Thursday, October 13, 2011

Autumn Harvest Dinner

Back on September 23rd we hosted our first annual Autumn Harvest Dinner to celebrate the changing seasons and to welcome fall.  We invited our family and friends to join us at our home for an evening of good food and even better company!

Over the next few weeks I will share some of the recipes that I made for the dinner as well as talk about our plans for next year's harvest dinner.  Yes!  We enjoyed doing it so much that we want to make it an annual tradition to celebrate the harvest, and hopefully our harvest will grow and evolve every year.

Autumn Harvest Dinner Menu


Beef or Turkey Harvest Chipotle Chili

Homemade Mac-N-Cheese

Squash Gratin

Crumb-top Apple Pie with Ice Cream

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Caramel Apples

The tomatos used to make the chili were fresh from our garden as was the butternut squash in the squash gratin.  The other ingredients were all organic and local whenever possible.  We enjoy nourishing ourselves and our friends and family with good, healthy, organic,  and local food! (apple pie is healthy right!?)

The only thing we asked our guests to bring (and only if they wanted to, of course) was a cloth diaper or cover in exchange for dinner.  If you are expecting a bundle of joy now or anytime in the future and are wanting to use cloth diapers hosting a diapers for dinner event is one way to let friends and family know of your choice and to get them involved from the beginning.  (I am still trying to warm my parents up to the idea of using cloth instead of disposables and I still have 4 more months to butter them up!  As of now they are willing to meet me half way with using the g diapers disposable/compostable/flushable inserts.)

Do you have any rituals that help you welcome or celebrate the changing seasons?

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