Make Breakfast. Many people chose to have a light breakfast or skip the meal all together in order to prepare themselves for the feast yet to come, but indulging yourself in a fun, festive, and delicious breakfast could really brighten your day from the start. Enjoy some pancakes, waffles, or cinnamon rolls as the family gets ready to watch the parade, or treat yourself to some morning pumpkin pie.
Display Your Gratitude. Decorations are an important part of any holiday, and what could make a better decoration than the lovely thoughts and thanks of your loved ones? Find a fun way to display what everyone is thankful for. Write your blessings on paper leaves and use them to make a wreath. Then you can bring this decoration back out each year and add to it so it becomes a beautiful piece of family artwork. If you don’t feel like turning your thanks into a presentation, you can have everyone write them in a notebook that you keep safe from year to year.
Get Everyone Involved. Making and serving dinner doesn’t have to be a one person job. Find little ways so everyone can help. Small children are generally quite willing, so find easy jobs for them like mixing up the potatoes or setting the table. Have older kids help with serving - maybe put them in charge of serving dessert, or ask them to help with the clean-up. The work is more fun (and goes faster) when everyone pitches in.
Take a Walk Outside. Let your body digest and enjoy the autumn air with a family walk right after dinner. If the weather is nice and your tummies are full, it might be nice to take in the season and enjoy a family walk in the great outdoors.
End the Day as a Family. Whether you chose to watch a movie or play a game, the best way to end Turkey Day is all together. Choose something you’ll all enjoy doing and sit together for an hour or two. If you want, you can switch up your last activity of the day every year, or the game you play or the movie you chose to watch can become its own tradition that comes back to warm your hearts each and every year.
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Pumpkin season is here and so are the delicious breads, cakes, and pies that come with it. However, if you’re looking for lighter pumpkin treat this fall, this Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is the answer!
8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
2 cups whipped cream
6-8 ginger cookies, crushed (optional)
cinnamon or nutmeg
Whip together cream cheese and pumpkin puree. Add sugar to mixture and beat until sugar is fully incorporated. Blend vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger into cream cheese and pumpkin mixture. Slowly fold in whipped cream and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Seal ginger cookies in a plastic bag and crush into large crumbs. Leftover crumbs can be crushed further to create a cookie dust topping. Place a layer of cookie crumbs on the bottom of each serving dish. Spoon pumpkin mixture on top of cookie layer and top with whipped cream and/or cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger cookie dust.
It’s finally October which means Halloween is on its way and the season brings along all sorts of family fun. Pumpkin carving, for example, has been a staple of the holiday for many years and is a great way to get everyone involved in decorating. Here are some fun and helpful tips to enhance your pumpkin carving and to help your finished pumpkins last longer.
Pick the right pumpkin. You’ll have a lot of trouble creating the perfect pumpkin decorations if the pumpkin is not up for the task. Look for a pumpkin with:
- A flat bottom so that it sits up straight
- A stem of at least 1 to 2 inches (pumpkins without stems don’t last very long)
- No preexisting holes, cuts, or soft spots
Color is key. It’s helpful to know pumpkins that are a lighter shade of orange will be much easier to cut into and therefore might be a better option for children. However, dark orange pumpkins keep better and last a bit longer.
Store your pumpkin someplace cool. A pumpkin kept in a cool place until it is carved will last longer after it’s been carved. Do not freeze your pumpkin or it will get mushy.
Clean your pumpkin. Before you start carving, wash your pumpkins with warm water and let them dry.
Make it last. To prevent your pumpkin from deteriorating after you’ve carved it follow one of these tips:
- Coat the cuts with petroleum jelly
- Spray the pumpkin with a solution of 1 tbsp bleach and 1 qt water
- Submerge the whole pumpkin in white vinegar
If at any point your pumpkin starts to deflate, soak it in cold water for a few hours until it pops back into shape.
Placement is essential to presentation. Try to keep your newly carved pumpkins out of direct rain or sunlight as these will shorten their lifespan. Also, the heat from real candles will cook the pumpkin from the inside and cause it to deteriorate, so use electric tea lights to keep your spooky friends looking good as new through the holiday.
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