Tuesday, November 24, 2009


This will be a short post because I, like everyone else, am getting ready for Thanksgiving. I know some of you are much further along then me, but I'm just trying to BE in the moment. I picked Abigail up from school on Friday. That was a great day in spite of the long drive. I get motion sleepiness really bad, and that's okay if I am a passenger. Not so good if I am the driver. So I drove for over 2 hours with the radio blasting and the windows down. Thankfully it was an unseasonably warm day. She was so excited to see me and come home. So today we are off to buy the rest of our goodies for Thanksgiving dinner. We are having dinner here at home and then meeting up with the O'Hara side of the family for dessert. It is going to be a wonderful day. I know every one has different holiday traditions. We have our dinner about 3:00 p.m. The men are usually watching football, Emily is helping me set the table and set everything out and Abby is sticking her fingers in all the food. I thought I would give you my menu since I know geographically we all have a different one. Maybe mine is the usual Midwestern fare, maybe it is based on what my mother had with a few little twists...

22 lb. turkey basted with butter and lemon
Herb stuffing with sausage
Mashed potatoes with sour cream, cream cheese and gravy
Sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar
Brussels sprouts
Celery stuffed with cream cheese and green olives
Cranberry sauce
Dinner rolls
Chocolate cherry cake

Now you know why we all take long naps after dinner!
We went to the lake this past weekend after missing 3 weekends in a row. Talk about withdrawal! And above you will see the BIG thing I was talking about in one of my recent posts. I finally got my Hoosier cabinet!! After searching high and low, in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, where did I find it! Right here in a Chicago suburb! I am so in love with it. The owner of the antique store said it was probably from the 30's or 40's and it has the original flour bin and sifter. I rubbed this baby down with furniture oil and put a few pieces on it and in it. I'm still not sure what I will display with all of my favorite things spread out amongst both homes. You can see that monstrous Philomena Philodendron found a new home. I have my ironstone tea set outside and my new (old) French dishes inside. I can't wait to decorate it for Christmas!

And finally I took an updated picture of the kitchen because I now have my pulls and knobs on. Wow! Progress. Still a long way to go. Pardon all my stuff on the counters. Nothing staged and I say somewhat embarrassed, this is just me. I am a clutter bug. I have to have my small appliances out where I can see them and use them. The Husband just bought the new crock pot because he wants some nice warm meals cooking away on Sundays, the aroma drifting through the house. I like that too. And it frees me up to do whatever I want without worrying about dinner.
Finally I want to announce the winner of my giveaway. I pulled the number out of the proverbial hat and the winner is Lou Cinda of Tattered Hydrangeas! She will be receiving the note cards by Karen Harvey Cox of A Scrapbook Of Inspiration as well as some other goodies I will be picking out. Thanks everyone, for leaving their comments over the past two weeks.

Here is wishing everyone a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

JANE!!! SHUT UP!!! I was just reading along thinking how good your menu sounded and then looking at your Hoosier Cabinet and lamenting over how flippin GORGEOUS that thing is and all of a sudden there was my name!!!!! WHAT!!!! I am so excited!!! And thank you so much!!!

I hope you have an absolutely WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!!!

Lou Cinda :)

Stacey said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jane! Your family gathering and dinner sounds very similar to ours. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Deb said...

Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

Winchester Manor said...

Hi Jane,

Your Hoosier is amazing...lucky you!

Congratulations to Lou Cinda and thank you for hosting a wonderful giveaway!

Your Thanksgiving feast sounds delicious! Sending love and Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family, have a wonderful holiday sweet friend!

Love and hugs,

Lori E said...

Lock your doors cause I'll come steal that hoosier right our from under your noses. I will!
It is gorgeous. Any I have seen are usually all painted over and rusty.
Happy Thanksgiving. Sounds delish.

Anonymous said...

Your menu looks amazing! I'm not cooking a darn thing this year. All the family is working :(

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Jane~that Hoosier cabinet is a beauty...so glad that you found her! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


Unknown said...

Jane...my eyes turned green with envy...that Hoosier is gorgeous. I've always wanted one but currently have no idea where I'd put one, lol. I guess I'll figure that out when I find the *right* one :)

Happy Thanksgiving!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Yea, for Lou Cinda! I'm so happy for her! Love that girl!

And I love your Hoosier, too, Janie. It is so neat. Glad you found one and one that has all the goodies still in it.

Your menu sounds great! Hope your Thanksgiving if a very, very happy one, dear friend!


Sheila :-)

Deb said...

Sending Wishes to you Jane for a Blessed and Very Happy Thanksgiving ♥

Melissa Miller said...

What yummy sounding food Jane! Gorgeous piece of furniture too.

Enjoy your family being home and Happy Thanksgiving! ~Melissa :)

Julie Marie said...

Hello Jane... your Thanksgiving menu sounds sooo yummy! And how wonderful to have your daughter home too... I LOVE your Hoosier cabinet... it looks great! Hope you and your family have a beautiful, blessed Thanksgiving... love to you... Bisous... Julie Marie

Laura said...

Miss Jane, may I say that your comments keep me writing and thinking and throwing ideas out there.

You are indeed a very special blog friend.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday- your menu sounds delicious.


Melissa Miller said...

Thanks Jane! I'm back at posting.

Check out my newest frame from Kristen on my previous post if you have a moment.

~Enjoy the holiday!!! ~Melissa :)

The Lazy Peacock said...

your menu sounds delicious! have a wonderful thanksgiving!!!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Your holiday dinner sounds yummy! I ADORE your Hoosier cabinet! Always wanted one of those. And Carpenter Robert has one in his warehouse just sitting there. I've threatened that if he doesn't start using it I'm going to take it away from him. Men. A Hoosier cabinet just sitting in a warehouse collecting dust. As I recall it wasn't in all that good of shape, BUT A HOOSIER CABINET all the same!

Lynn said...

Have a beautiful and blessed holiday, Friend!

xinex said...

Congrats to Lou Cinda for winning those wonderful cards. I love your Hoosier cabinet, Janie. It is so perfect, in great shape! I can't wait to see what you put in it. I am so busy gathering stuff for Pay It Forward and also for my 200th post giveaway. I had a lot of fun shopping. Luckily I don't have to cook for Thanksgiving cause we're having dinner at a friend's house. Your menu sounds delicious! I'll be packaging and sending yourPIF gifts soon....Christine

Maryrose said...

Hi Janie,
I am off to finish my Thanksgiving shopping. I just wanted to drop by and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and that delicious menu you have planned.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
I am sure lovin that new hoosier cabinet, just gorgeous! Your menu for Thanksgiving sounds very similar to ours, of course we're both in the Midwest! Congrats to Lou Cinda and I hope you Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Dan and I will be on the road heading to my brother Matt's who lives near the Twin Cities. Talk to you soon, Cindy

KTW said...

GORGEOUS cabinet! :) Your menu sounds wonderful, too. Hope to find time this weekend to look at more of your blog since I'm the 'new kid'. ;) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Knitty said...

That cabinet is gorgeous! I need to get my sis-in-law blogging or at least reading blogs so she can see this.

You asked me about Debbie Macomber books. I have only read the Blossom Street series. I have always been drawn to the artwork on Macomber's books and when she started the knit shop series, I finally bought and read it. I haven't read her other series, mainly because I have such a backlog of reading at the moment. I do have a paperwork, the name escapes me, that isn't from the Blossom Street line so I will eventually discover whether I like her other books as well.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Unknown said...

Hi Miss Janie! Thanks for popping over and leaving that sweet message. I hope you and yours have an Awesome Thanksgiving!!

You new Hoosier is amazing! It looks great! I am thinking about adding brussel sprouts to our menu.... I love them. Everything looks yummy!!


Simple Home said...

The Hoosier cabinet is beautiful. I've always wanted one too. It sounds like you're having a very tasty Thanksgiving meal. Have a wonderful time! Congratulations to your winner.

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Oh! Jane! I just adore your hoosier! My friend (Diva) had one at her mothers home for sale. I couldnt beleive it didnt sell. It was in good shape. She donated to a chuch charity sale where they had priced it for $250!!! And it didnt sell. I couldnt believe it. It was painted green, I thought pretty though I know not everyones taste but at that price, it could afford to be stripped. They ended up donating to thrift. Had I had room for one more large piece, I would've. My gargae is already bulging. I too have clutter...
Jane, you did so good, its just beautiful and in a perfect spot.

I also have had you on my mind, since you and I shared kids going off to college this past year. Mine came home today. I cannot beleive the year has passed so quickly! I know you are so happy to have your baby home. Enjoy that time together! I know you will!

Your thanksgiving meal sounds delightful! Such great memories found around a table.

And finally, Jane I thought I was the only one who tires when I drive. It really happens when I drive, when I am a passenger not as much. I know my hsuband thinks I am trying to get out of driving, and I am, but for good reason. I dont want to end up in a ditch!

Jane, I count you on my list of blessing this Thanksgiving. Gald we found one another in bloggerville. I am blessed to call you friend. You are a good one to me! Have a wonderful weekend!

Paula@SweetPea said...

Your menu sounds so good, especially the Brussel Sprouts. I love those little things!

Your Hoosier cabinet is stunning. I love, love, love it. You are going to have so much fun decorating it.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Kathleen Grace said...

Jane, your Thanksgiving menu sounds fabulous! And the Hoosier is wonderful! you don't see unpainted ones very often but I think it's gorgeous just the way it is. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend:>)

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Forget my menu, we are on our way to your house for Thanksgiving:) Your hoosier is great! And with the flour bin too!!! What a great find. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and thanks for stopping by.
The Capers of the Vintage Vixens

Susie's country cottage said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Your menu sounds delicious..a bit like our Christmas Day dinner...well the turkey and the sprouts at least!! Love the Hoosier cabinet.

Unknown said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jane,

I love your menu, what a feast. I hope that you and your family enjoy a beautiful day.


bj said...

Like LOu CINDA...this Hoosier is so freakin gorgeous and I am just eat up with envy...covet...want...
gotta have...cant afford...can't find one...no room...WANT !!!
It really is a nice one, too.
Have you had your giveaway? I didn;t know and don't want to take off your button until it is over.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving...
xo bj

Tamerie Shriver Halliday said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jane!


Lady Katherine said...

Great Menu! But I love your new Hoosier! I waited near 30 years for one, I found many but not just what I wanted. A few years ago a lady was selling her home and we went to look for my daughter, well there sat a Hoosier, I loved it, for $50.00 I said here the cash and honey go ger the truck. Mine old and has enamel top that pulls out and is painted.
Happy Thanksgiving

Lady Katherine said...

PS it was not the Hoosier I dreamed of but now it is! lol

Unknown said...

Don't you just love the cream cheese/sourcream tater recipe?! It's my fav! Have a great day and thank you for missing me!

Charlene said...

Love your new Hoosier!!!! Hope you enjoy your family being all together & I wanted to say... Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend.

Congrats to Lou Cinda

Sandi (Meme) said...

Love the new hoosier! I have one that I keep packed full of antique or collectible dishes. We use ours when we have parties, as a serving area! Thanks for stopping by my White Wednesday Post. Just had to laugh though when you said you were torn between the name Emilie or Emma for your baby. Our daughter's name is Emilie and it's her baby who's named Emma! So, I guess we have one of each! Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Kathleen Ellis said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jane....you are so sweet! Thank you for your prayers!
Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving with your family! I'm so glad to count you among my blogger friends!

Teresa said...

Hi Blondie!
Delighted you popped over to Bainbridge!
Do pop in and visit again!
I love the old hutch...it would have been perfect for our cottage back in Alabama...where we lived before moving to the Northwest. I created more of a coastal look in our new home on Bainbridge.
Before moving...I sold an old hutch...just like yours...it was shabbier tho...white with peeling paint...you know that shabby look! Delighted you popped by!
Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
Your menu sounds yummy!
I just popped on the computer to find a recipe for homemade cranberry sauce!

Rettabug said...

I wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours, Jane & tell you that our menu is exactly the same....sans the brussels sprouts. Probably not the chocolate cherry cake either. DH's DD is cooking at her hoem so no TT from me this week.

I hope you & your family have a wonderful time together tomorrow!

Betsy Brock said...

Your menu sounds heavenly! I'm so glad to have met you this year...and I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I know I left you a message already, Janie, but I couldn't let Thanksgiving Eve go by without telling you something you already know... I am so grateful for YOU. I love you bunches and hope your Thanksgiving is the happiest one yet. Be blessed, Janie. You and your whole family are wished more blessings than your heart or lives can possibly hold!

Happy Thanksgiving...


Sheila :-)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jane...

Just wanted to stop by to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! It sounds like you have a wonderful day planned! Enjoy your family, Dearheart!!! By the way, your Thanksgiving menu sounds heavenly! What time do we eat? Hehe!

Ohhh...I love, love, LOVE your new/old Hoosier cabinet!!! I'm so happy for you, Darlin'!!! It's absolutely gorgeous!!! Love that pretty white ironstone too! Ohhh yes...this will be so much fun to decorate for Christmas...can't wait to see what you do with it, my friend!

Warmest wishes and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Chari @Happy To Design

PS...thank you so much for coming by yesterday and for leaving me such a sweet note!!!

xinex said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Janie. How wonderful to have Abby home. I mailed your PIF package today. I hope you like it!...Christine

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Hey Jane, that is one nice Hoosier you found! We are full already just reading your menu... yum!
Have a great Thankgiving!
Karla & Karrie

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Jane, your menu sounds alot like ours. I think we all tend to make pretty much what our mothers made. Funny isn't it? Comfort food to the max. Love your cabinet, I'm thinking it's older. It's a beautiful piece. Love the finish. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

FranE said...

Menu sounds luscious. I miss that kind of food. My daughter is on a gluten free diet so it slows down options. Large family events are beautiful when you can have them, wish you all the blessings of a beautiful day Today.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your hosier is gorgeous. I have one that is so similar. They really are wonderful pieces and I love the finish on yours. I am so thrilled for you. Your dinner sounds soooooo good. We are having a very similar meal and the family, so it is always a Blessed day. I wish you and all your family a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

{oc cottage} said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Enjoy the day!

m ^..^

Anonymous said...

So nice to meet you , I just found your blog. I love the Mary Pickford quote on your sidebar. Happy Thanksgiving !!

2 Dogs said...

Sounds like a yummy Thanksgiving to me. I usually cook and have the family over but not this year. Since I had surgery I knew it would end up being STRESS and not FUN. We went out to eat. That's the first time in my life I've ever gone out to eat on Thanksgiving day but it was a nice change.

Have a great weekend. Hugs

Pondside said...

I hope your Thanksgiving was a joy from beginning to end.
The Hoosier cupboard is beautiful - I look forward to seeing it decorated for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane! I LOVE THIS CABINET! It would be perfect in my kitchen!!! Great Find. I love my crockpot and the time it gives me on weekends (when I use it that is; take out always wins out lately!!!)lol Your daughter did a great job on the tablescape and your journaling is always a great read; the ending Kodak moments cracked me up-yea right! (I have a 20 yr old daughter!)lol I like all the craft projects you've been doing also - give yourself more credit - they turned out great; as far as the upside down craft paper I've done that before with wallpaper!!lol Have a great weekend and enjoy your book! Sincerely, Jeannette

Rebecca Nelson said...

I will ABSOLUTELY return when I have more time to read through your amazing bloggie! I LOVE IT HERE!

Thank you for visiting and well wishes as the drawing for the pillow draws near!


Unknown said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jane! It sounds like you had a perfect day!! The hoosier is GORGEOUS!! You lucky girl :):)

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Blondie, Your dinner sounds wonderful. I was telling someone today that my favorite part of the Thanksgiving dinner is the leftovers the next day. I love a turkey (sliced very thin) with mayo, salt, pepper and potato chip, sandwich. Weird I know! Your cabinet is just gorgeous! xo Lynn

Mary said...

I know it must have been a great meal Jane.

Love the hoosier - I've not seen them made of beautiful wood like that before. You will make it look pretty for Christmas I'm sure.

Rubyred said...

Hello from England!
Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!Thank you for popping by my little blog, it's lovely to meet you!Thank you for your kind comments!
Love your table runner on a previous post, very French!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Rachel x

Signing Out said...

It sounds so yummy! I love, love, love that cabinet! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!


Gypsy Heart said...

Your menu made me hungry all over again! :-) The cabinet is beautiful ~

sarah-jane down the lane said...


so lovely to meet you. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks so much for your lovely comments.I am off a little read of your blog, looking forward to it,

Sarah x

ps I love that word "Hoosier" brilliant!

SmilingSally said...

I hope that you had a good Thanksgiving, Jane.

That cabinet is like the one my mom had when I was a little girl.

Kathleen said...

I love your new cabinet, it is a beauty,,
Very similar menu here, a few more veggies and pies for dessert...
Love all the different traditions..
My dad always cooked the turkey..I can still picture him with the dishtowel thrown over his shoulder in the kitchen..he died so young..
Can't wait to see your cabinet all decked out for Christmas!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane! I love your blog! Where have you been all my bloggy life....I'm so glad you came over and made such a sweet comment on my Pink Saturday Post. Now that I know about you and your fun blog I can now follow you as well.
I love your Hoosier cabinet. Everytime we get one in our shop it goes out the door immediately.
I'll be back to see you often.

susan said...

Jane--Your menu sounds delicious and close to ours with a few small exceptions. We do not have brussel sprouts--the first time I served them to my husband he asked what was with the baby cabbage--he was a third child (not much green!) That cabinet is fabulous--I love that it has a flour bin and sifter. Reminds me of my grandmother's house. It's so beautiful--just stick a poinsettia on it and post that for Deck the Halls! Hope you had a wonderful TG and are having a good visit with your girls!

koralee said...

Thank you for finding me and leaving a comment the other day. I am so happy to meet you and your lovely blog. Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed with family and friends. Now on with the Season of Peace and Joy. I am so excited...I just need to start decorating pronto!!!!

Barb said...

Hello sweet Jane, I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and totally blessed!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Jane, what a remarkable tradition you have. I can see why you take a nap after..lol
Love, love, love your "new" old cabinet. I too have one downstairs in the shop. I can't wait to see yours all decorated for the holidays. Thank you for swinging by to see the "new" valance. You are always so sweet. hugs ~lynne~

Elaine said...

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Your menu sounds yummy, similar to ours in New England but we put cranberry in our stuffing.

Have fun decorating your new cabinet.

Anonymous said...

Blondie -- congratulations. You have gone over 200 followers!!! I am #201. I really enjoy reading your blog, and my husband calls me "blondie" too! Glad to have a new friend!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

That is one gorgeous piece of furniture!! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. It sounds like it was! Your menu sounds much like our own..ours was just a bit more extensive due to ALL the people attending and bringing different dishes.
Your turkey was the only difference...and your sounds sooo good!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Jane
Happy Thanksgiving!!! I'm a little late.. but as you know I'm a little late for everything lately..I really love your dresser.. fabulous!! I'm sure it will look great when you organise all your lovely things.

Now about those storms..I think If I lived in tornado country I'd be a little shy of big storms too!!

Take care and catch you soon xx Julie

OH and congratulations to Lou Cinda

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I am visually challenged, but for the life of me,I can't find your e-mail address to send you my address! Help!

Lou Cinda :)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

HOOSIER!! Oh MY it is incredible! I totally love, love, love it.

I know I'm a little late (um, like a week!) but I hope you had an amazing Thanksgving. Based on the delicious sounding menu...I think it was a good time. :-) And thank YOU for always bringing beauty and happiness to my little world when I pop by for a visit.