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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my loyal readers!  Eat and be merry this holiday season!!

With love,

Melissa

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Popcorn-Stuffed Paper Turkey

What’s more nerve wracking than a house full of family and friends?  A house full of family, friends, and their kids!  But don’t go gobbling off mad and frustrated…keep those little turkeys entertained with this super fun kids table!

Thanksgiving Kids Table

What You Need:

3-4 bags of popcorn, non-buttered

1 large paper grocery bag

2 small brown lunch bags

Hot glue gun

Scissors

White paper for frills on turkey

1. For the frill, take a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″ white paper and cut it in half lengthwise. Fold the paper in half lengthwise and make small cuts with a pair of scissors on the folded half to create loops.

2. For the drumsticks, make one hand into a fist and stick it inside the lunch bag. With your other flat hand, press on the bag to mold and smash it down into a more rounded shape. Fill the bag 2/3 of the way with popcorn. Gather up the bottom of the bag and twist to keep it tight. Hot glue the beginning of the length of frill and wrap it around the bottom, twisted part of the lunch bag. Then hot glue the end of the white paper frill to keep it in place.

3. For the main bag, do the same thing as the drumstick to make the corners rounded. Fill the bag up full with popcorn. Fold the sides of the bag in and tuck the bottom edge under. Hot glue the edge shut. Hot glue the legs onto the sides of the “turkey.” It’s best to use a plain brown bag, but if you can only find one with writing on the outside, you can carefully turn the bag inside out and it will be just fine. Easy Peasy.

Cover the kids table with a paper table cloth and scatter crayons and markers on the table.  Have them draw what they’re thankful for or start a contest for the most creative turkey drawing.  Kids will have fun digging into the popcorn turkey while the grownups wine and dine and you won’t have to worry about kids stepping under your feet!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, ALL!

Thanks to One Charming Party for this awesome idea!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I would just like to take this time to thank all of my wonderful readers for sticking with me through the past few years.  I simply adore this blog and I’m so glad all of you are with me for the ride!  I know life gets in the way sometime…and we’re all busy doing one thing or another, but I wanted you all to know how much I appreciate your time…even if you stop by for a few minutes.  Your kind words, suggestions, and comments do not go unappreciated, and I hope you continue to stick by The Hobbee Hive in the years to come!

Wishing you and yours a most wonderful and fruitful Thanksgiving!

With much love,

The Hob-bee Hive

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Thanksgiving Cornucopia Place Holder

Here is a beautiful way to arrange your Thanksgiving table and keep guests happy with some snack food as you finish up the gravy and heat up the green beans.

Thanksgiving Place Setting

These beautiful cornucopia place settings are almost 100 percent edible (save the paper) and will look stunning on your table.  Here’s what you need:

  • Scissors
  • White paper
  • Pens in assorted colors to match your table settings
  • 1 sugar ice cream cone per person
  • 1/3 cup assorted nuts seeds and dried fruit per person

Cut out long thin strips of paper, 8 x ¾ inches for each person.  With the scissors, curl the ends of each strip of paper, making sure to leave ample room for the name of each person.  Write the names of all your guests on the pieces of paper, and set aside to dry.  Place the sugar cone on the plate, and loosely fill the cones.  Place on the plate and let the contents slightly spill out onto the plate.  Tuck the names into each cone and place on the table where each person is supposed to sit.

If you’re feeling extra creative, soak your strips of paper in coffee for a few minutes and let dry.  This will give them a beautiful light brown color.  Instead of cutting them, rip the ends for a rustic country look that is easy and elegant.

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Chocolate Kiss Acorns

Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away!  Here’s an adorable little treat that would be a PERFECT addition to a bowl of vanilla ice cream.  It’s a light dessert after what’s bound to be the best meal of your life…at least that’s how I feel every year!

Acorn Cookies!

Acorn Cookies:
Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
Round Nutter Butter snack cookies
Creamy peanut butter
Melted chocolate

1.  Twist open the Nutter Butter cookies and remove the peanut butter filling.

2.  Melt the chocolate (about ½ cup) and let cool to room temperature.

3.  Using a piping bag or a knife, place a small amount of peanut butter on the Nutter Butter cookie.

4.  Working quickly, dip the bottom of the Hershey’s kiss into the melted chocolate and attach the cookie to the kiss, peanut butter side down, so the chocolate and peanut butter melt together.  Repeat for as many acorns as you need.

5.  Place remaining chocolate in a piping bag and create little stems on top of the Nutter Butter cookies.

Toss 2-3 acorns in with a bowl of vanilla ice cream and you’re good to go!

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Fried Stuffing Bites with Cranberry Pesto

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope you all had a most wonderful and satisfying holiday.

As every new year ends, my mother looks forward to one thing:  hosting Thanksgiving.  Of course, hosting means we’re always eating leftovers from dinner for days following…so here’s a new idea to get rid of stuffing…which doesn’t last long as leftovers anyway.  For an extra treat, put some turkey pieces in the middle of the stuffing balls.

Fried Stuffing Bites with Cranberry Sauce Pesto

  • Leftover stuffing
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Oil, for frying

Directions

Preheat oil to 350 degrees F.

Cut leftover stuffing into bite-sized cubes and set aside. In a small bowl whisk eggs and milk. Coat each stuffing bite with this egg wash, then dredge in the bread crumbs until fully coated and set aside. In a food processor blend cranberry sauce, pepper and walnuts and set aside. Once oil is at temperature fry each piece of stuffing until golden brown about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel and serve with cranberry pesto.

 

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Pear-Inspired Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea

In a bind to find something to put on your Thanksgiving table?  Have no fear!!  The Hot Glue Gun is here!!  Grab your trusted glue gun, some gems, sequins or pins from your craft box, and some leftover fruit from your fridge.

You can attach the decor to the fruit using the glue gun, or you can simply stick pins (with colorful heads) into the fruit to create an elegant design.  Use like colors and put the fruit in a shallow white bowl and there you have it.  A beautiful, affordable, and super easy centerpiece!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  The Hobbee Hive will be taking a holiday tomorrow and Friday, but I’ll see you on Monday with a brand new recipe…if we can even think about food by then 😉

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For Everything Thy Goodness Sends

It’s not often that I sit down and really think about what I’m thankful for.  It’s unfortunate (and probably quite common) that the event that sparked my thought was a sad one…

A few days ago, a good family friend lost his battle with cancer.  It was a quick and painful end to a life that touched so many.  During his funeral last week, I couldn’t help but think how thankful I am to have my health…after all, in the words of my late great-grandfather, “When you have your health, you have everything.”

As I sat listening to his two young daughters speak about this caring and thoughtful man, I felt something overcome me…a sense of comfort and belonging in my own close family.  I give thanks every year for being given the opportunity to know so many wonderful people in my lifetime, and to have been raised in a loving and supportive family system.

This year take time to give thanks for the little things, the big things, the painful ones and the joyous ones.  Give your Aunt Gretta an extra hug and go ahead and indulge in a piece of pecan pie.  Feel gratitude for the opportunity to be able to sit down with your loved ones and enjoy a warm meal.  Laugh.  Love.  Enjoy.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Universal Napkin Rings Review

Setting the table is one of my mom’s favorite things do to during the holidays.  She has the Thanksgiving table set by the week before Thanksgiving and has the buffet table ready to go with Post-Its reminding her where all the food goes.

While browsing the Crate and Barrel catalog the other day, I came upon these super clever napkin rings.  Not only are they elegant and will match any decor (since they’re white!), but you can write on them with a marker and wipe the writing off for next time.  Write names or just decorate them to match the napkin rings.

They are available in packs of four or individually.

Porcelain Napkin Rings

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A Meaningful and Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea

Hard to believe that we’re nearing Thanksgiving, isn’t it?  If you’re playing host for this festive day of consumption, consider adding this touching tradition to your routine.

Thankful Turkey

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 large Styrofoam ball

1 small/medium Styrofoam ball

1 skein of dark brown yarn and 1 skein of light brown yarn (I’m a fan of Lion Brand Homespun yarn.  I like the look and consistency of it)

1 4×4 square of felt in the following colors:  RED, WHITE, and ORANGE

Various colored pages of construction paper

Markers

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Tape

Kabob sticks

Exact o Knife*

*With the knife, cut one of the ends off the large ball so the turkey can sit flat.  If you’d rather not do this, you can simply glue the base of the turkey to a plate or the bottom of a bowl.  You could also place your turkey in a basket and surround it with hay, fruit, veggies, or leaves to keep it from rolling over.

1.  With your glue gun, put a tiny drop of glue on the top of the large Styrofoam ball.  Attach one end of the dark brown yarn to the ball and start winding it around until the ball is completely covered.  Secure with glue as needed.  Repeat for the smaller ball and the lighter colored yarn.

2.  Attach the smaller ball to the larger one using the hot glue gun.  Let it rest for a few minutes before continuing with that piece.

3.  Cut out a heart from the red felt, a diamond from the orange felt and two circles from the white felt (see picture).  Attach to the small ball to create the neck, beak, and eyes.  Use a marker or fabric paint to make the two smaller circles in the eyes.

4.  Draw one feather on a piece of paper.  Use that to cut out your remaining feathers.  Use a variety of colors for a very festive turkey.  Tape one Kabob stick on the back of each feather, pointed side down so it can easily be inserted into the turkey.  You might have to trim the sticks a little so the feathers don’t stick up so high.

5.  Leave these feathers and some markers on your table or near your door so guests can write down what they’re thankful for and stick it in your little turkey.  Move the turkey to the center of the table to remind everyone what this holiday is really about.

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