Thursday, November 21, 2013

Countdown to Thanksgiving - Day 6

This was our first full day at home this week which was nice. It gave us time to not only focus on homeschooling, but to spend some more time with our sixth day of activities on the Countdown to Thanksgiving.


Today we made a turkey-shaped pizza. The idea is from a pin I saw on Pinterest. There is another pin of a turkey-shaped pizza as well that we used for inspiration.

The turkey-shaped pizza before it went into the oven.
The entire pizza has pepperoni on it.

We made pizza dough using a recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook. Then we divided the dough in half and made two separate turkeys. We shaped the dough for the turkey bodies, heads, waddles, and feathers.

The three feathers have mushrooms, onions, and cheese.
The body of the turkey has pepperoni and cheese.

For the feathers, we used a combination of toppings - pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and cheese.

Turkey-shaped pizza with three mushroom and onion feathers.
The turkey face and waddle were baked separately and 
then set on top of the larger rounder pizza (the body).

We baked the pizzas and they came out still in the same relative shape.

This one kind of looks like a hand print.
The four finger-shapes are feathers.
The shape on the left side is the head and waddle.

It was an easy dinner to make, and everyone liked the pizza.

Activity for the Day: 

The girls are continuing to write down one thing or person for which they are grateful.

Thanksgiving Fact: 

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day festival did not include the giant balloons and floats that we see today. Instead, the organizers of the first parade in 1924 held it with live animals from the Central Park Zoo.

Zebra - Front and Back
Two zebras that we saw about six years ago
at the Como Zoo in St. Paul.

This practice would last for the next three years, until the introduction of a balloon version of Felix the Cat hit the parade, a float sponsored by Goodyear. The first Mickey Mouse float would debut seven years later and the Snoopy balloon would end up holding the record for most appearances in the parade with six.

Gratitude Quote: 

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern

Thanksgiving Joke: 

When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving? (In the dictionary!)

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