Posts Tagged ‘Autumn’


        Thanksgiving is so close and I was remembering I adopted the job as a kid (and favorite task to this day) to set the Thanksgiving table.  I got really Martha Stewart on everyone the year I pulled out my Mom’s leaf-shaped cookie cutters, traced and cut them out of earth-tone colored paper.  Then I lightly decorated them with colored pencil and wrote everyone’s names in my best script.  Perched next to my Grandmother’s Johnson Brother’s English China, antique sterling, and burlap and linen table runner, they looked pretty darn spectacular.

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Comments from onlookers ranged from “she’s crazy” to “well, aren’t you creative!”  It might just be the plight of every creative person on earth to teeter on crazy in other people’s eyes.

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Moving on… I was flipping through our Match Pewter book and realized that this company may as well have been created to set Thanksgiving tables.

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And host Fall-time parties.

Set the Table | Kent Kitchen Works Blog.

Can’t you just imagine how great this footed casserole would look overflowing with Roasted Butternut Squash with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola and Crispy Fried Sage

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The Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts sat next to it in here…

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And this Mushroom Bowl piled high with homemade dinner rolls

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The turkey cradled by roasted potatoes and onion, rosemary and sage beautifully staged here…

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And, because I am a fabulous hostess, one of these little trinket boxes to go home with each of my guests…

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There are punch bowls and cocktail shakers and jiggers.  Pewter stemmed wine glasses and delicate flatware for every occasion.   I’d love to set the Thanksgiving table this year with Match and possibly even more leaf-shaped place cards.

Maybe next year since most of what I would want to use will land on my Christmas list before the table.

-A.

PS:  I did those cookie cutter leaf place cards before Ms. Stewart did.  My mom called me a couple of years later when she saw Martha copying my idea.  I just thought you should know.    : )

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I don’t know about where you are, but Connecticut has rushed headlong into fall.  I woke up on Monday and the drive was covered in leaves.  It smelled like fall and I needed real shoes and another layer of clothing.  Immediately I thought, “Ok, its time to re-decorate!”  The grocery must have been studying their almanac because they set up a table of those tiny pumpkins and clusters of dried cornstalks at just the right time.

Autumn is the time of year that I don’t remember that I love until its here again.  I dislike that it is the end of warm and wonderful summer, but then again, it is something of a relief to turn off the AC and snuggle under the covers with the windows open at night.  Plus, it is so beautiful.  Vibrant, saturated ruby and mustard colored leaves are shockingly surreal.  (They were just green!!!)  

Of course, the weather will break for at least another week and we will again be in summer, but it will be short lived and Autumn will fully encompass us all.   It isn’t too far now.  Are you ready?

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 It is nearly time for apple orchards and decorative gourds and Hot Toddies.

fall apples and a bird.

Falling leaves and rosy cheeks,  football and tailgating.

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young black dog with a leaf in its mouth.

Flannel blankets and plaid shirts, thermoses and apple pie.

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autumn picnic.

Sweaters and scarves and boots and wool socks.

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sweater weather.

Earth tones and natural wonders.

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Kent, Connecticut in the Fall, by Randy O'Rourke.

I’m ready, if a little sad to see this summer go.  Maybe an extra Hot Toddy to push this bittersweet feeling away.

Yes.  That’s exactly what I need.

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My Favorite Hot Toddy:

1 good sized mug

1-1/2 oz. Jameson

1 bag of Lipton black tea

Top with hot water

2-3 lemon slices

honey to taste

Sip for about 10 minutes then feel the warmth that reaches all the way to your toes.

MMMmmmm…..mmmmm….mmmmm

-A.

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