Sunday, November 24, 2013

Countdown to Thanksgiving - Day 9

We are nearing the end of our Countdown to Thanksgiving. Here we are on Day 9 out of 12 already. Here is what we did today:

Recipe of the Day: 

Today we made Fruit Cornucopias. The idea came from a pin on Pinterest. The concept is simple: put a variety of fruit (like strawberries, grapes, and mandarin oranges) in a pointed ice cream cone.

Three cornucopias filled with strawberries,
mandarin oranges, and grapes.

If you wet the pointed end for 20 seconds and then put the cone in the microwave, you can turn the end around a pencil to make it look more like a cornucopia.

I had two small cones on hand, and then needed to use a larger cone to make a third cornucopia. In terms of serving size, the small cones had a more-than-sufficient amount of fruit in them.

The cones with their ends turned up to resemble cornucopias.
The smaller ones were easier to bend than the larger one.

I cut the strawberries and grapes into eights and halves respectively so a wider variety of fruit could fit into each cone.

Activities for the Day: 

We all played Thanksgiving Bingo. There are free Bingo cards and calling cards at Making Friends.

Sophia playing Thanksgiving Bingo
with Eenie looking on.

After printing and cutting out the calling cards, we were ready to play a few games of bingo after dinner.

Olivia using dry navy beans to mark the spaces 
on her Thanksgiving Bingo card.

We did four-in-a-row, corner, and cover-all bingo twice each. The cover pieces were dry navy beans.

The girls (with Eenie and Cooper - behind Olivia)
intent on trying to win the cover-all round.

The girls enjoyed playing bingo and are excited to bring some extra cards and navy beans to Thanksgiving, and play some rounds with their cousins.

Thanksgiving Fact: 

Native Hawaiians had their own Thanksgiving festival, one vastly predating the pilgrim celebration. It’s called “Makahiki” (meaning “year”) and lasts for four months, from October or November through February or March, making it the longest Thanksgiving celebration in history.

For these months, Hawaiians were forbidden to work, and instead spent their time dancing, playing sports, feasting or making peace offerings to the chief.

Gratitude Quote: 

Let us be grateful to people to make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust

Flower after a mid-day rain
Photo I took of a flower after a day-time rainstorm.

Thanksgiving Joke: 

Why can’t you take a turkey to church? (Because they use such fowl language!)


Judy Hartman said...

Your cornucopias are so sweet - what a great idea! I also love your embroidered chickadee from your previous post! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Rita said...

Cute fruit version!
Sounds like you need a Christmas Bingo version, too.
Thanksgiving is coming fast! :)

Vicki Miller said...

The cornucopias look too pretty to eat, thanks for your comments on my work

S Vogel Jessop said...

My kids don't like pie, so they are excited to make thee fruit cornucopias for Thanksgiving. What a great idea!