As promised in my last post, here is my Thanksgiving theme Cabinet of Wonders! TA DAH!!!!
This was actually last year's Cabinet. This year I changed a few things and kept some things the same. Here's a shelf by shelf run-down:
The top shelf sets the tone-- I am thankful for my family most of all.
The Second shelf features my collection of Thanksgiving salt and pepper shakers, a couple of "Hummel" figurines from my Grandmother, and a vintage copy of "Good Meals and How To Prepare Them" that my sister in law gave me a few years ago. The little egg coddler is there to add some autumnal flair.
Shelf three: A tobacco holder that was my Grandfather's, on top of which sits another heirloom salt and pepper shaker from my other Grandma. (OK I'm sentimental, it's clear!) The tiny lidded pot says "Sweeter than Sugar" and held Grandpa's tiny saccharine sugar substitute pills. (He was diabetic). The pretty little bowl and ladle is another heirloom I like to use for jams on special occasions. The double spouted Native American ceramic on the right is a wedding vessel, a gift from my best friend and her husband. Finally, the Flower Fairies of Autumn book nestles in the back. I love those books!
I didn't take a picture of the last shelf last year-- it held some favorite blue glassware.
And now, take a GANDER (har!) at the 2010 Thanksgiving Cabinet of Wonders, starting with the long view:
The top shelf is pretty much a re-run, with a slight change in the Scrabble words.
Second shelf has the Fairie book and turkey S&P shakers, plus a cup and saucer in a favorite vintage pattern by Jewel Tea. I can't find the other turkey S&P shakers and so I might have given them away to de-clutter. (I do that periodically).
Third shelf this year features the Hummel gang again, and an old ceramic rolling pin from England I bought because I liked the golden flowers on it. The metal spoon and napkin rings come from my husband Jim's side of the family.
Here's a close-up on the napkin rings, showing wonderful details like beading, and an autumn leaf.
Finally, the fourth shelf displays a little cook book I treasure from my childhood: "Fun To Cook Book". I think that had to be my very first cook book. I think that little tome will have to get its own post some day soon. The ceramic rolling pin is another vintage piece that my husband Jim inherited. It is now a valuable collectable, printed with vintage advertising for the Columbus Flour brand. The antique (Victorian era) serving utensils from Jim's Grandmother feature graceful cut-work designs. I love them, and I DO use them!
That's it! That's my Cabinet of Wonders, Thanksgiving Edition, 2009 and 2010!
Do you have a display cabinet in your kitchen? What do you put in there? Let me know in the comments. Pretty soon I'll be changing my Cabinet over to Christmas. Wanna see?
Today was a busy day-- I baked two pies (sugarless apple and regular pumpkin), made the cranberry-persimmon sauce, and the Parker House rolls are shaped and rising on the baking pans for later baking tonight. I strained the turkey stock I made yesterday in the crock pot, and will use it to make gravy tomorrow.
Time to curl up with a book and a glass of wine, I think. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!