Six little Girl Scout Pilgrims came to make and eat dinner...they arrived 40 minutes early!!! 40 minutes! That's like a day and a half in my world! It kind of threw me...I didn't have time to turn on my "Pilgrim music" or to make the punch or to read over my list so I'd remember what it was we were doing! Fortunately 8 year olds enjoy chaos and discombobulation!
My turkey placemats are kept under wraps for 11 months a year so I have to use them when I can this month! Each little pilgrim received a priceless turkey pin (pictured to the right on the placemat, wooden turkey purchased at Ben Franklin for .50 cents each, I added the pin to the back!) and a stunning "towel-apron" - made by yours truly...they were thrilled as any 8 year old would be! That's why I like 8 year olds, a kitchen towel turned into an apron brings out a smile! (Directions for making a towel-apron are on my Quilts-Pins page, click here.)
We started off by making Pilgrim Ships out of Sculpey (you could also use FIMO.) Sculpey is a bakeable clay, each girl was given 1/4 of a block, so a very small piece. The clay is a bit hard to work with so they had to keep pushing it with their hands to soften it - then she shaped it into a ship - or a canoe or a tire, with a hole in the center to hold their sail...then we baked them, 15 minutes at 275 degrees. Once they were cooled we added the masts and sails and the girls filled with with nuts and seeds, which everyone knows is what Pilgrims snacked on.
Isabel, Kayla, Kait, Kate, Marissa, MaKayla...cute, cute, cute! And they were so good! After making their Pilgrim Ships they set about making their dinner...chopping, slicing and dicing and not one of them chopped off a finger!
The girls had a great time making the skewers for the turkey feathers on our honeydew turkey...it's easy to make, just slice off a piece of honeydew on the bottom so it will sit without rolling. Use a half a pear as the head, stuck on with toothpicks through the raisin eyes. From a piece of pear cut the beak and from one large red pepper cut two wings, two feet and the wattle...the girls really liked the turkey but when it came time to eat they pulled out the skewers but I forgot to cut the melon! The mister and I will be eating honeydew for days!
The girls made turkey tacos (rolled up like a cornucopia), the fruit skewers, corn pudding and corn on the cob...I'm sure the Pilgrims had fruit skewers for Thanksgiving! And then they made dessert...I saw both of these ides on Pinterest, super easy to make and the girls loved them!
Donut holes dipped in nutella, dipped in chocolate sprinkles with a half a pretzel stick stuck in makes the cutest little acorns! And, if you buy the right kind of Hershey Kisses - the regular Kisses that are just chocolate and not striped(!) you can make a smaller acorn treat...Kisses glued to a Mini-Nutter-Butter Cookie with chocolate frosting and a chocolate chip stuck on top with more frosting...I've got to say, they are tasty little things! The little Pilgrims really liked this and it was easy enough for them to do so they each made quite a few!
And there were plenty left for me to enjoy while doing the dishes! Thanks to Gracious Rain for this idea and for putting it on Pinterest for all to see! You can check out my Pinterest boards, (click on button on the left) I'm just a baby Pinhead, with only about 1,200 pins - some people have thousands and thousands of pins! There is just no end to the creativity out there!
Thanks to my Pilgrims for coming - we sure had a fun time! The recipe for Corn Pudding will be up soon - you're going to want it - it's like a corn souffle, light and creamy with a hint of basil...totally delicious and would be a great addition to your T-day Menu!