Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Give thanks.....with a grateful heart!

Welcome to Friends Sharing Tea - a weekly blog party and the last one for the season with a "fallish theme".   It has been fun enjoying all our pretty fall decorations but now we are ready to see Christmas decor so this is one last celebration of our lovely fall.

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln

I pulled out a few of my Johnson Brothers vintage "Devonshire" dishes for this post. I began collecting this pattern in Texas about 20 years ago and am still hoping to find a teapot sometime that isn't $400.00 like on ebay!  

We won't even address the pumpkin orange muffins I made.  Following the recipe - I finally decided I will retry them later at a higher temperature - such as 400 degrees.  The recipe called for 350 degrees which wasn't hot enough for muffins - I think!  

The vase below is a pattern I sold years ago from the Philippines called "Dellarobia".  I am a little sorry I never kept one of the tea sets: teapot, cream and sugar and cups and saucers.  They were lovely- but when you have a store - you can't keep EVERYTHING!

I have poured you a lovely cup of hot spiced pumpkin tea!

I want to wish you a lovely Thanksgiving Holiday Week and say that I am thankful for so many things.  I am especially thankful for the freedom to worship as a Christian.   I don't want to take for granted my freedom to worship freely.

I am linking to other blogging friends: Tuesday Cuppa TeaA Delightsome Life and Tea Time Tuesday

If you are a blogger - please link something about TEA BELOW and please include a link back to my blog on your post!  Thanks for participating in this party:


Antiques And Teacups said...

Perfect post for Thanksgiving. I was going to post the Lincoln address tomorrow as well. LOL! Great minds think alike....Your photos and decor are lovely. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea and I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with good food, friends and lots of things to be thankful for!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Bernideen! Your table looks lovely. I have never seen that JB pattern before. It is perfect for this season of thanksgiving and a cup of Pumpkin spice sounds wonderful. Thank you for coming to tea and enjoy your week.


Snap said...

Bernideen, lovely Thanksgiving Tea. I love Johnson Brothers everything! They just do things right! Thank you so much for hosting. Happy Tea Day and Happy Thanksgiving!

Beth said...

Love your china, Bernideen, and the roses and that VASE - wow, it's lovely! Happy Thanksgiving!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Flowers, muffins, tea and everything nicely set out for our visit.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Bernideen.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi bernideen,
as expected you share a wonderful buffet with tea setting. Love the china, the flowers and for shure the muffins. All looks great and inviting. Thank you for sharing and for hosting this nice event. Happy Thanksgiving.
best greetings, Johanna

The Charm of Home said...

Such a beautiful set of dishes! Thank you for hosting! I love JB! Happy Thanksgiving!

Clara said...

Lovely tea and beautiful china. I need to find some pumpkin spice tea. Have a happy Thanksgiving Bernideen.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a lovely post for Thanksgiving! I adore your brown transferware and hope you can find a teapot to match! Your pumpkin muffins look good to me with the powdered sugar on top. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

I forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed reading the Presidents Thanksgiving proclaimation. I don't remember learning that in school. Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn Miller said...

What a special Thanksgiving/Fall tea. A lovely way to celebrate. The teaset and the vase are beautiful.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a lovely post, Bernideen! Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

As always, a beautiful blog post...the muffins look delicious...will have to give them a try one day! I have quite a few pieces of that Johnson Brother's china...when I saw it, I couldn't resist!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Donna & Miss Spens

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Anonymous said...

Dear Bernideen - Thank you so much for posting President's Lincoln's proclamation of Thanksgiving! What important words we as a nation have so swiftly forgotten over the past 150 years! Perfectly set to inspire along with your Johnson Brothers tea things and dishes - love JB designs - and the dellarobia vase is breathtaking! How could you part with the tea set?!

May you and yours enjoy a blessed and glorious Thanksgiving day!