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Hello Everyone,

I am writing to you from my cottage workspace on Charleston Lake, Ontario. I always feel inspired to write when I am here by the lake.

Today I want to talk to you about buying a dehydrator!! I bought one about five minutes ago (not going to lie to you) and here is what I am SUPER excited to use it for!

Dehydrators Can Help You Save Food (aka less waste)

1) Put herbs, berries, ginger, lemon, or flower petals in to dry and then make your own tea!

Click here for Homemade Tea Recipes

2) Dry herbs for cooking

3) Dehydrate citrus wheels to make eco-friendly holiday decorations.

Click here for eco-friendly decoration ideas

4) Dehydrate any leftover tomatoes from your garden to a jar with a little olive oil.

Click here for a sun-dried tomato recipe.

Choosing Which Dehydrator to Buy

Some dehydrators can be really expensive - so personally I would recommend buying a cheaper one to start with. You can upgrade later if you really feel like you need it.

This is the one I bought (which is on sale right now)!

I am told another good brand to look out for NESCO.

Let me know if you already have a dehydrator or have any brand recommendations in the comments section below! I would love to know what you use it for? I don't know if I will do this, but you can also make beef jerky. Which is super good for taking on long hikes or overnight camping trips.

Have a great weekend.


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Hello Fall and Hello Beautiful People,

It has been a bit since I have written a blog post (sorry everyone), but now I am jumping back into posting and I am super excited to help you stay sustainable throughout the holidays.

So let's dive into Thanksgiving!!

Here are some tips to help you stay eco-friendly the week leading up to Thanksgiving weekend -

Go to a Pumpkin Patch Outside the City

Yes, we all need our fall pumpkin and gourd display in the house or on the front porch, but stop purchasing from city grocery stores! Not only are the pumpkins and gourds overpriced, but they are often coming from another country.

For example, if you are purchasing a pumpkin from Loblaws in Ontario, the place of origin is stated as follows, "Due to the nature of this product, the country of origin can vary in order to maintain availability. Your product will be sourced from one of the following countries: Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico or United States"....

Purchasing a pumpkin from another country is so silly, especially when we have great farms less than an hour away from us. Take an afternoon drive to a farm and have fun picking from a fantastic selection of locally grown pumpkins!

Pumpkin Farms Just Outside Vancouver

Southlands Heritage Farm

Rondriso Farms

Laity Pumpkins Patch

Pumpkin Farms Just Outside Toronto

Knox Pumpkin Farm

Stonehaven Farms

Linton's Farm Market (my personal favourite place that specializes in growing weird pumpkins)

Make your Own Pie or Order From A Local Bakery (request no box)

Pumpkin pies are literally the easiest pie to make! If you make the dough ahead of time and freeze it, the process is super quick day of. Here is my favourite dough recipe and I truthfully just follow the recipe on the back on the pumpkin puree can (guilty as charged). If you have lots of time, go one step further and make your own pumpkin puree.

Dough Recipe (make ahead of time to save time on Thanksgiving Day).

Don't Buy Fake Fall Decor

Instead, try making your own wreaths with materials scavenged from around your neighbourhood.

Here is a great article about how to make your own wreaths!

Invest In Cloth Napkins

Paper napkins are so last year; this is the year to purchase a nice cloth napkin set to put on your dinner table.

Here are some super cute sets that are made with sustainable fabrics -

26 Lentils makes super cute patterned cloth napkins

If you are looking for simpler linen napkins I would recommend Lilicity

Know How Much Food to Serve

This years Thanksgiving dinner table might look a little different due to social gathering restrictions. If your guest count is smaller this year, make sure you also make less food (so nothing gets wasted). Don't forget to account for a good leftover turkey sandwich though!

Here is a great portion size guide for you -


Enjoy your dinner with loved ones, use reusable glass containers with lids to store leftovers (no plastic wrap allowed), and practice gratitude.

I am so thankful to have such amazing clients, customers and industry professionals in my life. Thank you so much for reading this blog right now!

Let me know what you're thankful for in the comments section below!

Warmest Wishes,

Micro Weddings are IN, they are cute and they are so much better for the planet!

What's the difference between a micro wedding and an elopement?

Micro or small scale weddings have a guest count of 30-50 people and the order of events is similar to those at a regular wedding.

Elopements are considered under 10 people and the affair is usually planned under the radar (and not far ahead of time).

Now let's talk eco-friendly..

Having an eco-friendly micro wedding lets you celebrate with your nearest and dearest, and enables you to spend more money on the things you love - farm to table food, organic wine, and local products - and less money on people you don't even know that well. Seems like a good deal right?

When searching for an eco-friendly wedding venue in Toronto, there are many factors to be considerate of: how many people does the space accommodate, are there any noise restrictions past a certain time, is it wheelchair accessible, is there parking and the list goes on....

As an eco-friendly event planner I have traveled around the city viewing hundreds of venues and asking what types of sustainable practices these spaces have in place. Now the game has changed again: what venues are still open after being hit with a global pandemic and do they offer flexible small scale or micro wedding packages?

Beware of venues stating they are eco-friendly because they recycle and compost. Although this is a great practice, it does not mean that they are eco-friendly.

Things to look for and ask for when assessing the green practices of a venue (even during COVID-19) ~

- willingness to omit as much plastic as possible from the event

- the use of eco-friendly cleaning products

- the use of eco friendly dry cleaning for all linens & napkins

- refraining from the use of plastic straws and plastic water bottles

- the use of LED light bulbs

If they have in-house catering ~

- sourcing of local food (farm to table concept)

- do they grow their own herbs

- refrains from covering food in plastic wrap (towels or beeswax wrap instead)

- have the proper compost & recycling measures in place

- is signed up or is willing to sign up for a Second Harvest program called FoodRescue.ca

These are my top 5 recommendations for eco-friendly venues that host amazing micro weddings in Toronto; they all have a micro-wedding package in place or are very willing to accommodate small scale weddings. Need a eco-friendly wedding planner to guide you through your journey? Eco-friendly weddings are our specialty here at Perrier Planning!

1. Evergreen Brickworks

2. Miller Lash House

3. Granite Brewery

4. The Gladstone Hotel

5. Kortright Event Space

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