Wednesday, November 23, 2011


With family all gathering together this is a great time to get the kids in the kitchen. Sometimes during the holidays the kids get pushed aside and told to go play but this is a great time to get them in the kitchen and teach them it's fun to cook! I know that growing up I learned a lot from the women in my family and our family traditions that I am now doing with my family. This is all because the woman in my family included me in the cooking. For Thanksgiving my Grandmother would always let me help with the pies. Pumpkin pie was my favorite to make and eat! I also was the official potatoes tester. Nobody else could enjoy them until I gave my seal of approval. I loved how special and important this made me feel and now I make my Grandma's potatoes and my daughter is my little potato tester. Traditions can be as simple as this and make such a big impact.
A few ideas for the little ones to help with.

1.  If your making pie let them put the dough in the pan and make the decorative edge. They can use a fork or their fingers to pinch down the sides. 
2. Letting them make the rolls, sometimes it's as easy as putting them on the baking pan before they go in the oven or if your making crescent rolls let them roll them up!
3. Give the kids little jobs like setting the table or folding napkins.
4. Here is an easy appetizer that the kids can make. And they will have fun doing it!

Cranberry Turkey Crescent Pinwheels

*This is also a great recipe for leftover turkey and cranberry sauce from your holiday meals.*

You will need:
1 package Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Rolls
Leftover Turkey
Leftover Cranberry Sauce
3 oz. Cream Cheese

Unroll the crescent rolls and separate into rectangles (two triangles together). Press the seams together to make a uniform rectangle. You'll have four rectangles. Spread about 2 tbsp. of cream cheese on each rectangle. Cover cream cheese with some thinly sliced turkey and then spread some cranberry sauce on top of the turkey. (The original recipe called for dried cranberries, so if you don't have leftover fresh cranberry sauce, you could use those.) Roll up the rectangle from a short side and press the seam to seal. Cut each roll into 5 or 6 slices and place cut side down on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve Warm.

A fun craft for the kids on Thanksgiving is for them to create name place cards. Make it fun for them and easy on your pocket. Gather a bunch of rocks and let the kids paint them in fun colors. Then if they are old enough to spell you can let them paint or use letter stickers to put the names on the rocks. If not you can help them. The kids will love this craft and it will give you a little more color on your Thanksgiving table.

Lets help make the Holidays more fun for the kids!
Happy Turkey Day Everyone!

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