Thanksgiving with Children at the Table

Time consuming, but adorable {and delicious}!

Healthy lunch the Wednesday before:

Fun “kid table” ideas. Draw on the craft paper table cloth.

Source: via Alisha on Pinterest

Fringe craft paper tablecloth for Native American look:

Use for napkin holders, place cards, or just fill with candy:


Turkey stuffed with popcorn as a healthy snack:

And, finally, a little something to keep the conversation going:

White Chocolate ~ Cranberry Blondies

Just made these delicious little dessert treats &   I *love* them!   There is a hint of cinnamon (really, just a dash) among the sweet white chocolate taste ~ balanced nicely with the sweet/tart cranberries.

Get the original recipe here, at Taste of Home.


  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel, optional
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped


  • In a microwave, melt butter; stir in brown sugar. Transfer to a large bowl; cool to room temperature. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture. Stir in cranberries and chopped chocolate (batter will be thick).
  • Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and orange peel if desired until blended. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. Frost brownies. Sprinkle with cranberries. Drizzle with remaining melted white chocolate. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.



7 Gifts

How to {Help} Raise Grateful Kids is a post over at A Holy Experience that provides a generous link to these beautiful booklets.

The booklets are in pdf format and are easily printed.  I made one for each member of our family so we could record seven things we are thankful for – every day for the next seven days leading up to Easter.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. {1Corinthians 15:57}

What are you thankful for this Easter season?

Need a Reason to Believe the Messiah?

There are over 300 prophecies about the Messiah in the Bible.  If you’ve ever wondered how we can know that Jesus is the Messiah, check out the links below to find out more about these revelations and their fulfillment.  You won’t find anything like this in history!

Messianic Prophesies Fulfilled by Jesus Christ

Messiah Revealed

Hundreds of prophecies have been fulfilled in the birth, life, and death of Jesus!

Empty Tomb Rolls

Also known as Resurrection Rolls, these enjoyable breakfast treats are an enriching approach to the Easter story.  Read about the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus in Matthew chapters 27 & 28, then make these rolls to symbolize the empty tomb.

You will need:

1 can of refrigerated crescent rolls

1 bag of large marshmallows

melted butter

cinnamon & sugar mixture

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture (This step represents Jesus being embalmed in spices).
  5. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together tightly to seal in the marshmallow as it melts.  You now have a body in a tomb.
  6. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  8. When cool enough to handle, break open the “tomb” and see that it is now empty!


April Fool’s Dinner for Dessert!

Yesterday I showed you our funky April Fool’s cake for dinner. Today I’ll show you the “dinner” that we have for dessert!

Grilled cheese sandwiches for dessert? Nope.  Just toasted pound cake with vanilla frosting!

Here’s how to do it:

Slice pound cake to the size of regular bread & toast to the golden brown color shown above.  Add just the right mixture of yellow and red to vanilla frosting so it will resemble the color of American cheese.  Spread the “cheese” between two slices of  “toast” and cut the sandwich on a diagonal.

Putting some raw broccoli on the side of the plate helps the overall look you’re going for!

Be blessed!

Cake for Dinner on April Fool’s Day!

Dessert for dinner?

My family loves when I mess with their meals on April Fool’s Day.  One year I served cake for dinner and we all had a blast!  The cake, it turns out, was made of meatloaf, filled with a layer of cheese, and finished with a mashed potato frosting that had a beautifully dyed lavender border!

Here’s how I did it!

Start with your regular meatloaf recipe, but bake it in three 9″ cake pans.

When baked, melt some cheese on top of two of the layers.

Stack the layers.  {Ewwww! It’s not very pretty yet!}

Mash up some potatoes ’til they are super creamy!

Set some “frosting mashed potatoes” aside and dye them the color of your choice.  Frost the cakes & pipe the colored frosting decoratively around the cake.  I saved some plastic flowers from a birthday cake to use as garnish.

Serve on a lovely cake plate and tell everyone that as a special occasion you are having dessert for dinner!


Rose’s Christmas Cookies

If you want some fantastic cookie recipes, consider this book by Rose Levy Beranbaum.  It has everything from fancy tree decoration cookies, to delicate melt-aways, to homemade dog biscuits!

I turn to this book every year to make traditional Christmas-time cookies!  See if you can find it in your local library to try it out first.