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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: DIY Painted Glass Plates

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving activities for kids, how about glass painting? It’s so simple you can decorate dinner plates for all your guests in a single afternoon. In fact, you and your kids will probably want to extend your collection once you see what you can do.

Supplies: Glass painting looks impressive but requires no drawing skills or fancy equipment. All you need are cheap clear glass plates or glazed ceramics you can find in crafts stores or discount shops. Any small paint brushes will do. Depending on your design, you may also want to get stencils and sponges. Many different kinds of paints will work including oven-bake acrylic enamels or regular acrylic paints.

Painting and Design: Wash everything first so you have a clean surface for paint to stick to. Draw your design on paper or use a stencil. Then, tape it to the back of the clear plate. You can paint in the outline directly or trace it onto the front of the plate temporarily with a grease pencil so you can fill it in. Even small children can stamp on animal shapes or geometric patterns with shaped sponges and stamps. Let kids choose their own favorite pictures like turkeys or trains. They may even want to put each guest’s name on their plate.

Safety Tips: Read paint labels carefully to check if your paints are food safe. If not, it’s still easy to keep the paint surface away from food. Paint the back side only of clear glass pates so you can see the design when you look through them. If you’re painting vessels like pitchers and glasses, decorate the outside only and stay an inch below the top edge.

Make holiday gatherings and everyday family dinners more fun. Set your table with beautiful and easy crafts you make yourself. You and your children will enjoy the time you spend together, and kids will love showing off their masterpieces.

Kids Thanksgiving Crafts

Brown paper bags are all you need to get started on great children’s crafts for Thanksgiving celebrating Native American culture. These are some ideas to get you started.

Materials:

Collect big brown paper bags while you’re doing your shopping at grocery and liquor stores or buy them online. Put together a variety of objects for decorations like buttons, beads, feathers, yarn and leather shoelaces. Then all you need is scissors, glue, magic markers and crayons.

Making and Enjoying Crafts:

You can make paper bags look like leather by soaking them in the sink or a large bowl of warm water for about ten minutes. Adding a cup of brown tempera paint will make the bag look more like cloth. Simple crafts include shields, vests, scrolls and blankets. For a shield, separate two bags along the seams and glue them together and cut out a circle shape. Vests can be fashioned by cutting a neck hole in the bottom of one bag with arm holes on the sides. For scrolls, cut out a rectangle and roll the edges around a stick on each side and glue them in place. A big bag or a roll of brown paper makes an easy blanket style tablecloth. Decorate your crafts with animal shapes or geometric designs. Cut the edges to make fringe. You can use the crafts for a separate party or let kids show them off at their own table on Thanksgiving Day.

Dining:

With so many different Native American tribes, there is no single authentic cuisine. Most kids will love a menu that draws on the Mesoamerican traditions behind today’s Mexican food. They’ll gain a new appreciation for the tortillas they already love, and they’ll be more likely to eat  their vegetables.

The kids table will look like the best seats in the house when you help the little ones design it themselves. Enter into the true spirit of Thanksgiving by remembering Native American culture and sharing activities with your loved ones.

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Invite your friends to a party full of crafts!

Recipes for Thanksgiving: Tempting and Traditional

Autumn is upon us bringing cooler days, colorful foliage and one of our favorite holidays; Thanksgiving. Giving thanks for our family and friends, as well as for our bountiful blessings, is what the celebration is all about. But face it, Thanksgiving without a table overflowing with  delicious recipes wouldn’t be the same. If you are new to preparing this special meal, or would like to change things up a bit with new recipes, try one ore more of these especially tempting Thanksgiving Recipes.

Roasted Autumn Veggies –

Serves 6

1 butternut squash

2 large white onions

2 sweet potatoes or yams

3 TBSP olive oil

1 TBSP chopped fresh rosemary

½ tsp coarse ground salt

½ tsp coarse ground pepper

1 tsp brown sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚ F and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Peel, seed and chop the butternut squash, onions and sweet potatoes into 1 inch chunks and place them in a large bowl.
  3. Combine rosemary, salt, pepper and sugar in a small bowl.
  4. Coat vegetables with the olive oil and then sprinkle with rosemary seasoning mixture. Toss to fully cover vegetables.
  5. Spread the seasoned veggies in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until fork tender.

Southern Cornbread Stuffing –

Serves 6

1 – 8X10 pan of cornbread, cooked according to directions on corn meal package

1 bag unseasoned bread cubes

1 stick butter, melted

2 or 3 stalks celery, chopped

½ onion, chopped

1 TBSP rubbed sage (to taste; should be a little bit strong before cooking)

2 – 14.5 oz cans chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Crumble cooked cornbread in extra-large mixing bowl.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Place stuffing inside and around turkey in roasting bag and cook as per directions for turkey.
  5. For stuffing cooked outside of turkey, place in large casserole, cover with foil and cook at 350˚ for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Pumpkin Pie Recipes with a Twist –

makes 3 pumpkin pies

2 TBSP Whiskey

1 ½ cans pumpkin

1 1/3 cups sugar

2 TBSP butter, melted

2 eggs, separated

½ tsp. nutmeg

½ cup milk

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F.
  2. Prepare 3 of your favorite bottom crust only pie crusts or purchase 3 – pre-made pie crusts.
  3. Mix whiskey, pumpkin, sugar, nutmeg, egg yolks, butter and milk.
  4. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into pumpkin mixture.
  5. Pour into uncooked pie shells and bake at 425˚ F for 15 minutes. Reduce to 350˚F and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until knife blade comes out clean.

Rachael Ray’s Spiced Squash with Brown Butter Glaze –

Serves 6

6 TBSP butter

2 ½ TBSP brown sugar

½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder

¼ tsp coarse salt

2 large acorn squash, seeded and sliced

    1. Place oven rack in top 1/3 of the oven and preheat to 500˚ F.
    2. Cook butter on low in a medium skillet until it turns golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the brown sugar, five-spice, salt and ¼ cup of water. Cook over medium-low heat until the ingredients are melted and combined; about 3 minutes.
    3. Using a fork, poke the squash and then dip each slice into the brown sugar glaze until coated. Place glazed squash, cut side down, on a parchment covered baking sheet and roast for 12 minutes.
    4. Remove squash from the oven, turn each slice over and bake until golden; about 7 to 10 minutes.

Drizzle with remaining glaze and serve.

These recipes are sure to shock and awe your family and friends! Preparing and partaking a recipe in a mouthwatering meal is paramount on Thanksgiving, but remember to give thanks, and take the time to enjoy the special day with those you hold most dear and your favorite recipes.

To help keep track of all of your new favorite Thanksgiving recipes, use one of Amy Adele’s recipe cards! With a variety of designs, you’ll be happy to write down your favorite recipes and give it to a friend or a gift to your self for all of your hard work!

Recipes Card

Warm up this Fall with Favorite Fall Recipes

Fall Recipes

More than any other season, autumn is associated with tastes and smells to which we look forward all year. Perhaps it’s because there are two food-centered holidays in fall, or maybe it’s because when the weather cools down delicious slow-cooked stews and soups re-appear. Whatever the reason may be, fall recipes are some of our all-time favorites.

When giving a fall recipe as a gift, these recipe cards from Amy Adele make remembering the recipe cute and easy!

When summer’s warm evenings turn to brisk fall nights, warm your family with this tasty variation of chicken and dumplings.

Chicken and Herb Dumplings – serves 6

  • 4 bone-in chicken breasts (remove skin)
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 large or 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
  • 6 red potatoes cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

For the Herb Dumplings:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp. fresh chopped sage
  • 1 tsp. fresh chopped thyme
  • 2 TBSP fresh chopped parsley
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 2 TBSP milk
  • 1 egg

Directions: Place chicken, water, chicken broth, salt and pepper into 5 quart pot. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes. Add vegetables and simmer for another 20 minutes. While vegetables are simmering, make dumplings. Combine dry ingredients and herbs in medium sized bowl. Cut in butter; you may have to rub it in with your fingers. Stir in milk and egg until moist. Remove chicken and vegetables from broth and keep warm. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Drop dumplings into pot by rounded tablespoon. Cover and cook on medium-low for 30 minutes, or until dumplings are puffed up and no longer doughy on the inside. Serve chicken and vegetables in bowls and top with dumplings.

Fall is apple season, and picking apples is a fun activity for the whole family. However it’s easy to get carried away and end up with way more apples than your family can eat, and you might wonder what will you do with so many apples? Try this mouthwatering fall recipe for apple pie.

Apple Pie – serves 8 to 10

  • Top and bottom crust for pie (make your own recipe or purchase store bought refrigerated dough)
  • 8 large, tart apples (Granny Smith work well)
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 4 rounded TBSP flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Sprinkle salt
  • 2 TBSP butter

Directions: Preheat oven to 400˚F. Put bottom crust into deep dish pie plate, dough should overlap the top edge by an inch or so. Peel and core apples, slice thinly and place in a large bowl. Mix salt, cinnamon, flour and sugar in a small bowl and then pour mixture over the apples. Turn until apples are well coated. Pour apples onto bottom crust in pie pan. Move the apples around to settle them in the pan; apples should be piled high. Cut butter into chunks and dot it onto apples. Cover with top crust and cut slits. Brush top pastry with milk or egg yolk. Bake at 400˚F for 20 minutes and then reduce heat to 350˚F and bake an additional 35 minutes.

In addition to being one of the most recognized symbols of fall, pumpkins are also a hearty vegetable and a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Beta Carotene. There is no need to purchase and cook a fresh pumpkin. Canned pumpkin is much easier to use and provides just as much nutrition. Try thisFood.com fall recipe for spiced pumpkin pancakes.

Pumpkin Pancakes – serves 4

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch clove
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk (can be any kind)
  • 6 TBSP canned pumpkin
  • 2 TBSP melted butter
  • 1 egg

Directions: Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt in a bowl. In separate bowl whisk together milk, pumpkin, melted butter, and egg. Fold mixture into dry ingredients. Spray or grease a skillet and heat over medium heat; pour in 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes about 3 minutes per side. Serve with butter and syrup.

With the changing of the season come scrumptious fall fruits, vegetables and cool-weather meals. This autumn invite your friends and family, and fill your home with the delicious flavors of fall.

 

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Take to the Road to Make Your Own Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving travel has steadily increased over the past four years, according to AAA. Last year, 43.6 million Americans traveled for the four-day holiday weekend. While the traditional gathering of the entire extended family at one home can be fun, some families are now planning historically focused and peaceful adventures away from large family gatherings.

Take in that Smokey Mountain Air

For a tranquil and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday, pack up the kids and head for Gatlinburg, Tenn. Take leisurely walks and jogs or head out for ski adventures with the kids for just a few fun activities in the region. Don’t miss out on all the beautiful lights by taking a tour on the trolley. Check out the city’s arts and crafts fair that takes place during the holiday. Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal— cooked by someone else for a change— from one of the many restaurants opening on the holiday, such as Howard’s, Bear Creek Grill and many others.

Everybody Loves a Parade

Your family has probably watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year since you were a child. You basked in all the colors flowing out of your television while your mom made the turkey in the morning. Now you can share that same joy, live and in person, with your own kids when you visit New York City. Join some of the other 3 million people who join the crowd to catch a glimpse of Snoopy as he glides above, as well as watching Broadway performers take to the streets to give a sample of their respective show’s songbook. While you’re in the city, take the time to do some shopping since you will already be part of the tradition that kicks off the holiday shopping season simply by being there.

Zipline, See the Sights and Dine When You Visit the Wisconsin Dells

Named for the gorge along the Wisconsin River that looks like sandstone formations, the Wisconsin Dells is ripe with activities for you and your family if you want to take a trip to the Midwest. Take a boat tour of the area to get the best vantage point of the ancient, glacially carved formations. Work up a Thanksgiving dinner appetite with a zipline tour, a trip on the DUCK, which is the area’s amphibious vehicle that features water tours and much more. Visit dells.com for deals and more information.

A Destination Where You Will Experience Authentic Native American Culture

Toggle back and forth between Scottsdale and Phoenix, Ariz. to find the most culturally critical activities for the family. Visit the Heard Museum in Phoenix where you will see architecture, artwork and more from the Navajo, Apache and Hopi Native American groups, the original inhabitants of America. Take the kids out for a drive along the Apache Trail in search of ghost towns, amazing scenery and ancient ruins. For the big holiday meal, consider Avanti, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar or McCormick Ranch Golf Club, which are all kid-friendly.

Image: “The First Thanksgiving” by American Painter Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. United States Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons.

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12 Great Children’s Party Ideas for Your Autumn Birthday or Festival

Autumn Will Be Here Before We Know It

           Are you planning an autumn birthday party? Or perhaps you’re planning a church festival or neighborhood Halloween party? No doubt you’ll need to keep the youngsters entertained and are in need of some children party ideas. There’s no better way to keep kids amused than with some fall or harvest games! These games use popular items from fall like pumpkins, seeds, apples, hay, dried corn and gourds. Although these games are suited for children in the 5-9 age bracket, the games can be easily altered for a younger or older age group.

Games For All Ages

The Great Harvest Hunt: Using harvest baskets, fill them up with hay or dried seeds. Hide at least ten plastic mini apples in each basket and give a basket to each child. It’s a race against time and each other to see who can find all their apples the fastest! You can also use tiny, plastic scarecrows or pumpkins.

Gourd Bowling: Gather together ten empty two-liter soda bottles and set them up at one end of the yard. If you prefer, you can weigh down the bottles with some water or seeds. Let the kids try to knock over the “pins” using a bumpy, round gourd for a ball. Highest score wins.

Harvest Dash: This is a relay race so the kids will need to be in teams. Have big containers filled with birdseed at one end of the yard and at the other end, place smaller, clear, empty cans. Kids form teams and each child takes their turn filling a cup with birdseed from the large containers, running to the end and pouring the birdseed into the empty can, then running back and handing the cup off to their teammate. The winner is whichever team fills their empty can with birdseed first! Don’t worry if the seeds fall all over the place, that’s half the fun and the birds will eat up what’s spilled after the party’s over. For the older kids—or just to make it more challenging—give them an over-sized ladle rather than a cup. For low-priced clear cans, go to a dollar store; during the fall season you can normally find clear, plastic containers in pumpkin or apple shape.

Pass the Apple: Here is another team game that kids will love! Kids stick an apple under their chin and hold it in place by gently squeezing it between their chin and chest or shoulder. The child races to his/her teammate and passes the apple to them, but without using their hands. If a child drops the apple, they can use their hands to tuck the apple underneath their chin again. First team to make it across the finish line wins. Depending on the age group, you can use tiny pumpkins, little gourds or fall squash.

Autumn Gourd Roll: Find a round gourd that has an abundance of bumps on it to make the fun even zanier! Each child gets a chance to roll the gourd down a small hill or slanted driveway. Whichever child’s roll is the longest is the winner.

Hot Apple: You’ve heard of “Hot Potato”, right? Well, this is the same game but just switch out the potato for an apple. This game will also work well with corn or small pumpkins.

Fall Obstacle Course: There aren’t any limits to this game—except your imagination and space! Arrange pumpkins to run around, balloons filled with seeds to pop, hay bales to climb or jump over, apple strings to crawl under and so much more. You can hang fall-themed fabric on bamboo poles for the kids to run through. Link big cardboard boxes together to create tunnels with dried apple rings hung inside. Include some playfulness on the course with some child-sized scarecrows from the dollar store.

Harvest Corn Throw: Lay many apples on the ground in the form of various sizes of circles. Line up each child behind a line drawn with chalk on the ground and let them try to throw decorated ears of Indian corn at the apple circles. The child that has the most corn in the apple circles wins the game.

The Grand Popcorn Eating ContestThis game is so much fun and anyone who likes popcorn will love this game! All the kids will get their own popcorn bowl and whoever eats all their popcorn first is the winner. However, the catch is that the kids can’t use their hands or any utensils! Be sure to have a large quantity of apple cider on hand because the kids will be quite thirsty when the game is complete.

Looney Scarecrow Dress and Dash: Supply over-sized weird pants, plaid shirts, floppy hats and any other foolish kind of clothing that a scarecrow may wear. Put together piles that contain one of item and place the piles at the other end of the yard; how many piles will depend on how many kids/teams are going to race. Get the kids lined up and then the game begins! The kids run to the pile, put on the ensemble and race back to the starting line. If the children have formed teams, the first child will have to change the attire with their teammate who then races out and then runs back. The winner is the first team that has their last member clothed as a scarecrow.

Apple Grab: This is a lot like bobbing for apples, but without the water. Tie a string between two trees—or you can make use of your clothesline if there’s no laundry drying! Take a bunch of apples and secure some string around the stems and then dangle all the apples on the clothesline. The children, using only their teeth, will try to grab the apples. Whoever has the most apples wins.

Guess the Candy Corn: Using an autumn-themed container, like a harvest bucket, pour in a certain amount of candy corn. Then have the kids guess how many pieces of candy corn are in the bucket; the child that comes closest to the actual number of candy corn pieces in the bucket wins the bucket of candy. What a great ending to a fantastic autumn party!

If you use your inventiveness and imagination, you’ll be able to come up with lots more games for the children’s party or festival. Don’t forget to look at our website for decorations and other items you’ll need to make your party really stand out.

Thoughts and Reflections on Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.  ~H.U. Westermayer

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart

On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.  ~William Jennings Bryan

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron

He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
~J.A. Shedd

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.  ~Robert Caspar Lintner

It is delightfully easy to thank God for the grace we ourselves have received, but it requires great grace to thank God always for the grace given to others.  ~James Smith

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.  ~Izaak Walton

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”  ~William A. Ward

Some of Amy’s Thanksgiving Designs:

Thanksgiving Pilgrims and Indians Invitations
Turkey Stationery
Scarecrow Photo Invitations
Pumpkin Bunch Thank You Note

Giving Thanks, Receiving Thanks

I want to talk about thanks and Thanksgiving today. You’ll have to excuse me since it’s still October and weeks away from Thanksgiving. At Amy Adele, we always end up working six to eight weeks ahead of every holiday as people are ordering their invitations and stationery for holiday events. So even though the rest of the world is gearing up for Halloween, we’re already working on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

But back to Thanksgiving. We hear the phrase “giving thanks” a lot. We regularly “give thanks” for our food, our health, our relationships and so on. We give thanks to people we when we receive gifts and various kindnesses.

But what about receiving thanks? We don’t talk so much about that (and understandably). But we must remember to be gracious and always acknowledge when thanks is directed to us. Do we say “you’re welcome” warmly and sincerely, or do we try to shrug off thanks uncomfortably, with a “oh it was nothing” or a “don’t mention it”?

All of this brings me to an email we received from a customer last week. We at Amy Adele are very blessed that our customers take the time to share with us how much they enjoy Amy’s designs. And without meaning to brag, I will tell you that we are often acknowledged for the great customer service our staff works very hard to provide to all of our customers. But this email took us all back a bit. It was immediately shared and passed around to all the staff. We are grateful for such wonderful customers and friends who have made our company what it is today. And for all the thanks we receive, we warmly and fondly say, “You’re welcome!”

Hello,

Today I received my order of 80 personalized ocean friends thank you cards. Words cannot express my feelings as I opened the box and found such a wonderful experience. First off, I see that not only were the cards in a plastic bag, but also in small netting bags. I removed one of the bags and I was immediately brought to tearing eyes as I see the name of my not yet born grandson staring back at me. I remove one of the cards and see how the card is exactly as ordered, the vibrant colors, the not overdone but obvious theme and the beauty of his name across the front of the card. I am pleased and I say out loud “Aiden, you are a lucky child. They have done a wonderful job!” So I put the card back in the bag and a few minutes later I open it again and look at it. I am so impressed by the product which while the quality was expected, the packaging was not and it does make a difference. I am so pleased by the card and I immediately put a call into the dad to be that the cards have arrived and I am so pleased. Again I put the card away and look at the paperwork. Oh a note addressed to me? So I open it and here it is a THANK YOU to me for my order. Not a tiny sentence on the invoice but a THANK YOU CARD! It says that it is hoped I will enjoy my order and a blessing for all of those who share these designs and signed. I mean can it get much better? Yes, it can. My order was made with recycled paper and although I didn’t need peanuts in my shipping, a note explaining those used are bio-degradable and FDA approved. Well you got me. All of my needs whether invites, thank you notes, or announcements will be done through Amy Adele. You are a top-notch company that has gone above and beyond what anyone can expect from a business today during these hard times. Thank you so much for the wonderful job you do. Well I wanted to get that note off to you right away after receiving my cards. I have to go now. I feel the need to look at them again and smile about the WELL DONE JOB!   Thank you!

Karen

(Note: names were changed out of respect of privacy)