking at your beautiful decorations and feeling nostalgic… Thank you!

Susan - November 20, 2014 - 11:18 am

What a fun story! Thank goodness for family!

Marken - November 20, 2014 - 12:27 pm

What a lovely post and what a loving family. Those turkey plates are really special and I hope the family especially enjoys gathering for Thanksgiving. I have really liked all your recent posts, including the wedding where the decorating and special touches were inspiring.

Helen - November 20, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Now I want Thanksgiving dishes! So elegant – I love the brown and red theme!

Cheri - November 20, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Beautiful table setting…can I come? How thoughtful to have family members be on the look out for ya, my girls are the same way.

Garden, Home and Party - November 20, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Those are beautiful plates and that turkey is quite a handsome fella. Great story, I’m so happy for you. What a sweet family!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for your blog and friendship.

Peggy - November 20, 2014 - 1:54 pm

I knew it would be beautiful! And what a nice story about family!

Ann - November 20, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Kelly, I love everything about this post!! The turkey herbs are a great idea…I’m going to look for those. And your turkey plates are so pretty. I’m happy that you got them, along with the other pieces. What a great family!

Thanks for so much inspiration at Thanksgiving, and all year! ~Ann

Debbie w - November 20, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Love love the turkey china! I bet you will find more before the season us over!

Pat Peele - November 20, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Lovely table and you will always have a story to tell how it came together.
I like the idea of Salad plates t extend the holiday life of basic China. Lots less storage space needed.
It is so wonderful to have family to fill in the gaps.

PJ Bronson - November 20, 2014 - 5:04 pm

The Turkey Plates are perfect for you! So happy they found their way to your beautiful table. You are an inspiration and I appreciate you so generously sharing your home and ideas with us! Love your chalkboard creations! Is there a secret to getting such a fine chalk line when writing? Special chalk?
Any suggestion you might have would be appreciated. Thanks!

Katrina - November 20, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Love this “Happy Ever After” story and love your turkey china! Let the cooking begin!

PATTI - November 20, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Very tastefully done (once again)! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Jeanne Bell - November 20, 2014 - 7:39 pm

I so enjoy your ramblings….Happy Thanksgiving!

DeeDee - November 20, 2014 - 7:46 pm

The turkey plates are stunning and will make a beautiful addition to your holiday table & I’m so happy they found their way to your home! I couldn’t help but notice the cranberry relish recipe on your chalkboard… would you mind sharing? I’m looking for a recipe to make for Thanksgiving!

Design Chic - November 20, 2014 - 8:36 pm

So worth all of the trouble – they look amazing on your table and love your dining room!

Dawn - November 20, 2014 - 8:38 pm


I am loving your family rich stories here lately! What a sweet family you guys have. Those plates are perfect for you! I love the brown with all of your red. It seems like those plates and serving pieces were made just for you! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful home pictures. I spied that Garden and Gun magazine you referenced earlier. I have to confess that your post on the duck camp in that magazine forced me to buy that issue of the magazine and I left one of the post cards to order a subscription to it out for my husband just in case he wants to order it for me for Christmas. :)

Jackie M. - November 20, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Hurray for finding the turkey plates! They look absolutely perfect in your dining room! And the turkey herbs! Oh my goodness! I want to find a pot of those at my grocery store!!!

Emily - November 20, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Love your turkey plates with the red! What a wonderful family you have to help you shop for your dishes and what great Christmas gifts!
Thank you for sharing your home with all of us. Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Take care.

Susan M - November 20, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Ahhhhh….celebrating with you Kelly on getting the WS plates!! The Lord’s timing is always perfect… will really appreciate them now and not question that they were the set you wanted. I absolutely love the cotton in your centerpiece and I am coveting the ceramic turkey gravy bowl. Everything looks so inviting and ready for family fun!! Happy Thanksgiving Kelly…….I am thankful for your blog all year long!!

Donnamae - November 20, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Oh, what a wonderful family you have! Love those turkey plates…I can see why you wanted them. Your table looks lovely!;)

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - November 21, 2014 - 12:11 am

They are either very sweet family members who know what you like, or they are setting you up to host the Thanksgiving dinner from here until Jesus comes back!

Frances in England - November 21, 2014 - 6:28 am

I’m so pleased you got the plates you wanted – and even better you got a story and happy family memories to go with them!
And I love your Turkey herbs as centrepiece idea.
I’ve decided to model the meal I’m hosting on 30th November on US Thanksgiving, which is technically inaccurate for many reasons (not least my location and nationality) but I’m really enjoying ‘joining in’ with the festivities!!

Liz - November 21, 2014 - 7:54 am

Your table setting made me want to sit right down and admire your new turkey plate collection!

Amber L - November 21, 2014 - 9:55 am

Oh, you lucky girl; everything is going to be perfect for your Thanksgiving :) Soooo envious of that platter and serving bowl! Also adore the turkey on your entryway table…

(I originally left this comment under the wrong post, lol!)

Kathy - November 21, 2014 - 10:18 am

I have so enjoyed reading your blog. I love how you stay true to your style. You take a theme and work it through the house. LOVE it. Your plates are beautiful. I had never realized the importance of the salad plate…I have 2 sets of white…imagine the different salad plates I could use. Thank you!

Gail - November 21, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Dear Kelly, I love to read your blog and see your amazing creativity. It was such a bright spot today. I don’t want this to sound like a sob story, but I am having chemo treatments right now. I am an American who has lived in Canada for over 30 years, but I AM STILL AN AMERICAN. We used to celebrate American TG with all the Americans we could gather together. This year it won’t happen, but I love thinking of all the Thanksgivings in the past. It is such a special time. So I’ll continue to enjoy your festivities as I feel blah but greatly loved and cared for. Thank you!

Barbara H - November 21, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Love your simple no fuss table decorating. Not too much to get in the way.

Julia G. - November 21, 2014 - 3:24 pm

So happy for you Kelly! Those turkey plates are so fun! I am still on the look out for my fall/thanksgiving plates.

MBJ - November 22, 2014 - 10:47 am

Though it sounds like you’d like the whole set, the pattern is so bold it is perfectly set off how you have it nested in the red. Couldn’t be better if you had it all.

Jane - November 23, 2014 - 7:47 am

I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying your blog since finding it yesterday, I love your turkey plates. I just remembered that I have two similar ones in a box in the garage I will have to look for. My few Thanksgiving decorations get stored in between the Halloween ones. it is another gray rainy morning in Fl, but I am dying to drag my husband over to Winter Park to the WS store just to browse, though I do have a long list of spices I need from the Penzy’s store just down the block from there. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

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