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Friday Favorite: Tree Time

December 1st, 2017

I love having a Christmas tree in the house during December. We typically cut a little pine from our property, it’s never a beautifully pruned tree, but it has quirks, big empty spaces, and lots of character.

Our tree is always cut the first weekend of December, after we have arrived home from our yearly trip to Ohio to celebrate the holidays with family.

I’ll drape it with a few strands of white lights and some etched glass bulbs. Simple, and it doesn’t take forever to set up and take down. This year, I’d like to make some pine garland to hang around the front door. There’s no outlet, or I’d decorate it with white lights as well.

One thing I do miss about our Ohio house is the yards of pine garland and white lights adorning the outside of the house during the winter.

Luckily, I can string lights in the old apple tree, those are actually left on all year long. White lights really help brighten up these dark winter nights, they are probably one of my all time favorite things.

When do you set up your Christmas tree? Or do you decorate in other ways?

Happy Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2017

Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgiving weekends. Most of us eat a few dinners and celebrate with multiple groups. I hope every one of your gatherings is filled with thankfulness and gratitude.

We did not eat one of our birds, we enjoyed a delicious smoked turkey from a local farm. We have all the normal side dishes, stuffing is my all-time favorite. There’s just something about sage, celery, onions, butter, and toasty bread. I really should make it more throughout the year.

What’s your favorite item on the menu at Thanksgiving?

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Quote of the Day: Happy Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2016

“All of our guests enjoyed the running commentary on each dish – the history of the garden and seeds, how everything was harvested, the process of canning and preserving it all. It was different from most Thanksgivings I’d been a part of. It was less about stuffing ourselves to excess, and more about how miraculous it was that there was a full table of food in the first place. I couldn’t help but think that was supposed to be the point of the holiday all along. I also couldn’t help but think that my role as an advertiser contributed to the misperception of food as a commodity whose value was distinguished mainly by calorie count and serving size. Boasting about the size of one’s holiday turkey is really only genuine when one had something to do with feeding it.”

Josh Kilmer-Purcell (The Bucolic Plague)

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Chiot’s Run!

A Little Fun

February 15th, 2016

On Saturday, Mr Chiots and I went to a Valentine’s Day Party. We were all supposed to take Valentines to pass out, so we did.  This is what we each made:
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Star Wars Valentine
It was a great time, it’s been quite a while since I’ve made Valentines. I should do it every year, as it was loads of fun.

Did you do anything fun for Valentine’s Day?

Busy, Busy, Busy

December 28th, 2015

Even though we are busy around the holidays, we have a few traditions we maintain. Cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning, opening gifts on Christmas Eve. We go on a hike on Christmas day, this year we walked one of the property lines and went back to the wetlands in the back of the property. Did you know we have one of the headwaters to a river here in Maine and have our very own bridge?
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One of our traditions is that we always try to watch as many James Bond movies between Christmas and New Years as we can. It helps us take time to relax, otherwise we often end up doing chores and working. This year we decided to start at the beginning and watch them on chronological order. So far we’ve managed to get in four movies.

What traditions do you maintain around the holidays?

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