Tag Archives: Celebrating Autumn

Pumpkin and Marigold Centerpiece

This centerpiece is not difficult to make using a mid-size pumpkin, or even one a bit larger. It can be placed on the dinner table. A second can be made to be used as a mantle decoration. Materials 1 pumpkin sharp knife flower-pot to fit inside the pumpkin large spoon organic potting soil fresh Marigold […]

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Kitchen Craft: Herb and Fruit Slice Garland

Garlands are a great addition to autumn and winter decor, for the sabbats and holidays of the seasons. These garlands smell so good during the preparation stage, as well as for a while after they are created. Note that these fruits are not edible, but the herbs and cinnamon sticks can be removed later and […]

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Pumpkin Fruit Bowl

Fruit bowls are not difficult to make using a mid-size pumpkin, or even one a bit bigger. These bowls, once dried some, will hold the fresh fruit for your Thanksgiving feast. Materials 1 pumpkin sharp knife large spoon fresh fruit, assorted varieties wax/parchment paper, or a towel, or even a bowl if you have one […]

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Autumn Turkey Stew

This is an easy recipe that can be served on a cold, autumn evening. Served in a pumpkin bowl, this recipe will add a decorative touch to the dinner table. Ingredients: water and/or vegetable stock or broth bite size cubes of pumpkin bite size cubes of two different kinds of squash bite size cubes of […]

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Make Pumpkin Bowls for Soups

Serving autumn soups in pumpkin bowls will add a nice element to an autumn feast, or a regular dinner or lunch. Great for Thanksgiving or any day. How to Make Pumpkin Bowls: 1 small-sized pumpkin per person food scoop sharp knife Wash the pumpkins and allow the outsides to dry thoroughly. Cut the top off […]

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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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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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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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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 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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Zowie’s Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Zowie, my 17-year-old daughter, has her own favorite turkey day leftover recipe. Today, after eating a full Thanksgiving meal at 4:00, she was ready to make her sandwich at about 7:00. Ingredients: leftover turkey 2 slices of bread leftover mashed potatoes shredded cheese mayo leftover gravy Shred some turkey. Place the turkey on a slice […]

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Spice Profile: Ginger

This herb is a perennial from the sub/tropics, used in creating different types of recipes. Some perfumes are made using ginger, as are medications and different types of condiments. It’s often used in Asian cuisine. Ginger helps with ailments such as Motion sickness Dizziness Morning sickness Arthritis Note: Consult a doctor if you are being […]

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Spice Profile: Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a wonderful spice used throughout the year, but especially during the autumn and winter months. It is great for use in pies, cakes, puddings, ciders, and more, giving a sweet taste and aroma. Nutmeg aids in (use in small amounts, AFTER consulting a doctor) Flatulence Digestion Vomiting Lowering blood pressure Detoxifying the body […]

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Popcorn Treats

These are simple for children to make, and will be great as a treat or a snack. This recipe is great for autumn days and/or Halloween. Popcorn Treats 4 cups popcorn 1 1/2 cups candy corn or candy pumpkins 1 cup autumn colored M&M’s 1 cup dried fruit Mix everything together in a large bowl. […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 11. 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Candy Corn Trail Mix

Children can make these easily. They make great lunch-box add-ins, good trick-or-treat gift to hand out to the children you know, or even great place markers for guests at a Thanksgiving table. Candy Corn Trail Mix 1/2 cup candy corn 1 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup nuts, any kind 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1 mix […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 4, 2014.

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Apples

Apples are abundant during the autumn months. Sometimes you’ll find yourself with too many. They’ll keep awhile when wrapped individually in newspaper and kept in baskets or boxes in a cool place. You can also make homemade apple, puree and freeze or can it for later use. So, what can be made with all of this apples? Apple […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 2014.

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Pumpkin

Pumpkin is abundant during the autumn months. If you find yourself with a lot of pumpkins, remember they will keep awhile when not cut. You can also make homemade pumpkin puree, and freeze or can it for later use. So, what can be made with all of this pumpkin? Soups and stews Paleo pumpkin Roll […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 11. 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Autumn Trail Mix

This is good as a snack, and would be great as an addition to your Thanksgiving celebration. It is easy for children to put this together by themselves. Store in a jar or package individually for easy snack access. I use store brand items when possible to make this as cheap to make as possible. […]

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