COUNT DOWN TO THANKSGIVINGEven tho it is a little chilly here, the sun is bright and shiny and we are not Buffalo. We are a bit over 4 hours away from Buffalo and the Tug Hill Plateau Region of New York. For those who keep hearing about the Tug Hill Plateau but not sure what or where it is... It is made up of Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Oswego Counties and (depending on where in the region you are) it is 2 to 5 hours away from the Capital District. We travel this area a lot (in much better weather, of course) for the Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence Sea Way, Rochester, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Syracuse and Utica. Much of the year Western New York is stunning, but winter...not so much. For a description of what the Tug Hill is here is a blurb from Wikipedia...
Tug Hill is an upland region in upstate New York in the USA, famous for heavy winter snow. The Tug Hill region is west of the Adirondack Mountains and is separated from them by the Black River Valley. Although the region has traditionally been known as the Tug Hill plateau since it is flat on top, it is actually not a plateau. Technically, Tug Hill could more accurately be called a cuesta since it is actually composed of sedimentary rocks that tip up on one side, rising from about 350 feet on the west to over 2,000 feet in the east.
It is definitely a must see part of our state.
Back to the Thanksgiving count down.
I own two great Thanksgiving coffee table books; WILLIAMS-SONOMA THANKSGIVING ENTERTAINING and THE THANKSGIVING CEREMONY NEW TRADITIONS FOR AMERICA'S FAMILY FEAST by Edward Bleier.
This contains planning the celebrations and the table, regional traditions (New England, Southern and Californian) and ideas for meals the week end after (again for those like me who don't shop, but stay home and continue the holiday through the week end.) It includes recipes for everything from soup to nuts. It also has craft and decorating ideas.
This book contains the history of Thanksgiving, a real fun and thoughtful Thanksgiving ceremony and inspirational Thanksgiving Day material.
I keep these books out for the month of November, they are so festive.
A look at some of my little pumpkins around the house. All of these pumpkins were found in packages of gourds and it is a quick, easy way to make sure every room has a touch of the holiday. I found some at JoAnn's, The Christmas Tree Shops, Pier 1 Imports and The Oriental Trading Company (some are bowl fillers.) I like to put them in "peek-a-boo" (for lack of a better word) places.
On top of books.
In baskets and trays.
On shelves, ledges and counters.
ONE OF THE MANY THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR EVERY YEAR.
Framed copy of the Constitution with another glitter turkey keeping watch.