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!
I hope you did not think that the DIY crafts ended with the Halloween Costumes! This is an easy craft project you can do with your kids and have them add something special to the dinner table on Turkey Day. You can even add some acorns or scented potpourri!
Artificial Autumn Leaves
Mod Podge Matte
Krylon Triple Thick Glaze
- Lay down upside down and cover with plastic wrap.
- Start to add leaves by covering one side in Mod Podge, sticking them to the plastic wrap, and then covering the other side as well.
- Add additional layer of plastic wrap to top of leaves to keep from sticking up.
- After 4 hours in the sun, remove plastic wrap on top to allow leaves to dry all the way.
- Use Krylon Triple Glaze to stiffen leaves and cover tackiness from Mod Podge. Once dry, remove from bowl and take off plastic wrap.
These chocolate peanut butter snacks are perfect for a special fall treat or a get together! Everyone talks about this being Pumpkin Spice season, but I bet they never thought about Acorn treats.
All you need is Hershey’s Kisses, mini chocolate chips, and the bite size Nutter Butter cookies. Put aside 1 Kiss, 1 mini chip, and 1 cookie to go as a set and put aside how ever many you want to make. Take the rest of the mini chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave for 5 second intervals, making sure to stir between each. Dip the mini chip into the melted chocolate and hold onto the middle of the Nutter Butter. Do the same with the Hershey’s Kiss on the opposite side. Allow time to cool or put into fridge to accelerate process!
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Halloween is all about the decor, the costumes, and the candy for your local trick or treaters. Enjoy some tasty, healthy alternatives so when you have some leftover candy you can freely indulge on November 1st! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is taking orange peppers and carving them to look like little jack-o-lanterns. These “pumpkins” can be perfect for stuffed peppers or containers holding some other veggie treats.
Want to use some actual pumpkins? Roast a mini pumpkin, carve out the inside and use it as a serving bowl! The seeds do not have to go to waste either. Season them as you would your favorite holiday pie for a different take on such a classic treat. You can find nine amazing seasonal recipes here: https://www.sunset.com/food-wine/holidays-occasions/healthy-halloween-recipes#halloween-pumpkin-soup
The best part of the main course for a party is when you can make it ahead of time! You can prepare this before your guests arrive, and keep warm in a crock pot through out the evening until it is time for dinner. Pumpkin is not just for October, but something to make as we get into the colder month of November as well.
- 2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 onion diced
- 2 – 15 oz cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 – 15 oz cans corn, drained
- 2 – 14.5 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 – 15 oz can pumpkin
- 1/4 cup Del Diablo Merlot, or similar red wine
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp salt
- Beef broth, optional to do chicken or water instead
- Serve with Corn Chips, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, and Green Onions
- Cook beef in a skillet all the way through, drain, and transfer to slow cooker. (5-6 quart size)
- Stir in remaining ingredients: corn, pinto beans, pumpkin, seasoning, onion, and wine.
- Cook for 4-6 hours, only add broth if you want a thinner soup like consistency. Serve with desired toppings!