By Ed Barillas- Staff Writer
Not all kids go crazy for turkey with all the trimmings so having a menu set up just for the kids will make everyone’s Thanksgiving a whole lot better and enjoyable and if you can get the kids to help out with the food prep and decorating even better.
Decorating for Thanksgiving also adds an element of fun and warmth to your home. The best advice is that you don’t have to go crazy or put a lot of time or effort into this. By using some of the suggestions below, add some fall colored blankets to your couch or throw pillows, you can also light a pumpkin and vanilla scented candle and your whole house will have that special Thanksgiving feel and smell to it. You can decorate the front yard perhaps with a wooden scarecrow, turkey or a Happy Thanksgiving sign. The mantle over your fireplace is a great place to decorate for Thanksgiving and for a simple display, arrange some pumpkins or decorative gourds on the mantle along with a few candles. Be sure to stop by your local florist for some flowers in yellow or orange and arrange them in a vase along with some greenery.
You can make a beautiful fall arrangement by setting out some miniature pumpkins and ears of corn around the house and be sure to look for yellow and purple varieties of corn for an authentic Thanksgiving feel, just be sure to scatter them across your dining table, or arrange them in a bowl for a nice centerpiece. Purchase or construct a simple grapevine wreath and decorate it with fall leaves and miniature pumpkins and add a nice bow and hang it on the front door as a Thanksgiving wreath is a great way to welcome your guests in. Buy a few inexpensive frames and set your kids thanksgiving drawings out or hang them on the wall. This is of course also a great way to display your child’s artwork.
As for the kids menu you can start with:
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
To make this twist on classic pumpkin pie, scoop the chocolate chip ice cream onto a cooled graham cracker crust. Afterwards spread a thick layer of vanilla ice cream — punched up with canned pumpkin — over the top and garnish with chocolate curls.
Roast Turkey Breast
Kids love white meat best. Make sure there’s plenty to pass with this whole turkey breast, lightly seasoned and with Italian seasoning.
kids might turn up their noses at this corn casserole but with a base of corn, French onion sour cream dip, and corn muffin mix, it more than makes up for in creamy delightfulness.
Turn this potato dish into the top comfort food for the whole family. To make it even more kid friendly, try Mozzarella or Cheddar or another cheese your kids like.
Crinkly sweet potato Fries
French fries can count as a vegetable; this recipe might change your mind. Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/2-inch-wide sticks or with a crinkle cutter fry and toss with olive oil and salt.
Angel-Food Cake Roll
Cranberry sauce does not get much love from kids at the dinner table, but you can sneak some of the Thanksgiving staple into their meal with this delicious and spongy Angel Food Cake Roll filled with an easy cranberry curd filling.
For the truly picky kids you can easily get them to eat turkey by giving them some turkey hot dogs and buns.
Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes
Frosted pumpkin cupcakes, with pretzel sticks as stems, double as seasonal decor.
Soak up that tasty gravy with flaky biscuits straight out of the South. You can bake a batch ahead of time or serve while still warm from the oven. Either way the kids will love them with lots of healthy butter.
Kids will love this version of spaghetti. Simply shred squash into strands using a fork and flavor with an herbed butter sauce and some turkey breast meat mixed in.
Thanksgiving will be a whole lot better and enjoyable and if you can get the kids to help out with the food prep and decorating even better and everyone will be all the better to enjoy the holiday festivities.