If you read my earlier posts you know that the hubby had to work on Thanksgiving, so we planned on celebrating the holiday on Saturday, his day off. It was nice to have him home and enjoy the day together. Liam and I even got some of the Christmas decorations out and started watching some of our Christmas movies. Here's some of the pictures of our fabulous Turkey Day!
My beautiful kiddos
Seasoning & Frying the bird
Hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as ours was,
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, hope yours was amazing! We have yet to celebrate it. My hubby had to work a night shift on the holiday, so we are planning on celebrating it this Saturday. So, the kiddos and I had an easy going day. Stayed home, watched the Macy's Day Parade and Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving, enjoyed some yummy Thanksgiving inspired meals, and put together some fun crafts. It was fun and simple, but can't wait to be together as a family and enjoy some awesome food on Saturday!
We made a turkey to decorate the table out of construction paper, a paper towel roll, feathers, and some glue dots. It turned out really cute! Gobble Gobble!
Then we made some Pilgrims, Native American, and Give Thanks popsicle puppets
It's that time again...another holiday another holiday card to make. This year for our Thanksgiving cards we used shaving cream, paint, card stock, and a squeegee. We've done cards like this before for Easter earlier this year, Easter Egg Cards, this time I just used different colors and cut the card stock into leaf shapes.
We did them a little late this year, but we did get them in the mail before Thanksgiving....
Since the hubby is working a night shift on Thanksgiving, all his coworkers are bringing in food to celebrate pot lot style. So, I made a Broccoli Salad for him to bring in. It's one of my favorites salad so easy and so yummy!
1 bunch uncooked chopped broccoli
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/2 cup cashews
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped red onions
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
2 TBsp apple cider vinegar
Mix the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
In a second bowl, beat the last three ingredients together gently until smooth to make the dressing.
Toss the salad with the dressing approximately 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld.
Pilgrims and feathers uniting,
Brings a day without fighting.
No bow, no guns, no harm,
Round a table, arm and arm.
A feast fora all to share,
Brings friendship each bare.
Corn on the cob, beans a plenty,
Fresh squash and a golden turkey.
A time of giving,
To those gone and living.
Today, Liam and I were invited over to a friend's house for a playdate, but being me I couldn't show up empty handed. So, yesterday I made these fabulousHot Cocoa Cookies
I found on Pip & Ebby. They were easy to make and tastes so yummy!
1 stick (4oz) unsalted butter
12 oz chopped semisweet chocolate (bars)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, melt the chopped chocolate and butter;
stir frequently over medium heat until smooth. Let cool 15 minutes.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
Using an electric mixer, beat on low speed the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla, about 2 minutes.
Mix in the cooled chocolate until just blended. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing on low speed until just combined. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a tablespoon or scooper, scoop the dough and roll between your palms to form 1-inch balls.
Arrange about 16 balls 2 inches apart on each cookie sheet, flattening slightly.
Bake the cookies until the tops of the cookies crack, about 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut 7.5 oz of semisweet chocolate bars into 1-inch squares. Snip 8 marshmallows in half crosswise and stick 1 square of chocolate onto each of the sticky cut sides.
Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and gently press a marshmallow half, chocolate side down, into each cookie. Put back into oven and bake until the marshmallows are just softened,
about 4 minutes. Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 5 minutes.
Grate 5 oz of semisweet chocolate over the hot cookies. Using spatula, transfer the cookies to the racks and let cool. Repeat the process with the remaining dough, marshmallows and chocolate. Bake each batch on a clean sheet of parchment paper.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Liam's school invites all the students and their parents for a Thanksgiving feast, which the kids help prepare the main dish, soup, and the parents sign up to bring side dishes and dessert. I asked Liam what he wanted to bring and of course, it was dessert. So we decided to make some sugar cookies. I found a cute turkey, leaf, and pumpkin cookie cutters to cut our cookies with and some autumn sprinkles to decorate them. We are using Martha Stewart's recipe for Ideal Sugar Cookies and the Royal Icing. I've made them many times and they always turn out amazing!
My little pastry chef icing the cookies
Those are beautiful cookies
Enjoying one of his creations
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (1stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 TBsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside. In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; mix until light and fluffy. With mixer running, add egg, milk, and vanilla; mix until well combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add reserved flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
Transfer dough to work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared sheets, leaving an inch between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Do not allow to brown.
Transfer to wire racks to cool. Decorate with royal icing.
1 lb confectioner's sugar
5 TBsp meringue powder
scant 1/2 cup water
Beat ingredients in a mixing bowl on low speed until smooth, about 7 minutes.
If icing is too thick, add more water; if icing is too then beat 2-3 minutes more.
Liam picked out a special cookie for his teacher,
Ms. Angie and his favorite teacher helper, Mr. Mark
Liam at his school's Thanksgiving Feast
Enjoying one of his friend's cookies
Liam showing us his Thankful picture...can you guess which one is his?
He didn't want to put his hands or feet in the paint, so he started to draw a
turkey and came up with this....However, he did write
what he was thankful for on the back.
Proud of my Big Boy
We had a great time at Liam's Feast and meeting his friends.
I know it's a little late, but I still wanted to share our Halloween pictures. Since the hubby had to work the night of Halloween, we spent it over at a friend's house. We enjoyed dinner and sweets, went trick-or-treating, and played some games. It was a great night!
Kinley was a little witch & Liam was a Ninja
Liam showing off his Ninja skills
I made her little hat, isn't it cute?
Cute little feet
Liam enjoying some dinner before Trick-or-Treating
Time to play Pin the Nose on the Jack o' Lantern
Way to go Liam!
Hope everyone else had a Spooktacular Halloween too!