August Rustic Berry Brunch!!

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“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.”
-  Henry David Thoreau

In August, the sun is sizzling and the berries are bursting! If your looking to celebrate but yearning for a less formal event than the upscale seasonal dinner, why not consider a charming rustic berry brunch?! [Continue reading...]

August Family Fair Sample Menu

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Creating seasonally-inspired menus during harvest time is perhaps one of the greatest joys of meal planning! In August plentiful fresh vegetables, grains, and berries make this delicious task almost too good to be true! As always, I cook with gluten-sensitivity in mind though I still have yet to hear my guests complain ;-)  As with the other festivals, I challenged myself to create a five course meal with optional wine pairing. Here are my picks for this year’s August Family Fair… enjoy! [Continue reading...]

Yarn Bomb! Celebrate summer with a festive mailbox cozy!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity blog festival celebration seasons nature blog Summer Mailbox Cozy Yarn Bomb Summer Solstice

One of the most joyous aspects of summer is the plethora of sun. And with this brightness comes the maximal ability of our visual receptors to process color. For this reason a joyous way to celebrate summer is through vibrant hues. I decided to share my seasonal bliss with my neighborhood by dressing up my mailbox […]

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What Can We Do at an August Fair Besides Eat?

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  We just had our wildly fun and successful August Family Fair! Two of the aspects of this and others of our celebrations that I am most asked about are: “What can we actually do?”, and “How can I introduce the concept of activities to friends and family without it feeling awkward or uncomfortable?”

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Share with your Loved Ones the Art of the Corn Husk Doll!

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  August is the perfect time to celebrate the early harvest (grains and berries), and August Fairs are traditions throughout many cultures all over the world. The Native American craft  of creating corn husk dolls is a wonderful activity to allow you and your family to create together and to really focus on the gift […]

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August Family Fair Main Dining Table Décor

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An August Fair is such a wonderful and natural celebration! A fantastic summer has now been upon us for some time, and the early signs of harvest are becoming increasingly evident all about! This is an excellent opportunity to share the joys of fresh vegetables of course, but also grains and berries. It was with […]

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Summer Fairy Table Setting!

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Summer merrymaking is afoot! With vibrant hues infused wth glistening sun rays, daisies, roses, and pansies proudly strutting their rainbow fineries, and juicy, ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers bursting forth from the garden vines, it is almost impossible to deny there is magic in the midst! This year, I found myself inspired to create a most […]

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Summer Main Dining Table Décor

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Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.  ~Henry James The warm and whimsical energy of summer almost seems to be celebrating with or without our help, so why not join in!! The possibilities for creating a fanciful and fun table setting for […]

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Midsummer Festival Sample Menu

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Summer is an amazing time of year, and creating a seasonally appropriate feast to celebrate it is a lot of fun. Many herbs can be cultivated throughout this season, so as far as the menu goes, herbs are in. Summer is also the time of the most sunlight (peaking with summer solstice), and consequently, the […]

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Making Summer Fairies!

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“The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve; lovers to bed; ’tis almost fairy time.” ~William Shakespeare What a wonderful way to celebrate summer!! Perhaps thanks to Shakespeare or maybe just because of the joy in our hearts brought about by the increase in sunlight, when thinking of decorations and embellishments to represent this most […]

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