This is the second year in a row Shay and I have hosted Canadian Thanksgiving at our place - which happens to fall (pun intended) in October. I do the cooking - and Shay does the decorating. These place cards are a culmination of both our ideas - easy to make and add the perfect touch to any Thanksgiving table.
What You Will Need:
- Mini pumpkins or gourds
- Card Stock/Place cards
- Pen or printer
- I like things to looks perfect - as I have odd looking printing, so I printed everyone’s names onto clear labels using my computer. If you don’t have the things necessary to do this - just print the guests names on the place cards nicely and voila.
- Using a sharp serrated knife - make a slice in the top of the pumpkin about a 1/2 cm deep between the stem and the side.
- Then facing the knife away from the stem, slice diagonally towards the first slice.
- Make sure it is a thin slice and on enough of an angle so that the card can sit nicely.
- Once the cuts have been made - wedge the place cards in. I find the gourds “bleed” a little and this actually works well to adhere the cards in and stabilize them.
- Place them at each persons seat and you’re done!
Tip: I like to seat couples and best friends away from each other forcing people who might not normally chat make a new friend and be more engaged, makes for a more interesting evening!
After visiting the Apple Farms this past weekend - we had enough apples to feed an army. Though I may be good at cooking - I am NOT good at baking. This recipe is my take on a healthy “apple pie” (minus the crust). I have never been a huge “crust fan” either so this is my kind of pie…only the filling!
While at my uber healthy friend Sophia’s house, she whipped up this fruit concoction for her daughter - and I had the leftover’s with some non-dairy ice cream…So thank you Sophia for the inspiration!
What you will need:
- 2 apples
- 1 large mango
- 2 pears
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp liquid stevia
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Cut all of the fruit into cubes - any size is fine - I prefer mine about the size of a sugar cube.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add the coconut oil, fruit, cinnamon and stevia.
- The fruit will start to bubble a bit and get a tad “saucey”. Just keep stirring it for about 7-10 minutes and your compote is done. (I still like mine to hold shape and have a bit of a crunch).
- Once the compote has cooled a bit - scoop it on top of your vanilla ice cream (I like coconut milk ice cream) and ENJOY!!!!
We try to do something new and different every weekend. We get pretty stuck in routine and doing “normal” and unexciting things (like cleaning out the linen closet) and commit Sunday’s to Fun! I know everyone doesn’t live in LA - but try find new and fun things to do in your area that take you away from the stress, normality and the mundane tasks of life - even just for a few hours.
LA doesn’t get that real “Autumn” feeling so we took a little road trip to Glen Oak to go apple picking. Unfortunately we were about 2 months late for the picking part - but got to enjoy all the joys that apples and fall foliage have to offer.
Two caramel apples, a slice of apple pie, apple cider and a piece of apple cake later…we got our much needed “fall fix” - and are apple’d out until next year…checkout our little adventure below:
The typical “car selfie”
The road leading to the apple farm - oh, the colors of fall!
Some of our “apple haul” we brought home…
Photo-op…I have four hands…oops!
Two inspiring and kind fans we met!
A little pumpkin amongst the pumpkins…which one to choose…
Perfect scenery and weather…for a photo shoot…
These tasty little things…we got three!
Not apple pies…apple mountains…
Didn’t see any bears…but saw farm animals…
This gal was crazy…
She wanted the hat…
I almost stole this little guy….thats Thelma and there was also Louise…how fitting :)
We were two seconds away from buying this little guy…but we didn’t…he needs a farm, not a house…
I don’t think this pig moved an inch…
A little ode to Shay’s star sign - an Aries otherwise known as a Ram, who was rather persistent I must say…ahem…
This cookie did not make it home with us…thank god…would have probably had to of put it on the roof rack haha
Oak Glen Village…
The sunset driving home…a perfect Sunday!
Stay tuned for a Healthy Apple Recipe to follow!!!!