Turkey Dinner Song and Gravy Recipe

Preschoolers chomping down on their turkey drumsticks

My sons preschool did a little program of Thanksgiving Songs. I just had to share the words to one of them because it is so hilarious. I did some googling and apparently they sang it differently than the traditional lyrics. So here is their version.

Turkey Dinner Song

To the tune of "Are You Sleeping?/Frère Jacques"

Turkey dinner, turkey dinner
Gather round, gather round
Who will get the drumstick?
Yummy, yummy, drumstick.
All sit down, all sit down

Cornbread stuffing, cornbread stuffing
gravy too, gravy too
I'll be getting fatter,
but it doesn't matter.
So will you! So will you!

It was hilarious to see 24 four year olds point out at the parents to tell us all we were going to get fatter.

I also mentioned yesterday that I had an awesome gravy recipe, so I thought I would share it. I was never a gravy fan until my Mom made this one year with her turkey. So delicious! You will want to eat it all by itself. I may have said at one point I would bathe in it. The hubs think that is a super weird thing to say though, so we'll just pretend like I never mentioned that. ;)
Technically it is a recipe for Roasted Turkey and gravy as you need to put a few ingredients in with the turkey to flavor the drippings. I don't know where it came from originally, so maybe you have already seen it.
Roast Turkey With Gravy

I hope everyone has a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving, or Thursday as the case may be. :)

The Horn of Plenty Awesome

Both my parents and in-laws live close by so we are use to doing two dinners. Usually they are on different days to accommodate family members that drive down.
I have somehow made it to 29 years old without ever having to cook a turkey. That will all change this year! I am cooking up a 24 lb bird for my in-laws. I'm a bit terrified nervous. Thankfully, I have my Mom to ask lots of questions. I also have her awesome gravy recipe, that is another post though.
On to the point! For my side of the family, I was assigned a relish platter. I had also amazingly gone 29 years without ever hearing that term. Apparently I am the only one, because anyone I ask can tell me right away what it is. Like the cashier saw the platter I was buying at the grocery store and said "that would be great as a relish tray!"

Last Wednesday this Bread Cornucopia by Amy over at The Idea Room showed up in my Reader. Be still my heart, I fell in love! So this is going to be the center of my relish tray. I will have vegetables and whatnot spread around and some dip too.

My favorite part is that I can use the Pantry Secrets bread recipe to make it. If you haven't heard of Pantry Secrets before, it is bread you can make from start to finish in one hour. My previous attempts at homemade bread had been a flop up until Pantry Secrets came along. Here is their website: PantrySecrets.net. If you live the Phoenix Metro area, I know a great instructor, so I can hook you up with her if you are interested in taking the class.

Here is mine that I just pulled from the oven. I am so excited it turned out! I will take some pictures of the final tray on Thursday.

One last thing, if you want to make one of these but don't have a lot of time. I saw another one on the internet that used crescent rolls. So go for it! Happy Thanksgiving!

Matchbox Advent Calendars

This was a project I made last year in my pre-craft blog days. I just got them out of the closet for this year, and wanted to share. You still have some time to whip this little guys out. The tutorial came from Inspiring Creations

The concept is pretty simple, they are matchboxes covered in paper and glued together.
I had a craft night to make these last year and here was everyone's trees following the tutorial exactly.

I made a few more and changed it up a little bit.
Here is the finished product.
1. I wrapped two rows of matchboxes at a time. I like how you can see the pattern on the paper better, not to mention it was faster and I used about 1/2 the amount of paper.

2. Instead of painting wood knobs I used some mini ornaments from Hobby Lobby. Snip, snip, and suddenly those balls are knobs for the drawers. Getting creative with those knobs will save you a lot of painting time.

3. Waste not, want not. I took the leftover wire from the balls and wrapped it around a pencil. Then I glued one end of spiral to my star and the other to the base. I really like how the wire on the star makes it look more like a traditional tree topper.

I am contributing to two different Thanksgiving feasts this year, one Thursday and one on Saturday. So if I don't make it back this week then I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Design Dilemma and poll

I am having a little trouble making up my mind with some designs. Head on over to Facebook and let me know which Tree design you like better. I just might send someone a prize featuring the design to say thanks!
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New Link Party

I really love Link Parties. They are a great way to share your projects with the world and grow your blog. It is also a great way to find new blogs to follow. I know I get a lot of inspiration and great ideas from browsing through the projects at Link Parties.

My friend Kristyn over at Lil' Luna just started a brand new link party, called Linkin' with Lil' Luna. I do love some alliteration! Head on over and check it out. You can either link up a project or soak in all the great projects others have added.

lil luna link  party button

You can see a complete list of link parties I participate in on my side bar.

A call for ideas! Circus Party edition

I have professed my love for the Ikea As-Is section many times. In fact I try to avoid going there, because it is impossible not to spend money. The deals are too good to pass up. Today I went because I needed a shadow-box for an upcoming project and those little buggers are expensive. It's ridiculous if you ask me. I was lucky enough to score myself two small shadow boxes for $1.99 each. I think the regular price is $4.99.
That is not the purpose of this post though, so I will get to the loud sofa picture at the top of this post. I am throwing a joint birthday party for my kids right after the new year. I was thinking a circus/carnival theme would be fun and gender neutral. Today at IKEA I found that Sofa Cover, regular price $139.00 for $5. Five smackeroos, people! Not my choice for a couch, but look at all that material. How perfect for my circus party!

Now I need some suggestions for how to best utilize it. I bought two, because I just couldn't pass up the price. Depending on what I try to make, it could require some piecing. I haven't opened it up yet to see what size the biggest piece of solid material is.

What would you make? Table runners, and perhaps a photo backdrop have crossed my mind. Anything else? I would also love to hear any ideas you have in general for a circus party.

I will share one one mishap I had in Ikea today. I knocked a glass shelf on the ground today and shattered it into a million little pieces. Thankfully no one got cut, and at least I was in the As-Is section. The lady that got to clean it up was super nice about it, but I still felt like a big dummy.

One more spoil from our As-Is trip. An awesome flower beanie for $0.99. I totally bought it for her. I think it makes her look like a munchkin for Wizard of Oz or something!

Dollar Tree Santa Leggings

Friday afternoon I decided to take a break from the official 'to-do' list and experiment with an idea that has been kicking around my head for awhile. A week or two back I found these fur trimmed knee socks at the Dollar Tree. I forgot to take a before picture, but they look just like these ones.

I thought it would be awesome to take them and turn them into 'baby-legs' style stockings for my almost 3 year old. The idea was to snip off the foot and then have the fur trim at the ankle. Essentially she would be wearing them upside down.
Problem is that I don't think Ms Foxy would keep leg warmers on. If she can get it off, she likes to take it off. The solution needs to be leggings of some sort.

I hit the internet looking for bloomer or diaper cover tutorials. The best one I found was of course from Dana of MADE. She is my sewing hero.
Sorry I don't have pictures of the process. I had no idea if it was going to turn out or not.
Here is what I ended up doing:
1. Make Dana's Diaper cover as shown but do not make a casing and finish the legs. I used an old red t-shirt that was in my scrap pile for the diaper cover.
2. Cut the knee socks off at the ankle.
3. Pin the cut-end of the sock to the bloomer leg opening with the right sides together.
4. Using a zig-zag stitch, sew the sock to the bloomer leg stretching the sock to fit the size of the leg opening.
I thought I should add this disclaimer. I never intend on her wearing these without a dress or skirt of some type on top.

Here is the finished product:

Here it is paired with that Circle Skirt I made using another one of Dana's patterns. She is ready to rock it at a fun Christmas party, or join Santa on Christmas Eve delivering presents to all the good boys and girls!

If there is some interest, I can put together a step by step photo tutorial. Just let me know. It will give me an excuse to get her another pair of knee socks! :)

Amanda Anderson Design Winner!

The winner of the Customized Holiday Card from Amanda Anderson Design is Angela of Feelin Kinda Crafty. Congrats Angi!

While we are talking about Angi, I went browsing her blog and I just had to share one of her projects.
Check out this too cute caterpillar wall art.

She recreated a pottery barn piece for a reasonable price using Ikea frames and scrapbook paper.
Way to go Angi, I love it!

Busy as a Bee

First of all, the Amanda Anderson Design Holiday Card giveaway is HERE and ends tomorrow at midnight. Not too many entries yet, so get your entries in. Your chances are pretty good!

So many crafts, so little time! Sorry no new projects for awhile. I thought I would show you some of the things that have been keeping me busy.

Next week I am in charge of the craft at our Relief Society Super Saturday. We are making these Temple Blocks from Lil Luna.

I got an order for 25 of these Bunco necklaces.

I am doing some sewing for my sons preschool too. Four bags for 'show and tell' and their adventure animals.
I am also making 8 super hero capes for preschool. The kids have been using aprons for capes, so they decided it was time to get the real deal.
I am thinking something like this from Puking Pastilles. Superman is on the other side.

I've got some fun projects I want to get working on for the holidays, so I should be back with some projects after I get my 'work' done.

What fun projects are you working on? I'd love to see them!

We made the goal!

**Don't forget to enter the Amanda Anderson Design Holiday Card giveaway HERE and get 25 cards free when you order 75**

I wanted to share some fabulous news with everyone. My sister has hit her fund-raising goal of $2,300 for the Susan G Komen 3 Day Race for the Cure. Yay! She will be walking next weekend, so she made it just in time!
We both wanted to thank everyone that was able to donate or help spread the word. Just over $500 was raised through the washer accessories offer.

You guys rock! Thanks again everyone!

My Take Tuesday: Inside Out Caramel Apple

**Don't forget to enter the Amanda Anderson Design Holiday Card giveaway HERE and get 25 cards free when you order 75**

I don't remember where I saw it first, but as soon as I saw this Inside Out Caramel Apple at Random Thoughts of a Supermom, I knew I had to try it.

Caramel and peanuts baked inside an apple. Yummy!

Here is my attempt(via my cell phone camera):

It was delicious. Here is what I learned in the process.
  1. I used a Extra Large honeycrisp apple and it was HUGE. Consequently it took much longer to cook in the oven and I never got it as done as the original looked in the picture. I liked it still had some bite to it.
  2. Using such a large apple, I wanted to keep in as much of the flesh as possible. So my ratio of caramel and nuts to apple was much different than the original, but I really liked it still.
  3. I put a pat of margarine on my apple like the tutorial said and after it was cooked I ended up trying to blot it off with a napkin. Maybe if I had cooked it longer it would have soaked into the apple and not been greasy looking? Maybe I needed to use some real butter? Next time I will experiment more.
Would I recommend it to someone else? Absolutely! Will I make it again? Absolutely!

Once again, here is the original recipe: Inside Out Caramel Apple
If you experiment with the recipe, let me know. I'd love to hear what you did and how it turned out!

Amanda Anderson Design Giveaway & Sale

I am so lucky to have very talented friends. I feel especially lucky when my very talented friends want to share their talents with my readers! So today my friend Amanda, from Amanda Anderson Design is going to help you get your holiday cards taken care of! (Make sure you scroll all the way to the end to check out the awesome deal exclusive to Cute as a Fox readers)

With only 8 more weeks until Christmas, now is the time to start thinking about holiday
cards. Amanda just released her 2010 holiday collection and to promote it she wants to give one reader a custom holiday card{a $15 value}. She does all the work, and you just send it off to be printed through your favorite photo printer(Snapfish, Costco, CVS, or wherever you like)

Here are some of my favorites from this years collection:

Subway art is so in right now!

Love the traditional colors with the sophisticated and modern flair.

Turquoise and red is so on trend too! I know several of my friends that LOVE this color combo.

Want to win a customized card design? Here is what you need to do:
This first one is mandatory.
1. Go over to AA Design and pick your favorite design from the 2010 collection. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favorite design by name.
2. While you are over there, publicly follow the Amanda Anderson Design blog

Here is how you can get some extra entries.
1. Follow Cute as a Fox
2. Post about this giveaway(including a link) on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter (that's up to 3 extra entries!)
Please include your blog address, Twitter handle, or Facebook name for whichever one you choose.

Please leave me one comment and list how many entries you have and what they are.
Here's an example:
Ashley- 4 entries
My favorite design is "_____"
I follow AA Design
I follow Cute as a Fox
I tweeted about the giveaway. My twitter handle is CuteAsAFoxBlog

There will be only one winner, but I have some great news for everyone else! Amanda is offering a special just for Cute as a Fox readers... Order 75 single or double sided card stock cards and receive 25 free cards! {Must order by November 15th...just mention Cute as a Fox offer.}

The giveaway will be open until Monday, November 8, 2010 at midnight Arizona time. I will contact the winner by email, so make sure I can get a hold of you. Good luck everyone!!