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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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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?

The Advent Calendar

December 21st, 2015

Last year I purchased these old fashioned advent calendars for family & friends. I purchased one for myself, but since we travel to Ohio from Thanksgiving through the first week of December, I didn’t get ours out. This year I pulled it when we returned from Ohio and opened the first five windows.
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These are great advent calendars, designed and printed in Germany by a family that has been doing it since the 40’s. This particular design was the first one published in 1946. You can buy this designs, along with many others, on their website.
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We have really been loving this little calendar, it’s such a fun thing to do every evening. Next year we plan on adding an advent wreath to our table and will celebrate the tradition of lighting a candle every Sunday.

What are your family traditions that surround the holidays?

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