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Green Holidays Recap

Recycled farmer’s market Halloween decor used by Melissa and Gigi for the beautiful Thanksgiving dinner center piece

An all inclusive stuffing! We put a veggie, gluten free spin on a traditional dressing recipe (in the making above) so my dad and Julia didn’t miss out! I grabbed gluten free bread from Free Bread in NYC and brought it home with me on the train to Boston. We got our turkey from Bonji’s – a really great local family farm in Duxbury. Here’s the recipe I used for my first time cooking a turkey!

I made the annual ginger bars for my holiday gifts- but this time cut them into smaller “ginger bites” so they would fit in coffee bags made from recyced paper. I reused some felt ornaments to make the gifts look a little less earthy crunchy and a little more holiday. Also made trail mix madeline bark (above on the right – my own concoction) by melting chocolate and pouring it into a madeleine tray, then sprinkling trail mix on top.

It was my goal  to not buy any wrapping paper. Turns out, at the end of most rolls of wrapping paper there are a couple sheets of brown paper. It usually just gets thrown away so I asked friends and family to donate theirs to me. It’s kinda tough to work with, but worth the effort! We had a whole spool of twine left that we bought to tie the Thanksgiving turkey with, so I used that to tie the gifts. They looked like old packages with a couple little girly touches. The present above was my mom’s “doomsday” battery powered LED lantern she asked for (yes the quote is dorky, but so fitting!)

Finally, the trees. This year our NYC and Marshfield trees were  locally grown. And some of our best trees yet! The photos above are the first taken with my new camera! A fantastic Christmas present from my family. Speaking of family ……….

They really are the best part of the holiday! My cousin Julia took the picture in the middle of my grandmother. It’s one of my favorite photographs.


Happy New Year!

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John Wilpers - Lovely post! Great photos (your new camera is amazing) and great ideas — my favorite is your commitment to not use wrapping paper! Those brown packages with the little silver stickers were actually exquisite in their own way! Well done! Great post to close the year and launch the new one!

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