‘Give Thanks’ Rustic Banner

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I usually buy my banners off of Etsy but decided this year I wanted to tackle one on my own. I went to Michaels and purchased all of my supplies for less than $15 (and I have plenty leftover). I went with the rustic style since this was going on a mirror that hangs over my fall tablescape. This was SO simple, I might never buy a pre-made banner again…

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Pre-cut burlap squares (they look like this)
  • Acrylic Paint in your color of choice
  • Variety pack of sponge spouncers (they look like this)
  • 4.5″  Letter stencils
  • Jute Twine (which looks like this)
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Here is what you’ll do:

  • Lay burlap square to be stenciled on top of a piece of cardboard to ensure table or counter does not get ruined. My carpet learned this the hard way.
  • Center desired letter in the middle of burlap flag. Use a spouncer and paint to stencil the letter onto the burlap. Lay the paint down very thick.
  • Let finished squares dry for an hour or so
  • Flip the squares over (spelling from right to left) and measure the amount of twine you will need (leave extra on the ends so you can hang it up). I left 3/4 of an inch in between each letter.
  • Measure 1/2 inch from top of banner and make a straight line across the back of the burlap squares with your hot glue gun.
  • Lay jute twine on top and let dry for 10 minutes
  • Hang your banner wherever you please

 

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Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies

I haven’t wanted to be anywhere near food prep since June when I found out I was pregnant, but last weekend I got the urge to bake. What did I make? Cookies, of course! I still don’t want to cook meat (sorry Adam) but sweets, I can handle.  I usually only see the blossom cookies at Christmastime but I like breaking the rules. Have you seen these pumpkin spice kisses in your local store?

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I’ll confess that I didn’t love them on their own..but paired with a simple pumpkin spice cookie made them perfect. This recipe is extremely easy and makes about 36 cookies total.

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Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 package Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses
  • 1/3 cup granulated organic sugar, for rolling cookies in

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Unwrap pumpkin spice Kisses and place them in a small bowl in the freezer until ready to use. Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a bowl for rolling cookies in; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Gradually add in small batches to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined. If dough is crumbly and not coming together, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until dough forms.
  • Scoop dough into 1 tablespoon-sized balls, roll in sugar, and place on baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until done.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool three minutes.
  • Gently push a frozen pumpkin spice kiss into the center.
  • Let cool completely
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Thanksgiving Ideas

Today is my Friday and tomorrow is one of the best days! Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because it means LOTS OF FOOD. I’m not really a Turkey fan but gimme gimme gimme those side dishes (aka carbs). Mashed potatoes, cheesy-broccoli rice, stuffing and pumpkin desserts GALORE! Yes, please. If you are hosting Thanksgiving or even just attending one, here are some ideas for you!

 Autumn Apple Cider and Champagne Sangria

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Thanksgiving Nails

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Thanksgiving Place Cards: 

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Thanksgiving Tablescape: Obsessed with gold

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Thanksgiving Dessert: Mini Cheesecake Shots

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Thanksgiving Dessert Table:

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Thanksgiving Side Dish: Grandma’s Cheesy Broccoli Rice

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Thanksgiving Decor:

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Thanksgiving Appetizer: Roasted Pumpkin Brie Fondue (sooo good!)

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Thanksgiving DIY: Wreath(s) — I couldn’t just pick one.

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Best way to use your leftovers: Breakfast Sandwiches; Biscuits, Cranberry, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey, Poached Egg.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

How to not gain weight on Thanksgiving…

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could eat as much as we wanted and it wouldn’t affect us in the weight department??

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I saw an article in Health Magazine on ways to have a No-Guilt Thanksgiving.. It gives you tips on how to stack your plate with the foods you HAVE to have without overdoing it. Here is what they suggest.

If you must have cranberry sauce: If this tangy-sweet staple is your weakness, go for a big scoop, about half the size of a tennis ball. Add matching portions of stuffing and mashed potatoes, along with a helping of skinless white-meat turkey the size of a smart phone. Have as many green beans as you want. Top it with a shot glass size portion of gravy and enjoy a sliver of pie (use two thumbnails as a width guide) TOTAL 745 CALORIES

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If you must have Turkey (Light & Dark meat) and gravy: Pile up the white and dark meat for a portion that’s as large as a bar and a half of soap. You can have enough gravy and cranberry sauce to fill a shot glass each. Keep servings of stuffing and mashed potatoes to about the size of half tennis balls, or have a whole tennis ball size portion of one or the other. Have as many green beans as you’d like. Enjoy that sliver of pie! (two-thumbnail width) TOTAL 740 CALORIES

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If you must have dessert: You can get about an eighth of the pie. Choose one favorite or two half portions of different pies. During dinner, have a thin portion of skinless white-meat turkey, stuffing and mashed potato servings should be about the size of a large egg each. Stick to a golf ball size dollop each of gravy and cranberry sauce. Have as many green beans as you’d like. TOTAL 760 CALORIES

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If you must have stuffing: Go ahead and spoon up a generous portion, about the size of your fist. To compensate for all of those carbs, keep your portion of mashed potatoes to the size of a large egg. Opt for a portion of skinless white-meat turkey about as big as a smart phone, topped with golf ball size dollops of gravy and cranberry sauce. For dessert have pumpkin or fruit pie. No need to stay with a sliver… Make a peace sign with your fingers to measure your slice. TOTAL 750 CALORIES

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There are things you can do if you don’t want to skimp on anything at the table as well.

  • Participate in a turkey trot that morning with friends/family or hit the gym for a good sweat.
  • Eat light on Wednesday and Friday making vegetables the main attraction.
  • Don’t starve yourself until you eat Thanksgiving dinner. Keep your metabolism rolling by eating small (healthy) snacks throughout the day.
  • Plan a post meal walk… A brisk walk will help you burn some calories and maybe put you in the right mindset to turn down that second slice of pumpkin pie.
  • Bring an interactive game for everyone to play — Wii dance is always a big hit!
  • Plan a workout date the very next morning. Soulcycle is offering 90 minute “Turkey Burn” classes. Ouch!
  • Volunteer to help clean up… Instead of picking at leftovers help the host clean. Not only does it burn calories but it gets you off of the couch.
  • Stop eating when you’re full. OK, this tip probably seems pretty obvious, but Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when people plan to eat until they are stuffed to the brim. Instead of seeing how much you can eat, serve yourself a small, golf-ball-size serving of everything you want—no restrictions—but have only enough to satisfy your stomach without overdoing it. Remember, Thanksgiving is oneday. Done right, you won’t set yourself back too far!

 

Thanksgiving Outfits

Whether you’re attending a low-key Friendsgiving, packing your bags to celebrate with the family or attending a fancy Thanksgiving dinner, two things are certain: You’re going to have a lot of food, and a festive outfit is in order. No need to fret about what to wear though—I’ve picked out 4 outfits from casual, to trendy, to comfy to dressy for you.

THANKSGIVING OUTFITS

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Which outfit are you most likely to wear to your Thanksgiving soiree?