Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall Decorating, Fruit Cake and Homemaking Weekend Link-Up

The other day, I let our almost 10-year-old son, Michael, take some photos around the house.  As I was going through my pictures from the week, I found all the ones he'd taken.  There's shots of all the family, a few random things, and then a picture of each of our fall decorations!  I thought that was pretty sweet!  Here is a picture he took of all the kids' pictures. Michael is the second from the left on the top.
 So, since he took the time to take them, I'll feature them today for my Holiday Weekend Link-Up!  Here is an adorable Thanksgiving feast set that I bought for a really good price from a local artisan at our city's annual holiday bazaar.  Mom and I are getting excited about going to it this Saturday---I wonder what treasures we'll find this year?
 These scarecrow and fall picks replace the pink cherry blossoms I did have filling this pretty blue jar.
 I bought this cute turkey the first year that Jamie and I were married.  His plea of desperation, "Send Out for Pizza" has always cracked me up!
 This cute little scarecrow is resting on a shelf between my vintage cookbook collection and my vintage collection of O. Henry books.  That little brown recipe box belonged to my great-Grammy Annabelle.
 After looking through the pictures, I thought it would be fun to sit and go through some of Grammy's recipes.  Here are a few that I thought were neat:
 The one at the top left is a letter from her friend, "Your Loving Friend until the end, Doris"  It's a recipe for Mrs. Peabody's Prize Sponge Cake.  Doris asks Grammy, "So Dearest, who are you going to cook it for, the future?"  Ha!!  The second on the left is a recipe for Hood River Unbaked Cookies.  I'm sure my mom can tell me more about this one so I'll update if she's got anything to add.  The newspaper clipping is from November 10, 1982 and gives instructions and tips on making fruitcakes for the holidays.  The small index card on the left is a recipe for Date Marshmallow Log that is pretty much the same thing in a different form as the Top Secret Ancient Family Thanksgiving Recipe that I posted a couple weeks ago! 

Speaking of fruitcakes, here's a recipe for Mrs. Bradley's Dark Fruit Cake.  Mrs. Bradley was Grammy's mother-in-law---my great, great grandmother.  What a GREAT recipe to have! ;)  Is anyone interested in having the recipe?  If so, let me know in the comments and maybe I'll post it in a day or two!
Well, it's time for another Homemaking Weekend Link-Up!  I'm so excited by all the interest in the link-up and I'd love for anyone interested to link-up her homemaking posts today!  You can do more than one a week, if you'd like, and please make sure to take a button and link back to this page so others can visit as well!  The button is at the top of my sidebar!

One more thing, have you entered my GIVEAWAY?  Please do!  Have a great weekend!!

Also linking with:         

Learning to Live a Surrendered Life and:


  1. Michael did a great job, Sarah. These are beautiful pictures! Happy Thanksgiving!..Christine

  2. Wonderful photos, I really like, especially the third with those beautiful pumpkin.

  3. Don't you love how much our Autumn decorations mean to our kids? That is so neat that he took pictures of everything! I love the pictures of your children! I have a picture wall in our house too! So fun! I also love the pictures of your grandmother's recipes! What a precious legacy to pass down!

    Thanks for linking up today! Happy Thanksgiving, friend!

    Mrs Mary Joy Pershing

  4. HPS!

    I love these old handwritten recipes. They are a treasure!


  5. Hi Sarah..I love the turkey saying, "Send out for pizza"!! so cute.
    Have a happy Pink Saturday and a lovely Thanksgiving too.
    xo Tami

  6. So beautiful!

    My PINK, have a great weekend and festive Thanksgiving celebration!

  7. Cute photos your son took around the house! I love your darling Thanksgiving set! Hugs, Cindy

  8. Well, I can hardly believe it is Thanksgiving already. Seems like we just planted our flowers...I am so very thankful for many ways God has blessed me...I give HIM all the Glory!I ask for many blessings to come your way through this holiday season!

  9. Oh what a precious post, Sarah!!! And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your whole family!!


  10. Thank you for stopping by my blog. HPS!

  11. Hi Sarah...

    I just think that is so sweet, your son taking photos of your family's Thanksgiving decor! It goes to show you that our kiddos DO enjoy all the extra little touches that we add during the holidays! I love the little pilgrim feast...it's adorable! I was reminded of all the recipes that I have from my dear Grandmother. She made a recipe box with her favorite recipes for me when I was first married...nearly 36 years ago. A few of the recipe cards are typed but most of them are handwritten by her! It's such a treasure to me!

    Thank you for sharing this sweet post with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week, dear lady!

    Warmest wishes to you and your family for a blessed Thanksgiving!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  12. Yes! Please share the fruitcake recipe. What a treasure.

  13. Hi Sarah, hope you have been well. I miss your encouraging comments on my facebook page. ;)
    Love the beautiful pictures. Hope you share this year's bazaar finds with us.
    Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!


Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I read each one of them and love to respond back to those who visit! Please consider signing up for EMAIL NOTICES so you'll have a reminder of our weekly HOMEMAKING PARTY---and more! Have a wonderful day!

Mrs. Sarah Coller

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...