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Easy Turkey Chocolate Cake for Thanksgiving (at Tablespoon)

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For how-tos to make an easy Turkey Chocolate Cake, CLICK HERE.

 

So guess what? Because I don’t have nearly enough to do, I’m now creating food awesomeness (that sounds not humble, but it’s true, it’s food awesomeness, so I’m owning that) for Tablespoon! And given I’ve been a Tablespoon fan for ages, and their stuff rocks, it’s a gosh darn good fit. Speaking of stuff that rocks, how about this Turkey Chocolate Cake? My neighbor came over when I was working on it, popped in the kitchen, eyed it and stopped in her tracks because it’s even cuter in person.

And crazy easy to make, even if you’ve never picked up a bag of frosting. Because for this cake you don’t even have to pick up a bag of frosting. Oh my gosh, I just love this cake. It was pure agony to slice into him, but my 7 year old could wait no longer.  Sorry Tom!

 

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Thanksgiving roundup from the archives

Geez. These holidays are passing us by with frightening speed, aren’t they? Did you have a scary Halloween? My oldest went as a “Haunted Butterfly.” You see, this summer, she saw a pair of butterfly wings in a museum. She desperately wanted them, but they cost $20. I made a deal. I would buy the wings if she promised to be a butterfly for Halloween. Then she wanted to be something scary. Too late, I said, we made a deal. So she invented the “Haunted Butterfly.” I made her a skirt with plastic spiders sewn into the tulle, and pipe cleaner antennae with spiders dangling from the tips. She covered the wings with those cheap cobwebs. And when she realized her school doesn’t celebrate “Halloween,” but “Dress as Your Favorite Book Character” day… I even wrote and printed a book called “The Haunted Butterfly. ” It’s pretty good, if I do say so myself. But that butterfly wing deal seemed to cost me a lot of hours of labor.

Thanksgiving dessert roundup

 

 

But anyway, on to Thanksgiving. Here are some posts from the archives to celebrate the day of gluttony.

 

For a collection of recipes and ideas, click HERE.

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turkey cookie sticks

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turkey cookies

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pumpkin pie cookies

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how to draw Thanksgiving marshmallows

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cornucopia cookies

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easy “pumpkin” cupcakes

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pumpkin pie and turkey leg cookies

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Thanksgiving cookie decorating party

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Thanksgiving leftovers “sushi”

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Wednesday Links: fun food and craft finds and my car

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You know why I’m sharing this photo? Because this space is supposed to be about life in DC. And this is my life in DC (well, also the elections, but these two don’t care about that). Once a week, my youngest (on the left, you can see her leg covered in marker, as she likes to draw on herself) and I travel half an hour across the city to Northeast to pick up my older kid from her public charter school. We then travel back through the city, north into Maryland and out to the town of Potomac for her horse riding lesson. Which is only half an hour. Then we get back in the car and drive another 45 minutes home to Northwest DC. That’s three hours of driving, not counting the other hour in the morning for school drop-off. That’s why my car looks like this. I’m horrified when anyone wants a ride, for fear they’ll find the petrified food under the layers of stuff.

Anyway, on to your links! You can follow all of the Wednesday Links at Pinterest.

Make a pendant lamp from a grocery bag.

Here’s a Thanksgiving printable game to keep kids busy.

Loving these calico cat and dotty dalmation cookies!

Make an adorable felt racoon.

Here are tons of ideas for leftover Halloween candy.

I’ll be digging through this list of 101 healthy Thanksgiving sides and desserts.

Gorgeous shrink plastic rings.

 

 

 

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cinnamon maple pumpkin seeds with crunch

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First, Happy Halloween! Second, my apologies for a lack of how-to photographs. You see, I didn’t think these would be all that great. We carved our pumpkin yesterday and had all these seeds. And I figured I might as well bake them. And I didn’t even measure anything. And then they go and turn out awesome. So I’m going to try and recreate the recipe for you and I will ask you to use your imagination as to what I looked like making them. By the way, for timing purposes, note that the secret to the crunch is letting the seeds soak overnight.

Here is the guy that gave his guts for the sake of delicious snacking:

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pumpkin seeds with crunch

 

you will need:

pumpkin seeds
table salt
olive oil
cinnamon
nutmeg
kosher salt
maple syrup

 

what to do, pretty much.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Once you scoop out all the seeds, discard what flesh you can. I wasn’t too precise about it and my seeds were still pretty slimy with pumpkin guts. Put them in a bowl. Pour table salt on top. Maybe a tablespoon or two? I just poured from the spout of that Morton’s salt container back and forth a couple times. Fill with warm water to cover and let it sit on the counter overnight. The next day, drain the seeds. Pat them dry and put them back in the bowl. (Honestly, they weren’t even dry. And they still had some pumpkin guts on them.) Drizzle in some olive oil (about a tablespoon, I figure) and stir. Sprinkle on lots of cinnamon, some nutmeg and a bit of kosher salt. Drizzle some maple syrup on top (probably about a tablespoon of this, too) and stir to coat. Spread the seeds out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir a bit. Bake for 20 minutes more. Stir a bit more. Bake for yet another 20 minutes. I did 10 more minutes after that. Then, enjoy!

 

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Healthy Halloween! Good-for-you Popcorn Balls and other Party Ideas

What!? Me, healthy? Yes, I can go there sometimes. And so I’m breaking from your usual programming (and weekly blog schedule) to bring you the latest in a less-sweet Halloween. Here are some healthy alternatives to whip up last minute for your Halloween party. And, did I mention, I’m hosting a last minute Halloween party for a few kids? Which means I’m taking my own advice here on Friday.

I have two links for you. The first goes to an article I wrote for Menards filled with healthy alternatives for your Halloween shindig.

 

healthy Halloween party snacksCLICK HERE for all the HEALTHY HALLOWEEN ideas.

 

 

The second is a recipe for Healthy Halloween Popcorn Balls. (I mean, healthy-er.)

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CLICK HERE for the POPCORN BALLS RECIPE.

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