May your farmhouse table be overflowing with well ~ seasoned victuals, your hearts gay and a family that volunteers to help clean up the dishes come this Thanksgiving eve!

Please scroll down to view some amazing Thanksgiving pictures with some portraying the first Thanksgiving celebrated in this country by the early settlers. You will definitely be in stitches with laughter after you read, "How to Cook A Husband" story that is available for download! Inspiring decorating ideas are also part of this "pictorial vignette" I hope you enjoy! Have fun and thanks for stopping by!


Early Settlers Seeking Provisions this Thanksgiving Day!


Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather's house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
trot fast, my dapple-gray!
Spring over the ground like a hunting-hound!
For 'tis Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood—
now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!


A sampling of a Thanksgiving song written originally as a poem entitled, "A Boy's Thanksgiving Day", by Lydia Maria Child back in 1844. Delightful!


The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621 after the harvest was brought in. This feast lasted three days and was attended by 53 pilgrims and 90 Indians. It was actually a celebration of the successful crops grown by the colonists as well as the Indians. Stew was the entree, so to speak, as it was cooked in a kettle hanging over the fire. Root vegetables from the garden were an absolute staple and if lucky, fish, fowl or game including venison were added to the pot. Forks were not used for this meal but linen napkins were and the cranberry sauce, potatoes, apple pie as well as pumpkin pie were non existent. Water was the only beverage of choice because there was nothing else to drink. What a drastic change from the Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate today!

Thanksgiving Proclamation ruled by King George on November 6th, 1723.


Plymouth Plantation staff preparing mussels and other victuals to re~create a 17th century style meal.


This steamed Pumpkin Pudding recipe though not served in 1621, was among the first Colonial Desserts the pilgrims enjoyed. Available for download and looks delicious!
~Steamed Pumpkin Pudding Recipe~

INGREDIENTS

~ 6 tablespoon butter
~ 3/4 cup brown sugar
~ 2 eggs
~ 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
~ 1/2 teaspoon salt
~ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
~ 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
~ 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
~ 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
~ 3/4 cup mashed cooked pumpkin (or canned pumpkin)
~ 1/2 cup buttermilk

Cream butter and sugar together until light. Beat in eggs. Stir together flour, salt, soda cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Mix pumpkin and buttermilk. Add to creamed mixture. Spoon into greased and floured 6 1/2 cup ring mold. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 350 for one hour. Let stand 10 minutes. Unmold. Today, you can serve it with Whipped cream, In colonial days, it was often served with fresh heavy cream drizzled over top.




Early stepback holds a nice pewter collection dressed with greens, pumpkins, Indian corn and a jolly chalkware turkey. The early lantern brings light to this space and seems to whisper a warm welcome to all this Thanksgiving eve.

I found this darling story that is guaranteed to fill you with laughter, honest, entitled, "How to Cook A Husband" from the Yankee Kitchen Cookbook circa early 1800's, that I thought would be appropriate for Thanksgiving! Please click on link below to view entire story and this is also available for download because you absolutely want to share it with friends and family. Who knows?....... It may even find it's way on your holiday table, right where your husband sits! LOL! Enjoy!


Beautiful and inviting room boasts a farmhouse table that awaits a Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings. A lit fire warms the hearts and souls of family and friends! There is much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day!


The harvest was good this year as the jars reflect the bounty lined neatly in a row on the Pantry shelves. Come winter we will surely enjoy the fruits of our labor as well as Mother Nature's.



The sawbuck table in this large kitchen holds a wonderful meal prepared for Thanksgiving that awaits the hungry guests.


Oh Boy! Nobody's around at the moment.....I wonder if they would notice if I took a small bite!


What a lovely place to gather for the Thanksgiving holiday filled with the spirit of yesteryear! I can just smell the turkey now!


How would you like to be invited to this home out in the country for Thanksgiving? A chicken and a proud duck are the welcoming committee! Invite gladly accepted!


Amazing turkey chalkware collection with antique pewter chargers in the background! Now this is what I call a primitive Thanksgiving sprinkled with style and charm!

Fantastic primitive turkey hand ~ fashioned by the late Dean Johnson of Seven Gates Farm! Very talented person and is surely an inspiration to us all!


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