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from the archives: Thanksgiving plan from beginning to end

I always cook Thanksgiving, because I love the challenge. Well, more like because I don’t feel like traveling anywhere. Every year I get better at it, which makes sense because I started pretty low on the “Thanksgiving cooking ability” scale. To organize myself last year, since I had a lot more guests than I’ll have this year (I need a year of rest), I created a pretty comprehensive blog post. It includes links to recipes, decorations, activities, all that jazz. And last year I incorporated most of this stuff and it all worked really well.

If I get my act together, I’ll come up with a revised plan for this year. But in the meantime, here’s some help from someone struggling to nail down this whole “hosting Thanksgiving” thing.

Find all 24 ideas to plan Thanksgiving HERE.

Thanksgiving menu

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Wednesday Links: Fun food and craft finds

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My 7 year old daughter made this beautiful drawing for her dad (an army reservist who has paid a visit to Iraq) in honor of Veterans Day. Did you get a chance to honor the veterans in your life? I hope so.

 

your Wednesday Links (you can follow all of the links at Pinterest):

clever way to dress up beer for Christmas

a great round-up of DIY wreaths from repurposed items

Thanksgiving kids table! love the crayon turkeys

please, please don’t buy an ugly Christmas sweater… make one

make gingerbread popcorn

awesome handmade gift: dress-up peg dolls

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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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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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