Last-Minute Thanksgiving Gift

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving GiftI love to give small gifts to enhance my friends’ holidays. Last year I brought my friends orange butter on Thanksgiving morning. While flavored butter sounds so random, I think it’s a great gift for a few reasons. First, it complements the customary rolls everyone serves at their Thanksgiving feast; second, it’s small so it won’t crowd the table; and third, if they decide not to use it for their dinner, it’s great on breakfast toast. All in all, it’s a small gift to let them know I’m thankful for their friendship!

If you need a last-minute Thanksgiving gift for a neighbor, hostess or teacher, how about delivering some homemade honey butter! To help you out, here’s your short cut: a label. Mix together some honey butter, scoop it into a small serving bowl or glass jar, label and deliver.

After you’ve downloaded the labels, print the file on sticker paper. I used a 2.5” hole punch to cut out my label, yet scissors will work just as well. Ensure your jar is clean and dry, then adhere the label. If you don’t have sticker paper, simply print on what paper you have on hand, cut out label, punch a small hole on the top and tie onto the jar. Just as cute!

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Gift - Honey ButterOne more note, I was feeling in a rush, so rather than searching for the perfect coordinating ribbon, I used some fabric scraps I had laying out. I think I actually like it more!

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Things to Make – Teepees and Headbands

teepees Lately the girls have been asking a lot of questions about Native Americans, so I bought them a few books on the subject (click here for the post).

One of our favorites has been More Than Moccasins: A Kid's Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life (A Kid's Guide series), which is really a great craft book. F's taken to browsing through it in the afternoons and picking out various art/craft projects she wants to try (why do kids always manage to gravitate towards the most complex projects?). So far, we've managed to make teepees and headbands, both of which are incredibly easy (and fun).

To make teepees:

1. Use a bowl to trace a large circle

2. Cut the circle in half

3. Role the half-circle into a cone and tape the ends together (cut out a door or fold back the paper's flaps to make a door)

4. Paint or color your teepee 

While crafting, we talked about how the Plains Indians used teepees as portable homes when they hunted buffalo. Our family eats a lot of buffalo, so the girls were excited to learn they had this in common with the Indians. Though P kept asking why daddy didn't kill our buffalo himself. And, of course, we also made paper dolls to live in the teepees, so this project lasted all afternoon. Not surprisingly, one of the first craft projects that F chose was to make a headband (F's already large headband collection continues to grow and grow).

To make headbands:

1. Cut out a long strip of paper (you may need to staple two together) and fit it to your child's head

2. Paint or color the headband, you can also cut out and add other ornaments to the headband (F wanted a feather)headband

Post by Darcy :

Truck Table

If you ask my son, "What do you want to do today?" you will get the same answer every single day. "Pway Twucks". So in order to have even more truck playing time in my life, I made him a truck table for his birthday. I actually started out looking to buy one but they were all so bulky and expensive… DIY to the rescue.

Here is how the truck table magic happened:

I started with a cheap coffee table from Walmart. First step is to prep the table top. I did most of this but I had my husband pose for the pictures. The man can build anything but can't take a picture to save his life.


Tips for the table prep:

– Don't attach the legs

- Brush off the extra dust after sanding

– Make sure the tape goes all the way to the edge

– Apply 2-3 thin coats of primer and let that dry overnight

Now you want to tape off your "roads". Just get creative. I measured two matchbox cars side by side and figured 3" could be a good width for the cars to pass each other. So all of my roads are 3" wide. Use painters tape to cover where the roads will be. I made a big square for the parking lot.


I painted green for the grass and added a lake in the corner.



Remove the tape…



Paint your roads in with black paint.


For the street lines, I used white vinyl and cut it into tiny strips.


Cover the whole table with a clear coat.


My favorite part is the drawer that I thought of  :) Pretty much just an "L" shaped rail that we screwed to the bottom of the table. Make sure to get a tupperware with a lip so it can slide in and out.




I would say it was a successful bday present! I knew about sports but no one warned me when I had boys I would play trucks every day :) But I am ok with it.


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