I have to be honest I wasn’t sure how we were going to approach this months topic Pilgrims & Indians. Our kids are older and construction paper head dresses and hand traced turkeys were no longer an acceptable craft idea.. Picture books have been shelved for some time too. So, we decided to take a more academic path and delve into the historical events that took place nearly four hundred years ago.
The book we chose was The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New World written by Nathaniel Philbrick. This book tells the story of the heroic journey the pilgrims made to find a home where they could worship freely and make a better life for themselves. The book is for those who want to know the background of the Plymouth settlement and what came to pass after the “First Thanksgiving.” Philbrick tells the story of the Pilgrims journey to America and the difficulties they faced. He shares that the Pilgrims went to great lengths to preserve their relationship with the Native American people. He also divulges the events that would eventually destroy their once peaceful union. I recommend this book for 6th grade and Up.
Here are some more books that we recommend for readers interested in finding out more historical facts on the Pilgrims & Indians:
Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl (Scholastic Bookshelf) (Sophia really enjoyed this one)
OK I had to share these super cute Pilgrim & Indian craft ideas from some very creative bloggers I know:)
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Staying healthy during the holidays can be a very challenging endeavor. Most people don’t realize how many calories they are taking in when they eat that delicious ham, or those butter loaded mashed potatoes. Although the holidays are meant for food and fun with family and friends, it can be done with a healthy, organic menu that will please even your most finicky eaters .
Healthy Meat options
Many people celebrate Thanksgiving with a huge Turkey slathered in butter and rarely consider the health effects of over using the butter and salt. But there are delicious alternatives to that Turkey that has been prepared with unhealthy ingredients. One way is to prepare a Turkey that it is healthier for you and your guests is to eliminate the butter and salt all together. Instead of using butter use lemon juice from fresh lemon trees and a sea salt and pepper rub. Be light on the salt and pepper but generous enough that the flavor is added. Another way to ensure you’re getting a freshest turkey is to purchase one a from a local turkey farmer. If this is not an option, free range/hormone free turkeys can easily be found local fresh market.
If you want to eliminate the meat from your meal all together then try a Tofu alternative or a vegan loaf. Tofurky is an alternative to a real meat turkey, however, not everyone is impressed with the Tofurky taste and texture. A veggie vegan loaf is a more thought out alternative to a traditional turkey dinner. With a Vegan loaf you simply pick your veggies, your wheat’s, your fillers such as seeds and grains and your favorite liquids and binders and make a meat loaf style loaf without the meat. This can provide not only an alternative to a turkey dinner, but added nutrients and vegetables to your dinner arrangement.
Side dishes can be a fun way to play around with organic vegetables and fruits. Many people use the traditional potatoes in a mashed potatoes or baked potatoes version, why not change that and use sweet potatoes with natural cinnamon and honey to add an organic natural taste to your menu. You can also mash-up the sweet potatoes and make a mashed potatoes out of them without having to use all the butter and cream to make it fluffy and rich. Other side dish alternatives would include sliced carrots from your garden, when you combine carrots sliced like chips and a touch of natural vanilla flavoring and honey, these our kids are an all time favorite.
A casserole with squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and potatoes added onto your menu is another great way to get those vegetables into your meal and benefits from the added vitamins and minerals associated with fresh vegetables. By slicing each vegetable into chips sized slices and layering them in a backing dish with a little extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh parmesan sprinkled on top and baking it in the oven, you can create a delicious side dish that everyone will love.
Now that you have a better idea of how to prepare a healthy organic Thanksgiving Dinner for your friends and family, it’s time to go grocery shopping.
PS Fresh Markets staff members are extremely knowledgeable about these things; if you’re not sure ask and they will be happy to provide you with healthy Thanksgiving dinner options.
Healthy Thanksgiving Cookbooks
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The Holiday season has arrived – and with it chaotic schedules and those terrifying car rides to visit family. Below you will find some fun activities and a few simple tips to help you arrive alive:)
1. Unplug! Yes, I said it dump the hand-held games and movies. Both are known to stimulate children. And do you really want an over stimulated child sitting in your backseat for 10 hours?
2. Bring healthy snacks like nuts, bananas, humus,veggies and water.(not too much water you do not want to have to stop 22x for potty breaks)
3. Allow each person to bring their favorite CD and have a sing off. No, I am not a huge fan of Taylor Swift but if Sophia wants to belt out “Shake It Off” and it stops her from belting her brother then I am all for a sing off.
4. Encourage your kids to bring one of their favorite books or surprise them with a special book for the car ride. We bought Logan Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul & Sophia The Magician’s Elephant she is a huge Kate DiCamillo fan.
Now, I asked some of my blogging friends to share some other fun coloring pages, puzzles and more to help keep your kids engaged. You might even be able to sneak in a few chapters of your favorite book. I will be bringing What’s So Amazing About Grace? ( a little light reading:)
Check these fun activities out:
Thanksgiving Coloring Pages Printable from More than a Mom of Three
Thanksgiving Day Coloring Book from Mom’s Madhouse
Thanksgiving Printable Pack Pre K-2 from Embark on the Journey
Bring some Thanksgiving Picture Books from Embark on the Journey
Sophia loves to cut things out, so I decided to get her started on these cute Thanksgiving Place Cards from Typically Simple.
Your holiday travel does NOT have to be a nightmare. As it is true with most things in life, our attitude and preparation will determine the environment around us. So, relax, pack early and have fun! You may even be lucky enough to drive past me as I am screeching out Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.”
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Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving printables, recipes and posts. Enjoy!
Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites there small so you won’t feel so bad eating them:)
Check out this super cute Fall Decor here
Even Broccoli haters will it this recipe Broccoli, Cheese and Rice Casserole Recipe
Don’t forget the classics Green Bean Casserole
Vegetarian Thanksgiving who knew? Great recipes even for us meat eaters.
Salad with Nuts, Feta and Cranberries ate this for lunch twice this week. I am addicted!
You had me at Brown Butter…Roasted Green Beans with Balsamic-Browned Butter
Cutest dish EVER! Turkey Relish Tray
Please share some of your favorite Thanksgiving Recipes below.. Make sure to come back next week I will be sharing some of my favorite holiday desserts.♥
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