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10 Family Fun Activities to try this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great time to take advantage of having the family come together for some quality time.  Try these 10 family fun activities from Ruth and make the most out of your Thanksgiving family time!

 

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10 Family Fun Activities to try this Thanksgiving

Once a year we have an opportunity for structured thankfulness, Thanksgiving. We gather together, work hard to clean and prepare a meal and then fight sleep from turkey induced comas. While many are thankful for their families, lives, jobs and so on… We tend to focus solely on that day and then for many the ominous and potentially daunting Black Friday adventure. As a mom and a teacher, I think it’s important to explore Thanksgiving a little deeper and have some family fun while you’re at it. Thus I have created a bucket list of ideas so you can do the same.

#1 Read the Story

Read up on the history of The First Thanksgiving. You can check out a book at the library (check with Mid-Continent Public Library to see if they have it) that is family friendly and talk about what happened during that time. One that I found, The Very First Thanksgiving Day By Rhonda Growler Green is a kid friendly non-fiction book geared for kids pre-k to grade 5.

#2 Take in a Classic 

Watch or rent A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Bill Melendez and Phil Roman. It is not fully historically accurate but it does make the story a little more palatable for little ones and of course an Emmy Award winning family classic!

#3 Support a Solider 

Support a soldier and/or their family this holiday season as a way of thanking them for their service. Here is a link to get your started.

#4 Learn a Prayer 

Learn a new Thanksgiving Prayer to share at the dinner table. Each year I have my kids recite a prayer to share at the holiday meal. Here are some ideas:

#5 Take Time to be Thankful 

Start a family thankfulness jar. Each day until Thanksgiving or you can add into it for the next year to read on Thanksgiving in 2018!

#6 Try a New Recipe 

Learn new Thanksgiving recipes to share at the family meal. Check out some retro recipes for fun too!

#7 Learn About History 

Visit the Mahaffi Stagecoach Farm and learn about living in the 1860’s. This experience can give you a sense of appreciation for all of the fancy amenities we have these days. The day after Thanksgiving they are opening their doors to families for exploration from 12pm -4pm.

#8 Do some Thanksgiving Yoga with Yoga Stories 

Thanksgiving yoga is a great way to burn off some post-dinner calories with your family!

#9 Spend Time Outside 

Play in some leaves! Get outside and make a leaf pile and have a little fun. You can be thankful for all the fun memories!

#10 Play a Thanksgiving Game 

After dinner, you can play a Thanksgiving game! This is another great way to bond with your family and friends, make memories and just have a little fun!

No matter how you slice it, Thanksgiving is more than just a big meal. It is a time for family and friends. Take some time and share the love and thankfulness this year.

From iFamily to Yours,


Make The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner With These 5 Great Apps

Thanksgiving is nearly here!  Which means plenty of cooking, entertaining and spending time with loved ones.  Here are 5 Great Apps that will help you prepare a Thanksgiving Feast that will knock everyone’s socks off!  Take a look…

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Make The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner With These 5 Great Apps

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is almost here, which means Christmas and all of the other holiday seasons are just around the corner. I’m excited, aren’t you?  It also means it’s to get your pots, pans and ingredients together get ready to dig in and spend hours of cooking to create a Thanksgiving banquet that everyone will enjoy. I love to cook but the challenge with Thanksgiving meals is that it is so much work and it is always a challenge to come up with different meal ideas because frankly turkey and stuffing can just be boring.  This year, consider turning to cooking apps.  The Internet is full of them and many can help you plan your meal, create shopping lists and help you find new recipes to try.  Not sure where to start? Check out my five favorites:

#1 Yummly

Looking for Thanksgiving meal to fit your lifestyle eating habits, Yummly has your back. You have a ton of recipes to choose from, but Yummly allows you to customize your food searches so you can prepare a meal that fits your family’s dietary needs. Doesn’t matter if you have food allergies, are on a diet or want to plan a vegetarian meal, Yummly will make it happen. The added bonus is Yummly will learn what types of foods you like and make recommendations based on that.

#2 Butterball Cookbook Plus

I think most of us who is eating turkey for Thanksgiving will be eating a Butterball. In addition to that great turkey is a pretty awesome app that offers hundreds of recipes based around … you guessed it turkey.  The app great ideas of how to cook ole Tom Turkey in addition to tips how to create a feast fit for a king or queen. If you struggle with what to do with all of that leftover turkey, Cookbook Plus has a ton of recipes that will help you create meals that won’t have you burned out on Turkey after the holiday has passed.

#3 AnyList

Getting organized is important to make sure your Thanksgiving meal goes off without a hitch. That’s where AnyList comes in. This useful app allows you to easily make shopping lists and helps you organize your recipes. You can import recipes from popular food web sites and you can share your shopping lists and recipes with family and friends.

#4 Epicurious 

This app has been offering online recipes since 1995. Geared for those who love to cook at home, Epicurious makes it easy for you to find Thanksgiving themed recipes, cooking tips and videos that you can pull up on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

#5 BigOven

Offering 350,000 recipes, BigOven not only allows you to find recipes for Thanksgiving.  You can also use the app and web site to create grocery lists, map out your Thanksgiving meal with the meal planner, and find ways to turn those leftovers into great meals.

Is your Thanksgiving Feast planned?  What processes do you use to create a Thanksgiving meal experience your family and friends will love and remember? Drop me a line, I would love to know.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

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Things NOT to Do on Thanksgiving

We all have that hectic Thanksgiving To-Do list… from cooking to entertaining.  It’s important that in the middle of all of the chaos that we remember what the holiday is truly about… enjoying your loved ones and all of the things that you have to be thankful for.  Here is Garbrielle’s list of things NOT to do on this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Things NOT to Do on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday.  I love it for several reasons.  It almost always guarantees that I’m getting a four-day weekend.  I get to enjoy time with friends and family, and there is a huge turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  That being said, there are a few holiday traps involved that you should try to avoid. Here are a few things you absolutely should not do this holiday:

#5 DON’T Spend all your time shopping

A few years ago, it was all the rage to start Christmas shopping immediately following the Thanksgiving meal.  That’s not the case this year, as many stores are closing so that their employees can enjoy time with their families.  The “bad” (actually AWESOME) news is that means you get to spend time with your family, too.

#4 DON’T Spend all day cooking and/or cleaning

I usually cook Thanksgiving dinner.  My stove only has two burners (don’t even get me started!) so, this means I usually get up at 4:00AM to start meal prep.  This is not recommended.  You’ll be so tired by the time dinner is served, you won’t be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Also, it is absolutely ridiculous to expect one person to cook the entire meal, and expect that same person to have to clean up when everyone leaves.  Consider potluck options, ordering pre-cooked holiday meals, and supplementing as necessary.  I know your grandmother did it all.  But you are not your grandmother!

#3 DON’T Sleep the day away.

I know the tryptophan hits us all.  I am the last person to deny anyone their afternoon nap, but please don’t spend the entire day napping.  Watch the parade.  Try to figure out the recipe for grandma’s rolls. If you doze off during the game, just know that smart phones are everywhere, and someone is bound to catch you with your mouth wide open, and your eyes wide shut.

The next two traps are an incredible balancing act.  You will likely find yourself teetering on the edge of one or both.

#2 DON’T Count calories.

This is a set up for certain failure. Thanksgiving is not the time to go on a fad diet.  Leave your calorie counting apps at the door, the macaroni and cheese I baked a few years ago had something like a gazillion calories per serving (and it tasted amazing).   It’s a time to enjoy yourself.  So do just that!

But…

#1 DON’T over-indulge.

Try to get a small amount of all your favorites, and if there is room after that, go back for the rest.   Leave room for dessert… because dessert is awesome, and somebody will make a peach cobbler, and a pumpkin pie, and an apple pie…

Seriously, the best thing about the Thanksgiving holiday is that we all have so many reasons to be thankful.  Do not let these little things ruin a perfectly good day, and a perfectly delicious meal.  Spend time with the people you love, and be grateful for the chance to do just that.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle