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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

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)