Monday, November 18, 2013

Countdown to Thanksgiving - Day 3

On the third day of our Countdown to Thanksgiving, this is what we did:

Activity for the Day:

Sophia read the sheet that was tucked in the countdown calendar for today. It said, "Don’t take things for granted, find something today that you can give to someone who needs it more than you. Bring the item(s) to Family Pathways to donate."

Sophia and Olivia with a bag of items for Family Pathways.

The girls each picked an item from their room (clothing and a book) and I chose a book of piano music to donate.  We dropped off the bags of items before heading to the homeschool co-op this morning.

Thanksgiving Fact: 

The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.

ATC for Olivia's Alphabet Book  -   T is for Turkey
An artist trading card that I made many years ago
that was put in Olivia's alphabet book.

Gratitude Quote: 

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser

Recipe of the Day: 

Today we made Cheesy Leaf-Shaped Crescent Roll. I saw the pin on Pinterest that led to Hungry Happenings.

Sophia's leaf- and pumpkin-shape pastries right out of the oven.


1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheets*
flour, to dust cutting board
1 tablespoon butter, melted
4 ounces finely shredded cheddar cheese
Spanish Paprika and parsley, optional (we didn't use either of these ingredients)

*We used Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough; and pinched the seams together. After that, we went ahead and followed the rest of the directions in the recipe.  Puff pastry or homemade dough also could be used.

Special Supplies Needed:

cutting board
leaf shaped cookie cutters (the girls also used acorn, turkey, and pumpkin shapes)
baking sheet lined with parchment paper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Unroll Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet onto a cutting board that has been lightly dusted with flour. Cut using cookie cutters.

Cookie cutters were used to cut the dough into fall-themed shapes.

Set the cut-out dough onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.

Olivia using a knife to re-trace some of the areas 
where the cookie cutters didn't cut through the dough all the way.

Set your scraps of crescent roll dough on the baking sheet as well, if desired, so that nothing goes to waste.

Sophia cutting out shapes from the dough
using a variety of cookie cutters.

Brush butter over each leaf-shaped crescent roll. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over each leaf.

Dough that has been brushed with butter and 
topped with shredded cheddar cheese.

Optional - If you want, sprinkle on some paprika and/or parsley to add some color to your leaves.

Bake for 7-8 minutes until the rolls are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.

Once out of the oven, you can serve immediately, or allow them to cool, store them in an airtight container and re-heat just before serving.

Olivia's acorn- and leaf-shaped pastries cooling on a wire rack.

 Place in a warm oven and heat for 3-5 minutes, just until warm.

Thanksgiving Joke: 

What do you call it when it rains turkeys? (Foul weather!)


Vicki Miller said...

thanks for your lovely comment. free motion lace is very quick. You can do something similar by hand, this is called needlelace and is done over a pattern on card to which the main lines are couched, then you use stitches based on blanket stitch to fill the areas between working only on the couched threads. It is very beautiful

Rita said...

Those look pretty good! :)