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Part 3: The Thanksgiving Home Tour


Goodness gracious!  I should have never asked all of you what your favorite Thanksgiving food was.  I got sooo hungry reading all your comments in part 2!  From coconut cake to green bean casserole to cranberry salads and everything good in between, you named a bunch of delicious dishes.  It was fun reading all the various things that are served around the country! 🙂


For our final stop on this Thanksgiving tour, we are coming in the side door today.  (The one for family and friends. 🙂 )  A reader asked me how that wreath on the door was constructed.  I am not really sure.  I purchased it at Target last fall, and it looks like it has leaves made from birch bark that are glued onto a grapevine wreath.  (I just added the orange ribbon and bow.)


Come on in the door, and drop off your coat if you need to.

coatsWe are going down this little hallway…


through the dining room that you saw in part 2…

Thanksgiving table

and out onto the back screened in porch.

porchWhen I transitioned from Halloween to Thanksgiving decorating, I moved the pumpkin pillow from the family room sofa to the one out here.

porch-sofaThe pumpkin plates that were on the porch table for Halloween are now in the wall arrangement.


I did this month’s chalkboard appropriately with the lyrics to a Thanksgiving hymn.
(One of my favorites for the season. 🙂 )


thanksgiving-chalkboardThe drink dispenser stands waiting to serve sweet tea…

thanksgiving-vignettewhile this arrangement of mums and pumpkins balances the other end of the buffet table.


And now to the porch’s Thanksgiving table.

thanksgiving-tableI stole  borrowed the plaid tablecloth, plaid salad plates, and candle holders from my husband’s upstairs office.  You may remember these items from a hiking party we hosted around this same time last year.

thanksgiving-centerpieceDo you remember there is a set of Table Topics cards in the giveaway?  Well I put one card at each place setting and the remainder of them in the centerpiece.  They make for great talk around the table. 🙂

table-topics-cards-for-thanksgivingI’ve mentioned before that when I was growing up, my family had a large pecan orchard, and each November my parents, siblings, and I would pick up the pecans that fell from those trees. As I recall, our orchard was mostly of the Moneymaker variety, along with a few rows of Stuart, and a couple of random Schley trees.  My father needed the nuts picked up, and it was a way for us children to earn Christmas shopping money.

table-topics-cards-in-centerpieceSo every November, I remember racing my brother, Mike and my sister, Paula to see who could fill up their bucket first and who would have the most when we would weigh in at the end of the day.  As a nod to that long-ago chore, I put small bags of pecans on the table at each place setting.  Raw nuts (out of their shells) would probably be more appreciated, but I used the ones in the shells because they evoke such a memory for me (and probably for my side of the family as well.)


And that brings us to the end of this year’s Thanksgiving tour.  Thank you so much for coming to visit!  I hope you enjoyed seeing all the orange and brown decor with its recycled Halloween pumpkins. Can you believe it is only a week until Thanksgiving??!  We are still looking at temperatures in the 80’s here, so it just does not seem possible that Thanksgiving should be so close. 🙁

And finally, you have one last chance to get your name in for the Thanksgiving giveaway before it closes.   To enter, simply leave a comment on any post (on the website – not an email reply to it) that publishes between 11/11/16 and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, 11/17/16. You may leave a comment on all the posts that publish in that time frame for more chances to win, but please leave only one comment per post.  I will do a random drawing after the close of the contest and announce the winner in the next post that publishes after that date. (You can read more details about the items here.)


I am going to close with another question today to make it easy for you to leave a comment…


If you could have any view from your back porch, what would it be?

Can’t wait to read your answers!
(And good luck in the contest. 🙂 )

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Lanita Anderson - November 23, 2016 - 2:36 pm

I would love to have a view of the mountains… peaceful and beautiful, especially at this time of the year! I so enjoyed your Thanksgiving tours and really enjoyed the tablescape in this post – the plaid tablecloth, the plaid plates, the centerpiece….all SO beautiful! Thank you for sharing – Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Blessings….

Pam Jenkins - November 22, 2016 - 6:24 pm

So hard to choose between the Gulf and Blue Ridge Mountains.

theresalh - November 21, 2016 - 5:58 pm

The Gulf of Mexico! Or my children’s backyard!

Bonnie Auld - November 21, 2016 - 3:13 pm

So many beautiful places to choose from for a view from my back porch. I’d probably like it to be in the mountains, because, then my trips to the beach would still be so anticipated and relaxing!

Nan, Odessa, De - November 20, 2016 - 1:32 pm

What is the brand, type and color of the tote hanging in the entry way? Thanks!

Karen Watson - November 20, 2016 - 9:27 am

Love your pecan story! Thank you for sharing! Would love to win!

Vicki - November 19, 2016 - 7:53 pm

Beautiful tour! I love the photographs of your children that we see every time we tour!

We have a beautiful view now in the Suburbs of Birmingham, AL, but if I could have any view it would be of Mountains with a lake I believe. I have never had that choice! Lol!

Linda - November 19, 2016 - 6:45 pm

Here in Kentucky I love looking to the east at the rolling hills that are a part of the Appalachian Mountain range. I also would love a lake view as well!!

Celia Becker @ - November 19, 2016 - 10:38 am

Hi Kelly! I just discovered your blog today and love it! Your Thanksgiving decor and your home are beautiful. I look forward to following you. As for views, I live in Lake Arrowhead, California which is a beautiful place. I have a lovely view of the forest from my home but wish it included a view of our lovely lake too. Happy holidays!

Bonnie - November 19, 2016 - 10:16 am

My dream view from a back porch would be overlooking a lake as the seasons change while I sip on a delicious cup of hot tea in the morning.

Jan Hamilton - November 19, 2016 - 9:35 am

Favorites on Part III: The back door! It is so welcoming for family and friends. And the picture books. Don’t you love decorating with books? So charming and simple. It’s Thanksgiving Week! (I’m a teacher…) Have a happy, wonderful Thanksgiving.

Joyce Ward - November 19, 2016 - 8:57 am

Hi Kelly!
I very much enjoy your gorgeous home tours! Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving especially the dessert course (my fav)!
If we had an enclosed back porch, we could enjoy our neighbor’s ever changing landscape of trees. By the way, an enclosed back porch has been on my wish a good long while….here’s hoping since my husband just retired.:)
Happy Thanksgiving and looking forward to future posts,

Anita - November 18, 2016 - 8:48 pm

My happy place is Cades Cove in the Great Smokey Mountains! Although the fire in Walland is pretty close! Kelly you are such an inspiration to all of us with your decorating savvy!! Love everything you do!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Ellen Shook - November 18, 2016 - 5:13 pm

The beach and the ocean with mountains around me and behind me!

Lynn A. - November 18, 2016 - 9:58 am

I would love to have a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a lake.

Heather Fico - November 18, 2016 - 8:45 am

I love those plates! You really have a gift for making a beautiful table! Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheri - November 18, 2016 - 8:45 am

I am envious of your screened in porch and you truly decorate for the season or holiday in such a lovely way. I could use your touch. A touch here and there is festive without being overwhelming…nice job. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving day.

Becky Herron - November 17, 2016 - 11:41 pm

I’d love to sit on a porch and gaze upon the Rocky Mountains with a mountain stream rushing nearby. I think I would be content all day long.

Donna h - November 17, 2016 - 10:11 pm

Kelly , I love your porch and porch swing .
I have always wanted a porch that overlooked a lake through a wooded lot !
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family !

Carol Ann - November 17, 2016 - 10:09 pm

I always love your screened porch. This year the screen porch will be comfortable even in November. I would Ike to see acres of land with big shade trees and a stream from my back porch. At first I thought the ocean and then I thought the mountains but those are special places to me for visiting. But for day to day living I want land for peace of mind, trees for shade, climbing, and swinging and a stream for visiting on daily walks.

Donna H - November 17, 2016 - 10:06 pm

Kelly ,
Your porch looks so inviting ! If I had your porch and porch swing, I would find it difficult to get anything accomplished. If I could have a porch that overlooked a lake through a wooded lot I would be in heaven !

julia walker - November 17, 2016 - 9:29 pm

Like your orange plaid cloth and plates, Kelly! My back porch view would be of the mountains near my hometown in Virginia. Have a peaceful Thanksgiving~Julia

DiAnne - November 17, 2016 - 9:29 pm

Love your porch! The tablecloth is perfect. There is just nothing like a porch especially a covered, screened in porch. I have said this before but your chalkboards are perfection. Still on a mission for orange plates. I just discovered I can order plates in bulk from Dollar Tree. Yay!

Pat in Georgia - November 17, 2016 - 9:23 pm

If I could have any view from my back porch, it would be the beach. I love the water; definitely my idea of peach on Earth. I loved taking the tour of all your beautiful Thanksgiving decorations. Wishing all of you a blessed Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends.

Amy O'Quinn - November 17, 2016 - 9:21 pm

Your porch looks so cozy and welcoming! I’ve never been a huge fan of orange ‘anything’, but you’ve really pulled the whole autumn color scheme together in a way I like a lot. I also love the extra touch of using bags of pecans for each place setting. I, too, grew up picking up pecans every fall to earn money for Christmas, and now our children do the same–usually picking up on halves. In fact, one child asked for one of the Stuart trees for Christmas several years ago, so he could make ALL the money. LOL We have Mahans, Stuarts, Schleys, Money Makers, and lots of seedlings. Lots of good memories! And speaking of views from back porches, I like what I already can see–fields and pecan trees. 😉
Happy Thanksgiving!

Patty - November 17, 2016 - 9:14 pm

Your home always looks so warm and inviting. I look forward to see how you’ll decorate for the change of seasons, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. I don’t know how you find the time to do it. My friends and I laugh that we have less time to get things now that we’ve retired than we did when we were working. Thank you for taking the time to write your blog and share your life with us.

vickie - November 17, 2016 - 9:13 pm

My perfect view from my back porch would be the ocean. Oh how I love to listen to the waves crash on the shore. Thanks for the awesome give-a-way. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Monika - November 17, 2016 - 9:03 pm

Thanks, again, Kelly for your beautiful and inspiring post.
The view I have from our back porch here on Hilton Head Island is exactly what I adore. I see our pool, lots of trees (unfortunately we lost quite a number of them during Matthew’s visit) and a golf course in the distance. We have several bird feeders and bird baths which allows us to admire our feathered visitors. THE perfect view for me!

Lori - November 17, 2016 - 9:02 pm

I lived in Germany for three years and my view from my kitchen was the German countryside. The local farmer would move his sheep twice a year and my young son and I loved seeing the lambs in the spring.

Jeanne bell - November 17, 2016 - 9:01 pm

I wish I could see water, a lake or the ocean…..

Julie - November 17, 2016 - 8:45 pm

I love your pops of color with the change of seasons.

Elaine - November 17, 2016 - 8:39 pm

As always your posts are a highlight; LOVED the pecan story! I live on a family “home place” in Griffin – a bit up the road from you – and when we came here 35 years ago there were many many pecan trees; not so many now – age and the droughts of recent years have taken a toll. I fear this drought will too. My Grands used to love to pick up pecans at TG; I paid them a penny per pecan and they thought they were rich! And it helped them with counting too (Teacher Grandmothers never fade away!). I don’t know what variety they were and I’d never heard of Moneymakers – GREAT name! My favorite TG setting would be our home on the water in MD; last year we ate on the front lawn overlooking the water – NEVER have eaten TG outside before! All the best to you and your family!

Donna Weir - November 17, 2016 - 8:38 pm

As always, a visual feast. Thank you, Kelly.

Tricia - November 17, 2016 - 8:11 pm

Kelly, your porch is beautifully decorated. Love the table, the tablecloth and plates are so perfect. Thanks for sharing your pecan story – happy memories for you all.

My perfect view would include rolling hills, trees, sheep, a river, pastures, cattle. Enjoy your weekend. T

Leigh - November 17, 2016 - 7:35 pm

It would be the view of a lake! Thanks for the great Thanksgiving tour!

Carolyn - November 17, 2016 - 7:16 pm

Ha! I’d go for my view from my FRONT porch. We’re in the mountains of North Carolina and at an elevation of nearly 4000 feet. With the leaves off of the trees like now, we have a view of beautiful blue mountains through the silhouettes of trees. In the summer, it’s like being up in a tree house. You can’t see the road or any houses in front of us (just our winding driveway). We love it here and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway.

Susan W - November 17, 2016 - 7:11 pm

I would choose the view of Michigan’s beautiful Saginaw Bay, which is part of Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes. I don’t live very far there and would love to live on the Bay. Love your porch decorating Kelly. Especially liked the orange tablecloth and matching plates.

Mary - November 17, 2016 - 6:46 pm

My screened back porch looks out onto beautiful woods with all sizes and shapes of trees. It is so calming and peaceful in all the seasons. - November 17, 2016 - 5:54 pm

I love seeing your beautiful Thanksgiving decorations, Kelly! Hope you are looking forward to a great Thanksgiving at your house!

Jean tovern - November 17, 2016 - 5:48 pm

Kelly, it’s all so beautiful. You are truly blessed, as are we, your loyal readers. 🙂 thanks a million for sharing all of your lovely Thanksgiving decor. As for the view? I would love to be back in the home where my children grew up watching them and my beloved collie play. Time does indeed fly.

Marilyn Stirrett - November 17, 2016 - 5:47 pm

You have so many beautiful items to decorate with for all seasons and holidays. where do you store all these items:

Marianne in Mo. - November 17, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Funny, you would think I would say I have the view already! But if I could have ANY, it would be maybe a view of the Shenandoah Valley, with a river or stream, and mountains in the distance. I used to want a beach view, but not these days.
Loved the porch decor, the orange and brown with touches of white were refreshing. I love that tiny pumpkin by the Mums – is it real or artificial?
I hope you will take a breather after your drawing, and enjoy this Thanksgiving!

Louvina - November 17, 2016 - 5:04 pm

What a lovely tour and visit on your lovely back porch! I really felt like we had a nice visit! Love the chalk board– love that hymn– I will be humming it all evening!! I think the view I would like to have would be the lake view I have at my home. It is peaceful and something different every day! Fishermen, sailboats and lovely shorebirds plus deer in the evening. If we are lucky, we also can see turkeys and a pair of bald eagles who live near by! As Dorothy says,” There is no place like home!” Happy Thanksgiving, dear Kelly!

Pattie - November 17, 2016 - 4:56 pm

I wish my view was a beautiful mountain and stream. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

Cindy - November 17, 2016 - 4:48 pm

Love your home all decorated for Thanksgiving! So warm and inviting!! My favorite view from my backyard……during the winter… the fresh fallen snow lying on the open field behind our house. I love it when it hasn’t been “disturbed” and is sparkling like glitter in the sunshine!

Kathy P. - November 17, 2016 - 4:46 pm

The view I would love would be mountains, streams and trees. Not asking much, am I? Love the orange table.

Mary - November 17, 2016 - 4:20 pm

I would love to see the sunset or sunrise. We live in a heavily wooded area which is beautiful in itself…especially in the fall but we see very little sky! Love your decorations and I love decorating for Thanksgiving. So many things to be thankful for.

Garden, Home and Party - November 17, 2016 - 4:18 pm

Your tour was wonderful. I enjoyed entering on the friends and family side, it always looks so pretty. The orange on the table in the sunroom is so pretty. I love those plates.
If I could have a view of anything it would be a body of water. Maybe a pond or stream that would run through the backyard. Alas, there are no houses on the stream that runs through our neighborhood so I walk by it when every I’m out for a walk.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Elaine - November 17, 2016 - 4:12 pm

My favorite view from our deck is a gorgeous sunset, layers of orange and purple gently closing down the day.

Linda Wadsworth - November 17, 2016 - 3:58 pm

Water of any kind – river, ocean, or lake!

kay - November 17, 2016 - 3:52 pm

I would love to have a lake view lined with maple trees, and the mountains in the distance. Also, you floor plan is the dream house for the lake home I want one day. If not a lake view, a horse pasture and a barn. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sharon m - November 17, 2016 - 3:41 pm

I would look in all directions. The view is awesome from the west to the east. Your home is lovely. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Christa - November 17, 2016 - 3:30 pm

I would love an ocean view. That is where I am the most content and relaxed.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Maria Hanson - November 17, 2016 - 3:07 pm

I would love a quiet Wisconsin lake view.

Valerie - November 17, 2016 - 2:59 pm

Rolling hills and pasture. I miss the quiet of the country. I love your table setting. I enjoy your blog. Thanks for inspiration you give me.

Sheena - November 17, 2016 - 2:43 pm

What a fun question! I go back and forth between mountains w/a lake or rolling hills with pastures. I love lake houses and farm houses equally. Your house is so lovely, and your porch is one of my favorites. Thanks again, Kelly!

Kristy - November 17, 2016 - 2:25 pm

My choice of view from a back porch, would be a lovely yard filled with flowers, with a half circle orchard of nectarines, apricots, pecan, English walnut trees which would edge the woods and a raised bed of yellow tomatoes, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, with a lovely sprinkling of rosemary, basil, and cilantro…is it too much to dream?
It is still warm and sunny here in southern Indiana, quite a treat.
We are thankful for good health, healthy young adult children, spreading their wings.
Thank you for sharing your lovely home. I embrace the ideas I get from it — my all time favorite is your chalkboard verses (and back porch). That is skill I would like to be able to master, your script is lovely.

linda melz - November 17, 2016 - 2:21 pm

This is just dreaming on my part but id like to see lots of trees beautiful plantings and a little stream that meanders by and that has a cozy seating area and children playing maybe a fire pit if Im dreaming

Kathy - November 17, 2016 - 2:12 pm

Beautiful! I love all of your tablescapes! You sent DiAnne and me on a Dollar Tree mission. So far, no orange plates! I would so love a view of the ocean from my porch!

Laurie - November 17, 2016 - 1:50 pm

The view I would love to have from my back porch would be of our backyard with our young children playing…if I could go back in time that would be the best as they are now 21 and 25! Thanks Kelly for the beautiful posts of family, travel and most of all your lovely home! Happy Thanksgiving!

Mary Michelle - November 17, 2016 - 1:29 pm

I admire all your holiday decorating because it looks so natural in your home. I would love to have a view of Lake Michigan from my back porch, but am still content with what I have looked out on for the last forty-five years. I look forward to gathering with my family to give thanks for our many blessings. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Ang W. - November 17, 2016 - 1:27 pm

I love the farm view that I currently have with corn, red barns, and cows in sight, but I would love an ocean view if I could afford it. I have always been a beach girl!

Lori - November 17, 2016 - 12:54 pm

The view I really have is one I am most grateful for. My yard is not large or grand. However, I have a small perennial wildflower garden and birdbath. Several bird feeders are there for my feathered friends (squirrels too.) I also have an old-fashion clothesline that I love to use.

Rosa Garrett - November 17, 2016 - 12:32 pm

The perfect view would be snow covered mountains. Thanks for the chance to win. I hope you and your family have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Tricia - November 17, 2016 - 12:26 pm

Any ocean view would be my ideal….Happy Thanksgiving to you and I LOVE all your decor.

Tracey - November 17, 2016 - 11:58 am

Hi Kelly,
thanks so much for sharing all your ideas. Totally forgot on my last post, that I am a lover of carbs…lol….so for me it is the garlic (with bacon) mashed potatoes, and of course pumpkin pie.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from Canada! 🙂

Ruth - November 17, 2016 - 11:38 am

I would choose the view I grew up with. We lived in the woods on a river (really a stream where it flowed past our house). Just across the river were stone bluffs, with a strip of woods in front. The wildlife we would see! Herons, hawks, owls, deer, every sort of woodland creature… even a cougar one time! At night we’d hear the sounds of tree frogs, crickets, Katydids, and owls, as well as the trickle of the river. Now, if I could choose a house in which to dwell, it would be YOURS!
I love your idea of putting Table Topics cards on the table. We’ve enjoyed our “intro” set so much (on a day-to-day basis!) that I gave some to friends as Christmas gifts one year.

Vel - November 17, 2016 - 11:34 am

My view into our backyard is special to me. I’ve looked out into to this year with the evergreens and the occasional hummingbird even in the winter. It’s home. I feel refreshed by your blog.

Helen - November 17, 2016 - 10:52 am

Happy Thanksgiving! That is my favorite Thanksgiving Hymn also. I love the orange touches. My favorite view (other than my grandchildren) is actually the view from my front porch – the beautiful Colorado mountains. I am curious – what are the wooden blocks in the bowl on your porch table?

Mary Bistline - November 17, 2016 - 10:29 am

I love seeing your decorated screened porch. We, too, have a screened porch. It’s my favorite part of the house in warm weather. And my favorite view is just where I am . . . I love seeing the trees and birds and sharing them with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Dawn - November 17, 2016 - 10:25 am


The porch looks so very nice. I love the table cloth and matching salad plates. If I could have any view from my back porch I would choose the view I have (or any view for that matter) with my family, friends and dog in it. What I see daily is a field with cows and a tree lined stream. I love to see how our view changes from season to season. Thanks for sharing. Take care.


Mary - November 17, 2016 - 10:10 am

The view I have out my kitchen window is stunning. Serene woods filled with deer and assorted wildlife, a steam and tall stately trees. I am content in my home!

Kari - November 17, 2016 - 10:05 am

I’d love a view of the Mountains! Along with a lake, if it isn’t too much to ask! Love your blog, it’s one of my favorites!

Margaret - November 17, 2016 - 9:50 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
The view from our porch is land that has been in my
husbands family for over ninety years. We see deer and
turkey and enjoy the changing of the seasons. I am glad
you are still doing your blog and enjoyed seeing your fall décor.

Pegg Bryant - November 17, 2016 - 9:50 am

So glad you are back and showing us your wonder creativity. Have a blessed Thanksgiving. Peggy

Renee Cook - November 17, 2016 - 9:43 am

Oh, I know exactly what view I love! We lived in Boone, NC, while my husband went back to school, and I would love to have a view of the mountains and all kinds of nature from my back porch!

Have so enjoyed your Thanksgiving tour! In part 2, I thought your orange plates with the turkey salad plates were perfect. Thank you for letting us know where you got the maple leaf place cards. Oh, and we always made our ambrosia just like yours!

In part 3, I like how your salad plates match your tablecloth. They are so pretty just as they are, but I was wondering how it would look if the plates were turned on the diagonal? I’m not sure, just wondering…

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know it won’t be the same without your precious father-in-law, and I pray the Lord will again comfort your hearts during this holiday season.

Donna - November 17, 2016 - 9:30 am

Kelly, I love the porch and everything on it. I too decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving at the same time. I love putting the Halloween away and just having pretty Harvest decorations until Thanksgiving.
If I could have any view it would be the ocean, but I am quite content with my gardens, the trees and my pool.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Eloise Fitzsimmons - November 17, 2016 - 9:30 am

I love those cards!
In answer to the last one, I’d be looking at a calm lake in a place that doesn’t have a lot of snow or isn’t too hot in summer. Where is that place ? I made a trip to Dollar Tree, and was happy to see a stack of orange plates. 🙂 To you and your family, have a blessed Thanksgiving.

christine perica - November 17, 2016 - 9:26 am

So hard to answer as I love so many scenarios! But probably it would be the ocean, specifically the Pacific with an accessible sandy beach, some rocks for exploring and a big red umbrella!

Arlene@Nanaland - November 17, 2016 - 9:24 am

I love your story about picking up pecans!! And to put some on the table is a nice tradition.

Gina - November 17, 2016 - 9:22 am

What a great way to honor your childhood memory by adding the pecans to the table!! I plan to scatter a few chesnuts on mine. Your entry and porch look fabulous. Your porch is one of my favorites. I’m sure in your warmer climate you’ve been able to eat out there for Thanksgiving. Tomorrow is supposed to be 77 here, but then it’s all downhill from there. 😉 I would love a mountain view from my back porch!! 🙂

Beverly Hitt - November 17, 2016 - 9:07 am

Thank you so much for sharing your home and your life with us. I love all of your decorating ideas; everything is always so pretty and “homey”. I just shared your blog information with my daughter who is getting ready to buy her first home and decorate it. She can get some really great ideas for you since she has a clean slate. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Pam M. - November 17, 2016 - 9:01 am

As I look out from my back porch I see our small yard and beyond a man made pond, which sometimes we’re lucky enough to see a few ducks or egrets visiting. It’s home, so of course, my favorite view.

Thanks for the Thanksgiving tour….Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Bonnie Bee - November 17, 2016 - 8:57 am

my favorite view WOULD BE the pecan trees in my grand-dad’s yard.. Your pecan story flooded my eyes with memories of gathering the pecans hidden among all the fallen leaves… as children we thought that was a treasure hunt, and my grand-dad was grateful he didn’t have to bend over about a million times to gather the nuts!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you & your family…always treasure your posts..

Talia - November 17, 2016 - 8:57 am

What a lovely table you’ve set! If I could have any view it would have to be the vineyards of Italy. Absolutely lovely and peaceful.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving holiday with your family!

Pamela - November 17, 2016 - 8:56 am

My granddaddy had a huge pecan tree we’d sit under after dinner (they called lunch dinner and dinner supper) and in our own home we ALWAYS had a copper kettle filled with pecans. I think I spent half my childhood cracking and picking out pecans always trying to get it out in one whole piece 😊 happy memories. I just filled our little nut dish with shelled nuts, it reminds my husband of his brother who went to heaven too young. If we had any view we would want a large lake view.

Lisa - November 17, 2016 - 8:54 am

Hi Kelly, I just love your porch’s Thanksgiving table. We grow a lot of pecans here in southeast Oklahoma and I think it’s sweet that you give a nod to your childhood by including bags of them on your table.
I’m so glad you’re going to be continuing your blog. I get so much inspiration from reading it. But as other readers have said, do what’s right for you. Obligation is not always a good feeling.
We are expecting a cool down this weekend which will be very welcome. Praying for rain (extreme drought here) and for all of the South. We have local State Forestry Crews headed to fight fires in North Carolina. Please pray for their safety.
I pray you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Maryanne Gross - November 17, 2016 - 8:47 am

Thanks for the tour of your wonderful home, Kelly! Like you, I decorate for Fall and Halloween at the same time. When Halloween is over I put those things away and Fall the decor stays. I love Fall so I have lots of foliage and pumpkins (my favorite!). To go back to your first post, my husband retired almost 2 years ago and it threw me off my schedule too. I love having him home but it really is an adjustment.
To answer your question, I would love a water view but my porch is my happy place and I have my beautiful garden to look out on. I can’t complain, God has been so good to us.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I’m happy you decided to continue your blog!

Sheryl Bassham - November 17, 2016 - 8:45 am

I so enjoy your posts and the Thanksgiving tour was wonderful!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. If I could look out from my back porch, what would my favorite view be?- it would be my two grandchildren (ages 5 and 9) swimming in our pool. To me that is more precious than a lake view (though I love water) or the beach or mountains. It is all about family.

God bless you and yours and wishing you a most Happy Thanksgiving!

Sharon m - November 17, 2016 - 8:39 am

I would look all around. The view is awesome in all directions. Your home is just beautiful. Love it all.

rebecca dexter - November 17, 2016 - 8:35 am

I am not an “orange” person…more red, white and blue or hot pink, green, blue for FL but in the fall I think it is the one color that signifies the season. I especially love it with blue and white china.

You asked about a view…I have my dream view from our deck and back porch…the Bay of Green Bay and the sun setting over the water, it doesn’t get much better than that I’m thinking!

Blessings to you. r

Nan, Odessa, De - November 17, 2016 - 8:34 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Like how you used the hymn on the chalk board. You make all of us want a wall of chalk boards! Somehow my writing doesn’t look like yours, old teacher. HA! HA!

Seeing your oranges and another time yellows, gives me the hint that all your tan walls go with every color. Good planning. Especially for your lovely, varsitial decorating. Not an orange fan, give me your reds, but the table on the porch is lovely. Thanks for sharing the pecan story.

I would have Noxontown pond in my backyard. Thanks be to GOD this pond is a short drive from my home, was the setting for Robin Williams in DEAD POETS SOCIETY.
I will not include a photo because none can do it justice. Each season on the pond is prettier than the season before. This large pond is surrounded by woods, private property and there are a few houses and docks around the lake, not to mention the beautiful St. Andrews School. Just one of the “small state wonders”, Delaware, that I visit many times each week. Kelly, thanks for asking.

Elaine - November 17, 2016 - 8:32 am

Love your post today, and especially your screened in porch. My favorite view from my own porch is what I love and couldn’t ask for more: a pond with two fountains and a few trees.

Jennifer Ouellette - November 17, 2016 - 8:21 am

My favorite view would definitely involve water. Whether a lake view in Maine or in ocean view on Kiawah Island SC❣

Barbara Hinske - November 17, 2016 - 8:14 am

The first thought that came to mind was my very own back yard. I’m a home body and how gratifying to know that I am really and truly content right where I am. Blessings to all.

Pat - November 17, 2016 - 8:14 am

I think I would like a view of water like a lake with mountains in the background.

Diane Hinnant - November 17, 2016 - 8:10 am

Kelly, I’ve always dreamed of looking out on a water view. Ideally it would be a lovely lake or running stream, but I jokingly say “even if it’s just a wide drainage ditch!” Love your blog and your amazing style. Happy Thanksgiving!

Margie - November 17, 2016 - 8:10 am

Love your home and all the changes you make each season – thanks for sharing!

Leigh - November 17, 2016 - 8:01 am

How pretty your porch looks and the orange plaid tablecloth just makes me smile. Such a happy color for this thankful season! Thank you again for the blog and the pictures of your beautiful home and decor. I have taken some of your ideas to use in my home and am enjoying the look. I would like to see a meadow filled with wildflowers outside my back porch or maybe a good friend coming to visit. Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

Cindy - November 17, 2016 - 7:59 am

Hi Kelly: First, I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Again, I enjoyed your post; your home is always so welcoming.
We are fortunate to have a great view from our porch…a pond and past that a golf course rimmed in trees where the deer and turkeys live.

bev tippett - November 17, 2016 - 7:54 am

Love your home. I haven’t yet changed from Halloween to Thanksgiving…no one is going to be here so may not do it and go directly to Christmas.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Stacey Keeling - November 17, 2016 - 7:53 am

Kelly, you’ve done it again! I always love to see what you do for the seasons because you never miss a detail. I always appreciate that what you do makes sense too.

My favorite view from the back porch would be a pond or body of water. I love the sounds and the animals that come to visit.

Jennifer Christenberry - November 17, 2016 - 7:48 am

The Appalachian mountains.

Susan McMillan - November 17, 2016 - 7:40 am

I would love to look out over a beautiful lake surrounded by trees!

Sue - November 17, 2016 - 7:30 am

Our view from the porch is perfect for us. The rolling mountains of North Georgia and the glimpse of our lake usually takes my breath away.

Kay - November 17, 2016 - 7:30 am

I only wish I could match your attention to detail — orange plaid tablecloth + complementary orange plaid plates? Beautiful! My dream view would be Central Park, as we have a wonderful NYC home with a expansive terrace — + a view of the Hudson River up upstate NY, in our weekend cottage. $ $

Patty - November 17, 2016 - 7:24 am

Your table setting is crisp, inviting and simple. Love the plaid! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and thanks for sharing your beautiful home.
My view of choice would be from a timber frame porch high above a mountain lake. The vistas would be ever changing with the seasons along with the wildlife and flora.

Karen - November 17, 2016 - 7:20 am

Happy Thanksgiving Kelly! Thankful you always share your home, creativity and spirit with us all. Love your hand lettering!

I would love a view of a serene lake! 🙂

Stacey - November 17, 2016 - 7:07 am

I love the view from my back door. It is of a large tobacco barn and farmland in Southern Kentucky.

Ren Jetton - November 17, 2016 - 6:55 am

Oh, that porch! I could stay there all day, especially if it had a view of a lake with mountains in the background. That would be my ideal view.
Your Thanksgiving tour is just lovely. Your calligraphy is remarkable! As much as I have tried, it seems to be a skill I will never master.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Cindy - November 17, 2016 - 6:54 am

First off I love the plaid. My view view would probably be the same as yours, a beautiful tree lined lake.Right?

Leslie - November 17, 2016 - 6:45 am

I love the view I have…sooo grateful! Always enjoy your posts. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

Anne - November 17, 2016 - 6:42 am

Your home never looked better, Kelly. I don’t know how you do it but you nail it every time. The view I’d want out my back porch is – a beautiful garden I created. I have a garden view from my back porch but I’m still working on the beautiful! Thanks for sharing yourself with us.

Patty in Michigan - November 17, 2016 - 6:11 am

I just love your porch. If I could choose my view it would be lots of trees and a little stream. Thanks for another beautiful post.

Julie - November 17, 2016 - 5:59 am

Your blog posts are always such an inspiration to me! Thank you for sharing! Now I need to get decorating,

Suzanne Dzula Adams - November 17, 2016 - 5:57 am

Love what you did with the tabletalk cards. The set I ordered from Amazon has arrived. Can’t wait to use them at Thanksgiving! If I could have any view from my back porch it would be the one from our previous home in Vermont. I really like how you display your photos. Is there an old post where you talked about the frames you use and whether you take the photos in black and white or simply transform any photo to black and white? Thank you!

Grand Pam - November 17, 2016 - 5:46 am

The lovely rolling Tennessee hills of our land with angus heifers in view. The view that ancestors have enjoyed since 1940. Home.

Lynne - November 17, 2016 - 5:17 am

I would like my back porch view to be of a mountain lake with a big dock on deep water and my grand kids happily swimming in the water.
I enjoyed this last post for Thanksgiving. I really like the orange plaid tablecloth on your back porch. You sure will miss that porch when you move some day! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Peggy - November 17, 2016 - 5:06 am

Thank you for sharing your cozy Thanksgiving home. I really like the plaid plates.

Sandy - November 17, 2016 - 3:15 am

Every day to look out at the ocean would be my dream come true.

Gabrielle Wilson - November 17, 2016 - 3:08 am

It would be the ocean for me. And I would love to feel the ocean breeze and breathe in the fresh sea air.

Dee McCollim - November 17, 2016 - 1:18 am

I am most thankful for the beautiful view I have from my deck and my kitchen window. This morning we woke to a light dusting of snow. The ground was covered and the lake we live on was calm with ducks playing amongst themselves. The other side of the lake are mountains. Nothing like the mountains and trees in the Pacific Northwest. I am also thankful for you Kelly.. Your posts brighten my day. You are truly an inspiration to all of us. Please don’t ever stop. We need you to help us get thru the holidays with all your clever decorating tips. God bless you and your family this holiday season.

Barbara S. - November 17, 2016 - 12:23 am

If I could have any view from my backyard, it would be that of the Georgia mountains! I left Georgia one year ago to reside in Florida, but am planning to return to the mountains in Georgia once our house is sold! Love your blog!

Jo Anne Hayon - November 17, 2016 - 12:15 am

I see my beautiful pergola that was handmade by my husband. At this time of the year, I am able to see the knotted trunk that twists and turns on the south ends of the structure. Most of the leaves have dropped from this beloved plant. Soon the yard will be white from the winter’s snows. We had a glorious summer and beautiful Autumn but now it is time for nature to rest—until next spring when that wonderful sister is brings forth it’s beautiful lilac flowers.I simply that plant!!

Ellen Martin - November 17, 2016 - 12:11 am

We have a log cabin in the western NC mountains. We love the mountain view from our porch all year, but particularly in the fall, when we enjoy the red maple, yellow poplar, and so many other colorful leaves. By Thanksgiving most of the leaves have fallen to the ground, but we give thanks for having family there to celebrate. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Kelly! How grateful your readers are for your beautiful posts!

DAWN G. MONTZ - November 17, 2016 - 12:05 am

If I could have any view from my back porch, I would want to see a sparkling, stocked pond, bordered by cypress trees and purple Louisiana irises; a Rajun Cajun red canoe standing by, paddles at the ready, on its gently sloping bank; cane poles,a jar of wiggly worms, bright orange bobbers included; and a brown paper sack with bologna on white bread, a moon pie, and an ice-cold pop. ♡♡♡

Nancy - November 17, 2016 - 12:02 am

I am a Mississippian who currently lives in Idaho. I do miss home. When we drive back to MS several times a year, I love seeing the lush greenery and beautiful Southern flowers and shrubs, especially magnolias and azaleas.

Debra Bartels - November 17, 2016 - 12:01 am

I’m wishing for a mountain stream with fall leaves floating by right off my back porch.

Lana - November 17, 2016 - 12:00 am

If I could have any view from my back porch, it would be a view of the mountains. I lived in Colorado at one time and I really miss them. Thank you for inviting us into your home. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pippa Griffin - November 16, 2016 - 11:55 pm

It’s the view I have every day – the Rocky Mountains! Trees are losing their leaves and looks like we are due for first snowfall of the season very soon. I love every single season here – the clean crisp air, the beauty of the mountains, the trees, the pines, the majesty of it all. My thankfulness is with me every day when I look out the window – and the joy of life just keeps surrounding me.

Wishing you and yours the happiest Thanksgiving and lots of pumpkin pie too! Hugs, Pippa

Part 2: The Thanksgiving Home Tour

Talk of the House Thanksgiving tour

Welcome back!  My favorite part of decorating for Thanksgiving is setting the table, and today I get to share this year’s version with you! 🙂  Is setting the table your favorite as well?

Thanksgiving table buffalo check drapes

Thanks to the magic of blogging, I have been able to look back at my last few years of Thanksgiving tables.  I saw the one with cotton plus brown dead stuff, the one set with green turkey plates, the table of brown and red with some herbs, and last year’s very neutral table with brown and green.  And I know…every year I say, This is my favorite, but I have to say, this year’s version really IS my favorite. (Of course there’s always next year. 🙂 )

Thanksgiving table Williams Sonoma turkey platesThanksgiving table settingAnd I know you are probably not even looking at the table, but instead you’re asking…

Thanksgiving centerpieceHow many darn pairs of buffalo check drapes does Kelly have??!

Thanksgiving table settings Williams Sonoma turkey platesBecause if you are a frequent reader here, you know there were red buffalo checked ones in the dining room in September and black checked ones in there in October, and now there are khaki checked ones, right?


Well, those aren’t new.  I just switched out the black ones (that were in the upstairs office loooong ago) for the khaki checked ones from my workroom.  It’s just musical chairs with the drapes around here! 🙂


Okay, now that we’ve got that settled, let’s talk about the table for a minute.  This was such a fun mix to me – Waterford crystal, Williams-Sonoma turkey salad plates, and…my October orange Dollar Tree dinner plates. Yep. Dollar Tree, and I think they all play very well here together.  Don’t you? 🙂

Thanksgiving table with Williams-Sonoma turkey platesThe “I am thankful for…” place cards were half price at Hobby Lobby.  There were a lot in the package (gold and orange ones), and I have lettered just a few here as examples for you.  Of course you can put your guests’ names on them, or you can go “generic” and just add “You.”  I put a jar of pencils on the table so that everyone can write a few things for which they are thankful on the inside of their card.

For the centerpiece, I simply used the Williams Sonoma turkey gravy boat (no longer available. sorry.) along with a few pumpkins from Halloween and a bit of fresh cut nandina branches.  I put the pumpkins on a wicker tray so that they can easily be removed from the table as needed.

Thanksgiving centerpiece williams-sonoma turkey gravyboatThe cabinet on the other side of the room has a couple of pumpkins and nuts for a little Thanksgiving decor,

Thanksgiving table and dining roomIt also has a jar of gingersnaps….but only a few cookies are left in it because I keep eating them with a slice of Vermont sharp cheddar cheese! 🙁  Have you tried that combination??  I can’t seem to resist it!

dining room cabinet for fallAcross from the cabinet is the antique cupboard with my treasured turkey platter and a wooden turkey that was also half price at Hobby Lobby.  That turkey was a natural color when I purchased it, but I wanted it to be darker, so I painted it with one of the 17 – yes 17! – different paint samples we are trying out for painting the exterior of the house. (More details on the exterior painting coming in a future post. 🙂 )

Thanksgiving decoratingBetween the dining room and kitchen is the island with the plate rack on the wall.  I put orange mugs in the flour and sugar for a touch of color over there.  Care for a cream cheese frosted pumpkin cupcake? (No I did not bake those.)

plate rack made from Pottery Barn Kids book rackI could stop right here (and eat a cupcake 🙂 ) but let’s go on in the kitchen so you can see how it is dressed for Thanksgiving.

white kitchen cabinets buffalo check drapesI think the neutral color of the drapes gives the kitchen a sense of calm…which of course it never is when it comes to Thanksgiving meal prep! (And lots of coffee is required to get everything done on the to-do lists that grow longer and longer starting next week.)

thanksgiving coffee

To the left of the coffee tray is this set of cabinets with all the beverage making things.

kitchen cabinets with plate rack beverage areaAnd to the left of those cabinets is the refrigerator with this Thanksgiving display on top.

Thanksgiving display

Now let’s look to the right of the kitchen window….

kitchen corner buffalo check drapes

buffalo check drapes white kitchen cabinets

A few of my cookbooks got moved around for the Thanksgiving kitchen.
(It seems the books play musical chairs along with the drapes! 🙂 )

cookbooksThat orange one at the front is one of my favorites because of its beautiful photography.

Williams Sonoma Thanksgiving Entertaining

Williams-Sonoma Entertaining: Thanksgiving Entertaining

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I’ve seen this one on too and have been thinking of purchasing it.  Do any of you have this one in your book collection?  The preview looked good to me.


The Best of Thanksgiving (Williams-Sonoma): Recipes and Inspiration for a Festive Holiday Meal

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And now for the final stop on today’s tour – my kitchen desk.  This little spot is extra special to me this month because of the chalkboard recipe.  You see, my father-in-law loved Thanksgiving, not just because of all the food, but also because all of his relatives came for a Thanksgiving family reunion at his home each year…anywhere from 45 to 65 people – and anywhere from Texas to Florida and beyond. (They will do so this year as well. 🙂 )


One of my father-in-law’s favorite Thanksgiving foods was ambrosia.  In Greek mythology, ambrosia was the “food of the gods,” and it was supposed to bring long life and immortality.  Their ambrosia was made with honey, fruit, water, cheese, olive oil, and barley. (Yuck!)  Our version is made with sweetened fruit, coconut, and pecans…much better. 🙂

My father-in-law considered it a dessert with whipped cream on top.  I grew up considering it a salad. Regardless of its menu classification, Lessie, my father-in-law’s sister from Florida, always made a HUGE container of it and brought it to the family reunion.   Everyone would devour a yummy bowl (or two) of that sweet citrus dish..


His sister passed away a number of years ago.  So my husband and I then picked up the torch of providing the ambrosia for the annual Thanksgiving meal (along with a few other dishes.) Ours isn’t quite as good as Lessie’s because her oranges were fresh from trees there in Florida, but we do the best we can with our “imported from Florida” fruit.  And, like Lessie’s, ours gets polished off as well.

You don’t really need a recipe to make it because it is just chopped oranges, coconut, and pecans – with a little bit of sugar if the oranges aren’t sweet enough. Some people like to put maraschino cherries and crushed pineapple in it, but we don’t.  It does, however, get topped with whipped cream.  Pretty easy recipe for a dessert/salad (except for having to peel soooo many oranges.)  I just thought it was fitting to put it on the chalkboard this month as a tribute to my father-in-law who will be sadly missed at this first Thanksgiving without him.  But I am sure he will probably enjoy a big helping of it up there in Heaven, while looking down on us.  After all, Lessie, the best ambrosia maker, is up there with him. 🙂


 And that, my friends, brings us to the end of part 2 of the Thanksgiving Tour.  I’d love for you to come back for another visit when part 3 posts later this week.  I still have the porch and a couple of other miscellaneous spaces to share with you, and guess what.  I like the porch table even more than the dining room table this year! 🙂

Meanwhile don’t forget about the Thanksgiving giveaway that is going on right now. To enter, simply leave a comment on any post (on the website – not an email reply to it) that publishes between 11/11/16 and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, 11/17/16. You may leave a comment on all the posts that publish in that time frame for more chances to win, but please leave only one comment per post.  I will do a random drawing after the close of the contest and announce the winner in the next post that publishes after that date. (You can read more details about the items here.)


Thank you ever so much for all your encouraging words in the previous post’s comments.  You all are just too kind; so much so that some of your comments even gave me a lump in my throat and brought tears to my eyes. (In a good way. 🙂 ) You made me feel very much appreciated.

Today I am leaving you with a lighthearted question that will make it easy for you to leave a comment and be entered in the giveaway.

What is your favorite food served at your family’s Thanksgiving meal?
My father-in-law would have said ambrosia,
and I would say the corner piece of the caramel cake!

cake slice

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Kely - November 20, 2016 - 6:10 am

I love to fix my mother’s stuffing recipe. I am so glad she passed it on to me before she passed away.

Patty - November 17, 2016 - 9:20 pm

Your home always looks so warm and inviting. I look forward to see how you’ll decorate for the change of seasons, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. I don’t know how you find the time to do it. My friends and I laugh that we have less time to get things now that we’ve retired than we did when we were working. Thank you for taking the time to write your blog and share your life with us.

Lori - November 17, 2016 - 8:26 pm

My favorite dish at our Thanksgiving meal is oyster dressing.

Carolyn - November 17, 2016 - 7:35 pm

What a beautiful display you do. Love those turkey plates. I always think of my mother having ambrosia at Thanksgiving and Christmas. She was a Georgia gal. It’s something I’ve never made. Maybe this year. Do you use fresh coconut?

Tricia - November 17, 2016 - 4:31 pm

Pumpkin pie for sure! Love the tribute to your father in law too.

Christa - November 17, 2016 - 3:39 pm

My favorite dish is my mother-in-laws cornbread dressing. It is delicious!

lin - November 17, 2016 - 12:26 pm

Super job again. Wish there were Sonoma stores close to me; would enjoy shopping, and browsing in them.

Tracey - November 17, 2016 - 11:42 am

Hi Kelly,
So loved your table setting, been meaning to stop by Williams Sonoma here to check out their wonderful selection of Turkey plates! I want to pick some up for Christmas.
Love the way you painted your wooden turkey as well, what a great idea!
Lots of love from Canada!

Sheena - November 17, 2016 - 8:57 am

Hi Kelly,
Your table looks beautiful, just like your house. My favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table would have to be sweet potato casserole. In my family, this dish only graces the table once a year, which makes me appreciate it all the more. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Leslie - November 17, 2016 - 6:48 am

We love the hot brats my Dad makes and the tarts my Mom makes. So excited to be with them this year!

Barbara S. - November 17, 2016 - 12:07 am

Kelly, my favorite side dish for Thanksgiving is my corn pudding! Please don’t stop blogging! You are a wonderful decorator and such an inspiration to my style of decorating my home. Happy Thanksgiving!! Barbara S. in Florida

Cindy - November 16, 2016 - 11:23 pm

Kelly, SO glad you continued to keep blogging. You are a true inspiration to me….I have tried so many of your recipes and decorating ideas and have loved them all! ONE of my favorite Thanksgiving foods would have to be Pecan Pie!

DiAnne - November 16, 2016 - 9:54 pm

You are just the best! It is understandable that you would need some down time this year with all the things going on in your life. I hope you have have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Your house is so pretty and inviting.
I must find some of those orange plates to mix in with some of my other plates. I love a Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby find.
I would like one of those pretty cupcakes right now.

tereza sampaio - November 16, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Aqui não temos o costume de comemorar o Dia de Ação de Graças. Comemoramos o Natal. Parabéns pela decoração.

Stacy - November 16, 2016 - 12:51 pm

Everything looks beautiful!! My favorite Thanksgiving dish is sweet potato casserole!!

TracyK - November 16, 2016 - 7:14 am

I love your Thanksgiving decorations. Beautiful as always! It’s difficult to pick a favorite; however, I will say pumpkin pie and dressing. I also love the frozen cranberry salad that my grandmother made, but I did not get the recipe before she died. I am still trying to find one like it.

Cindy - November 16, 2016 - 6:49 am

Kelly, I haven’t written sooner because I couldn’t get my thoughts together well enough to express my feelings about your post on possibly stopping your blog. I wasn’t surprised, even halfway expecting it. With your husband retired, the traveling, children scattered everywhere…but the thought of you stopping makes me so sad. It would be like looseing a dear friend. Having said that I feel really selfish, because like everything else you do, you put your heart and soul into your blog, so I do understand. So for now I am very thankful you decided to continue sharing your home, family and travels with us. Cindy

Sandy - November 16, 2016 - 5:20 am

Love your pumpkin centerpiece and those Dollar Tree plates. I need to visit that store more often. My favorite Thanksgiving food item is my frozen cranberry salad.I recall coming home from teaching the Wednesdays before Thanksgiving and mixing the ingredients then pouring them into my mother-in-law’s beautiful pie dish.

Sue - November 15, 2016 - 10:56 pm

Pumpkin pie! Love your table, as well as the top of your fridge. How do you keep it from falling though.

julia walker - November 15, 2016 - 10:17 pm

Kelly, I wanted to tell you I ordered “Giving Thanks” to take to my sister-in-law who’s hosting Thanksgiving. I’m going to have the family each write something to her. Thank you for giving me the idea! My favorite Thanksgiving food is pumpkin pie. Take care now. Love, Julia

Heather Fico - November 15, 2016 - 9:15 pm

Oh! I so hope I win! My favorite food is really the combination of all of my mothers traditional dishes. It just isn’t a holiday without them! If I absolutely had to pick one, it would be our sautéed mushroom dish. Only because I am responsible for it and my girls help me make it. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sharon M - November 15, 2016 - 9:08 pm

Your home looks so beautiful and I love your Thanksgiving table. My favorite part of the Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey.

Nancy I - November 15, 2016 - 9:01 pm

My favorite Thanksgiving food (and it actually appears at Christmas as well) is my grandmother’s frozen cranberry-apple salad. It’s really more of a dessert, but we’ve always called it a salad and eaten it with dinner, probably so we don’t feel so guilty when we dig into the designated desserts!
Kelly, thank you for your wonderful blog! It’s like reading a letter from a dear friend! Keep up the good work!

Debbie - November 15, 2016 - 6:11 pm

It’s so hard to pick one favorite, but I’d have to say my Mom’s Cornbread dressing and my Mother-in-Law’s Cranberry Salad. Ooops, that’s two! Oh well, we can’t have one without the other so that makes it one! Your Thanksgiving table is beautiful — you make everything beautiful and special!

Karen Gill - November 15, 2016 - 4:44 pm

It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at our house with sweet potato casserole! So yummy! Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

Rachel Johnson - November 15, 2016 - 4:23 pm

Your home is lovely! My mom’s dressing is my favorite…wouldn’t be complete without it.

Lori - November 15, 2016 - 1:51 pm

My favorite Thanksgiving food is very silly but it brings the happiest memories along with it to savor. There is very little preparation and absolutely no cooking. What could it be? Ripe (black) olives that my mother would put on in a special olive dish. While food was being brought to the already laden table and everyone was finding their seat, my sister (and later her husband) and I would pop an olive on each fingertip and do the olive wave. Then we would promptly eat them with much flourish, to the chagrin of my poor mother.They are all gone now and I am more apt to have a “friendsgiving.” But I know I will be sure to bring along a can of ripe olives and many memories. <3
Your table looks fabulous and I hope you and yours are blessed as Thanksgiving approaches.

Elaine - November 15, 2016 - 11:33 am

I’m with you, caramel cake! And your Thanksgiving decor is beautiful.

Karen Watson - November 15, 2016 - 8:00 am

Oooh, that caramel cake looks divine. I’ll send you a recipe you must try if you love caramel – it’s dark chocolate salted caramel cookies – divine!
Loved your comment in today’s post about the “classification” of ambrosia. My son-in-law’s family makes “pink salad” which is similar. Calling it salad is so funny to me! And dear!
Love your posts; would love to win. Regardless, I ordered some of the items in this post to send to my out-of-town children who will not be home for the holiday. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions!
– Karen

Susan W - November 14, 2016 - 11:03 pm

My favorite would be homemade lemon meringue pie. Thanksgiving is the only time during the year that I make it. My family loves it and looks forward to it.

Ellen Martin - November 14, 2016 - 10:58 pm

Love your Thanksgiving table, and all the previous ones, which were such fun to review!! You make everything look so inviting, and personal. My favorite Thanksgiving dishes are sweet potato soufflé (with a crunchy pecan topping) and apple-cranberry bake. So glad you made the decision to continue blogging. Your posts are always so special!

Elaine - November 14, 2016 - 10:55 pm

pecan pie – using the recipe from a dear friend’s Mother who was absolutely one of the brightest, most enjoyable ladies I have ever known – as well as an excellent cook! LOVE your posts; all the best to you and yours this holiday season

Donna Weir - November 14, 2016 - 10:49 pm

Your Thanksgiving decor is charming as always.

Cheryl - November 14, 2016 - 10:19 pm

LOVE your blog and your decorating style! Where did you get the eicker chairs at the ends of your table & at your desk? We bought a lake side condo late summer and are loving decorating it. I have wicker chairs around an old farmhouse table, but I feel ours are too low!?

Ann - November 14, 2016 - 10:12 pm

Beautiful… warm and inviting!

Patty of Michigan - November 14, 2016 - 9:55 pm

Love all the Thanksgiving touches. I am very jealous of all your plaid drapes by the way. My favorite dish would be between the corn pudding and also pumpkin pie.

Leigh - November 14, 2016 - 9:53 pm

Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving home – your blog is such a treat! My favorite Thanksgiving food is pumpkin pie with real whipped cream. It never tastes as delicious at any other time of year! Have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving. (…and the ambrosia sounds wonderful!)

Donnamae - November 14, 2016 - 9:27 pm

Your home looks lovely! But, I’ve come to expect nothing less from you. My Thanksgiving favorites are stuffing and pumpkin pie! Love them both! 😉

elizabeth - November 14, 2016 - 9:23 pm

What a lovely job, yet again! You can count me among the many who are so grateful that you continue to blog. I understand the need to pause at times, to reevaluate and refresh, and I hope we can all respect your need for that. It is wonderful to see you back and feeling invigorated. We are so fortunate that you share your home and ideas with us.

Pattie - November 14, 2016 - 9:17 pm

My favorite dessert is anything chocolate. My birthday is this week and I am hoping for a chocolate cake. Winning your give away would make my birthday even better.

Anita - November 14, 2016 - 9:06 pm

I am always in awe when I view your blogs! Your attention to detail is amazing. I love Thanksgiving because of the family who come to enjoy one another and have a wonderful meal together. My favorite would be sweet potato casserole, but then, I always eat a little bit of all the dishes!! 🙂

Pat in Georgia - November 14, 2016 - 8:19 pm

Kelly, everything is so beautiful. Since the last post, you have inspired me to decorate two rooms in my house. Of course, neither is as beautiful as yours. My family loves caramel cake and potato salad along with a host of other foods. Everyone has their own personal favorite and request. I willingly oblige so everyone is happy, happy, happy. I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with all of us. You have truly blessed your readers.

Jeanne bell - November 14, 2016 - 8:13 pm

I love everything about our Thanksgiving meal, but by the time I cook and serve it, I enjoy watching everyone else enjoying more than eating it.

Sharon H - November 14, 2016 - 8:11 pm

My mother in law makes this wonderful “macaroni casserole” for Thanksgiving.
It has pimento cheese, mushrooms, lots and lots of cheese! My mother also loved ambrosia! She may be eating a serving with your father in law in heaven! Lol Your home looks so cozy for Thanksgiving! Hope you have a blessed one!

Cindy - November 14, 2016 - 8:04 pm

Hi Kelly: I love the attention to detail that you put into every room.
I have two favorite dishes for Thanksgiving: my Mother in Law made the best boiled onions and my grandmother made a cranberry/orange relish using an old hand grinder that I still use today, over my foot processor.
This year, we will be going back to NYC for the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, which is always great.

Ann - November 14, 2016 - 7:45 pm

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the stuffing! Maybe because that’s the only time of year I make it. Also, homemade cranberry sauce. I got most of my recepies from the Los Angeles Times food section years ago, and still use them. I also use my mother’s china from the 1930s, but make everything else more contemporary and informal. A nice blend.

Your table settings over the years have been an inspiration!


Vickie - November 14, 2016 - 7:09 pm

My favorite would have to be the cornbread dressing. Yum!! But the photo of that slice of caramel cake is looking really good too!! In fact I like ALL of it, unfortunately. 🙂

Nan, Odessa, DE - November 14, 2016 - 6:18 pm

I checked for esrlier, no Kelly. Now surprise here you sre.
Yea! Good to read you. Thanks for the recipe enjoyed by your fathrr-in-law. What is sweetened coconut? Do we have the recipe for the carmEl cake? Why the corner? Always enjoy your porch. What is the temp there?

Marianne in Mo. - November 14, 2016 - 6:12 pm

Oh geez, hard to pick a favorite, I love everything! But maybe Pecan Pie? Because that’s the only time of year I have it. But we hardly have it anymore since my in laws have passed. No one else likes it but me and my brother in law. So my next choice is dressing! With gravy on it! I like the crunchy part in the corner.
Love those orange plates you found! I’ll have to see if we have them here! They make the table, along with your centerpiece and Turkey plates! Guess I love the whole thing! If your porch table is better than this, I don’t know what you did! Can’t wait!

Kathy - November 14, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Kelly, I went back and looked at all of your Thanksgiving posts. I think I like this year and the “brown dead stuff” the best. I do like setting the table and can’t wait to get out my blue and white turkey plates. I do like musical chairs with your decorating, Kelly! And, I love your HL leaf placecards. I had an idea but definitely not as cute as yours, right, Katrina? I want to go to the Dollar Tree and score some of those orange plates. (I am such a copycat!) And, how clever is it to just add orange mugs to the sugar and flour jars! What is the name of your silverware pattern? It really does go with everything. I have given WS books as gifts and think I might have to buy one for myself. (I am into “one for me, one for you” lately. Reference my email, Kelly,) )My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the dressing but I am still working on perfecting it. I actually want it to taste like the “school dressing” our school cafeteria always made when I was teaching. I will say a special prayer you and your family this Thanksgiving, Kelly. Our family knew the first Thanksgiving without my father-in-law would be difficult so we ate at the Balsam Mountain Inn, trying to do something totally different. We were seated in the prettiest part of the dining area. (Probably my father-in-law’s doings from Heaven.) It was a very special time and we ended up doing that for the two Thanksgivings following his death. Time makes things easier. I count you in my blessings, Kelly. Happy Thanksgiving.

Bonnie - November 14, 2016 - 5:19 pm

My favorite Thanksgiving food is a special recipe for stuffing…What special memories of your father-in-law!!!!

LeAnn - November 14, 2016 - 4:46 pm

Great decor! Where did you purchase your buffalo check drapes? Thanks!

Marcilla Heath - November 14, 2016 - 4:41 pm

I am very pleased to hear you will be continuing your blog. Your home is lovely all decked out for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Grand Pam - November 14, 2016 - 4:35 pm

I love the dressing and seldom prepare it except for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to see the third part of this tour for the others have been awesome. I love every post. Hope to be a winner for Jan Karon is a favorite.

Gina - November 14, 2016 - 4:34 pm

Yes, like you I love setting the table too! This will be the third year of hosting for us with a small crowd, but I am looking forward to the dressing made with chesnuts and the cushaw pie the most. My great grandmother made both recipes. I love the sentiment behind the ambrosia salad recipe. How wonderful to have such wonderful memories. Praying for your family as there will be one missing this year. And of course your rooms look pretty. 🙂

Rosa Garrett - November 14, 2016 - 4:27 pm

Dressing is my favorite!

Donna - November 14, 2016 - 4:16 pm

Kelly, your home looks beautiful, as usual! I really like the brown and orange you have used this year. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving!

Talia - November 14, 2016 - 3:53 pm

What a lovely home! My favorite would have to be the cranberry chutney. I use the Williams-Sonoma recipe and it is the best!

Helen - November 14, 2016 - 3:33 pm

I do like this table settings, but loved the green turkey plates. My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is stuffing followed closely by pumpkin pie.

Ellen Shook - November 14, 2016 - 3:29 pm

Your post brought back some lovely childhood memories when I got to the part about ambrosia. My mother always made it too, and when I was a little kid, I didn’t like it. When I grew up I saw the error of my ways! She used fresh coconut that she grated herself, and it contained the crushed pineapple, fresh orange sections, the coconut and some maraschino cherries. I do not remember any pecans in it, but I think that would be very good. She served hers in little cut glass bowls next to a slice of her incredible coconut cake, which was totally from scratch, with coconut milk poured on the layers, 7-minute frosting and more fresh finely grated coconut. This cake/ambrosia thing was her masterpiece, and she only made it once a year.

Arlene@Nanaland - November 14, 2016 - 3:06 pm

Love your bountiful table Kelly. My husband’s family loves Ambrosia too. It is not a big dish in North Ga but in Savannah it is very popular. I have a picture of my father in law, peeling and cutting up oranges for Ambrosia while my baby son, Ben, is sitting on the table, eating some of the oranges Papa cut up for him. A sweet memory. In the south it seems food is always associated with our memories of special times.:)

Monika - November 14, 2016 - 2:48 pm

Kelly, You must have endless energy and your days must be longer than mine … how do you do all you do? Receiving your blog makes makes my day and I feel energized and inspired. Once again, a wonderful decorating job – so very, very beautiful.

Cindy T - November 14, 2016 - 2:38 pm

As always I love your “tours”. I feel the sadness with the passing of relatives also but I love that you too carry on trains! Love the way you rearrange the curtains and cookbooks! It is all beautiful!

Andrea Petras - November 14, 2016 - 2:37 pm

I favor my green bean casserole topped with fried onion rings recipe. I only serve it on Thanksgivning Day. Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts!

Marianne M Feller - November 14, 2016 - 2:34 pm

I know it has fallen out of favor in recent years, but I love green bean casserole!

Marianne - November 14, 2016 - 2:34 pm

I know it has fallen out of favor in recent years, but I love green bean casserole!

Carol Ann - November 14, 2016 - 2:23 pm

My favorite Thanksgiving food is the cornbread dressing and giblet gravy. I love for the dressing to be cooked in a shallow pan and crispy on top. Yum! Loving your classic and “fancier” 2016 Thanksgiving table …the silver pitcher is the perfect touch. 🦃 Also orange is one of my favorite fall colors too …it really is a happy color.🍁🍃🍂

Mary Bistline - November 14, 2016 - 2:17 pm

It is so nice to see your Thanksgiving posts — Thanksgiving gets so often overlooked it seems, compared with Halloween. Thank you for noting that the place cards came from Hobby Lobby. I love those! By the way, I made your hot Christmas punch when we had company over the weekend . . . I found it delightful to relax with after the meal.

Pamela - November 14, 2016 - 1:58 pm

My favorite is moms fried sweet potatoes. SO much bitter and brown sugar! She is 88 so not sure she will be making them this year.

Joanne - November 14, 2016 - 1:53 pm

Pecan pie!! Mmmmmmmm!

Amy O'Quinn - November 14, 2016 - 1:53 pm

I love your turkey dishes and place settings this year, and I can’t wait to see your Thanksgiving porch decor. I always come away with such great ideas (and motivation) after a visit to TOTH! My favorite Thanksgiving dishes are my mama’s dressing made with water chestnuts–and of course, pumpkin pie!

Barbara (WA) - November 14, 2016 - 1:40 pm


Jill - November 14, 2016 - 1:35 pm

I love the way memories of loved ones are included in the holidays. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving for our family without my Mama’s chocolate pie. She has been in Heaven for eleven years now, but I still make her pies. Mine aren’t quite as good as hers, but I love that I get to carry the torch. True story…one year my sister’s family literally raced each other home a few nights after Thanksgiving to be the one who got the last piece of her pie!

Hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving!

DAWN G. MONTZ - November 14, 2016 - 1:30 pm

~ Always, year after year, the perennial favorite dish at Thanksgiving ~ a steaming bowl of spicy-hot SEAF♡♡D GUMB♡ ~ Bon Appetit and a blessed Thanksgiving to all ~ ♡♡♡

Lynn A. - November 14, 2016 - 1:25 pm

My mother’s mashed potatoes. Yum yum.

Marilyn Stirrett - November 14, 2016 - 1:24 pm

Well, is it egg noodles, dressing, or cranberry relish?

sandi James - November 14, 2016 - 1:22 pm

So funny Kelly I saw those orange plates on your dining room table and thought I bet she got those at Dollar tree. The reason I knew you did was because I have the same plates in orange and in yellow. I used the yellow to layer with this year . The orange didn’t go as well with my burgundy and yellow dishes on top.I did use orange plaid napkins and a orange beaded pumpkin on the top plate with a place card.

Ruth - November 14, 2016 - 1:17 pm

My Great Aunt Ruth brought a pound cake redolent of whiskey, which led all of us cousins to stagger around in pretend inebriation. My grandmother provided a tin of fresh dates stuffed with pecans and rolled in sugar, to encircle the pound cake on its platter. (They’re ugly things, but DELICIOUS!) Their other sister, Aunt Florence, brought pecans enrobed in a casing of orange sugar. All us kids raced for those! Great memories from those days — of the sort you take such care to create for your family. Thank you for the tour of your beautiful home and decorations!

Carola - November 14, 2016 - 1:16 pm

I just love to look at your tablescapes and pick apart the layers….I love creating tablescapes with unexpected items and your are always so clever!

Kathy P. - November 14, 2016 - 1:08 pm

Dressing and gravy. Your home is beautiful. I know it will be hard without your father-in-law this Thanksgiving, but he will be with all of you.

Nancy - November 14, 2016 - 1:01 pm

I was soooo pleased to see your post this morning. I love seeing how you decorate for each season and holiday. Your posts elicit such pleasure, beauty, and sense of family and peace. Thank you for all of your creativity and the time it takes to post.
My favorite dishes are my mother’s dressing and sweet cranberry dish of oranges, pecans, and chopped cranberries with sugar, of course. All Southern dishes need some sugar! My mom has passed away, but my daughter continues to make her recipe for dressing and the cranberry dish each year.

Kay - November 14, 2016 - 12:31 pm

l love the table. I need to check out the Dollar Tree more often. My favorite dish would be the sweet potato casserole. Thanks for sharing.

Mary - November 14, 2016 - 12:23 pm

Love the way you decorate your beautiful home. I love the cocoanut cake that my daughter-in-love makes each TG.

donna - November 14, 2016 - 11:54 am

I make a squash casserole that is more like a dressing. Yum! Also a cheesy hash brown casserole…yum!Love your decorated table. It turned chilly last night in Savannah so I think Fall has finally arrived!

Christine Perica - November 14, 2016 - 11:45 am

Leftovers are the best so we always roast a grand bird! White bread with lots of mayo, slabs of turkey, salt, pepper and iceberg lettuce with a green onion on the side. Ahhh!

Kaye Ann - November 14, 2016 - 11:43 am

My Heather was a turkey baby. We brought her home from the hospital on Thanksgiving Day. This year Thanksgiving falls on her birthday and she loved the holidays. I can’t bake a pumpkin pie without thinking of her. We miss her. But we feel her spirit here…. as I hope you do your father-in-law. God Bless You!

Grammy - November 14, 2016 - 11:42 am

Oh, Kelly, thanks so much for the inspiration. I’ve got to get going! My favorite is the pecan pie made with Georgia pecans!

Bonnie Auld - November 14, 2016 - 11:22 am

Always love the people the most. However, my sister, Phyllis, makes a wonderful cranberry relish (or salad) that is really tasty, with a bit of a tartness to it! I didn’t ever really care for cranberries until I had her dish.

Lisa K. - November 14, 2016 - 11:19 am

Thanks for sharing your lovely dining room and kitchen decor! I am inspired to decorate mine now! My favorite Thanksgiving food is roasted turkey. Yum, yum can’t wait!

Bonnie Bee - November 14, 2016 - 11:17 am

well.. I am with your father-in-law… I cannot remember a Thanksgiving (or Christmas) with out AMBROSIA (with crushed pienapple!) … especially here in the South…When my son moved to San Francisco for graduate school, it truly warmed my heart that he made Ambrosia for his California friends that first Thanksgiving he was away from home in Georgia.. you have to LOVE traditions and all of the memories that they hold for generations..It seems that in the fast pace living of today, we do not have time to share family traditions.. You are to be highly commended for keeping your family’s …

Garden, Home and Party - November 14, 2016 - 11:16 am

Everything looks wonderful! I agree, this table is definitely one of the top 2 of your past tables. I’ve loved each one, so maybe I’m not the most objective person where it comes to your talents. 🙂
I think pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes and gravy are my two favorite foods at Thanksgiving. Our Texas family will be flying in next Sunday and I’m looking forward to cooking with my kids.
Have a wonderful holiday

Joanne - November 14, 2016 - 11:15 am

Love your Thanksgiving books…so beautiful. Have you ever seen “Come to the Table” by Benita Long? The book was compiled by people from Augusta. It has many delicious Southern recipes, beautiful pictures and inspirational devotionals. If you ever get your hands on it, you will not be able to put it down until you read the entire book!

Debbie w - November 14, 2016 - 10:56 am

This is exactly how I make ambrosia. I learned from my MIL from Georgia! My parents from Low Country SC made it with fruit cocktail! I much prefer “our” recipe! I have never put whipped cream on top but I will try it this year! As always, I Love your home!!! Happy thanksgiving!

Mary - November 14, 2016 - 10:54 am

Your table is lovely as usual! I too love setting the table for special occasions. Sometimes I’m accused of spending more time on the decorations than the food. 🙁 Our family loves the green bean casserole with the crunchy onions on top. Yum!!! Thanks for your inspiration.

Eloise Fitzsimmons - November 14, 2016 - 10:46 am

What a wonderful way to start my day -reading this beautiful post! In one of the pics I spied what looked like a jar of gravy base from WS. If you have it, you must like it. I’ve been thinking of trying it. My favorite foods of Thanksgiving are the pies.My mother was the best pie baker, and she is especially thought of when we enjoy that treat. Cute story -when my brother turned 21 she baked him 21 cherry pies -he wasn’t a cake fan!

Dawn - November 14, 2016 - 10:43 am


My favorite thanksgiving food is my Mom’s dressing. It is so scrumptious. Thank you for the ambrosia recipe. What sweet way to remember your Father-in-law. I can’t wait to see what next on your lovely tour (hopefully the game room). I do love your table but the green plates from the past will always be my favorite. Thanks for sharing and take care.

Kristy - November 14, 2016 - 10:41 am

Turnips & carrots — we prepare it sort of ‘au gratin’. My first year married, (27 years ago) and living 2 hours away from home — my mother wasn’t planning to cook this dish (it had been apart of our Thanksgiving menu since I was 11 years old)! I picked up the torch, and have made sure that we have turnips & carrots ever since. It is one that we have introduced to my in-laws and they learned to like it as well. Love your Thanksgiving touches.

Mary - November 14, 2016 - 10:32 am

First good to hear you are continuing to blog. But I understand how “quiet self time” changes when your husband retires. I went through the same thing!!

My favorite Thanksgiving foods is my mother’s recipe of fresh cranberry relish. And my son in laws sausage stuffing is running a close second 😊

Happy Thanksgiving to you. Being grateful for our everyday blessings and sharing them with family and friends makes the holiday.

Sherry M - November 14, 2016 - 10:31 am

I always get a thrill anytime I see a house tour post from Talk of the House. Yes, I noticed the drapes, and the orange plates, and the beautiful cookbooks, and the painted turkey, and…and…and..I love it ALL! Because it has your touch and creativity written all over it and the chalkboard. I hope your time together with family this year will remind you once again of the lasting legacy your father-in- law left, and all will feel his precious spirit lifting each of you with fond memories. My husband and I will be enjoying Thanksgiving with our son in Savannah, GEORGIA 😉, while eating our once a year favorite Pecan Pie recipe! Thanks, Kelly, for a wonderful, heart-warming post.

Michele - November 14, 2016 - 10:15 am

My favorite food at Thanksgiving is the stuffing because my wonderful sons (now grown men) feel that *real* stuffing is the Stove Top brand. They are usually gourmet eaters but at Thanksgiving, old traditions die hard. They adore the Stove Top and it reminds me of those little boys they once were.

Debbie - November 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

When my grandmothers were alive, their yeast rolls were the best thing to ever go in my mouth. Always ate too many. Never learned to make them as my memories are better.

First time on your site….won’t be my last time. Love seeing that you decorate for Thanksgiving….doing more of it myself this year even though I will not be here to enjoy it.

Sandy in FWB - November 14, 2016 - 9:58 am

I so love this table as I love orange, but last year’s table is on my list of favorites too.

Easy answer- my Mama’s dressing. I have been trying really hard in the last couple of years to pay attention to her preparing it. Everyone who visits and tries it says it is amazing…best they have ever had. It is one of those things with no recipes…just her doing it. My hubby a few years ago made her take her handfuls of things and dump them in a measuring cup trying to get amounts:)

Mary - November 14, 2016 - 9:40 am

I think if I lived in your house I would never want to leave! Just beautiful!

Lanita Anderson - November 14, 2016 - 9:36 am

Your home, all decorated for Thanksgiving, is beautiful! I really enjoyed your Thanksgiving table – decorating and setting the table is one of my favorite things to do, as well! I also loved that you shared the story about your father-in-law and his love for Ambrosia – what a special memory for you and your family! My favorite food at Thanksgiving is my grandmother’s Cornbread Dressing. She’s in heaven now, but I am carrying on the tradition and making it for my family. Blessings to you…..

Mechelle - November 14, 2016 - 9:36 am

My favorite part of Thanksgiving was my Mother’s potato salad. It was great with the meal and even better with cold leftover turkey and her creamed corn. Oh, how I miss it.
I love your home and really want to find some Buffalo check window treatments like yours!

Jo Anne Hayon - November 14, 2016 - 9:21 am

Oh thank you, again, for your gorgeous pictures of your beautiful home!!!! I especially love your buffalo plaid curtains and all their different colors in your posts. My favorite dish, on Thanksgiving, is THE ENTIRE MEAL! I know, I sound like a little piggy, but I look forward to Thanksgiving every year-the turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, homemade cranberry relish made by moi, crescent rolls-oh yum-my mouth is salivating!!! Can’t wait for your next post.Take care, Kelly, and have a good week. It is finally cooling off here in the midwest/Great Lakes area, especially during the nighttime hours. We have had some frost on the pumpkins.

Vicki - November 14, 2016 - 9:05 am

Coconut cream pie! Homemade, of course! I love your table this year, and especially your display on top of the refrigerator – looks so fresh!

Ang W. - November 14, 2016 - 9:02 am

My favorite Thanksgiving food would either be my mother’s carrots or homemade cole slaw, which for us, is a mandatory Thanksgiving side dish.
Your home and decorating are top notch- just love it. Best of the season to you and yours!

Lana - November 14, 2016 - 8:57 am

Love your Thanksgiving table and decor. I love the tribute to your father-in-law with the Ambrosia recipe. Your handwriting is beautiful.

Sherry B - November 14, 2016 - 8:56 am


The buffalo check draperies are one of my favorite things I see in your home. I thought I once saw a post of how you sewed them, but I cannot find it in the archives. Maybe one day you will again post that info. I’ve enjoyed your holiday prep and would love to win the giveaway.

Thank you, Sherry B

Lynne - November 14, 2016 - 8:52 am

I love the use of the pencils on your Thanksgiving table setting. So fitting for you Kelly! And, my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is dressing. I learned to make my grandmothers dressing after she passed away. I do wish I would have got the recipe for my other grandmother MaMaw’s ambrosia. We had a lot of good cooks in our family and I enjoy cooking too. We love good food around here!

Allison - November 14, 2016 - 8:47 am

My favorite things at Thanksgiving are either my Grandmother’s yams or my Mother’s homemade noodles. Just thinking about them makes my mouth water. 🙂

Louvina - November 14, 2016 - 8:39 am

Happy Harvest time to you!! I love how you used your serving pieces in your decorating. Trying to figure how to do that!! Enjoyed your post with my hot green tea and thinking/praying for you and all my family/friends that I am so Thankful for and blessed to still have to hug and be able to spend more time. My favorite dish is oyster dressing/ stuffing that I am still trying to perfect to taste just like Sara June’s (my mom) and her mom Jessie Mae’s –the recipe was never written down- but just went by “taste”!! May God bless our country as we face the new year! 🇺🇸💕🦃

Robin - November 14, 2016 - 8:36 am

I love the turkey plates! It is always a dilemma whether to go with my china (which is perfect for Thanksgiving) or cute seasonal things. My favorite food at Thanksgiving is the mashed potatoes and brown gravy. My Mom made great gravy! Thanks for the post Kelly, it’s good to have you back. Robin

Pat - November 14, 2016 - 8:26 am

We love a special salad with great grandma’s homemade dressing. Now her great granddaughter is in love with it and making it.

Peggy Mossing - November 14, 2016 - 8:24 am

Oh, I love the orange plate idea and I’m off to find some. Yes, please enter me in your drawing (again). I feel lucky this time.

Karin - November 14, 2016 - 8:16 am

Thanks for sharing your decor. My favorite dish is the paridise pumpkin pie. Pie with a cream cheese layer.

Barbara Hinske - November 14, 2016 - 8:09 am

That carmel pie sounds tempting. For me, it’s a tie between stuffing and a slice of warm apple pie. Your table and house looks lovely!

Joyce - November 14, 2016 - 8:01 am

I am thankful for you and your creativity! You are such an inspiration 💕

Fran - November 14, 2016 - 7:47 am

Though I would say ambrosia and caramel cake are excellent choices, I always look forward to pecan pie! Love your Thanksgiving decor, Kelly!

Jane - November 14, 2016 - 7:47 am

Your home always looks so warm and inviting…thank you for sharing your lovely ideas! My favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is the stuffing with fresh herbs…yum! (Your give away is so fun and generous!!)

Cheri - November 14, 2016 - 7:39 am

Love the name plates (cards) you have this year and the idea of writing something you are thankful for is a wonderful idea, love it. I have a question for you, is the writing on the chalkboard your normal writing and if not? I also love that too.

Jennifer ouellette - November 14, 2016 - 7:37 am

My favorite dish of the Thanksgiving meal is my Fathers (no recipe) stuffing made with small cubes of potato added in❤️

Linda Rossi - November 14, 2016 - 7:26 am

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my late French Canadian father’s pork stuffing. This year I am going to replace my tangy cranberry sauce with sweet ambrosia. Thank you for the recipe and the inspiration!

Karen B. - November 14, 2016 - 7:21 am

I love the lighter feeling in the kitchen. It does feel calm. You always have such a great way of making your home feel so cozy and welcoming.

My favorite part of the meal is the way it makes the kitchen smell while it is cooking.

Stacey - November 14, 2016 - 7:19 am

My son-in-law has already asked me to make a double portion of both cornbread dressing and sweet potatoes! For me, my favorite dish is the dressing, because I only make it for Thanksgiving.

lin - November 14, 2016 - 7:17 am

it is interesting to read what other people make for the holidays; and what may become new ones for me also.

Cindy - November 14, 2016 - 7:08 am

I found your blog after my elementary school was hit by a tornado the weekend after Chrisrmas last year. (We moved to an unused building in our district with the loving hands and muscles from all around our area and didn’t miss one day of school.) BUT…I can’t begin to tell you what a calming and peaceful vacation your blog has been for me. I am truly thankful for the beauty and fun ideas you share! Please know you have made a difference and prayers for your peace this holiday season are shared by many appreciative readers. Blessings!!

Sherry - November 14, 2016 - 7:01 am

The dressing is my favorite! And I’m going to try this ambrosia this year. Sounds wonderful! Thank you Kelly for all you do!

Niki - November 14, 2016 - 6:52 am

My children’s favorite Thanksgiving dressert is “Gramma ‘Dell’s Chocolate Pie.” This is a chocolate pie filling that you cook on the stove until it is VERY thick. It basically tastes like fudge in a pie crust. I received this recipe from my grandmother, who lived until the age of 101!

Karen - November 14, 2016 - 6:18 am

My daddy’s turkey…grilled to perfection after hours on a slowly turning spit. It is a taste I will always remember! I do use his recipe to replicate the oyster dressing he loved.
Thank you, Kelly, for sharing this beautiful post.

Melissa - November 14, 2016 - 6:14 am

What beautiful photos! You are an inspiration to me! If I live to retire from teaching, I’d love to decorate more. I am breaking out the Blue Willow for Thanksgiving this year….Tired of seeing it in the china cabinet and not using it. Life is too short not to enjoy the little things.
I love the ambrosia recipe! Your sweet father in law will love that! My mama passed last month. She is now with Daddy and Jesus, but we sure miss her too.
I love your blog! Keep it up girlie!

Simply Suzannes at Home - November 14, 2016 - 5:57 am

Beautiful photos, Kelly. So much love in all your decor.
My favorite part of our Thanksgiving meal is my cornbread and sausage dressing!
Have a wonderful week!

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