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?! ūüėČ

 

Ingredients:

‚Äď 4 cups apple juice

‚Äď 1 tablespoon whole cloves

‚Äď 12 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey

‚Äď 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 
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!

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
  • glac√© 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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Black bottom pie

Black bottom pie

Serves 8

Easy

This recipe for Southern pie by Felicity Cloake owes its name to its rich, dark cocoa base and chocolate custard, topped with a rum mousse and a cloud of whipped cream. Pure indulgence, Dixie style.

Ingredients

  • Oreo biscuits¬†24, (just shy of 2 packets)
  • unsalted butter¬†55g, melted
  • whole milk¬†500ml
  • eggs¬†4, separated
  • golden caster sugar¬†225g
  • cornflour¬†4 tsp
  • fine salt¬†1/4 tsp

 

  • dark chocolate¬†75g, finely chopped, plus a little extra to top
  • leaf gelatine¬†6 sheets
  • golden or dark rum¬†1 tbsp
  • vanilla extract¬†1 tsp
  • ground nutmeg¬†1/8 tsp
  • double cream¬†250ml
  • icing sugar¬†2 tbsp

Method

  • STEP 1

    Whizz the Oreos to crumbs in a food processor, then add the melted butter and briefly whizz again. Press into a 23cm springform cake tin, cover and chill.

  • STEP 2

    Gently bring the milk to a boil in a heavy-based saucepan. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and half the caster sugar together in a large, heatproof bowl until paler in colour, then whisk in the cornflour and salt. Whisk as you pour the hot milk onto the yolks, then return to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring, until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon. Take off the heat and pour half into a bowl, while this is cooling soak the gelatine in cold water until pliable. Squeeze the water out of 2 of the leaves. Stir the chocolate and these gelatine leaves into the pan with the custard mixture until they have melted, then pour onto the base. Chill.

  • STEP 3

    Stir the rum, vanilla, nutmeg and remaining 4 gelatine leaves into the warm, reserved custard mixture and leave to cool completely.

  • STEP 4

    Beat the egg whites to soft peaks, then add the remaining caster sugar and beat until the mixture is stiff and glossy. Fold this into the cooled custard, then spoon on top of the chocolate custard and chill until set ‚Äď about 4 hours.¬†Whip the cream and icing sugar to soft peaks, spoon on top of the pie, then shave a little chocolate over the top to serve.

     

 

Nutritional Information

Kcals643    Fat38.1g    Saturates22g     Carbs63g    Sugars52.2g    Fibre2.4g    Protein9.5g    Salt0.8g


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Turkey Arts and Crafts Activities

Turkey Arts and Crafts Activities

Because, let’s face it, the turkey ends up being the spokesbird for this holiday.

1) Experiment with different ways to draw turkeys

Hand turkeys are one way; but try some other ways, too!

 

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Turkey Art Activities

 

3) Make playdough turkeys (on Mama Papa Bubba)

 

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Turkey Crafts

 

4) Set up an art invitation to create paper turkeys (on Paper and Glue)

5) Make pinecone turkeys (on a Pumpkin and a Prince)

 

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids - Turkey Arts and Crafts

6) Print turkey tracks for a fun Thanksgiving art activity (on Fun-a-Day)

7) Make autumn leaf feather turkeys (on BabyCenter)