So the SUO DT challenge for this week was Thanksgiving tablesettings,,,,,almost made my lips freeze when I read it...until I decided I could make up a fake menu and decorate it with stamps...Okay, so who really makes Marmalade Glazed Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing? I have all I can do to get that sucker in the oven early enough to be cooked by the time everyone is half starved without glazing it with marmalade first!! And who on earth really starts the meal off with Butternut Squash and Apple Soup??? Martha Stewart? Paula Dean? Maybe Rachel Ray? But common folks like me??? I think I'm doing something because we actually use cloth napkins!! And it's like real turkey, not like a Smart One or a Lean Cuisine!! Pumpkin Cheesecake, RIGHT.....like back in NY when I lived near a COSTCO! But now? Help mom, can YOU make the pies???? Jennifer, can YOU MAKE THE PIES??? I do set the table real purdy, but china??? I don't own any...this pitcher below comes from my most fancy dish set and the one my table will be set with for Thanksgiving. And we will be in our cozy dining room with a reduced number of our family there....since it's the in laws turn for Thanksgiving this year.....BUT that means we are all together for Christmas this year, and for that, I could not be more thankful. I am thankful for a cozy house with pretty pottery dishes and cloth napkins, and we will even take the good glassware out. I am thankful for 4 children with lovable spouses and 7 grand daughters who are the light of my life. I am thankful for a husband who remains my best friend after all these years. I am thankful that my mom lives close enough to celebrate with us now. And you know what? If we have plain old mashed potatoes instead of smashed ones with roasted garlic, and plain old turkey instead of one all rubbed up with jelly.....it just does not matter. I may never be Susy Homemaker, but the food will be yummy, (my family usually tries to keep me OUT of the kitchen) and the company will be lovely......and I will give thanks to HIM, the one from whom all blessings flow. But every once in a while it's fun to dream and imagine I was the type who actually had the house all decorated for Thanksgiving and not the one who has sorry looking pumpkins still out on the front porch from Halloween.....but hey, this is who I am, and the truth is, though I sometimes dream of having a perfectly kept and decorated house, I'd rather be stamping!! Even phony menus are more fun then no stamping at all! So this year, don't sweat it if your table would not make Martha Stewart proud. Just relax, be with the ones you love, and be happy being you! That's what I intend to do!! God Bless you all!!!