Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Tuesday November 23, 2010

Tabletop Tuesdays:
Thanksgiving Themed

What can I say, I am a sucker for cute and sometimes borderline tacky table accoutrement!! These suit my fancy and are fun for a day or two to set the stage for the real tabletop decor - the FOOD!!

Thanksgiving decor

Thanksgiving Turkey tabletop

Tuesday November 09, 2010

Tabletop Tuesdays:
Hot Pot Top Tip

Try saying that three times fast!!
How many times have you lifted a pot lid to peak or check on the progress of your dish to find you've scorched your fingers?  Granted some of the All-Clad pots now have heat-resistant lid and pot handles, but many don't.
And leave it to my oh-so-clever Mom to come up with a solution for one of her pots.  Check it out:

Two wine corks - how simple!!  Love you Mom.

Tuesday November 02, 2010

Tabletop Tuesdays:
the Power of an Heirloom Spoon

Sometimes it's just a well-worn serving spoon that brings someone back to their grandmother's kitchen.  In this case, it's Jim's grandmother's serving spoon that he inherited when his Uncle Junie died. In fact Jim reminded me that he was the only relative that wanted the old worn spoons. Most of his cousins and even his brother and sister viewed it as junk.  But Jim views this old hotel silverware as a priceless, meaningful connection to his past.  Now can you see why I love Jim and why we are together.  We are truly sentimental.
What's really special about this spoon is how it is clearly worn on the left side from years of serving up those home cooked meals!!  Everytime we use this spoon I can see it transports Jim to his grandmother's table.

Tuesday October 26, 2010

Tabletop Tuesdays:

Halloween has really taken off as an all-out holiday.  You can really out do yourself if you're not careful - so many choices in the stores and between Martha and Country Living Magazine, you have no excuse!!

As for me, I have to confess, I have fallen short in the the homemade table decor category this year.  I have so many things vying for my time.  However, because I always have my eye on things, am an avid catalog reader and shopper, I do have an extensive closet of decorations.  I must say TJ Maxx isn't just for the fashionistas!! And if you wait until after Halloween, I bet you can pick up some great decorations on sale from Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and Williams Sonoma.

Here's my table:
Table runner from last year's Crate and Barrel catalog; tin pumpkins from TJ Maxx - 4 years ago; and indian corn and mini pumpkins from the farmer's market - this year.

Oh, and my favorite TJ Maxx score - the candy corn dish.  Don't you just love it?

Tuesday October 19, 2010

Tabletop Tuesdays:
What are your Favorite Trivets?

Growing up my Mom and Nana kept them standing on their sides next to the stove for easy access. One was wrought iron thingy, one was a decorative tile and sometimes it was a cutting board.  It depended on how many oven-to-table dishes were on the table at one time.

I have two favorites.  Both were gifts from neighbors.  In fact, as I think about it, they both live(d) in the same house.  Our friend Bob sold his house to our newish neighbor, Ricki. Bob is an ironworks artisan/metal sculptor and he made a trivet just for us. It's oh so perfect as we abut Beartown State Forest.
And Ricki, who knows I am chicken CRAZY gave me this one:

I keep mine on the counter with easy access to the table but I like to look at them because they both make me smile and think of two lovely friends!!

What are you favorite trivets?

Tuesday October 12, 2010

Tabletop Tuesdays:
Use placemats to create table runners

I bought these gourds and wanted to make a great fall table centerpiece but they looked naked without a table runner.  
Brainstorm: I had these great twig placemats in the cupboard and thought they would make the perfect backdrop for the gourds.  What do you think?  

And as it turns out - it's a great tip - use 2-3 placemats to create a table runner.

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