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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Autumn Leaf Jump Party Planning

Child size leaf pile for "Jumping" image by sgolis
Every year my neighbors and I participate in an annual autumn party.  We get together on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to enjoy a food, fun, conversation season activities which include everyone jumping into an enormous leaf pile. 

In preparation for this annual event I started to remove the leaves from the yard and gardens by raking 10 piles of leaves onto a tarp and then carried the tarp to the end of the street where the woods is and started to make the official leaf jump pile. 

My neighbor did the same and by the end of the day the pile was 8 high and 12 feet wide.  I was pleased with the size of the leaf pile.  However I will continue to enlarge the pile so that it will accommodate all of the adult leaf jumpers.  

We will also have a leaf pile for children. You see the bigger the pile of leaves the better the autumn party. An autumn  party is a good way to make those autumn leaves useful and is a way to make new friends and happy memories.


Beautiful Fall Scene flyer
Click to view Flyer by GAZoomIn

Choose a date and time for your party
Make a invitation flyer for the event that includes the particulars;
Name of event
Contact name
Phone number and email address 
Make a List of things needed:
Chicken wings
Baked beans
Mac and Cheese
Grill and hot dogs
Hot dog buns
Mustard, ketchup, pickle relish
Marshmallows and roasting
10 cleaned sturdy sticks for roasting marshmallows
Hot apple cider
Hot chocolate
Hot coffee

Paper bowls and plates
Plastic Utensils
Assorted homemade cookies

Other items needed:
Bring your own crock pots
Folding tables
Entertainment (donation of time)
Story teller for children
Bin and apples for bobbing

Please drop off tables, chairs and grill before the event begins and set up.

Planning is the secret to any special event.  Start to plan your autumn neighborhood party one month in advance and it will be a success.  When all of the planning is done, you can eat, drink and jump into the leaf pile .  

Pass out flyer two weeks before the party.  If you are friendly with neighbors you can always plan a party one week in advance.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Turkey Vegetable Soup Recipe

Here is a delicious soup recipe that you can make with your leftover turkey.  

I make this recipe every year on Black Friday and leave the soup pot simmer on the stove all day.  That way when weary shoppers arrive they can have a hearty bowl of soup.  You can also serve the soup with a salad or with crusty hot from the oven popovers. 

Make this recipe with a chicken stock or low sodium broth and leftover vegetables or frozen vegetables. I will then add fresh herbs and seasonings.  Serve this turkey soup to your family and it will warm them on a cold day and also help them to fight off flu and cold. 

Gather your ingredients:
2 /32 oz of low sodium chicken stock
2 cups cubed cooked turkey  
1 cup left over mashed potatoes  
2 boxes of garden blend frozen vegetables
1 stalk of fine chopped celery  
1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
½ cup of egg noodles (precooked)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
1 sprig of Rosemary chopped
add salt or pepper to taste 
Heat the chicken broth, in a large pot, Cook at a medium-heat. Add the mashed potatoes, vegetables, and celery. Cook the vegetables, stirring so they do not burn. Continue to cook all of the ingredients for 10 minutes.  

Add the turkey; stir to mix turkey into the soup. Reduce the heat to simmer and allow the soup to cook. Add the garlic, lime juice,rosemary salt and pepper and stir. 

Continue cooking until the vegetables are done.  Next, add the ½ cup of egg noodles.

Simmer the soup until the egg noodles are cooked. Stir the soup to prevent soup from sticking to pan. When soup is fully cooked remove from the heat  and allow soup to set for 5 minutes before serving.


  •  Store any remaining soup in an air tight container. Refrigerate your soup for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

  • Add more flavor of your soup by adding red curry paste. 
  •  Turkey Vegetable Soup: Image by Susan Golis
    View video for another leftover turkey soup recipe:

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Cornucopia Thanksgiving Centerpiece

    The cornucopia is Latin for horn of plenty.  This horn shaped basket is filled with a bountiful harvest that is to be shared with others.  

    When you fill the cornucopia with squash, gourds, pomegranates, apples, pears, grapes, oranges, pecans, walnuts, acorns, Indian corn, pine cones and miniature pumpkins, fill it so that the harvest bounty spills over.  

    Decorate your home or business with a Thanksgiving cornucopia.  If you are a gardener you can fill the horn shaped basket with harvested fruits and vegetables or you could take a walk in your local park and gather pine cones, dried flowers, acorns, dried wheat and wineberry branches.  

    The best cornucopias are the ones that are made with fresh ingredients. If your harvest was not plentiful you can purchase what you need at your local farmers market. 

    Make a cornucopia in November and enjoy it as an edible centerpiece throughout the month.   I like to make cornucopias that are edible, I do this by adding decorative tissue paper of orange on the bottom of the basket then I fill it up with harvest pears, apples oranges and assorted nuts.   

    This horn of plenty basket is then set on my coffee table along with nut cracker, cocktail napkins and dessert plates.   It is a centerpiece that your family and friends will gather around.

    View this video to learn more about a cornucopia.

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