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Gourd Place Cards

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The warm colors and unique shapes of the ornamental gourds I harvested just a few weeks ago lend the perfect touch to a holiday table as they highlight how I am feeling this time of the year. I am thankful I can bring the outdoors in when the nights get chilly. I'm thankful to the garden for providing abundance and color to my life. And I am thankful to my friends and family who will help me to enjoy the results of days toiling in the soil. My little garden gems are transformed to … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Printables

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Spruce up your Thanksgiving traditions this year with these fun new (and free) holiday printables from Evermine/My Own Labels. We created some elegant decorations to display at your annual family feast including a new Alphabet Garland in Magnolia style (shown above). Don't forget to decorate your dinner table with custom place cards and printable acorn napkin wrappers too! These Acorn Napkin Wrappers are a unique addition to your holiday table. Available in three autumn color choices, … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Spice

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A bottle of pumpkin pie spice can be a really handy thing to have around the house, especially during the fall season when pumpkin and apple flavored baked goods are in full swing. Unfortunately, most store-bought versions are stale and exorbitantly priced, so I like to make myself a big homemade batch from whole spices to use throughout the season. This year, because our pumpkin harvest was so bountiful, I've decided to give a few of our smaller sugar pumpkins away to friends of ours who … [Read more...]

Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

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When the holidays come around I think of large stuffed turkeys with all the fixin's, the aroma of fresh herbs like rosemary and sage, and a tart but fresh tasting cranberry sauce. With all the fresh cranberries available around here the sweet cranberry jelly log that comes in the can just won't be found on my table. I am so lucky to live where the cranberries grow, at least where 17 million kilograms of cranberries are grown in bogs each year. A crisp fall day walking through the cranberry … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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Thanksgiving, for me, is the true beginning of the holiday season. It's a day to relax and spend time with my family while enjoying a delicious turkey feast! This year I wanted to add something special to the usual festivities my family shares, so I came up with this simple centerpiece idea. First, I gathered some pretty branches from my backyard to create a winter bouquet for our thanksgiving table. Next, I ordered some personalized hang tags with the quote, "Gratitude is the sign of … [Read more...]