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Let’s Make Your Thanksgiving Beautiful + Simple

IMG_1786 Across the glow of candles, you deeply inhale the aroma of comfort + harvest to see the twinkling faces of your beloved people who have gathered to celebrate this feast of gratitude. As the bowls and platters begin their merry go round the table you feel the spirit of Thanksgiving filling your heart.

Once your plate is properly piled on, you taste the first bites and melt into delight. You made this! You didn’t just reheat it in the oven as so many weeknight dinners seem to be lately, rather this dish was simple, comforting and exactly what you wanted to eat today. As an added bonus, making this dinner was a surprisingly joyful process.

Looking up from that first bite, you notice there is a slight hush with occasional murmurs of glee as everyone else dives into their favorite dish. Once each item has been properly sampled, the lively conversation of your family begins again and you find yourself reflecting on the fact that not all Thanksgivings have felt this blissful.
signupbutton_tealRemember the year you drove five hours for dinner only to be served processed food that tasted blah and made you feel icky afterwards? Had you known, you at least would have brought some real food to contribute.

That time when the entire meal was made safe for your sweet cousin who has so many allergies including peanuts, eggs, dairy and gluten, yet the resulting dinner was rather disappointing. There must be a way to balance the safe foods with the traditional deliciousness.

What about when your aunt brought that bizarre fat free fluffy, orange-colored dessert as a replacement for Pumpkin Pie. Even she was laughing through apologetic tears.

And then there is the loving, but slightly controlling hostess who wants to make it all themselves, to not burden another soul with work, but seems to not realize food can go beyond the can or box to include the actual harvest.

Of course, sometimes you are the solo hostess as everyone travels from out of town. As you find you are doing nearly everything yourself, you barely have time to properly plan with kids home from school on break, work to do and daily life still demanding. When that Thursday arrives suddenly all the cooking happens at the last minute and you were almost too exhausted to eat by dinner time.IMG_2260

Are ready to enjoy the process of cooking, planning and preparing this beautiful dinner?

Do you crave a Thanksgiving that is simplified, delicious and truly celebrates the harvest and everyone gathered?

Let’s chat. You and me, on the phone together to guarantee a meal full of love and real food, rather than stress and less than satisfactory dishes.

I have cooked for all types of dietary needs and challenges for Thanksgiving whether I ate it with them or they served it to their own family. The art of planning the meal in advance or delegating to those gathering is something I have spent years crafting.

It is my immense pleasure to consider all the cravings and food needs of your diners as well as your unique schedule and challenges to assist in creating a Thanksgiving that is special for your family.

IMG_1940Through our 30 minute conversation, I will answer all of your questions as we map out a plan to make this year’s Thanksgiving your favorite. I will also set you up with any recipes we determine you need and we will discuss the timeline for making it realistic and simple.

As an added bonus, you can contact me by email or text during Thanksgiving week. It is like a Butterball Hotline except I will answer questions about real food as I ease your nerves through the planning, shopping, and cooking process.signupbutton_yellow

After you sign up for our call, I will send you a calendar to select the perfect time for us to chat.

I am looking forward to helping make this Thanksgiving a calm, celebratory time of beautiful food and delicious time spent with your loved ones.IMG_0654

Gifts for a bunch of your Lovely Ladies

 

uwladiesGirlfriends.

Whether they are your sister, co-worker, besties from childhood, college or maybe the mommies of your kid’s friends, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time, texts, chit-chats or coffee to share with them. For me, I am blessed with ladies nearby and across the country who have shared important moments in my life, have supported me, laughed, cried and just been their precious selves for me.

More recently, I have had the honor of getting to know a group of gals who are building businesses at all different stages and it has been a blessing to get to know them better. Especially as we all hone in on ways to balance our business life with mamahood as well as our own personal joy.

Slowly, I am coming to understand we are all struggling, while doing our best. We are all facing our own dramas, triumphs, challenges, and successes. Sharing our stories over hot drinks, long walks, good food or pedicures makes all of it that much easier to face or celebrate.

The truth is, try as I might, there are so many lovely ladies in my life that I want to connect to, share and celebrate with. When it comes to the holiday season, there are all sorts of reasons to give each of them something extra special, but I always stress about trying to find them something useful, sweet, or just pretty- even if I know it will be discarded eventually. What I really want to bestow on each of them is a bit more time to relax, a bit less drama to endure, something delicious to savor or simply something beautiful to learn.IMG_8295

When it comes to Lilly’s Table, I like to think it is the perfect gift for the Mama who is ready to embrace the goodness each season has to offer with simple recipes, weekly meal plans and easy to create shopping lists that bring a nourishing beautiful meal to their family. It is the gift that goes beyond the holiday season to serve all of us ladies as we try to juggle and balance it all.

Buying one gift certificate for one friend is always a possibility. But, for a limited time during this holiday season, buy in bulk and save some money!

Buy four gift certificates and receive the fifth gift certificate for FREE!
(you can even use that fifth one for yourself– I won’t tell!) 

Or go even further, buy eight certificates and receive three gift certificates for FREE!

This offer is only valid during the holiday season though, so snatch it up quick! Start buying those gift certificates, then contact me at lilly@lillystable.com and I will hook you up with all of the bonus gift certificates. (If you are buying a ton, let me know as I will sweeten the deal further!) 

Whether you buy your dear friends a gift certificate to Lilly’s Table, a pretty trinket, cup of coffee on your next cafe date, pole dancing lessons, flowers or something as unique as they are to you, I wish each of you a bright + heartfelt holiday season with lots of deliciousness and love flowing your way!
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Cook seasonally. Eat consciously. Live well,

Chef Lilly