taking stock for thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Right about now I start making lists…if it’s thanksgiving for four or 24, I make lists.   My walk through Waveny this morning and the tree just outside my back door made me realize how much I love warm yellow-orange and red for my Thanksgiving table, but it was Janet’s Thanksgiving table that was my real inspiration.  Most of our recipes come from books we’ve collected over the years that Williams-Sonoma gives out for free.  The little booklets contain tried and true recipes and gorgeous photos.  Ours date back to 2004…I hope they have a new one this year.berries from Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT and woodfire candle by IllumeThanksgiving recipe books from Williams-Sonomafall foliage in New Canaan, CT                                                                                                Will you be cooking this year?


  • The Buzz Blog

    One of us will be, and the other escapes to the Hudson Valley to be wined and dined by in-laws. Either way, we love setting a great table for the holidays! Your pictures are beautiful, Annie.
    C + C

  • Steve@UrbanCottage

    I love bitterweet. What a beautiful photo.

  • Ashlyn@Pinecone

    I will be cooking and hosting – and I REALLY need to get to the list making. I have been working more hours this year though and feel like I am behind on everything. You always know that you will get everything done….some how, some way; but I still let myself get stressed about it. I really should just save my lists from year to year! Hey – why don’t you just send yours to me : ) !!

  • pve

    Lovely. I shall think of my list on an index card that I carry with me as only for four which in many ways seems so much less daunting than for 24. I do think that “blessed are the poor in spirit” shall be my theme this year and feel that somehow my meal shall all come together. I keep a Thanksgiving Holiday Binder with all my recipes and notes. It is fun to look back at.
    Stop by Wednesday, I have some fun illustrations that I did…..Thanksgiving Good Eats on the menu.
    Mailed you package today. I included some extras.

  • Rachel Schindler

    I have a three ring binder dedicated to Thanksgiving with all the Williams Sonoma Thanksgiving books that I have saved through the years. Great minds think alike…Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Nancy... Noticed

    Oh, Annie I love your photo’s! I have bittersweet in my home each year too. it’s brilliant colors look grand in any setting! And the maple leaves are stunning!

    How funny, I too have been collecting the William-Sonoma Thanksgiving booklets, and my earliest is from 1999. Great recipes and ideas for traditions old & new! Thanksgiving will be in our home this year since our son has a hockey tournament through out the weekend. We will be hosting our family who live in Chicago, and look forward to a memorable feast after a community worship service and a turkey run!!!

  • louse cadwell

    Hi Annie,

    I am loving your photos. Will you tell me what camera you have? And if you are pleased?
    Found your blog because I was looking for “whites” and what people were choosing.
    We are in VT and Boston and just renovated a VT house, struggling with having painted it too much white! A lot is atrium white Ben M. Very white. But your photo inspired me. Thank you! We write a blog too, on website cadwellcollaborative, it is educational and making it beautiful is one of my requirements.

  • jackie @ marin mama cooks

    So funny Annie about the William and Sonoma mini Thanksgiving cookbooks. My favorite sausage and chestnut stuffing comes from the 1999 edition, I think. I remember making it for the first time when I was pregnant with Zoe and since then it has become a tradition. I still have the booklet and I bring it out each Thanksgiving. I actually think this year my kids might like the stuffing. They were always put off by the chestnuts, but they their tastebuds have grown over the year, so we will see!

  • Amber

    I’m so behind this year! I just looked back on my paperwhite post last year and I’d already had them planted for two weeks at this point! I don’t even know what we’re doing for Thanksgiving either. Some of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving come from those free booklets they hand out and I also have a cookbook I bought from WS, called the Thanksgiving Cookbook that I bought when I hosted my first Thanksgiving, love all their recipes. Beautiful pictures you have here too!


  • Kathy

    I love your bittersweet. I will be cooking. I love this holiday. You inspired me to pull out my paper and pencil and get on with my list making. I had been procrastinating. I feel much better now that I have my lists. Thank you! We are traditional in our meal. I have gathered recipes from various magazines over the years. Those that make the cut are stored in the black binder of family favorites. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  • Karen

    Beautiful photos as always Annie. Funny that you find table inspiration from others when I have found my table inspirations from YOU several times! One of the joys of the small blog world I guess.

    My married daughter is hosting Thanksgiving for the first time and I can’t wait….I know it will be special. And I’m moving a couple of days after Thanksgiving so I’ll be a little busy! 🙂

    I know the holidays will be special for your family in your new home…so fun.


  • Marianne

    I just picked up the latest Thanksgiving booklet at Williams-Sonoma over the weekend and am adding their beans wrapped in bacon to my menu this year. They always have the best ideas. I host Thanksgiving dinner every year and just love it so much. I do all of the cooking and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  • Katie

    Gorgeous! I am in charge of dessert for 12, so will be making pumpkin pie and a caramel, blackberry and apple crumble. Can’t wait!

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