Thanks for continuing to check out our blog! Lots to share as Thanksgiving is fast approaching. If you are looking for a fun craft project, take a look at our “Thanksgiving Tree”, which is pictured above. Like most folks this time of year, a big focus of ours is FOOD. This week, we are sharing two of our recipes for variations on cranberry sauce. Enjoy!
We were brainstorming about what sort of Thanksgiving decoration we could create and came up with our “Thanksgiving Tree”! It is a great way to combine holiday decorating and giving thanks. It’s also a fun way to get kids and guests thinking about all the things they are thankful for this holiday season.
You will need a vase or coffee can, a branch with no leaves, fall-colored cloth large enough to wrap around vessel, raffia (or twine or ribbon), plastic or real leaves (about 4″ across), decorative moss, card stock, hole punch, copy machine, sheets of newspaper, fine marker and scissors.
- Find a branch about 3 feet tall. Make sure there are plenty of spots to place the leaves. Place the branch in the vase.
- Prop branch up in vase with newspaper. You may want to weight your branch with rocks or sand to keep it stable. Add moss to top of vase to cover newspaper.
- Wrap the vase with the piece of cloth. Secure with tape in the back and tie with raffia or twine.
- Place four, 4-inch real or fake leaves in the color copier and copy onto cardstock. Five copies will give you 20 leaves. Make more copies as needed. Cut the leaf images out and punch a hole in the top of each leaf.
- With the marker, write what you are thankful for on the cardstock leaves and hang on the branches. Tie some onto branches with raffia and place others directly onto tree.
- Have extra leaves and a marker available so that visitors can add what they are thankful for. We covered the marker with a label and wrote the words “Give thanks”. (See photo above.)
We hope you enjoy creating your own Thanksgiving Tree!
CRANBERRY SAUCE VARIATIONS:
It’s easy to make these cranberry sauce variations. They add an interesting twist to any traditional Thanksgiving feast!
Cranberry Sauce with Jalepeno Peppers This zingy favorite is sure to surprise! Heat one 14 oz. can of whole berry cranberry sauce over medium heat until it melts. Finely chop 1 jalepeno pepper (remove seeds and ribs to make less spicy if desired) and add to cranberries. Simmer for 5 minutes. Cool at least 1 hr. until mixture solidifies.
Orange Walnut Cranberry Sauce
Heat one 14 oz. can of whole berry cranberry sauce over medium heat until it melts. Add 1 teaspoon of orange zest and 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts. Simmer for 5 minutes. Cool at least 1 hr. until mixture solidifies. Garnish with chopped walnuts and orange twist.
Inspired by cranberry nutbread!
JOKE OF THE WEEK: What do you get when you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by it’s diameter? Pumpkin Pi! source: enchantedlearning.com
Thanks everyone for reading, following and sharing this blog. We are thankful to you all and will add you to our Thanksgiving Tree!
Roy & Kevin