I did some yummy fall recipes for Kristen's Click Class.
Chocolate Chip Spice Bread I use mini chocolate chips instead of big chunks. Then, after you pour the batter into the loaf pan, sprinkle/cover the top with more mini chocolate chips.
My quiche (which I need to create a recipe for cause I make it different everytime.)
Pioneer Woman's mac-n-cheese for grown-ups. I added sauteed mushrooms and used Gruyere cheese.
My fall salad. Okay, I admit it...I don't really have a recipe for this one. It varies every time I make it. But here is the gist of it:
Baked apples with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce
Ok. So this is actually REALLY simple.
½ cups Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
½ cups Half-and-half Or Cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ Tablespoons Good Quality Sea Salt
To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat then stir in the brown sugar until incorporated. Slowly stir in the cream. Bring the sauce up to a boil and let it boil for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Remove it from heat and stir in the vanilla and the salt. Set it aside and let it cool. Pour it into a jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Put it together. As soon as you take the apples out of the oven, add a scoop of ice cream, drizzle the caramel and sprinkle the nuts.
One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories was the year that my mom asked me to do the decorative centerpiece. As a fourth-grader, I was well-versed in setting the table. But to be able to decorate the table all on my own ... I was thrilled. I placed a rectangular mirror on the center, added candles and then went in search for "autumnal beauty."
I purposefully rode my bike half a mile away to "the ballpark" (the park across the street from my school). It was a foggy California day and the grass and fallen leaves were wet and cold. But I was on a mission to find "pokey balls" and this was the only place in town to get them. Technically, they are called sweet gum tree seed pods. I learned that today when I Googled it. Anyway, the pokey balls, along with some beautiful leaves completed my inaugural Thanksgiving arrangement.
Now, I've passed along the table decor honors to my own kids.We begin by gathering. (Depending on where you live and when your fall "falls," you may want to gather your Thanksgiving decor earlier, rather than later, in the month.)
Wild grasses ...
Sticks (boys like sticks) ...
Once you are ready to arrange, gather small bottles and glassware.
Have your kids group your autumnal plunder.
If you have a little boy, he'll love this part. Grab two apples, a butter knife and candles.
Crafting with a knife is very masculine.
If you need to you can get a hole started, and then let him finish it.
Careful not cut through the bottom.
Have another helper begin arranging the natural finds into containers. These will help the centerpiece look more purposeful versus nature dumped on the center of the table.
Display the beauty. Let you child do it. Remember, this is their arrangement.
If you are interested in crafting a no-sew burlap table runner go here.
(This is also a kid-friendly project.)
Set the table. Tie napkins with twine.
If you are traveling for the holiday, you won't want to pack a box of nature, but place cards can be prepared and take up minimal packing space. Just ask your hostess if your kids can create cards for the event. Be sure to get the guest list.
You don't need anything too fancy--just paper and a pen. Fold the cards in half. At the top write "I am thankful for." Then, have your child write a name on each card. This is a great time to talk to your kids about not only about the "things" we are thankful for, but the people ... those God has placed in our lives to provide love, laughter and back scratching.
The next step can be done before the big day, but it's fun if everyone at the gathering participates. Leave pens on the table and before the meal, have each attendee write what they are thankful for about each person.
Now your table looks beautiful. Bring on the turkey.
Getting ready for Thanksgiving? Here's a fun table runner that will add rustic ambiance to any turkey dinner. And your kid can make it!
Burlap, lace, fabric glue, scissors
1. Start by figuring out how long and wide you want your runner. Then, cut it to that size. Burlap is very forgiving--so go ahead and your little sprout cut it by themselves.
2. If you need to, even out the edges by pulling off extra strings and trimming here and there.
3. Apply glue to the edge of runner and then attach lace. Trim off lace to the edge of the burlap. (You can also sew on lace if you prefer.)
Now, just add your centerpiece. Another tutorial for a fall plunder centerpiece coming up soon.