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Thanksgiving Tablescape

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away?  To jolt myself into that realization, I took some time to play with tablescape options for Thanksgiving Day.  




It's a lot of fun to mix patterns, textures and color combinations using placemats, napkins, napkin rings and dishes.  And, it's all about personal preference - there's no right or wrong way to do it (in my opinion) - just find a combination that appeals to you.



For this tablescape, I set the table with four place settings, but will add more for our Thanksgiving meal.



I started with a square woven goldtone placemat as my foundation.  They were purchased at Kohl's.  Topping the placemat was a dark Fall charger with embossed leaves, for a definite touch of Thanksgiving.  For more on these chargers, see my previous post HERE.

Next I added a white stoneware dinner plate.  This basic white dinnerware set is so versatile and has been a great buy - it can be paired with most any color combination for any oc…

Scented Cinnamon Ornaments

It's really not your imagination - this is another post relating to cinnamon ornaments!  The good news is that this one has awesome results!




If you missed my last two attempts at making cinnamon ornaments, you can read all about it HERE.  (As an update to my previous post, after wiping the cinnamon salt dough ornaments with a damp sponge, in hopes of eliminating the chalky appearance, they did dry a tiny bit darker, but still not to my liking.)

So I changed gears and turned to a cinnamon applesauce recipe that I tweaked a bit.

Scented Cinnamon Ornament Dough

1 cup applesauce
1-1/4 cup ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
Plastic drinking straw

Preheat oven to 200 degrees (Fahrenheit).  

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients ... except the straw!  :)

I used my stand mixer with a paddle attachment, but it's not necessary - you can mix easily by hand in a bowl with a large spoon.


The dough s…

Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

After getting into the holiday spirit by making the burlap and book page stocking ornaments (you can find my tutorial HERE), I had visions of making aromatic tree ornaments to fill our home with the seasonal scents of cinnamon and spices.   There are tons of recipes online for cinnamon salt dough and all seemed super simple so I jumped right in. 



The ingredients are basic - flour, salt, cinnamon powder (and a variety of spices) and water.  All items we keep on hand in our everyday kitchens and pantries.  And to think that these items could be miraculous turned into delightful ornaments for the holidays!

The equivalents varied by recipe, and the first recipe I tried (do you see where this is headed?  LOL!)  called for:



1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup warm water



I gradually added the water while stirring and it turned into a wonderful dough.  Looked and smelled perfect.  




Rolled out easily with a rolling pin and I used a cookie cutter to make…