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My applecake is always a must! – made with love.

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
- Vincent van Gogh

“Sometimes, very quietly and graciously, you can inspire other people by showing them that there’s a different way and many perceptions of beauty. You may not be feeling it inside, but if you display it like you mean it, then it can give permission to be kind to ourselves and embrace our individuality.”
- Erin O’Connor

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett

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I wanted to share with you two of my favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving. Lavender potatoes and pomegranate Brussels sprouts. Trust me these two unique flavors will bring the holiday to your mouth. They have been a long time favorite of mine.

Pomegranate Brussels sprouts:

Ingredients:

1 stalk Brussels sprouts
1 jar of pomegranate juice
1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper

Directions: Cut the Brussels sprout buds off the stalk, any surplus stem is cut away, cut Brussels sprout in half. Boil in pomegranate juice for 5 minutes. Drain and sauté in olive oil with garlic until browned. I added some fresh pomegranate as well.

White Chocolate and Lavender Mashed Potatoes:

Ingredients:

3 pounds potatoes
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup cream
4 tablespoons white chocolate morsels
3 teaspoons dried lavender buds
Salt and pepper

Directions: Peel and Cut potatoes. Boil the potatoes and 1 teaspoon salt in a large pot until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork (15 to 20 minutes). Drain water from potatoes and return to saucepan. In a small saucepan, simmer cream, butter and white chocolate until butter is melted. Add the cream mixture to the potatoes and mash until your desired consistency. Stir in lavender. Salt and pepper to taste. Add potatoes to cupcake tins and bake at 350 until browned.

I also shaved and fried parsnip in olive oil with a little salt. It is such a perfect flavor for Thanksgiving!

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
- Mother Theresa

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During the winter, I love to snuggle up and read. I am thankful for this cozy corner in my apartment and the halcyon days of November. Do you have a inglenook that brings you contentment? I am wishing I had a fireplace.

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite – only a sense of existence.”
- Henry David Thoreau

This is the mood I have been in lately:

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I finished the Master Cleanse and finally started eating food again! I didn’t realize it would take a couple days to be able to eat. Boy was I excited about food! The first thing I had was a baked pear with Greek yogurt and honey and nuts. It was so delicious and easy on my stomach. I recommend having it for breakfast to get those probiotics working!

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I always like my tabletop to be effortless and graceful. This year I was inspired by eucalyptus, it is such a pleasing tree and the smell is subtle and refreshing. It is an easy way to garnish that is both sophisticated and chic. I kept the palette clean and simple by using white linen napkins and white accents. I’m loving the eucalyptus pods and buds. How are you making your thanksgiving table extra special?

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett