November 23, 2011

Thanksgivingy Things

I didn't plan on making cut-out cookies for Thanksgiving but my Mom gave us some Thanksgiving themed cookie cutters and a certain 3 year old insisted on making cookies with them. Just cutting shapes with her play-doh wasn't good enough. So, I dug out the sugar cookie recipe I printed off last year along with the perfect icing recipe I found last year and we whipped up a batch of each. I highly recommend these recipes, they are my holiday staples from now on-

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookie Icing

For this batch, I divided the cookie recipe in half, it still made a lot! And then I made one batch of the icing and it only iced about half the cookies. so, that would mean for a whole batch of cookies you would need to...(using my mental calculator)...quadruple the icing recipe...right?

The icing dries hard & shiny just like the recipe said. In fact, it dries so shiny and so quickly that by the time some of the cookies were sprinkled upon, the sprinkles didn't even stick.

Here's my little helper sprinkling-

And those are turkeys, pumpkins and leaves in case you can't tell. We will be taking this batch over the river and through the woods to Granny's house tomorrow.

Here's another Thanksgiving thing we made today, pumpkin pie shakes!

Got the original inspiration here, but that one was just a bit too 'healthy' sounding for me. Not really in the mood for spinach & carrots in my pie smoothie. So then I found this recipe, I made a smaller batch and changed a couple things. I really just threw it all in the blender, but they turned out so good I wish I'd paid more attention to the amounts. My estimation recipe-

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

1 cup pumpkin puree (mine was frozen)
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup skim milk
2 T non-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 t cinnamon
5-6 almonds
2-3 T real maple syrup

These were delicious and tasted just like pumpkin pie! Actually, I think they were better. I love the flavor of pumpkin pie but the custardy texture just isn't my thing.

And I'll leave you with a couple turkey pics. We have wild turkeys that come around every once in a while. They are lots of fun to watch. If they come close to the house, the kids like to go out on the deck and scare them, they look so goofy when they run away. They seriously look prehistoric.

Next turkey is my daughter's library story time craft creation. He doesn't look too happy and his eyes are a little shifty. Wonder what he's so nervous about?!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

1 comment:

Dagni said...

I love the photo of the turkeys and the artsy turkey is adorable!