a minimalist Thanksgiving table center pieces

Here comes Thanksgiving dinner. Almost everyone is preparing the same meal, Turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie, corn bread and all. Most homes are also decorated with the same theme, fake or silk maple leaves and other fake ornaments. The dining table is one area we decorate because it is the center of it all. This is where the family congregate and have a sumptuous meal together. This is where we entertain our guests. Of course we want our table set up to be inviting and pleasing to the eyes. Our tendency is to buy commercial  accessories and ornaments so we can have that Thanksgiving feel. interior-designing-minimalist-table-centerpiece-thanksgiving-decoration-with-nice-fresh-harvest-beautiful-thanksgiving-table-centerpiece-ideasWhat happens is our table set up looks like everyone else. You can choose to be different sometimes. Why not make your table set up look more realistic and rustic looking like how the first settlers thanksgiving were celebrated. There is nothing more natural than having real pumpkin on the table, colored corn on the cob with husks covering, assorted nuts and fruits on your table.     Corn-Thanksgiving-Centerpiece

celebrating thanksgiving day through giving


Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving day is a holiday celebrated in the United States of the 4th Thursday in November. It became an official federal holiday in 1863, when during the civil war, president Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwell in the heavens.”

The traditional representation of where the first Thanksgiving was held in the United States has often been a subject of boosterism and debate, though the debate is often confused by mixing up the ideas of a Thanksgiving holiday celebration and a Thanksgiving religious service..

In a diverse country with different economic, faith and cultural background, we have different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving. Others decorate their homes elaborately spending hundreds of dollars and while others prepare meals in abundance. The amount of perfectly edible turkey meat Americans will throw into the garbage this Thanksgiving is enough to make you lose your appetite. Of the nearly 248 million turkeys raised for slaughter in the United States, a whopping $282 million worth of perfectly edible meat will be wasted, enough to feed each American household in the country 11 additional servings!

I think Thanksgiving in America is the ultimate irony, really. We feast and give thanks to celebrate the victory of the first settlers and for having enough food to survive their first winter, acknowledging that once upon a time food was something to be grateful for. Then the next day, we throw half of it away. As an immigrant, i share the thanksgiving spirit of the pilgrims coming to America. But as a Christian, I simply thank God for his blessings and sovereignty. As our family celebrates thanksgiving, we do our best to uphold this scripture.

             “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:                                                  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and                                                           to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”                                                                                                         James 1:27 NIV OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs Christians, I strongly believe that we should share our blessings to those who are in difficult circumstances. Sharing the Thanksgiving meal with them will help us avoid left over food that will be put to waste. Keeping oneself from being polluted by the world means not to give in to the commercial aspect of the holiday, elaborate decorations and preparing food excessively.

Our family decided to serve and share a Thanksgiving meal with seniors in a convalescent home with some of our friends. I hope that your Thanksgiving may be meaningful and consider sharing your meal with others who could not afford it.

                                   Have a Blessed Thanksgiving !

thanksgiving meal vegan style

Becoming vegan 4 years ago has been one of the most exciting part of my life. I did it to challenge myself and also for health reasons. But the most rewarding part of it is learning how to cook! I enjoy putting fresh vegetables together and discovering what I can do with them. For some, becoming vegan seem impossible and can’t even imagine how they might be able to survive.

I have never prepared a Thanksgiving meal before because we are always either at a family or a friend’s home. This year our family is hosting one. My go to resource of recipes are online. I’d like to share you some of the meals I’m thinking of making it and hopefully you will have the faith to have a meatless Thanksgiving! :)

Butternut Squash With Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, & Onion StuffingWhole-wheat-stuffed-butternut1Red Quinoa Pilaf with Kale and Cornquinoa-pilaf2Stuffed Tofu Turkeyvinh-loi-turkey-570x372Easy Vegan Pumpkin or Squash PieEasy-vegan-pumpkin-pieSpinach, Orange, and Red Cabbage SaladSpinach-orange-salad2

a minimalist home

On this page, I will be featuring different architecture from countries I love. Though I have great admiration of classic architecture, i personally would live in a minimalist home. The house below with minimalist architecture in Queensland, Australia devised by the architect Jon Linkins is such a piece of work, combining an interesting vision of modern house design, which is now the home of a young family. It is in essence a line of connected pavilions, situated on a massive concrete platform. The correlation of the separate parts creates a feeling of completeness and it helps make this place a spot of restful retreat for the traveller. The iron and concrete construction increases the notion of freedom and rebelliousness, which the clients desire. The open spaces are created to welcome and experience nature. Who doesn’t want to have a home like this?!

The minimalist architecture house Patana Residence

The minimalist architecture house Patana Residence

my son’s school cafeteria

One of the things i love to do is painting murals. When the principal of my son’s school asked me to paint the walls of the school cafeteria, i said yes right away. After learning how to use large paint on backdrops, i develop the skill to make my inspirations in a bigger scale. For this mural, I painted a whimsical garden and skies since this is a children’s cafeteria. The fruit and vegetable garden idea is to encourage children to eat more of it during meal time. I also included several butterflies because the cafeteria is privately run by a company called Butterfly Cafe. :)

Blue Butterfly cafe of Richmond Street School

Blue Butterfly cafe of Richmond Street School

Creating a mural can be tricky because you need to estimate your wall measurement. For this mural I used regular Behr acrylic paint with base from Home Depot. I also used mural colored pens I ordered online to feature more detail of the vegetables and butterflies. I had so much fun!

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