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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving! This is the time to focus on those things for which we are thankful. One of the things we are thankful for is the interest people have shown in these blog posts and the nice comments we have received about the craft projects we have presented in the blog entries we have posted here.

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We were trying to come up with a craft for this week but we came to the conclusion that it’s a little late to make Thanksgiving crafts. People are busy cooking and they have their decorations up already. We decided to post pictures (above and below) of the three Thanksgiving crafts we shared in previous weeks. If anyone gets some last minute inspiration to create, you can find the Thanksgiving Banner in “Thanksgiving Post Number One” and the Centerpiece in                 “Thanksgiving – The Third Blog Post”.

Also check out the previous posts for recipes for cranberry sauce variations and sweet potatoes with bananas.

Our favorite craft project for this holiday is the Thanksgiving Tree. The directions are in the blog: “Thanksgiving Continued”. (Past posts are listed in the right hand column of this page – check them out!)

Here is our Thanksgiving Tree.

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Some of the things we put on our Thanksgiving Tree are listed below. We’ve added quite a few since the picture was taken.

  • Wonderful memories
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Good Food
  • Roof over our heads
  • Employment
  • The Arts
  • Creativity
  • New Car
  • New England Patriots
  • Boston Red Sox
  • UConn
  • Health
  • Healthcare
  • Gay Marriage
  • Our Summer Garden
  • Desserts
  • Reading mysteries
  • Vacation
  • Kevin
  • Roy
  • Our readers and followers

As we mentioned above, we are grateful for good food and for our health. We’ve improved our eating habits a lot in recent years. We’ve both lost a few pounds since the Turkey heads picture at the top of the page was taken of us in 2007. Here are a few healthy ideas for Thanksgiving and everyday.

A FEW HEALTHY TIPS:

  • In our stuffing we use a combo of half white bread and half whole wheat bread.
  • For mashed potatoes sometimes we use half potatoes and 1/2 cauliflower to lower the carb amounts and raise the fiber and nutrition factor.
  • Nonfat sour cream adds creaminess and no fat to mashed potatoes.
  • Buttermilk is low in fat and delicious in mashed potatoes. (Can you tell we love mashed potatoes?) Buttermilk is also great as a base for salad dressings.
  • We substitute low fat versions of mayo, margarine, cream cheese and sour cream in all of our recipes. We save lots of calories and have lost weight by doing so. Non-fat sour cream is pretty good, but otherwise we go low fat.
  • In recipes where teaspoons or tablespoons of salt are called for, we only use a pinch if any at all.

JOKE OF THE WEEK:                                                                                                                                         “Knock Knock”   “Who’s there?”   “Phillip”   ” Phillip Who?”                                                               “Phillip a plate and dig in!”  (Source: hubpages)

(Hmmm, maybe they should read the healthy tips first!) 

THANKSGIVING FACT: In 1941, Congress passed an official proclamation and made Thanksgiving a national holiday which would be observed on the fourth Thursday of November every year. (Source: Buzzle)

We wish you, your families and friends a happy, healthy and safe Thankgiving and a wonderful holiday season to come.

Next week – Christmas is coming!

Roy and Kevin

Thanksgiving Continued!

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!

THANKSGIVING TREE

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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!

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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 IMG_2721 (3)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