Happy Thanksgiving!


Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and a SAFE Black Friday!!



We celebrated the holiday at my sister’s house where I snapped these photographs with my I-phone!  Totally forgot to take my camera.    She decorated the table with 3 tall vases of orange tulips and wooden pilgrims. 




And she used her set of Lovefeast velvet pumpkins!!  They really looked great on her table.  Ben wanted to know why there were pennies in the bottom of the flower vases.    BTW, Lovefeast is having a Black Friday 20% off sale HERE.




Elisabeth came home for the holiday.  My great-niece Laine has become her shadow at family events.   It’s so cute to see Laine discovering that cousins can be wonderful!


I hope your day was as great as ours!  We’re just laying around watching football and napping and starting to think about opening the leftovers!!   I just hope I brought enough home with me.  And now I am wishing I had packed up some dessert too!








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  2. Happy Thanksgiving Joni and to all your family. Thank you for all the fun, for all the lively conversation, for the time you invest in your research and for your style! We're so blessed to have family who are friends and friends who are family to share our holiday with today. Now for another piece of pumpkin pie!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Joni! Look at those ADORABLE girls! Elisabeth is just precious and so is your great niece. I'm so glad you got to celebrate with your sister, and I love her tulips. They are lovely!

    I am so thankful that I have had the chance to get to know you over the years. You were one of my first blogging friends, and I have loved your blog from the moment I met you. Thank you for aways going the extra mile for us. It is appreciated, and you are dearly loved.



    P.S. Those pumpkins are so cute!

    1. Joni I can see how wonderful your Thanksgiving was. A beautiful table, Bravo to your sister! So happy Elizabeth came home! Your niece is adorable!

      My Thanksgiving was filled with lots of family and a feast of course, and I have so much to be thankful for!

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  4. Happy thanksgiving Joni. Your family is beautiful.

  5. Wishing you a perfectly lovely weekend, Joni.
    We all are thankful for you!

  6. I don't comment often but I have been reading your blog faithfully for three years. You have taught me soooo much, and have really opened up a whole new world to me. I'm so thankful for you and your wonderful blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


  7. The best part of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are the left-overs. Elizabeth is gorgeous and little Laine - oh, such a dolly.
    Enjoy the rest of the holiday and the left-overs.


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  9. Your daughter is very pretty and Laine is so cute!

  10. glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving with your family. Your sister set a beautiful table and the gals looked too cute. Thanks for always giving us the best of stories and images in blogland!! -

  11. Glad to hear you had such a nice Thanksgiving Joni. Elizabeth looks good and your neice is cute! We never have enough turkey leftover but I've gotten smart I always roast a turkey breast for us for the day after. I hope you enjoy your holiday season!


  12. Happy Thanksgiving- Elisabeth and Laine- such a great picture- they are gorgeous!!!
    blessings of the season, Joni!!!

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving Joni - hope you and yours had a fabulous day - beautiful family and surroundings. I am thankful for all the
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  15. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family members. Thanks for all your shared expertise. I liked the table setting with the tulips.

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  18. Yes tell Ben, I too want to know why there are pennies in the vases? Happy Thanksgiving, Joni.


  19. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to you Joni! The girls are adorable. Ummm...how did you come home without leftover desserts?!

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  21. Happy Thanksgiving Joni! I hope you had the chance to enjoy time with family and away from the daily grind! How lucky to capture the close adoration Laine has for Elisabeth - they are both darling. I remember many similar shadows in our own family over the years.

    Your sister put one of my favorite flowers on her table and they looked so lovely in those tall simple vases! I couldn't help but admire the collection of what I think is Imari porcelain in her dining room - they are stunning displayed altogether like that! I also peeked at the room behind the girls - where the walls are so elegantly embellished. Would love to see more of that room if you ever have time and she allowed it!!! :)

    Hopefully you got something yummy for dessert....we went out to eat so no leftovers, but I did bake a pumpkin 'surprise' cake (aka pumpkin dump cake - fast and easy)... I need to stop eating that Right. Now.!!

  22. Thanks for sharing these pictures and for your beautiful blog all year!
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  23. Happy Thanksgiving, Joni!

    I'm so glad you got yummy leftovers (but no dessert - what were you thinking?)!

    For those asking about the pennies in the vases: Copper in the water retards or prevents the growth of algae in the vase. So the water stays clear (and doesn't smell) longer.

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  31. Thank you soo much!!!! Everyone is so sweet. I hope your thanksgiving was as great as ours was.

  32. p.s I've always heard that a penny in the water keeps the tulips upright instead of drooping...not sure if that is true or not.

  33. So far, three explanations for the pennies. Which one is correct, or are all three?