Thanksgiving at our home

sunflower for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at our home comes at different times every year. Multiple families, college kids (adopted and blood), blended families, and now two in the medical field….we find ourselves taking polls on what days are good for everyone. Although traditionally Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday of November every year, we have our own traditions at the holidays. Thanksgiving at our home is this Sunday, I agree we often believe the day has changed so much we forget that everyone else is not on the same calendar as us! This year we will entertain only 15-20 but we have been known to have well over 30 at times. I look forward to seeing everyone and spending family time…we will miss a few- My Dad (aka Papa) would come early with his digital thermometer in his pocket and check on the bird throughout the day. He bought me one but somehow it is always left ON and the battery is dead…guess I better check that today. The kids fight over who has to “roll the dates” and who has to peel the potatoes…fight over meaning avoid it at all cost, …somehow needing to take a shower of find something in their rooms, looks like it’s you this year Danielle (aka daughter) unless you can bribe Paige (aka niece that attends college in Chicago/4th child). This year though I am excited to have Jean (aka my favorite sister…well only sister lol) here, she moved from California this past May to be closer to the family and my mom. I think we will make her “roll the dates”…my brother will keep the tradition of  my Grandmommy and Papa and bring the Chianti and cream soda like he always does. But as I said in the beginning, not everyone will be able to attend…my two boys (aka TJ and Nick) will be working and care-giving for others, Caitlin (aka niece/Jean’s daughter) and Chad will be in Texas, Jon (aka Dee’s boyfriend) will be working, Sydney (aka TJ’s girlfriend) went home to Texas for the week and many of our family will celebrate in Arizona, Germany or California on Thursday. In mind and heart we will all be together what every day it is- Thanksgiving at our home holds special memories regardless of what day and whom attends….what are some of your memories and traditions? I guess I better get to the the store and buy the turkeys soon!

a little bit of CUPCAKE going on…

Great idea to have a Cupcake Bar at your next Mitzvah or Wedding….It will surely create interaction for your guests allowing them to choose their cake, filling and even frosting. I love this idea instead of just having the cupcakes already done up. Who doesn’t like to decorate cupcakes and then eat their creation? They even have a Sprinkle option for you to go wild with little bits of funfetti!
Here is a sample of Cupcake Bar sign I recently designed for Chef Paul Catering in Gurnee, IL. and the guest of honor Spencer!

Food Frenzy Friday

This one is for my daughter (who is 23) but LOVES sprinkles on anything or just right out of the container!

Cake Batter Rice Krispies Recipe
(From How Sweet Eats)

3 Tbsp. butter
1 (10 oz.) bag of mini-marshmallows
1/4 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared into a batter!)
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 (1.75 oz.) container of sprinkles

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in (dry) cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. I find spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them.

Ali’s Tip:
I actually increased the cake batter to 1/3 cup for my recipe to give it a little extra cake batter kick (the 1/4 cup seemed just a little too subtle to me), but add as much in as you like!

***Note: Many readers have asked what to do with the remaining cake mix. If you would like to use it to whip up a batch of cake mix cookies, just measure out 6 oz. of the remaining cake mix, and combine it with 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil, and 1 egg. Stir until mixed. Then form into cookie dough balls, and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.