Pumpkin Pie

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We love all (ok, most) things pumpkin in this house so you know that when Thanksgiving rolls around it’s all about the pumpkin pie! We’re traveling for Thanksgiving this year so we made our own pie from scratch over the weekend. And then I had an idea…. if I ever had to say something bad about pumpkin pie it’s that there is no top crust and I love crust. So! I decided to use my mini leaf cookie cutters (similar) to create a dramatic topping for our pumpkin pie. Here’s how I did it…

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I baked the pie as usual using the recipe on the side of the can of Libby’s pumpkin. You cook a pumpkin pie at a higher temp for about 15 minutes then reduce it to cook another 40 minutes. While the pie was cooking at the higher temp, I used my mini leaf cookie cutters to cut out leaves.

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Once the pie had cooked at the higher temp and about 15 minutes at the lower temp, I took it out and arranged my leaves (you want the custard to firm up a bit to support your leaves). I arranged them to overlap a bit to get nearly full-coverage, but it’s totally up to you. I used a little egg-wash on top to make sure it browned, too!

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It ended up being a spectacular pumpkin pie…

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…especially with a dollop of freshly whipped cream!

Toddler Craft Project – Turkey Napkin Ring

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I am an avid member of the Woburn/Winchester¬†Baby Boot Camp franchise – a fabulous way for moms to get fit! You work out in a boot camp-style class with your kids while they are strapped in their stroller (usually with tons of snacks). It’s an excellent workout and ends up being very social; the kids are all friends, the moms are all friends, you get the idea. We even go a step further and have monthly mom’s night out and play dates. Recently, I was named Stroller Friends mom of my franchise which basically means we’ll have a formal play date each month and I will create a toddler-friendly craft. This month, in honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d have everyone put together a Turkey Napkin Ring and also share the how-to with you here!

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For this craft you’ll need construction paper, scissors, glue stick, feathers, 1/2 of a toilet paper roll, and the hand of your favorite toddler or baby. Trace your toddler’s hand and cut out. Decorate with feathers and don’t forget to draw a little face! Staple the 1/2 of a toilet paper roll to the back of the feathered hand.

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Voila! A napkin ring for your toddler’s place-setting at the Thanksgiving table. Gobble, gobble!

 

*Let me know if you’re interested in trying Baby Boot Camp – your first class is always free!

Thanksgiving Survival Guide

The holidays are wonderful – seeing family, traveling (mostly long road trips), eating a lot of good food, having tons of plans! But they can also be really difficult for the exact same reasons. I put together a little list of some ideas for a Thanksgiving Survival Guide so you can hopefully stay a little more sane this holiday season. Enjoy and tell me how you survive!

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1. The perfect Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece ideas from Better Homes and Gardens.

2. Lullabies for the kiddos to fall asleep to in the car that won’t drive you mental – we love Rockabye Baby‘s rendition of Coldplay (but they come in tons of artists).

3. Car travel games like SpotIt so everyone stays happy on the lonnnnng car rides.

4. (Almost) Homemade Thanksgiving decor for your front door.

5. A great pumpkin pie recipe from good ‘ol Libby’s.

6. A unique card from Treat by Shutterfly to mail (or email!) to all those friends and family members you won’t be able to visit on Thanksgiving! Don’t forget WHY we’re all sitting down and eating turkey together, express your thanks to loved ones in a thoughtful, personalized card.

7. And last but not least… a list of recipes from the Food Network to use up those leftovers!