Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

Contributor post by Jessica of CrochetNature

Thankfulness is on all of our minds this week, but there is so much to be thankful for all year long, including the beauty of nature. Today, I want to share just a couple of ways you can bring natural beauty to your table with some tips on how to make your Thanksgiving eco-friendly!

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DECOR

acorns

Why not decorate your table with nature’s delights? You might be able to find acorns like these in your backyard, but if not, you can find them in Cyndi’s shop By Light Of Moon. They would look lovely spread across the table….

acorn collage
…or in a candle or napkin rings.

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FOOD

Thanksgiving food can be even more delicious if it be organic and as natural as possible. Have you ever tried to make pumpkin pulp from scratch? It’s actually not that hard (my daughter did it with her Kindergarten class) and makes your pie sooo delicious! Here’s how:

Cut a pumpkin in half.
Scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff.
Lie face down on a recycled foil lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350•F until soft, about 45 min to 1 hour.
Cool, scoop out the flesh.
Use immediately or freeze for future use.

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Above all, enjoy the days spent with family, friends, and beauty!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We’d love to hear your comments and your own ways of celebrating an Eco-friendly Thanksgiving!

~jc~

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Half Baked

One of the most loved activities of the cold weather season is baking. Everywhere you go there are warm baked goods to be had, new recipes to try, or the story of a kitchen mishap from the mixer that was on just a wee bit too high (good luck getting the flour off that popcorn ceiling!). Whether you’re making or enjoying, autumn offers some of the greatest comfort pastries known to man.

A staple in most baked goods, there’s a debate in every household over how to crack one of these bad boys open. Personally I use a flat service to avoid shells falling into the mix, but some swear by rapping it against the rim of the bowl. Want to forgo any egg troubles at all? Use applesauce!

Because it is such a festive time, we mustn’t have naked pastries. Whether it be a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar, or something more fancy, such as a themed fondant topper over a mountain of frosting, your sweets will be the talk of the town. Or at least my tummy.

If we are going to be having a fancy gathering with fancy sweets and fancy toppings, one can not simply reach for a pastry. Nay, fancy serving tongs are required. I do hope you’ve room on your plate for the pumpkin roll. I hear it is fantastic this year.

Thanks for viewing this week! Stay hungry!

Frenchie