A very cute, and extremely simple craft for preschoolers.
Marisol and Flynn made these ones at a recent military family craft event.
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Oh how I love the holidays. And all of the food you get to eat. Oh, and of course spending time with the family ... phew, got that in before the husband roasted me.
On Thanksgiving I baked and cooked and sliced and diced my way through the day. And I loved every moment of it.
We started with croissants for breakfast with coffee and mimosa's.
We skipped lunch in order to hold out for our big Thanksgiving dinner.
But, I caved in the afternoon and gave in to the delicious ginger snaps and blue cheese. Which my darling daughter decided to force feed to me well after I had eaten quite enough.
And then there was our annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Complete with my turkey ... and I say that is if it's MY recipe, but really it was handed down to me by a neighbor, way back when.
HOW TO ROAST A TURKEY:
Wash and pat the turkey dry.
Stuff with roughly chopped apples.
Lather with butter.
Pour a bottle of Dry Ginger Ale over the top (very gently so as not to wash the butter away)
Make a foil tent over the top
Roast according to the instructions on the turkey.
Pour a little more Dry Ginger Ale over the top every hour.
If the wings are starting to brown too quickly, wrap a little foil around them.
Remove the foil before the last hour of roasting.
And of course there was stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, peas and corn, warm bread rolls, gravy and cranberry sauce to go along with that delicious turkey.
And then for dessert there was my mum's famous pumpkin pie. Hey, it's famous in our family. And shhh, it's a secret family recipe that was passed down to her, modified by her and I finally convinced her to pass on to me a couple of years ago.
And of course you've already seen the adorable little turkey cupcakes I baked for the little ones.
Did I mention the CRANBERRY SAUCE. Because seriously, I knocked it out of the park with this one. No really. I did. I know because my husband doesn't eat cranberry sauce. He ate it this year.
Dissolve the sugar in the orange juice in a pan on medium heat. Once dissolved add all of the other ingredients. Leave on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the cranberries pop. Once the sauce is thick enough, it takes about 10 minutes (it will thicken as it cools) remove from the stove and serve.
Guess what I'll be serving up for our Christmas dinner ... maybe with a few variations though.
Once upon a time, my kids LOVED pumpkin pie. Now, they love cupcakes.
So while there will now be extra pumpkin pie for me to devour this Thanksgiving, there will also be lots of little cupcakes for me the kids to enjoy for dessert too.
They are really easy to make.
Here are a few Thanksgiving Day crafts the kids did this week.
Pine Cone Turkeys
The pine cone turkey's were made at a special military family craft event. The pumpkin plates were made in preschool during the week and the turkey handprints were done onto placemats for the special Thanksgiving lunches that we attended earlier in the week for each of the kids classrooms.
Speaking of which, doesn't he look sweet and innocent here
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With an Elmer's Tri-Fold Display Board?
This is what I have done:
I've made a Puppet Theatre
And now I want to see what YOU can do.
There are 6 Project Leaders in the #CanYouTopThis challenge, and I am one of them. That's 6 chances to win one of 5 $100 Walmart gift cards being given away on each of the 6 blogs. That's right, we will be giving away 30 $100 Walmart gift cards in total. All you have to do is submit a project.
Can't think of any ideas. Not to worry, I have a plethora of them.
A back-drop for a nativity scene
A science fair project
A book report
A chore chart
A potty training rewards board
A photo station - paint on a reindeer, Santa or elves and cut out the faces.
A puppet theatre
A make-up station for girls - attach a mirror and paint with lots of glitter.
A beanbag toss
A display board for your child's artwork
A blackboard - blackboard paint available at craft and hardware stores. Anchor one of the folds to make a shelf for chalk and an eraser to sit on.
A magnet board - did you know you can buy magnet paint? You'll need a few coats. How many of us have little ones with those colorful alphabet and number magnets that are stuck all over our refrigerators. Now they won't need to be. Or make your own magnets. It makes a great holiday gift.
A snowman - cut out the shape of a snowman, make a paper carrot nose, put a hat and scarf on him and stick him in the ground with a stake.
A Christmas Tree - Cut out the shape of a tree, paint it, attach a stake to the bottom, or put it in a large pot, anchored down. Cut small holes in the tree and poke Christmas lights through the holes and tape the back of them so they don't move about.
And if that isn't enough for you, check out the other entries that have been submitted so far. Or visit the other 5 project leaders blog posts to see what they created.
You have until December 1st to submit your completed project via your blog, Flickr or Facebook.
For all of the entry requirements and to submit your project, just head over HERE
Disclaimer: As one of the Project Leaders for this #CanYouTopThis challenge, I am being compensated with thanks to Collective Bias.
UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.
The WINNER drawn by Random.org is:
I love trying new crafts. I mean ... umm ... my kids love trying new crafts.
Okay, so maybe they didn't get to try one of these, but I got a little giddy when it arrived in the mail and just had to try it out myself.
You start by tracing the images on a plastic sleeve with the black outline paint
You then leave them to dry, peel them off and stick them wherever you like - on windows, glasses, glass dishes, bowls. So many possibilities.
Next up, Marisol and I tried out the
So I had to share this image. She was eating a box of raisins while she was working, when she spotted the raisins punch out image in the book.
The book gives you some fabulous ideas on what you can do with your capsters once they are made; magnets, pins, key chains, backpack pulls, the possibilities are endless. We decided to turn a few of them into Christmas tree ornaments by using a hot glue gun and attaching a ribbon to the back of them.
And now, a special holiday treat for you.
1st. A giveaway!
1 winner will receive a HUGE KLUTZ prize pack containing:
Total value: $75.99
What a perfect gift for the holidays.
Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only.
2nd. Check out the Klutz Holiday Gift Guide.
Klutz has the perfect gift for every kid on your list - including the artists, the brainiac, the fashion buff and the crafster! use the coupon code KZ25 to get 25% off your holiday order of $40 or more! Good through 12/17.
To enter the giveaway:
Leave a comment below and tell me who you want to win this prize pack for.
The winner will be drawn by random.org on Sunday November 28 at 10pm.
Disclaimer: I was provided with the Klutz Capsters and Window Art.