Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello dear ones! I hope you’re gearing up for a lovely holiday :). And if you’re not stateside then I pray you will still enjoy a spirit of thankfulness. Last year, I had the privilege of cooking most everything on my own for Thanksgiving. It was fun but this year it’ll be nice to relax and eat my Mom in law’s food. So far it looks like my father in law will be coming home for Thanksgiving. Keep praying. Lord willing, then that’ll be a great reason to celebrate thankfulness. I nearly promised you Thanksgiving videos so here they are :). Recipes if you scroll down 😉

A Dover Thanksgiving
~ here is our amateur play. We found the script online. It’s on my  fall Pinterest. This is the same one we did with Mom the other year. The bloopers from that one were the best. Sorry I can’t show them ;).

Chris- the narrator and Massasoit

Amber- all the Pilgrims

Michael- Squanto and the other Native Americans

Michael reading Thanksgiving poems

We did not write these. I can’t remember where we found them. We had them last year too.

Water Gate Salad Recipe

This is one of my favorite desserts that my Mom taught me. Don’t let the greenness fool you. Even Michael agrees that this dessert tastes awesome despite it’s color. When I was a kid I wouldn’t try it because it was green. One day someone dared me to taste it and then it became my favorite dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bowl of cool whip
  • 1 package of instant pistachio pudding
    mix 3 oz
  • 1 can med crushed pineapple (not drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (we use pecans)
  • optional: whole red maraschino cherries (cut in half and drain juice)

Directions:

  1. Mix cool whip and dry pudding mix
  2. stir well
  3. add pineapples
  4. add marshmallows
  5. add nuts
  6. mix (add cherries for Christmas usually. I like them every time though)
  7. cool in fridge for 2 hours

Green Bean Casserole

This is usually what I take to family dinners but it’s great for an at home meal too.

Ingredients:

Double recipe if having a big Thanksgiving. I always have to.

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 10 3/4 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • Two 14.5 oz cans of cut green beans
  • 1 1/3 cups french fried onions

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In 1 1/2 qt. casserole, mix all ingredients except 2/3 cup french fried onions
  3. Bake 30 minutes
  4. Stir
  5. Top with 2/3 cup onions
  6. Bake 5 minutes or until onions are golden.

I plan on taking the week and some of next week off. I’ve got a lot of writing to do.  So here are some pics of our week. Michael only had two days of school. It’ll be nice to vacation.

We did some Angry Bird Math.

Printables on math section of my Pinterest.

I made this sorting game, using Angry Bird candy.

Angry Bird Fractions and Michael’s chapter book “Peanut Butter Pilgrims”.

We learned a bit about manners with this book and we made a pumpkin pie spinner that shows what Michael’s thankful for.

We made these thankful turkeys into thank you cards to give out at Thanksgiving. Chris and I made some too.

Money Games- how many to make a dollar and how many to make a quarter

Michael finished his big thankful turkey

And we started putting up Christmas decorations. I wanted the house to be ready when we got back. I’m hearing Christmas music everywhere so I’m ready for the transition!

Christmas magnets on the fridge (Nativity and snow people)

The kitchen is done…

Time to light up the Carousel

Michael’s bedroom is ready

Btw, it snows everywhere in this house. Michael’s homeschool room/ Chris’ office is ready.

The living room is almost ready. I’m still adding to the Christmas village on the piano. So I’ll show that at a later time.

Christmas books including The Nutcracker and The Christmas Box. My own Christmas box/ Memorial box is in the center. It has some of Dad’s things and a lock of his hair.

The corner is lonely. The ornaments are waiting for a tree. The question is will it be fake or real?

So now it’s time to leave you and enjoy my holiday. I pray I get a lot of writing done. God bless and remember the High King lives…and He loves you!

~Amber Dover

Native American Crafts:

A Late Crafty Monday: Native Americans & Thanksgiving Past (plus U.K. Country Study)

Pilgrim Crafts:

Crafty Monday: The Pilgrims and the Mayflower

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