Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Turkey Food Crafting

Well, like it or not here comes Thanksgiving!  I know it sorta came at light speed this year didn't it?  I have been holding out on you and not showing you where a lot of my energy each week has been going.  I have for the last three years been watching my nieces and nephew for half of the week and I decided it was time to show you a little of what I do with them all of the time.  So the blog is once again morphing around what is going on here at home.  I took the nieces this week and had them make Turkey Apples.  It was an easy really fun project.  If you have a wiggly bunch that will have their own table this year at Thanksgiving, put the supplies out and have them craft these Turkey Apples while you are waiting for all of your guests to arrive.  They will be busy and having fun too and who knows, if their hungry they might eat something healthy too, always a plus.

Apples (as many as you have children)
5 wooden round toothpicks for each apple
2 candy eyes for each apple
mini marshmallows
creamy peanut butter

Give each child an apple, 5 toothpicks, and 2 eyes, and a supply of raisins, marshmallows, and grapes.  Give them an example "feather" by making the first "feather" for one of them.  I used a mini marshmallow, raisin, and grape assortment on mine.  The three year old proudly announced that I was making a pattern.  She is so smart, she figured out we were sneaking math into this activity too!  Show the children how to place the "feathers" into their turkey.  I just let them build their turkeys and then I checked back with them and brought my jar of peanut butter and used it to apply the candy eyes.  I applied those right above the stem to make the apple look like it had a face.  The candy eyes were made by Wilton.   
This activity works well with children from 2 on up.  Even my 9 year old liked his Turkey Apple.

If you have children at your home over the holidays and you want to impress them further with your prowess in the kitchen.  This sandwich brought some smiles to a few faces and my 19 year old did not complain when he ate all of his!

6 baby carrots
2 slices of bread per sandwich
2 raisins per sandwich
1 cashew per sandwich
1 slice of celery per sandwich

Cut the sandwich bread with a bread knife to the turkey body shape.  Spread the pimento cheese on the bread and add the veggies around turkey as in picture above.  Place raisins and cashew on bread for face and serve.

Pimento Cheese Sandwich Spread
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup mayo
cracked  black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 of a 4-ounce jar of pimentos 

I just dump all ingredients into a medium sized storage bowl with lid and mix right in the bowl.  Make the sandwiches you need to make and put the lid on it and store in refrigerator.
Recipe adapted from: Paula Deen

I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Party Bunch Weekend Linky at The Idea Room
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine


martinealison said...


Très amusant !
Quelles bonnes idées... j'aime beaucoup et je suis certaine que les enfants adorent !

Gros bisous ☼

Angelina at Petite Haus said...

How cute!

Unknown said...

These are really cute, and I like that they're healthy too. I'll have to try these with my kids. :)

angie said...

die dekoration ist süß!!! die kinder auch, sie haben so viel freude!!! liebe grüße und einen schönen tag wünscht angie aus deutschland

Jamie Morton said...

So cute and fun!
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Unknown said...

Too cute for words SHerry !!!

Anonymous said...

I love these things! So cute :) perfect for children :)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Those are adorable ideas!

Lou Lou Girls said...

Hello cute lady! Super cute ideas. Pinned and tweeted. We really appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. It wouldn't be a party without you. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

BeforetheClockStrikesMidnight said...

What wonderful ideas! Cannot wait to try these out :)