Thanksgiving Memories


Thanksgiving is such a special and fun day to bring family and friends together. Every year I cherish the Thanksgiving memories.

As I get ready to put our twenty-four-pound turkey in our smoker, I can’t help but reflect back on all of the amazing things I am thankful for.

White Painted Furniture Ideas in Dining Room

Looking Back at Thanksgiving Memories

thanksgiving dinner

Wow. I had kind of forgotten what our Dining Room used to look like. The only real change is the drapes. I bought these striped silk drapes on sale back in 2000 from Restoration Hardware, shortly after we bought the house from Dave’s parents.

Over time the light from the windows caused the silk fabric drapes to shred and I had to take them down.

Of course the minute I took them down, I wondered what the heck had taken me so long!

The table configuration is kind of genius if I do say so myself. The end table is my dining room table and the two side extensions are the table tops I built. They fit snugly on top of plastic folded tables!

Setting the Table

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View of Beautiful Dining Room

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This year we are a smaller group of eleven family members and I can’t wait to spend today cooking, laughing, cooking, playing games, cooking, hugging, and cooking some more.

Soon I will be putting the last of the dishes away and marveling at the Tetris game happening in my refrigerator with leftovers. And yet I know I will be smiling from the fabulous Thanksgiving dinner and family members we hosted in our home.

This Thanksgiving dinner was five years ago and we loved it!

I am so blessed to have the family that I do! Every single person at this table is amazing and even though not all of our family is here, we are all close and love spending time together.

We did have a lot of fun at dinner. I love this photo of the empty wine bottles after dinner …

And the broken “words” below are that I found at the kid’s table. These laser-cut words use to say pumpkins, blessings, traditions, and thankful. Just so you know, the kids were all older than twenty-one. Hehehe.

All it took was a glue gun out and I fixed them in a few minutes. Silly boys …

Look at the rolling pin I used to make my pies!

Let’s Be Thankful

I am so thankful for my family and that they are all home, safely sleeping in their beds, and well-hugged. Life has a way of not always being happy and as we all deal with heartbreak I at least know when we were together we are well loved.

Saeta Family

I am also more than grateful for this amazing community and I love that we all have a place to share what we love and are passionate about. I love your comments, your encouragement, and even when you make suggestions on how I can do things better.

Thank you for being here and being part of my life. I am forever grateful to all of you.

The Best Thanksgiving Plates

Our Thanksgiving Table Flowers This Year

I love that I can fit all twelve of our group in our dining room and I can’t tell you how much I love the flowers I just arranged.

Well, that’s all for fall. It’s all changing to Christmas this weekend. I am very excited about that!

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving Leslie!🦃🍁🧡❤️💛 I’m thankful for you and all that you share with us🥰 Enjoy your beautiful family🤗❤️

  2. You always amaze me how creative you are,I love reading and seeing what you do ….your love of your family is truly inspiring, yes I have to say you are an inspirational woman….I love what you share on here, from recipes. decorating, flowers arrangement,and creative craft..thanking you ..Will look forward to your Christmas ideas…2022.from a lady across the ocean ..far in the land down under …Australia….

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