Just because Thanksgiving is over, does not mean the delicious meals have to stop! Leftovers are great around the holidays, but why not try something new? We found this roasted potato dish that we think will be a hit at your next get together! You can even pair them with some leftovers from last week!
- 3 cups of potatoes (5 medium sized potatoes)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1.5 – 2 tsp chopped rosemary
- 50 ml olive oil (1.5 oz)
- 150 ml hot vegetable stock (5 oz)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Peel potatoes and slices them making sure to cut all the way through.
- Rinse and place into a bowl with a mixture of garlic, rosemary, and oil. Make sure they are coated evenly.
- Arrange in an 8 inch baking dish, pouring the hot vegetable stock over the top and microwave for 10 minutes.
- Roast for 45 minutes to an hour or until potatoes are golden brown.
Baked good are a go to when it comes to the holidays, but how do you distribute them to your friends, family, and co-workers? This DIY project is adorable, an additional gift in itself and not too expensive to put together. Instructions and idea found via Kara at Crafts Unlimited. We truly love what you came up with and would love to see other interpretations like a penguin or snowman!
Red and White Yard
Hot Glue Gun
- Place glue around the bottom of your flower pot and start to wrap the red yarn around it. Do about three layers.
- Do the same to the top lip of the flower pot, but with white instead of red.
- When it dries glue two of the black buttons or three onto the main base to look like Santa’s coat.
- Now you can add a plastic wrapped bag of goodies, plant, or any other holiday goodies!
How much do you know about the star of our Thanksgiving Dinners? Below are 25 facts that you can use to create a tradition this Holiday in the form of a trivia game! See who can answer the most questions correctly, and they can have the one odd ball roll that is left over or first slice of pie afterwards. Let us know how many you got correct.
- Who proposed that the official United States bird be a Turkey?: Ben Franklin
- In 2012, what was the amount of turkey the average American ate? 16 pounds
- What percentage of Americans eat Turkey on Thanksgiving? 88%
- How many Turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving? 46 million
Christmas? 22 million
Easter? 19 million
- In 2011, how many millions of pounds of turkeys were consumed in the United States? 736
- Has turkey consumption increased since 1970, if so then by how much? Yes, 104%
- How many people does the turkey industry employ in the United States? 20,000 to 25,000
- True or False: More turkey is consumed year round now than in 1970? True
- In 2012, turkey was what placed protein choice for American consumers? 4th
- Are whole turkey birds hens, toms, or both? Mostly hens
- What is the average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey? 15 pounds
- What is the heaviest turkey ever raised? 86 pounds
- What is the typical percentage of white to dark meat? 70% white, 30% dark
- Where is the wild turkey native to in the United States? Eastern Region
- Where were Turkeys domesticated? Mexico
- True or False: Tom turkeys have beards. True
- How far away can turkeys see movement? 100 yards
- How long have turkeys been around? 10 million years
- What are baby turkeys called? Poults
- Which is larger: chicken or turkey eggs? Turkey
- True or False: Hens gobble. False, only Toms do.
- A turkey has a pretty loud gobble, what is the furthest distance it can be heard? A mile away.
- Can Turkeys see in color? Yes
- can turkeys fly? Trick questions! Commercially raised turkeys cannot, and wild turkeys can.
- What month is National Turkey Lover’s Month? June
There are a couple different scents we associate with fall; Apple, Pumpkin, and Cinnamon. If you go into Bath & Body Works there are definitely more than that, but it is easier to create these scents on your own in your home then trying to recreate “Flannel”. Not only will the smell fill up your home, but it is an adorable craft anyone in the family can make to add to the atmosphere of the season. They also make great handmade gifts for friends and family.
All you need is Cinnamon Sticks, Twine/Ribbon, Rubber Bands, and different sized Pillar candles. Place the rubber band halfway around your candle. Vary the height in the cinnamon sticks are you place them around the candle under the rubber band. Once you are finished, wrap ribbon and twine around the center to hide the rubber band. Create your own centerpiece with pine cone accents or berries!
Shout out to Mommy Octopus for this recipe and presentation! What a cute and adorable little snack for Thanksgiving. At our house we always have little snacks through out the day so we do not sit down on empty stomachs, but not so heavy we cannot enjoy the main meal of the day. These would be perfect to put on a decorative plate during that time!
All you need to put these little guys together are Rolo’s, Mini Pretzels, Candy Corn, Sugar Pearls, and M&Ms. You can click on the link below to check out the original blog post if you are looking for step by step instructions. If you do make them, we would love to see a picture!
We love different and unique table presentations! Most families will set the table up ahead of time and have it looking beautiful through out the day until it is Turkey Time. The best part about this little tutorial is that you do not need to have Orange napkins to make this work, you can use any other color and it still looks gorgeous. All you need is Dinner Napkins, Napkin Rings, and a Pickle (or a paper green stem made from cardboard.
- Place the Napkin Ring in the dead center of the napkin. Pull the napkins partially up through the ring and flip it over.
- Fluff the folds to make them more evenly distributed.
- Flip back over and start to tuck the four corners into the napkin ring.
- Flip back over one more time and place your stem in the center.
Simple. Sweet. Done. You will have a cute little pumpkin to place on your plates while the food is cooking and make for a pretty adorable picture opportunity. How do you decorate the table for Thanksgiving?
One of the tricks we hear mainly from Real Estate agents is how to give a Listing that “Home” feel with freshly baked cookies or the right kind of candle. There are a couple other tricks you can use at home in order to spread Holiday cheer through out the airways! Some guests may be more sensitive when it comes to the artificial scents, so why not try to make your own?
One of the easiest tricks to a “homemade” scent that feels like fall would be to boil some orange peels and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, then bring down to medium heat for about 40 minutes. The scent will spread through out your home and linger through out the day depending on how long you keep it going for. Another trick with oranges is using some oils to turn the peels into mini candles!
Clove, Vanilla, Lemon, or even Apple Peels can be added to the mix to make your own fall scent. What brings you back to Thanksgiving at Grandma’s? Apple Pies? Pumpkin? The smell of freshly fallen leaves? Test different scents to find your own blend. If you want the fall scent and additional delicious benefits, then I recommend making some homemade dessert treats! A freshly baked apple pie will bring all of the family running!
From the title you may be thinking this is going to be a great after Thanksgiving Snack, but that is not the case! Those little turkeys are great all month long! Use them at the Dinner table as gifts on Thanksgiving or bring them into school or the office as a Holiday treat to share with everyone.
M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces
Small plastic hair ties
- Place candies into center of a Tulle square, tie together with the elastic.
- Cut brown pipe cleaner into 6 inch pieces and roll to about 2 inches. Wrap an orange pipe cleaner around to form beak. Example below.
- Add eyes to the sides of your Turkey and use red pipe cleaner for the wattle underneath the chin. Yellow pipe cleaner can be used to create the legs and toes.
- Stick pipe cleaner pieces into Tulle to stick into Turkey!
The beginning of November is a great time to start to finalize your menu for Thanksgiving. There are also many offices going pot luck nights, as well as Friendsgivings. Here is a delicious recipe to bring along!
1 Large Butternut Squash, Peeled/Seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
3 TB Olive Oil
2 TB packed Brown Sugar
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with foil.
- Toss ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly coated. Place onto baking sheet in single layer.
- Remember to rotate pan 20 minutes into baking, and check at the 35-40 minute mark to not overcook squash!