November’s Arrival

I look forward to November’s arrival and her slower pace after all the activity in October. For us the beginning of November coincides with the leaves at their peak~ unless a monster hurricane comes along and blows them off the trees. . .

 The foliage and pumpkins, along with the flavors of the season slowly build to a crescendo~ culminating and peaking with a Thanksgiving.

Here is a recap from my November archives.

Click on the links if you’d like to revisit or have a taste~

Recipe & directions, here.

Pumpkin Spice Cake Trifle 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Pine Nuts, Baby Spinach & Bacon Dressing~

Picnic with Pumpkins

Pumpkins at the Table

Harvesting, Reaping, and Sowing

Thanksgiving Lakeside

Giving Thanks

Thinking of those who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy and thankful to have heard updates from those who safely weathered the storm with minimal damage.

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday~

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home~

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home~

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

StoneGable for On the Menu Monday~

  31 comments for “November’s Arrival

  1. November 1, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Beautiful! If I had that wonderful lake and gorgeous trees to look at everyday, I’m afraid I wouldn’t get anything *done*. But then, perhaps all needs to get done is sitting, looking, enjoying — letting the soul sing!!!!! Happy Fall!!! Here’s to Thanksgiving!

  2. November 1, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Mmmm….love your setting! I don’t know where you live but I like it! Our trees are bare here! Love that centerpiece you created! Such a great idea with the apples mixed with the flowers! Love your sentiment with the “giving thanks” We all need to do that a bit more. This hurricane certainly ruined a lot of lives.

  3. November 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Thanks for all those beautiful views, Mary — love them! Have a great November. :)

  4. November 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Such beautiful photos. That sunset is simply stunning. I’m going to try that sweet potato salad. I just happen to have all of the ingredients on hand. :-)

  5. November 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I loved seeing the recap of all the gorgeous past articles. What a wonderful idea it is to revisit the beauty of the past. Love your photos of the trees. I am enthralled with fall foliage. always.. Happy November! xo marlis

  6. Kathy Cummins
    November 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Mary, I was just sharing your blog with my husband and realized you live on Lake Norman. Do you know Barbara and Jim Starr? Your pictures are fabulous! Thank you for sharing your many talents and putting a little something special in our day.

  7. November 1, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Mary, I think you are always busy, no matter what month! Love seeing all the previous posts.. xo

  8. November 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I can’t imagine living anywhere prettier than on your lake. Autumn is my favorite season, but TX doesn’t offer up anything as exquisite as this, Mary. Thanks for the recap of your tasty Autumn goodies. I want to make the sweet potato salad……….Sarah

  9. November 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    What a wonderful post!

    I am going to print out FOUR of these recipes!

    They sound scrumptious.

    This entire post was scrumptious…pictures, recipes, emotions.

    Absolutely lovely.

    Thank you for linking.


  10. November 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    It’s a gorgeous Fall post, Mary. I was just thinking about getting out my turkey plates. I think it’s high time.:-)

  11. November 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    This came at the perfect time. I am to bring a salad on Sat. so I am going to do the raosted sweet potato salad, it will be PERFECT! Your pictures, view and surroundings are magnificent. Oh, to be able to set an OUTDOOR table for Thanksgiving! AND have the trees at their peek! Glorious. Still praying for all those who had such loss due to this storm. We feel VERY fortunate. XO, Pinky

  12. November 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    What a lovely post…..I do so appreciate all your pictures and set one as my desktop for today. The sunset was stunning as was the red leaf picture. The colours on all the pictures were superb…and a blessing.

  13. November 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    What inspiration on these pages! I remember every one of these posts… how nice to see them and gather wonderful ideas! I I HAVE to make that pumpkin spice trifle… it is beautiful!

  14. November 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    OMGOSH! What wonderful, wonderful photos- They are magazine worthy!!! xo Diana

  15. November 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you so much for the recap…I meant to make the Potato Gratin last year and forgot…copying the recipe now to make this time…

    I’m glad you were spared the ravages of the storm. So many were not so lucky. I too am thankful to hear my friends in NJ, NY, PA, RI, MA and ME have weathered it fairly well with minimum damage although most lost power.

  16. November 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Looking forward to planning my menu. Thanks for the recipes.

  17. November 1, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Can’t wait to make your potato gratin!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  18. Marie
    November 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Your blog is incredibly amazing! I spent quite some time going through it today and I enjoyed every image and post I read.

    Truly inspiring!

  19. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    November 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Gorgeous pics, great colors and you know what I want now? Gratin! Alas, I lost everything in the fridge/freezer/etc, gotta fix that on Saturday! I welcome November, big smiles here Mary:@)

  20. November 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    As usual, your photos are fabulous. For us in Maine, the peak is over and now the trees are baring, but I do have one more chance for a little color when I return to Houston.

  21. November 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you so much for your calming words of a peaceful November and gorgeous photos. I tend to get a little uptight as the holidays roll around and the ‘to do’ list gets longer! You’ve just lowered my blood pressure :)

  22. November 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Such beautiful Images!

  23. November 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I am always refreshed and inspired to come to your blog. I can see I’ve missed seeing a couple of fabulous fall posts from the past with the photos you have on this post. So I’m off to see everything I have missed. I have literally spent hours perusing your gorgeous, wonderful blog and have enjoyed every minute of it. It’s like going to a beautiful place that I don’t want to leave. But then, darn it, I have to come back to reality. You are so very very talented Mary, and I SO appreciate you sharing it all with us.


  24. November 2, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I keep pinning and thought I better stop and tell you what a wonderful collection of recipes and ideas you have here. I love it all. Can’t wait to make that pumpkin trifle!

  25. Gay
    November 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love the crisp detail of your photography. Could you tell me what camera you use? I am in the process of replacing mine.

    • November 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you. I have a Nikon D60.

  26. November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Mary, I am enjoying looking at your beautiful pictures as I sit here with no heat, power or water. Our foliage is gone with the winds except for a few low lying trees. We have wires and trees everywhere and lots of destruction, so I’m trying to escape through blog reading on my intermittently serviced cell phone! Think of us up here — it’s going to be 28 this weekend!! I’ll be back next week to click on all your links. Linda

  27. November 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I wish we still had some fall color left here! I think the drought this summer stressed our trees and the leaves dropped sooner than usual.

    Gorgeous sunset photo – as all of your photos are! Your potato gratin has me drooling all over my desk ;)

  28. November 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Mary – simply stunning eye candy. That sweet potatoe salad looks scrumptious- I will try it soon. Love love love your table by the lake.

  29. November 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Mary, your photos are beautiful! I’m in Ohio/Indiana, and our leaves are long gone although we are still raking! We’ve driven past Lake Norman on our way to Hilton Head for vacation in previous years and marveled at how beautiful it is! Lucky you!

  30. Pat
    November 5, 2012 at 12:49 am

    The hurricane blew away most of our fal foliage so i enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos, Mary. I must try your potato gratin and sweet potator salad!

    Thank you for all your kind words of support for the Hurricane Sandy victims. I have been voluteering at a temporary shelter in Brooklyn the past few days for people that lost their homes. It is wonderful to see how many people are helping and donating goods that are needed

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