Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Thanksgiving Tea

While I want a thankful heart all year long, November is the month especially devoted to giving thanks.  So I got out my Thanksgiving dishes to share in today's post.

Those who know me well, know I have a thing for dishware, and I have them for many holidays.  The Thanksgiving themed dishes pictured below were purchased from a catalog many years ago when service for eight was sufficient for our family.  As the kids married, and spouses and grandchildren were added to the family, I ordered another set that's not identical, but compatible.  Now, our family size has exceeded the extra set!

The dishes aren't fine china.  The backstamp reads "fine stoneware" Made in China.  But the good news is they're microwave and dishwasher safe, so they don't have to washed by hand. The turkey dinner bell came from Cracker Barrel several years ago, and the brass turkey napkin rings also came from a catalog - Lillian Vernon, maybe?

The turkey teapot, creamer and sugar, called "Thanksgiving," came from Home Goods a few years ago.  Below is the backstamp.  I discovered Myott factory was located in Stoke-on-Trent in England, but was demolished in 2006.  My tea set was made in Romania.

The pattern reminds me of Johnson Brothers, and the teapot has the shape of many Sadler teapots.

My hubby made me the wooden turkey sucker holder [pictured below] several years ago when I used to coordinate dinners for the ladies at my church.  I used them for centerpieces one year. It's been a long time since "Tom's" been out of the china cabinet, but I wanted to share him today.

I bought these salad plates and soup bowls at Mervyn's.  Remember that store that closed in 2004?  Since I only had eight of each, I sold them in my garage sale this summer, but I kept one of each to display at Thanksgiving time.

Now for our tea time treat - Apple Crisp.  My son requested that I bring it to his house last Saturday, and the leftovers stayed there.  The recipe is a family favorite.

Apple Crisp

10 medium size baking apples [half Granny Smith, half McIntosh]
1 heaping cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix together until well blended.  Put into an ungreased 9 x 13 baking dish.

3/4 cup quick oatmeal
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix topping together and set aside.  Bake apples for 40 minutes covered with aluminum foil.  Uncover and sprinkle topping over apples.  Return to oven and bake [uncovered] for an additional 20 minutes until apple mixture bubbles around edges. Allow to cool slightly before serving.  Enjoy!

A perfect dessert for fall and tea time!

Today I'm joining the following blog parties:

Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Artful Affirmations for Teacup Tuesday
Martha's Favorites for Teacup Tuesday


  1. What a perfect set for Thanksgiving! I love it! There is something so warm and welcoming about brown transferware, and the colors make yours so seasonal. Looks like a perfect dessert recipe as well. Yumm!

  2. Dear Phyllis,
    How clever was your husband to make those lollypop turkeys. Absolutely darling.
    I have the same teapot and love it. I also have wonderful old turkey transfer ware plates which I miss since they are in New York and I am in Florida.
    It i s clear you make your holidays special and we get to enjoy seeing them to and for that I thank you, Ruthie

  3. Your thanksgiving china is nice, especially the teapot with the turkey on the side. It would be fun to have dishes like yours for the family gathering. I think apple crisp is high on the list of comfort foods - looks yummy!

  4. I really like your plates -- much more colorful than most Thanksgiving dishes, although I do like them all, and any turkey plates seem to blend well together. I have that same turkey teapot!

  5. Lovely Thanksgiving dishes! Wow! You are all set. And your hubbies turkey is adorable.
    That apple crisp would go down a treat just about now, thank you!

  6. What pretty Thanksgiving dishes! And a delicious apple crisp. Great start to November.

  7. Hello Phyllis,
    Your Thanksgiving dishes are very pretty and festive! I love your turkey teapot! The turkey your hubby made to hold suckers is really cute and popular with the young and the young- at- heart, I'm sure. Apple crisp is always a favourite around here. I made it the other day, also with two kinds of apples. Thank you for joining me for Tea Time. It's lovely to have you.


  8. Your Thanksgiving table will be very festive!

  9. I love your Thanksgiving dishes! Your plates are so festive and I love your teapot. I have not been lucky to find a turkey teapot yet. Such a cute wooden turkey! Great idea! Your applecrisp looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe. Today is nice and sunny. Tomorrow snow!!
    Take care...Nancy

  10. Phyllis, I absolutely love your Thanksgiving dishes and your teapot! Beautiful tablescape!


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