Hosting a Garden Party and Plant Exchange

As evidence by my other posts I have a serious passion for plants and gardening. I have heard of people going to and hosting plants and/or seed exchanges and I always wanted to be a part of one! It seemed like such a great way to add variety to the garden while also making it a social event. This year I finally got the courage to host one. I wanted it to be fun, elegant, and successful. Luckily here in Florida people are as into gardening as I am – so it wasn’t too difficult to find people who were interested in attending. Then the real panning commenced… I took to Pinterest, talked to others who had been to a plant exchange, and got to work. I was pleasantly surprised at how successful it was and I hope to improve upon my endeavors in the future.

Invitation – I personally really like old school invitations to parties. I find that it is more personal and really sets the tone for any event. Luckily I have the most talented sister-in-law, Lauren James,  to help me with any graphic/invitation needs. I mentioned to her that I was hosting this party and asked her if she had something that would fit or if we should just create a new invitation. Luckily she had something that was really perfect already!! We changed up the wording to meet my needs and viola we had the perfect invitation. (Side note – feel free to contact Lauren with any of your invitation/stationary needs!)

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Décor – I love party decorations! It is a kind of way to transport your guests to a fun new location. For the garden party I am lucky enough to live in a home with fantastic landscapes and greenery. Therefore actual décor was luckily minimal and many of them I was able to gather from my own garden. I knew I wanted a wide variety of flowers to be placed on tables and create a centerpiece as well. Overall I think the effect was perfect for the event.

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{Pictures taken by Lauren Coppotelli Carlisle}

Food – As far as the food is concerned I wanted light refreshments that echoed the theme of the party – gardening and elegance. The menu was charcuterie, crudité, smörgåstårta (Swedish tea cake), Pistachio Bundt cake, and lemon lavender cookies. I was pleasantly surprised with how well all of the food came out remarkably well and really fit the theme I think. Listed below are the pictures of the food I created and the links I used for inspiration. I have also included any of the improvements that I made as well.

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{Picture taken by Lauren Coppotelli Carlisle}

Charcuterie – I read several articles about how the create the best spread. I also love to eat this kind of food on a regular basis – which makes it very easy for me to create different tastes with the food provided. I will also say that I loved near a Trader Joe’s which also makes it easy to pick out good cheeses for a reasonable price.

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{Picture taken by Lauren Coppotelli Carlisle}

Crudité – This is also another food that I eat constantly. This also screams garden to me – for there is nothing better than eating produce straight from the garden. I found an example of this kind on pinterest and it just looked so lovely that I decided to create one as well. It was surprisingly easy to make the cabbage into a bowl which was nice.

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{Picture taken by Lauren Coppotelli Carlisle}

Smörgåstårta (Swedish Tea Cake) – Tea sandwiches are such a classic taste and so easy to make. However I wanted to put a little twist on mine and found the idea to make the tea sandwich into a cake! It was surprisingly easy and tasted delicious! However I will mention my faux pas – I did not cut off the bottom crust which made the cake difficult to cut thru – but outside of that the flavor and look was fantastic!

Pistachio Bundt Cake– One of my favorite flavors is Pistachio – especially in desserts. My garden party was also near St. Patrick’s day so I thought it would be best to create something green as well. This recipe was really easy! Instead of using white icing like the recipe calls for – I made a lemon icing instead from the recipe below.

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{Picture taken by Lauren Coppotelli Carlisle}

Lemon Lavender Cookies – This recipe was also incredibly easy and so delicious. I really wanted to do something with lavender because I think it add such a fun element to anything with lemon. Instead of cooking the lavender in the cookies I decided to just add some to the icing of some of the cookies (in case some people didn’t want the lavender).

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{Picture taken by Lauren Coppotelli Carlisle}

Plant Exchange – So even though I read a bunch of articles and talked to several people about the exchange part I really didn’t know how this was going to all work out. Luckily the ladies there brought a wide variety of plants and were so cordial in the exchange – that it really made my job easy. If I am truthful I probably wasn’t the best host during this part since I didn’t really have a game plan with the exchange and kind of just let the others take over. Next year I think I will have some kind of orderliness to the exchange so that way everyone isn’t standing around and staring. So to be continued because I would love to do this again in the future with even more success!

Pins of Inspiration – Here is a list of some other examples that I found so inspiring and I hope to use possibly in future event or garden parties! I hope that you too can find some fun inspiration in these pins.

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I found this article extremely helpful and plan on implanting more of these ideas on my next go round

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I really wanted to do this but ran out of time – but it did inspire some of my decorative pieces

This article inspired me for a lot of the food I did

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This article really inspired me for centerpieces for the party as well

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Despite some hick ups the party was an enormous success and I think everyone was able to leave with a plant that they will come to enjoy. I hope that I will be able to make this an annual event so that everyone can enjoy some new plants and some great fellowship. Honestly the day was perfect and I don’t think I could have asked for better weather or company. I am so thankful for these new friendships and the fellowship that we share. I hope that this post will inspire others to also get involved in gardening.

Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of ciao_laurencop_sig-01the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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An Invitation to Inspiration | Winter Onederland

Hi friends!

I love this theme. Here in the South where we dream about snow flurries more than we actually see them, this play on Winter Wonderland is so cute and gives us an excuse to actually play with some snowflakes – even if they are made of paper or sugar.

One of the best things about this theme is that it is easy to do for both boys and girls, or even in a neutral color scheme. There are endless possibilities for simple yet creative decorations, food and beverages. Read (and see) on for a whole bunch of fun ideas for planning your own winder onederland party!

Like these adorable onesies from Tickle My Tutu on Etsy:

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…or this adorable Hot Chocolate Bar sign from So Sweet Design Studio – which would be a great addition for Mommies and Daddies to any Winter Onederland Party!

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…especially if combined with these free printables from A Crafted Passion…

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And love these beverage ideas, too, from Pretty my Party…

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This gorgeous setup featured on 100 Layer Cake-let is actually for a winter WONderland party for a six year old, but I just loved it too much not to include!

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Kara’s Party Ideas has some precious examples with an arctic focus – igloos, penguins and polar bears…

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Here is an invitation by The Olive Shoe for this theme, and colors can be changed as needed!

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And how about this AH DOHR A BLE high chair banner and cake table from Pretty My Party.. So stinkin cute…

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Love this plethora of ideas from Unoriginal Mom

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This cake is just…perfection, featured on Ardita Kola Photography. If you have a moment click through the photos from this gorgeous birthday.

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And one more precious high chair banner. I love the addition of the “O N E” to this one..

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If you’re not into DIYing, Shindigz has tons of pre-matched adorable goodies for this theme too..

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Have you thrown a winter onederland party? We’d love to see or hear your ideas! Please comment and share!

*Featured Image borrowed from Paige Simple.

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The Creative Home | A House For Entertaining | The Gillespies

5 Days Until Christmas!!! 5! Days!!! WHAT???

I hope everyone has had an amazing month so far!

First, let me just say a BIG Congratulations to my sister-in-love and brother on closing on their new house in Florida today!! Stay tuned for their “Befores” on the blog in February! I have a special surprise for January’s Creative Home Tour, too, but I’ll keep that a surprise for now.

Now, for this month’s home tour and this year’s Christmas house! An extra special thank you to the Gillespies for letting me invade their home at this busy time of year! A little background: Wendy first got in touch with me to design a logo for her salon, Prodigy Hair Loft, in Anderson..which lead to another project and then another project. Over lunch one day we chatted about the creative home tour and I penciled her in, having never set foot in her house. That’s faith y’all. But I also know, having talked with Wendy and worked with her and seen her fabulous outfits and choices in style elsewhere, that her house would be great. So, off I went on a Saturday morning in early December to photograph my first Christmas house for the creative home tour, without ever having seen the place. She did not fail me. It was perfect.

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The Gillespies’ home is just gorgeous: in use of space, in color choice, in texture combinations, art choices and (bonus) in Christmas decor. These 50ish photos give you only a glimpse into this family’s gorgeous home. It embodies living in style and function which is, after all, why I loved my little olive shoe serving dish so much that I built a brand around it.

This sweet family lives here along with Skittles the rabbit, Violet the Pygmy goat and Budler, the Feist (a hunting dog).

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After Wendy graciously welcomed me into her home and showed me around, I went back through and photographed all the details I wanted to capture for the blog before I sat down to chat with Wendy, who, being a perfect hostess offered me coffee and chocolate covered cookies…see, I told y’all this was a house for entertaining.

Their 5,400 sq. ft. home was built in 2002, and they have been there ever since. A couple of notes about the front porch before I move on: the sleigh belonged to Wendy’s grandmother, and her husband Jamie painted the pineapple on the front porch.

I was greeted by not only Wendy, but a handsome buck and a few silver Christmas trees in the entry, and then turned right to meet Santa, right there in the study making his list.

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{And how much do y’all love this rug?}

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Oh, hey, Santa…don’t mind us…we’re just going to poke around and take some photos….

Wendy’s life sized Santa doll is a hand-me-down from her Mother. What a conversation piece! I just love him.

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Opening up from the entry is a gorgeous living space…

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How fun are the baskets on the wall? And the plaid juxtaposed with the little round leather pillows?  The textures and patterns make my senses happy! The antique shutters behind the Christmas tree are one of Wendy’s favorite items int he house and came  from a plantation in Charleston.

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Off of the living room is a powder room that I just couldn’t get enough of. The walls, decorated with large, hand-painted pineapples, made me just swoon and then I looked up to find the gold ceiling. This room might be my favorite…  (Aunt Susan, this one’s for you!!)

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Past the powder room we find their son, Gavin’s, domain – off limits:

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At 16, it’s fair to oblige this request I think.

To the immediate right is their daughter Addi’s room, where Skittles the rabbit also lives in her bathroom.

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Of course I had to ask questions about the paint in her room. How amazing??? Hand painted by her Daddy, they marked off the walls into an argyle pattern and then added knobs that they painted with a pearlized white paint. SO. STINKIN’ CREATIVE!!! Love, love, love….

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Back across the house is the master suite (we’ll come back to the kitchen before we go downstairs, don’t worry!)..

I just love the peaceful coloring in their bedroom…and the sitting area…and the bathroom. The tub! Swoon again.

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The beautiful painting above was a gift from Wendy’s aunt.

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This tub, y’all…. makes me want to pour a glass of wine and have a good soak!

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I just love the art choices, even in this little potty room off the bathroom, throughout the Gillespie home.

Back out to the center of the upstairs, the living room leads out to a deck that sprawls the back of the home and also into the kitchen, but before we go into those areas, let’s back up a minute. Directly across from the study is the dining room…

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I absolutely loves the wreaths on the back of each chair!! Details!!!

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…And a butler’s pantry off the dining room leads back through to the hall to the kitchen (see I told you we’d get there)…

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{I love these tea pots…just sayin’}

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Love this breakfast nook off the kitchen that also leads out to a sweet, screened-in porch.

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I named the reindeer “Target”. If you haven’t noticed, Wendy has a reindeer thing.

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And there’s even a table for Addi and her American Girl…

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We can also sneak a peek at the laundry room (love the pattern mix in here) …

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Ok, let’s head downstairs… the staircase is another one of my favorite spots, decorated with canvases of their family. Most of Wendy’s photography has been done by Nicki Caldwell of Mirror Mirror Image.

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The stairwell opens up to an warm and cozy basement complete with a second laundry area for washing pool towels, a full bath, a second kitchen and a pool table room. Don’t you want to just hang out here?

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I was slightly obsessed with the counter top over the laundry area downstairs. The treatment is so different.

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…and again, the reindeer thing. We could probably name them all…Dasher, Dancer, Prantzer, Glitzen…

I love it.

The basement opens up to a beautiful patio and pool area, and a pool house in the works that they hope to have finished in time for next summer. Here’s a little peek at the space (we might have to do an update later, huh?)

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When I chatted with Wendy for a few minutes after I finished photographing, I asked her a few additional questions:

Me: How would you describe your style?

Wendy: It’s personal. It’s a mix – I wouldn’t really call it farmhouse, but a little bit, I like some distressed and some things fancier. It’s really just us.

Me: What were the names of your decorators? (We had discussed their work combined with Wendy’s approvals and certain DIY projects, such as (Dad), Jamie, painting (daughter) Addi’s room as we went through the house)

Wendy: Bill Ducworth did the upstairs and Donna Wyatt from Aesthetics in Seneca did the downstairs.

Me: Do you have any favorite items?

Wendy: (without hesitation) The pictures of our family

As I previously mentioned, Nikki Caldwell has done most of the phtography for their family, along with Craft photography – the photo in the butler’s pantry, and Ammons photography, a large portrait of Gavin on the way to the kids’ rooms.

Thanks for joining me for the tour! I have some already booked for next year, so stay tuned!

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Merry Christmas!

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If you have or know of a creative space you’d like to see featured, I’d love to come take a look and even snap a few photos – please email me at lauren@theoliveshoe.com and let’s have a chat!

In an ode to one of my previously mentioned old favorites…There’s no place like home!

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New Home New Thanksgiving Traditions

Since my family and I have relocated to Florida it has been a major topic of discussion on what to do for the holidays. As discussed in another post I am not super big on some holidays and I don’t like traveling for EVERY holiday. Although I experienced both plenty as a child, I want to do things differently in my home. Although my husband doesn’t necessarily feel that same way – he understands my sentiment on holidays and travel. So as we embark on new adventures here in Tallahassee we will inevitably have to make new traditions in addition to reinforcing some of our older ones. Thanksgiving has always been important to me for a variety of reasons and I can’t wait to celebrate this season in new ways while also paying homage to some of our family’s traditions.

Turkey Trot – In my youth I was an athlete who completed at a pretty high level. Since I quite competing in sports I have yet to enter into any athletic event. Honestly I have really missed it – the preparation, rivalry, and competition itself. Although I have been a coach for years – this year I decided to compete in my first distance running event. When we moved to Tallahassee I wanted to start running again but also wanted to keep up my interest in running as well. So I signed myself up for the 10k Turkey Trot – which my brother agreed to do with me. I should also note that the last time my brother and I were on the same team was when we were on a summer league swim team when I was about ten years old. I really like the idea of the Turkey Trot because it is set to be a family event and many of the proceeds go to local charities. So not only will we get some great sibling bonding time, we will also be helping those who are in need. I really couldn’t be more excited to do this with anyone else.

 

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{Picture of my brother and I at the local swim club cirque 1990 taken by Lynn Coppotelli}

Thanksgiving Projects – One of my newer traditions that I have been trying to do with the girls is holiday related projects. Last year we had done a leaf wreath which was super cute – but a little messy and time consuming on my part. This year I wanted to do something a little bit more simple and also included their handprint – my theme for this year’s projects. This Thanksgiving we made turkeys. I first traced their hands on several different colored sheets of construction paper and cut each hand out. Then we cut out turkey bodies, eyes, beak, and gobblers. Then, with our help of course, we showed the girls how to put together the turkeys. We maintained control of the glue but they really did a great job on their own! Plus they are great keepsakes for future years.

{Pictures of Viv and Noli with their turkeys taken by Drew Carlisle}
{PS – Excuse their PJs they were sick this day}

Thanksgiving Meal – Since Thanksgiving is often centered around the meal – or at least it’s the best part in my opinion– we had to discuss what was going to be our own traditional Thanksgiving meal. My husband has been frying turkeys for Thanksgiving since we started dating, so that one was obvious. On a side note it is totally safe IF you know what you are doing. Then I asked my brother for his recommendations for the holiday meal which was – homemade mac and cheese and mash potatoes. Outside of that it was really up to us. I have decided to also add my roasted vegetables – this includes beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, shallots or onions, garlic, pumpkin and other seasonal squashes. I just season them with olive oil salt and pepper. It is so yummy and great after the fact as well. I will also be doing a sautéed Brussel sprout recipe as well which is super yummy and has great fall flavors. For dessert I will be making a good ol’ fashioned apple pie. I think this meal will be the perfect balance of fall flavors and tradition. I can’t wait to share this meal with my family and friends.

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{Picture of my Roasted Veggies taken by Lauren James}

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Sharing – One of the things I loved about Thanksgiving growing up is sharing our meal not only with family but friends. In the past I have shared with family, friends, neighbors, pastors, acquaintances, even the homeless. There is nothing like those warm fall flavors that puts a smile on everyone’s face and also makes them a part of the family. My parents always had seats for others at their dinner table – if it was a holiday or not. One of my favorite and most wonderful memories were those dinners when we had unexpected guests. My husband grew up in a family that is much the same way. Despite the fact that this holiday has a controversial history – I do think it is important to focus on the meaning the has taken on… bringing people together with love, being thankful for the harvest, and all of our blessings. This year will be the first year my husband and I will be hosting Thanksgiving together since we brought our families together in 2008. This year our guests will include my brother and some of his friends who are more like his Tallahassee family. I am so looking forward to these new traditions with them – even if they don’t eat Turkey.

Thanksgiving is a special holiday. Not only does it bring people together but it is a great time to reflect on what your life’s blessings are. I look forward to these new traditions of competing, crafting, cooking, and celebrating in this new place we will call home for the foreseeable future. Although we won’t have our parents, other siblings, and “framily”, it is time that we begin our own traditions to celebrate this great holiday in our own way. How are you going to celebrate this holiday season? I would love to see how you are celebrating with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to all and have a blessed harvest season!

ciao_laurencop_sig-01Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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{Fall} Hometown Hunt | Family Activities, Fun and Finds In or Near Anderson, SC

I have often been asked, when people find out I grew up at the beach, “And you choose to live in ANDERSON??“. I love the Upstate of SC. Here in Anderson, we’re about 20 minutes (not including game day traffic) from Clemson, 30 minutes from Greenville, right beside a lake and close to two others, 3-5 hours from the beach, 45 minutes to the mountains, and 2 hours to Charlotte or Atlanta. We have four seasons, more than three types of tress, and pretty good weather year round. It is a good spot. Of course you have your occasional bad apple, but for the most part Anderson is a little town full of loving people in the western corner of SC.

I love fall too. I mean really, when it comes down to it, I love all the seasons for one reason or another. There are so many reasons to love fall, though: crunchy leaves, beautiful colors, pumpkins, football, hot apple cider, roasting marshmallows, fall decor, sweaters, boots, did I mention football?

Below you’ll find a list of some fun events and special spots in or around Anderson, SC… if I missed something, let me know, and I’ll be glad to add it to the list! We here at The Olive Shoe love celebrating, local entertainment, event planning, apple picking, pumpkin carving, painting or decorating and everything else that comes with fall!!

Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22 | Honea Path Sugarfoot Festival

Join in a wonderland of fun, food, crafts and entertainment suitable for the whole family, and it starting Oct. 21st, Friday evening at 5pm and again all day Oct. 22nd Saturday beginning at 9am and going ’till…

And yes, there will be Magic in the air and Food everywhere, along with music, great entertainment, Car Show and much, much more… so please stay tuned as we build the greatest event on Earth, and it’s all coming to Honea Path!

Sunday, October 23rd | Junior League of Anderson County’s Spooktacular at The Bleckley Inn

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Don’t miss this wonderful event for families at The Bleckley Inn this Sunday, October 23! The Junior League of Anderson County presents the Spooktacular Soiree! This is fall fun for the whole family! There are games, treats, a costume contest, a raffle, and silent auction. Proceeds to benefit Team Kids, an initiative for wellness and integrity for Anderson’s youth.

Tickets can be purchased on line at Eventbrite  HERE, you can pay at the door, or you can purchase from a JLAC Member. You don’t want to miss this exciting event!!

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Saturday, October 29 | Spooktacular Fun Run and 5K Benefiting the ACDSNB

Are you a runner (or walker or jogger)? This Spooktacular Fun Run and 5K benefits the Anderson County Disability and Special Needs Board. Costumes are encouraged! Register for the event HERE.

September 24 – November 2 | Denver Downs Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

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If you’re looking for fall family fun, then add a visit to Denver Downs Farm to your fall bucket list! With so many activities for the whole family, you will spend a day of pumpkin patchin, corn mazin’, hay ridin’, farm animal petting, fall fun. Denver Downs is celebrating 50 Years of Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin this year and has been named one of the 10 best corn mazes in the US according to USA Today! If you haven’t gotten there yet this year, there is still time!

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Concord Produce Market | 208 Concord Road, Anderson SC

If you have not been here, you should go. In the spring they have strawberries galore and perfect plants for your front porch. I currently have two hanging baskets of portulaca that have been BEAUTIFUL since June. They have a great produce selection, a fun wall of jams, jellies, local honey and other canned goodies. They carry Amish butter, hulled beans and peas, local cheeses, fresh baked bread and they always have hot boiled peanuts. This time of year they have pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and shades. Don’t miss this local nugget of gold.

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Saturday, November 19 | Michelin Townville Turkey Trot

All proceeds from the 2016 Townville Turkey Trot will go to a memorial fund honoring victims of the tragedy at Townville Elementary on September 28, 2016.

There are three distances to choose from: 5K, 1.5 miles and Family Mile. Register HERE.

There will also be a Holiday Food Drive at the event. They will be collecting canned goods and non-perishables for a local food bank. Please bring at least one item with you on November 19th.

Thursday, November 24 | Electric City Gobbler

It’s a Thanksgiving Day Tradition!! Join us on Thanksgiving morning as we Gobble or Wobble our way to the finish line!! Strollers are welcome and costumes are encouraged!

Race proceeds benefit Anderson food banks, Operation Active Kids and the Salvation Army. Donations of money, blankets, good used coats and running shoes will also be accepted on race day! Register HERE.

Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC

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From Sky Top’s website: The mountains of western North Carolina are full of pick your own u-pick orchards. We offer more. In addition to a long list of apple varieties, visit Sky Top Orchard and you’ll enjoy panoramic mountain views, orchard ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, peacocks and more, a bamboo forest to explore, lots of picnic areas and, of course, a mountaintop of fragrant apple and fruit trees. View our downloadable map to see all that we have to offer.

When you purchase a bushel of apples, a wagon load of pumpkins or a cooler full of apple cider you’ll take home more than the makings for delicious fall recipes, you’ll take home a mountain of memories too. And don’t forget our famous apple cider doughnuts. They’re an autumn tradition. We bet you can’t eat just one.

Ready to join us on top of our mountain? Plan Your Visit Today!

Bonus: Here are 9 Apple Recipes to Spice Up Your Fall!

August – hopefully January | Clemson Football, of course!!!

Fall in Anderson and the Upstate wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Clemson football! Go tigers!

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Happy Fall Y’all!

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, and of course, come back and visit again soon!

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DIY Roundup | 10 Winter Wreaths You Can Make and Use from December to February

The wreath on the front door at our little house on the corner right now is a round spray of gold leaves and twigs that I fell in love with last Christ and bought when it went on clearance after the holidays last year. It even made the back of our Christmas card:

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I should probably consider changing it up at some point…hahaha…but it looked so pretty and festive, that I just left it up through the holidays!

I’m a believer in having a welcoming wreath up on your door the majority of the year. The wreaths below can be hung through winter as you ease out of December decor, and they can all be DIY. You’ll find instructions for all but one or two with the links under each photo.

Happy Crafting and Happy {Almost} New Year!

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{ Rag Wreath from Country Chiq }

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{ Painted Pinecone Wreath from Shelterness }

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{ Painted Twig Wreath from Grandma Great’s Treasures }

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{Twig Wreath from Design, Dining, + Diapers}

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{Ruffled Snow Man Wreath from Good Girl Gone Glad}

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{Felt Square Wreath from The Inspired Room}

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{Snowman Wreath from Grillo Designs}

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{Spray painted wreath with felt pillow from KJERSTIS LYKKE}

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{Winter Snowball Wreath from Addicted2Decorating}

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MORE Festive Appetizers {9 of them!} for Holiday Entertaining (with Recipes)

It’s almost time for Christmas y’all! (AND if you know my Mom, wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!)

If you haven’t finalized your holiday menus, maybe you can find a little inspiration here. Published a year ago tomorrow, my original post, “6 Festive Appetizers for Holiday Entertaining (With Recipes)” has been the most read post EVER on my blog. With that said, I am always looking for new fun appetizer ideas – and apparently others are too, especially around the holidays. I thought it might be fun to do a ‘Volume 2!

I hope you find these recipes (and yummy photos) as enticing as I did. My husband loves pickle sandwiches (they are quite southern, dahlings), and the poppyseed dressing ham and cheese sliders are ALWAYS a good go-to for entertaining from tailgates to cocktail parties. The drunken pimento cheese is a YUMMO recipe created by one of my oldest friends, and the individual buffalo cups recipe I found in search of a buffalo dip we had at a fabulous holiday shindig thrown by our dear friends Taylor and Matt this weekend.

Oh and speaking of shindigs, here is a picture of Van and I before the party… It was a costume party with a Christmas character theme…can you guess what I was? I didn’t even know there was going to be a contest, but I won first runner up!

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It really was such a fun party theme…there were fabulous costumes – a shepherd and a sheep, characters from The Christmas Story, Elf, Bridget Jones and Rudolph, and even Marv & Harry from Home Alone (the winner of the ladies and 1st runner up for the gents):

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But you didn’t click this link to read about party costumes, did you? You wanted to know about party FOOD, didn’t you? Well here you go! Happy entertaining!

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{ Christmas Tree Pita Pinwheels from Trial & Eater }

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{ Posh Piggies from Recipes & Me }

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Oh my, I’m obsessed and can’t wait to make one of these…

{ Christmas Tree Antipasto Tower from Redhead Can Decorate }

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{ Drunken Pimento Cheese from Barbells and Bellinis }

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{ Glazed Kielbasa Bites from Real House Moms }

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{ Buffalo Chicken Cups from Gimme Some Oven }

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{ Pickle Sandwiches }

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{ Ham & Cheese Sliders from The Girl Who Ate Everything }

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{ Caramel Apple Grapes from Very Culinary }

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Happy Holidays everyone! Hope Santa is good to you and you have a wonderful time celebrating the season (but don’t forget the reason!!)…The full recipes can all be found at the very end of this post, and links to the original recipe locations are found with each photo above. Merry Christmas!

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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And (drumroll please) now for the recipes….

 

{ Christmas Tree Pita Pinwheels from Trial & Eater }

Prep time

30 mins

Total time

30 mins

 

Recipe type: Appetizer

Serves: 6-12

 

Ingredients

  • (Use half these ingredients for a shorter, 5 tiered tree, as pictured)
  • 1 package (6 pieces) spinach tortillas
  • 1 tub (8 ounces) garden vegetable cream cheese
  • 12-18 slices provolone (or other variety) cheese
  • 3 cups spinach
  • Small grape tomatoes, as garnish

Instructions

  1. Spread cream cheese over a spinach tortilla.
  2. Add 2 or 3 slices of cheese on top of cream cheese.
  3. Use about ½ cup of spinach to spread in the middle of unrolled tortilla.
  4. Roll tightly. For a tighter roll, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  5. Repeat above steps for the rest of the tortilla wraps.
  6. Remove plastic wrap and cut into 1 inch slices, or about 8 pinwheels per tortilla.
  7. Stack pinwheels in the shape of a Christmas tree. For the tree pictured, the first layer has 8 pinwheels, the second has 6, then 5, 3, and 1.

Notes

The christmas tree pita pictured was made using only half these ingredients. If you want more than a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, the specified amounts above will give you a taller tree!

 

{ Posh Piggies from Recipes & Me }

 

Ingredients

1 Lbs. – Sweet Italian Sausage Links

1 – Sheet Puff Pastry (thawed)

1 – Egg

2 Tbs. – Mayonnaise

2 Tbs. – Dijjonaise

¼ cup – apricot jelly

Instructions

Cut the sausage links into 36 half- inch slices; brown the meat on both sides in a frying pan over medium high heat. No need to fully cook at this time, all you want is to get both sides a little crispy. Set aside on a plate to cool while you get the pastry ready. Lay the pastry out on your work surface then break the egg into a small dish and brush the entire surface of the pastry. Using a mini cookie cutter (I used a star) cut out 36 shapes from the pastry. Place the meat onto a baking sheet and cover each one with a piece of pastry and secure in place with a tooth pick. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 18-20 minutes. While the piggies are baking mix the jelly, mayo and mustard in a small dish, these are good served hot, warm and room temp. Dip and enjoy!

Read More at recipesandme.com/recipes/christmas-appetizers-for-everyone/ © Recipes & Me

 

{ Appetizer Tree from Redhead Can Decorate }

This is what you will need

Plate or cake stand

Styrofoam cone (the larger the party, the larger the cone)

Tooth picks & a little shot glass for used tooth picks

Plastic wrap

Olives, pickles, cheese cubes , ham cubes or rolls, tomatoes, etc. (I used artichokes on the other one, use what you have.)

Instructions

Wrap cone in plastic wrap so your food doesn’t touch the cone.  Get all your ingredients out, and cut the cheese/ham into cubes.  You can start at the top or the bottom, and you can insert the food any way you like.  I did notice my second tree looked better when I did the same ingredient in rows.

{Drunken Pimento Cheese from Barbells & Bellinis }

Yield: makes about 2.5 lbs (for a party, reduce as necessary)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: None, just mixing
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
 16 oz sharp cheddar
8 oz Monterrey Jack
8 oz Havarti cheese
8 oz cream cheese (softened at room temp)
7 oz Pimentos
3 roasted red peppers diced
1 large jalapeno diced (you can remove seeds and membrane to reduce spice)
1/2 c. Dukes mayonnaise
1 tbsp garlic powder
Couple shakes of Worcestershire
5 oz bourbon

Instructions

In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic powder, softened cream cheese, Worcestershire and bourbon. Mix well with a hand mixer (you could probably also use a blender or and immersion blender). In a larger bowl, combine rest of the ingredients. Pour in the cream cheese and mayonnaise combination and mix well with a soft spatula or a wooden spoon (I don’t recommend a hand mixer for this part). Store in fridge.

 

{ Glazed Kielbasa Bites from Real House Moms }

These are the perfect make ahead, bite sized appetizer. It has a sweet and salty flavor that people can’t stop eating.

 

Author: Aubrey

Recipe type: Appetizer

Serves: 10

 

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. kielbasa, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 14 oz can pineapple slices, in juice, quartered
  • 3 T teriyaki sauce
  • 1 T sweet chili sauce
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T pineapple juice (from can)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Place a piece of pineapple on top of a slice of kielbasa and stick a toothpick into them
  3. In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients
  4. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray
  5. Place kielbasa bites onto the baking sheet
  6. Brush glaze over tops and sides of bites
  7. Place in oven and cook for 15 to 20 min (keeping an eye on them)
  8. Remove and enjoy hot!

{ Buffalo Chicken Cups from Gimme Some Oven }

Yield: 24 cups

You’ll love this Buffalo Chicken Cups recipe. It’s simple to prepare, and serves as a brilliant appetizer for special occasions — and perfect for game day!

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 40 mins Total: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup cayenne hot sauce (I recommend Frank’s “Red Hot”)
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 3 scallions, sliced thinly

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Brush chicken breasts with olive oil, and then sprinkle evenly with the smoked paprika and chili powder. Place in a baking dish and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until the center is no longer pink and the juices run clear. Remove chicken and let cool, then shred.

Meanwhile, fit a wonton wrapper into each of 24 mini baking cups, pressing the wrappers carefully but firmly into sides of cups. (Be careful to keep the corners of each wonton wrapper open; otherwise you will not be able to fill them!) Bake for 5 minutes or until very lightly browned. Keep wontons in baking cups.

In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the melted butter and hot sauce. Add the chicken and stir until well coated. Then fill each wonton cup with a tablespoon or two of chicken, and then top with a pinch of blue cheese. Return wonton cups to oven and cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is soft and melty. Remove and top with sliced scallions, and serve warm. These are best served immediately.

Ali’s Tip:

If you’d like to save a step, you can easily substitute a rotisserie chicken for this recipe.  Just shred it, and follow the steps to mix it with the hot sauce, etc.

Difficulty: Easy Ingredients: blue cheese, butter, chicken breasts, chili powder, hot sauce, scallions, smoked paprika, wonton wrappers

{ Ham and Cheese Sliders from The Girl Who Ate Everything }

Tip: You NEED the Sweet Rolls!

Ingredients

24 good white dinner rolls
24 pieces good honey ham
24 small slices Swiss cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup miracle whip

Poppy seed sauce (you probably could half this…I had plenty extra)
1 Tablespoon poppyseeds
1 1/2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions

In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and miracle whip. Spread onto both sides of the center of each roll. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet. Place very close together.

In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches. You do not have to use all of the sauce! Just use enough to cover the tops. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes or until tops are slightly brown and crispy. Serve warm.

** sandwiches can be assembled a day ahead and kept in the fridge ready to bake.

 

{Caramel Apple Grapes from Very Culinary}

Ingredients

 

1 cup caramel bits

2 tablespoons heavy cream

handful of seedless green grapes

1 cup salted peanuts, crushed

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Directions

 

  1. Poke toothpicks into the tops of each grape; set aside.

 

  1. In a small pot over medium-low heat, combine the caramel bits and cream. Stir until melted. Reduce heat to lowest setting just to keep warm.

 

  1. Place the peanuts in a shallow dish and dip the grapes into the caramel sauce and then roll in the crushed nuts. Place on a plate to set. Repeat until all the grapes are used.

 

 

 

Bringing THANKS Back to Thanksgiving | By Lauren Cop

The Short List of Gratitude Activities for the Whole Family

The current young generation of ‘Millennials’ has often been labeled as entitled and therefore are unhappy. Although not always the case, I have found this to sometimes be true among my peers, athletes, students, and even myself. After countless discussions with my husband on the current state of our generation and this ‘me’ mentality, we have prioritized instilling both gratitude and humility in our children. We have chosen to try to be preemptive in our efforts to combat this constant self-gratification by taking steps to encourage our children to be humble, modest, and most importantly thankful for what they have. In light of the coming holiday, I thought it was only proper to discuss some of my thoughts of how to demonstrate appreciativeness to our children.

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A brief background – Thanksgiving is and always has been one of my favorite holidays. Hello – it’s based on the kitchen! But there is so much more to it! We often shared this experience with close neighbors, church members, as well as family. We started the day with neighborhood touch football either in my yard or at the local elementary school. Then we would come home to finish any cooking that needed to be done and get ready for our meal. There was football, lots of appetizers, and plenty of food to go around. We always made sure to go around the room for everyone to share what they were thankful for as well. We watched football, played games, ate, drank, and were merry! The smell of cinnamon, clove, apple, honey, and turkey, combined with the warm crackling fire in the wood-burning fireplace, all while watching the first snow flurries of the season made this day just perfect!

When I was in high school a new tradition was brought to my family from our interim Pastor David Farley. He was called to work at an inner city Lutheran Church in Philadelphia and on Thanksgiving they cooked a meal and fed the homeless, poor, and those without family. If you were too sick, cold, or otherwise encumbered, they brought the food to you. One year, my father mentioned he was going to participate and I chose to go with him. Unsure of what I would encounter, it really was one of the most amazing experiences! I mainly worked in the kitchen preparing meals and cleaning dishes, but I did get to see the warm smiling faces of all kinds of people. Everyone said ‘ thank you’ – an often forgotten phrase today. There were people there from all walks of life communing together over food. I had never felt more filled with love at that time in my life! This small act really changed my views on who is actually ‘poor’, ‘homeless’, and ‘needy’. I hope my children one day experience something similar!

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Here is a short list of some great ideas on how to teach your children the true meaning of thanks…

The Compassion Experience – A lifelike walk-through of the lives of children living in poverty in third world countries. At the end of the educational experience, you will have the opportunity to sponsor a child and/or family. Read about a first-hand experience here.

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Donate to a Charity – This seems like a simple act that would be obvious, but it is surprising how many people ‘forget’ to donate during this time of year. Although you may be wary of where your funds are going and if they do truly make an impact, there are hundreds of charities out there that truly do help. Also here is an article to help you decide where to donate your money.

Visit a Hospital/Hospice – It can be totally awful to be in a hospital or hospice during the holidays. Sometimes families and friends cannot even see their loved ones for several weekends. Human contact is so important during the holiday season – so why not visit ones who need your help. I have been to a teen mental institution on Christmas Eve and let me tell you – there were only two families there at the time for a visit. Some kids were sent home, others were not able to leave – and hardly anyone came to visit. I cannot think of anything more depressing than a child alone for the holidays. Whether you just drop off some small gifts or cards, or stay for a whole day of visiting you will make someone so happy. Just call your local hospitals or hospices and ask how you can help!

Send care package to Soldiers – Bottom line – regardless of politics – the majority of those in service are young men and women, fighting for our country and needing our support. Many of them do not have supportive families, if at all. Please consider having your children send them small care packages during this time of year. Again, a small gesture can make a world of difference.

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Volunteer at a shelter/food pantry – This is another opportunity for your family to come face to face with those in need during the holiday season. You can do this through a church, local food pantry, or meals on wheels. There are endless possibilities. Please call your local organizations to see how they need help during this season.

Decorate with Thanks – With young ones, this can often be the easiest way to show thanks. Plus, who doesn’t like to see what these creative minds can accomplish? There are endless possibilities right at your fingertips – from thankful trees to a gratitude jar!

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Other helpful ideas

Bottom line is, it doesn’t matter how big or small the activity; teaching gratitude and compassion to our children is imperative. It will help shape and mold their minds for a better future. Yes enjoy the food, fun and fellowship of this time of year. Smell all the wonderful aromas. Cheer for your favorite football team in their vintage jerseys. As much as we (or I) really want this holiday to be about food and food only – it is REALLY about giving thanks.

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Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins by day and coaches Volleyball and Track in her “me time”. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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Why are all the photos of the kiddos watermarked? Why should you think about watermarking pictures you take of your children before you post them on your own blog?

Fall Flavors | Cranberry | 8 Creative Recipes to Try Using Cranberries

We’re in full Fall  mode here at The Olive Shoe! Last week I started a series highlighting fall flavors OTHER than pumpkin. (No offense pumpkins, I do love you so, but you guys get a lot of special treatment this time of year. I’m just giving some other fall flavors a little extra free advertising). The first flavor I featured was cinnamon, and the post included recipes for Homemade Apple Pie Spice, Bloomin’ Baked Apples, Sweet Potato Casserole, Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries & Pecans, Banana & Cinnamon Ice Cream, Pumpkin Pie Almonds, and Skinny Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino. If you missed the post, you can read more HERE.

This week I’m highlighting cranberries, and besides being a staple at Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, are healthy for many reasons according to Medical News Today:

As far as healthy foods go, cranberries are at the top of the list due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content and are often referred to as a “super food.” Not to mention, half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories!

Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and vitamin E and can help fight cardiovascular disease, cancer, UTIs and assist with dental health.

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After doing some research, I found out that cranberries are actually VERY American, being one of North America’s three native fruits that are commercially grown (Cranberries.org). The other two native fruits are blueberries and concord grapes. It makes sense that they are used at Thanksgiving! According to the Cape Cod Cranberry Grower’s Association:

Cranberries were first used by Native Americans, who discovered the wild berry’s versatility as a food, fabric dye and healing agent. Today, cranberries are commercially grown throughout the northern part of the United States and are available in both fresh and processed forms.

The name “cranberry” derives from the Pilgrim name for the fruit, “craneberry”, so called because the small, pink blossoms that appear in the spring resemble the head and bill of a Sandhill crane. European settlers adopted the Native American uses for the fruit and found the berry a valuable bartering tool.

American whalers and mariners carried cranberries on their voyages to prevent scurvy. In 1816, Captain Henry Hall became the first to successfully cultivate cranberries. By 1871, the first association of cranberry growers in the United States had formed, and now, U.S. farmers harvest approximately 40,000 acres of cranberries each year.

So there’s your cranberry history lesson…I know you really opened this post for the recipes, so thanks for getting through my boring cranberry “lecture”. On that note, here are some creative ways to use cranberries this fall! {Click Images for Recipes & Source Pages}

{ Pie Crust with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries from Home Is Where The Boat Is }

There’s really nothing like homemade pie crust either…oh em gee… I made a homemade chicken pot pie on Monday night, and the pie crust just makes it scrumptious. Mmmm Mmm! Here’s my chicken pot pie:

But back to cranberries…

A staple fall & winter beverage is Wassail, a spiced cider-ish hot holiday beverage that is great on a cold evening or rainy afternoon! It’s especially popular around Christmas, and the drink itself dates back to the middle ages. Here’s a recipe using dōTERRA essential oils:

I can’t wait to try this recipe with my oils, but I’ll probably add some nutmeg as well!

For you gluten free folks, I found this recipe for Quinoa Stuffing:

{ Quinoa Stuffing from Marla Meridith }

These sugared cranberries look GORGEOUS in a clear candy dish around the holidays. One of my Mom’s best friends made them last year, and Mom sent some home with me. They are DELICIOUS and so pretty! They should be a holiday staple if you ask me!

{ Sugared Cranberries from Bakers Royale }

Here’s a twist on your traditional cranberry sauce:

{ Cranberry Apple Chutney from Nutmeg Nanny }

I’m quite partial to my Granny’s Cranberry Salad, which is ALWAYS present at Thanksgiving and Christmas tables. It’s a delicious tart and sweet blend of cranberries, apples, nuts, pineapple and mandarin oranges.  I need to get permission before I share her recipe with the world…but I’ll ask…it’s yummy and beautiful in a glass bowl!

For you health nuts out there (pun intended :-P), here’s a healthy cranberry-almond protein bar recipe:

{ Cranberry Almond Protein Bars from Doterra International }

Cranberries are so versatile, they can be used as part of any meal – including this delicious side dish:

{ Pan-Seared Brussells Sprouts With Cranberries & Pecans from Rachel Schultz }

Last but not least, for a festive twist on a traditionally summer only drink, try making these for your holiday soirees!

{ Cranberry Margaritas from Eat Live Run }

Yum! Is it dinner time yet? Happy Wednesday! Next week: CLOVE!

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Just Shoe Me | Orange Rain Boots and Weekend Link List for 10/2

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Get ready tiger fans! It’s going to be a soggy day in Death Valley! As such, I thought it only appropriate for my Just Shoe Me post to feature rain boots so you can be prepared for the next rainy day… I know I wish I had an orange pair today – I will for the next rainy game though!!

Here are some that I found – click the links for where to buy:

{ Orange Polka Dot Rubber Knee High Rain Boots | $22.99 }

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{ Dirty Laundry Big Croco Rain Boot | $22.85 }Chooka_Rainboot

{ Chooka Women’s Top Solid Rain Boot | $69.95 }

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{ Moneysworth & Best Women’s Orange Welly Boot | $82.95 }

…and some good reading this weekend while you enjoy your coffee (thankful for a gameday without a super early start!!!):

9 Resources for Freelance Babes

10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Camera Could Do

Fall Style Inspiration from The Small Things Blog

And for motivation to keep hustling your dream and working your boohiny off… The Rags-to-Riches story of Ralph Lauren

Happy Weekend and Go Tigers!!!

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The Olive Shoe | Paperie & Design | Celebrating Creativity and Creatively Celebrating is designed and run by Lauren {LAC} James © 2015 LAC James All Rights Reserved.

Lauren James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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