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Kate’s Escapades – Thanksgiving Gratitude Tablecloth (Memory Tablecloth)

Ahhh…Thanksgiving.  That often overlooked holiday sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas.  You know, the one holiday that can’t really be commercialized, so the stores pretend it doesn’t exist? And yet, it is one of the most important holidays of all, because instead of focusing on material things and “stuff to buy”,  we can spend this time focusing on family, gratitude and thankfulness…the things which are truly important in life. In my family we started the tradition of a … how to use quotes in a research paper

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Kate’s Escapades – Let’s Talk Turkey

Kate’s Escapades – Let’s Talk Turkey

The big day is almost here. We have a Thanksgiving motto at my house… Gobble ’til You Wobble! A perfectly acceptable motto for one day of the year, don’t you think?  Well, maybe you could stretch that out to two days, if you have enough leftovers.  But three days?  Don’t try it unless you are expecting a gym membership for Christmas. The star of every Thanksgiving feast is certainly the turkey.  And probably nothing strikes more fear into … Read entire article »

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Decorating the table for Thanksgiving: Veggie Candles

Decorating the table for Thanksgiving: Veggie Candles

How filled with fear do you people get when I start crafting? Pretty fearful, I bet :-). Anywho, this week, I wanted to bring you super simple project to adorn the Thanksgiving table. Not sure what else to call them, so we’ll just call them Veggie Candles. Here’s what you’ll need: Desired number of candles Green beans (about a half-pound per candle) One bunch asparagus (that will do one candle, as well) Rubber bands Ribbon of choice Making the candles: Wrap rubber band … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Turkey Day shoppers

Do you remember when Thanksgiving meant absolutely nothing was open, store-wise? As in, you could drive through Anytown, America on that day and it was  as if the streets had been rolled up. You were lucky to  see a passing car. My how things change. This year, a host of stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Theories are aplenty – perhaps it’s because lots of people want to beat the Black Friday crowds, or maybe stores are trying to generate the additional sales. Or maybe we’ve just lost touch of Thanksgiving all together. Is it that difficult to stay clear of the stores for one day? That difficult to stay at home, eat some turkey, watch some football and chill? I realize the movie theaters and bowling alleys are usually open Thursday. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Pardon me! And other turkey tidbits

Yep, this is it – the day of days for the gobblers out there. The day when one lucky bird gets the ultimate gift: a pardon. Meanwhile an estimated 45 million will be landing on our dining room tables. For that, I am thankful. Anywho, the presidential pardon will be given today. This whole pardoning thing began in 1989 with the elder George Bush, and has continued since. And two turkeys are pardoned, not one. (Think of it like the Miss America contest or something – if the winner can’t fulfill her duties, the alternate takes over…). Until 2005, the pardoned turkeys were sent to live in the Turkey Barn at Kidwell Farm, a petting zoo located ironically enough at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, VA. But not before enduring a … Read entire article »

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Thanksgiving Craft – what else but… a turkey!

Call me sentimental, but this craft represents one of my favorite holiday decorations that Colton has brought home from school. Unfortunately, his is now old and faded, so he and I decided to recreate it! Let’s be honest. If we’re taking on this project, how hard can it be? It’s really a great craft for kids – and requires a relatively short list of supplies.  Chances are,  you already have everything you need on hand. What you’ll need: One paper grocery bag One small paper bag Old newspaper for stuffing bags Duct tape or other wide tape Glue (whatever you have on hand) Scissors Construction paper in colors of choice Instructions: 1. Begin by stuffing the large (body) and small (head) grocery bags with wadded up newspaper. You can gather the bag as you stuff to get a feel of how … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Fast and Festive Fall Centerpiece

I needed a break from writing yesterday, but still felt the need to be creative. While I don’t really do much in the line of decorating for Halloween or Thanksgiving, I do enjoy bringing a touch of fall into the house. Just so you know, this isn’t a Liz Original. I think I ran across the idea at some point last year, when Coffee Break brought you the Craftdown to Christmas. And for whatever reason, it came to mind as a perfectly simple yet snazzy idea to try. Frankly, I’m pretty pleased. I think you will be, too! So here’s how you make this centerpiece: What you’ll need: A pumpkin or gourd Fresh or artificial fall flowers About 15 minutes How to do it: Cut the top off the pumpkin, as if you were making a jack-0-lantern, … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Amazing Grace

As any of you with a pulse know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Bring on the turkey! I think Kate would agree that we have plenty to be thankful for – and that list of blessings most certainly extends to you, our readers. We’ve watched the site grow from a handful of visitors to more than 30,000 and should mark  our millionth hit by next week sometime.  Needless to say, we’ve welcomed a few new friends into our hearts. Of course, none of this would be possible without Kate and her husband, who’ve done a fantastic job in getting this website up and running, tweaking it, attracting visitors, etc, etc. For this and a plethora of other reasons, I’m very thankful for Kate. There are so many things to be thankful for,  it’s difficult to … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – how the Thanksgiving wishbone tradition began

Apparently the origins of the Thanksgiving tradition of breaking the wishbone date back to 2,400 years ago with the Etruscans who lived on the Italian peninsula. The Etruscans believed fowl were fortune tellers because the hen announced she would be laying an egg with a squawk and the rooster told of the coming of a new day with his early morning crowing. A circle was drawn in the dirt and divided into twenty wedges that represented the twenty letters in the Etruscan alphabet. A piece of grain would be placed in each wedge. A hen would then be allowed to peck at the grain. As she ate, a scribe would list the letters in order and those letters would be interpreted by the high priests to answer questions. When one of these … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The rule-breakers

Let’s just get it all out there right now. I’m the rule-breaker. And the rules I broke were my own. Anyone who knows me also knows this is when I point fingers at others, too – just for fun. When I tell you that my 8-year-old knew exactly what I was doing. But instead of cautioning me, he cheered me on, adding that the long-standing rule of waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas music was a little extreme. We haven’t gotten much help from local radio stations, either, with two of ‘em already decking the halls 24/7 until the day after Christmas. That being said, and in full knowledge that Thanksgiving is still 11 days away, I think it’s clear what all this could lead to: Holly Jolly Burn-out. Which … Read entire article »

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This Week’s Giveaway – Harvest Treasures Autumn Hand Towels
and Wooden Leaf wall Decor

Congrats to last week’s winner of the Pecan Pie Candle and Taste of Home Recipe Book – Liddi. (I’ll be contacting you by email from  to get your mailing address so I can get that out to you.) This week’s giveaway… 2-pack of Harvest Treasures Autumn Hand Towels in beautiful fall colors Set of 3 Harvest Treasures wooden Leaf Decor, sure to add a touch of fall to your Thanksgiving decorating This giveaway ends at 9:00pm MST on Sunday, Nov. 15th. Here’s how to enter… There are several ways to enter.  You may choose to enter one way, or you may choose to do them all.  It’s up to you.  The more times you enter, the more you increase your chances  to win. Leave a comment on this post between now and Sun. Nov. 15 … Read entire article »

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Guest Rant: When Holidays Collide
by Ryane McKinnon

It’s almost Halloween, and the stores are full of candy, costumes, and decorations. Of course, next to the isles of plastic pumpkins and bats, there is usually a single row of red and green, which will expand slowly until it takes over the entire store by the middle of November. This is the part where you expect to hear me complain about the importance of keeping the holidays separate or the evils of consumerism. However, that is not where I’m going. I’m sure there are those who claim to disagree, but I can’t deny that my heart leaps when I see ornaments and snowflakes and Frosty the Snowman, no matter what time of year it is. Christmas is absolutely and undoubtedly the best holiday. Nothing else can compare, and I really believe … Read entire article »

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