Handmade Holidays: Meal Time Gatherings

Written by Mandy on November 4th, 2012

Feeding With Love, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living

Welcome to Natural Parents Network’s Handmade Holidays! We asked readers for tutorials, pattern, recipes and more and they came through! Our readers have shared some fantastic posts which we will be sharing with you in four posts: Meal Time Gatherings, Gifts for Babies and Children, Gifts for Adults, and Food Treats and Gifts. We hope you will enjoy these posts and find some inspiration yourself.

At the end of each post you will find a linky to add your own posts on the various topics. You can add tutorials, patterns, and recipes, but you can also just link to posts which show off your own creativity. So dive in, check out the great links, and inspire one another to go handmade this year!


The subject of holidays generally brings up visions of family, friends, gatherings, and food. 

Start your day off right with some healthy, delicious breakfast ideas. Make hosting mornings a breeze with these tried and true recipes.



Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes are always a hit with friends and family staying with Mandy’s family at Living Peacefully with Children. Full of flavor, and dairy free to boot, they will have your guests asking for more.





Try some of Grammy’s Pumpkin Bread at our feminist {play}school. Lyndsay’s mom shares one of Aodhan’s favourite holiday foods: vegan pumpkin bread! This would also make a great small gift.




Looking for an allergy friendly breakfast that you can make ahead? Try these Banana Pecan Muffins from Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children. These easy to make muffins are dairy, gluten, soy, corn, and egg free and are great warm or cold.






Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares her mouth watering recipe for Nourishing Chai Tea Flavored Muffins! These dairy free muffins are easy to make and are a welcome gift to any muffin lover!




Looking for ideas for those large meals? Try some of these easy and healthy ideas, perfect for a family or a group.



Spread the work out for your holiday menu and create an amazing (and Gluten Free!) holiday meal without spending all day in the kitchen! JW at True Confessions of a Real Mommy shares tips to make her Thanksgiving Meal, or any meal for a large gathering, while sharing some delicious recipes for pie crust, sweet potato pie, and cranberry sauce.




Looking for an alternative meal for a dinner party? Try Living Peacefully with Children’s dairy and gluten free Chicken and Gnocchi Soup! Rich in flavor and colorful with vegetables, it’s a twist on a homestyle meal with appeal.





Healthy Lentils and Pasta make a hearty, warming meal for a cold winter’s day. This vegetarian recipe from Charise is a family tradition at I Thought I Knew Mama. Warm your soul as you warm your body with a healthy meal.







Link up your own tutorials, patterns, and recipes for homemade holiday mealtime gifts!

About The Author: Mandy

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Mandy O'Brien is an unschooling mom of five. She's an avid reader and self-proclaimed research fanatic. An active advocate of human rights, Mandy works to provide community programs through volunteer work. She is a co-author of the book Homemade Cleaners, where simple living and green cleaning meet science. She shares a glimpse into her life at Living Peacefully with Children, where she writes about various natural parenting subjects and is working to help parents identify with and normalize attachment parenting through Attachment Parents Get Real.

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