Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts

Teaching Kids Gratitude with a Thankful Tree

Monday, November 10, 2014

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Whoooo is thankful?  We are!  And I'm excited to show you a fun way that we're helping our boys reach out and show their appreciation to others during this month of Thanksgiving.  That's right, it's not just one day.  We can give extra to show that we're thankful all month long.

The little guys helped me make this Whooo is Thankful Tree over the weekend and we're SO excited to start showing people around us how thankful we are for them.   Our plan is to think of people who help our lives everyday who probably don't always get a lot of appreciation.  For example, we LOVE our teachers and regularly bring them little goodies but we have really never told the janitor at the school how much we appreciate him.  This month we will reach out to him, along with our mail carrier, our trash collectors (by the way, one of them we actually do know and bake goodies for regularly, so this month we'll be sure to include our recycle collector too).   We'll either bake them something special or give them one of these cute packages of Extra gum with a tag attached that says "We are EXTRA THANKFUL for you!"  

Cute and simple, but I know I would feel extra special if someone unexpected thought to think of me. Whoooo are you thankful for?

And to keep the boys excited about it all month long, I attached a stick of Extra gum to each leaf on the tree.  Each time they go the EXTRA mile to show their appreciation to somebody, they get to take a leaf off of the tree and enjoy the gum.   

The tree was super easy to make- a foam poster board, foam leaves from the craft store, plus cute tape (like washi tape but wider), twine, and gum... 

Our little guys loved helping me sort the foam leaves...

Yes, Luke Skywalker does live at our house, and he is a great leaf sorting helper :)

I just cut a tree shape using kraft card stock paper and glued it on the poster board, then lined the border with decorative tape.  I taped a stick of Extra gum (hello, the new Mixed Berry flavor is sooo good) onto the back of each foam leaf. 

Then I just attached all of the leaves to the tree using twine and some double sided tape.

 By the end of November, our goal is to have no leaves left on our tree!  It's going to be an EXTRA fun month of showing our appreciation to others here at Gallamore West.

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Brownies

Monday, October 13, 2014

I've teamed up with a group of 75 bloggers to share tons of Fall Harvest Ideas with you! From crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more...we have you covered for Fall inspiration! 

75 Fall Harvest Ideas

I love all things pumpkin, but if there's one thing missing from Fall dessert tables, it's chocolate.  So I came up with these quick, easy, and adorable brownies with a Peanut Butter Pumpkin on top.  Is that confusing?  There's actually no pumpkin in these- just chocolate, peanut butter, and a little drizzling on white chocolate.  

These cute brownies with peanut butter pumpkins are really easy to make.  Here's all you need:
A box of your favorite brownie mix {I always use Trader Joe's or Ghirardelli's}
Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins {I found them at Target}
White melting chocolate {I used Wiltons, from Michaels} 

Grease unlined cupcake tin with non-stick spray.  Make brownie mix according to package instructions.  While brownies are baking, clear a space in your refrigerator for your wire rack.  After baking, remove brownies from cupcake tin and cool on a wire rack with paper towels under the wire rack.  Once almost completely cooled, drizzle white chocolate in stripes back and forth across the pumpkins.  The paper towels you put under your wire rack will catch your white chocolate drizzles and help with quick clean-up.  While the white chocolate is still wet, place a Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin in the middle of each brownie.  Quickly transfer your wire rack with your brownies into your refrigerator because the pumpkins may start melting.  Allow the brownies to finish cooling in the refrigerator, but don't forget them there or they will dry out.  Remove after no more than 30 minutes.

It's nice to have a cute little helper for this step!  And yes, these brownie treats really are easy enough for a 2 year old to help with.  He placed the pumpkins for me. 

Bake up these little cuties and enjoy a rare Chocolate Peanut Butter treat at your fall parties! 

Check the gallery below and visit some of my blogging friends to see their awesome ideas!!
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Thanksgiving Burlap Bag Treats!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Looking for a sweet, simple and adorable Thanksgiving idea to show someone you're thankful for them?  

These are the perfect Thanksgiving treat to be used as a small gift for your child's teacher, your friends, neighbors... anyone! 

Here's the supplies I used:

Pick Your Plum burlap bags
Americana Acrylic Paint {color= Tangelo}
Round Dot paint brush 
Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies {YUM!}
Paper cutter, scissors, hole punch

I used adorable Classy Thanksgiving printables by Lauren McKinsey for the perfect finishing touch to this little Thanksgiving Burlap Bag Treat.  For a short time, you can download the coordinating mason jar tag.  Or you can buy the entire set of Classy Thanksgiving printables.  Lauren McKinsey printables are my favorite go-to printables because they are affordable, adorable, and they download instantly after you buy them!

First, make sure you put a bit of scratch paper inside the burlap bag so the paint from dot brush doesn't go through to the other side of the bag or onto your surface.

Dot on some polka dots with your paint, and once it's pretty much dry pull out the papers so they don't stick inside the bags.

I put 3 cookies in each burlap bag, 

but first I wrapped them in a little cellophane bag tied with baker's twine.  These Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies are the perfect treat because they scream FALL! to me, they are delicious, made with better ingredients than most cookies, and they are so, so cute!

And in about 5 minutes, you have some adorable Thanksgiving Burlap Bag Treats to hand out to some of your favorite people.  ENJOY! xoxo

p.s.  I didn't mean to be away from my blog for a couple of weeks... yikes!  Between Team Mom duties for the end of soccer season for 2 of our boys, Room Mom duties for 2 of our boys, a birthday for one of our boys and another one next week...  I was drowning and now I'm trying to catch up on life and laundry over here :)  But I'll be back soon with some fun Fall Crafts for Kids, Luke's Birthday Party pictures, Soccer Party ideas and MORE... soon! 

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Corn Casserole: A perfect holiday side dish

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Need a last minute side dish to bring to Thanksgiving tomorrow?  This Corn Casserole is delicious, and you might just have all of these common ingredients in your house already!

My friend Maggie posted a question on Facebook last week asking friends what their favorite Thanksgiving dish is.  I loved reading the responses and got the idea for Corn Casserole from that Facebook thread.  When I read it was a Paula Deen recipe, I knew two things right away... 1) It would be packed with butter, and 2) I'd love it.  And I was right on both :)  
{We had it at our early Thanksgiving/Birthday Party, aka Smurfsgiving, thus the silly label!}

I loved how quick and easy this Corn Casserole is to put together, and it's so much better than regular corn.  I'm sure all that butter, sour cream, and bacon might have something to that!

Corn Casserole 
{adapted from Paula Deen}
1 can corn, drained
1 can cream-style corn
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
5 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined.  Pour into greased 9x13 baking dish.  {I used two pie dishes instead because it looked prettier that way.}  Bake for 50 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Serve warm and enjoy!
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As seen on Pinterest: Smurf Cupcakes!

Friday, November 18, 2011

If you follow Gallamore West on Facebook, then you probably already know that we are combining my son's birthday with an early Thanksgiving celebration this Sunday because his birthday is tomorrow {we're going to Legoland!} and he is having his tonsils removed on Monday.  And Thanksgiving is the best meal of the year, so none of us want to miss out on that!  

And since he loves The Smurfs, it's a
"Happy Smurfsgiving" celebration all weekend long here!

We kicked off the celebration with these silly Smurf cupcakes that we brought to his class at recess to celebrate his birthday.  I got the idea here via Pinterest {here are my boards... I'm a crazy pinning Mama!}

They were a hit, although one cute little girl said she wished hers was a Smurfette.  Super cute idea... why didn't I think of that?!  The funniest part though was when Sam told me last night that one of the cupcakes looked like Grouchy Smurf and he knew which girl was going to get Grouchy.  Sure enough when he handed them out this morning he looked for Grouchy and handed it to her with a smile!

Here's a peek of what's to come this weekend...

Hope you have a great weekend!  
I'll be posting more pictures of our 
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Turkey Craft Day & Giveaway Winner!

Friday, November 11, 2011

We're up to our ears over here in...
pine cones
pipe cleaners {I know, I know... chenille sticks}
pom poms
paper plates
glitter glue
mod podge
hot glue {supervised, of course}
and oh, did I mention lots and lots of GLUE?

And what's a Turkey Craft Day without a "turkey" sandwich? 

Did I mention it's a Turkey Craft day in pajamas?!  I realize my turkey is a little less colorful than he should be and I really shouldn't give my boys chocolate chip eyes on a turkey sandwich, but I was using what I had on hand... you know, so I could stay in my pjs and not have to go to the store :)

 How cute is this sign Sam {he's in 1st grade} made for our Turkey Craft Day? 

 Turkeys on plates

Pine cone turkeys

Turkey Cupcakes
 I love making these turkey cupcakes because they're so cute, quick and easy!  This picture is actually from last year, but I figured I'd throw it in here because it fits the theme and I do have some chocolate cupcakes on hand... you just never know when you'll need them, right? :)

This little Butter Ball pic is also from last year, but I had to include it because how cute is that little turkey?! 

 Speaking of turkeys, Brittany from Vinyl 'n Things has THE cutest Thanksgiving crafts for sale.  Her work is adorable, her prices are affordable, and she is oh, so sweet.  And a big congratulations to Elizabeth, comment #13... you won the $20 credit to Vinyl 'n Things!  
Congratulations, Elizabeth!  I didn't see an email address so I left a comment on your blog.  Please email me by Monday afternoon at to claim your prize.  And a big thank you Brittany for doing this giveaway on my blog!

One last thing... it may be Turkey Craft & PJ's Day here, but why my cuties are home today is hugely important.  Thank you Veterans and your families for all that you have done so that we may enjoy one of our greatest blessings... freedom.

{That's my handsome Grandpa!}

I'm linking up to my favorite link party at Tatertots & Jello!
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