A Virtual Picnic, Acadia National Park & Cookbook Giveaway
I’ve been feasting this week with the Novel Bakers, inspired by The Forest Feast Gatherings: Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hosting Friends & Family by Erin Gleeson. If you missed our review, you can find Part 1 with a Floral/Edible Table Runner, Butternut Hummus and Endive Bar; and Part 2 with Easy Tray Centerpieces, a Pear-Thyme Galette, and Salted Fudge with Cinnamon.
I’m ending the week of feasting fun with a virtual picnic and inspiration from The Forest Feast Gatherings with a cookbook giveaway.
My picnic basket is packed for feasting in the forest at Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park. You can see highlights of our Coastal Maine Getaway in October, here.
We spent one too brief day in Acadia National Park. These photos were taken along the trail at Jordan Pond, a glacially carved valley, and Acadia’s deepest and clearest lake with depths of 150 feet.
It was overcast the day we were there but the scenery was green, lush, and beautiful around the 3.3 mile loop trail with view of the mountains, known as the the Bubbles, reflected in the pond.
The trail follows the shore of Jordan Pond providing iconic views of steep, glacially sculpted mountains.
The leaves were just beginning to turn when we were there in early October. I can only imagine how beautiful it is when the fall color peaks.
My picnic basket is packed to feast along the forest path by the pond!
Let’s start with Ginger-Mint Lemonade to quench our thirst. . .
Add some chopped fresh ginger and mint to your lemonade, and blend to infuse the flavor, then strain.
Orzo-Black Bean Salad is an easy and delicious addition to your picnic basket!
The orzo is combined with black beans, red bell pepper, corn, cilantro, and red onion. If you’re not a cilantro fan, substitute parsley or omit. I omitted the red onion since we’re not raw onion fans. Our salad is packed in jars so it’s portable.
The dressing is a combination of lime, olive oil and chili powder. You can make the salad ahead.
Pesto-cucumber wraps are on the picnic menu. I recommend adding some chopped sundried tomatoes to go with the cream cheese and pesto filling!
The trail path along the east side of Jordan Pond is an easy walk on a compact/dirt surface. A left on the trail, travels the west side first, mostly on a long section of wooden planks over a boggy area. The north end of the west side is rugged as it traverses uneven granite.
It’s not a hard trail to walk but I found myself having to concentrate and look down to stay on the crooked path of the plank walk.
We’re feasting on Salted Fudge with Cinnamon for dessert.
You can find the recipe, here.
You can find Jain @ a quiet life’s Forest Feast picnic in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, here.
The Forest Feast Gatherings is an inspiring reference for anyone who wants to share good food with good friends, simply, easily, and beautifully.
I’m giving away one copy of The Forest Feast Gatherings in celebration of feasting and gathering season.
To enter the giveaway and for a chance to win this cookbook, tell me your favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast or menu.
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This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. and is sponsored by me and in no way endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Pinterest.
A winner will be chosen December 2nd.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
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Mary, it looks beautiful their!!! Your pics are gorgeous. For me, boring girl that I am, it is the turkey that is my favorite. Yes their are all the wonderful trimmings, but I just love the turkey hot or cold the next day!!! Hope you all have a Happy Turkey Day.xoxo
I now want to go to Arcadia national park! My favorite bit is the cranberry sauce. It’s raspberry jello, pineapple, fresh cranberries , nuts and orange juice and zest. So delicious that I don’t know why I only serve it at thanksgiving!
My favorite part is gathering of friends and family. We celebrate the day before Thanksgiving and I call it Friendsgiving. It is quite a feast.
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I can’t stop scrolling through your pictures of Acadia. You really captured its grandeur and feeling of peace and solitude. The cloudy day has a beauty too, with the interesting sky reflected in the pond (which looks quite low!) and the dark mountains. I hope you go back someday to see the color! The photo of the rock-lined drain through the path has given me an idea for a problem in our yard!!
I also made the orzo bean salad without the red onion and substituted basil for the cilantro. And I like the idea of the sundried tomatoes in the wrap too. We feasted on the wraps and I added roasted pimentos for color and a little excitement. I would love a bite of that fudge! It looks delicious! I know one of your readers will be so happy to win this book! It was a delight feasting with you this week.
Mary, Lovely picnic. Pictures are beautiful and calming. My favorite dish is my Mom’s Sweet Potato Pie. My birthday is the last day of November so we celebrate at Thanksgiving. She is making an extra Sweet Potato Pie just for me. YUM!!!
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We loved Acadia when we visited, but didn’t take the trail at Jordan Pond. It sure does look intriguing though with the planks over bog (we hiked to the top of Bubbles), and I often comment that clouds make the fall colors more contrasting – a welcome sight as much as with the sun & blue skies. Our stay in Acadia sure would’ve been much better with a picnic like yours! A really nice opportunity for any reader to received this cookbook. Your culinary experiments this week were very inviting. Thanks for the chance, I’m obviously a subscriber, and I’m pinning. As for Thanksgiving, give me my mother’s bread dressing recipe or it’s not Thanksgiving! :)
Beautiful pictures and lovely picnic. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is cooking all the food and bringing it all together.
Acadia National Park is by far one of the loveliest national park. From its views to the trails and wild life. My favorite part of Thanksgiving feast is getting together with family and friends and the wonderful food we prepare for the occasion. Love left overs, turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich! Yum! 🦃🦃🦃 Enjoy!
Sharing a table full of good food with my family!
What a fun week it has been with you and the other Novel Bakers- wonderful recipes and glorious pictures. My favorite Thanksgiving food is homemade sage dressing- yum.
Great pictures of the National Park and food!!! I will share on FB. I M a subscriber too.
My favorite part of Thanksgiving is family coming together..we will be having 18 this year. Favorite food is the pumpkin pie!!! I love pumpkin pie!!
Thanks for the give away and the great recipes..🦃🦃🦃🦃
Mary your pics are just beautiful. We are so lucky in this country to have those sites to see. My favorite of the Thanksgiving Feast is when we first gather at the table. When everyone is thankful that the food is before them and those who could come and join the feast are present. Giving Thanks for all that we have and are blessed with. That’s my favorite!
Thanks for the tour & the crooked path walk. . . . . .my favorite parts are setting the table the night before, the sharing & playing games after the meal. . . . .(if others need to check on football, it is done without disturbing the rest of us).
Thank you Mary, such a beautiful post.
My favorite at Thanksgiving time is the stuffing. It’s a very simple recipe that my Gramma and my mother made. Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Mary, your photos are so beautiful, we have to make it to Acadia next year. The picnic looks delicious and the presentation, as always, is stunning. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is carrying on the tradition of my beloved Mother…memories are so sweet as I prepare her recipes for my family, with her cornbread dressing being my favorite! Thanks for the give-away and wishing you a wonderful weekend!
I love Acadia. This whole blog series has been a feast for me! Lovely as usual, and so nice to be pop up free! My favorite part of Thanksgiving is our family potluck at the church hall where my grandmother attended church when she was living. From the graveyard, you can glimpse the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lots of food, family, and laughter!
Shared on Facebook! Your pics are awesome. Thanks for sharing the recipes. This cookbook looks wonderful!
My Thanksgiving favorite is having the family together and being in a thankful mood. The food is always over the top and we always eat too much, but that’s part of the expectation. I think I really like having cranberry relish with the turkey since that’s the only time I have the two together. Desserts are also a favorite since I normally don’t indulge too much there. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos from your trip!
Gorgeous images of Acadia … I want to go! My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner — the stuffing/dressing … and gravy. I enjoyed your first post about Forest Feast Gatherings that I ordered her first cookbook. Stunning! Having a great time going page by page.
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Thanksgiving always invokes memories of the feasts of the past. When I was a girl, there were so many aunts, uncles, and cousins celebrating at my grandmother and grandfather’s house. We all waited for someone to make the joke to pass Uncle Chuck the creamed onions because he didn’t like them. As my family grew up, we made our own traditions that we are now passing along to our grandchildren. I so enjoy making meals for my family and friends. That’s a way that I express my love for them. On the food side, I enjoy getting creative with side dishes. I try to make some new versions every year to go with my traditional turkey and stuffing.
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Have loved Acadia for years and I confess I really want this cookbook–I am the picnic queen !!
When it comes to Thanksgiving, I go for the dressing every time!!!
What a beautiful park for your forest feast Mary! Your menu is picnic perfect and I can’t wait to try the pesto cucumber rolls, they sound so good–you’ve given new meaning to walking the plank, I’m sure I would have been tripping all over the place as I would be looking at all the stunning scenery :) I’ve really enjoyed this week of gathering and feasting and sent a note to my Santa with a hint hint! Have a wonderful weekend,
What a beautiful place! Living in Florida it’s so flat – I miss scenes like this when I lived in California. Thank you for your wonderful photos. My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the stuffing & gravy – I don’t know why I don’t make it more often, it is such a treat. Have a happy Thanksgiving
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Beautiful Pics!! It’s on my bucket list to get to Acadia someday. I love Orzo salad and make something similar to this one but my sweet tooth would always win with that fudge. I’d pack a lot of that in my picnic backpack :-)
What beautiful photos of your lovely hike! The scenery looks very similar to some of our Oregon parks. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, I love to cook and prepare and gather everyone together! I have been making a delicious cranberry relish for years (the recipe came out of the magazine Family Circle almost 40 years ago when my children were small!) Our wedding anniversary is Nov 25th which always adds to the special-ness of Thanksgiving! Much to be thankful for this year! This looks like a beautiful cookbook! I follow here and on FB and Pinterest and will post/share. Happy Thanksgiving to you Mary!
I would pick the sweet potato casserole we make each Thanksgiving as my favorite but I love everything we have that day. I have enjoyed your posts this week. My granddaughter visited Acadia Forest this fall and just loved it.
I’ve been to many Natural Parks and hope to visit Acadia next year. Your pictures are beautiful
Acadia is so beautiful, especially in the Fall when the leaves have peaked. Your photos are spectacular, it is like being along on your walk over the planks. Spending time with my family and inviting those without family to our celebration is our tradition. My Thanksgiving favorite(anytime favorite too) is the pumpkin pie or anything else with pumpkin in it! Second would be anything with cranberries. Thank-you for this delightful series featuring Forest Feast Gatherings and the Novel Bakers.
Looks like a great cookbook. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is getting together with family and friends and of course, Pumpkin Pie.
My late beloved and I so enjoyed visiting the National Parks and hiking in them. We never got to Acadia, but your pics are swoon worthy. I’d be looking down at the path, too, Mary, after viewing that walkway! Love your picnic ideas for enjoying the outdoor beauty. I’m going to be with my mom and sister this Thanksgiving and I’ll enjoy being with them.
AWESOME way to start my day viewing your wonderful pictures of Acadia National Park .. thanks for sharing your amazing talents.. you are keeping my TO DO & TO GO list quite full!!!!
What a beautiful cookbook. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is spending time with family and friends. Good times with lots of love and laughter.
Hi Mary. Thanks for the beautiful photos of Acadia National Park. I live in Maine , so I get to go visit often.The foliage this year was absolutely
breath taking. The best that I have seen in years! My favorite dish for Thanksgiving is the stuffing. It`s all about the stuffing! :) Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful cookbook!
I love picnics…in a park, at the beach, by a brook…As usual, your food and presentation are swoon worthy…You make it look so easy!
The book looks enchanting and one I should add to my collection…Alas…I am trying to divest myself (s l o w l y) of all of my different ‘collections’ and it is hard to justify adding one more book…
I have been hosting Thanksgiving for thirty years. So, to be honest, my favorite part is the turkey sandwiches the next day while I put my feet up in front of the fire.
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Beautiful recipes and outdoor setting. Coastal Maine and ACADIA looks remote and gorgeous ! Thank you for sharing !
Mary. love your photos. I will have to visit Arcadia to see this lovely National Park. I will share on Facebook. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is enjoying time with my family and friends. Thank you for all of your wonderful posts!! Have a Happy Thanksgiving day.
Beautiful photos! I’m looking forward to making my fresh cranberry salad for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I crave it all year, but it only works with fresh cranberries available for a limited time. I bought the cookbook and love it so much that I would like to give a copy to my friend who is beginning her Vegan journey. I know some of the recipes will need adaptation to become Vegan, but I think she will like it anyway.
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Beautiful photos and wonderful recipes! My favorite part of Thanksgiving is that my son now comes up from Fl. for Collee’s birthday (the 20th) and then stays for Thanksgiving so we are ALL together. It makes my heart happy. He is on his way right now! Have a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving. Hope you will be with family and friends too.
Lovely picnic and hike, Mary. I do not do Facebook but I do Instagram and Pin. I’ve already subscribe to your email notifications and enjoy every post. Your talent is one of my favorites. So happy you are featuring Erin’s spectacular book!
I love stuffing
A blessing for my eyes…lovely lovely trails through the forest…and thoughts of a picnic there…oh my.
A spoonful of gravy on a piece of dark meat of the turkey…can’t wait!!
My favorite part is stuffing. I don’t care what kind — cornbread, oyster, chestnut — I love it all. As far as I’m concerned, the rest of the menu is just items to be used to convey stuffing into my mouth.
Oh dear. The most I can narrow down my favorites is to mashed potatoes and (NOT pumpkin) pie. I love Maine-have been there twice. I am a subscriber and am sharing this post on Pinterest.
My favorite food of the Thanksgiving meal is the Turkey.
The favorite food at the Thanksgiving table is the Cranberry Sauce.
Stuffing is the number one food hands down at the Thanksgiving feast.
The fudge sure looks yummy. I’m not vegan but the recipes would appeal to everyone.
I truly love the turkey sandwiches and leftovers the next day, better than the feast the day of. I am awed by the beautiful photos of Acadia National Park and would love to visit someday, and the recipes that you shared out of this cookbook look scruptious!
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You photos are always beautiful-with or without food in them! You know my favorite is turkey as well (though I really love it all!) since we only have it on Thanksgiving day-its part of what makes the day special and full of memories.
I just want to jump into those photos! My favorite is my southern sausage and pecan stuffing! Yum!
I love my yellow squash casserole and all of the leftovers since I am hosting this year!
oh what a gorgeous trip… I have always wanted to go, I LOVE the tranquility, it is really breathtaking. LOVED your virtual picnic, such a treat to see the forest feast from ca to maine!
Save me a piece (or two…) of fudge!!! franki
Thanks for taking us on a picnic to Acadia which is one of our favorite places. Watching the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain is breathtaking! We are going again in June when my hubby retires from teaching. Your pictures captured it so well! I was gifted the cookbook by my sister and am excited to plan a picnic or a forest feast. My mom’s dressing recipe will always be the star of our Thanksgiving feast.
Awesome pictures! Pumpkin pie is my favorite
My favorite part is the turkey/dressing/mashed potatoes! Can’t have one without the other! Also love cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie for dessert!
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Wonderful pictures! Great photography! Thanks so much for sharing them with us! We don’t do a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Our 3 local daughters go to their husband’s family for the big meal. ( get them Christmas! ) In the evening, I have appetizers, soup and dessert for any of them and my adult grandchildren-whoever wants to come. Lot less work!
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I do love Maine and your photos are outstanding! Makes my heart ache with longing. I receive your blog on my email and follow on Facebook.
Wow! Your photos are exquisite! Makes me long to be there!! What imaginative pathways! Your book looks like a wonderful cookbook! I would love to win It! My favorite recipe for Thanksgiving has to be my crockpot dressing! I am a follower, I shared this on FB and pinned it! Blessings to your day…
I just don’t know how you keep coming up with so many wonderful recipes, but what a blessing you are! My fav is the PUMPKIN PIE!! I share your posts through iMessage bubbles and e-mail.
My favorite menu at Thanksgiving is the turkey… I love turkey… It does not matter how it is cooked, I still love it…
Lovely pictures and scenery. I’m always a little skeptical of the woods due to bears, but it is a beauty…
The turkey is the main part of out dinner but my favorite side is the person sitting next to me. It is all about family for us. Three generations get together every year. It is important for all of us to stay in touch. I follow you on Facebook and Pinterest and will share on both too. I love, love, love your blog. It is my little getaway every day. Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Oh wow! The scenery in your pictures was beautiful….I can only imagine how beautiful it was in person!? Thanks for sharing all of the great photos! My favorite part of Thanksgiving is making my Grandmother’s recipe for Cornbread Dressing. She made it every holiday and special occasion while I was growing up, and now that she’s in heaven, I make it for my family. I am already subscribed to your blog and so enjoy it!
I shared about the giveaway on Pinterest! Thanks for the opportunity to win what looks to be an amazing cookbook!
My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the faces gathered around the Thanksgiving table! I cherish the family and friends and coworkers who gather together in thankfulness and good cheer! The pictures are great and I hope to visit Acadia to see it for myself. Thanks!
My favorite thing abt thanksgiving is the smell of the turkey and cornbread stuffing roasting in the oven and of course the time arriving when we actually get to taste it! As always your pictures are lovely. Mari in Colorado
My favorite part of the meal is the cornbread dressing and cranberry chutney.
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My favorite part of thanksgiving dinner is the mashed potatoes and gravy.
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I can’t think of a more beautiful place in the Park than Jordan Pond….We also had a brief day there and vow to go back…your picnic goodies look amazing!….Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Mary!!
Beautiful pictures..fun picnic! My favorite part of Thanksgiving is decorating the table and making my mom’s dressing!
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My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is pumpkin pie. Beautiful scenery! I have the same picnic basket!
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Gorgeous photography! My favorite part of T’day dinner is the whipped sweet potato casserole. Unfortunately, no one else likes sweet potatoes in any form, so they’re no longer part of the feast.
Love how you displayed everything. Watching the Macy’s parade while preparing the sides is what I love best.
My favorite part of the Thanksgiving menu is the mashed potatoes with turkey gravy.
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I have a very dear group of very diverse friends who get together monthly for adventures. Interesting enough is our focus on food and finding the freshest and best. These picnic ideas will be great for our kayak adventure on our local lake.I will also like on Facebook and would love to win this cookbook. I am very devoted to your suggestions and frequently acquire said suggested books. Again, kudos
wow, now I know where our next vacation will be! Love national parks and could spend every vacation going to a different one. USA is beautiful!
Would love a new cookbook. My girlfriends and I have a dinner every month and set a beautiful table.
My grandmother’s cornbread dressing–she always said that oven drying some of the celery leaves and sprinkling them in made “all the difference!”