Homemade Tootsie Rolls–DIY

I was elated when I found this recipe for homemade Tootsie Rolls from PAULADEAN.COM

These little chocolate confections have always been a favorite of mine, so it was a given that I try making them myself.

Believe it or not, this recipe is probably one of the simplest candy recipes you will ever find.  And while these chocolate flavored little morsels don’t taste exactly like the real thing, they are still worth making.  The flavor is close; it’s the texture that is slightly off.  This recipe makes a softer version of the original Tootsie Roll. 

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This is a great kid friendly project.  I found rolling out the candy took a little longer than I had initially had expected.  But the more hands, the merrier.


Thanksgiving Day Table Decorations

A recent trip through Michaels inspired me to create some cute cards that will sit on guests plates on Thanksgiving day until those plates become loaded with roast turkey and all the fixings.

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This project is quick, easy, inexpensive, kid friendly and will add color to your holiday table.  I had all of the materials on hand with the exception of the cute little felt turkeys – which I purchased in a pack of 7 for $3.24 at Michaels. 

To make this project you will need: an ink pad, stamp, brightly colored card stock, glue stick, brown marker, and ribbon.

First, cut the card stock into the size you want your card remembering you will fold it in half.  Next, affix your turkey on the card (these turkeys had an adhesive backing) and then draw his perch.  Stamp your greeting on the remaining space, and finish it off by gluing small bow made out ribbon on the front of the turkey.

You can also monogram each card with the initial of your guests,  you can leave a personal message inside for your guests to read, or you can leave it blank and let everyone write what they are thankful for on the inside.

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Do you prefer to decorate your table with flowers, candles, something else, or just good old-fashioned food?