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“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.

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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Totally Kids fun furniture & toys!

May Heaven take a liking to you but not too soon…

How to have your very own little Leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day.

All who gaze into this magic St. Patrick’s Day mirror get transformed into a leprechaun, at least for a few seconds.


  • Printable templates found here.
  • Craft foam
  • Small mirror (4 or 5 inches wide)
  • Tacky glue


  1. Use a small mirror (4 or 5 inches wide) as a base.
  2. Download the templates at the link above, trace and cut those shapes into the craft foam pieces. Use tacky glue to attach the pieces to the mirror as shown.


Top o’ the morning to you!

Start your St. Patrick’s Day morning off with these Lucky Leprechaun Hats pancakes created by Kitchen Daily. May the luck of the Irish be with you too finding recipes as fun as these to make with the kiddos.


What is it about rainbows, Leprechauns and kids?

If in my book easy is close to a pot of gold and this one’s a colorful, real easy shmeesy kid pleaser.

Recipe from: Super Healthy Kids

All you do is dye milk using natural food-base dyes the colors of the rainbow. Paint it on to your bread. Toast in toaster. Top with favorite toppings such as cinnamon sugar, honey, and jam!


How cute is this?

Playin Hooky Designs will make this hat to fit any size little Leprechaun’s head.


Irish I.Q. Test = Prizes for correct answers. (a random winner will receive a $15.oo Totally Kids fun furniture & toys Gift Card)

Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day?

What’s Irish and stays out all night?

Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?

Remember to SPRING AHEAD!

Ever hear the expression “ask him what time it is and he’ll tell you how to build the clock?” Will mention no names here, Dave.  Tick tock you really can build your own clock. Here is an educational clock project for the entire family.

Rembember that Sunday March 13th we need to set our clocks ahead one hour marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2A.M.

You can also use this as an ideal opportunity for teaching time.

The ability to tell time is a significant milestone in a child’s educational development and does not have to be a difficult nor frustrating experience. Choosing the right educational time teaching tools can lessen the stress. Fun time teaching toys can also help motivate little ones learning how to tell time.

“Block around the clock! “Here is a nice clock for 3 year olds or older combining both shape sorting and time learning.

It really is a good time all around to learn something new.


Tempus Fugit,  hurry up and make a clock  cupcake.


An old favorite is making your own paper plate clock.

Remember: Saturday, March 12 is Silly Saturday at Totally Kids, a big BOGO day. Buy one toy and get one for 1/2OFF. Free gift wrapping is available on most toys.

I really meant “getting stones” to share with friends.

Skip to My Lou makes these perfect for St. Patrick’s Day,  little Blarney Stones complete with a hidden surprise.

She tells us : “Tradition says if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be given the gift of gab. You will be able to talk eloquently and convincingly.”

If they don’t look appetizing to you, please realize that ingesting is not the intended end result. They do have a fun little surprise tucked inside.

We plan on making some Blarney Treasure Stones this weekend. It looks like another great project to do with little ones from Skip to My Lou.

You too must have some friends that would enjoy getting stones on St. Patrick’s Day.


Thought that I caught the luck of the Irish when finding this easy to make treat. It will be a big hit at our house with out a doubt. Plus it is another perfect make together recipe for all hands, big and small.

Sun Scholars has the easy to follow directions with pretzels and white chocolate chips.

International Pancake Day is tomorrow. To get a stack this high you might have to start flipping pancakes today.











Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
Source: Dakota Kelly one from her favorite family recipes.
Serves 4-6


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.       

Tall stack or short stack cook them up on this pretend stove.

Thousands of aficionados of all things modern have descended on Palm Springs for the Annual Modernism Week, an homage to the ideals of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture running from February 17th to the 27th.

Palm Springs, is easily one of the best preserved Mid Century destinations in the country.

There are lectures, double decker bus architecture tours, travel trailer exhibits, vintage auto exhibit, fashion from the 50′s and 60′s with modernist style, tours of Frank Sinatras Twin Palms Estate plus an exhibit at the museum. The Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway is a classic mid-century must see too.

We are off to the Modernism Week epicenter, the legendary Palm Springs Rivera Hotel tonight for “If You’ve Got it, Flaunt it: The Braniff Airlines Collection.” That will talk about at a later date.








Meanwhile back at the ranch, I mean back at Totally Kids fun furniture & kids; what do you think of these? Could you use a Ball  Chair or Yolk Chair, the pint sized replica of the of the iconic Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair?











Your little short stuff can have a Bertoia chairs and table set for the next play date.


After all of this are you ready for some Grasshopper Pie? Family Fun had kids version of this classic chocolate-and-mint mid-century recipe.

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 7 whole graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 gallon mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce or hot fudge(optional)
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove the pan from the stove and let the butter cool for a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, have your child crumble the graham crackers into the bowl of a food processor. Add the sugar and nuts, then pulse the ingredients in short bursts until you have very fine crumbs.
  3. Empty the crumbs into a medium -size mixing bowl and stir in the cocoa powder and salt, then the melted butter. Have your child use her fingers to evenly blend the ingredients. Then blend in 1 or 2 teaspoons of water until the crumbs clump together slightly.
  4. Grasshopper Pie Step 4 Heat the oven to 350º. Lightly butter a 9 -inch pie plate and press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and up the sides. Bake the crust on the center oven rack for 10 minutes. Let the crust cool on a wire rack, then chill it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Transfer the ice cream from the freezer to the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes, so that it will soften.
  5. Completed Pie Now your child can spoon the softened ice cream into the piecrust, pressing it firmly with an ice-cream spade to fill any airholes. Smooth the top, then place the pie back in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until it’s firm. When it’s time to serve the pie, drizzle chocolate sauce on each slice, if desired. Makes 10 servings.

What’s a Thanksgiving meal without at least one jolly gelatin salad chock-full of fruit and nuts?

This is a classic jello mold from Ocean Spray, a name that says cranberry and Thanksgiving to many of us. For a simple Simon substitute, you could, heaven forbid, forgo the jello mold and just dump the cranberry sauce right out of a can on a fancy platter (at least punch it up with presentation) or crystal bowl.


Thanksgiving foods are regional and unique from family to family. They are the expected essence of everyone’s family traditions and way up there in the memory bank with everything that we hold dear.


Start your little ones out making their own new memories of cooking in their very own vintage red kitchen, like Thanksgivings at Great-grandma’s house.



Plan your menu, then mix it all up with a colorful pretend retro mixer.

A Jello-less Ambrosia Fruit Salad, with unknown origins, is another holiday classic for some families.


Holiday Lime Jello Salad Mold


1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (8-serving size) lime Jello
1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1 cup cottage cheese
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup miniature marshmallows


Stir boiling water into Jello in a large bowl for at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in the pineapple and juice. Refrigerate 1-1/4 hours or until it reaches the consistency of unbeaten egg whites.

Whip the cream. Stir the cottage cheese into cream cheese in separate bowl until well blended. Gently fold in the whipped cream until smooth. Beat into slightly thickened Jello with a wire whisk until well blended. Stir in walnuts and marshmallows. Pour into a 6-cup mold sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Remove from the mold and garnish as desired. Surrounding the ring with cranberries will give it a seasonal appearance.


A Jello-less Ambrosia Fruit Salad, with unknown origins, is another holiday classic for some families.


Yesterday I joined BlogFrog and so far not exactly certain how it works, but the first blog that I read, The Idea Room had this outstanding idea. Thankful Rolls have messages tucked inside them in a fortune cookie fashion, and are the cleverest! They are a must do for our Thanksgiving dinner and will surely become a tradition.


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How did the pilgrims make green bean mushroom casserole topped with French fried onions for the first Thanksgiving when there was no Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup?

If you are the lucky one who drew the straw for “bring a side dish” consider yourself one lucky winner.

Nothing could be more easy peasy (beansy really) than the “Green Bean Mushroom Casserole” with a 5 minute prep time.  Many folks seem to think this dish is standard Thanksgiving fare. Well, maybe being assigned libations and skilled with a corkscrew, could be a tad easier. Especially if you do not obsess on choosing the perfect wine to pare with turkey.

Thanksgiving Fact: It is estimated that more than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.


Paula Deen’s Recipe – requires slightly more effort than others, but oh so good.

Ingredients for Green Bean Casserole.

  • 1/3 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups sliced green beans
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (2.8-ounce) can French-fried onion rings
  • Pinch House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a large skillet. Saute the onions and mushrooms in the butter. Boil green beans in chicken broth for 10 minutes and drain. Add the green beans, mushroom soup, onion rings, and House Seasoning, to taste, to the onion mixture. Stir well. Pour into a greased 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, then top the casserole with the Cheddar and bake for 10 minutes longer, or until the casserole is hot and cheese is melted.

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.



Pretend prepping, cooking and then dish washing after your Thanksgiving dinner in this complete kitchen may become a daily routine for some little folks. There is even a clothes washer for the dish towels and aprons that need attention.





If you are cooking your first pretend Thanksgiving dinner you will appreciate this stainless steel cookware.


After your guests have all said their good byes and are heading home, this not too pretend clean up set will come in handy for tiding up. At my house we would respect the tryptophan myth and this task would be saved for another day.





Kellie, from Little Nummies, shows us how to make these adorable chocolate marshmallow Pilgrim Hats.


Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.

We’re Talking Turkey Today.

Looking for a good Thanksgiving turkey recipe? There are so many different cooking methods today it could be difficult to know which one to choose, especially for those new to cooking, or with the responsibility of their first Thanksgiving dinner.

Deep fat frying, is claimed to be the fastest method, requiring a special (outdoor) cooker, approximately 5 pounds of peanut oil and the risk of possibly being most dangerous way to cook your bird.

Pan roasting and basting is the best known tried and true traditional American way to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey. When basting the big bird, be prepared to visit it in the oven every 15 to 20 minutes to squirt (baste) the turkey with it’s juices and pan drippings procured from the bottom of the roasting pan.

Some folks really like special made for turkey oven bags. These bags trap the original evaporating moisture in the bag, not loosing it to the oven. They also provide an effortless auto basting of the turkey, thus maintaining maximum moisture of the turkey. Here, the downside is, if you wait all year long salivating for the crispy skin of the roasted turkey, it just might be the reward belonging to the cooking bag, sticking with it, not you. Also, the bag can not be opened during the cooking process, even if for some reason you may want to open the oven door to sneak a peek at it and talk turkey about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or give it football updates.


Grilled, rotisseriesmoked methods are out of kitchen methods.  In some families this BBQ style turkey cooking is reserved for the man, leaving the mashed potatoes, sweet potato marshmallow casserole, jiggly Jello salads, green bean mushroom dish with French onions sprinkled on top and pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato or mincemeat pies for the women folk.


If you have been pondering how to deep fry a turkey, Fabulous Food’s will take you through the process step by step in pictures. (worth a thousand words)

Strange Brew beer can cooking is another twist to add to the mix (you up).










Did you ever consider wrapping your turkey in bacon?


Before choosing your final turkey cooking method, you can count on Martha Stewart for the Perfect Roast Turkey. She will show you how to brine or roast a turkey. Martha also offers basic turkey tips for newbies as well as experienced cooks. Every smart novice must not forget to consult with Martha for “Everything Thanksgiving” to be in the know.

Now, you decide.

It’s a good thing!



Remember to start thawing your frozen turkey a few days before Thanksgiving, then roast it in this modern kitchen’s microwave or oven.



This may be the year to try cooking the Thanksgiving turkey on the barbie, or least pretend that you are.



Find fabulous little aprons at the Hip Hostess.