Category Archives: Holidays & Celebrations

Amazing Gingerbread Houses

Around here, gingerbread houses are usually a mess of frosting and gumdrops that last only a day or two before they are picked apart by greedy little fingers.  I stand in awe of these amazing gingerbread creations.

Source: google.com via Yvonne on Pinterest

Fun DIY Centerpieces for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is all about food, family and being thankful.   Making the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table can be a fun activity that you and the kids can work on together.  Here are some ideas for fun, kid-friendly centerpieces you can make yourself.

 

Turn a paper bag into a turkey, fill it with popcorn and dig in at mealtime.

 

This colorful turkey is made from paper plates and doubles as a bread basket. The kids can go wild decorating feathers.

 

Fruits and veggies make the feathers for this edible creation.

Source: parents.com via Marianne on Pinterest

 

 

Count your blessings as you feather this turkey made from balls of yarn.

New Twists on Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is a time for tradition – turkey, cranberries, stuffing, sweet potatoes and football. Sometimes traditions need a little twist to make them more exciting and inspired. These photos got my tastebuds tingling and maybe I’ll try something new this year for our feast.

Thanksgiving Salad

 

Mini “Pumpkin” Cheese Balls

 

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

 

Veggie Turkey

 

Roasted Green Beans with Garlic & Lemon

 

Grilled Vegetable Corn Boats

 

Stuffin’ Muffins

Source: foodnetwork.com via Jane on Pinterest

 

Rolled Turkey Breast with Pine Nuts

 

Roasted Root Vegetable “Candy”

 

Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Source: myrecipes.com via Morgan on Pinterest

 

Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry

 

Maybe this year in addition to a twist on my dishes, I’ll watch hockey instead of football!

Thanksgiving Craft: Fingerprint Turkey Cards

Fingerprint Turkey Cards

With Thanksgiving coming sooner than I’m ready to admit, I’ve been reflecting on what I’m thankful for and looking for ways to help my son do the same.  Four year olds are all kinds of selfish, so I’ll seize any opportunity to get him thinking about others.  With that in mind, we set out to make some cards to send to friends and family to let them know we are grateful to have them in our lives.  I found the inspiration for these fingerprint turkey cards in Family Fun magazine, where they were imagined as place cards.  Whether you make them as place cards, greeting cards or just make them for the fun of it, they are a cute way to get ready for turkey day.

Supplies for Fingerprint Turkey CardsSend a note of thanks with these fingerprint turkey cards.  Fun craft project for preschoolers. You’ll need:
Blank Greeting Cards or Cardstock
Non-Toxic Ink Pads in your choice of colors
Markers/Paint Markers for Decorating

I happened to find all the colors I wanted in one huge ink pad at JoAnn that was perfect for this project.

We made two styles of turkey, one facing front, one facing to the side. I envisioned taking step-by-step photos while Jake and I made cards. Then I was faced with the harsh reality that ink pads, little fingers and expensive cameras probably aren’t an ideal combination. So I waited until naptime to do a set on my own.

For the front facing turkey, start by making a row of feathers with your index finger.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Front Step 2Add more rows of feathers in colors of your choice.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Front Step3Make the body with a thumbprint.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Front FacingAdd eyes, beak and feet.  We used paint markers for the eyes and beak – markers won’t show up over the ink.

(If you have any googly eyes around, they’d be a cute touch.)

Now, how about those side facing turkeys:

Fingerprint Turkey - Side Step 1Make the body with a sideways thumbprint and use your index finger for the head.

Fingerprint Turkey Cards - Side Step 2Add rows of index print feathers.

Fingerprint Turkeys - Side Step 3Add eye, beak, wattle and feet.

Voila!

Fingerprint Turkey CardsKinda cute, don’t you think?

Feel free to doodle some more.  Sunshine and an airplane are good choices.

Fingerprint Thanksgiving CardI think Daddy will like it.

An afternoon of crafting, that’s something else to be thankful for.

Dunkin’ Donuts Holiday Flavored Coffees

Dunkin' Donuts Seasonal Coffees

The holidays are upon us, time to gather with family and friends and celebrate the season.  Whether you are planning a large family gatherings, a festive dinner party, or getting together with a couple of friends for an afternoon of cookie baking – it’s often the little details that make an occasion memorable.  The new seasonal flavored coffees from Dunkin’ Donuts are a delicious way to add a little something extra to your holiday events.  These packaged coffees let you brew up seasonal specialty coffees right at home, choose from Vanilla Nut, Pumpkin Spice and Mocha Mint.

We don’t drink coffee every day, but I do enjoy a cup on occasion.  How nice to have a seasonal drink in the comfort of home, without the coffee shop hassle or price tag.  I’m looking forward to pairing these flavors with some of my favorite sweet treats when holiday guests come to call.  Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins paired with Pumpkin Spice coffee?  Yum!  Vanilla Nut?  I’m thinking that would be perfect with Snickerdoodle Blondies.  Mocha Mint and Andes Mint Chip Cookies were made for each other.

I’m also loving the packaging – wouldn’t these be a cute hostess gift or addition to a holiday gift basket?

The Dunkin’ Donuts Flavors of the Season will be available in the grocery aisle for a limited time.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Smuckers and received necessary products to facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.