The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. TAKE JOY! ~Fra Giovanni
WELCOME to the Take Joy Society. We are a group of ladies who first met because of our love of Tasha Tudor's art and lifestyle. We are broadening our focus to include other artists/writers/people of interest who embody Tasha's philosophy to Take Joy in all the good that life has to offer. Here you will find a record of our get-togethers and resources to help you see that the gloom of the world is but a shadow so that you, too, can Take Joy!
....visited Murano where the famous glass is made. . . .
One of the items she brought back from Murano was this miniature vase for her dollhouse room. . . .
This room is rather amazing because she made just about everything in the room, including painting the miniature paintings. . . .
Our craft was to make a miniature pie and a miniature book. We started with the pie. Cindy gave us bottle caps to use as pie tins and modeling clay to make the crust and fruit. . . .
While our strawberry, lemon meringue, and blueberry pies baked we sat down to this beautiful Italian-themed tablescape to have pizza--shrimp/artichoke, cherry tomato/basil, sausage/green pepper, mushroom/black olive. This was served with lemon water and lemon hot toddies. . . .
Our second craft was to make miniature books. Cindy made the inside book lining using shaving cream and two colors of paint to give it a marbled effect. After gluing that to the cardboard cover, some of us glued leather to the outside while one used the marbled paper as her cover. . . .
The books could be strung onto a cord to be worn as a necklace, or put in a dollhouse along with the pie. Our finished crafts. . . .
Thank you, Cindy, for a wonderful Italian Adventure!
November is the pause between Autumnal color and Winter white in many parts of the country. It can look bleak and dreary oftentimes. Perhaps that's why November was chosen to celebrate Thanksgiving--to give us something to look forward to that encourages us to be grateful for what we already have. It is also a time to gather family near and far and celebrate the bond of kinship. I've hosted Thanksgiving for so long that the few times we've been invited to another's home it just did not feel like Thanksgiving to me. Tradition carries with it heart memories.
My menu is always the same except I like to try different vegetables every year. Sometimes I add soup. I also like to vary the way I make the sweet potatoes. I've not changed the Sausage Sage Dressing or Shaker Corn Pudding I've made for many years now. I've always made Heavenly Hash (also known as Ambrosia) and pumpkin pie--two things my mother always made. And of course the Turkey! But we did try Splatch-cock Turkey one year. Since this is the only time of year we have a whole turkey, it is special. I love making the table look festive and always use the tablecloth I made many years ago. Last year I added name tags with my own illustration. . . .
As a young child we always went to Mamaw's and Papaw's farm in Mississippi for Thanksgiving. I remember going along to pick out the turkey at a farm down the road. There were always lots of cousins to play with. By the time I a teenager we'd moved north and we'd usually go to my other set of grandparents. One Thanksgiving, however, my mother hosted her parents and four siblings and their families. There were cousins galore that Thanksgiving.
This month Sarah Ban Breathnach suggests these Joyful Simplicities from "Simple Abundance". . . .
🦃 Write your own personal grace and offer it for the first time on Thanksgiving.
🦃 Fill a basket of food and take it to a shelter the day before Thanksgiving. If you have children, let them hep you shop, load the basket, and deliver it with you.
🦃 Don't rush out the day after Thanksgiving to do holiday shopping with the rest of the world. Instead, make a pot of homemade turkey vegetable soup, write out a shopping list for the Christmas pudding ingredients, create an Advent wreath, and start listening to holiday music.
The Thanksgiving before my mother died I had everyone write what they were thankful for on the back of an artificial leaf. I put them in an arrangement that I bring out each year. Her leaf is always there to remind me of that Thanksgiving.
We often still have family the day after, but once they leave I will start thinking about Christmas. I'll put away my autumn decor and bring out the winter things. Then I'll start making lists of what needs to be done when for Christmas.
If you need a Turkey Soup recipe here is one I posted last year from Mary Mason Campbell's book, "The New England Butt'ry Shelf". Drag it to your computer desktop to print. . . .
What about you? Do you have Thanksgiving traditions? Would you rather host the dinner or let someone else host it? Do you have any special memories from your childhood Thanksgivings?