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Ways To Get Your Kids Involved In Thanksgiving

Plan with your kids!

Go over your Thanksgiving menu with your kids.  Come up with some ideas together…or add in some of their favorite side dishes and/or desserts!


Take your kids to the supermarket…

Maybe you don’t want to take them for the full shop for your holiday dinner, but it’s a great idea to take your kids along with a smaller shopping list.  Shop for the ingredients for the recipes that you picked together and try to point out some of the seasonal foods (pumpkins, butternut squash, pomegranates, etc…) that they may not normally get to see. This is a great opportunity to introduce some new foods!


Help in the Kitchen!

A day or two ahead of the holiday, recruit your kids to help prepare some of the dishes you picked out together. Also, let them help with the preparation of a recipe they haven’t tried before. When kids get to do some of the cooking, they get really excited. They love getting their hands dirty!



Decorate, Decorate, Decorate!!

Arts and crafts are always a treat during the holidays. Your kids will be very proud if you display some of their artwork on the holiday table. Have them make placemats and place cards for your guests. While they are busy decorating, have them set the table too!



Remember what you are thankful for…

Go around the table and have everyone share something that they are thankful for. This is a great tradition to start with your family that they will always remember.  Enjoy!!!




Snack O Lanterns…Healthy Halloween Treat!

How cool is this!?! Great idea for a classroom party!

You can get really creative!




What you’ll need

  • Navel orange
  • Canned or fresh fruit salad (if you use canned fruit…get it packed in fruit juice, not syrup)

How to make it

  1. To make one lantern, use a small knife to slice the top off a navel orange and cut around its interior to hollow it out. Scoop out the orange segments, chop them, and mix them with canned or fresh fruit salad.
  2. Carve small facial features in one side of the orange, then cut a slit in the lid to accommodate the handle of a green plastic spoon. Fill the lantern with fruit salad. Insert the spoon and set the lid in place.

Almost had one on the hook…


You have to love the influence friends have on us…. good or bad!!   We had one of my daughters’ good friends over to play and then she stayed for dinner.  I had a dinner plan, and even knowing she ‘doesn’t’ like fish (except fish sticks!)…. I went with it… making sure there were a few things on the plate she definitely liked.

I made tilapia with snow peas, carrots and noodles.  Yummy – right?!  Ok, here is my no fail recipe for my kids – who love this and it is soooo easy to whip up! (my own daughter ate one and a half pieces!!)

On the stove top, I sauté one medium onion and minced garlic (depends on you – but I love it so I add a lot!), then add a 1/2 cup of low sodium chicken broth, 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce, put the tilapia in and I cover it to ‘steam’ it a bit.  Turn once and leave lid off.  The sauce reduces a bit and when flakey…. serve it!!  (If you don’t have broth add a little water instead… it will work too)

Ok, back to our friend for dinner….

I was asked what we were having… I never really answered the question, I just wanted them all to eat… so I skirted the issue – they thought it may be chicken…. I dished it up…. our guest ran to the bathroom – my kids quickly figured out it was fish.  I asked, (ok pleaded) for them not to say anything… but that was my bad – because our guest started to eat the ‘fish’ – liked the ‘fish,’ but as kids do…. mine kept throwing out the hints and innuendos – and she caught on and only ate one more bite! :(

Well, my kids gobbled it up, and our guest ate 1/2 the fish, the veggies and pasta… not bad – but I felt more defeated than her!! I know she liked it but the words overpowered her!! Kids are funny that way!

I’ll get her to gobble it all up next time!!  ;)