Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,

I was over at Tasha's house the other day with Winslow, who said, "I think the new roof looks rather cheerful." Winslow spent the end of summer and the beginning of fall adding new cedar shingles to his grandmother's house, a job that has taken him through summer's high ferns to autumn's bright foliage...and will continue for much longer as he makes his way around the whole house. He posted a stunning photo of the finished portion of the roof in his latest tea story on the website, too!

Beginning the project in August...still lots of green!

The new, finished portion of the roof is indeed looking rather cheerful against a blue November sky. You can clearly see the difference between the new shingles in the foreground and the old in the background.

There are many other cheerful things to be found in the late-November sunshine...

There is a threshold in Tasha's barn where the darkness meets the whiteness in a moment of intense sunlight. The light was so strong my camera couldn't quite handle the contrast! What an uplifting experience to walk from the dark, chilly side of the barn into the warm, bright side.

On the porch, I found the remnants of candle-dipping...a copper pot full of wax candle ends, to be melted and reused next year, and a box (made by Seth Tudor) filled with wax-tipped dipping sticks. 

In the Pantry, beeswax candles lie in a shaker box lid, ready to be our companions for the quiet, cold nights of writing and reading. 

There are a few beautiful yellow ware molds used for Thanksgiving cranberry sauce in the kitchen.The original recipe for the sauce is in Tasha Tudor's Cookbook. Jen Tudor shared some tips on making your cranberry sauce a special success this year. Here's what she had to say: 

"The Tudor family makes Tasha's cranberry sauce each and every year, sometimes not just for holidays! It's tried and true and tradition. However, I couldn't resist sharing some of these flavorful "additions" that you might add to the basic recipe.
- Use half chopped rhubarb and half cranberries.
- Add 3/4 cup honey instead of 1 cup sugar, 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick
- Add 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary while simmering and 1 tblsp. balsamic vinegar at the end.
- Use orange juice instead of water and add the grated zest of one orange.
Enjoy and from my family to yours, have a peaceful and thankful holiday."
(more of Jennifer's Recipes here on our website)

Thanks for sharing, Jen!

As you head into the holiday (I'm sure many of you are busy in the kitchen already!), remember to take a moment and truly be thankful. What gifts of blessed beauty are within reach of grateful hearts...take hold of them.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  1. And a wonderful Thanksgiving to you, Natalie! Thanks so much for the trip back to Tasha's, and to you and Jen for the suggestions for cranberry sauce. We love my own recipe here, but I (fortunately) tasted some of my roasted Brussels sprouts at lunch today and found them sadly lacking. I think I'll try Jen's suggestion of rosemary and balsamic vinegar to perk them up!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Natalie, I cannot express how excited I was when i found this blog, I became theowner of one of Tasha Tudors books, 18 years ago and that book is now a well worn treasure.I used the wattle fence idea, owl idea and just many many things that Tasha encouraged us to make for our selves.We have left our farm of 30 yewars to retire in town and thee isn't a day I don't think of my life there, this blogs only brings those memories to life more so, thankyou so much for posting such wonderful peeks into such a wonderful place.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Tudor family, I am so very thankful for all ya'll share. Bright blessings to each and every one of you!!!

  4. Dear Natalie,

    A happy Thanksgiving to you and all the Tudor family! Thanks for sharing the great ideas for spiffing up cranberry. :)



  5. Happy Thanksgiving Natalie!!!
    Greetings and blessings to all the family Tudor .
    Jorgelina from Argentina.

  6. What wonderful pictures! I like the idea of adding ginger to my sauce, thank you!

  7. What could be better than to have a cosy warm home, candles lit and most of the day already prepared, a cup of tea and a visit to Rookery Ramblings to find that I can visit Tasha's home at the start of this special holiday. You never cease to surprise and delight my heart so! Much love and warmth sent to you all! So very ~Thankful~ for the love and life you share. Patti King and family p.s. The roof is oh so wonderful, how comforting it must be... snow and rain welcome!

  8. Thank you for your e-mail. I hope you and your family have a wonderful thanksgiving. God bless you and yours.

  9. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Such a lovely post ~ Winslow has done a fabulous job replacing shingles. I am reading through my "Forever Christmas" admiring Tasha's Advent wreath & getting so much inspiration for the Holidays as always ♥

  10. What a job for Winslow! Does he do slate roofs? Ours could use some help! LOL

  11. Dear Natalie and Tudors,
    I do hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We roasted our turkey in our tin kitchen as Tasha did and it was delicious! I am so thankful for my open hearth:-)

    How I love cedar shingles. I am glad to see Winslow is remaining true to the character of Tasha's home. Great job!

    I hope you 'll share pictures when it is all finished. Cedar shingles are just so New England:-)

    And I must say that I love my new Tasha planner! Everyone who loves Tasha must have one! Just the right size and all the lovely pictures--oh a joy!

    Take care,

    Suzanne at Blueberry Cottage

  12. What a great job on the roof! Gee, wish he could come and do our old house!

    Amy is hiring us to present our program, DRESSING A COLONIAL LADY' in Brattleboro this coming summer. We hope lot's of Tasha's fans will come see us as Adam helps me dress in all the layers of a c. 1760's gown! We bring lot's of my reenactment clothing for all to see as well. We are greatly looking forward to it, and to meeting family and friends of Tasha~