20 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Is Thanksgiving going to be at your home this year?  Here are 20 tips to help you so your not so overwhelmed.

 

Menu Basics

 

Tip #1: Plan your menu!

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and you need a plan of attack! The first step? Figuring out which dishes to make this year.

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DIY Thankful Board

Thanksgiving is nearly here and Christmas is around the corner.  There is always alot of craziness this time or year.  There is also so much to be thankful for.  Over at Cherished Bliss is a tutorial for making a Thankful Board.

 

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I am so excited about this thankful board! The whole idea of it is each day in November, up until Thanksgiving, the kids will tell me one thing they are thankful for. We will write it down and put it in the envelope, then on Thanksgiving day we will sit down and read them all!

 

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Halloween Lanterns

These pumpkin lanterns are so cute!  The best part is you can make them with material that you have at home.

Halloween crafts

Materials:
Tin can
Clamp
Hammer and nail
Sandpaper
Metal primer
Acrylic paints: orange and black
Several yds of 18–20-gauge black annealed stovepipe wire
Tacky glue (we used Aleene’s Original)
Votive candle

Instructions:
Clamp can to table and poke holes for handle on opposite sides 1/2″ below top with hammer and nail.

Sand, prime, then paint outside of can orange.
Pencil outline of a jack-o’-lantern face on front and punch holes along outlines. Paint face black. Let dry.

Wind 27″ wire around a bunch of pencils or a thick dowel; remove and fasten ends in holes. Glue votive in place. When candle is lit, bend handle away so it doesn’t heat up.

Never leave candles unattended.

Milk Jug Ghost Halloween Decoration

Stationed on a walkway or porch, these homemade lanterns will extend a ghostly greeting and good-bye to all your holiday visitors.

What you’ll need

  • Clean plastic gallon milk jugs
  • Black permanent marker
  • Craft knife
  • String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights

How to make it

  1. Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.
  2. Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent’s job).
  3. Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.

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Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip. Photo by jonesies

Two of my favorite things: Pumpkin and Dipping.  You can’t go wrong when you put the two together in this recipe from food.com.  You have to try it!

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin pie filling (pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2-1 teaspoon ground ginger
apple, slices
gingersnaps

Directions:

1 –    Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
2 –   Add pie filling, cinnamon, and ginger, beating well.
3 –   Cover and chill 8 hours.
4 –   Serve with gingersnaps and apple slices.

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Get Organized for Halloween

Get Organized for Halloween

I looked at my calender today and realized that October is half over.  Which means, Halloween is almost here.  I started to go through my mental checklist: costumes, parties, candy, decorations… how am I going to get it all done.  For everyone who is in the same boat that I am, I am posting this article in hopes of helping you get organized for Halloween.

Whether you are picking apples, planning a party, decorating for the season, trick or treating, or watching scary movies, there is something for all ages at Halloween. Here are a few helpful tips for getting organized during this fun time of year.

1. Check Your Calendar – Open up your calendar and start planning ahead – although October has just begun, with all the activities in the fall and weekends filling up, it will be over very quickly.  Planning ahead for all the things you need to do, accomplish and attend will help you stay more organized.  Enter your absolute dates and schedules first, referring to work, activities, sports, religious, and other volunteer commitments. Once those are in your calendar, be sure to plan some time for fun little trips to enjoy the autumn colors this time of year.

2. Plan It Out! Make a master list including sections for: parties, home decorations, costumes, pumpkin carving, apple picking, school or extra-curricular schedules, and errands to run.  Each one of these categories has many sub-tasks and can easily eat up valuable time in the planning details. With a master list, you are more likely keep these tasks top of mind and can combine errands and trips – so you are less likely to have to make last-minute runs that can throw anyone’s schedule.

3. Costumes! Discuss what each member of your family will dress-up as for Halloween. This will give you an idea of how much time will be needed to prepare or purchase costumes as well as how much to budget. Costumes are one of those items that can be quite expensive if you’re purchasing pre-made varieties. To save money, consider home-made, borrowing costumes from a friend or neighbor or going with costumes that are simple and reusable. You can pull ideas for costumes from a number of sources, including fairy tales, video games, comics, cartoons, horror movies, etc. If you want to save money, thrift stores are a great place to find gently-used Halloween costumes.

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DIY Make a Lawn Ghosts

Are you looking to add a new outside Halloween decoration?  Then this project is for you.  It is easy and doesn’t cost very much.  Get the whole family involved they will love making Lawn Ghosts in your yard.

DIY Make a Lawn Ghost

Click here for instructions on how to make this project.

Recipes: 7 easy Halloween treats for kids

Are you looking for simple Halloween treats to make?  Here are 7 adorable and easy treats, from baby center blog, you or your kids can make.

1. Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats

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A few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry will make it fun and easy for the kids to decorate the classic Rice Krispies Treats with orange coloring and a fun, Jack-O-Lantern face.

2. Pumpkin and Ghost Brownie Pops

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Using a silicone brownie pop baking sheet, you can quickly take a boxed brownie mix for boring to spooky with a little frosting and candy sticks.

3. Candy Corn Kix Mix Popcorn Balls

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Popcorn balls have never been quite so festive with the addition of gelatin to make them extra soft and gooey, along with candy corn for one sweet treat.

4. Candy Corn Dipped Marshmallow Pops

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Halloween treats always taste better on a stick. Using a few candy melts you can make an ordinary marshmallow a fun treat.

5. Pumpkin Spiced Hot Cocoa

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Kick up the hot cocoa a notch by adding some seasonal spices. Pumpkin pie meets chocolaty goodness with this fall favorite.

6. Jack-O-Lantern Iced Brownies

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Another fun and easy to make treat for kids to decorate with brownies cut from a cookie cutter to look like pumpkins.

7. Pumpkin Lollipop Treats

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Looking for a fun candy to share with trick-or-treaters or classroom parties? These easy lollipop treats are perfectly sized for candy wrappers and can be molded into dozens of fun Halloween shapes.

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