Reprise: Thanksgiving at our house…


Hello dear readers,

This in no way resembles what the house looks like in real time. By this point I have become the person who the child refers to as “Boss” and who the sainted man that married me is kind enough to endure. They are probably setting the table, laying the fire, or trying to ignore the string of invective coming from the kitchen. I am cooking. I am cooking pretty much what my mother cooked and her mother cooked before her; which entails rising at dawn to have canapes out by four o’clock and the feast on the table by five. I know there are all sorts of ways to prepare in advance, but I don’t. That’s part of what I like to think of as heritage thrills. The difference in our house is that for dessert we (and I’m referring to myself and my maternal ancestors) make something called a Schaum Torte – I’ll put the recipe up later – it’s a cloud of caramelized meringue topped with berries and whipped cream – luscious any time of year.

Happy Thanksgiving – wishing you friendship, happy families, and a good crack at the wishbone, V

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  1. November 22, 2012

    Beautiful! Happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours.

    • November 23, 2012

      Likewise! Portland… I hope you get a chance to go to Powell’s 🙂

      • November 23, 2012

        We went there today in fact :-). Always a blast there.

  2. November 22, 2012

    Hope you and your family have a lovely day 🙂

    • November 23, 2012

      Thank you, darling! 🙂

  3. November 22, 2012

    Heritage thrills, love it. 😀
    Is it safe to assume that this beautiful room was off limits for the family until its unusual level of neatness was witnessed by others? Not that I would do such a thing of course…. 😉

    • November 23, 2012

      This room became an extension of the dining room – oh so many people for dinner – we required more than one table!

      • November 24, 2012

        It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I hope the cursing from the kitchen beforehand didn’t scare any extras away! 😉

      • November 24, 2012

        Nothing could scare that horde away!

  4. November 23, 2012

    Dearest Vickie,

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I’ve taken my blog offline for the time being to focus on a new endeavour, but I’m still here, whistling in the shadows, and promise to return with a new posting soon!

    Love from London,

    Atreyu x

    • November 23, 2012

      Hello darling!
      I like the sound of that – best wishes on the new endeavor – and looking forward to your posts anytime.
      Love from LA,

  5. November 23, 2012

    Tell me about that blue and white bowl…? Age, origin etc.

    • November 23, 2012

      Coming out of a post Thanksgiving daze — the punch bowl is Victorian — Doulton — I think it was my great grandmother’s…

  6. November 23, 2012

    I so want to run across that floor in my socks and sliiiiiide! Seriously you home is so warm and lovely.

    • November 23, 2012

      I will have to mop them to facilitate the slide — sticky from Thanksgiving!

      • November 23, 2012

        To borrow again from Summer Roberts…. “E

  7. November 23, 2012

    that was supposed to be “Eww” but I hit the return key and then enter…OY!

    • November 24, 2012

      I could probably identify all food stuffs, cranberry sauce, gravy, etc. — but that would be too OCD, even for me!

  8. March 16, 2013

    Warm and beautiful just like you. xoxo

    • Heather in Arles
      November 25, 2013

      I bet that response made you feel good. It is true too. What a lovely home. My goodness.

      • November 25, 2013

        Thank you! And Lisa is a doll! She’s taken a hiatus from blogging — last Thanksgiving her world kind of crumbled (it’s on her blog) but I hope she’s back soon.

  9. Luanne
    November 25, 2013

    Vickie, this room is so lovely. I feel as if I am settling in and won’t leave.

    • November 25, 2013

      You are most welcome, and believe me, it looks like this in short intervals only 😉 .

  10. George Kaplan
    November 25, 2013

    Vickie Lester: Master Cook, Perfect Hostess, Terminator! Your home is beautiful. Unsurprisingly. 😉

    • November 25, 2013

      Terminator, Crime Boss, Tiniest Tyrant… Have you been talking to the Mister? 😉

  11. George Kaplan
    November 25, 2013

    That would be telling! You can boss me anytime…!

  12. November 28, 2013

    Lovely room Vickie.My whole house of treasures is very tidy for short periods of time also.I could never be a complete minimalist.I greatly admire the traditional Japanese aesthetic for example and could live with that.Most modern minimalism leaves me quite cold on lots of levels.If I wanted to live in a cell it might be a lot easier to commit a crime than spends lots of money achieving -the look.

    My eyes are drawn to lots of items in your room,one after the other.Now just what is that picture of the vintage liner?I have always thought that vintage linewrs like vintage hotels are intensely romantic and intriging,both at the same time.

    • November 28, 2013

      Captain Robert Dollar was a tycoon who had interests in lumber and shipping — the Dollar Steam Ship lines spanned the world, but with the Depression and his death (in 1932) the empire crumbled.

      I’ve lived in very modern houses, and once you’ve been there a while it’s no longer minimalist 😉 . Have a great weekend!

  13. December 8, 2013

    Vickie,Thank you.I shall look up the Dollar Steam Ship lines in just a minute.Sounds very exciting.

  14. November 29, 2014

    Jealous of the piano… my cottage is so small we can’t get one in the door. Making due with a keyboard, which sounds good but there’s just something about the feel, sound, and look of the real thing.

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    November 25, 2015


    • November 25, 2015

      What a pleasure to see you here! xox, V

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