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Thanksgiving Dog Treats

This was the year we were going to bake special Thanksgiving treats for Higgins the Totally Kids Shop Dog. Where does the time go? It is now Tuesday and the Thanksgiving countdown puts us on menu and food preparation planning for people. Another year passes and the special homemade dog treats for Higgins are back burnered once again.

Christmas! We WILL cook up special Christmas dog treats for Higgins.

Saved by NuttyMuttBakery.

Aren’t their turkey legs and pumpkin pie slices for pooches the cutest. Even if we had eecked out some time for our project, the results would never have been eye candy like those.

Turkey Dog treats

Mary, at Home is Where the Boat Is, wins the prize for her turkey treats wouldn’t you say? Her two furry friends, Chloe and Gracie are always treated royally and not forgotten at Thanksgiving. She has the recipe and pictorial for cooking up those pet pleasing turkey treats. Hop on over to her blog where you fill find loads of decorating inspiration as well as many how-tos for pups. You’ll be thankful that you did.

Have a Doggone Happy Thanksgiving!

“Hands down” this is the best Turkey Handprint Cookie you’ll ever bake.  Plus, it’s an easy peasey for even the littlest kiddos. Family Corner has the recipe for fun, pop on over to learn how.

This is our Saturday bake off plan and ha ha, best of all there will be no baking, just a finger licking good time in the kitchen. Another recipe for fun, is this cute Rice Krispie Turkey. It calls for just a few ingredients and cute little hands to roll the balls and decorate. Thanks Give Me Some Oven, we know everyone will will be love’n your Turkeys.

Now…gobble – gobble.

If you are in the market for a colorful new kitchen for holiday cooking, take a look here, you’re bound to find the kitchen of your dreams.

Ready to have some cook together fun this weekend? Try these Turkey Handprint Cookies, this week’s recipe for fun. Gather up the small hands at your house. Your little ones will surely get a kick out of watching their handprints turn into turkeys. This is a fun group activity allowing kids to not only make their own creations, but eat them too!

Family Corner has the recipe, so go ahead and gobble up a few cookies.

Kitchens at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

Kids love the pretend kitchens at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

“Hands down” this is the most fun Turkey Handprint Cookie you’ll ever bake.  Best of all it’s an easy peasey for even the littlest kiddos. Family Corner has the recipe for fun, pop on over.

Another cook together and a no bake, is this cute Rice Krispie Turkey. It calls for just a few ingredients and little hands to roll the balls and decorate. Thanks Give Me Some Oven, we’ve got all of the ingredients and this is on tomorrow’s to do list!

Now…gobble – gobble.

If you are in the market for a colorful new kitchen for holiday cooking, take a look here, you’re bound to find the kitchen of your dreams.

We could eat these every day from now until Thanksgiving, but have decided to save them as a just deserts surprise for the kids big and small next Thursday.


Double Stuff Oreo Cookies
Candy Corn
Peanutbutter Cups
Chocolate frosting
Yellow Frosting
Optional: Red frosting
Optional: black sprinkles for eyes

Our Best Bites has a beautiful pictorial for the step by step creation of these delicious turkeys.

You may wish to add chocolatey Pilgrim Hats to your desert menu as well.

Both of these are great make togethers for young children and families. They make sure to please teacher gifts too.

Next Thursday all  across this great land we will be gathering together for our Thanksgiving feasts.

If you are entertaining children this year, make it a grand Thanksgiving Feast just for them. Set  a table “for children only”.  Here is one that years from now they will gladly take with them as they travel down on memory lane.

One Charming Party has the winning recipe for fun this Thanksgiving. They fill pretend corn cobs with treasures that could be found at a craft or Dollar Store, such as stickers, a candy necklace, a toy car, a small container of playdough or pen. Hint: any little items that may amuse your young guests for a brief time while waiting for their real meal are ideal. Wrap the surprises in yellow tissue paper,  use real  corn husks for the outer wrapping, then complete the cobs by tying them together at both ends with raffia.

You will need: 3-4 bags of popcorn, a large brown grocery bag, 2 small brown lunch bags, a hot glue gun, scissors, white paper for the frills


1. For the frill, take a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″ white paper and cut it in half lengthwise. Fold the paper in half lengthwise and make small cuts with a pair of scissors on the folded half to create loops.

2. For the drumsticks, make one hand into a fist and stick it inside the lunch bag. With your other flat hand, press on the bag to mold and smash it down into a more rounded shape. Fill the bag 2/3 of the way with popcorn. Gather up the bottom of the bag and twist to keep it tight. Hot glue the beginning of the length of frill and wrap it around the bottom, twisted part of the lunch bag. Then hot glue the end of the white paper frill to keep it in place.

3. For the main bag, do the same thing as the drumstick to make the corners rounded. Fill the bag up full with popcorn. Fold the sides of the bag in and tuck the bottom edge under. Hot glue the edge shut. Hot glue the legs onto the sides of the “turkey.” It’s best to use a plain brown bag, but if you can only find one with writing on the outside, you can carefully turn the bag inside out and it will be just fine.

*If using buttered popcorn to fill the turkey, use parchment or wax paper to line the paper bag to avoid grease marks.

Now, let’s talk turkey! You will find the recipe below.

Invite an adult guest of honor to “carve” the turkey with a real knife or scissors. Then everyone can enjoy some popcorn while they wait for the Thanksgiving Feast to start.

Have you’ve been waiting for Starbucks to announce the arrival of Fall with their Pumpkin Spice Latte? Well now, we have found a Pumpkin Latte Playdough for your little ones that just may become a new autumn classic at your house. Dinosaurs and Octopuses has the recipe for fun this week.

Here it is:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1/3 of the jar of pumpkin pie spice (the tiny jar)
maple extract
vanilla extract
food coloring

Combine the dry ingredients and the oil. Slowly add the water. Add a few dashes of each of the extracts and a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring until stiff. As it mixes you can see if you’ll need more food dye. Adding a little at a time until the desired color is  achieved. Turn out onto wax paper. The pumpkin pie spice was too spicy by itself, for my liking. The extracts make it smell sweeter, just like a pumpkin pie. Sniff the dough. Does it smell too spicy? Add a little bit more extract and knead it all together. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. If it’s too dry, add a few drops of water.

Betsy, you must give this a try for Oliver.

Anyone looking for a copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Latte recipe? Give this one from the Kitchn a try!

Pumpkin Spice Latte
makes 1-2 servings

2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin or 1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup (your choice)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute – you can halve this amount
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don’t have an espresso machine.)

In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry about it – just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.

Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.

Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

Cool Whip, Redi-whip or The Real Deal? Which do you use to top your Thanksgiving pies?

Deep dark secret revealed ~ I like Redi-whip (always “redi” and waiting in the fridge) right out of the can, and have even served it straight on teaspoons to the kids when I was in a sharing mood.

On our Thanksgiving pumpkin pie however, it must be the real deal, high butterfat gourmet whipping cream.

If you are looking for a new pie recipe to conclude your Thanksgiving meal this year, try picking from one of these. Don’t they all all look scrumptious. Food your way holds the secrets for getting these pies from mixing bowl to your table ready for your favorite topping.


Pretty pink kitchens produce practically perfect pies. Practice, practice and more practice for budding cooks at your house and just see all that they will cook up for you.


Perfect Pretend Spices are an essential for young chefs. There is even cinnamon for preparing pumpkin pie.




Making your own whipped cream is so easy and so good.

Just use an electric mixer and be sure not to over beat or you will surprise yourself with new, possibly unwanted, butter making skills.



* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla

Whip cream until almost stiff. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until cream holds peaks.


While your football lovers are glued top their games these Pumpkin Gumdrop favors would be a fun activity for all generations to join together to create.

Shannon, certified Floral Designer and Party Planner,  of Shannon’s Shanonigins gives us the 411 on the easy steps to create the pumpkin gumdrops for your Thanksgiving table. Shannon also suggested that they would make “sweet” place card holders. Just cut a slit in the gumdrop stem and placed a place card in them.

As they say, “If it weren’t for the last minute nothing would ever get done.” Bless you if you are one of the organized. Not being in that class, I really appreciated these last minute tips from some friends.

Hopefully you do not have to face an empty shopping cart at this point in time, and by now you have all that you need for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Michelle from Everyday Celebrating shared this idea which helps assure you are not left in the missing a key ingredient bind, “I group ingredients in my pantry by dish.  Like everything needed to make corn pudding goes together, etc.. Sometimes I even label every item with sticky notes.  Why?  Because I find that a lot of my recipes call for the same things, I want to make sure every dish has all the ingredients. It’s just one more double check that I’m not missing something.”


Another good tip comes from Michelle : Now is the perfect time to make sure all your dishes and glasses are washed if you’re using china/stemware that may be in storage collecting dust.

If you’re using silver, get to polishing!  A great activity the kids can help with!


These printable lists from Laura at Organizing Your Way, which I wish that I had a few weeks ago,  but they will be used for next year as well as other events.


Prepare as much of the food ahead of time as possible. Delegate, always have a dish in mind to assign when a guest asks “is there is something that I could bring?” A very important tip is to be mindful of the turkey thawing time. A still frozen turkey Thanksgiving is not a good start for your increasingly busy day. NEVER thaw a frozen turkey at room temperature.


Turkey Frozen Thawing Methods:

  • Recommended: Thawing in the Refrigerator
    Leave the bird in its original wrapping and place it on a tray in the refrigerator. Allow 5 hours per pound or 3-4 days for a 14-19 pound turkey to defrost.
  • “Quick” Thawing:
    Place turkey in its original wrapping in sink and cover with COLD water. Change the water every 1/2 hour to maintain the temperature. Allow 1/2 hour per pound to defrost the turkey. Most turkeys will take from 5 to 10 hours to thaw.
  • Microwave Thawing: NOT RECOMMENDED
    Microwave ovens do not heat evenly, and they also heat quicker along the bone. Microwave thawing of a turkey is generally not recommended.

Turkey Thawing Time in the Refrigerator (40 degrees F):
Approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds

Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time
8 to 12 lbs 1 to 2 days
12 to 16 lbs 2 to 3 days
16 to 20 lbs 3 to 4 days
20 to 24 lbs 4 to 5 days

Turkey Thawing Time in Cold Water: Approximately 30 minutes per pound.
Change water every 1/2 hour.

Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time
8 to 12 lbs 4 to 6 hours
12 to 16 lbs 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 lbs 8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 lbs


November 23 is National “Eat a Cranberry Day”, here is a Thanksgiving cranberry mold recipe to try.


Even the littlest kids can contribute to the Thanksgiving cooking with this Make and Serve Pumpkin Apple Pie.






Turkey Handprint Cookies. Family Corner says  “Kids will get a kick out of watching their handprints turn into turkeys. This fun group activity allows kids to not only make their own creations, but eat them too!”


Get the DYI amazing Turkey Cupcakes recipe from Amazing Moms.


You might not want this feathery turkey for your Thanksgiving table center piece, but what a clever hostess gift to take over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for her powder room. It is a decorated tissue box, would you have guessed that?