Buenas Ideas: Thanksgiving

Well, Thanksgiving is almost here.  How did that happen?  I feel this year has completely flown.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons.  Obviously, the food, but it is also such a great time to catch up with family (or friends) you may have lost that constant contact with.  Holiday traditions are so personal and special to the individual.  This year we're having our Thanksgiving with friends, but family will definitely be on our minds.  I thought I'd put together a quick bit of inspiration for this year's get together.

I love the natural quality of these table settings.  It is so easy to forage items for the table rather than wasting.  Check out the details behind the photos hereherehere, and here.

As a vegetarian, it can sometimes be difficult to really indulge during the holidays.  However, some of my favorite food blogs made it really easy this year!  Check out these recipes, and go hungry no more!!

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake + Vegan Stuffing from The Minimalist Baker 

Hasselback Potatoes from Feasting at Home

Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Food by Mars

Brown Sugared Carrots from Martha Stewart

Acorn Squash from Let the Baking Begin

There are the staples such as a nice bottle of wine, apple cider and hot cocoa, but if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can try a few of these delicious (and beautiful) options.

Cranberry Bubbly from Waiting on Martha

Mulled Wine from Gimme Some Oven

Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate from the Minimalist Baker

Cranberry Sangria from What's Gaby Cooking?

Here's a little freebie for you all!  Download a simple printable place setting card by clicking here.  Then simply fold it in half and put at each place setting. 

I hope you all have wonderful Thanksgivings (or Thursdays if you don't celebrate)!!  

A Trip to the Botanical Gardens + A Quick DIY

One of the perks of being a teacher is going on field trips with the kids.  Recently the Year One teacher and I joined forces to explore the botanical garden, Chagual.  The kids really enjoyed this trip, and I equally loved it.  The guides gave a fantastic tour of the grounds and explained the different plant species so well.  It was so exciting to see the kids asking so many questions.  It was all they could talk about for the entire next week.

This made me think of how anyone can do this.  You can take your children to the nearest botanical garden or greenhouse in your area, or simply plant a garden of your own.  Kids learn so much from experiencing nature firsthand, planting their own seeds, and watching them grow.  This quick DIY is so fun and easy to do with kids.  Last week, we had our International Day at school where we celebrated the United Nation's International Year of Family Farming.  In my workshop, the little ones made seed bombs.  Seed bombs don't explode or anything crazy, but they do make a huge impact on the environment.  People use them during the reforestation process and drop them over the damaged area by plane.  Your little one can do the same thing by simply throwing the seed bomb into an open area, planting it in a garden, or gifting it to someone special.

Step One: Create a small bowl with the clay.

Step Two: Add dirt and seeds inside the clay bowl.

Step Three: Dip your hands in water and form a ball with the materials.

Step Four: Throw it.  Plant it.  Gift it.

I chose to wrap mine up as a simple thank you gift, but I have seen people using them as wedding favors, party favors, in baskets, etc.  Let me know what you do, and share a photo on Instagram with #mpmakes!  I would love to see your creations!

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