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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Table Tops & Thankfulness


I love everything about this table setting.
the casual yet elegant vibe, those golden goblets rising above
the eclectic place settings & cutlery,
the lovely apricot-colored embroidered linen napkins tied up in
the pewter acron napkin rings.
but most of all I love the color of the roses, those beautiful roses.

& when we are all seated around our holiday table let us all remember that
we are, indeed, thankful.

us Catholics say these, it's a ritual from the time we are children,
Before the meal

Bless us, O Lord! and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. 

After the meal

We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, who livest and reignest world without end. Amen. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

& because each one of us may add something additional to the prayer, we go around the
table and ask what they would like to say thank you for...
I always ask for blessings of the fields, the animals of our Earth,
& I tell the Lord I am delighted with the way my sonh & daughter-in-law have provided
a wonderful home for my 3 little grandchildren.

I ask each one of you to remember the military and their families as they have given so very much..

& that we pray for politicians who seem to be lost sheep,
they need to work for the common good, not their political party,
or we need a new broom which will sweep them all out of DC.

I think Whoopi, Ophra, Donald Trump, Dylan Ratigan
would make great Joint Presidents.
we need a little bit of everything they've got.

Happy & Safe Holiday weekend, my friends.

I am so thankful I have you in my life.

now, some more prettiness, let me know the one you like the best.

carolyne roehm's connecticut home






making the arrangements,
along with a bottle of champagne

NOW, for something scrumptious...

Raspberry Ricotta Chocolate Cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
Serving Size: Makes a 6 inch round cake.
Raspberry Ricotta Chocolate Cake | Playful Cooking
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I use dutch dark cocoa powder)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt). In a separate bowl, whisk egg and sugar until they’re mixed together. Add oil, ricotta and milk and give another whisk. Empty the mixed dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl and whisk again. Finally, drop the fresh raspberries and using a spoon, mix it lightly.
  • Pour the cake batter in a six-inch round baking pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until it’s baked through. Check by inserting a knife or tooth pick right in the center. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
If the cake turns brown on top but remains uncooked in the center, leave the oven door partially open and continue baking.
this recipe & photo courtesy of the lovely cooking blog Playfull Cooking, found here where you will find many more photos and commentary about this divine


  1. Gorgeous table settings.
    There is always things to be thankful for.
    Happy Thanksgiving.


  2. Marsha,
    Gorgeous inspiration here! I love all of these and I really need some ideas for my table! Wishing you and your family a nice Thanksgiving! A very sweet post this was! xx Kim

  3. Thanksgiving is coming, thanks for share with us the cake recipe and those amazaing table settings!

    New post:
    Facebook Page Bonjourchiara

  4. Just lovely!
    Barbara from Ct

  5. Oh yum! Number 6 looks like a table I would set with all the blue and white and shades of orange. Number 3 looks so very cozy - and the smell of pomanders is always a favorite. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  6. I love the first table setting! That raspberry ricotta chocolate cake looks delicious!


  7. Marsha ... wonderfully written. Your photos are all so pretty - number 3 and 7 are my picks! This recipe looks and sounds tres yummy .. thank you for sharing with us. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving..hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

  8. Happy Thanksgiving! Picture 1 is my preferred one.
    And your header is simply gorgeous.

  9. Wow, those are beautiful makes my simple setting look so sad!!!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  10. Stunning table settings - WOW. I like # 2 and 7. That cake recipe sounds sinful but yum yum yum. Will have to make it after Thanksgiving and decorating is completed.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving pretty lady,

  11. The cake recipe sounds yum and looks divine! Will have to try it!
    Any table settings or rooms with candlelight is always relaxing and inviting. Images 2, 3 and 7 are my favourites. Thanks for the reminder about gratitude. Thanksgiving is not a celebration observed in Australia, but it's always the right time to stop and mentally give gratitude. It takes you out of your day to day problems somehow.
    I like your Christmassy header!
    Deborah from Melbourne

  12. Wanted to pop in to say hi and a warn and happy Thanksgiving to you!!

  13. With my heart still in Colorado, definitely #3, nothing like a romantic fireplace & beautiful table setting on such a thankful day. Beautiful post Marsha & thank you for the recipe! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your lovely family.

  14. The cake will be DONE!!!

  15. Bonsoir chère amie,

    Je n'ai pas réussi à vous laisser un commentaire sur votre dernière publication. Le système ne fonctionne pas !
    Quelle belle fête vous avez dû avoir ! Ce billet est merveilleux et quelle superbe décoration !...
    Aujourd'hui vous méritez de vous reposer tranquillement.
    Un gros bisou à vous !

  16. Marsha, the tables look divine but those utensils in the first photo are too big for my hands. I think I'm developing arthritis and am noticing things like that more and more.

  17. Happy weekend! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday! Hope you are relaxing!


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