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Our Awesome Thanksgiving 2012

We had such a great Thanksgiving this year and I’m so pleased it went so smoothly.  I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time this year and it was awesome!  I spent a week cleaning the house from top to bottom with the help of my dad and wanted to have a nice, traditional Thanksgiving.  I got out the nice china and bought some new tablecloths and napkins and got the tables set and looking pretty.


My grandparents ordered a Greenberg turkey and for those of you who don’t know what that is, check it out and just know that it is the best tasting turkey on Earth!!  I had to sample it after my dad carved it and my whole childhood came flooding back!  We used to get these all the time when I was a kid and they are delicious!

So I didn’t have to worry about the turkey and I actually got my pea salad and pasta salad made the day before so that morning I only had to make my sweet potato casserole and whip up my spinach dip while my dad made the Hash Brown potato casserole.  Everything was ready early that morning, so that when we got word that my sister, brother-in-law and nieces were almost there, we could just put everything in the oven to warm through.

I was so blessed  to have such a great Thanksgiving and have my whole family there.  Both of my sets of grandparents were there, my parents, my uncle and my sister, brother-in-law and nieces.

This picture warms my heart…all of my grandparents getting together for Thanksgiving.

I also loved seeing all of the cousins together!!  They had a great time….not eating that is.  None of the kids really ate much.  They were too busy having fun.  🙂

Then on Friday we went to White Rock Lake to feed the ducks, which is beginning to be a Thanksgiving tradition.  We took them all to feed the ducks last year and again this year.  It was fun to see them get so excited to feed the ducks, although I was freaking out the whole time, afraid one of them was going to fall in the lake.

There was a park just a short drive around the lake so since we went through our bread so fast, we decided to let them play on the playground for a while.  Cheyenne found this little bridge and she decided to crawl on the wall.  Goofy girl!

Cheyenne thought she was so cool and had so much fun pushing her big brother, Devon on the swing.

After some lunch, we attempted to go to an event that I had heard about but it ended up being a bust and wasn’t as great as it was last year and so we ended up leaving and meeting my parents for dinner.  Cheyenne taught her littlest cousin Zoe how do to funny faces.  They were hilarious.  They would make the funny faces and then bust out laughing at each other.  It was so cute and I sure wish they lived closer.  At least they are only about 3 hours away so we get to see them several times each year, but I sure wish they lived here so we could see them and hang out more often.  These girls have so much fun together and though all 4 of them are between the ages of 2 and 4, they all get along so well and play  together wonderfully!

I’m so glad that we had such a wonderful Thanksgiving with our entire family and I can’t wait to do it again next year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!!


Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

I have to admit, fall is probably my favorite season…at least right now.  Spring and Fall are pretty much tied in my mind. I love them both equally…summer is too hot, especially here in Texas. Winter is too cold for my liking, even though it’s nothing compared to the winters up north. But I love fall and I’m so glad it is here!  We are finally starting to experience some fall-like temps after our almost 90* week last week. This week it is in the 70s and I love it!!

Now that it seems that fall may finally be here…better late than never….I decided we needed to make some Pumpkin Pie Play Dough.  I found this simple recipe at 2 Big 2 Little.

Here’s what you need:

1 cup flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup water
red and yellow food coloring (unless you can find orange…I couldn’t)

Once you have all of your ingredients ready, get a medium pot and add all ingredients except for the water and food coloring.  Add your food coloring to the water until you have the desired shade, but note it will be darker than what the water looks like.  Ours was a pretty orange and I was actually afraid it was going to be too bright orange, because I actually wanted a little darker, spicier look and luckily that’s exactly how it turned out.  Once you have colored your water, pour it into your pot and mix everything very well.

Stir over medium heat approximately 4-5 minutes, or until the dough forms a ball in the center of the pot.

Remove from the pot onto your counter or cutting board and let cool.  It will be very hot…believe me.  🙂

Once it is cool, knead it for a little bit until soft and smooth.  I probably kneaded longer than necessary because I love play dough and warm pumpkin pie scented play dough is just like a little slice of Heaven.  🙂

Of course, I couldn’t have all the fun. Cheyenne had to get in on the kneading fun because she loves to help!  I think she really just wanted me to leave it alone so she could play with it.  Then she took it in to her table and got some cookie cutters and went to town playing with her new play dough.

This was so fun!  Since the first time we made play dough, I have loved it!  Cheyenne loves to play with play dough and we love making it.  It lasts so much longer than store bought (as long as it is picked up) and is safer in the even a wee one decides to put it in their mouth, plus you can color and scent your play dough however you want.  There are so many ways to make, color, and scent play dough along with many additives that can be added and so many endless ways to play with it.  Can you tell we love play dough??

I hope you get a chance to make this wonderful play dough.  My hands smelled so good after making this that I didn’t want to wash my hands.  But of course, I did.

Let me know if you make this and how your little ones like it!  Welcome fall!!  Better late than never….




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Paper Tube Turkey

I’ve seen so many cute crafts for Thanksgiving and today I decided to let Cheyenne make a Paper Tube Turkey after she got home from Mother’s Day Out.

I gathered all the supplies:  Paper plate, toilet paper tube, 2 googly eyes, paints (we used brown, orange, red and yellow), glue and scissors.

First, Cheyenne painted the tube brown for the body of her turkey.  I was pleasantly surprised by how well she did.  I was expecting paint all over the place and just patches of paint on the tube, but she did a great job all by herself.  I just had to smooth out a couple of spots where she got the paint a little thick.

Then we had to take a break because it was time for me to fix dinner and our turkey body needed to dry.

After our delicious dinner of Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Parmesan Roasted Green Beans, and hushpuppies, we cleared the table and got back to work.

When we got back to work, I cut the paper plate in half and set out some red, yellow and orange paint.  She painted the paper plate a beautiful medley of red, yellow and orange.

I put two dots of glue on our dried turkey body and Cheyenne put the googly eyes on.

Then I put some glue on the back of the turkey body and down the center of the paper plate and Cheyenne glued the body to the feathers.  I think it turned out pretty cute and she is so proud of her turkey craft.  Cheyenne is really getting into crafts now and she is getting better at it and better at doing specific tasks for each project.

Let me know if you get a chance to do this cute craft and how your little one enjoyed it.

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Handprint Turkey

I was terrible last month and out of all the Fall and Halloween crafts I saw and wanted to do with Cheyenne, we only did a couple.  So I decided that this month, we are going to start early and do some throughout the month.  I LOVE handprint and footprint art because I think it’s a great way to remember how big your kids are at different stages and it’s something tangible that you can have and see.  With that being said, I decided to let Cheyenne do a handprint turkey yesterday.

I gathered the supplies needed:

white paper, colored construction paper, paints (we used brown, red, blue, orange, green and yellow), a googly eye and orange and red markers.

I painted the palm of her hand brown and each finger a different color, but didn’t get a picture of that as I was too busy trying to get her hand printed before the paint dried.

I glued a googly eye on the thumb and used the orange marker to draw a beak and some feet. I used the red marker to draw a wattle on our little turkey.

Then I cut down the white paper and mounted it on a piece of brown construction paper. I had to cut it kind of funny, because Cheyenne decided to paint on part of the white paper. She loves art and loves to draw and paint and does whenever she gets the chance.

Cheyenne had a great time doing this craft and she is so proud of her turkey.  I think it turned out pretty cute.

I hope you get a chance to make one with your little turkey.  I love comments so let me know what you think and if you get a chance to do this fun craft.

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