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Thankgiving Recap/Christmas Ornament Making

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

While most people are clamoring for the recipe box in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I’m scouring DIY blogs for easy craft projects.

I’ve learned that I can usually escape the heat of the kitchen by offering to help keep the kids out from under foot.

There are a few rules though.

1. Projects have to appeal to all kids between the ages of 4 and 10.

2. They must be easy enough to complete in the time it takes the younger kids to nap.

Stuffin Muffins. Genius idea!

3. They should be minimally messy.

4. The fewer/cheaper the supplies the better.

5. No glitter! (Have you seen a 5 year old with glitter? If you have, chances are you’re still seeing glitter everywhere.)

In the pas we’ve made hand turkeys, snowmen made out of styrofoam balls, and flowers made out of yarn pom poms and straws.

My brother’s kids LOVE giving people gifts, but rarely (if ever) do they spend money on them. They’re usually homemade cards, books, or paintings.

I thought maybe this year at Thanksgiving, we could make something for them to give to people for Christmas.

Enter the glass ornaments!

Yes, glass could be dangerous around this many young children. But I’m happy to report that only one ball was lost in the making of this project.

I was a little scared about using acrylic paint, but given that it goes INSIDE the ball and not on the outside, I was a little more at ease.

After dressing in my sister-in-law’s old T-shirts and covering the school table with butcher paper, the kids and I got to work.

I’d previously rinsed the inside of glass balls with alcohol. Once dry (well, almost), I showed them how to squeeze just a little (emphasize little or they take forever to dry!) paint into the top of the ball and roll it around until the paint won’t run anymore. (Also emphasize to keep the open end up!)

The 7 and 9 year olds did this project completely on their own. I squeezed the paint for the 5 year old and he rolled it around himself. The 3 year old was pretty disinterested (I think she didn’t want to take off her pink shirt to wear one of mommy’s big shirts). She would tell me what color to put in balls and I made hers myself.


Charles’ Thanksgiving Dinner

January 25, 2011 4 comments

Yep. That’s right folks. It’s January and I’m posting about Thanksgiving!

Due to a free-throw bet that Charles lost (to a girl), he ended up having to make a turkey dinner… with all the fixinings (even green bean casserole was specifically requested).

This weekend, he made good on that bet and cooked for about a dozen of our closest friends.

The turkey was grilled (his second time attempting this). It was basted in butter and stuffed with veggies before being thrown onto the flames, and toward the end was slightly smoked with some added hickory chips. He’s found this a successful way to make a juicy crispy bird.

There were a plethora of side dishes! Grilled asparagus and lemon, stove top (one of two shorcuts), sauteed squash, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and the infamous green bean casserole. Oh, and Rolls! OH! The rolls… Ask Bob about Grands Biscuits. He ate about 9 of them.

Weinies and meatballs hung out in barbeque sauce in the crock pot.

How pretty is that bird? Doesn’t it look delicious? I could eat this meal all over again right now (but perhaps that has something to do with the disgusting chicken salad “sandwich” I had for lunch).

We all ate. And ate and ate. And ate and ate and ate some more.

Then we tried Katrina’s bourbon brownies…OMG. I don’t particularly like brownies (they’re too sweet) and I don’t particularly like bourbon (um…no comment) but together? A perfect marriage. The bourbon cuts the sweetness.

And since it was Sunday, we finished the day with football. And I was so excited to see the next day on the news, that yes, that guy did just pick his nose and wipe it on his teammate.

100th Post – All things good!

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Welcome to my 100th post! Yay!

I thought today would be a good opportunity to talk about many good things – food and family mostly.

Although my brother did the bulk of the cooking on Thanksgiving day, we all helped out in our own ways. Mom was in charge of the apple pie. After learning my sister-in-law couldn’t peel an apple without breaking the peel (and I can) it became my job to peel the apples. And it was a lot of apples for two deep-dish pies! My fingers were quite cramped by the end.

Once the apples were ready, I set to make my cheeseball appetizer. I forgot to get the ingredients to mix into the base I’d set aside and frozen, and I refused on Wednesday to step foot in a grocery store when I realized I’d forgotten them, so this ball was an experiment!

I found a massive block of cheddar in the fridge so it was going to have to be the cheddar ball. In place of chutney, I stirred in raspberry preserves. It was still yummy! We ate a big breakfast of French toast but then weren’t having our big dinner until 4 p.m., so the cheese was definitely needed!

One of the last things to be done was the bread. My brother likes making fresh bread, so he mixed the dough and let it rise. the kids had fun punching it back down. Then we set to work to make the rolls. It was sticky fun!

My brother doesn’t like creases in his rolls so we broke off pieces and squished them through our fingers to make smooth round balls of dough.

They were absolutely delicious! It was a close tie between them and Doug’s “Stuffin’ Muffins” for winner of favorite food. The stuffing was appley and delicious…and baked in muffin tins so everyone got their own ball of stuffing that was perfectly crisp on top and not at all mushy (I hate a mushy stuffing). Yum!

But I have to say my MOST favorite thing of all on Thanksgiving is the people. Sometimes they may be loud. Sometimes they may wine. It may be completely annoying to hear “Maaaaama! Get Leeeeo!” 20 times a day, but they’re so precious and cute you can’t help but love them!





And another good thing – Leftovers! oh yeah. And Pirates!

Happy Thanksgiving…

November 25, 2010 Leave a comment

From our little gobblers, to yours!

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Lil Gobbler 2.0

November 11, 2010 3 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, my friends and I get together for a monthly girls’ night…usually involving a craft.

Last year about this time of year, we decided to make little turkeys. They looked SO cute in the picture! We all agreed to bring different parts of what was needed and we were set.

Until we opened Gretchen’s bag o’ paint. Not a primary color to be found. No brown. No red.

Nothing but pinks, purples and oranges. But as we usually do, we made the best of it. By the end of the night, we had little gobblers that looked like they were¬† headed for a mardi gras parade (the suggested featers in their heads didn’t help!).

So this year, we figured we’d try again. Enter “Little Gobbler 2.0.” Gretchen managed to buy some primary colored paint. Angie got the SWEET googly eyes that have eyelids on them. We had feathers left from last year, we were all set!

I even was inspired to make a hat. Then Angie was inspired to add a toupee. Well, It wouldn’t be little gobbler night without something going weird!

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