When I was growing up in Kentucky, we would visit both sets of grandparents for every holiday. Lunch was eaten at Nana's. They put all of the food on the kitchen table and the desserts on the sideboard. Nana would cook the turkey and rolls, while her daughters and daughters in law would bring other side dishes, desserts, and a ham. The last few years family members have done all of the cooking since Nana is 96. The men take their plates and go into the back room/den and watch basketball and football (U of K, obviously). Inevitably, when he was alive, Papaw would fall asleep quite quickly in his leather recliner. Nana and the ladies sit around the kitchen table. Us grandchildren would run around the house or sit in the swings out on the porch. Now, Muzzie's house was very different. She had a very large kitchen table (she had 10 children), dining room table, and "children's" table. The dining room table held transferware or china dishes, antique silverware, pewter candlesticks and accents. Muzzie's home was decorated in the colonial period as she was an antiques dealer. One is not better than the other, just different. I grew up with Southern casual and Southern formal holiday meals. I am going to show you a few tablescape ideas from each and one of their signature recipes.
Nana likes Pfaltzgraff dishes. This is the Winter Berries design so you can pull it out for Thanksgiving and use throughout the winter. This silverware is would coordinate perfectly. It is beautiful simplicity at it's best. The price is excellent as well! Nana's granddaughters all asked for one recipe from her, her Rose Petal Rolls. They are light and airy, sweet, and just the best. Here's the recipe: Rose Petal Rolls
1 package yeast (make sure it is fresh)
2C warm water (not hot)
.75C Crisco (non-hydrogenated preferrably)
4C all-purpose flour, sifted
Preheat oven to 400. Dissolve yeast in water and let sit for about 2 minutes; stir in sugar. Beat (I say fold) in remaining ingredients. Grease muffin tins (regular 12 size) and spoon in batter to half full. Bake until light brown (around 15 minutes or so). *As you can see the instructions are not exact as that is not how she cooks.
Like I said, Muzzie's house is a tad different. We ate an early dinner that lasted through dinner, dessert with coffee, and ended after Muzzie played the piano while everyone sang. Muzzie loved transferware. These Spode Woodland dishes would have been right up her alley! This silverware are so pretty. I loved Muzzie's dressing, but NOT the oyster dressing. The most unique Thanksgiving dish she made was her Pineapple Sweet Potatoes: Pineapple Sweet Potatoes
2C mashed sweet potatoes
.50C brown sugar
3 Tbsp butter
.25 tsp salt
.25 tsp cinnamon
.25 tsp nutmeg
1 20oz. can pineapple slices, drained
10 miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 400. In large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Place pineapple rings in a greased 13x9x2 casserole dish. Top each slice with .25C of sweet potato mixture and a marshmallow. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
Since being married to Bryan, we always go to his family in Ohio for Thanksgiving, which I prepare the meal. Later this week, after I have finalize the menu, I will share what I will be preparing (with the help of my sister in law).
On Saturday morning I had just put our bacon in the oven and was sipping my Mountain Dew Throwback. I said my prayers for the day then pushed the Twitter app on my iPad and told my husband that something has happened in Paris. I kept seeing tweets about praying for Paris. I pulled up the AP and found out there had been an attack at the soccer game and at a heavy metal concert. My husband turned on the news and we just watched in horror at what was playing out overseas. The first person I had thought of was my cousin, Karyn, whom lives in France. She replied to my email and she is well, yay, but by this time over 100 people have perished. I'm thankful for my family that is safe, but those that perished had mothers, fathers, siblings, children...and I wept. Why do people kill other people? What justifies it in their minds that killing for Allah is what their god wants? I cannot comprehend that thinking whatsoever. That does not matter, however as it is happening all over the world; Beirut was just bombed and ISIS took credit for that as well.
I asked Karyn if she is scared to go to work today as she is a teacher in France. She said she would be more scared to still be teaching at a university in the States. You know what? That is merited. We have had more stabbings and shootings at schools here than they have in France. She said that school will probably be cancelled today as no one was really leaving their homes. Most businesses were closed and though the market was open it was somber and they were not playing music as usual. Did you see where the illustrator for Charlie Hebdo, Johan Sfar, has asked people to stop using #prayforparis on social media? I know that France is not exactly the most religious country as it had once been, and that is sad as now they need faith in something/someone that will help them to deal with their pain and fear. At the same time, religion (extreme) has brought terror into their country so I understand their hesitancy to turn toward God. I will continue to pray for those in Paris, Beirut, and the rest of the world. I know people here are scared that the Syrians will be coming to America and do the same thing here. You know what? All we can do is be prepared. The Southern Girl in me says get your gun and be ready. The prep in me will pretend that nothing has happened and carry on with my day with the Kate Spade sale.
It has rained for what feels like 54321 days, but it has only been two weeks or so. For this Georgia girl, that feels like an eternity. I totally see why people in the North get Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's rough going so long without seeing the sun. BUT, we shall see it on Wednesday! There is (sun)light at the end of the tunnel.
My weekend was fairly uneventful, which was somewhat good given the rain, but moreso because Will is still adjusting to early hours with his new school. I've begun allowing him to have Monsters to get him through school. Once they are gone, I will not be purchasing more so his body best start adjusting real quick. Jesus and grocery shopping (oh, and Starbucks, obv.) are the only things that could make me leave my comfy house this weekend.
Do you follow me on Snapchat and/or Instagram? If you don't, what are you waiting for?! ;) My username for both is vintagewasp. Here are a few of pictures from Snap and Insta for those that do not follow along.
My husband is trying the Bulletproof Diet. You (He in this instance) put grass fed butter/coconut oil in the blender with your morning cup of Joe and make a frothy mixture. He forgot to put the lid on the blender. I sent this to my nieces and laughed so hard! Of course he had to leave for work and I had to clean it up. Wasn't laughing then. I got if off of the white cabinets thanks to Magic Erasers, but the walls are stained! Thankfully they are beige so it doesn't look too awful.
My sister-in-law is growing garlic and lavender to sell next summer. She asked me what types of garlic I can find down here at our local farmer's market. This is what I found. Isn't it pretty?
William was a hipster for Halloween. He dressed just like his brother did at that age. It was funny. At least I know that Bry will NOT be joining the military. One son in the Army is enough!
The other night I was watching season 7 of Gilmore Girls on Netflix (almost at the end!) and noticed Rory's bangs. So I sent this out asking for opinions. What do y'all think?
Revlon ColorStay Gel nail polish in Ace of Spades. This is a v. unusual color for me but I really like it. It is a navy/gray.
Venti Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee (without classic sauce) and nonfat milk in a winter Starbucks cup.
A friend of mine had a blow out done at a blow out salon in Louisville. She said it is similar to DryBar, which Louisville does not have. Her hair looked great so this is for my family and friends in Kentucky that are looking for someone to style their hair for an event. I will be up there for my birthday this month and if I have time I just may stop by to get may hair styled before the birthday dinner as a treat.
Are you on Instagram or Snapchat? If so, leave your handles in the comments. Those may be my favorite social media outlets.
As I was scrolling through my Twitter feed this morning, I came across a tweet by Christian at Ivy-Style about L.L. Bean obtaining new leadership. I had an appointment so I was not able to read it then and there. After that meeting, I read the article.
L.L. Bean has voted in a new CEO, the first to not be a relative of its founder, Leon Leonwood Bean (I still cannot believe his parents gave him that name!). The current CEO is his great-grandson. The Board of Directors as well as the family think that Stephen Smith will make a great CEO. Lucky for him the brand is doing well thanks to sticking to its New England based designs. The Bean Boots (on back order, argh!) are very popular right now, as are their French sailor shirts, men and women's flannel shirts, and backpacks. In my opinion, L.L. Bean backpacks are the best. My Adirondack barn coat has been in use since 1995 every single winter. Their Signature line has cute, preppy styles, but I do not love the quality. I do not think the products in that line will last twenty plus years as the original is known to do.
As long as Mr. Smith, whom grew up in New England, stays true to its core following's needs and requests, he will do great. Hire more staff to make more American made products, including Bean Boots will be a great first start. As a long-time L.L. Bean user, I am optimistic but also will be looking for what this change could mean for the brand, their designs, and quality. Also, us Southern WASP's would love a store down here. Good luck!
Where is this year going? It is so surprising that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is in just a few weeks. My youngest son has started at a new school this past week. He reconnected with some of his friends from years ago when they attended the same elementary school. On Halloween night Will dressed up as a hipster and went to a party. It was the first Halloween ever that it has just been my husband and I. He was none to happy to find "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and "Monsters University" on our television that night. It has been a year of changes, but otherwise, it seems that we are just going through each day dutifully but happily. November is a fun month for us as we visit family in the country, family visiting us, my birthday, and of course Thanksgiving. I may be having surgery on Hannah (my incision hernia) at the end of the month, so I need to complete my Christmas shopping this month. A reason to shop? No problem.
I love the cooler weather, smelling of bonfires/smokehouses, finally being able to wear cool weather clothing, windows open, and holiday excitement. Many women get excited over "No Shave November" when men take the money they would spend on grooming products and donate it to the Cancer Society. My husband does not participate since he likes to be clean shaven for business, but I can appreciate those that participate.
Do you participate in Gratitude November? I did this a few years ago. On Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Instagram, etc., you share one thing you are grateful for every day this month. It does help you to put things into perspective and really think about whom/what is good in your life and why. I am doing my best to be more generous, but not just monetarily. That is my focus this month (hopefully it will stick!).
"If there's ice in November, that will bear a duck;
There'll be nothing after but sludge and muck."
~English folk-lore, 1876
I hope you all have a wonderful November. Leave a comment with what you plan to do this month.