A Thanksgiving Tradition

This year marks the 6th year for the Annual Cousin Parade.  Every year the young cousins in our family transform shoe boxes into parade floats.  The Cousins Parade is one of our Thanksgiving Family Traditions and one of my favorite activities on Thanksgiving Day.  Here is a sneak peek of the floats my kiddos made this year.

A beautiful swan







Frosty the Snowman




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Easy Thanksgiving Recipe

A few posts ago I shared one of my dark secrets…I CANT COOK!!!  I think it is more that I don’t like to cook.  But every so often I find myself in the kitchen preparing a dish for one of our family get together’s, Thanksgiving is one of em.  I usually try at all costs to stay out of the kitchen when the cooking is going on.  It seems to be a family joke.  Once I arrive to the hosts house (my momma’s) I hide with the kids.  This year I was asked to bring the green bean casserole.  This is the same dish I prepared last year.  I guess my family liked it!  Last Thanksgiving I had some complications with the recipe.  I remember my sister saying, “no one can ruin the Green Bean Casserole.  It is a safe recipe.”  Well lil did she know that I would be the first in history to ruin this all time favorite casserole.  I went thru two batches before I got it right.  This year I know I will be able to perfect the casserole dish and get it right the first time.

Here is my easy peasy Green Bean Casserole recipe (you can also get it from the back of the French’s Fried Onions box.)


*1 can Cream of mushroom soup

*3/4 cup of milk

*1/8 tsp black pepper

*2 cans of cut cooked green beans

*1 1/3 cups French’s Fried Onion

Mix the milk and the soup together, then add the pepper and the beans in the casserole dish.  Add 2/3 cup of onions.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes

Stir and sprinkle the remaining onions on casserole and cook for 5 minutes


Turkey’s and a Charmed Life

So after discovering my paintbrushes turned moldy and we had no brown paint, I wasnt so sure this post would be possible.  I am still trying to figure out how my paintbrushes started growing hair…but that is a whole nother story I guess.  I decided to overcome this challenge.  I sent my daughter to the bathroom to get qtips and I started mixing paint to make a brown.  I finally came up with the perfect concoction of red, yellow, and blue and got a pretty (yes a pretty!) brown and the qtips quickly became replacements for the moldy brushes.  Earlier in the day we found plain tee’s in the closet and decided they would be perfect for making our turkey shirts.  So after much disaster we finally created these beauties to wear on Thanksgiving.  Pretty simple to make and all you really need is a cute lil hand, paint, and a tee.


If you haven’t heard…I am hosting my first Multi Vendor Holiday Giveaway.

My new friend Julie is the owner of A Charmed Life.  She creates beautiful jewelry and accessories.  She is also one of the sponsors in the giveaway.  From necklaces to key chains, she can personalize each piece with personal pictures and  charms.  My daughter was quick to fall in love with this beautiful piece.




The bracelet is a fun bangle with lots of beautiful charms.  My daughter enjoyed the jingling of the charms and couldnt stop looking down at her wrist.  She said,  “it is the prettiest thing I  have ever worn!”  Other favorites available in her shop:




And we are off….!

Yeehaw!  My very first Multi Vendor Holiday Giveaway is under way!  First I would like to say thank you to all my lovely sponsors!  It is very gracious of each of you to donate an item to my giveaway.  It is very rewarding to me work with each of you and bring such delight to my readers.  I can hardly believe that the Holidays are already here and we are so close to saying goodbye to yet another year.  This is my vacation week from my full time job and I am so blessed to be home with my kiddos.  Today we are making Thanksgiving cards for our family.

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If you haven’t already entered my Holiday Giveaway, you really should!  You could win of these Adoorable Prizes by ADoorable Creations by Jess.  These door hangers are absolutely beautiful!  This one is in the giveaway and can be personalized with your family name or Merry Christmas.  It is large and is very welcoming.    I love how pretty it decorates my door for the season.   Check out her shop on etsy! Each door hanger is made of wood and hand painted with love.   Jess can create holiday shapes, initials, sports, crosses, cupcakes and more for your door hanging needs!  I especially love the Mason jar and Cowboy boot!  Oh and the pumpkin!  Ha!  Who am I kidding?!  I love em all!


Gobble til you wobble! A pine cone turkey Craft for Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble! It is almost Thanksgiving! Such a beautiful time of year with all the leaves changing, cooler days, and TURKEY’s! The Holidays are so special to me. I enjoy the extra time I have with the kiddos and the crafts we make together. Today I would like to share with you our pine cone turkey’s! These is a great project for kids of all ages to make and are great to decorate the table with.
All you will need for this project is:


Let your child use his/her imagination and let them really take control of the making of their turkey. No two will ever look the same! You can also add name cards for the Thanksgiving Day table setting.