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Happy Thanksgiving

My wish for you, my friends, is a safe and happy Thanksgiving.




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A Rustic Thanksgiving Table

Welcome friends to my Rustic Thanksgiving Table.

Today, I am joining in Katherine’s Corner Give Thanks Blog Tour.

  So come on along for some great inspiration.

The base of this centerpiece is a fresh bay leaf wreath from McFadden Farm in Potter Valley, California.  A cake plate holds the faux white pumpkin and mini pine cones.

A few baby boo pumpkins scattered along the middle of the table along with two terrariums holding little faux green plants complete the look.

What is more rustic than a wood slice charger?   A Royal Stafford Turkey Brown, Multi-Color plate and salad plate with a rope and fruit border sits atop each charger.  I bought the first four plates of this pattern about five years ago but this pattern is now discontinued.   So when I realized I wanted more plates my only choice was Ebay.

The flatware has been with me for quite a while.  It was a wedding gift and I still treasure it.  The Mikasa crystal is from the 80’s.   I purchased it myself at Macy’s which was probably still  Davison’s at that time.   Davison’s opened its doors in 1891.   R.H. Macy & Co owned Davison’s for sixty years before the name change in 1986.  Macy’s actually purchased Davison’s in 1925 and in 1927 built a beautiful store on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta.  The downtown store closed in 2003 ending the era of department-store shopping in downtown Atlanta.  I have a particular fondness for the downtown Davison’s/Macy’s site because I worked two blocks north of there on Peachtree Street and for ten years shopped there often during my lunch hour.  Even after my office moved a few blocks off Peachtree Street I continued to shop there until they closed.

The napkins are a medium khaki color and work perfectly with the Brown Turkey plates.  They are a plain weave fabric with a hem stitch and mitered corners.  The napkins work well placed between the plates and wood chargers.

Sources: A Rustic Thanksgiving Table


  • Wood Slice Chargers – Target
  • Royal Stafford Brown Turkey China Home Goods & Ebay
  • Flatware – Oneida American Colonial Heirloom Satin Stainless – Gift
  • Crystal – Mikasa Park Lane Goblets – Macy’s
  • Napkins – Target
  • Fresh Bay Leaf Wreath – Etsy – McFadden Farm
  • White Faux Pumpkin – Joanne’s
  • Mini Pine Cones – Hobby Lobby
  • Baby Boos – Burt’s Farm
  • Terrarium – Smith and Hawken
  • Small Faux Plants – Marshall’s

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Mama’s Mouth-Watering Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Today, I’m her to share a mouth-watering cornbread dressing recipe with you.

Our family tradition is turkey and dressing at Thanksgiving but not at Christmas; however, I  know that many of you have turkey and dressing at Christmas.

Therefore, I wanted to share this recipe before Thanksgiving so you might try it for either holiday.

Normally, I make my cornbread dressing from memory just like my Mom did it.  A few years ago a co-worker, Steve and I both volunteered to make cornbread dressing for our office’s Thanksgiving luncheon.  For the sake of consistency I asked Steve if he followed a recipe.  He did, so I asked him if he would share it with me.  Steve graciously shared his grandmother’s recipe with me.  Oh my goodness, it is the best dressing I have ever put in my mouth, simply mouth-watering, but let me warn you it is rich.  Here is the recipe.

Mama’s Mouth-Watering Cornbread Dressing Recipe

First, make the egg bread

Ingredients for egg bread (Cornbread is sometimes called egg bread in the South.

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups self-rising cornmeal
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Beat eggs, add buttermilk together.  Add salt and cornmeal together and beat into egg mixture.  Add melted butter.  Pour mixture into greased pan and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

Now prepare the dressing


  • 1 loaf white bread
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 cup celery hearts finely chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • Chicken or turkey broth (I use Chicken Broth)

Make dressing while egg bread is hot.  Crumble egg bread and the loaf of white bread together. Soften with broth until bread is moist.  Add beaten eggs, melted butter, pepper, onions, celery, and seasonings.  Mix all ingredients together well.  Add more broth if the mixture is too thick more bread if too thin.  Pour into a buttered baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.  Remove from oven and pour a cup of broth over the dressing and return to oven for 10 extra minutes.

Cornbread dressing

Now serve the best cornbread dressing you have ever put in your mouth.

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Welcome To My Rustic Thanksgiving Table This Year


For my Thanksgiving table this year I wanted to use some of my brown transferware.


There are six of us this year so I’m mixing two different patterns, oops three.


 The first four plates I’m using are Spode Woodland – Snipe, Pintail, Quail, and Mallard.


 The other two plates are Royal Stafford  Thanksgiving china with a colorful turkey.


 The third brown transferware pattern is the cup and saucers from the Fair Winds pattern by Alfred Meakin.


The Woodland pattern suggests a rustic theme so I couldn’t resist pulling together a lot of natural elements for a centerpiece.


 The centerpiece uses lotus blossom pods, bird nests, mini pumpkins,


orange gourds, wood slices, and a bundle of wheat stalks.


Of course, had to display my turkey soup tureen.


  • Water Hyacinth Placemats – Pier One
  • Spode Woodland Plates – Goodwill
  • Royal Stafford – TJ Maxx
  • Brown Lenox Goblets – Smyrna Thrift Store
  • Flatware: Oneida American Colonial Heirloom Satin Stainless – 1971 Wedding gift
  • Napkins – On Hand
  • Turkey Tureen – The Classy Flea
  • Wheat Stalk Bundle – Target
  • Flameless Candles – Hobby Lobby

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Wordless Wednesday 119 ~ Thanksgiving Centerpiece


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Wordless Wednesday # 68 – Happy Thanksgiving

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From my home to yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wordless Wednesday #66 – Thanksgiving Mantel

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From the post Thanksgiving Mantel

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Don’t we all want a beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape?  I know I do even if there is only a few of us to gather for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving placesetting

This was my Thanksgiving tablescape in 2012 before I started blogging but I shared it here with you last year.

Thanksgiving Tablescape Placesetting 2013

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Today I’m letting the photos speak for themselves.

Please be sure to come back tomorrow when I will have more Quick and Easy Holiday Décor and More.  If you don’t already subscribe to my blog be sure to sign up by e-mail on the right, so you will never miss a post.  Thank you for visiting.



Host/Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up on us quickly I wanted to share a few of my favorite hostess gift.

Williams Sonoma Pie Bird

Williams Sonoma

If your host or hostess is a baker this adorable pie bird is a perfect thank you for a Thanksgiving invitation.  The pie bird comes in a variety of colors.   If like me you don’t know what a pie bird does, the following if from the Williams Sonoma website.

Generations of bakers have used ceramic pie birds to get the best results from fruit fillings. Simply perch our ceramic bird from Le Creuset in the center of a two-crust pie, and it will vent steam during baking to help keep the juices from boiling over, resulting in a flaky, not soggy, crust and a cleaner oven.

Paris CoastersCarolina Cottage

 Carolina Cottage’s Etsy shop has these incredible map coasters.  Since I love all things French the Paris coasters would be my pick but Carolina Cottage has many other cities to choose from or get her to make a set specifically for your hostess.  This gift would work for any occasion.



A rosemary tree for the kitchen is always a welcome gift.   This one is not currently available from Gardeners.com but you can usually find them at Home Depot, Lowes, and Walmart during the Holiday season.

T_WithoutZoomBallard Designs

One Christmas hostess gift I always love to give or receive is an ornament.  This year Ballard Designs Cares is working with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in presenting the St Jude’s Bear Ornament.  All net proceeds will be donated to St. Jude.  It is a limited edition collectible ornament.  The bears are handmade of silver mercury glass studded with Swarovski Crystals.  It wrapped in a Ballard burlap scarf and nestled in a red Christmas gift box and includes a 2014 charm.  I love it, a gift that gives back to a worthy cause.

PB Dog Tea TowelPottery Barn

My best friend is a dyed in the wool dog lover and she also loves tea towels.  What better hostess gift could I ever get her other than a dog print tea towel from Pottery Barn.  She would absolutely flip.  Pottery Barn has a lovely selection of kitchen towels to suit anyone’s taste.

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 This last gift is gorgeous.  It is a Nate Berkus wing bowl from Target.  I love it so much I ordered one for myself.

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31 Days of Quick and Easy Holiday Decor and More

My 31 Day Series for the Nester’s Writing Challenge is Quick and Easy Holiday Décor and More.  When I say holiday all the upcoming holidays including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Presidents Day, and maybe even Valentine’s Day.  Yes, there are some projects inspired by Pinterest, Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, Grandin Road and I might have a few original ideas left in this old noggin.

Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Mantel

Halloween Mantel 2013

2013 Gourd

Thanksgiving Kitchen Counter 2013

Coke crate collage

Christmas Coke Crate 2013

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Come join in the fun, there will be lots of other bloggers writing about a variety of subjects.  Come back here every day for a link to my latest post.  You can also pin this post for easy reference or follow The Blue Willow House on Facebook to see each post .   I hope you enjoy my series.



October 1    Skull Vase Filler Pottery Barn Style  featured on Knock off Décor

October 2   Thursday Thrifty Treasure Week 9 – The Globe Bowl

October 3   Thrifting A New Way – Revisited &  Some News

October 4   Quick and Easy Fall Front Porch Décor

October 5   Sunday Roundup – Quick and Easy Fall and Halloween Décor Tutorials

October 6   No Sew Decorative Pillow Cover from a Place Mat

October 7   A Ghostly Halloween Banner

October 8   Pottery Barn Inspired Mummy Pillow

October 9   Thursday Thrifty Treasure Week 10 – Not Your Mom’s Mug Tree

October 10 Fall in the Foyer @ The Blue Willow House

October 11  Country Living Fair Weekend Pass

October 12  Halloween Tablescapes

October 13  Quick and Easy Seasonal Change in the Bedroom

October 14  Host/Hostess Gift for the Holidays

October 15  Pottery Barn Inspired Spoon Shadow Box

October 16  Thursday Thrifty Treasure Week 11 – A Tale of Two Ice

October 17  Why I Blog

October 18  Quick and Easy Jello Mold Wreaths

October 19  Thanksgiving Tablescapes

October 20  Quick and Easy Halloween Mantel

October 21  Fresh Flowers for Quick and Easy Décor

October 22  BWH Chosen Blog of the Week

October 23  Thursday Thrifty Treasure – Silver Patina

October 24   Quick and Easy Demijohn Vignette

October 25  Favorite Christmas Posts

October 26  Family Sunday Funday

October 27  Southern Special Announcement

October 28  Vintage Brass and Glass Display Box

October 29  PB Inspired Jingle Bell Napkin Rings

October 30  TTT Week 13 Vintage Christmas Goodies

October 31  Happy Halloween and a Wrap-up

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