Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Countdown to Thanksgiving - Day 5

On the fifth day of the Countdown to Thanksgiving, we read and did the following:

Thanksgiving Fact:

The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.

Recipe of the Day: 

Today Sophia, Olivia, and our friend Mary made Great Pumpkin Dessert. It is absolutely delicious!! Everyone who tasted it liked it.

Great Pumpkin Dessert that Sophia and Olivia made.

The recipe is from a pin that I saw on Pinterest that led to Taste of Home. The dessert makes enough to serve 12-16 people.

The girls brought pieces to share with some people at church: Sophia's violin teacher; and some adults involved with the Christmas play - the children's choir director, his wife, and son; and two pianists. All were very appreciative that the girls brought the treats for them.


• 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
• 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup sugar
• 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (we used 1 teaspoon each of:  cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger)
• 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
• 3/4 cup butter, melted
• 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts (we did not use walnuts)
• Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream


In a large bowl, beat first five ingredients until smooth.

Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cake mix and drizzle with butter. Top with walnuts.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Gratitude Quote: 

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~ Robert Brault

Today's Activity for the Day: 

We had an activity planned for today, but Sophia and Olivia needed the day to focus on homeschooling, and I needed to make quite a few window stars for several orders so we did that instead.

Three window stars that I made today.

Thanksgiving Joke: 

What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?  (The letter G!)

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