Seasonally Inspired 5-course Mid-Harvest Menu!

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I just adore harvest season, so crafting this feast was a true labor of love! With squash, pumpkins, apples, cranberries, and the like in such plentitude, creating a meal kind of felt like turning out the contents of the cornucopia onto my kitchen counter and going to town! Here is my 5-course menu with optional […]

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Giving Thanks & Sharing Love ❤❦♪♫

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Though I adore sharing holiday meals with friends and family, I frequently yearn for additional ways to celebrate and bond. And harvest get-togethers with their focus on thankfulness are wonderful opportunities to do just that! The following activity offers a simple yet delightful and touching chance to appreciate and share on this special day your […]

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August Rustic Berry Brunch!!

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“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.” –  Henry David Thoreau In August, the sun is sizzling and the berries are bursting! If your looking to celebrate […]

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Share with your Loved Ones the Art of the Corn Husk Doll!

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  August is the perfect time to celebrate the early harvest (grains and berries), and August Fairs are traditions throughout many cultures all over the world. The Native American craft  of creating corn husk dolls is a wonderful activity to allow you and your family to create together and to really focus on the gift […]

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August Family Fair Sample Menu

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Creating seasonally-inspired menus during harvest time is perhaps one of the greatest joys of meal planning! In August plentiful fresh vegetables, grains, and berries make this delicious task almost too good to be true! As always, I cook with gluten-sensitivity in mind though I still have yet to hear my guests complain ;-)  As with the […]

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August Family Fair Main Dining Table Décor

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An August Fair is such a wonderful and natural celebration! A fantastic summer has now been upon us for some time, and the early signs of harvest are becoming increasingly evident all about! This is an excellent opportunity to share the joys of fresh vegetables of course, but also grains and berries. It was with […]

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What Can We Do at an August Fair Besides Eat?

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  We just had our wildly fun and successful August Family Fair! Two of the aspects of this and others of our celebrations that I am most asked about are: “What can we actually do?”, and “How can I introduce the concept of activities to friends and family without it feeling awkward or uncomfortable?” Please […]

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Celebrating Summer! Sample Agenda

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Balancing a five-course meal and family bonding activities can be tricky. On the one hand, our family likes to relax and enjoy one another’s company. On the other hand, we frequently have activities planned and don’t want to miss out on them, nor do we want them to feel forced and/or unnatural. Please follow and […]

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Summer Fairy Table Setting!

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Summer merrymaking is afoot! With vibrant hues infused wth glistening sun rays, daisies, roses, and pansies proudly strutting their rainbow fineries, and juicy, ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers bursting forth from the garden vines, it is almost impossible to deny there is magic in the midst! This year, I found myself inspired to create a most […]

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Midsummer Festival Sample Menu

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Summer is an amazing time of year, and creating a seasonally appropriate feast to celebrate it is a lot of fun. Many herbs can be cultivated throughout this season, so as far as the menu goes, herbs are in. Summer is also the time of the most sunlight (peaking with summer solstice), and consequently, the […]

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