November means a lot of things to people. Some look forward to the weather finally turning crisp or the beautiful colors across the scenery. Traditions and giving are also big themes for this time of year. If you read Creating Your Future November Goals then you know that one of my main goals for this month is increasing my thankfulness. Even if you have a grateful heart, sometimes we lose sight of how much we have to be thankful for every day. That is why it is important to be mindful about increasing your thankfulness. The main strategy for doing this is to write down 3 things each day that you are thankful for. You can extend this practice with your family by making this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. It is an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving while exercising continued thankfulness together.
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Remove all packaging from your wreath.
Cut a length of ribbon that is 24 inches long.
Fold the ribbon in half and knot the loose ends about 8 inches from the bottom.
Wrap around the top of the wreath and pull the folded end through the knotted end. Pull tight to secure.
Tie the dangling ends into a bow. Trim the bottoms and fold the ends behind. See picture for reference.
- You can secure your bow to your wreath using 2 dressmaker’s pins.
Attach your faux autumn leaves with your pins to cover your wreath.
- I love the natural look of the straw so I chose not to cover it completely. This is totally optional.
Cut out 5-10 leaves in each color from your paper pack. Use the leaf button on the “Stretch Your Imagination” cartridge (not ‘leaf-s’).
- Change up the sizes to add visual interest to your wreath. I used 3 inches and 4 inches.
- Save time and use the ‘auto-fill’ feature to cut out as many leaves as will fit on one page.
Have your family fill out the leaves with what they are thankful for using the metallic Sharpies.
- Let your little non-writers get involved by having them dictate what they are thankful for to you.
Attach your thankful leaves to your wreath with your dressmaker’s pins.
This is an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving. Create an environment of thankfulness with gorgeous décor. Take the opportunity to make a family night out of making this wreath. It’s good for your kids to hear what you are thankful for. Even better, you might be surprised to hear what your little ones are thankful for. (Case-in-point: my 4 year old is thankful for her Twilight Sparkle Pony from Build-a-Bear. She cracks me up!)
Want to take this décor a step further? Use some of the paper leaves as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner. As the meal winds down, ask guests to write down what they are thankful for. Have the guests add their thankful leaves to your wreath before they go. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition guests look forward to each year!
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Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving dinner staple. The calories that come along with it are less enticing. What if you could enjoy all of that spicy, pumpkin flavor without all of the unwanted calories? Don’t limit your options to blowing your health goals or skipping the pie. Instead, make this low calorie whipped pumpkin pie. A traditional pumpkin pie has about 2,414 calories. This lightened version only has 1,215 and you can make it ahead of your festivities and freeze it! It’s the epitome of light and easy.
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Before we get to the recipe I have a confession to make. I don’t actually like traditional pumpkin pie. Don’t get me wrong, the flavors are amazing! It’s the texture that I can’t stand. The texture is not as stiff as flan but it’s not smooth like pudding. It is some weird hybrid that doesn’t feel right to my palate. Most years I choose to scrape the pumpkin part off of the pie and just eat the flavor-soaked pie crust alone. This year, I’m changing that by making my own delicious version of pumpkin pie with all of the flavor and none of the drawbacks.
Low-Calorie Whipped Pumpkin Pie
- 1 Sleeve of Graham Crackers (9 whole crackers)
- 1 Stick of Margarine (1/2 cup)
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Melt your stick of butter in a small mixing bowl in 30 second increments in the microwave.
While your butter is melting, put your graham crackers into a re-sealable bag and crush them into crumbs using your hand (or a meat tenderizer if you’re feeling frustrated).
Add your graham cracker crumbs to the mixing bowl of melted butter. Stir until well-combined.
Spray a glass pie plate with non-stick cooking spray and press your graham cracker mixture into it forming a pie crust.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Pie Filling Ingredients
Combine all of the ingredients above in a mixing bowl until well-incorporated.
Cover the bowl and set it in the fridge until your crust has cooled to room temperature.
Add the filling to your room temperature graham cracker crust and smooth into place with a rubber spatula.
To Freeze: Cover your glass pie plate with a lid (or foil if yours doesn’t have a lid) and place in the freezer. Pull out and defrost at least an hour prior to serving.
This pie is seriously yummy! My family has already gone nuts on this one so I guess I’ll be making a second one for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s more like a fluffy pumpkin mousse than that heavy traditional pie which I love but the kiddos loved the flavor even though they also love traditional pumpkin pie. No matter what your preference, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser this Thanksgiving. Now I want to know: What are you pie preferences for the holidays? Do you skip the desserts table at Thanksgiving or do you anxiously await getting your hands on all of those decadent treats? Let me know in the comments!
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Fall is absolutely the best time of year. There is football, multicolored leaves, pumpkin everything, boots, and plaid everywhere! It is like my Heaven on Earth. Of course the creative juices start flowing like crazy this time of year and there are always at least 10 projects going on at a time in my office. One of those projects was this awesome plaid Thanksgiving pallet wall art.
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Take all packaging and tags off of your pallets.
Put some paint into a container (or on a paint pallet) and add a small amount of water to it. Mix well.
- It should be thinner but still retain a paint-like consistency.
- It is best to add the water in small increments until you get the desired consistency.
Begin covering your wall hanging with paint and water mixture. Once you have covered about half, take a dry paper towel and wipe it over the paint. This will allow the wood grain to show through giving you the look of stained wood instead of painted wood.
Repeat step 3 until your entire pallet is “stained” and then allow it to dry completely.
Once dry, cut a piece of plaid fabric to the size of the wall hanging and attach it to the back using hot glue.
Lastly, attach a small picture hook to the back to hang.
- Because these are not very heavy, I opted to use hot glue to attach the hook. If you are concerned about it holding, attach your hook using E6000 instead and allow to dry 24 hours before hanging.
This is such an easy and fun way to add a touch of plaid to your Thanksgiving décor without your home looking like it was attacked by the Brawny paper towel guy. They come together so quickly that you can easily have them finished and hanging by your Thanksgiving meal without taking away from food prep time. Don’t forget to check out all of our other Autumn projects before you go!
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Sometimes the stress of preparing for the large Thanksgiving feast makes us lose sight of the importance of the holiday. In recent years I admit to having been reduced to tears over the stress of multiple meals in the same day, missing out on the people and events I love, and a myriad of other stressors that come with it. Thankfully, through trial and error, we have a better plan for our Thanksgiving.
A big change that we made is to host our dinner on a weekend before or after Thanksgiving Day. This has made a world of difference for my stress levels. Unfortunately, that just isn’t an option for some people. That’s why I wanted to create a festive and easy reminder for you to keep your holiday in perspective. This free printable Give Thanks artwork can be put in any available frame you have (or pick up a cheap one at the dollar store) for an instant décor update.
Print your free printable now and remember that it’s okay to put less pressure on yourself this Thanksgiving. Give thanks for all of the wonderful blessings in your life and go ahead and buy a store-bought pie for dessert. Don’t forget to check out all of our other easy DIY Autumn projects.
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