Thanksgiving Kids Crafts

What are you thankful for? Your friends, family and home, sure. How about some crafts to keep the little ones busy during this Thanksgiving holiday? You can certainly be thankful for that! Your little Indians and Pilgrims can create these kid's crafts just in time for Turkey Day!/1/ Handmade Turkey Leg Place Cards - Make sure everyone knows where their seat is on Thanksgiving with these quirky, paper turkey legs./2/ Turkey Yourself - Add your precious little one's face to a handmade turkey. He'll get a kick out of seeing himself with feathers!/3/ Thanksgiving Place Mat - Does your house have a "kid's table"? While the grown-ups are adding the finishing touches to all of the dishes, keep the little ones busy with a place mat they can color and play games on./4/ Extra … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Thanksgiving is almost here and it's time to start preparing your meal plan.  No time?  No problem!  I have an entire meal plan prepared for you.Appetizers:Pumpkin Puree - Use these tips and add pumpkin puree to different dishes for a fun twist. For example, stir some pumpkin puree into prepared hummus to make a delicious Thanksgiving appetizer.  Serve with warm pita bread.Cheese and Soup - Use these tips to prepare the perfect cheese platter, make sure you take a look at the suggestion for preparing a Thanksgiving appetizer by pairing Camembert with butternut squash soup.Entrees:Turkey - This turkey sounds delicious and will need to cook for around 6 hours and then sit for approximately 15 minutes before carving.  Alternatively, you can try these step … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Gifts & Table Setting Ideas

Thanksgiving is literally just around the corner & this fun roundup of Goodies will help set the scene for your best Holiday yet!Gobble Wobble Cocktail Napkins These cocktail napkins are just too cute for words. Imagine the delight of your guests as you hand them a beverage with these beauties, so fun!Be Thankful Plate This plate is suggested for kids but I think it would be darling as a dessert plate or just a side plate to use throughout the season. I use white dinner plates & then change my smaller/lunch plates out seasonally. These would be an adorable addition to our collection & would be a great incentive for your little ones to clean their plates!Turkey Plate Holder This guy deserves to be front and center at your Thanksgiving dinner table or buffet. … [Read more...]

Leftover Turkey Recipe – White Bean and Turkey Chili

This recipe is hands down my favorite recipe for leftover turkey EVER.  In fact, I would probably cook a turkey just to have leftovers so I can make this…so in a couple days if you find yourself with extra turkey, rejoice! and try…White Bean and Turkey Chili from Cooking Light Serves 8 (about 1 cup each)Ingredients for Leftover Turkey White Bean Chili 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 cups diced yellow onion 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin (I love cumin – I actually use 1 tbsp here) 1 teaspoon dried oregano 3 (15.8 ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed (I use “small white beans”) 4 cups fat free, less sodium chicken broth 3 cups chopped cooked turkey ½ cup diced seeded plum tomato (about 1) 1/3 cup … [Read more...]

Mouthwatering Brined, Stuffed and Roasted Turkey

Although I am not American, I lived there long enough to fall in love with Thanksgiving.  When I married my American husband I embraced the tradition like it was my own.  With no family traditions to speak of yet, it's been liberating to hijack recipes and ideas from other families so that we can gradually form our own.  Our two little girls hold dual citizenship and I make it a point to educate them on American history and culture.  Even with us living in Ireland this year, we will be having a big feast with lots of other American expats joining us, including my best friend from Texas who recently moved to Germany.  I couldn't be more excited!It's never too early to start to plan Thanksgiving dinner and this fool-proof recipe will make sure your turkey is perfect, even if you … [Read more...]

Turkey Art for Little Turkeys

My son had a friend over today and we decided to make Turkeys out of coffee filters. This project has been around for a while, but it's always a fun one! Here is what you need:coffee filters paper towels water-based markers (such as Crayola) a squirt bottle with water glue stick scrap paper in brown, red and yellowINSTRUCTIONS: Color the coffee filters in any way you like. Use lots of colors or just a few. I like to use at least two filters layered together. The color soaks through and you have two turkeys with just coloring one.After the coloring is done, spray the coffee filter with the squirt bottle, holding the filter over the sink. Hold it vertical and turn it around when you are done spraying. This will allow the colors to blend and run to make a neat … [Read more...]