thanksgiving placecard ideas

 

Here are a number of fun and very creative ideas for your Thanksgiving table:

Thanksgiving placecards

1. Cookie – the only problem with these would be that they might not make it to dinner!

2. Nature – we found this one on www.thanksgivingcard.blogspot.com. With a few leaves, acorns and a little glue, anyone can pull this one off.

3. Turkey – this placecard from a 2003 issue of Martha Stewart is so very fun and really easy to make.  For the head and beak, bend a 3-inch piece of brown pipe cleaner, and affix it to the top of a pinecone with craft glue. Glue 3 feathers (available at crafts-supply stores) near the base. Station one turkey at each setting with a place card.

4. Pumpkin – these were featured on www.tipjunkie.com and are just too adorable from www.mochamemories.com. Read more on her site for instructions. You’ll need a few crafting tools, but they look worth it.

Happy crafting!

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Bundt cake a la pumpkin

Pumpkin Bunt CakeKeeping with our theme from last week, there are lots of fun baking ideas for the fall season. This is a wonderful idea and really very easy. This cake is simply two cakes cooked in the traditional bunt cake pan. Bake according to the box directions and allow both cakes to cook completely. Once cool, turn one cake upside down on your cake plate and ice the bottom of the cake with caramel icing (almost one container for the full effect). Next, place the second cake on top. The icing will bulge out a little. If necessary scrape off any excess. Now melt (microwave for 15 to 20 seconds) the remaining icing (three to four tbsp) and pour it over the top of the cake allowing it to drip down the edges. For the finishing touches, insert a ice cream cone, upside down, in the top of your cake for the pumpkins stem and dress the outside of the cake plate with faux fall leaves. The cake is very tasty and a great centerpiece for any fall gathering. Enjoy!

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acorn cake

acorn-cake

This season isn’t all about Halloween; there are beautiful fall colors and shapes we can celebrate too. I came across this acorn cake from Bright Ideas and just had to share it. It’s actually pretty easy. The recipe makes two cakes and each serves about eight people. Here’s what you need:

  • Snickers and Twix fun size candy bars (1 bag KID’S FAVORITE MIX FUN SIZE® 48 count Variety Bag)
  • 1 can (16 oz.) chocolate frosting
  • 2 (18.5 oz.) boxes Devil’s Food Cake mix
  • 1 (16 oz.) can vanilla or cream cheese frosting
  • brown food coloring (or green and red to make brown)
  • 1 1/2 quart oven safe glass bowl
  • 1 (9″x13″) cake pan
  • wax paper

steps:

  1. Prepare both cake mixes according to the box directions and divide the batter between a buttered oven safe glass bowl and a buttered and waxed paper lined oblong cake pan.
  2. Bake both cakes in a preheated 350-degree oven for approximately 40 to 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool cakes in their pans for 10 minutes, then remove them and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.
  3. Cut both cakes in half using a serrated knife and using the photo as guide, cut the flat cake into the bottom portion of the acorn. Use the half moon shaped cake as acorn top. Push the half moon shape cake against the straight edge of flat cake to form the acorn.
  4. Tint the frosting beige with several drops of brown food coloring and apply a thin crumb coat to the bottom of the acorn. Let it dry for a 5-10 minutes and then apply a generous coat with a cake spatula (or butter knife) pulling the icing to you in straight lines.
  5. Cover the acorn tops with chocolate frosting, arrange Snickers Bars around the acorn using a Twix Bar for the stem and place M&Ms as seen in the photo.

Enjoy fall!

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caramel apples

caramel appleOne of my favorite fall treats is the caramel apple. I used to buy the sheets of caramel from the grocery store… okay, I still do sometimes, but mostly I melt down my own so that I can decorate the apples with chocolate, nuts and even crushed candy bars. These are dipped in caramel and then rolled in Butterfinger candy bars and finally topped off with drizzled chocolate. As many treats as I make, I can’t eat them all, so I often package them up and give them away. These are best in clear cello bags with a nice ribbon.

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