Sunday, November 20, 2022

A Thanksgiving Table Setting for Children Under Five

Every year I see all these beautiful tablescapes of holiday tables, and I envy them.  I would love to have a beautiful, elegant table to sit down at for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It's not that I'm incapable of creating my own lovely tablescape.  No, I'm pretty good at holiday decorating if I do say so myself.  But my dilemma is I have three adorable little munchkins at my holiday table which I wouldn't trade for all the perfect, beautiful, elegant tablescapes in the world!  My grandchildren are what makes celebrating every holiday more meaningful.  So I decided, in lieu of the typical stunning Thanksgiving table setting you are seeing everywhere on Pinterest and Blogland right now, I'd show you what my Thanksgiving table looked like last year.

I covered the table with an old vinyl tablecloth that was way too small for our table, but it was the only one I had.  A cloth table cloth would just be ruined immediately with stains from the little ones, or my messy husband. 😁

Each table setting had a whimsical, hand-made item by me, whether it be a Thanksgiving figurine, or a paper turkey, plus a Thanksgiving Bible verse, and some corn nuggets (more on that later).

Last year I made these cute little pilgrim and Native American figures out of toilet paper rolls.  It ended up being my most popular post of the year,  even when I couldn't include directions because the link was broken.  Go figure.  The grandkids loved these little figures and played with them all week.

The paper turkey I made years ago following a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. 

The Thanksgiving faith index cards I made two years ago and we have used them every year at Thanksgiving.  The kids love them and they bring a spiritual element to the table.  Each family member picks a card, then reads the Bible verse on Thankfulness on the front of the card, then they talk about what that verse means to them.  The experience takes it a little beyond just mentioning what you are thankful for, since for most of us that doesn't change much year to year (family, friends, health, job, etc.).  You can find more information on the Thanksgiving Faith Index Cards HERE!

Now about the little packet of corn;  our church has a Thanksgiving Eve service the night before Thanksgiving Day.  At the service, the pastor shared the hardships of the early pilgrims and how many had starved to death their first winter in the new land.  He said many pilgrims only had five kernels of corn a day to eat,  and we were sent home with little packets of five kernels of corn to remind us of the hardships of the early settlers and how much we had to be grateful for today.  

Now whether the story is true or a myth I don't know, but I love the lesson the legend can teach us today. 

Legend of the Five Kernels
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 I put the packets of corn on the grandchildren's plates so we could discuss the values we learned from the story during the meal.  The grandkids then decided to try and eat the corn 🤯😆,  so we had to quickly grab the corn bits away from them.  I think if I ever do this again, I would use candy corn.  😀

I have many different styles and colors of plates and cups already in my dining ware collection, and these jeweled toned plates and Harvest Gold glass cups are perfect for a fall table.

Fall paper napkins were used in place of cloth ones, once again, more practical with little ones.

And finally, prior to our Thanksgiving meal, I printed out some Thanksgiving scenes for the grandchildren and I to color.  This was one I colored in using Copic markers.  I displayed it on the hutch next to the dining room table.

I hope you enjoyed reading about how my family and I celebrate Thanksgiving.  I will be taking the week off in lieu of the holiday.  I will return November 29th with a Bible Journaling post.

Have a Great Day and a Happy Thanksgiving.  Amy

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Layering Essentials for Fall with Ageless Style

Ageless Style is a monthly style challenge and link up for women of all ages.   Each month we pick a different theme and style an outfit based on that theme.  This month's theme is:  "Layering Essentials for Fall" and was picked by Joanne.

This November, the ladies of Ageless Style and I are showing  our "Layering Essentials for Fall".   There are so many ways to layer clothes in the fall:  scarves, jackets, cardigans, blazers, etc., but since "Shackets" are really trending right now, I decided to show two completely different ways to layer with a "Shacket".  One is a dressy option, and the other is super casual.

If you don't know what a "Shacket" is, it is a large, oversized, shirt worn as a jacket.  Some materials can be thinner, like the corduroy shacket I'm wearing in the picture above left, and others can be very thick and warm like the flannel above right which has a quilted lining.

Let's take a look at each shacket one at a time.

For my first outfit, I paired a lightweight corduroy jacket with a shift dress.

The burgundy shift dress has short sleeves so the shacket was perfect for keeping my arms warm in the cooler fall weather, but because it is lightweight, I wasn't too warm like I would be if I wore a cardigan.

The shacket has a nice long length in the back, so it will be perfect to wear with leggings too.

To complete the look, I wore tall brown boots, carried a black bag with brown straps, and chose a long beaded necklace and gold bracelet.

For my second outfit, I am showing a casual hiking outfit.  This fall day was much colder than the one above.  I wore a warm white turtle neck sweater under my shacket to keep cozy warm.

This shacket is more like an actual jacket because it has a quilted lining and is super warm.  I love to use this one at home to throw on quickly if I need to run outside.

I chose khaki pants, to coordinate with all the beige I had already going on in the sweater and the shacket.  And because it was so cold, I added a black beanie and white knit gloves.  Because we were hiking, I wore my Merrel hiking boots, but if I were wearing this on the street, I'd probably have such cute booties on.

 If you'd like to purchase either of these shackets,  I found the corduroy one HERE and the plaid one HERE.  I do not make any commission on your purchase, I provide the links for your convenience only.

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Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Hiking the Baptism River Mouth and Cascade Falls Trail in Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

This is a continuation of a travel series to Wisconsin and Minnesota's North Shore.  To start at the beginning, go HERE.   The rest of the posts in consecutive order are HERE HEREHERE, and HERE!

After enjoying the morning soaking in the views at Palisade Head and Shovel Point, we had a nice picnic lunch then headed out for our last hike of the day:  the Cascade Trail.

We picked up the trail behind the visitor's center so we could enjoy the views of the Baptism River Mouth. If you want to make your hike shorter to the falls, you can skip this part and park in a lot closer to the start of the Cascade Falls trail;  but then you would miss out on all this beauty, so why would you want to do that? 😉

Baptism River Mouth Trail

The Baptism River Mouth Trail is a short trail that provides beautiful overlooks of where the Baptism River flows into Lake Superior.  You can also hike a few flights of stairs down to the shore line if you'd like.

This is really a pretty spot, not to be overlooked, so I highly recommend not missing it if you ever get a chance to visit this park.

The rock formations in this area are just breath-taking, and I love all the extra interest the beautiful pines provide as well.

There is a road bridge right above this spot,  so if you want to avoid hiking at all, and just see the view, you can drive onto the bridge and enjoy!

                         Cascade Falls Trail

The Cascade Falls Trails is an easy, 1.8 mile out and back trail that meanders along the river with the highlight of a lovely waterfall at the end.

This is a short, easy trail, so take your time and enjoy all the scenic views along the way!

At the very end, you have to scramble over or around some large rocks, but it is worth it to see this view.  

Cascade Falls is the closest waterfall to Lake Superior so it is small;  the waterfall is like a slide with a 12 foot drop.

It is a wonderful spot to slip off your shoes and enjoy the cool water.

I always like to include a video of any waterfall because I think you get so much more of an idea of what the area is like through a video than any photo.  Enjoy!


Have A Great Day!  Amy

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