Thanksgiving at Williams-Sonoma

One of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to venture into my other Happiest Place on Earth – Williams-Sonoma, and see what’s new for the season or to visit things I annually covet.

Embroidered pumpkin napkins. 


They were on-sale in the store at 15% off for a limited time only, as they say.  With the heady holiday scent of the mulling spices simmering through the store they rendered me powerless to resist. 


These napkins had friends. Turkeys and squirrels.  Both so cute.

I think we all have something that speaks to us.  I had a whole conversation with these copper leaf cookie cutters.  They kept saying, “You need us, take us home.”  I answered, “Okay.”  Really, what’s the point in arguing?


We usually brine our turkey using Alton Brown’s recipe which is super but I find the juices that run off the turkey too salty to make into gravy so I’m considering a turkey rub that goes on 24 hours before cooking.  Sounds interesting doesn’t it?  It has fragrant notes of chili and paprika.  Yum!


WS also has some recipes online that look delicious.

Another must have is the mulling spices.  You do know about W-S mulling spices, don’t you?  You must get a tin for yourself and a friendBesides making the best mulled cider by just simmering a couple heaping spoonfuls in cheesecloth or a large tea ball in a pan or crock pot, you can simmer this all day long for the fragrance alone.


But my favorite bounty item this Thanksgiving is this ~ our heirloom tomatoes from our garden.  Picked today.  To which I truly give thanks.


Hope you’re enjoying the anticipation of the holidays!

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  1. Sighing as I am always drawn in to linger in that same happy place never leaving empty-handed!
    xo Cathy

  2. Poetry, my dear friend. Poetry. 🙂

  3. Your tomatoes have me DROOLING….nothing like a tomato right off the vine, so jealous! Love WS…..they are better than ever in my opinion!

  4. Lady Kate says:

    I am so envious of your tomatoes!

    As for Mulling Spices, I always have them on hand…great to have the house smelling so wonderful when people com in the door. They always ask if I have been baking….little do they know that I don’t cook!

  5. I swear I could live in the store…it is SO much fun!! Cute finds!

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  7. Tina ~ I love Sur la Table too. So many gadgets! 🙂

    Kate ~ I happen to know you cooked a winter soup yesterday but your secret is safe with me.:)

    Barefoot and Preppy ~ Thank you for visiting today. I agree such a great store. 🙂

  8. apronsandappetites says:

    Those tomatoes do not even look real they are so beautiful! I soooo want them. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. This is the first post I’ve read that actually makes me look forward to Thanksgiving and the holidays. Stuff does speak to me, and I feel happier just walking into Williams Sonoma. Happy holidays my friend.