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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

Directions:

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.

Move over Sweet Potato Casserole and give up those mini marshmallows to the Mforcer marshmallow shooter.

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If you think that it would not be Thanksgiving without those sweet gooey melted marshmallows on top of your sweet potato casserole, make a sport of it and shoot them on top with the Marshmallow Shooter. Challenge your guests to the shoot. Bang! You’ll have a Thanksgiving party they’ll always remember.

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Are you traveling this Thanksgiving?

Tips for holiday travel. How to Beat Backseat Boredom…. aka traveling with kids.

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Left over marshmallows? Use them to make this Tom Turkey .

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A sweet, Sweet Potato & Mini Marshmallow recipe from myrecipes.com for Thanksgiving 2010.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2  pounds  sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes                                   (we sometimes make it  easier and use canned)
  • 3/4  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped pecans, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 2  cups  miniature marshmallows

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place the sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.

Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients (through vanilla). Mash sweet potato mixture with a potato masher. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans. Scrape potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans; top with marshmallows. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden. (Sometimes we add a little bourbon to kick it up a notch)

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