Sunday, November 23, 2014

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just days away. I love this holiday, the meaning behind it, and all the preparation that goes into planning the meal and decorating the dining table. Taking time to count my blessings and thank God for all the good things in life is something I try to do on a daily basis. This year I'm especially thankful for my husband, my health, and my employment.

During the days leading up to Thanksgiving, I begin to think about the dinner menu and how to set the table. This year I'll be using some new linen napkins, below, that I bought at Williams-Sonoma a few months ago (on a major sale). I love their rusty color, which is very similar to the color of our dining room walls (Pennywise by Sherwin Williams). I think they'll look pretty with our mix of mossy green and black dinner plates.

I'll be polishing the silver for our holiday dinner. Our simple Danish silverware belonged to my parents, the majority of the pieces given to them on their wedding day by my mother's mother. I've always loved this silver, and using it brings back such happy memories. I also have my mom's vintage set of white Dutch ovens that are nice to use at the holidays. They're not Danish, but have that simple and stylish Scandinavian look. I even like my parents' 1960s-era hot plates that we pull out of the attic each Thanksgiving and use to keep our side dishes warm. All these items have great sentimental value to me, and make me feel close to my parents, though they've been gone many years now.

For this year's menu, I'll be making my favorite Ina Garten cranberry conserve recipe (find the recipe here) and two pies -- pumpkin and pecan -- using commercially prepared gluten-free crusts (thank you, Whole Foods!). My husband will handle cooking the turkey and making gravy (thank you, Paul!) and I'll take care of the rest. I'm still trying to decide what kind of potatoes to make: basic mashed potatoes, bourbon-spiked sweet potatoes or potatoes Anna (similar to scalloped potatoes but without the cream/milk). Other sides will include steamed French green beans, stuffing and a wild rice dressing (this one or something similar).

What are your Thanksgiving day plans? Are you staying home and hosting a big meal, eating out, or heading out of town to enjoy dinner at someone else's home? If you're cooking, what's on the menu? Whatever your plans, I hope you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. And many thanks for visiting My Little Bungalow. I am grateful for all of you who read and follow my blog.


  1. Your menu sounds great, Claudia. We (Canadians) celebrated last month. We spent the day at my niece's home in the country. The meal was wonderful and ended with pumpkin cheesecake by the fire.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  2. There will be four of us for Thanksgiving - my husband, myself, and our two grown sons. I will be making my usual dinner - turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, some type of salad, two types of stuffing - Stovetop, which is preferred by the young men, and sausage, apple, pecan stuffing. Homemade dinner rolls, apple and pumpkin pie round out the meal. No one here likes cranberry sauce and no one cares for any sweet potatoes this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Sounds wonderful! We are going to another relative's home and all I have to bring are French green beans and French white Burgundy!

  4. Your menu sounds wonderful! You will be busy, but I know you can handle it!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We will be celebrating the holiday with my parents in the San Juan islands!

  5. We're always very traditional on Thanksgiving! You can see my cranberry sauce on the blog today… Dessert is the big issue! I'm not a fan of pies in general, and don't really like pumpkin. But, of course, everyone else begs for it. So this year I'm trying Ina Garten's Pumpkin Pie which sounds so rich and creamy that I just might like it! and I"ll add real whipped cream on top, for sure.
    Yes, we polish all the silver too. We have lots of antique silver, both flat and serving pieces and I love the candlesticks that just glow in the evening! And, lucky for me, my husband loves to do the polishing!!
    Have a lovely Thanksgiving and yes, we have so much to be thankful for, indeed.

  6. Your Thanksgiving menu sounds so yummy, Claudia! Have a happy and warm celebration. Cheers~


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