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Our Life Giving Table Fall Edition Inspired by Sally Clarkson’s New Book The Life Giving Table

Our Life Giving TableFall Edition

As a homeschooling family, much time is spent gathered around our dinner table. It is the place where we eat, yes, but it is so much more than that.

Our dinner table is the place where we do school, make crafts – even messy ones, the place where my kids get to help cook different meals, the place where we read and paint.

Our dinner table is the place where many of our family memories are being made.

The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table

Our table is scratched, stained with different colors of oil paint and it is okay with us. We realize this is just a season in our lives. Someday, we may have a new table with zero scratches and perfectly looking wood. However, the fact that my table is the way it is signifies that it is loved by a group of people.  I would not have it any other way. 

As we spend even more time around the table, I am going to delve into Sally Clarkson’s new book, The Life Giving Table. She is such a candid, well-spoken, sincere woman. I look forward to her new book and learning more ways about to make my table more Giving than it already is. 

Sally Clarkson’s book, The Life Giving Table, is an inspiration to make the most of the time we spend gathered around this wooden table. Her book is inspiring us to grow, to connect, and to invest our time during meals into more than eating food, but to be together as a family where many of our memories are being made.

Her book also comes with a companion book to help digest the content of her book into applicable lessons.

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The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting,The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting,The Lifegiving Table Experience: A Guided JourneyThe Lifegiving Table Experience: A Guided Journey

In some ways, my dining table makes me think of the book The Giving TreeOur table gives, gives, and gives. This is the place where gather to make memories, to pray, to read our Bibles, where we have conversations, where we work hard to edify one another. Our table is the place where we put our phones away to just be with one another. 

As we enjoy meals, read books, take pictures, spend time together, our table is the place where our fondest memories are being made to last a lifetime.  Research also shows that families that eat together are healthier and closer. Children who have a healthy experience around the table are also healthier adults later on in life. 

The table is a place to cherish one another, build each other up, engage in conversation, hear jokes, hear about each other’s day, ask questions, answer questions. 

The table is the place to be together. 

The table is the place to be united.

The table is the place to grow in love. 

The table is the place to grow closer together as a family and closer to God. The maker of all things. 

 

What is your Life Giving Table like? Will you be reading Sally Clarkson’s new book? Let me know in the comments. 

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Homemade Pumpkin Yogurt – Two Recipe Alternatives

 

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Recipe

I fell in love with everything Pumpkin flavored some years ago when I first tried Pumpkin Pie. It was so new to me. I never had anything pumpkin flavored in Chile. It was not a popular flavor. In the United States, however, as soon as September hits, everything and I mean EVERYTHING is pumpkin flavor.  There are cereals, desserts, foods, coffee, candy…everything that you can think is more than likely available in pumpkin. 

My table also looks very Fall-sy, Fall-ish, Otoñal, Autumn-ish. The decoration in our home is also representative of Fall: pumpkins, sunflowers, yellows, oranges, and brown.  More about my Fall table on this post: My Life Giving Table – Fall Edition.

Pumpkin Table Fall Decor Life Giving Table

 

Usually for snack time, when time permits, I like to make a special snack for the afternoon to go along with our read aloud time.  This time I made Pumpkin Yogurt with banana slices, because we always so many that need to be used up, and crumbled Graham Crackers. 

 

The process to make this Pumpkin Yogurt was very simple. Too easy, if I may say so.  We had some vanilla yogurt and added pumpkin puree, a bit of cinnamon, and blended the ingredients in our Ninja blender. In the meantime, my children got some Graham Crackers in a ziploc bag to crumble the crackers. Another one cut up some banana slices to garnish the Pumpkin Yogurt. 

You may also like this recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe 

As you can see, the process was very simple and it was delicious. As I was trying to write down the recipe that day, my children asked for more, so it took quite a while until I was able to sit down again to write down the recipe.  Can we still call it a recipe? You tell me.  Go ahead and make it. Let me know how you like it! 

 

Ingredients to make Pumpkin Yogurt using Flavored Yogurt 

 

  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Banana slices
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Cinnamon
  • Graham Crackers

 

Steps to make Pumpkin Yogurt

 

Blend yogurt, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon until desired consistency. Serve, Top it with banana slices and crumbled Graham Crackers.  

Enjoy!!!!

 

Ingredients to make Pumpkin Yogurt using Plain Yogurt 

 

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Recipe

 

Blend yogurt, pumpkin puree, and frozen bananas until desired consistency. This way you will have a natural sweetener (the bananas), your yogurt will be mostly natural flavors this way. Very healthy. 

 

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