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Saturday, 21 January 2012 08:44

Budget Thanksgiving Day Decorating: Banner

Thanksgiving Day Garlan

This Thanksgiving Day banner is the perfect touch to decorate your mantel or any area in your home where you will celebrate your Thanksgiving Day meal.  It's very easy to make and it's budget friendly.   I love that you can get very creative with this project and you can involve your kids.

  • For this banner I used cardstock in chocolate, gold and burnt orange.  Think "fall" colors for your color scheme - browns, burnt oranges, dark greens, even golds and purples.  I didn't have any patterned paper on hand, but that would work well too.
  • First, cut your cardstock to the size that you want.   I cu t the gold cardstock to 5x7 pieces. The brown cardstock is from Papersource (my favorite paper store, BTW!) and it was precut.  I cut the burnt orange paper in the oval shape by using a homemade template.
  • Next, I used glue dots to glue the cardstock pieces together.
  • The letters are stickers, so I simply adhered them to the burnt orange paper, but depending on your color choices you can also just print letters directly onto your cardstock and cut them out.
  • Use a long piece of ribbon to string your letters together.
  • Finally, add embellisments. I used an edge trimmer to give the gold paper the rounded look.  I have a few of these around the house from scrapbooking - you can buy them at any number of craft stores.   I outlined the letters with mini beads...you can also use glitter, looks very nice too. You could try adding leaf cutouts or stickers.
  • Get creative!   I made a similar styled banner but in different colors for my son's Baptism, you can see it in this post.
  • This banner reads "Give Thanks" but you could try:  Happy Thanksgiving, Gratitude, Be Grateful, Be Thankful, etc.
  • An internet search for "Thanksgiving Day banner homemade image" will give you lots of ideas too :)

Thanksgiving Day Banner

Published in Crafting
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 12:26

Eating Healthy on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Card

Are you thinking about consuming too much of all the delicious food on Thanksgiving? Are you trying to watch your calorie intake or just trying to be healthy? Can you stay on track with your health goals this Thanksgiving?

Yes, by following s few simple tips you can enjoy all the wonderful foods and still be good to your health.

Healthy Tips:

Try some of these suggestions:

  1. Don't arrive hungry: We are more likely to overeat and indulge at our Thanksgiving meal if we arrive hungry.  Have a healthy snack before you leave and start your morning off right with a nutritious breakfast.
  2. Smart appetizers: Use a fruit platter or a veggie platter with a low-calorie dip.  How about a shrimp platter with a low-calorie cocktail sauce?   Offer to bring a healthy appetizer dish that you can enjoy.
  3. Good sides: Breads and other biscuits are plentiful on Thanksgiving, but try picking up a whole grain alternative.   Whole grain bread products contain fiber that helps lower bad cholesterol and helps prevent gastrointestinal diseases.   Pick vegetables that are deep in color and high in nutrients, like broccoli or green beans instead of mashed potatoes or creamed corn.  You can sample all the different foods, just remember to go for smaller portions.  Limit those sides that are high in fat too.  While it's not super important to count the calories, just remember that moderation is key.
  4. Red wine versus white wine? The darker the color, the more antioxidants.
  5. Check out your plate: Follow the power plate rule:  1/2 of your plate should be fruits or veggies, 1/4 should be whole grains or starch and 1/4 should be your lean protein - gotta love that good for you turkey! Eat slowly too.
  6. Drink lots of water! Alcohol and coffee can dehydrate you, so drink lots of water to stay hydrated and full.
  7. And let’s not forget dessert! Make a dessert that includes lots of fruit.  Check out our delicious suggestions.   We love the Very Berry Parfait and Kristine Lopez's Great Pumpkin Cookies. If you are going for pie, stick to your lower calorie options like pumpkin or fruit pie and skip pecan and chocolate pies.
  8. Leftovers!  Try making turkey soup with leftovers instead of high calorie sandwiches.

Host tips:

If you are hosting this wonderful get together, follow some of these tips to give your guests some healthy options at your meal.

    • Have lots of veggies and fruit as part of your appetizers.
    • Make healthy substitutions in your meals.   Try adding chicken broth, garlic and herbs into your mashed potatoes instead of butter.  For dips use greek yogurt instead of sour cream because it has less fat and has a very similar consistency.
    • Use low fat ingredients.
    • Start with a large salad as your entree.
    • Serve whole grain breads.
    • Serve a fruit based dessert.

Last Minute Recipes - healthy and tasty!

Still planning out your meal?  No problem, we've done the leg work for you!  The following websites have posted a wide selection of recipes that are waist friendly and good too.

Whether you are hosting the big meal at your home or traveling across town or across the country, we hope that you have a wonderful time with your family & friends!
Published in Healthy & Green Living