“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

- L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


  • Saturday Sparks

    Saturday Sparks — Thanksgiving Place Cards

    While it’s unlikely that your family members need help finding a place to sit at the Thanksgiving table, place cards can be a fun way of mixing up the usual conversation and perking up the day. You can put nosey Aunt Effie next to really reserved Rhonda or put severely sulking teenage Sam next to always chipper Uncle Chuck, and when everyone is seated just watch the fun unfold (names have been changed to protect the innocent). Place cards are also a great way to dress up the Thanksgiving table and give each guest a small keepsake of the day. Here are a few festive ideas I gathered, but hopefully they will…

  • Celebrations

    Thanksgiving Tablescape With Whimsy and Warmth

    Since we’re not hosting the official family Thanksgiving this year, I “wisely” raised my hand to host my MOMS Club “Thankful Potluck” event this week. Really? What was I thinking? I’ll tell you what I was thinking. . . this was a good excuse to clean the house, decorate for Thanksgiving and set the table befitting this holiday like no other. Without opening my home for this fun little dinner party, I’m afraid I would have just let this holiday pass silently by while uneventfully sloppily sliding into the holly jolly of Christmas. So I cooked a bone-in turkey breast, made the stuffing (Stove Top) and added a few appetizers and…

  • Celebrations

    Autumn in the Air and Thanksgiving ’round the Corner

    Fall is officially in the air in Missouri with cooler morning temps and beautiful warm afternoons. When we string together a few of these fabulous days, I’m always reminded why this is my favorite time of year. The family also made its first of what promises to be many trips to a local apple orchard yesterday for hay rides, chicken feeding, apple picking and pumpkin gathering. I’m thankful that we have so many great local orchards, pumpkin farms and corn mazes so close to home. It makes fall such a fabulous family time of year. Speaking of autumn and the thankfulness of it all, I’m afraid it’s time once again…

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