Reese’s Turkeys & Pilgrim Hats

Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I have all the kiddos home from school (including daycare kiddos)…we are going to make these fun little Turkey’s & Pilgrim Hats to celebrate the holiday!!!

Turkey Snacks

What you will need:  

For the Turkey’s:
Full size Reese’s peanut butter cups 
Mini Reese’s peanut butter cups
Candy corn
Candy eyeballs 
Chocolate Candiquik, melted or Peanut Butter (which is what I used)
 
  • Use a toothpick to spread a thin layer of chocolate or peanut butter on the back of the small peanut butter cup. Attach to the big peanut butter cup so the edges are together. Use a knife to shave off the bottom so the turkey will stand up.
  • Cut the tips off the candy corn. Save for later. Spread a little bit of the melted chocolate or peanut butter on the back end. Arrange around the top of the small peanut butter cup.
  • Spread chocolate or peanut butter on the back of the eyes and the orange tips. Attach to the front of the small peanut butter cup. Let set.
For the Pilgrim Hats:
Full size Reese’s peanut butter cups 
Mini Reese’s peanut butter cups
Yellow M&M’s
 
  • Use a toothpick to spread a thin layer of chocolate or peanut butter on the back of the small peanut butter cup. Attach to the big peanut butter cup right in the middle. 
  •  Spread a little bit of the melted chocolate or peanut butter on the back of the yellow M&M and place it right in front of the mini Reese’s peanut butter cup to resemble a buckle.  You could also use mini M&M’s and arrange them side by side all around the edge of the mini Reese’s peanut butter cup…kind of like the brim of the hat!  I just didn’t have any on hand!!!

Turkey Snack Collage

 

Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf - Website

We received our Elf on the Shelf (aka Christopher Pop-in Kins) in 2011 when my kiddos were 3, 4 & 7! He comes on Thanksgiving and leaves on Christmas Eve each year.  2013 we will be going on our 3rd year and each year the kids get more and more excited for ours to come.  And the reason I say “ours” is our Elf family has grown a little over the last couple years.  In 2011 it was Christopher himself and in 2012 we were surprised when he showed up with his sister Christina and a few weeks later we were even more surprised when Mittens…Christina’s pet kitten joined the party!!! They sure keep us busy…tons smiles, laughs, surprises, cookies, treats and lots of No No’s!!  Here are some pictures of what our little Elves have done the last couple years!!  Enjoy!

PS:  If you want to see the pictures a little bigger…just click on it and it will open much larger so you can see it more clearly!

As you will see from the pictures below from 2012…they get did get a little comfortable in the Keller house and a little more ornery at that!

I will add pictures of 2013 soon…only a few weeks until Thanksgiving and our Elves will be back! 🙂  The kids are so excited…they can’t stop talking about their arrival!!

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Itty-Bitty Food Party

Itty Bitty Food Party

This past summer I came up with the idea to have a Parents vs. Kids Ultimate “Grilled” Cheese Cookoff!  The kids had a blast (ok…so did the parents) and they have begged me ever since to have another cookoff!  Well….in Iowa we don’t get too many warm months and (as of yesterday) the snow is already a flying.  🙁 So…I had to come up with something fun to do inside.  That’s when I came up with the idea to have an “Itty-Bitty Food Party”!  The kids loved the idea!!

Itty-Bitty Cupcakes

Itty Bitty Cupcakes

Super easy – Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, pipe on white frosting (I made my own with powdered sugar and milk) and sprinkles on top!

Itty-Bitty Cookies

Itty Bitty Cookies

You could make these homemade but I went the easy route and bought already made mini cookie dough!!  I wanted them even smaller then mini…itty-bitty (of course) so I cut the dough in 1/2 before I baked them!  Secret:  For a homemade look…after they are done baking add chocolate chips to the top!  I used mini chocolate chips for these itty-bitty cookies!  If you would rather go the homemade route…here is my awesome Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with a secret ingredient!

Itty-Bitty Hotdogs

Itty Bitty Hotdogs

Little Smokies (We like ours with cheese inside) and dinner rolls cut in half and the split to look like a bun!

Itty-Bitty Pizza

Itty Bitty Pizza

So…this Itty-Bitty Pizzeria box is what gave me the inspiration for our “Itty-Bitty Food Party”!  I got this adorable Itty-Bitty Pizzeria making kit at my sons book fair they hold at his school every year during parent/teacher conferences.  It has all the supplies to make Itty Bitty Pizza’s…even a booklet of different types of pizzas!!!  So stinking cute!!!  However, you could easily do this yourself without the fun little pizza box and baby pizza cutter etc!!! I used pizza crust from the tube and my kiddos cut out the pizzas…it does come with an itty bitty pepperoni cutter but they do make mini pepperoni’s now and you can find them at most supermarkets.  I am in love with these baby pizzas! 🙂

Itty-Bitty Breadsticks

Itty Bitty Breadsticks

These weren’t on my Itty-Bitty menu but had extra dough left over and thought…what’s pizza without breadsticks, right!?  I just cut little tiny strips of dough and put them on the cookie sheet and baked them with the little pizzas.  I used my daughters tea set saucer for some marinara sauce! 🙂

Itty Bitty Food Party Collage

Hope I inspired you to throw your own food party…no matter what kind of party it is (as a family) it will be the best party EVER!

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