Recipe – Garlic and Rosemary Scalloped Potato Roast

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!

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel potatoes and slices them making sure to cut all the way through.
  3. Rinse and place into a bowl with a mixture of garlic, rosemary, and oil. Make sure they are coated evenly.
  4. Arrange in an 8 inch baking dish, pouring the hot vegetable stock over the top and microwave for 10 minutes.
  5. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour or until potatoes are golden brown.

Thanksgiving Trivia

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.

  1. Who proposed that the official United States bird be a Turkey?: Ben Franklin
  2. In 2012, what was the amount of turkey the average American ate? 16 pounds
  3. What percentage of Americans eat Turkey on Thanksgiving? 88%
  4. How many Turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving? 46 million
    Christmas? 22 million
    Easter? 19 million
  5. In 2011, how many millions of pounds of turkeys were consumed in the United States? 736
  6. Has turkey consumption increased since 1970, if so then by how much? Yes, 104%
  7. How many people does the turkey industry employ in the United States? 20,000 to 25,000
  8. True or False: More turkey is consumed year round now than in 1970? True
  9. In 2012, turkey was what placed protein choice for American consumers? 4th
  10. Are whole turkey birds hens, toms, or both? Mostly hens
  11. What is the average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey? 15 pounds
  12. What is the heaviest turkey ever raised? 86 pounds
  13. What is the typical percentage of white to dark meat? 70% white, 30% dark
  14. Where is the wild turkey native to in the United States? Eastern Region
  15. Where were Turkeys domesticated? Mexico
  16. True or False: Tom turkeys have beards. True
  17. How far away can turkeys see movement? 100 yards
  18. How long have turkeys been around? 10 million years
  19. What are baby turkeys called? Poults
  20. Which is larger: chicken or turkey eggs? Turkey
  21. True or False: Hens gobble. False, only Toms do.
  22. A turkey has a pretty loud gobble, what is the furthest distance it can be heard? A mile away.
  23. Can Turkeys see in color? Yes
  24. can turkeys fly? Trick questions! Commercially raised turkeys cannot, and wild turkeys can.
  25. What month is National Turkey Lover’s Month? June

Craft – Cinnamon Candles

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!

Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

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!

Recipe – Turkey Snacks

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.

Materials:
Tulle
M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces
Pipe Cleaners
Googly Eyes
Glue
Small plastic hair ties

Instructions:

  1. Place candies into center of a Tulle square, tie together with the elastic.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Stick pipe cleaner pieces into Tulle to stick into Turkey!

DIY Leaf Bowl

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!

Supplies:
Artificial Autumn Leaves
Mod Podge Matte
Plastic Wrap
Krylon Triple Thick Glaze
Plastic bowl

Instructions:

  1. Lay down upside down and cover with plastic wrap.
  2. 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.
  3. Add additional layer of plastic wrap to top of leaves to keep from sticking up.
  4. After 4 hours in the sun, remove plastic wrap on top to allow leaves to dry all the way.
  5. Use Krylon Triple Glaze to stiffen leaves and cover tackiness from Mod Podge. Once dry, remove from bowl and take off plastic wrap.

 

 

Halloween Recipes – Mummy Hot Dogs

We were going to put Mummy Dogs as the title, but we figured on Wednesday we scared you enough with the Teeth Snack! These hot dogs can be preserved for a special dinner or another snack at your Halloween Party. All you need for this one is a pack of your preferred hot dogs, crescent roll dough, mustard, and your favorite hot dog toppings!

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Cut crescent roll dough into strips to wrap around each hot dog. Lay on a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Finish them off with some mustard yellow eyes!