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How to Make a Turkey Cake

Monday, November 6th, 2017

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Isn’t this a cute turkey cake? It’s perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends! You will need two cake boxes, chocolate icing, vanilla icing, and food coloring. You will also need a foil-lined piece of cardboard to place under the cake, and silk autumn leaves to decorate around the finished cake.

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First you will bake two circle cakes. The second cake will be rectangular. After baking and cooling the cakes, you will want to put cellophane on them and place them into the fridge. Cold cake is easier to cut and sculpt than room-temperature cake.

Up-end one circle cake onto the bottom of your foil-lined cardboard. You will want to frost this with chocolate frosting.

Then cut a smaller circle out of the other circle cake. I used a round dish that would be the right size for the head of the turkey. Frost the head with chocolate frosting, too.

From the rectangular cake, cut feathers in the shape of rectangles, while slightly rounding the edges of the tops of the feathers.

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Take out one tablespoon of white frosting and set aside for the eyes. Divide the remaining white frosting into three bowls: add yellow, orange, and red food coloring to the bowls. Stir the colors in, and frost the feathers of your turkey cake.

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With a table knife, run the blade down the middle of each feather and out to the sides, adding texture like real feathers. Add a beak and white circles for eyes. You can use chocolate chips for the pupils of the eyes, or just use a glob of chocolate frosting.

Now your turkey cake is complete! Happy Thanksgiving!

Squash Creatures

Monday, November 11th, 2013

squash-creatures

Make some fun squash creatures with your kids instead of eating the squash. (Who actually wants to eat squash anyway, especially ornamental squash that looks like it’s been grown by aliens?)

Plug in your hot glue gun, take out your craft supplies, and decorate a squash to look like a creature. You can use google eyes, feathers, buttons, and bits of cloth. It takes less than 5 minutes to make this craft, so you can do this, even if you feel foggy and in need of sleep. As soon as you’ve made your squash creature, shout for your children to come running.

Listen to their squeals of joy as you show them your creature. Then let them get to work. One of my sons wanted the squash to have only one eye. Yes, since it’s all lumpy and looks like an alien anyway, why not go with it? You can turn the squash in any direction to make your creature.

I told my kids to use at least one feather, since I wanted to use these as Thanksgiving decorations, you know, to represent the Native American generosity to the Pilgrims. Enjoy your cute and easy-to-make squash creatures.

Turkey and Rice Casserole

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

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Do any of us know what to do with leftover turkey the day after Thanksgiving? This yummy turkey and rice casserole is hands-down the best recipe that uses up some of the extra turkey. This recipe was given to me by my best friend’s mom. The crunch of the celery, Corn Flakes, and almond slivers juxtaposes against the soft boiled egg, chicken, and rice. Miracle Whip and lemon juice add additional depth of flavor. This will be the best turkey and rice casserole you will ever taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 cup Miracle Whip (mayonnaise would probably work)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup rice cooked in 2 cups of chicken (or turkey) broth
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons of real butter
  • 1 cup of crushed Corn Flakes
  • 1/2 cup of almond slivers

Make sure the turkey, rice, and hard-boiled eggs are cooked. Then throw all the ingredients together in a large bowl, and stir it. Pour it into a large casserole dish. Melt the butter in the microwave, and mix with crushed Corn Flakes. Sprinkle over the casserole. Then sprinkle with almond slivers.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Enjoy!

Thankfulness Tree (with Maple Leaf PDF)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

thankfulness-treeI’ve never actually done a thankfulness tree with my kids until this year. What inspired me was the dead tree on my landing that looked so pitiful that it was just begging for some gorgeous autumn-colored leaves to be artificially hung from it. Sure enough, it sprang to life, as if God’s design for this twig was to remind me of all that I have to be thankful for. My children actually thanked God for each other (which I found endearing), and for our warm house and their toys. Because we often forget to be thankful, this thankfulness tree will be a visual reminder during the month of November that I’m thankful for so many things.

I created the maple leaf PDF by drawing the outlines of four maple leaves. I then printed the PDF on card stock paper, two of each of the following colors: yellow, orange, red, and brown. You can cut out the maple leaves, punch a hole through the top of each with a thumb tack, and hang them up with Christmas ornament hooks. My children really enjoyed doing this activity.

Maple Leaf PDF

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