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Thanksgiving Potluck Appetizer

We are only days away from our Thanksgiving vacation at my kids’ school. This year the lower grades are having a potluck to celebrate and learn about the first Thanksgiving. I have to bring an appetizer for my children to share. I usually bring something like a veggie tray, but that has already been promised by another family. Instead I decided to branch out and try something fun.

Thank you to Crafts A La Mode for this fun twist on the cheeseball. This Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball will impress all of those elementary schoolers. It works because my kids and their friends are obsessed with cheese and crackers, the fact that it looks like a little turkey will make it even more of a hit!

Head on over to Crafts A La Mode for the full recipe and tutorial. I really like this idea because it makes it look like I have really tried hard to do something for the potluck, when in reality I am very behind this year and I have only just started planning for the potluck which is tomorrow afternoon. Sometimes simple and fun appetizers like this one work out perfectly. It has very little prep, and comes with a lot pizazz! What are some go to things you bring for potlucks? Do you have a recipe that is simple and impressive?

Thanksgiving Leftovers Get a Facelift: Sliders!

Thanksgiving Leftover Sliders

Thanksgiving always leaves us with leftover food. But what do we do with all that food? Doing the same leftover sandwiches and meals every year can get boring. This year we found a great little recipe that you and your boys will love.

This month we found a blog that will soon become one of our favorites to read and share with you. Will Cook For Smiles is a great blog written by Lyuba, a Russian Transplant living and loving her life here in the US with her son and husband. Lyuba shares incredible recipes that make our mouths water just looking at them, even this great Thanksgiving Leftover Slider. After eating turkey on Thursday I never wanted to touch another piece again, but these sliders looks so good and easy I may just have to try them. For more incredible recipes and ideas from Lyuba check out Will Cook For Smiles now, she doesn’t disappoint.

Thanksgiving Leftover Sliders

What You Will Need:

  • Rolls
  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Stuffing
  • Toothpicks

Now just head over to Will Cook for Smiles to get the fun and easy recipe then you and your family can enjoy some scrumptious sliders. These just might be the new go to recipe for all those leftovers. They might even make great additions to your little ones school lunch after the holidays. Just be sure to disregard the toothpick in huge lunchbox as it may be considered a sharp object at school. Otherwise enjoy!

Thanksgiving: Learning About Turkeys

Thanksgiving: Learning About Turkeys

Thanksgiving is almost here which means it will be turkey time! But does anyone really know anything about the turkey? How does it live? what does it eat? Why do we eat it on Thanksgiving? Well let’s get settled here and learn a little bit about that infamous bird and discover just why we consider it Turkey Day. Gather your boys for some great information.

The wild turkey was discovered in America, it was native to Northern Mexico and the Eastern United States where the pilgrims settled. They were domesticated by the Aztecs who raised them for meat and in the 16th century when the Spanish landed in Mexico they learned all about the turkey. The Europeans were impressed by the large bird, it was easy to take care of and it tasted delicious when cooked. It was also not expensive to care for and could be used for multiple large meals that could be stored for the winter. The most common breeds of turkey at the time, and even now are the Bronze “White Holland” Narragansett and the Bourbon Red. The Europeans were so impressed by this great bird they brought several hundred back to Europe to breed. There they quickly became a beloved dish.

When the pilgrims were preparing their first autumn feast with the help of the Indians they chose the turkey because it was easy to keep alive and fed, they were born in the spring and eat mainly insects, plants, corn, and seeds. They were not expensive to feed or care for, and they were already a beloved dish they had eaten in Europe. It was a simple choice to make turkey because turkeys were not as expensive or useful as cows or chicken which were of better use alive than dead.

Thanksgiving: Learning About Turkeys

Over the years turkeys have been more widely domesticated and are quite common farm animals. Domesticated turkeys are white while wild turkeys have very dark and colorful feathers. Over the years the colors have been bred out of the turkeys in order to not discolor the meat. The Turkey is the largest bird on a farm and a full grown male is called a Tom or a Cock. A female is a Hen and a baby is a poult. A young male is often called a Jake and a young female is called a Jenny. As male turkeys grow older they become more aggressive and are known to bristle their fan of feathers and puff out their chests in an aggressive show of dominance, the male turkey also has a large Wattle on its bill and neck (the little red gobbler!) Like most birds the males have more beautiful feathers than the females, usually bronze, red, and gold. Female turkeys can lay 9-18 eggs in a clutch (set of eggs.) Turkey eggs are a creamy white with reddish brown speckles all over them. When baby turkeys (poults) hatch they live in a brood (group of young birds) with their mothers protection until they are strong enough to protect themselves.

Now that we know so much about turkeys we can share our knowledge with our family and friends on Thanksgiving!