Peanut Butter Blossom Turkeys

I love the result of baking but not so much the actual baking task.  I find that I would rather spend hours nailing wood to a wall and painting it than mixing together a few ingredients to make a tasty treat.  That seems strange, right?  Well this week I have done both--baked two different kinds of cookies so far AND nailed some wood to a wall and spent hours painting it.  I feel so accomplished.  And what makes it even more heroic is that I did … [Read more...]

25 Kids Turkey Crafts

I didn't really understand Thanksgiving as a seemed like this random holiday smashed in between Halloween and Christmas that involved a lot of food. But now it's one of my favorite holidays! Here are 25 fun kids turkey crafts you can help your kids with to get them excited for Thanksgiving! 1. Thanksgiving Advent Calendar 2. Thanksgiving Turkey Pinecone 3. Turkey Handprint Craft 4. Fruit and Veggie Turkey Snack 5. Cereal … [Read more...]

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Last December, I helped plan and execute my sister's wedding.  It was so cute, very rustic and wintery but whimsical.  I built 22 wooden boxes for the centerpieces and every since I've been trying to give them away.  Well last week, they came in very handy when we had an unexpected funeral to help with and I was asked to take care of the centerpieces for the luncheon.  And now I'm so glad I didn't give them all away!  This centerpiece idea is my … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide To A Delicious Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday, and I find myself being super excited for it this year! It can be overwhelming to plan a Thanksgiving dinner, so we put together this guide to help you figure out each piece of Thanksgiving and how to have a successful and delicious holiday! Appetizers: 1. Perfect Crescent Rolls 2. Basic Roasted Pumpkin Seeds 3. Bacon Deviled Eggs 4. Apple Cheddar Melts 5. Baked Broccoli Parmesan … [Read more...]

How to Have a Fall Dinner Party

It's that time of year--guests come to town a bit more frequently, everyone moves indoors for gatherings.  You might be thinking of even inviting a few people over...but what to do?  And how to not get overwhelmed?  It's easier than you think. Remember that old adage--K.I.S.S.  Keep it simple, stupid.  For me, that means a low-key menu:  soup, salad, rolls, and a garnish dish.  That's enough food and variety for everyone and most of it can be … [Read more...]

20 Fabulous Pie Recipes

Thanksgiving is just a couple days away...craziness! Every year I make several pies, rolls, and something else like a fruit salad. I've even made the whole dinner one year. But this year we had Thanksgiving a couple weeks ago, right before my mother-in-law passed away. That was special. So it's weird that the real Thanksgiving is happening now because it kind of already happened in my head. But that's no reason to not celebrate anyway! I'm so … [Read more...]

Easy Mini Apple Pies

The other day I needed a quick dessert.  I bought some pre-made pie dough and some pre-made apple pie filling.  Together they cost less than $5.  Then I got out my cupcake pan and spread out the pie dough.  I used a circle cutter and cut some circles that I pressed into the cupcake pan.  Then I opened the pie filling and scooped a little into each mini pie. I used the dough scraps and rolled them out.  I cut them into strips which I wove … [Read more...]

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

I have a few easy Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas to share today.  They really are so super simple, don't require many elements or know-how, and are still beautiful and elegant. The first one is a 1x8 board, stained dark walnut, with some burlap over the top.  I added different rustic fall decorations on top and played with it.  The possibilities are endless and what's nice is that sometimes centerpieces are too tall for good conversation, … [Read more...]