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Apple Placemats

Placemats add a decorative touch to any holiday table, as well as to every day settings. They can be made or decorated with minimal effort and time, and will add a certain charm to the decor. These can be created with pre-made placemats, if desired, making it an even easier project. Materials: apple stencil placemats, […]

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Baked Cheese Pumpkins

This recipe is great as a snack, or can be made for a Halloween. Children will love helping you make these, once they have cooled. 8 slices paleo bread 4 slices white cheese pumpkin cookie cutter Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (can be wiped and reused later). Place 4 slices of bread on the […]

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Apple Candle Holders

This project is a great accompaniment for autumn place settings, and can be placed on the dinner or picnic table with the place settings. They are affordable to make, as you can often find bags of tea light candles for a couple of dollars, and the apples can usually be purchased fairly cheap. Materials: apples […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright September 13, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Apple Place Markers

Apple place markers are adorable and easy to make. A place marker is used to help you to put each person at a specific place at the autumn-themed or Thanksgiving table. Materials scrapbook paper in a solid autumn color other than the color of the apple embellishment (or in an autumn print), cut to 5″ […]

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Pumpkin Napkins

The napkins will add a decorative touch to any holiday table, as well as to every day settings, and will go with the Pumpkin Placemats we made a couple of weeks back. These can be made or decorated with minimal effort and time, and will add a certain charm to the decor. The napkins can […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright September 13, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Leaf Place Markers

These leaf place markers are so cute and easy to make. A place marker simply allows you to put each person at a specific place at the autumn-themed or Thanksgiving table.

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright September 13, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Mini Pumpkin Place Markers

Mini pumpkin place markers are so cute and easy to make. A place marker simply allows you to put each person at a specific place at the autumn-themed or Thanksgiving table. Materials scrapbook paper in a solid autumn color other than the orange of the pumpkin (or in an autumn print), cut to 5″ x […]

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Mini Pumpkin Candle Holders

This project is a great accompaniment for autumn holiday meals, and can be placed on the dinner or picnic table with the place settings. They are affordable to make, as you can often find bags of tea light candles for a couple of dollars, and the pumpkins can usually be purchased fairly cheap. Materials: mini […]

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Pumpkin Placemats

Placemats add a decorative touch to any holiday table, as well as to every day settings. They can be made or decorated with minimal effort and time, and will add a certain charm to the decor. These can be created with pre-made placemats, if desired, making it an even easier project. Materials: pumpkin stencil placemats, […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright September 5, 2007. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Chili-Topped Nachos

Have I mentioned yet that I love autumn? It is my favorite season. The colors. The scents. The feel of the air as the season changes. The foods and beverages. The trips to the orchard. I love it all. With the cooler temperatures comes a desire for heartier foods; and to cook more. I decided […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015 http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Roasted Sweet Potato And Squash

The harvest was good this year, and netted quite a few squash from my parents’ garden. Of which, they ever so nicely shared. I’ve experimented with stuffed squash recipes, and used some squash in the recipe below. The outcome has been good on everything. This recipe can be changed up by using different types of […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015 http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Successful Harvests

My parents had a successful harvest this year, and they always seem to plant enough to share with my siblings and me. It started with the cucumbers that mom brought over, a couple of times. Once, because she knew I was visiting with my daughter, she sent some for me to take to her. There […]

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Harvest Salad

My parents had a good harvest this year, and they passed some of their bounty on to me and each of my siblings. I love fresh produce from the garden. Mom was proud they weren’t using anything toxic on the food. Homegrown food tastes so much better than store-bought. Of course, I had to make […]

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September Baking Day

I love September because it’s the month I start having huge baking days each year. I had one such day on the 9th. Mind you, it was still quite warm, and I rent a room so it heats up quickly. At this point, the AC is used to keep the temperature regulated on baking days. […]

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Autumn Sausage Slow Cooker Meal

Autumn is here, and I’m using the slow cooker more and more. I love this time of year! The beautiful colors. The smell smoke from a wood stove here and there while out walking. And the aromas coming from kitchens as people are baking and cooking. The squash I used in this recipe came from […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29. 2016.

Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Red, White, and Blue Parfait

A simple treat that can be used as a side to any meal, or a snack, or even as a dessert. And, they are great when served at Patriotic holiday tables. Small children can help with this one as well, if you cut the grapes yourself. Keep these in the refrigerator until they are ready […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Watermelon Stars

These snacks are so easy to make, and are great fun for children to help with. Be sure to do the cutting with the knife yourself, then set them to making the stars while you prepare the cream. You will need a medium size star cookie cutter, or a set of different size ones. Set […]

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Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Berries and Cream

In trying to come up with some easy patriotic recipes, I find myself concentrating a lot on berries because of their brightness of color. Fresh, they are the tastiest fruits to use. Try picking them on your own for the most affordable way to get them. Growing them is easy, or you can find them […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright February 13, 2015.

Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Fruit Salad

Salads are great for patriotic holidays, because of the sheer number of color combinations of the different foods that might be added. This salad concentrates on combining reds, whites, and blues, in a tasty way that will make your mouth water. Sweetness, with a bit of tang. Perfect for the Fourth of July or any […]

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Turkey and Squash One-Pan Meal

Now that Halloween is over, we start looking ahead to Thanksgiving, and even to Thanksgiving leftovers! There are so many ways to use these leftovers, that’s best to plan ahead. Make more of everything than you cook, and you’ll be able to experiment with new recipes to your heart’s content. Ingredients leftover turkey leftover roasted […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 5. 2015. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Harvest Soup

Autumn is my favorite season. I love watching the leaves change, photographing yards dressed up for the autumn months, and creating new recipes from the foods local farmers are harvesting. While Farmer’s Markets may seem expensive, you really can find good deals when shopping them just before closing time. In-season produce is often on sale […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright February 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Patriotic Berry Parfait

I love berries and coconut cream, and this parfait recipe 🙂 This dessert parfait can really be eaten any time, but is great for patriotic holidays. It will pack some nutrition into your holiday meal, as well as provide some sweetness without going overboard on fat and calories. This is a great recipe for children […]

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