Nov 102015

This shop and my Ultimate Kids Thanksgiving table ideas have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone, but the fun can be yours, too! #BIGDeal #CollectiveBias

I think growing up, it’s pretty much a universal thing that kids can’t wait to graduate from the kids table to the adults table.  It’s sort of a rite of passage.  And I was definitely excited to make the move, myself, though I will be honest and say I’ll always be a little nostalgic for the seat I left behind.

How to create the Ultimate Kids Thanksgiving Table! A fun tablecloth they can color on, lots of crayons, some cute decor, and fun activities will keep them entertained throughout your whole Thanksgiving dinner.

The kids Thanksgiving table was always the place for fun.  While the grownups were using the plates I was always scared to break, at the kids table we had paper or plastic everything.  The grownups had the fancy pearl onions and creamed this or that, while the kids table had the Jell-O and chocolate pudding.  Who wouldn’t want to be at the kids Thanksgiving table? Continue reading »

Nov 102014

This #SimplyHealthy DIY gratitude tree shop on teaching toddlers thankfulness has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

How do you teach toddlers to be thankful?  With Thanksgiving looming just days away, it’s a question that has been on my mind.  I want Bubbles to be able to put meaning to the holidays and not just look at them as a time that everyone gets together to eat.

Sam's Club Healthy Living Made Simple App

I recently was flipping through the Healthy Living Made Simple app on my iPhone (it’s also available for the iPad) and I came across an article on teaching toddlers thankfulness.  The app is a companion for the online magazine from Sam’s Club.  It had some good information – plus a nice reassurance that it’s completely normal for your toddlers to not always remember to say thank you before opening a gift or to grumbling about what they have versus what they want. Continue reading »

Nov 162013

Thank you to Gooseberry Patch for providing a review copy of their “Hometown Harvest” cookbook so that I could share this stuffing recipe with you.  All words and opinions are my own.

Growing up, Thanksgiving was always held at my maternal grandparents’ house.  My grandparents, my great-grandmother, my parents and brothers, my aunt and uncle and their kids, plus any significant others or other guests would all end up split between their kitchen and dining room to share a meal.  The food options were endless and not only was there no chance of anyone going hungry, most of the time there were enough leftovers sent home with each family to provide meals for three or four days.

Since starting a family of my own, Thanksgivings are now most often split between my husband’s Aunt’s house and our place.  Depending on the location the items that I need to make can vary.  This year, for example, we’re guests instead of hosts, so we’ll be bringing an appetizer, a side, and a dessert.

Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing Recipe

Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing Recipe from the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook "Hometown Harvest"

Continue reading »

Nov 242011

As this week was quite hectic, I missed Make at Home Monday and Tasty Tuesday this week.  To make up for it, I wanted to share a few of my favorite pins from Pinterest for Thanksgiving recipes, crafts, and decor.  If you click the images you’ll be taken to the pin so you can find the original source.

I also want to wish all of you and your families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy all the Black Friday shopping, too, if you’re braving the crowds!

Thanksgiving Dessert Hats
These would be cute for your dessert table or even your child’s classroom.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Pilgrim Hats

Pumpkin Praline Trifle Shots

Thanksgiving Recipes: Pumpkin Praline Shots

Continue reading »

Nov 142011

November is the month, more than any other, when people often take time to reflect on what they’re thankful for.  Though I try every day to remember all the things I have to be thankful for the onset of Thanksgiving is a special reminder.

Visuals can also help us remember to be thankful and that’s why I love DaySpring’s Ever Grateful line of products.  The Ever Grateful Reversible Table Runner that I received has “Let There Be Thankfulness to God” printed on both ends.  So when the family sits down to dinner you can’t help but be reminded to give thanks.

Both sides of the runner are in beautiful earth tones and would be lovely on your table during Thanksgiving or any day of the year.  It measures 72″L x 14″W and is 100% cotton.  I love how it hangs over the edge of our table just a bit when set for day-to-day dining and it will look perfect coming a few inches short of the edges when our table leaves are in for entertaining.

This year our family has a number of things to be grateful for.  We have a new member (Baby C.) in our immediate family to share the holidays with; we have a new member (my sis-in-law) of our extended family after a lovely wedding a few weeks ago; my new sister-in-law’s father is slowly recovering after a tragic accident; A1 is having a successful second year in college; and A2 is having a fun and successful sophomore year of high school.  I am very aware of how blessed we are.

If you are willing to share, I would love to hear the things you and your family are thankful for this year and will be celebrating at Thanksgiving!  It’s nice to be able to celebrate with others.

I received a runner in order to facilitate my review.  I received no other compensation; all opinions are 100% mine.

 Posted by at 2:02 am