Thanksgiving week – WOW!!! I know everyone says how the holidays creep up on them, but seriously, this is pretty ridiculous! Now, there’s probably many of you who already have a good idea what’s on your shopping list for gifts this year. I, on the other hand, am not sure what my kids really want. It’s definitely going to be a mellow year, that’s for sure – moving, buying a house and a puppy….nothing extravagant this year! I do want my kids to be able to ask for a few things on their mind, though, and figure having that done BEFORE the big sales this week would be wise. So here it is…a darling yet simple Christmas Wish List Printable, for your kids, friends, or even you!
You’ll want a turkey roasting bag and a flavor injector, as two not-everyday supplies. Make sure your turkey is thawed ahead of time!
Ingredients – Marinating
50 oz. Chicken Broth
1/2 tbsp. Black Pepper
1/4 cup Salt
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tbsp. Garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Dried Onion
1 tbsp. Rosemary
1 tbsp. Thyme
1 tbsp. Parsley
Directions – Marinating
Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan, bringing just to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Find a baking pan that is VERY deep (at least 2 inches) and make a spot of it (placed on top of a baking sheet to catch splashes and keeping in mind the turkey will take up more height) in your fridge – this is easiest to get done now instead of moving stuff while handling the turkey. Not to mention more sanitary.
Remove the turkey from it’s package-wrap, and remove all the stuff inside the cavity of the turkey. Rinse the turkey in cold water, then place in the baking pan. Pour the cooled marinade over the turkey, keeping it just a bit lower than the pan top. (this is why it’s on a baking sheet….it may splash a little).
Marinate for 12-24 hours, occasionally using a bulb baster to squeeze more of the marinade over the top of the turkey.
Ingredients – Ready to Roast
1/2 cup Butter, melted
2 tbsp. Sage
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
4 tsp. Garlic, minced
Directions – Ready to Roast
Preheat oven according to your turkey bag directions.
Remove the turkey from the baking pan. If this is the pan you’ll be using to cook the turkey in, wash it thoroughly and set aside.
Blend the above ingredients until smooth (may not be perfect, but try). Using a flavor injector, inject the Sage-Butter mixture all over the turkey. Rub any remaining mixture under the skin over the breasts, then all around the turkey so it’s well-saturated.
If desired: place produce such as apples, carrots, celery, onions and/or garlic cloves inside the turkey cavity.
Follow your turkey bag directions for placing your turkey in the bag (some have you insert flour first to coat the bag interior), and cut slits IF THE BAG DIRECTS YOU TO. Cook as directed, until turkey reaches at least 165 Degrees F in the center.
Remove from oven, cut away bag, and allow turkey to sit for 10-15 minutes to allow moisture, juices and flavor to even out. Enjoy your deliciously moist and flavorful turkey!!!
Note: If you’re using a roaster instead of an oven, double check that it can handle a turkey bag – I learned this the hard way and within seconds of putting the bag in, the plastic started melting to the sides. NOT FUN!
Okay, I have to admit that I haven’t fully come to terms with the fact that Halloween is this week. I mean, SERIOUSLY! Where the heck did October go?!?! It seems like every year, once October hits time just FLIES until January. Agh!!! Anywho – here’s a fun, simple little Halloween craft that’s great for party favors, neighbor gifts, or even for trick-or-treaters (if you spend more time than I do – I just go straight from the bag, not even putting treats in the bowl). You’ll love this darling Witch Brooms, plus a treat is never bad, right?
Black stamp pad, or marker (or Brown, up to you)
Ribbon or thread
Embellishments, tag, etc. to decorate
Use the black stamp pad or marker to color the sucker sticks black. Or brown, if you so desire.
Take about 4-6 square pieces of tissue paper, fanning them out, then poke the sucker stick through the middle. Fold the tissue paper down and around the sucker part, to be the broom piece.
Use ribbon to tie the base of the stick, above the tissue paper, and along the bottom of the sucker. This really helps hold it in place, and give it the ‘broom’ look.
Then just primp it up with a cute card, tag, or embellishments like witch shoes or maybe a black cat. Use a fun saying like ‘We ‘Witch’ You a Happy Halloween’ or ‘Have a Be-Witching good Halloween’. Have fun with it!
Two 2-liter soda bottles (empty) – may discard lids
Small piece of sand paper
Silver spray paint
String, yarn or ribbon
Orange cellophane or tissue paper
Take the labels off the soda bottles. Lightly sand paper the bottles all over (this helps the spray paint stick better).
Spray paint all over the bottles, allow to dry. Use a second coat if you want – I didn’t see a need to.
Use duct or gorilla tape to attach the bottles together – also put the string/yarn/ribbon as straps attached by the tape and tying. Be sure to measure it to your child, or they may not be able to get their arms in if it’s too small.
Put a small piece of rolled tape inside the bottle top, then stick the orange cellophane/paper so it’s attached and sticks out (these are the flames from the jet packs).
Viola – complete, and so much fun!!!
What color would YOUR kiddos make their DIY Jet Packs?
And as promised……a second fun and super simple project for you today!
These Monster-Making felt kits are so much fun for the kids, and you can make them in minutes (or longer, depends on you)!
Felt – various colors
Use the scissors to cut out various shapes for your monsters – Heads, Hair, Eyes, Noses, Mouths, Teeth, Scars, Horns, Ears, Bolts…..get creative!
Then just let your kids create and recreate fun monsters and other Halloween fun creatures!
If you want, you can also put magnets on the back of it all and have it stay together better. Really, the options are only dependent on yours (and your kids’) imagination!
So, I don’t know if this would actually count as a post – but I feel bad I haven’t shared anything since Saturday. Reason being: my mom is in town!!! The kids and I are having a blast with her, and since I’ve made it a point to put family first, I’ve been a bit absent from here. I apologize, but promise there’s some AMAZING stuff coming up in the coming weeks, so just bare with me!
I wanted to share my Simple Scary Monster Windows with you – especially since it’s SOOOO EASY!!! Seriously, all you do is take a bunch of black 12×12 scrapbook paper (larger, if you can find it). Do a monster on each page, making a variety – witch, different mouths and eyes, horns or snake-eyes, etc. Cut them out, then tape them to your window (inside of the blinds). Then go outside and take a look – Viola!!!
See, super easy, yet lots of fun! Let your kiddo’s help create the monsters and they’ll think it’s the coolest window ever!
These are an oldie-but-a-goodie. My kids actually made them at my mom’s house last Halloween-time, and I snapped a photo of those ones so I could try to do them again. Behold, Tasty Spider Gift second edition! These fun little gifts are so simple, cost-friendly (Booyah!) and cute that kids AND adults alike will love them!
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Markers (if you’re decorating the band)
Foam Cone (the size you want the hat to be)
Scrap of fun Halloween fabric (that will fit over the cone completely)
Ribbon/Flowers to decorate
Piece of black construction paper
Hot Glue Gun
If you’re decorating your headband, like I did for our plain black/white one, use the markers to color over as desired. I alternated purple, green and orange on the white parts.