Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

illustration of slicing a butternut squashStumped about what to serve your vegetarian family and friends at Thanksgiving? Tired of serving the same things every year, and need some new ideas? I’m a little tired of stuffed squash myself, so I’m suggesting a galette or pot pie as the main course instead.

Here’s a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu with recommended recipes. Make the whole feast or pick some extra vegetable sides so the vegetarian at your table has some more variety — they’ll appreciate it!

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Group Activity Inspiration: Connecting Art and Place

Art created at a Cabin Time retreat. Image from Cabin Time website.

Beyond individually creating art connected to our wild homes, we can work as a group to enhance our understanding of place. Draw inspiration for activities connecting art and place from other groups across the U.S.

  • The group Cabin Time runs a roaming creative residency, with artists spending a week in a remote location making art inspired by the natural area
  • Artists recently sailed up the British Columbia coast creating artwork inspired by that area, which will be compiled into a book encouraging conservation of British Columbia’s Raincoast
  • The organization Elastic City stages “Island Night”, walks of small groups that combine philosophical discussion, poetry, and nature
  • In the Seattle area, the group The Long Walk leads an annual four day walk from Seattle up into the Cascades incorporating local performers, chefs, and activists

Catch Up on Creative Projects with a Creative Staycation

I’m on day 7 of my third creative staycation. Instead of taking a traditional vacation or even a traditional staycation, I took time off work and stayed home to catch up on artistic projects. (I have more vacation time than my partner, so I would have taken time off without him regardless; I chose to take advantage of the time for my own projects.)

I recommend a creative staycation for pushing through creative blocks or making progress on creative projects that require a lot of energy or a long period of concentrated time.

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Creative Inspiration & Prompts for Summer

Nature study

Go somewhere outdoors by yourself, preferably where you won’t see many people. Find a nice place to sit and spend half an hour there studying your surroundings. No music, no talking, no smart phones, just take in the scene. (Of course, be safe and let someone know where you’re going.)

Engage your other senses

  • Eat a different type of local fruit at each meal and create a piece of art inspired by their smell, feel, or taste.
  • Borrow a CD you’ve never heard and create a quick piece of art while listening to the entire album.

Push your limits

Try a new outdoor activity that stretches your comfort zone:

  • Don’t like heights? Try tandem paragliding (I survived, so will you ;D). Tamer alternative: take a bouldering class.
  • Not sure about the water? Give white-water rafting a try (or maybe wait until August when the flow’s lower). Tamer alternative: paddle surfing.
  • Always lost? Take an orienteering class, or participate in a meet, to hone your navigation skills. There are also permanent courses set up; download maps online beforehand. (Seattle area permanent orienteering courses)
  • Inspired by The Hunger Games or Brave? Try archery.

Read a book in a different genre or style from your status quo. Some PNW book suggestions I’ve enjoyed…

Ponder

At the 2012 Aspen Environment Forum in June, Kevin Trenberth said: “The problem: we’re continually changing the climate so there’s no new normal. How do you plan for that?” Envision the future of the Northwest in light of climate change and continued human development.

Over to You

What inspires you during the summer?