Friday Favorites — Thanksgiving Prep

Do you ever have one of those weeks where every day feels like “Groundhog Day”?  Well, that was my week this week.  Needless to say, I’m VERY happy that its Friday and I’ve got the weekend with my boys ahead of me.  Our weekend will be filled with time at the park, long walks, hot cocoa and one of Jake’s best friends birthday party!  We love a good party in our house!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner; it seems like alot of places have already skipped over Thanksgiving and gone straight to Christmas.  I normally would be a big fan of this as I’m a MAJOR Christmas fan, but I also think we should appreciate each holiday as it is and not try to rush through things just to make more money from “christmas” marketing.  Obviously no one asked me my opinion though!  In the meantime, I am starting to put together my recipes for Thanksgiving and I ran into this yummy looking savory monkey bread I’m going to try for the bread basket this year: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2013/11/how-to-make-savory-monkey-bread/  I’m always looking for new recipes, so if you have a family favorite, please share below in the comments section!!
savory monkey bread
My older son is almost 2 1/2 and I’m a big fan of traditions; so this year for Thanksgiving I am making sure to bring awareness to what the holiday is truly about (not just the eating of good food).  One of my favorite things I’ve seen is this Thankful Tree: http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/11/thankful-tree-thanksgiving-craft-centerpiece/   While neither of my children can write at the ripe ages of 2 1/2 and 4 months, I’m a big fan of talking about how blessed we are and what we are thankful for.  I think this craft is a great tradition to start when the kids are little and break it out every year.  You can even save the paper leaves from the tree each year to look back on in the years to come! (Pictures of our tree to come!)

Another fun craft we will be doing prior to Thanksgiving is a “fruit loop turkey”.  It sounds weird, but Jake can do most of the craft himself, and it will double as working on his colors, sorting and counting skills….bonus!  http://www.puttisworld.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-kids-craft-fruit-loops.html

Thanksgiving kids craft Fruit Loops Turkey

Last but not least for my Friday Favorites is a free Thanksgiving downloadable placemat : http://www.mamamiss.com/2012/11/21/play-eat-thanksgiving-placemats-free-printable/  I know I will plan to print off several…..one to eat on then others to color! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and is getting as excited as I am for the upcoming holidays! 

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