Monday, November 18, 2013

INA AND JEFFREY PLUS TWO......AN INTIMATE THANKSGIVING.

I love Ina Garten for being able to make a
party with just two people...
Her and Jeffrey don't need to entertain a Crowd
to Celebrate just about anything....
We are only a family of Four.......
Just us 3 Adivari's plus Miss B...
And we don't always get to spend special
occasions with our girls....
I always prepare a dinner like I'm feeding forty....
and I always set a festive table....
 We don't usually celebrate in this lovely room
of our Home....It just sits looking
pretty when you walk in our front door...
But the Girls are coming for Thanksgiving
this year so Turkey will be served at
The Big Table!!
This was the first room in our house that
was completely decorated the second day
after we moved in...
All furniture is from Crate and Barrel...
every piece of Milk Glass was unwrapped...
pre-washed.....and displayed...
in those first two days...
We came from a very rustic country house so this
was a big deal having a Fancy Schmancy House...
I have not done a tablescape in a long time and
another blogger requested I do a post and that I join in on this weeks
party....I thought that was a great idea.
I forgot How Fun much it is...
I'm babysitting daughter's red turkey from
Williams Sonoma since she has limited space in
her NYC apartment...I'm happy to do so!!

I think this will be Sophie's First
Thanksgiving eating at the
Big Table....
Fabulous Turkey tureens I found a few years
Ago at "Old Time Pottery"
here in Marietta....
I think I paid $3.99 each...
Apple Onion Soup will be
served inside..
I love this cabinet to fit my Milk Glass
Collection....
I originally wanted an open tall hutch in
Red...but the family talked me into
this one...It has a black background
so The Milk Glass really stands out.


I found these great Turkey plates at
the Old Time Pottery also...
a real bargain at $1.99 each...
I love the colors...
Making sure both mothers are represented
on this holiday....the vintage celery dish
came from my mother....
The asparagus dish belonged to
the Boss' Mom...
My Mother collected Fenton Milk Glass....
And I follow in her footsteps....only on
Steroids....
I have in the short 9 years of collecting have
over 100 pieces...
So much that they spill over into this
Matching Piece....
One of my favorite pieces is the ornate
punch bowl set...
and the many pieces my good friends and
Blog friends have given me...
The Sun shinning in on the
Prettiest room in the house...


My dear friend and old next door neighbor
Necie....got me that great covered
Butter Dish as a House Warming present...
 I saw it one day at an antique mall while we
were shopping after one of our Blog lunches...
Only a true friend would take the time to go
back and route through all those booths to
Find it and buy it for me...
I am Thankful for a friend like
Necie...

Okay....hands up....How many of you have
these great goblets from every Bloggers
Best Place to Buy
Cheap Real Glasses...
The Dollar Tree!!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving
whether you are spending it with 4 or 40...
But remember even two can make a party...
What will you be cooking???
Here is the Adivari's Menu....

Apple Onion Soup
Topped with Cheese Puff Pastry

Lemon/Rosemary Roasted Turkey with
Apple and Mushroom Stuffing

Ranch Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

Nutmeg infused rutabaga

Cranberry sauce with orange
made in a copper mold...

French Green beans with Shallots

Dessert..
Snickerdoodle Cheesecake with Cherries
Traditional Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream
Mini Caramel Apples with walnuts
Homemade Caramel Corn

You can Stop right here or................

For those of you who have the patience to continue
Reading...I will Bore you with one of my Infamous
Family Stories...
I know there are a few of you out there that
Actually enjoy reading about what a Nutty
Bunch we are....

For years While I was growing up My Mother
always got a Free Turkey from the
Department Store she worked at in
Elizabeth New Jersey....
One of my Brothers who is a lot older
then myself was married at the time and lived in
Red Lion Pennsylvania...
He was married to Carol....
Who my Mother always referred to as
'The Sicilian Devil"
My Father....who was very quiet...never voiced
his opinion about the DIL but you knew He was
NOT fond of her either....
The only way the Folks got an Annual Invite to
Red Lion was with the Stipulation that the
Turkey come with them......Cooked.
So My mother would have to get up at 3:00A.M. to
Put the Turkey in the oven so it would be cooked by
the time they had to make the 3 hour drive

From Jersey to Pennsylvania....

I can't tell you how many years this went on for...

And every year Millie would Bitch and
Siggy would mumble something under his
Breath...
Fast Forward many years to the year 2000.
Daughter was in Law School up in Ithaca and
decided to make her first Thanksgiving Dinner for
the boyfriend...
She heard for years that Grandma would get up
at 3:00 a.m. to cook the Turkey....
I guess I failed to tell her why....
So daughter started cooking her turkey that day
at 3:00 a.m......and of course by
8:00 a.m. it was ready to eat....
I also failed to tell her how many pounds of
potatoes you need to feed two people...
She made the whole Five pound Bag....

She called me in a panic...

She very rarely since then has asked me for cooking advice....
Bon Apetit!!


I am joining the "Let's Dish" party at Cuisine Kathleen
Also joining Susan @
http://betweennapsontheporch.net/a-christmas-table-setting-inspired-by-nature-themed-dishware/

26 comments:

Cathy Monroe said...

Sounds like a delicious meal. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I would also be happy to babysit that red turkey. It's gorgeous in the room!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love the story! Both the cooking one and your mom's. your table is wonderful as is the menu. i would crash were i closer... YUM!

And for some reason I did not realize you were from Elizabeth. I have an historical connection to the town through a ggggggg uncle named the Rev, James Caldwell aka The Fighting Parson of American Revolution fame. Caldwell, NJ was named for him after he and his wife were martyred. His home and his church were burned by the British in Elizabeth which was Elizabeth Towm back then.

Have fun with your girls!

xo

Sheila



Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sue the table looks fabulous! Love that the girls are coming home for Thanksgiving this year. Oh the stories of 'learning' to cook!
hugs!!

Elizabeth said...

Love that story! Your dinner sounds wonderful! I too love Milkglass your collection is awesome!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Love your white milk glass against that gorgeous red cabinet! Loved the turkey story too :-)

Our Thanksgiving will be 3 this year, and all three of us decided that we really don't like turkey. So this year we are having osso bucco, and either polenta or risotto.

Chatty Crone said...

Okay I hope I can remember everything - okay the plates with he turkey on it from Old Time Pottery - I love. The photos of your home does not really do it justice - in person is even more beautiful. And your cooking tops that! You r home is beautiful!! And your cooking Heavenly.

Now the onion soup - is that from the cooking school?

And lastly - what time is dinner?

sandie

Salmagundi said...

Your table looks fabulous with the background of all of that pretty milk glass. There will just be 3 of us for TGiving, as the SIL has decided that they have "other" plans. No one knows what those plans are, but it is a good excuse to avoid me. The grandkids don't understand, and will probably end up with P & J. My menu will be Colorado pioneer traditional, just like we've always had -- turkey, dressing, potatoes, & gravy. I'll probably make a tossed salad just so everything isn't white! There will be enough food to carry us through the weekend. I mean who buys a 20# turkey for three people?? I'm sure the grandkids & Jenni will sneak over for leftovers on Friday. Take care. Sally

Ellen said...

Looking good at the Adivari house for Thanksgiving. I just love your dining room. And all that milk glass. I think it was a smart decision to put the milk glass behind glass - I can't imagine how often it would have to be dusted.

So glad you daughter and granddaughter will be with you. Enjoy.

Marigene said...

Your table is beautiful, Sue. I have dishes that are very similar and will probably use them for my table next week. Loved your story...I can just see your poor daughter getting up in the middle of the night to get the turkey going! Your menu sounds delicious, especially the rutabaga, one of my favorite veggies. How do you prepare it...have you ever cubed it and baked it covered, with lots of butter, of course!
Your milk glass collection is awesome...and that china cupboard is perfect for it.
Have a great week.

The Refeathered Roost said...

Love all your Thanksgiving pretties...the turkey tureen is beautiful. You got a much better deal on your turkey dishes than I did! Your table looks beautiful and I loved the story about your daughter! I had to have my mother talk me through my first turkey and I was grossed out most of the conversation. She still talks about, "I get the what out of where?!"

Cheri said...

The table looks great Sue and the story is DEFINITLY one that would come from your family....loved it. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Your milk glass is beautiful I don't think I have ever seen the punch bowl set before
I collected it once when I was younger and sold it all in a yard sale sometime or another
I am sure the big table will be happy to have the family all sitting there
I need to get my Mothers celery dish out and use it thanks for the reminder about that
I have the same turkey plates and got mine at Home Goods store I think the are really pretty
thanks for visiting my blog again Sue

allisamazing said...

Such a lovely table and dishes!

The Tablescaper said...

So nice to see you tablescaping. It's been so long since I've been here. Great to see you. It sounds like you will be having a terrific Thanksgiving.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Rettabug said...

Oh Sue...I came running over when I saw you mention to Ms. Alma, The Tablescaper, that you were showcasing your Milk Glass collection. I am pea green with envy...especially over that covered butter dish...it looks quilted!!

I thought I had a lot, but you're waaay ahead of me. My Mom had a few pieces & I've added to her collection over the years. I have a similar punchbowl with cups, but seldom have it out on display. I love how yours are the focal point of the entire room. Beautifully done!!
Have a wonderful T'day, surrounded by family who love you. Your menu sounds fantastic!

hugs,
Rett

Diane said...

I have no idea where to start with these comments! This is the first time that I have seen your blog and I love it (I am your newest follower!). The milk glass collection is amazing and your tablescape is beautiful. The food sounds delicious. However, I really liked your stories - such fun!! I live in Georgia, too, but I am a native. Hope we all are treating you well!!!

tablescapesbybev said...

OK, love your table, love your dishes, but that milk glass collection is to die for!!!! Love it...

Peg said...

What a funny story... a great Thanksgiving tale! Your dining room is very pretty and looks festive enough for a feast for four or forty. That menu... divine! I'm hungry already! I bet it beats the Waldorf, hands down. We've already done T'giving here while the baby was visiting, so we will join Pa's sister's family on the real turkey day. Happy holidays!

Debbie said...

Your dining room is gorgeous!!!
The dishes certainly do show up in the red cupboards with the black background!!
That chandelier is magnificent, Sue!
You did a spectacular job on your tablescape...it's very festive.
I'm sure your holiday will be cozy and happy. How could it not be? You are the perfect hostess.
Debbie
xo

xinex said...

How beautiful! Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Sue. Your table looks very festive. I just posted the first part of our trip, Paris. Please stop by again when you have a chance. You definitely should book on the Viking cruise, so worth it!..Christie

Joan said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your girls. It doesn't matter the number you're celebrating with, it's the people and the love that counts.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I knew you collected Fenton but I somehow have missed exactly how MUCH Fenton! I look like an amateur.

Also? I still have my Halloween decorations up so now I'm also feeling like a underachiever.

;-)

Kathleen said...

The menu sounds terrific, the table looks beautiful, and the company couldn't be better! Sounds like it will be a wonderful Tgiving. Enjoy!
So glad you joined in at Let's Dish!

Kathleen Grace said...

Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous Sue. L♥ve that red hutch filled with milk glass, be still my heart! Your menu sounds wonderful too:>)

Jojo said...

A gorgeous table Sue and a precious cooking story!!!