Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Paper Roll Turkey

Thursday, November 24th, 2011 by by

It’s the last Thanksgiving craft before the big day.  This is a great one to have the kids do while you are preparing  the most hyped meal of the year.  I bet most of you already have the supplies for this fun kids craft.      And if you don’t now, you will soon.

Supplies you will need:

  • Toilet paper or paper towel roll
  • Paper plate cut in half
  • Glue and brush
  • Glitter glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper turkey parts



A Very Smacksy Thanksgiving Menu

Thursday, November 24th, 2011 by by

Okay, so I haven’t posted recipes in a long time, but Thursday is Turkey Day and I assume you’re all still eaters . If you’re here in the States, you may be wanting these recipes about now, and if you’re somewhere else, you might want to go for it anyway, because this stuff is just good.

First – This is the story of my rad stuffing that I’ve been making since the 80s. It’s magic.

Then – There is this recipe for twice baked sweet potatoes I got from La Martha.
*Hint: Re-stuffing the sweet potatoes is a tremendous pain in the yam, so I just take the filling and spread it in a casserole dish and bake it with the toppings that way. Fabulous.

Next – I’m trying this for the first time this year – it’s a new take on the old green bean casserole from Michael Chiarello. He did seem like a turd that season he was on Top Chef Masters, but his recipe looks really good. *I just might use those old-school fried onions in the can instead of frying my own and by “might” I mean I already bought a can of them.

Last – There will be pie: pumpkin and pecan. It may not be fancy, but the best recipe for the pumpkin is on the side of the pumpkin can and the greatest recipe for the pecan is on the back of the Karo syrup bottle. I know, but trust me on this. *The key with the pecan is to cut the pecan pieces really small.

I have a lot of eating to do over the next couple of days to train for Thursday.

Guest Post from Jamie’s Jumble – Turkey Decor Project

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 by by

Today Jamie, from Jamie’s Jumble is visiting us, and she has a great Turkey activity that will get you into the Thanksgiving spirit.  My favorite thing is that you can make this fun turkey using items you find at the dollar store.  Can you see why I am a big fan of Jamie’s?  Jamie loves to craft and lucky for us she really loves sharing her crafts with others.  Please pay her a visit and say hi!

Kid Friendly Turkey Decor Project:

Supplies Needed:
  • Heavy paper like poster board, card stock, etc…(I found mine at Dollar Tree!)
  • Turkey Design
  • White Glue
  • Any fun things you can find! We used glitter, food sprinkles, tissue paper, popcorn kernels, colored pasta, shaped pasta, cereals
1- Find a fun Turkey design. This is like the one I used for my kids…..

2- Cut out your Turkey Design and glue to your poster board. Let dry. (more…)


Friday, November 26th, 2010 by by

Thanksgiving is always fairly poignant for me.  Cora’s name means “Heart full of gratitude.”  So every time I think about being grateful I think about her.

I’m so grateful for her.  I’m so grateful for the person and mother she turned me into. While I’ve forgotten what it felt like to have her in my arms, or what she smelled like, I will never forget how I felt when I found out I was pregnant, or saw her on the ultrasounds screen.  Or even when I found out she had died.  I think the pain I felt in that moment – the worst emotional pain I’ve ever felt – is a testament to just how much I loved and love her.  I was afraid I wouldn’t be capable of loving a child how a mother should love a child, but she proved to me that my capacity to love is far greater than I ever expected.

Happy Thanksgiving darling girl.  I miss you more than words can say.  But I am forever grateful that I got the chance to be your mom, and that I will again someday.  I love you and always will.


Pie Day

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 by by

Some of you may celebrate Thanksgiving Eve with family, or on the road to visit relatives. Some may watch football or go shopping. Here, the day before Thanksgiving is officially known as Pie Day.

It started out innocently enough; the day prior to the big turkey feast, I’d make a couple of from-scratch pies suitable to the occasion, and they’d join whoever was hosting Thanksgiving’s dessert table. Three years ago, we decided to make the meal at our house, and we’ve stuck with that philosophy ever since. Now, on the day before Thanksgiving, I make five pies.

Do we really need five pies? This year five pies will be topping off the meal for six adults and five kids (I don’t count (more…)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 by by

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my wonderful Fans and Followers!! We should be in freezing cold Massachussetts, but I am looking forward to being with the family!
Please enjoy your day and if you are Black Friday Shoppers, get yourself prepared for some shopping! YEA!

Thankful Book

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 by by

Thanksgiving is next week. Where did the year go? It seems like we just finished the holidays, and now here we are getting ready to celebrate again!

Jonah is old enough this year to understand a lot more than ever before, and I am enjoying teaching him about different aspects of the holidays. One of Jonah’s favorite TV shows is Blue’s Clues. I often let him watch it while I’m preparing dinner. We have Netflix on Demand, so I can pick which episode to let him watch. We’ve been watching the “thankful” episode. Steve created a “Thankful Book” and goes around to all of the characters asking what they are thankful for. Then he reads the book at the fall feast.

I decided that this was a great way to teach Jonah about being thankful! I have been talking to him a lot about what makes us thankful. I started by telling him that when we are thankful for something, we mean it makes us happy. Then I talked to him about all of the things that make me happy. I used the ASL signs for “happy” and “thankful” during our conversation, since he seems to absorb more when we use signs, even though he is becoming more verbal.

Then we talked about things that make Jonah happy: basketball, football, Gigi and Papaw (my mom and dad), Grandma and Grandpa (Daryl’s mom and dad), his gorilla Hank, books, and the leaves outside. I wondered when I was talking to him if he was getting anything out of it, but he seemed engaged, and later in the day he picked up his basketball and said “Thank you! Basketball!” and signed “thankful” and “happy,” so I think he understood at least the concept of what I was talking about. (more…)


Thanksgiving, A Little Late

Monday, November 30th, 2009 by by

I’d planned all week on putting together a massive thankful post. I was going to have a billion points – or at least, one for nearly every day this month from a challenge to post one thing a day I was thankful for. I was going to post pictures, lots and lots of pictures.

None of it happened, and now here I am on my work laptop in my inlaws’ house without photos or the time to craft an epic post.


I feel like summing it all up by simply saying I am thankful for so, so much. For my family, for my friends, for (more…)

Happy Turkey Day!

Friday, November 27th, 2009 by by

I hope everyone stuffed their bellies w/ good food today. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, then I hope you had a wonderful day all the same. The reason I say that is since I am from a different country, my family had NO IDEA what Thanksgiving was until they moved here. We have never really celebrated it. We did family stuff but never turkey & stuffing & all the fixins.

This was our 1st REAL Thanksgiving w/ the kids. Yeah, they were around last year (more…)

It’s November!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 by by

Holy Cow! I can’t believe it is November already. Just last year, the day before Thanksgiving, I found out I was pregnant with Willow. Has it really been that long?

We will be spending Thanksgiving with family friends of ours, the people I was raised with. Since my mother in law and my sister in law are no longer in the picture (not on speaking terms), we don’t have to worry about splitting Holidays or any unwanted drama (hurray!). This was my husband’s decision of course, not mine, I just support him in his choices when it comes to family. My sister is going to (more…)