Updated: Dec 15, 2021
November is somewhat of a transitional month. It's that time right before the holiday season where we stop and reflect on what we have, show gratitude, and pay forward some of our good fortune. The cornucopia, also known as the 'horn of plenty', is a symbol that is often associated with this time of year because of its representation of the harvest, abundance, and good fortune.
Rachel Ruysch, "Fruit, a nest, a lizard and insects in a wood", oil on canvas
During this time of year, we look for ways to encourage 'gardeners' of all ages to show gratitude for their 'flowers' and appreciate their gardens. This year in particular given our recent shift in perspectives, we find ourselves grateful for the opportunity to 'safely' see family and friends, we are grateful for our health, we honor those who are working tirelessly to protect us - the list goes on and on.
So today, we have the perfect goodie for you to share with loved ones for this special time of year. Keep reading to see what's in these sweet & salty cornucopias!
What you'll need:
Brown paper (you can also use a waffle cone if you have this!)
Filling: nuts, seeds, snacks (pretzels, sesame sticks, Chex, granola), candy (M&Ms, milk duds, chocolate covered raisins, etc.)
F I R S T T H I N G S F I R S T
Making your horn. Find some brown paper and cut out roughly the shape shown below. The easiest way to do this is to cut a square, trim the bottom two corners, and round off the top. Once you get the shape you like, tape the paper from the inside. Trim the top of the horn if you need to!
M A K E Y O U R F I L L I N G
Next you will need to make your cornucopia filling. Whether you want this to be savory, sweet, or salty. Mix together at least 4 different ingredients and overfill your horns.
We went with almonds, walnuts, M&Ms, chocolate covered ginger, and milk duds for a nutty and chocolatey treat!
R E A D Y T O D E L I V E R
If you are planning on handing these out to classmates, neighbors, or family members, grab a cellophane bag. Place your horn in the bottom corner of the bag and wrap the excess bag around the point of the horn and tape so the horn stays in place. Overfill your horn with your filling, and twist the bag and tie with a decorative string or ribbon.
Now you are ready to share!
What did you include in your cornucopias? Let us know in the comments below, tag us @youareagardener, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading along gardeners and don't forget to #PullYourWeeds!