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Turkey Table Favors November 25, 2013

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Turkey Table Favors

Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  For once in my life, I’m way ahead of the game and have these cute favors ready to share with our families.  I got this super cute idea and very fun project from one of my favorite blogs: Smashed Peas and Carrots.




Baker’s Twine

Scrapbook Papers

Googly Eyes

Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Sewing the Bags

Sewing Collage

You can just buy the bags, but the only ones I could find were pretty spendy for a small quantity.  I decided I would take on the challenge of sewing the bags.  1) Cut a piece of 10″ x 3″ muslin  2)  Fold it in half (5″ x 3″)  3) Sew up the sides (leave an open spot to pull the twine through)  4) Fold over the edge about 1/2″ as a casing for the twine (I found it much easier to just sew the twine right in the casing rather than trying to pull it through afterwards  5)  Turn the bag right side out


Decorate your bag with googly eyes, orange paper beaks and red paper waddles.


You can either make a feather template and cut out five feathers for each turkey, or take the easy way out like I did and cut the feather shapes out on the Cricut.  I used a petal shape from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  Next, I glued the feathers together as pictured.  I used hot glue to attach the paper feathers to the back of the muslin turkey bag.


Last, and best of all, fill up your turkey bags with yummy treats.  Our treat of choice was a variety of chocolate!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!


Recipe ~ Jerk Turkey Burgers June 26, 2013

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Jerk Turkey Burgers

The 4th of July is quickly approaching (this is a bad word in the education world since our summer is dwindling away), here is a healthier, yummy alternative to the burger you may want to try for your 4th of July BBQ.

I found this recipe on Livestrong.com last year.  We have enjoyed making it several times.  This time we even tried making them on the grill.

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There are quite a few spices in this recipe so check your spice rack before making this.

Jerk Turkey Burgers

1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, raw

2 cloves Garlic, raw

1 tsp Thyme

1 tsp Curry Powder

1/2 tsp. Cumin

1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

1/4 tsp Paprika, sweet

1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 lb. Ground Turkey

1 Large Egg


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In a small nonstick skillet, heat oil over low heat.  Add finely diced red pepper, minced garlic and spices.  Saute for 1-2 minutes until slightly softened.  Take off the heat and let it cool.

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In a large bowl combine ground turkey, egg, Panko bread crumbs, cooled red pepper and spices mixing thoroughly but lightly.

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Shape into 4 burgers and saute in lightly oiled nonstick skillet about 5 minutes on each side until browned – check doneness with meat thermometer (160 degrees).   If you are grilling we found that it worked best to start by grilling the patties on a piece of foil on one side.  Before flipping to cook the other side you can remove it from the foil and place it right on the grill.  Since the meat is more loose than hamburger, you need the foil to start with so it doesn’t fall through the grates on the grill.  You can also add salt and pepper if desired.

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stART ~ The Great Turkey Race November 21, 2012

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It has been a while since we have done a stART book project.  Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve had a blog post other than a Friday picture (I guess that’s what adding another family member does).  Here’s to getting back on the old blogging saddle.  We read the book “The Great Turkey Race” by Steve Metzger.  This is a cute book for Thanksgiving.  One of the turkeys in the barnyard overhears the farmers talking about choosing a special Thanksgiving turkey.  This turkey wants to be selected as the best turkey for the holiday.  He quickly shares this news with his turkey friends.  They organize a sort of track and field competition to earn the most medals to be crowned the special Thanksgiving turkey.  Partially through the games, another turkey realizes what being the Thanksgiving turkey really means.  Read the book to find out what happens to the turkeys!

For our project we decorated turkey cookies to take to daycare today.

I found this idea on Pintrest which led me to this page.  Since we were short on time we went ultra easy on this project.  Those of you who know me this generally isn’t my style.  Usually I think I need to go all out on things.  This time bring on the pre-made easiness!

Start with a package of Ready to Bake sugar cookies.

This is so easy — pull the dough off the plastic, plop them on the cookie sheet and bake!

To decorate you will need a can of chocolate frosting, candy corn, and mini M&Ms.

Using a zip lock bag (with a snipped corner) filled with the chocolate frosting make two dots of frosting and place a mini M&M on top of each frosting dot.  Then make a small dot on top of the M&Ms to make the eyes.  Also, use the frosting in the zip lock bag to draw on the beak and legs.

I made a thicker line of frosting at the top of each cookies to attach the candy corn as the turkey’s feathers.

Official Taste Tester!

Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!


stART ~ A Plump and Perky Turkey November 28, 2011

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The night before Thanksgiving we decided to invite some friends over for stART and a little fun with turkeys!  We read the book “A Plump and Perky Turkey” by Teresa Bateman.  This is a cute story about the people of Squawk Valley who are worried because there is not one turkey to be found for their Thanksgiving feast.  The people decide to hold a craft fair featuring turkey art.  They put up posters in the woods looking for a turkey model.  Pete the turkey takes on the job and ends up out-smarting the people of Squawk Valley, who are left with only shredded wheat for their feast. 



We made turkey centerpieces to go along with this book.  The boys did a wonderful job (with the help of their parents) and seemed to have lots of fun. 




First, paint the toilet paper tube completely with brown craft paint.




While the tube is drying, cut just a portion of the paper plate off to make the turkey’s feathers.  Use various colors of craft paint to draw feathers covering the entire front of the plate.

When the tube is dry glue on wiggly eyes, a beak and waddle.  Lastly, glue the tube to the feathers so that it stands up as a table centerpiece. 


The Three Pilgrims and their turkey projects!

Quintin (4), Will (3) & Spencer (2)



Turkey Treats November 23, 2011

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In celebration of Thanksgiving, Will, Grandma Pam and I made these turkey treats to share with Will’s daycare friends.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  The best part was that Will absolutely loved this project and it kept his attention from start to finish.  


Turkey Treats

  Ritz Crackers  

Chocolate Frosting

Hershey’s Kisses

Candy Corn




You gotta love how three-year olds love to “help”.   Will unwrapped the kisses, while I frosted the Ritz crackers with chocolate frosting.  Helpful Hint – lay the cracker on the table to frost it rather than trying to hold it and frost it since the crackers break easily. 



Place the unwrapped Hershey Kiss towards the middle and bottom of each cracker.


Next, place the candy corn around the outside.  To make the turkey’s face spread a dab of frosting on the underside of one candy corn and place on top of the chocolate kiss.  Last, I put some frosting in a ziplock bag with a small corner cut off and squeezed it out to make eyes on the candy corn face.



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