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A Turkey Transferware Mix~n~Match Thanksgiving Tablescape

We will be having Thanksgiving dinner at my brother in law's house this year but I decided to set a table at home for a meal and mix it all up with a different turkey plate at each setting.   I laid out a plaid blanket over the table in lieu of a tablecloth. Our dining table is narrow so a centerpiece can sometimes be challenging.  I created this with things from around the house; bark tree shaped candles, two floral sprays, a bundle of wheat, pheasant feathers, silk roses, twigs and pinecones we gathered on one of our trips.  It was kept pretty simple and neutrally colored because the plates and blanket are so colorful and I didn't want it to be too much. I mixed new and old flatware; vintage bakelite stag horn handled steak knives and new Cambridge with deer on each of the handles. I'm off to make my corn and onion casserole  and some pies for Thanksgiving Day. I hope you have a blessed day with your families and friends. Happy

A Smorgasbord of Transferware Turkey Plates and Platters to Feast Upon!

This morning I pulled several armfuls of turkey platters and plates from my collection (my back does not thank me for this effort) and  laid them out amongst the fallen leaves in the front yard.  I got some interesting looks from passers by as I was as high up on the ladder as I could go without feeling too much like if I fell I might, quite simply put, be over.  But I wanted to get as many of these pieces into one shot as I could just to share and show their diversity.  I like seeing a collection amassed makes such an impact!   Looking at them like this makes me want to collect a myriad of turkey plates and have a smorgasbord of them, and food too of course, for our Thanksgiving table.   Turkey transferware went into production by English potters around 1870, just 7 years after Abraham Lincoln declared the 3rd Thursday of every November to be the official day of Thanksgiving in 1863.  You can read more about the history of turkey transferware HERE . A



Mother's Day SALE! 15% off all Transferware!

Save 15% Storewide Now through  Monday, May 15th 2017   Use Code MOM2017 at checkout Nancy's Daily Dish   Of all the special joys in life, The big ones and the small, A Mother's love and tenderness, Is the greatest of them all HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Monica's Herb De Provence Vegetable Beef Stew

Today's post was actually yesterday's post until I mentioned that my sister-n-law shared her recipe with me back in January at which point a profusion of thoughts and memories of events surrounding that month suddenly whirled around my brain and flowed out onto the paper, or technically speaking,  the monitor.  I felt I should write about them instead as I'd recently taken a 5 month or so hiatus from blogging. So,  I nixed the stew.    I did promise to share it today though, so here it is! I took the liberty of naming it "Monica's Herbs De Provence Vegetable Beef Stew" for and after my sister-n-law who made it for some of my kids and hers one night in January when we'd gone over for a visit.   She was busy chopping up all these veggies, throwing them into a big stock pot of yumminess and when I asked about it she just said she chops a bunch of this, a handful or two of that, a can of that, some of this, etc. etc.  That's my kind of co