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Show off your creative side and wow your guests with this beautiful, four-ingredient Savory Edible Arrangement that makes the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving Tablescape.
The Worst Thanksgiving Ever
Last year, the day after Thanksgiving, I guarantee every member of my family woke up saying “that was the worst Thanksgiving ever”.
At least I know I did.
All families have drama, and I’m sure ours was no different than any other family experiences year to year.
But tensions were already high when we sat down to dinner last year. So when my two year old asked for something to drink, I went into the kitchen and got him one.
When I sat back down at the table, he abruptly spit it out all over my mom and I heard her yell, “What the hell, YOU GAVE HIM VODKA!”
I had poured him what I thought was a glass of 7-Up straight from the bottle, so my natural reaction (as I was already irritated) was to snap back, and I yelled “I DIDN’T GIVE HIM F*%^*€# VODKA”.
A Lesson in Gratitude
Needless to say that incident was just the cherry on top of a very stressful day.
The truth was, my grandparents were both too old to be taking on the responsibility of hosting such a big holiday, to be caring for such a big farm-house, and it was the Alzheimer’s that led my grandfather to put the vodka in the 7-Up bottle in the first place.
A year later, I keep reflecting back on that holiday.
And the truth is, even though I thought it was the worst Thanksgiving ever at the time:
- It was the last holiday we had together in that big beautiful
farm housethat I had spent many holidays over the last 25 years in, longer for my other family members. The Farm was sold a few months later.
- It was the last holiday that my Grandfather Sam was able to enjoy with us before he moved into a wonderful Memory Care home, as it was just too hard for my grandmother to care for him any longer.
- And it was the last holiday that we were able to spend with my Grandmother Maggie, as she recently passed away from a short but tumultuous battle with lung cancer.
I look back on that holiday and realize that we will never have those memories again.
And while the holiday itself seemed stressful and awful at the time, those memories are ultimately all we have left of those days together.
So this year, I challenge you to take time to appreciate your holiday experience, no matter how crazy it may seem.
No matter how much your family members may seem to annoy you.
And no matter how awful it may seem at the time.
New Thanksgiving Traditions
Thanksgiving will obviously look very different for my family this year.
In fact, most of the family has split up and decided to do their own dinner and make their own traditions this year.
So when it was finally asked who was cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, no one was more surprised than I to hear that my husband had volunteered.
My husband is a wonderful Chef, so there are no worries that dinner won’t be absolutely amazing.
But for someone who spends 60+ hours a week in a kitchen cooking, I was surprised he took on the task.
Regardless, I am exciting to host Thanksgiving in my home for the first time ever, and because my husband is taking care of all the food, I get to focus on what I care about more: The Thanksgiving Tablescape.
Savory Edible Arrangement
If we’re friends on Instagram, you know that I am a passionate gardener.
Together my husband and I tend to The Millennial Garden, our half-acre mini-Farm where we grow our own fruits, vegetables, herbs and raise our six chickens: Goldie, Flossie, Heidi, Zebra, Rosie and Elena of Avalor.
My passion for gardening came from my mom, a certified Master Gardener.
And to be honest, she 100% created this savory edible arrangement on her own and brought it over for me to photograph.
Best mom ever, right??
But seriously, this Savory Edible Arrangement is just incredible, and a true testament to the beauty of what Mother Nature can provide.
Have you ever seen an artichoke bloom? Because that is what that big, beautiful blue flower is in the middle.
Thoughtfully arranged together with kale, basil, and dill, these four ingredients come together to make the most beautiful Savory Edible Arrangement that truly is 100% edible if you so choose to chop it up for a salad later.
- 1 bunch freshly cut kale
- 1 bunch freshly cut basil
- 1 bunch freshly cut dill, flowered, if possible
- 3-4 whole artichokes, flowered, if possible
- Arrange together into a beautiful floral arrangement.
- Add to a vase with fresh water.
- Consume after viewing, if desired.
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Welcome! I’m Emily Kyle, a nationally recognized media registered dietitian nutritionist & holistic cannabis practitioner providing holistic health care for those living with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. To help you, I offer food sensitivity testing, cannabis education, and this blog which provides free resources including anti-inflammatory recipes, holistic health, wellness and nutrition related articles, and evidence-based cannabis education.