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a plant based thanksgiving

November 25, 2013

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a plant based thanksgiving

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today, i’m excited to talk to you about serving a plant based thanksgiving meal. i’ve told you this story before, but nine years ago when i told my family i was going to be a vegetarian the first question they asked was,”but what will you eat for thanksgiving?!” well, we’ve all come a long way since then, but it’s still one of the most frequent questions i get. since then, we’ve had years of delicious thanksgiving meals, sans the turkey, cheese and heavy cream.

years ago i heard someone talking about how many americans were emotionally attached to meat. hotdogs at ball games, hamburgers at cookouts, turkey at thanksgiving. for some reason, it struck me as odd. even kind of gross. i mean, i didn’t want to be emotionally attached to meat! i know there are lots of different feelings, beliefs and emotions surrounding food so my intention here is not to change or upset anyone, only to share with you the way we do things, why we do it and how it makes us feel.

so this year, you won’t find any turkey on our table, but instead a wholesome and hearty feast of plant based courses. they will leave us feeling fully satisfied, but not ‘over done’ and there will be no need to diet afterwards (well, maybe just a little). we’ll be energized after our meal, instead of exhausted and in need of a nap!

below are are a few of the scrumptious thanksgiving courses we’ll be having this year. i hope you enjoy browsing them and maybe trying a few!

main course: this is the trickiest course to fix vegan and still make people feel like they had a filling fall feast. it’s easy though with these recipes!

vegetable wellington redux (sans the cheese). this is a decadent course that truly feels like a special treat!

- ultimate vegan lentil loaf – a tried and true favorite!

holiday stuffed pumpkin- a center piece that must be carved and stuffed!

miso sesame winter squash – delicious and beautiful!

- celebration roast – the ultimate in vegan sophistication, this roast is simple and delicious (just heat it up!)

side dishes and salads: it’s easy enough to prepare veggies for side dishes, but the trick to thanksgiving is using seasonal spices & ingredients that makes the meal feel really special.

pomegranate, kale and wild rice salad (sans the feta) – the most delicious salad i’ve ever made!

garlic mashed potatoes – with ingredients like rosemary and lentils, this is sure to be a hit!

my favorite biscuits – easy and delicious.

roasted fingerling potatoes and brussel sprouts (brussel sprouts are my favorite).

roasted pumpkin seed hummus don’t throw out the pumpkin seeds!

shaved cauliflower salad – light and yummy.

herb spiced stuffing – i like to add apple sage field roast to my stuffing, too.

dessert: the best part of all!

baked apples stuffed with cinnamon date pecan oatmeal

- vegan pumpkin pie – i like to make the gluten free one, it’s so yummy!

apple cider float – yumyumyum.

coconut ice cream – my favorite plant based ice cream (doesn’t taste like coconut!).

what will you be serving this year? we would love to hear about your menu and favorite recipes!

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tabletop trees

December 18, 2012

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tabletop trees

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tabletop trees

tabletop trees

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tabletop trees

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i’ve been enthralled this season by the decor trend of tabletop trees. often small, lopsided and a little scraggly, i love the unique feeling of sweetness they have. some are fully decorated, some look as though they’ve had lights thrown on them, and others are left totally natural and bare. they’re perfect for small spaces, budget decorating or anyone who wants to add a twist to the traditional tree. though i already have my tree for the season, i’m tempted to go get a little guy to put across the room! i think they would even be nice to leave up year round (sans the ornaments).

what size tree do you have this year?

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dinner ideas 12.14.12

December 14, 2012

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happy friday, friends! i discovered a new recipe haven this week, 101 cookbooks. i can’t get enough of heidi swanson’s recipes! i’ve tried 4 so far and none of them disappoint. these will be added to my regular favorites and i will no doubt start cooking my way through her blog.

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monday: i tried my hand at making this artisan rye bread and simple tomato soup- both of which were phenomenal. the bread calls for cocoa, caraway, carrots, coffee and maple syrup (among other delicious components) and the end result was rich and layered with flavor after flavor.

this simple tomato soup was indeed simple, but incredibly complex in flavor. i put a scoop of wild rice in each bowl and topped mine off with a dollop of vegan sour cream. with coconut milk, curry, coriander and cumin each bite is bursting with flavor!

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tuesday: we had leftover soup and rye bread (it was even better the second day!) to which i added this heirloom apple salad. i used my food processor to thinly slice the apples and celery which made this dish simple and quick to throw together. the dressing was by far the best part- it calls for rosemary, garlic, white wine vinegar and sour cream (i used tofutti’s vegan version). it was amazing!

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wednesday was cold. it was so cold and all i could think about eating was chili by the fire. so that’s what we did! i made my favorite sweet potato chili recipe and we bundled up by the fire and ate till our bellies were full and our bones were warm.

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thursday i returned to a recipe that had piqued my interest earlier this week on 101 cookbooks. this miso sesame winter squash recipe was another home run, full of flavor. i topped it with fresh arugula, basil and toasted almonds and served it a wild rice and quinoa blend. delicious.

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friday i plan to make this pan fried tofu, kale, and stir-fried noodles dish but instead of regular noodles, i plan to try out these new (to me) organic black bean noodles.

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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printable cooking envelope

December 12, 2012

hey guys! i’m so excited to welcome back the most lovely abigail page as a contributor for going home to roost! after taking a short hiatus to get hitched (you should see their wedding website!) abigail is back and will be popping in each month with a pretty printable for you. i hope you’ll enjoy these and join me in saying, welcome back abigail! we’ve missed you. :) xo, bonnie

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Handmade gifts can be some of the best – especially when they’re edible! However, there just seems to be something wrong with loads of gorgeous holiday cookies that represent hours and hours of baking… on a plain paper plate with green plastic wrap. These festive cookie envelopes are the perfect way to present just the right amount of sweet to your favorite recipients.

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These can be printed on any lighter color of card stock, and the liner can be made ideally from wax paper (more detailed instructions are on the printables themselves). The closure is where it can get really fun – buttons, ribbons, and washi tape are what I used but I would love to do some with yarn pom-poms, big stickers… it’s really endless. One tip – flat cookies that are less than three inches in diameter work best with these envelopes. If you try to put a very round cookie in there it might not close all the way. Four tiny cookies would also be a really cute option.

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I used this recipe for red velvet crinkle cookies that you can find on my blog here.

printable cookie envelopes!             WED3

Have a fantastic Christmas with your families and friends! -abigail

chapter and page Abigail runs her freelance business with her husband, and when she’s not designing they love to go camping, listen to good music, and go on foodie adventures together!

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a golden gift guide

December 12, 2012

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a golden gift guide

with shiny ornaments, strings of light and holiday parties in full swing, i can’t help but be drawn to all things golden. it’s winter’s way of shining through these dark and chilly evenings. it makes the season feel special, glittery and unforgettable, don’t you think?

1) gold scallop garland – $16 | 2) golden twig pencils – $13 | 3) faux gold deer – $99.99 | 4) double band brass ring – $62 | 5) large gold paper bowl – $68 | 6) vintage cube necklace – $24 | 7) gold porcelain mugs – $120 | 8) you make me happy when skies are grey – $40 | 9) gold leather mousepad – $35 | 10) gold leather clutch – $73

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*update! we’ve been at it again! be sure to check out this year’s chalkboard packaging ‘take 2′ with new tips, doodle ideas and instagram inspired gift tags!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

as i mentioned earlier, one of my favorite things to do each year is choose a gift wrapping theme. one year it was recycled newspaper, the next was huge glittered initials for each package. last year i used kraft paper and made pretty bows, and this year i’m making ‘chalkboard’ packages! with a little black kraft paper and a few white paint markers, i think they’ve turned out to be really cute. here’s how i did it:

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

the first thing you’ll need is some black craft paper. i got mine right here and though i’m super happy with it, you should be warned: it’s a HUGE roll! i was so surprised when it came in the mail, i guess i didn’t take care to check out the dimensions! so anyways, we might be doing this next year, too. ;)

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

next you’ll need a white paint marker that will show up well on black paper. after some trial and error and visiting my local scrapbooking store, this is what i came home with:

1. tim holtz distress marker in ‘picket fence’. this one looks very ‘chalky’. it goes on clear, but quickly dries in white.

2. sakura pen-touch white. this is the one i used for almost all of the packages. it’s easy to work with and still hasn’t run dry, so one is probably plenty!

3. crayola white colored pencil. not the greatest option, but it does show up if it’s all you have.

4. painters opaque paint marker. this is another good option. the point is a bit finer than what i wanted, but would work great for detail work!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

the next thing you’ll need is some good ideas! i took some time to sit down and jot down a few ideas before i got started so that i would have something to reference. really anything goes! just in case you would like to use some of the same motifs, i’ve made this a download for you to reference. just click on the image above and print!

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

christmas chalkboard packaging from #goinghometoroost

so there you have it. my ‘chalkboard’ packages that have been so fun to make! they are simple, affordable and really cute all bundled together.

what are your packaging plans this year?

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gift guide for the hostess

this hostess loves to make people feel welcome, warm and comfortable. she makes dinners and gatherings feel special, but not pretentious. her love for cooking and homemaking is what brings people to gather around her table and they give thanks before diving in to the delicious meal. she is kind, talented and always someone you look forward to being around.

1) six stainless steel straws – $18 | 2) ash wood cutting board – $32 | 3) sparkle and shine tissue tassel – $45 | 4) 22k gold rim dish – $28 | 5) give thanks banner – $17.50 | 6) mason jar shaker set – $16 | 7) handmade cardamom marshmallows – $6.50 | 8) dahlia tea towels – $26 aud | 9) carved handle bottle opener – $20 | 10)  the hostess mug – $15 | 11) square doily coasters – $19 | 12) earth textured candlesticks – $29.99 | 13) paper mache bowl – $15

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addiah holiday showcase

November 30, 2012

Posted by in handmade

addiah holiday showcase

the addiah collection is taken from its namesake, which in hebrew means adornment. the online shop is filled with items that will inspire you to lead a life lived simply and beautifully, true and natural. with item for the women, the man and the home, there’s a bit of simple beauty for everyone (even the dog!).

*EXCLUSIVE discount for GHTR readers! Enter code ‘GHTR’ during checkout to receive 10% off your order, expires 12/15/12. thanks, virginia!

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