Easy Turkey Cookies

turkey cookies - so cute and easy for Thanksgiving! The kids will have fun putting these together.

My boys and I had fun making these delicious little gobblers yesterday.

The sugar rush after these was pretty epic.  My house still hasn’t quite recovered from the Happy Buddy’s wild-eyed, tornado-like activity.

Buy the ingredients and set it up for a fun after Thanksgiving dinner activity.

Everyone will love it (even if they get a bit crazy from the glucose overload).

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*I got the edible eyes at Walmart.*

I shared another version of these turkeys a few years ago – those ones actually stand up.  See it HERE.

turkey cookie 10Only 2 days until Thanksgiving!

Happy Easy Turkey Cookie-ing!

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Photo Idea *Seriously Adorable*

Looking for a little something to send snail mail to the grandparents for Thanksgiving?

Need a fun thing to upload to your Facebook page or Instagram on the morning of Turkey Day?

Check out this adorable and easy photo idea I made for my students’ parents using PicMonkey…gavin thankful

STOP IT.  I seriously can’t even handle how cute this is.

Are you familiar with PicMonkey?

It’s a free photo editing site that’s really easy to use.  I use it to watermark my photos with Happy Home Fairy – which, ironically, I forgot to do to these photos.

Allow me to show you how to make this cuteness happen.

Step 1 – Go to http://www.picmonkey.com/.

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 9.06.27 AMStep 2 – Click EDIT and upload a photo of your choice.

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 9.08.33 AMStep 3 – Click the little butterfly from the menu on the left side of screen and scroll down to find COMIC BUBBLES.  Choose a comic bubble and move it to the spot you like on the photo.

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 12.53.41 PMStep 4 – Click on the Tt from the menu on the left side of screen, choose a FONT, write ‘I’m thankful for YOU!’ (or whatever phrase you want), and resize it as necessary to fit inside the comic bubble.  I centered mine.

Save your photo, print at your preferred photo center, stick in an envelope and snail mail it to a beloved family member or post it to Facebook and watch the ‘likes’ pour in.

BAM.

You are done.

For those of you who aren’t super tech savvy {{ahem- ME}}, you will be feeling pretty good about yourself at this point.

Here are a few other Thanksgiving photos that I made…

vivi thanksoliver thanksbella thanksTHESE KIDS.

I am thankful for THEM.

Let me know if you try this and how it works out.  I really love helping you have a good holiday – thanks for following the Fairy.

Happy Thanksgiving Photo-ing! :-)

 

Gratitude and the Hard

gratitude 1The other day I was at a birthday party with my boys and while they were happily enjoying pizza and cake, I began chatting with another mom.

We talked about our kids and then I asked her to tell me the story of how she met her husband.  She spoke so sweetly about her man and went on to say what an amazing dad he is.

I asked her if she and her husband wanted to have any more children and she said, “Well, we have been trying but that just hasn’t worked out for us.”

My heart squeezed.  I know all about infertility.  It was 4 years before God gave us the Happy Buddy.

I said, “Girl, I am so sorry.  That is so hard.”

And you know what she said?

“Yeah, it is, I guess.  But I don’t like focusing on it because I don’t want it to seem that we are not thankful for what we have.”

She gestured to her adorable son who had cake icing and crumbs all around his mouth.

“He’s so great,” she said with a smile, “He’s enough.”

gratitude 2gratitude 3As we were driving home from the party I couldn’t stop thinking about her words.

I feel like I have become a very fussy person in the last couple of years.

At least in my heart, I know I have.

Whenever something difficult crosses my path (which is about 700 times a day) I find myself muttering, “UGH!  Really God???  This is SO hard!”

I humbly confess to you that in the most private pockets of my heart I think I have this prideful attitude that feels I have been through enough hard things and  deserve some kind of break or period of ease.

Ha!!

Life is not that way, is it?

There are still lunches to pack, kids to discipline and train, a husband to love and serve well, dinner to make, laundry to fold, toilets to scrub (oh wait, I don’t do that)…  There are still ants procreating in my car, bills to pay, my full-time job, sick kids, and the burdening business of figuring out how to reduce the size of my pores.

There’s still that UTI that came upon me suddenly while on my church’s women’s retreat and then the stomach bug that came only 2 weeks later.

There’s still that thyroid problem I have to deal with for the rest of my life.

Ah, but this precious woman’s words rang in my heart like the final chord of the worship team at church on Sunday.

Focusing on the hard of our day can close our eyes to all the good.

gratitude 5Yes, life is hard.  No doubt about that.

But I have to ask God for eyes to see.

Eyes to see that I HAVE KIDS.  2 precious ones.  Oh, raising them is no picnic and they make me frequently mentally escape to private islands in the Bahamas, but they give me purpose and joy every morning.

Eyes to see that my job, while it is a different life than the one I had as a SAHM, it is still a good one.  I am able to see my kids and my husband throughout the day.  I am able to relieve my sweet, hard-working husband of financial stress.

Eyes to see my messy house as a place that is a reflection of a full and busy life being lived with people that I love.

Eyes to see that those $4.99 rotisseries from Costco are the blessed answer for those nights when I am mentally and physically unable to make sense of a recipe card.

Eyes to see that a persistent thyroid issue is simply another reminder to fix my gaze on Christ and the perfection and glory and hope of heaven.

Thank you, God.

gratitude 6gratitude 7My favorite story in the Bible is from Acts 16.

Paul and Silas have just been stripped of their clothes, beaten with rods, and flogged because of the Truth they were sharing and the miracles they were performing in the name of Jesus.

They were then thrown in jail – to the furthest, most inner cell – and their feet were fastened in stocks.

{{At this point, my fussing about exceptionally large pores and ant problems seems KIND OF FRIVOLOUS.}}

Paul and Silas could have sighed and cried and hung their heads and complained about how hard it was to be follower of Christ.

But do you know what they did?

Verse 25 says at midnight – at the darkest hour, in the furthest cell – Paul and Silas began praying and singing hymns to God.

They weren’t focused on the hard.

They were focused on the GOD.

The God who had saved and rescued and comforted them time and time again.

The God who had given them {{given us}} His Word, His Presence, HIS SON.

The God who was and is absolutely enough.  Even in the hard.

Can we focus on that?  Can we stop grumbling about the things that we have been entrusted with and can we find something to sing about in the midst of it?

gratitude 4Like our little boy with the mouth full of cake.

And possibly a portable vacuum cleaner for my car.

:-)

Yes, thank you, God.

- Julie

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

*You can find the FREE Printable ‘We Are Thankful For You’ tags and delicious pumpkin bread recipe over at The Larson Lingo.

SUPER Easy Turkey Craft

easy turkey craft - paper plate, tp roll, googly eyes, red and orange foam or construction paper. Adorable!

After the wild success of last year’s Easy Turkey Craft, I had to come up with a new one for this Thanksgiving.

You probably already have everything you need to make this cute little turkey (inspiration from HERE).easy turkey craft - supplies

Supplies:

Paper plate, cut in half

Toilet paper roll

Markers

Scissors

Googly eyes

Orange and red sticky foam (or construction paper)

Instructions:easy turkey craft 1

Step 1 – Have your Happy Buddy create a design on the paper plate with the markers (the Happy Buddy also ended up decorating his plate with some Thanksgiving stickers and I added a Thanksgiving-themed Bible verse to mine).

easy turkey craft 2Step 2 – Cut out a beak and a wattle from the orange and red sticky foam and attach.

easy turkey craft 3Step 3 – Add googly eyes.

easy turkey craft - happy buddy'sStep 4 – Cut 2 (1-inch) slits in the toilet paper roll, one on either side, and then slide the paper plate half in.

easy turkey craftDone!

Happy SUPER Easy Turkey Craft-ing! :-)

Easy Candy-Filled Turkey Favors

candy-filled turkey favors for thanksgiving! these are so cute and so easy to make!!!It seems that when this month rolls around, everything I look at I think to myself, “How can I turn that into a turkey??”

I mean, paper plate turkeys, turkey cookieswooden spoon turkeys, handprint turkeys, baby food jar turkeys

I was even contemplating a dining room chair the other day wondering – Would this look good with a wattle?

:-)

But M&M Turkeys, now this is where it’s at, people!

Here is a super simple little favor that you could place at each person’s place setting at the big feast.

candy turkey favor supplies

I found all of my supplies at Walmart.

candy turkey favor step 1

Step 1 – Lay a few pieces of cut tulle down and pile some candy in the center.

candy turkey favor step 2Step 2 – Bring the ends of tulle together and tie together with one of the brown pipe cleaner halves.

candy turkey favorStep 3 – Take the other brown pipe cleaner and roll the top part down a few times to make a head.  Poke the red pipe cleaner piece through and secure by wrapping the ends.  Add googly eyes.

candy-filled turkey favors!Step 4 – Jab the head into the candy bag and you’re done.

Everyone is sure to love these turkey favors!

I know there will be lots of gobbling going on if you make them for your friends and family this Thanksgiving.

Happy Candy-Filled Turkey Favor-ing! :-)

CUTE CRAFT ALERT – Turkey Yourself

turkey youself - such a cute craft to send to grandma this thanksgiving!

This little craft was so fun to put together and it only required a few supplies.

You will need a large photo of your Happy Buddy’s head, some colored card stock, glue, and scissors.

Snip everything out and then glue to a piece of thick paper.

DONE.

Now we have the perfect thing to mail to the grandmas for Thanksgiving this year.

turkey youself - such a cute craft to send to grandma this thanksgiving!!

NOTE – This particular turkey will not be on the menu, do not worry. ;-)

Happy Turkey Youself-ing!

*Cute idea from HERE*

Thanksgiving RAKs

Since my post yesterday was of epic proportions, I thought I’d balance it today with a short one! :-)

I am always looking for ways to bless and serve others in our community.

So, this month, make it your Happy Home’s mission to complete a few of these Thanksgiving-themed Random Acts of Kindness.thanksgiving RAKs

Happy Thanksgiving RAK-ing! :-)

*Turkey cookie idea found HERE*

*Turkey Box of Warm and Cozies found HERE*

“Turkey Fruit Platter found HERE*

*And if you need an excellent Thanksgiving joke, go HERE*