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A Spring Birdhouse out of gingerbread!

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A Spring Birdhouse out of gingerbread!

Anytime is a good time for gingerbread!!  That’s my philosophy.  I know it’s summertime weather in many parts of the world, but in my part of Canada, it’s still just spring, and a lovely spring I’m happy to admit!  No weather complaints from me.  I had fun making this brightly colored little birdhouse to celebrate the (finally!) coming of spring.  (see this gingerbread house for more details about the making of the house)
Gingerbread Birdhouse by dennasideas.com - Page 004I don’t mind giving out a lot of my recipes, but I’m afraid our gingerbread recipe is a family secret!  You know, just in case someday I start a fabulous gingerbread company…. 😉Gingerbread Birdhouse by dennasideas.com - Page 002

The ribbons on the roof aren’t my original idea, I saw some lovely houses here with that idea and just loved it!Gingerbread Birdhouse by dennasideas.com - Page 002

“Ain’t it just precious sickening?”   The sun on the back of the house turned out nicer I think….

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And one more pic….

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Last minute ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

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pull out all your sprinkles!

It’s almost Spring!!  Pull out some rainbows and bright green clover!  Here are a few last minute ideas to do today.  As I’m working on these photos, I’m listening to a dramatization of the life of St. Patrick here (link only good for this week! Or you can buy the 2 episodes about St. Patrick here, so worth it!)  Celebrating a man with a Heart Afire, a slave boy who changed an entire nation!

To do a bit of fun decorating/eating, I just pulled out some things I had around here, green jello, green tea, green towel, mixed up a batch of lemon buttermilk pound cake and tinted it green,  we’ll eat some “Irish” food, Irish soda bread and a few treats (chocolates!) while we listen to the story of St. Patrick.  Check out my other St. Paddy’s Day posts! 😉

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make some green cake….

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I found a 5 leaf clover pressed in my cookbook yesterday!!!! funny….

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hang a green kitchen towel

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a green box of Belgian chocolates, available at Costco right now.

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FAIR TRADE chocolates! yay Costco.

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whip up some green jello (jello fruit salad?)

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pull out the green scrapbook paper (mostly from Christmas), punch a few hearts and make them into shamrocks…

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brew some fruity minty flavored tea….

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how about some green tea iced tea? (add a few drops of green food coloring!) I think I’ll go for the mint….

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some green lemon/lime pound cake….using my new mini bundts!

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gotta love that green cake batter!!

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green mini bundt cake molds

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green mini bundt cakes for St. Patrick’s Day, add a little rainbow and a chocolate coin!

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quickly decorate the mini green bundt cake with some white candy melts, rainbow sprinkles and shamrock sprinkles (and a chocolate coin!)

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I love to look at another sign of spring, the kids’ snow pea seedlings!

So, here’s wishing the top o’ the morning to ya!  I’ll leave you with an old Irish blessing:  “May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.  And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.”

Simple Thanksgiving table setting

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It’s very hard for me to do anything simple and modern looking.  It just is.  I love to look at trendy simple things: clothes, home decor, scrapbooking pages, patterns….anything.  And I love it.  But when it comes right down to it, it’s impossible for me to duplicate that look in anything I touch.  It starts out simple, but very soon another element creeps in, an extra detail here or there, some brighter color sneaks in….and soon whatever I’m working on is full right up with all sorts of visual junk!  Yes, I am a messy person, and it usual shows up even in my “designing” (art, decorating, crafting,  junk making, whatever you want to call it).  It’s hard to stop myself.  I know, I know,  I’ve heard: Art is knowing when to stop.  And I agree.  And I guess that’s where the line between crafty and artist is drawn.  All this to say, I felt rather proud of myself for creating (in my mind) a simple modern-looking Thanksgiving table setting this year.  It was excruciatingly hard to hold back and not add more and more, but I forced myself and getting some new simple dishes from Ikea helped (and a time crunch helped, too).

Last year’s Thanksgiving table here was more like what I usually do.  This year I tried a new color scheme, and I must say I liked it.  I just loved the bright colors (that is normal for me) what wasn’t normal was the more simple decorations.simple modern Thanksgiving table setting by dennasideas.com - Page 008A plain white cake stand, a dried gourd (from Guatemala), a couple of small pumpkins and pomegranates, a few candles, a bunch of purplish carnations and a few green flowers.  Yes, it did involve a shopping trip to IKEA for a few things: new blue dishes, a couple of blue candles, purple table runner, purple juice jug and purple serviettes.  I had lots of orange things already in my stash 🙂  simple modern Thanksgiving table setting by dennasideas.com - Page 007No time for place-cards this year, just a few plain wooden leaves from Walmart.  I did print out some Thanksgiving things on kraft paper, but we didn’t really use them…..they were to make a thankful paper chain.  We were thankful without the craft.  The rest of the photos were taken under the dining room lighting so the color looks kind of weird….simple modern Thanksgiving table setting by dennasideas.com - Page 006 simple modern Thanksgiving table setting by dennasideas.com - Page 003I quickly crammed all the flowers into an orange bowl (and left the other non-color-coordinated flowers in the kitchen).simple modern Thanksgiving table setting by dennasideas.com - Page 002simple but pretty, I thought.  And yes, that is an old fashioned jello mold!simple modern Thanksgiving table setting by dennasideas.com - Page 004For that old fashioned, traditional touch.  I enjoyed it, even if few others did!  I had made one awhile ago, from an old recipe, then totally lost the recipe!!  So this was kinda made from my memory: grated carrot, crushed pineapple, orange gelatin (jello), and a cup of plain yogurt.  Does anyone have a recipe like that?  It would be nice to have the exact amounts!simple modern Thanksgiving table setting by dennasideas.com - Page 001My daughter the turkey, I mean, my daughter cooked the turkey this year!  She did a good job, though we had a few nervous moments 😉

There was a kids’ table this year, with a few Snoopy treats…very simple (not like the other Peanuts kids’ table)Thanksgiving snack foods by dennasideas.com - Page 016When the younger kids couldn’t take the wait for supper, we gave them a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving meal.  It’s what Charlie Brown and Snoopy served in the classic cartoon: buttered toast, pretzels, popcorn and jelly beans!  (It’s starting to be a tradition!)Thanksgiving snack foods by dennasideas.com - Page 015Another food that is now a Thanksgiving tradition around here is Guatemalan enchiladas!  I think this was the day after Thanksgiving, though traditionally they are served on Nov. 1st in Guate.  (It was a short weekend with family, so we had to cram a lot of food into it)Thanksgiving snack foods by dennasideas.com - Page 018 Thanksgiving snack foods by dennasideas.com - Page 017Mmmmm good!!  I’ll have to post the recipe someday…. 🙂   And so that was our little Canadian, American, Guatemalan Thanksgiving!!

 

Winter Olympics Cookies with M&Ms and my fav Olympic events

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Winter Olympics Cookies with M&Ms and my fav Olympic events

We have been enjoying watching some of the events in the Winter Olympics in Sochi!  Ahhh, the Olympics….such a colorful event.  This year there is definitely a lot of extra fodder for conversation around the supper table.  I guess these Olympics just highlight what we are capable of as humans….the best and the worst, the agony and the ecstasy, the good the bad and the ugly.  Obviously I’m not just referring to the sports themselves…

Well that’s enough deep thinking and introspection for a Monday morning, now let’s think about cookies.  I just downed a few bites of these Olympic Rings cookies with a cup of tea.  Nice.  Nice and chocolaty.  Now Let me introduce you to one of my favorite sports: decorating sweet things with other sugary sweet things to make an edible artwork of colorful awesomeness.  This easy-to-make cookie will thrill your Olympic fans.  The triple chocolate effect comes from a great chocolate roll-out cookie dough recipe, Nutella and M&Ms.  A perfect combination.

Here is a breakdown of my easy, do-able sports event:

Search for some M&M’s, the mini kind, sometimes labeled as baking M&Ms. Usually found in the scoop and weigh area of the grocery or candy store, if not already stashed away in your pantry.  You will cringe at the price, but the mini size is important.how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comNext, mix up a batch of LilaLoa’s The End All for Chocolate Cookies recipe, (even the name is yummy).  And lastly, grab your ever-ready jar of Nutella or other similar chocolaty hazelnutty spread.  Ok, truth be told, even chocolate icing would work perfectly fine.

Here’s where the Olympic part comes in:  The idea is to frost a cookie with chocolate, then add candies to decorate, candies in the shape of the Olympic rings.  This might seem easier said than done, so I’ve made a little tutorial on how to almost painlessly accomplish this feat of sporting awesomeness.  (Yes, these are the Olympic events that I would enter in a perfect sporting world….the Sugar Sports: chocolate-eating contests, dough mixing, and the 10-minute cookie-decorating-athalon)

First let’s make a pattern to follow.  Draw those Olympic Rings!!  I traced the smallest juice glass I could find.how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comGet your dough ready so it can bake while you outline.  Roll out the dough and cut in into a rectangle that will fit your pattern.  I cut around a rectangle paper pattern (actually made after I did the rings) with a pizza cutter.  This chunky mama cookie measured in at 8 1/2 by 5 inches (21 1/2 by 12 1/2 cm)!how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comLet the dough bake for about 8 to 10 minutes (you want a slightly harder cookie so it doesn’t collapse under the weight of all the sweetness!) while you sit and outline the rings in M&Ms.  (but don’t forget to check on the cookie at about 7 minutes!)how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comTip:  this is important to remember, do the colors backwards!  We are going to transfer this onto the cookie, so flip the way the colors are supposed to be.  I actually did them from right to left, so I wouldn’t confuse myself too much.  And if you are picky about the end result, make sure the side of the M&Ms with the M is facing up!!!   Oh, I also lined my pattern with wax paper so the M&Ms wouldn’t be touching the marker strokes.  Here’s a photo to copy from (THE COLORS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FLIPPED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE!  so just copy this:)how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comIt didn’t take very long, honestly….well, kind of depends how many handfuls of orange M&Ms you keep throwing into your mouth while you work….. now check that cookie in the oven!!  When the cookie is totally cooled, spread it with a uniform layer of chocolate….(Nutella!)how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comReady?  Set…..how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.com

Go!  Flip!  This is the trickiest part….flip the cookie chocolate-spread-side down and hold over the M&M design, then quickly but lightly set it onto the M&Ms…how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comMove it just slightly, hopefully to pick up all the candies.  Hold your breathe and…..lift straight up!!!  Now one last flip!!!!how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comWhew, that was a nerve wracking moment!  And she did it with only one M&M deduction!!!  An almost perfect score!!  Yay me!  (my other designs had more M&M deductions, but they were easy to pick up and place onto the cookie).

Such a proud Olympic moment:how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comAnd an even prouder Winter Olympic moment:how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comCoconut snow!  We are surrounded by snow today, snow and Olympic events, and now also by M&M cookies (which are disappearing way faster than the snow).  Oh yeah, so what are my favorite Olympic events (other than chocolate events)?  The pairs ice skating of course!!  I just love watching the routines they come up with, the innovation, reviewing everyone’s costume, the grace and quick thinking and skating…..and especially eating cookies while I watch all that exercise!  Yay ice skating!!

(ahhg, why is my head buzzing?)

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Narnia movie night

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Narnia movie night

Time for a family movie night!  We just had to get around to watching the Narnia movies sometime during our Narnian Christmas theme.  Yes, it did start out as a November Narnia theme during the C.S. Lewis memorial week, but now it has transformed into a Narnian Christmas!  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in the series, but the first movie (Disney version) that has come out in recent years, so we started with that one.  I wanted the kids to enter into the land of Narnia to watch the movie.  I’ve been thinking about this theme for awhile, and about ideas to do, so have been gathering a few props.  But in the end, I had to throw this movie night together quickly because there happened to be a free, non-school-night that would work.

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What images pop into your mind when you think of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe?  I guess those three things would be the first obvious ones, the Lion Aslan, the wardrobe full of fur coats which leads into Narnia, and the White Witch who has made it always winter and never Christmas in Narnia.  And if you thought of something to eat…would it be the Turkish delight that tempts Edmund into betraying his siblings to the witch?  How about that famous symbol, the lighted lamp post, where Lucy first meets the Faun, Mr. Tumnus, in the middle of a wintry wood.The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie night

It wasn’t too hard to find some of these things and to quickly decorate my room for movie night.  I love the idea of the warm fur coats that the kids push through to get into the back of the wardrobe, and later borrow to wear in the wintry Narnia.  Of course I dreamed of making wardrobe doors that would open up and lead into Narnia (I was just going to make them out of large cardboard boxes) but (also of course) I didn’t have time to make all of my ideas.  So I passed on the wardrobe and just focused on pushing through the fur coats to get into the land beyond.  No fur coats around here, so I used my faux-fur throw (the dark brown color was perfect).  Here’s the simple how-to:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightGet a fur blanket and a tension rod, install the rod in the door frame and drape the blanket over it, that’s all!The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightThis is what the inside of the door looked like.  The blanket was too heavy to cover the whole door, which would have been cool, but I didn’t have safety pins to pin it, and clothespins didn’t work, so just draped it hanging as long as I could.  It gave the right effect, when each kid pushed past the fur “robe” and slipped into Narnia….The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightTo create an instant and easy forest did require one purchase.  I found this canvas picture of an evergreen tree at IKEA.  When I first saw them advertised, I thought that they were kind of strange, especially when I saw that ornaments were pinned on, as if it was a Christmas tree, but now I totally changed my mind and love my canvas tree picture!  I scored this one in the As-is section for half-off, but here in Canada the regular price is about $14.50.  It looked really big in my room, and only took 5 minutes to tack up on the wall, right along the edge of the ceiling, though it does have a sleeve at the top to run a rope or curtain rod through…The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightIt really gives the feel of being in a winter forest, though there isn’t actually snow in the picture.  And in the process of setting up movie night, I found out that the tree glows in the dark!!  How fun is that?  Especially where the lamp post shines on it…The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightWhich brings us to the all-important lamp post (lamppost? lamp-post? I don’t know how to spell it…) which I wasn’t going to do without.  Another IKEA hack!!  I have a small Ikea lamp that cost about $7, it uses smaller round bulbs, so I just pulled off the shade and made a lantern-like top out of black cardstock (heavier than paper, lighter than card).  Since I was rushed, I didn’t spend much time on it, and the post at the top is proportionally way too big, but “la idea es esa” you get the idea.  I won’t leave the lamp post turned on for long, for fear it will burst into flame.  It would probably be great with a night-light bulb in it, but oh well.  The top is just a square of cardstock, creased cross-ways and basically just setting on, with 2 dots of glue.  There are 4 kinda rectangle shapes glued to a paper circle at the bottom, just to give the illusion that it’s wider and solid at the bottom.  And that was it, but kinda cute!The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightIt’s not at all sturdy, but fine for just a display.  I’m sure there would be ways for making it last longer…oops, I forgot to take a before shot of the lamp….The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightI draped a white sheet over the little bookcase (for snow) and set out a few things…. (hey, right when I typed that sentence out about snow, I remembered that I was going to throw white tissue paper on the floor, so that when you stepped “through the wardrobe” you would “crunch” on the snow!!!  What a bummer I forgot!!  That would have been super easy but really cool).

The craft store (Michaels) had a great plastic lion (used a 40% off coupon!) for Aslan, I really like the expression on his face.  We had Susan and her horn from a McDonald’s meal from a long time ago….The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightAnd of course, a box of Turkish delight! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie night Didn’t have time to try making our own Turkish delight from this recipe from SprinkleBakes that I want to try, and I think (the adults) we were kinda tired of the real stuff anyways, so Henry picked up some of my favorite chocolates….The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightyummy! That went over well!  So the rest of the “decorations” were easy, just lots of comfy pillows, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightand a small white tree with white lights…The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightI had wanted to make chocolate beaver lodges for dessert, but just let it go for another time… We all piled together and got comfy, ate pizza and our Turkish delight for dessert, and enjoyed the Narnia movie!  Happy to report that a fun time was had by all.  It helps to have heaps of snow outside in the freezing weather and early darkness to make you feel reallllly cozy!  Hope this helps with some ideas for a family movie night for your family!The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie nightThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Chronicles of Narnia movie night by dennasideas.com #Narnia #DIY Narnia party #family movie night

The Magician’s Nephew, DIY Narnia theme

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And back to Narnia!  We’ve been up to some more DIY (do it yourself) Narnia theme stuff.  I’m still here with the Magician’s Nephew.  I wanted to include a photo of the book cover from the books that I grew up reading, since they seem a little rare.  These ones were published in 1983 and were new when we were given a boxed set of the 7 books.  I remember that I wasn’t allowed to read them right away, I had to wait till I was older (10, I think) and I used to gaze in longing at the box…which looked like this:

The illustrations for the covers and box were by Stephen Lavis.  Here’s the cover of the first book, and this is how I will always think of it.  I loved these illustrations, and like that each book had one of the symbols from that story on the front cover.  This one has the apple…DIY Narnia theme, C.S. Lewis quote from The Magician's Nephew by dennasideas.comAnd about that apple…..I made some (totally awesome) caramel apples for one of our Narnia treats.  For the special apple that Digory picked, I used some edible silver spray paint to make it shine.  That caramel was so so very good, I feel like being greedy and not sharing the recipe for it, but that doesn’t seem quite right….so you can find it here.  If you really want.  But you might not want to because it’s really full of calories and sugar and all that stuff.  But just in case you really want to, I will share.  Oh wait, I can’t find the link, too bad.  If you reallllly want it, beg and I’ll look for the recipe!! 😉Caramel apple for Narnia theme, the Magician's Nephew by dennasideas.comHere’s the apple and a quote from the end of the book after he gets the apple and takes it home….DIY Narnia theme, C.S. Lewis quote from The Magician's Nephew by dennasideas.comAnd now for some DIY ideas from our display.  Start with some empty bottles…DIY Narnia theme, The Magician's Nephew by dennasideas.comThis the quote that I wanted to portray in this part of the display in our living room…DIY Narnia theme, C.S. Lewis quote from The Magician's Nephew by dennasideas.comWe had the bottles, now for the candles.  All candles now-a-days seem to be dripless.  So these ones needed some help.  Now, I’ve always been careful about letting my kids play with fire, but I figured they are quite old enough now, and when I remember all the fun stuff Henry and I did playing with fire when we were kids….(we did live in cement houses), it seemed like a good time….DIY Narnia theme, The Magician's Nephew by dennasideas.comUsing other candles, we dripped wax down the sides of candles in bottles.  Then we melted crayons to add some different colors.  Then we lit crayons as torches.  I heard that one crayon can burn for 30 minutes.  You never know when that fact might come in handy.DIY Narnia theme, The Magician's Nephew by dennasideas.comAnd then parts of supper (garbanzo beans) were roasted over the candles…DIY Narnia theme, The Magician's Nephew by dennasideas.comIt was all fun, and made a great ambiance for our supper, and later, a perfect Narnia display.  Oh, here’s something that didn’t make it into the display though I really wanted one…a guinea pig!DIY Narnia theme, C.S. Lewis quote from The Magician's Nephew by dennasideas.comI came up with another fun display or diorama thing, with Fledge the winged horse and Digory when he’s in the walled garden.  If you look closely you can see the witch hiding behind the tree with an apple in her hand, and the sleepy-looking bird in the tree.  The cutouts look really cool in the bonsai tree, but the coolness doesn’t show up the in the photos!  The lighting is so terrible today, a grey cold winter day…so photographing the tree felt impossible….these are the best photos I could get…
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Last minute Thanksgiving ideas

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Last minute Thanksgiving ideas

Happy Thanksgiving to our American family and friends!  It’s always great to celebrate and give God thanks for all His blessings!

There were a couple of extra Thanksgiving ideas that I forgot to add to my Canadian Thanksgiving post so I thought I’d quickly share them here.  I’m always doing things last minute and I’m wondering if anyone else does it too….so here are some free printables and ideas for some last minute Thanksgiving decor! Last minute Thanksgiving ideas by dennasideas.com

These lovely printable pages are from Hope Ink, and I printed them off on kraft colored cardstock.  Here is the cozy house coloring page  and the cute turkey coloring page.  Perfect for Thanksgiving!  I used them for decorating my piano, and then forgot to let the kids color them!  Last minute Thanksgiving ideas by dennasideas.comThey would look great colored in with those really nice colored pencils (Prismacolor I think?)

I found another great printable at The Creativity Exchange for a child’s chalkboard place-mat.  This is such a fun idea, to have a black area that can be used as a chalkboard.  I printed out the regular-paper sized one, also on kraft cardstock, so the plate is oval shaped, but if you print out the larger size the plate is round.  My printer’s out of colored ink, so the color you see here isn’t what would print out on your printer! 🙂  Here’s our Menu for today:Last minute Thanksgiving ideas by dennasideas.com Last minute Thanksgiving ideas by dennasideas.comIt would make a great place setting with your guest’s name written on it in chalk….or just a fun place-mat for the kids to write on!

Oh yes, there’s also the printable that I came up with for my living room frame…you can find the link here.Thanksgiving printable by dennasideas.com, easy Fall Decor ideas from denna's ideas!

Some more last minute Thanksgiving decor ideas….use fruit.  Wooden fruit, plastic fruit or real fruit.  I was looking through some old Thanksgiving photos and noticed that that is what I tend to do.  Especially grapes.  Grapes appear adorning a naked turkey (in the family photo), and around jello salad and on plates, cake stands, everywhere!  So that’s my big advice.  Have some grapes on hand, and maybe a few other fruits.  Just in case.  You never know.Last minute Thanksgiving ideas by dennasideas.com Last minute Thanksgiving ideas by dennasideas.comAnd if you are really running last minute and the turkey isn’t thawed and the pies aren’t baked….Last minute Thanksgiving ideas by dennasideas.comYou can always do what Charlie Brown did……serve them buttered toast, popcorn, jelly beans and pretzels!!!  Charlie Brown Thanksgiving meal by dennasideas.com🙂 The idea is to be together and to be grateful.  The rest is all “dressing”!!Last minute Thanksgiving ideas by dennasideas.com