T-Day Calls for Wild Turkey Cocktails

T-Day Calls for Wild Turkey Cocktails

Want a festive, fun, and easy cocktail for your Turkey Day celebration? Look no further. Our Wild Turkey Cocktail made with homemade apple cider, cranberries, and Wild Turkey American Honey will hit the spot. Perfect as an apertif or after-dinner cocktail! Now the only question is, who let the (wild) turkeys out?! 😉

 

Ingredients:

– 4 cups apple juice

– 1 tablespoon whole cloves

– 12 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey

– 24 cranberries (for garnish)

 

 

Instructions:

 

1. Bring apple juice to a simmer in a medium sauce pan. Add cinnamon, cloves, and orange zest. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, add 1 1/2 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey to each of 8 glasses.

3. Strain apple cider through a fine sieve into glasses. Add a teaspoon of cranberry sauce and stir.

4. Garnish with cranberries and an orange slice. Bon appetit!

 

Let’s get started.

Grab all of your ingredients.

Start by heating the apple juice in a medium sauce pan until simmering.

Add in cinnamon, cloves, and orange zest. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Set cider aside and pour 1 1/2 ounces Wild Turkey into each of 8 glasses.

Then strain cider through a fine sieve into each glass.

Add 1 teaspoon cranberry sauce to each glass and stir. Cranberry sauce will settle to the bottom.

Garnish with a few cranberries and an orange slice. You’re done!

 

What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Let us know in the comments section below!


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Thanksgiving Activities For School Aged Kids

Thanksgiving Activities For School Aged Kids

A collection of fun and easy Thanksgiving Activities your child can do as you prepare for a special turkey day. Activities featuring Gratitude, Turkeys, Pilgrims and Native Americans that incorporate educational activities for Thanksgiving.

There’s something very special about taking the time to make a few turkey crafts with your kids for Thanksgiving. No matter what your child’s age is it’s fun to treasure those special growing handprints and share moments of gratitude together.  Our magnetic thankful tree is a great place to start!   

We’ve gathered 40 Thanksgiving Ideas from some of our favorite kids Bloggers who share their ideas on the After School Linky Party each week just in time for you to do a few with your child before Thanksgiving.  They include fun ideas for Writing, Gifts, Printables, Crafts, Math, Books, Cooking, Gratitude Projects and more!  One of our Thanksgiving favorites is our collection of Turkey Learning Games and Activities. 

Start of your month of gratitude with this Turkey Gift Idea inspired by your child’s turkey artwork.

THANKSGIVING ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOL AGES 

 
 

magnetic Thankful Tree a photo project for beginning readers this Thanksgiving   Teaching Gratitude at Home with Kids

Acts of Kindness Activities for Kids. Simple ways to teach gratitude at home with your child.   DIY Sight Word Turkey Game for Thanksgiving with Kids   

 

40+ Thanksgiving Activities for School Aged Kids 
Guarantee Retirement Does Start The Best Years Of Your Life

Guarantee Retirement Does Start The Best Years Of Your Life

People mention promises of the best years of your life a few times during stages of development. Some individuals claim that the best years are when you are in school. Other people say it’s when you hit twenty but before you reach thirty. However many more suggest that the best years actually occur after you retire and that’s understandable. After all, when you retire, you’ll have complete freedom to do what you want. You can, with the right planning, relax in complete luxury, simply enjoying the savings that you have accumulated. Let’s dive into how to guarantee that you can have the ultimate retirement. 

Buy Property

First, you do need to make sure that you are buying property before you retire. By purchasing property, you will be able to provide yourself with some capital that you can play with and use effectively. You can sell your home to make a substantial profit that you need. Ultimately, this means that when you do retire, you’ll be able to afford to buy a property that is part of one of the manufactured home communities. The big benefit here is that you will be in a location with other people like yourself. So, this is always going to feel a lot safer and more comfortable for the long term. The houses in areas like this can be incredible with all the facilities and home comforts that you could possibly need. 

Save The Right Way

Of course, you do need to make sure that you are saving up for your retirement the right way. It can be quite difficult to take the right steps here. For instance, you need to explore different types of pension pots. Some employers will help you set up a pension for you and you should definitely consider this option. However, you should be active in determining the type of pension that they provide and ensuring that it is right for your needs. You should always research the market and be aware of the different possibilities that are available to you. 

Look After Your Health

Finally, you do need to be aware of issues that can jeopardize your finances once you retire. The main issue that you definitely need to be aware of is your health. Your health can end up costing you a fortune if you don’t start looking after it right now. There are a few ways you can do this that will be worth exploring. For instance, you can think about spending more time focusing on your diet. Research shows that if you cut out processed sugars and meats then you can almost immediately improve your diet, particularly in the long term. If you are worried about this, then you should think about speaking to a nutritionist as they will be able to help you out a great deal. 

We hope this helps you understand how to plan for your retirement the right way and ensure that it’s everything that you want it to be. From the perfect location to the best activities, the world can truly be your oyster once you retire.

DIY CONFETTI-STUFFED TURKEY

DIY CONFETTI-STUFFED TURKEY

You guys have to thank for this onslaught of Thanksgiving DIYs. It’s her favorite holiday, and in an effort to make sure she never leave me, I’m continuing to embrace the holiday, and even got her in on the act! (Ok! I’ll admit it. I’m really having fun with these Thanksgiving DIYs!) I may not be the biggest fan of Thanksgiving dinner (I KNOW! I’m Un-American. Judge away.), but I can certainly still stuff a turkey like it’s nobody’s business. Except my turkey? It’s stuffed with CONFETTI! Would this not be the BEST centerpiece for a Turkey Day kid’s table!? I even made some turkey leg confetti poppers to go with. Because that’s how I roll.

 

 

They’re kind of like turkey leg maracas! Ha! Until you tear ’em open and throw confetti everywhere. You’re welcome.

DIY Turkey Leg Confetti Poppers

Now, let’s stuff a Turkey
 Studio DIY style.

DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey

 

White Lunch Bag
White Treat Bags (Two for a full turkey, or one for each confetti popper.)
Confetti (I cut my neon confetti from tissue paper, and sprinkled in some gold foil confetti too!)
Tissue Paper
Scissors
Hot Glue and/or Glue Dots

 

I was inspired by this AMAZING giant paper bag turkey for my mini version. To start, open up one lunch bag and then put a second lunch bag inside of it and open that too (giving you two layers). You’ll want to squash down the corners of the bag, and can do so by putting one hand inside the bag and pressing the other (on the outside) against it. Then, fill your bag up with confetti! (LOTS of confetti.)

DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey

This part can be a little tricky, but you can do it! Roll under the opening of your stuffed lunch bag and carefully fold in the bottom-sides, forming an angle on each side of the rolled edge. Now, set that aside while you work on your turkey legs. For those, use the same method to squash down both corners of each treat bag.

DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey

Fill ’em up with confetti! Then twist the bottom portion closed.

DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey

Take a 2-3″ strip tissue paper and fringe one side of it. Adhere one end to the twisted part of your turkey leg, than wrap it round and round before finally securing it with another glue dot.

DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey

Tada! Your final step to complete your funky turkey is to hot glue (or glue dot!) the sides together. Each leg should fit right along the angled edge of your stuffed lunch bag.

DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey

BAM! That turkey is stuffed and ready to go! Set it up in the center of the kids table and wait for the ooohs and aahhhs!

DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey

If you make some extra turkey legs, set them at each place setting for even more awesome fun! Then let your guests go bananas tearing them open and raining confetti everywhere. Perhaps reserve this for after dinner, unless you enjoy your real stuffing with a side of confetti too.

DIY Turkey Leg Confetti Poppers

DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey

DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey

And now we will sacrifice this turkey in the name of neon confetti. Let’s eat party!!

DIY Confetti Stuffed Turkey

Step by Step Photos by Studio DIY, All Other Photos by Mary Costa Photography

This will be the first year that Jeff and I won’t be spending Thanksgiving with one of our families. I’m not sure I have the guts to actually make a real turkey (I usually am responsible for dessert. Surprised?), so this may be the only turkey Jeff gets this year. Hmm
 I wonder if he’ll still marry me? =)

For more Thanksgiving DIYs, head on over here!

How To Stay Independent As You Age

How To Stay Independent As You Age

For many people, the idea of aging fills them with dread. The idea of getting older makes many people assume that they will be stuck at home and that they will be inactive and bored. However, it doesn’t need to be this way.  

Maintaining your independence as you get older is essential. Here’s how you can ensure you can stay independent as you age. 

Be Proactive About Your Health

Many older people have the notion that health problems are par for the course as they get older. However, this needn’t be the case. Often, people won’t get an issue checked out until it has become a serious problem. Sometimes, it will be too late to do much about it then. 

Instead, make sure that you are proactive about your health. Go and see your doctor about your ailments, and don’t write them off as being just ‘old age.’ Often, you will be able to get the help that you need. 

Stay Active

From the age of 40 onwards, we lose 8% of our muscle mass per decade. So, by the time you hit old age, you may have lost a considerable amount of muscle mass. It is important, therefore, that you keep as active as possible. Work to the logic that if you don’t use it, then you will lose it. 

If you have limited mobility already, you should not let this put you off getting out and about. Use a chair or scooter. These are great for trips around the block, and you can use them as a base to get out and about. 

Wherever possible, try to exercise. If you are chair-bound, then you can still often exercise your arms and neck. Make sure you stretch often. 

Keep Your Mind Active 

Keeping your mind as active as possible will help fight off boredom and mental health problems such as depression. It may also be helpful in the fight against dementia. There are lots of things that you can do to keep your mind active; for instance, you could read a book, do a crossword, play chess, do a sudoku puzzle, or even do a jigsaw. 

Take Up A New Hobby 

They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but they are wrong. You can learn in old age, and you may find that you have the time and the patience for learning a new language or a new skill such as drawing or painting. 

In addition to taking up courses, you may want to consider volunteering your time as a way of getting out and socializing more. There are lots of charities that would benefit from your time. 

Embrace New Technology 

Technology is always changing, and keeping up-to-date with the newest developments will not only make your life easier, but it will also keep you connected to friends and family. 

There are always lots of courses that may be helpful for learning about how to use new technology. Don’t get left behind; be proactive.

Baileys Milkshake (The Dalmation)

Baileys Milkshake (The Dalmation)

Serves 1

Easy

An indulgent take on milkshake for grown ups. Baileys and vanilla ice cream, whizzed with Oreo biscuits, make an irresistible drink for the ultimate treat.

Ingredients

  • whole milk 50ml
  • good vanilla ice cream 3 scoops
  • Baileys 35ml

 

  • Oreo biscuits 4, plus one to decorate
  • squirty cream to finish
  • glacĂ© cherry to decorate

Nutritional Information

Kcals 691       Fat 35.3g       Carbs 73.4g       Fibre 2.2g       Protein 10.7g       Salt 1g


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