All posts tagged thanksgiving

NEST … happy thanksgiving | grateful for our daily moments + a few favorites



Blessings to all of you on this Thanksgiving! I am grateful for so many things in my life but so very thankful to be able to enjoy so many special daily moments with my three dear kiddos.

Have a wonderful and nourishing holiday weekend together with family!

Here are a few favorites lately.  Enjoy!  – Julie


The Art of Simple | An Ethical Shopping Guide – some great companies with a conscience

Great article from Hands Free Mama | Six words you should say today


Holiday decor idea | Simple Fern Wreaths

article on GOOD | Five Constraints That Help Me Innovate | from a designer at IDEO


Wall street journal | Inspiring article about Alice Waters | Alice Waters makes the world a more edible place

Savory Delicata Squash recipes | 101 cookbooks – she lists recipes from others at the bottom of the post

Spoon Fork Bacon | Sweet Potato Rosemary Gratin … this is sooo good!!

NOURISH … with raw cranberry relish | sweetened with dates

Enjoy some zesty bites of  this healthy relish with your holiday meal.  This recipe is an adapted version of one that I found in this month’s Whole Living magazine. The blend of cranberry, apple, and orange is quite delicious and the tartness is balanced with sweetness from the dates and the apple.  The zest of orange and lemon adds another layer of flavor that blends well with turkey.

* also try some with a little greek yogurt and granola for an easy breakfast.

RAW CRANBERRY RELISH  adapted from Whole Living Magazine

2 cups fresh cranberries

1 honey crisp apple (or other sweet variety)

zest of one orange

1 orange (peel and pith removed)

1 t. lemon zest

6 dates ( seeds removed)  add more if you prefer a sweeter taste

pinch of sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until just blended leaving it a bit chunky.

This is perfect with turkey, but also very good with a little greek yogurt and granola or added to oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup.

For more Fall |Winter cooking inspiration take a look at these recipe lists.

Thanksgiving Ideas | curated by Heidi Swanson from 101 Cookbooks.

Thanksgiving Inspiration and Fall favorites | curated by Love and Lemons. 

Thanskgiving Inspiration from around the web | curated by Love and Lemons.  These pumpkin bourbon milkshakes they posted look pretty fantastic!

Enjoy and savor the moments and flavors with your family this Thanksgiving weekend!

– julie

NEST + CREATE … with words of gratitude | leaf place settings

Welcome guests this thanksgiving with a simple pressed leaf, hand lettered with words of welcome or gratitude.

We did this thankful bowl below last year and it was a simple way for the kids to express what they were thankful for. They explored outdoors, gathered a variety of leaves and we pressed them in magazines under heavier books (overnight is long enough) Take a white, brown, or metallic silver sharpie and let them write what they are thankful for.  Give them the productive, creative task of writing on leaves to lay at placesettings or have a pile of pressed leaves ready for guests to write on and gather them in a bowl as a centerpiece. Another idea is to collect branches and clip the pressed leaves with mini wooden clothespins and place in a decorative vase or pitcher.


– julie