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thankful

this past week was thanksgiving. it has been a full, busy week. my husband works for a magazine in memphis, and they were in their busy time, but my family was in from out of town, so it kinda made everything better and easier. the cousins got to play together and everyone knows that my mom’s cookin is the best! 

last thanksgiving, we began the tradition of the thankful tree. about 2 weeks before halloween, my oldest started asking about the thankful tree and if we were going to do it again. that made me so happy and i hope to do this every year. usually we write down whatever it is the boys say, which makes it pretty fun to read through, because you have things like “hawks” and “the elmo basket” and “medicine”. ha! all i did was find some sticks that looked good together, cut out leaves and punched holes in them (from scrapbook paper), and gathered lots of little pumpkins for my vase. then, each night, we all took a turn saying what we were thankful for. i think daddy won the prize of people being thankful for him the most. i know i am!!

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i also got to help out at the boys school with their thanksgiving party. this party is so cute because they sing a few songs and dress up like pilgrims and indians. i was in charge of pumpkins, the thankful tree, and a take home treat. i ended up making these cornucopias for all the kids (tutorial coming up next!). then, i found some printables that said “gobble till you wobble” which i thought was hilarious.  Image

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the table scape for the party. we had popcorn, pilgrim’s hats with apples in them, chex mix, pumpkin muffins, donut hole acorns, cheese cubes, and cute little orange water that looked like pumpkins.Image

one mom made this paper bag turkey that was so fun, then we used our thankful tree and various pumpkins.Image

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2012 has definitely had it’s moments, but i couldn’t be more thankful for these three amazing kids and their amazing husband. life is good.

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tutorial :: homemade apple sauce

well, apple season has come and it seems that it will stick around for awhile! i LOVE fall and everything about fall (if you haven’t noticed from the previous posts). this year, i’ve been able to get half bushels of apples and i’ve really enjoyed figuring out what to do with them. my boys absolutely love them, my husband loves them, and i love apple sauce. and it is SO easy.

1. peel, core, and slice about 16 apples

2. put them in a bowl of water so they don’t get soft and turn brown while you’re finishing peeling the apples

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3. go take a pic of a couple of cuties

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4. put all the apples in a pot or saucepan.

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5. add 1/2 cup water, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 2 tbls. brown sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla.

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6. sauté until the apples are soft and it smells delicious.

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7. put everything in a blender or food processor and blend until you reach the consistency that you like.

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8. ENJOY! i really love it warmed up with granola in it. it’s SO good!!Image

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i think i’ve blogged a lot about fall, but what is not to love about this wonderful season?! i mean, scarves, pumpkin spice lattes, cardigans, boots, flats, the list goes on and on. we have definitely had some good fall moments around our house. here’s a few things i love around our house that i hope to help my kids remember every year. it’s kind of fall traditions. are you traditional? or do you change things up every year?

homemade apple sauce: tutorial coming soon 🙂

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scarecrow mix: peanuts, candy corn, and pretzels. i let my kids eat as much of this as they want.

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fall centerpieces filled with pumpkins and gourds

things i love

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