Thanksgiving Garland {DIY)

IMG_5671I don’t know about you but I am busy! This time of year is so full of friends and family and celebrating that trying to carve out time for a craft or decorations is as challenging as running a marathon…I kid, but not really. With that said, now is not the time to cut corners. The hours spent baking your leftover Halloween pumpkins into puree for your holiday pie gives you time to reflect on all the things to be thankful for. The care in kneading your homemade rolls gives your mind rest from the everyday as it wanders to all the joy this season brings.

As you pin your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, your thoughts lean toward the laughter and family that is to come at the end of the month around the table filled with food, fun and laughter. The shorter days and darker evenings lend themselves to huddling in the kitchen around simmering pots of cider, warming the body and the spirit.

I am looking for something little; a sweet, easy, craft to bring a bit of November charm to the house for thanksgiving. Nothing crazy, mind you, just something for my hands to do on these foggy and chilly Oregon nights. This Thanksgiving Garland is perfect for adding a little celebration to the dinner table; you could even make a minute one to be a pie-topper on your pumpkin pies. See full blog and tutorial at My Craft Spot


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To being thankful for the little things,

Marcella Rose 

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Autumn Cocktail Party

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The days are getting cooler.  The leaves are turning and starting to fall. The Harvest is here and it calls out to me.    It calls me out, it calls me out of my silly working life, it calls me out of my mundane tasks and it calls again and again.  It calls me out…outside, “stop being silly”, it says in its cadence, “close that computer and come play in the fallen leaves, in the pumpkin patches, in the cool autumn evenings.”

The trees let the sun’s light dance in their leaves.  Spinning, twirling, whirling around before the tree slowly lets them go, dropping to the ground.  They blaze in so many shades of red, yellow, orange you can hardly count them all.

The fruit is bursting with ripeness, the buds and blooms of spring and summer seem a distant memory, replaced by heavy, ripe, plump fruit emerging, and the garden grows, it grows and grows. Tomatoes start to shine bright in banners of red and yellow hues, the peaches drop from their stems, heavy-swollen with juicy goodness.

The earth is in full fall swing and calls us out to a cocktail party.  I shouldn’t say no to a mother, especially this mother, Earth.  So I plan a little soirée.  A few friends to help me celebrate the sun and the fading of summer and the bounty it has brought to us.  To praise the mother’s glory we make things fresh and bright, rich with her bounty.



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The New Tomato Martini

Place two to three small tomatoes in a shaker

Add ice

A mist or splash of Vermouth

Fill with Gin or Vodka

Shake

Plop a tomato into a Martini glass rimmed with salt and pepper

Pour and find your new favorite savory cocktail

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Peach Whiskey Smash

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Place one to two peaches, sliced, into a pitcher

Add a handful of mint

Macerate with the handle of a wooden spoon

Fill with ice

Add 2 Parts Whiskey to 4 Parts Soda water filling pitcher – melted further dilutes

Stir

Serve with peach slices for garnish

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Grown-up Lemonade

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Mix the juice of 10 lemons and 10 Tablespoons sugar in a pitcher until dissolved

Fill with ice

Add 1 cup St. Germaine

½ bottle of champagne

Fill with cold water to the top

Garnish with see-though-slices of lemons

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Sip, breath, enjoy for autmn is here.

Marcella Rose