raise your centerpiece this fall

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I admit, I have a thing for cake plates, cupcake stands… basically any traditional or non-traditional way to stack food as a centerpiece. {wink} These are a few of my recent favorities.

  1. Glass Pedestal Stand & Dome
  2. Laurie Cake Pedestal
  3. Ironstone Cake Plates
  4. Square Cake Stand

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And here are some seasonal ways to dress them up:

  1. Midwest Living
  2. Martha Stewart
  3. Country Living
  4. American Greetings

Be inspired and have a wonderful weekend!

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giggling to gobbled!

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Okay, I swear my obsession with the Thanksgiving turkey cookie and cupcake are going to end soon, but before it could I needed to get into the kitchen myself. And I did just that with my two little ones this week. These are mine. I call them the giggling gobblers. All smiles and happy… little did they know they were about be “gobbled!” {wink}

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And this is what they likely looked like (thanks Alex!) just before the terrible end. Feathers flipped around, wide eyes, melting chocolate, mouth screaming… Ahhhhhhhhh!! Just trying to help you guys get in the Thanksgiving spirit. {giggle}

Oh, and if you’re interested in making the before version, here’s what you’ll need (just so you know, they’re kind of big… but could be fun as a placecard at your Thanksgiving kid’s table):

  • Sugar cookies (round and large flower shapes)
  • Chocolate and white icing (we used Pillsbury cream cheese since there is no egg or dairy)
  • Candy corn (we were lucky and found a dairy free store brand at Kroger)
  • Yellow and orange food coloring (I recommend gel so that you don’t thin your icing)
  • Optional: M&Ms for the after version

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Outline and flood a flower cookie (chocolate or yellow depending on your version) and a round cookie.
  2. Once they’ve almost set, stack them and start decorating.
    •  Candy corn feathers, or
    • Pipe orange outline, like leaf veins, using a plastic bottle (like we did) or a #2 tip would work the same
  3. Pipe on the eyes and add a candy corn nose

Remember, not everything you bake has to be perfect. Enjoy your little ones in the kitchen; it makes for great holiday memories!

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gobble! gobble!

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I periodically have to peek in on Bakerella (I remember when I by chance saw her original appearance on the Martha Stewart Show. I remember thinking “what a cool idea.” It seems so long ago; now she’s everywhere) to see what new goodies she’s come up with.

Well these little guys are from last year, but who cares! Adorable! And I’m sure she’ll come up with something equally as fun this year. Run on over to Bakerella.com to get all the details including some great pics of what you’ll need for this little project.

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turkey cupcake round-up

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You guys know me by now. I’ll have to create at least one turkey cupcake this holiday season (my neices and nephew are coming!) so I thought I would gather up some inspiration.

Here they are left to right: Martha Stewart, Family Fun, Bright Ideas, Family Fun, Bake Space, Betty Crocker.

Now let’s see what I can do. {wink}

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kid’s Thanksgiving table

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Each Thanksgiving we decorate a beautiful table for the adults and this year I’m decorating a very fun kid’s table too. Check out these felt turkey and Pilgrim hat finger puppets. Adorable! (My boys will devour the candy canes immediately. My nieces and nephew will be lucky if they get one!) And what about this Give Thanks! banner, it’s a great reminder of the season.

I could see these plush pom pom turkeysas placecard holders and this fun “what are you thankful for?” yarn turkey as my centerpiece. And of course, last but not least, I made this felt turkey table runner last year. Here are the how tos and a template.

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Start planning now and make sure to engage your kids in the fun. They’ll love showing off their work to the family!

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DIY paper pumpkin lantern

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Browsing around this morning I found these on the hostess blog (from three wheels turning). They are just too adorable and super easy to make. The kids will have a blast. Here’s what you’ll need:

• 1-2 pieces of orange construction paper
• 1 piece of green construction paper
• 1 piece of brown construction paper
• scissors
• paper cutter (optional)
• paper clips and/or stapler
• string

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Cut the orange pieces of construction paper into 1″ wide strips (each strip will be 1″ x 11″). Then, shorten some of the strips so that you have (1) 6″, (2) 7″, (2) 9″, and (2) 11″ long pieces.
  2. Gather the strips of paper together (with the ends flush) and place the smallest one in the middle. Order them by size so that the largest strip is on the outside. Secure with a paper clip or staple (I prefer the paper clip so that I can keep adding more elements). Line up the opposite ends so that they are together like the top.
  3. Cut a brown strip of paper 1/4″ by 3″ long for the stem. To make it curl, wrap the paper around a pencil and hold it in place while you count to 20 (or sing the ABC song).
    Cut out two leaf shapes from the green paper (ours were sort of like pairs of bunny ears).
  4. Add the stem, leaves, and a piece of string to the paper clip at the top.

Hang up and enjoy!

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who sits where on Thanksgiving

One of our “Party Chat with the Experts” readers on OpMom.com asked a great question today. What do you do when you’re having the entire family over for Thanksgiving and the “main” table isn’t big enough for everyone to sit at? She also asks whether or not the kid’s table should be in the same room. Here’s what we think.

The “main table” situation is always tricky. You know your family best and who might take offense to being at the “second” table. If someone is going to raise a fuss, put them at the “main,” unless you really don’t want to! {smirk} Or, if you want a more diplomatic way to arrange, you could let everyone draw a number and sit in the seat they drew. (See how to make cute turkey placecards.)

As for the kid’s table, location is definitely tied to the age of the children. If above 4, I would say in another room is just fine. They’re going to giggle, play at the table and probably get up after 10 minutes anyway. {wink}

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rich pecan pie

Nanny\'s pecan pieAnother tradition in our house is pecan pie (being a southern girl and all). There are so many ways to make this pie and they’re all easy. Here’s a “rich” (aka: sugar overload) recipe:

  • 1 cup maple-flavored or pancake syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Dash of salt

Steps:

  • Place syrup, sugar and butter in medium saucepan. Bring to boil on medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Place pecans in pastry shell. Beat eggs with vanilla and salt in medium bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Gradually add cooled syrup mixture, beating until well blended. Pour over pecans in pastry shell.
  • Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

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turkey placecard to match

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If you’ve made the turkey runner you also must make the placecards. Here’s a scaled down template with a foot so that they stand. The items you need are similar to the runner, except you’ll need craft paper instead of felt and there are no buttons. Here’s a list:

  • Brown, black, orange and yellow craft paper
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

Simply print the template, cut out the shapes and glue them together starting with the base circles, next the feathers (five per turkey), stand (score it in half) and finally beak (triangle) and eyes (circles).

Happy crafting!

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festive turkey table runner

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Looking for a great way to dress up your Thanksgiving table!? Check out our “no sew” turkey table runner craft. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brown felt, 19′ x 72′
  • Orange felt, 12′ x 12′ block
  • Light brown felt, 12′ x 12′ block
  • Yellow felt, 12′ x 12′ block
  • 4 black buttons
  • Fabric glue
  • Scallop ruler or medium size bowl

And here are the simple steps and a template:

  1. Take a scallop edge sewing ruler (or a medium size bowl) and mark your scallop ends.
  2. Trim your runner to match the length of your scallop. It should be approximately 17′ x 72′.
  3. Cut your scallop onto each end of the runner and set the fabric aside.
  4. Print off our template and cut out each piece. You’ll need two of each shape with the exception of the leaf where you’ll need 10 (five per turkey). (Orange – leaves; Light brown – large turkey body; Yellow – small turkey body; Orange – beak)
  5. Center the large turkey body circle in the center of your table runner, about 4 inches from the end of your runner and glue down the bottom of the circle. (Tip: Place your runner on the table before gluing and make sure that your turkey will be completely off the end of the table on each end.)
  6. Glue five leaves behind the base body in a fan and then glue down the remaining body circle
  7. Glue on the yellow small turkey body and orange beak.
  8. Sew on button eyes.

And don’t forget the placecards to match!

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