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Hello, all! We've have all been gearing up for the holidays over here. It's been such a busy last few months, which I'm sure you all can relate to. We have such amazing things in store for Christmas and New Years, which we will get to soon. But we can't skip over Thanksgiving! This is such a fun time of year and here in Utah, we try to hold on to the gorgeous fall weather as long as we can.🍁 
For today's blog, I thought of what everyone loves and also stresses over.... The FOOD! I figured I'd whip up a few of my favorites to show you that are delicious and SO SO simple anyone can do them!
I have the easiest appetizer; only 3 ingredients that you put on a platter. That's it. See? Easy! And I know not everyone loves pumpkin or apple pie so I wanted to switch it up a bit. I am sharing a chocolate moose pie that the only baking you need to do, is bake the crust. No taking up any oven time from the big ol' turkey. And for a new found favorite... a cranberry cream cheese pastry that is probably one of the best things I've eaten in a long time. It's sweet, but not too sweet that it could be served as a breakfast or at the end of a yummy turkey dinner for all those non-pie lovers. And of course, we can't do a blog without some sort of craft idea. All the SIP kiddos LOVE crafts. So we're always on the hunt for some fun, new ideas and love to share what we've got. Paint on hands and feet? What kid wouldn't want to do that? It's all coming to you below!
First up, appetizer. No matter if you're hosting the Thanksgiving get together or being a guest, it's always nice to have some starters for everyone to enjoy before the festivities begin. This can't even be called a recipe for how simple it is, which is why I love it. This is what you'll need:
That's it! A block of cream cheese, pepper jelly, and some crackers, all served on a simple platter. And I promise, everyone will love it. The pepper jelly from Trader Joe's is my personal favorite but any kind you can find in the grocery store would be yummy. It's sweet and has a little hint of heat but nothing even kids can't handle. 
Now for the desserts! I'll start with the chocolate moose pie. I love chocolate, we should all know that by now. Haha so of course this is a must for our pie spread! Here's what you'll need:
Store bought pie crust (you can make your own, but we're going for simple here!)
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Large tub of cool whip (Again, simplicity!)
1/4 Cup Sugar
Chocolate shavings or crushed Oreo's (optional)
You'll want to start by baking the pie crust in a 400 oven for 9-11 minutes until golden. Let cool completely.
In the meantime, melt chocolate with vanilla, salt, and 1 cup of whipped cream. I microwave mine for 1 minute, then 30 second increments until melted. Stir until smooth, transfer to a large mixing bowl, then let cool to room temp. Once chilled, fold the whipped cream into the chocolate. You'll want to do this gently so it stays light and airy. Pour moose into cooled pie crust, then top with topping of your choice. (I use crushed Oreo's). Set in fridge until set, about 6 hours. This can be prepared a day ahead too which is a total win on Thanksgiving! Yum!!😋
And now for this gem! Here's what you'll need: 
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Craisins
4oz. Cream Cheese
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Sheet Puff Pastry Dough
1 Egg scrambled with 1 Tablespoon Water
Sliced Almonds
Start by microwaving the orange juice in a bowl for 10 seconds. Add cranberries and let sit for 10 minutes.
Mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. 
Lay puff pastry on baking sheet, smear cream cheese mixture on middle section of the dough. You'll want to add a good amount because this will puff up. Then with a spoon, drain out cranberries and sprinkle the on top of the cream cheese. (Keep the infused OJ for the final step.) Cut diagonal lines on the sides of the dough, then just fold alternating the sides so it becomes a little package like so.
Brush the entire thing with the egg wash. Top with sliced almonds. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Then with the remaining cream cheese mixture, add about a teaspoon or two of orange juice until the cream cheese becomes thin enough to drizzle on top for some extra icing. 
I'll be honest, this did not last long once it came out of the oven. It is seriously so good! Enjoy!!!
Now for all our little crafters! This was a fun one. They got to put paint on their hands and feet to make little turkeys! Super cute!!🎨
Here's what I grabbed from Michael's:
White poster paper, construction paper, and fall paint colors. Super inexpensive!
Put the paint on paper plates or newspaper. Dip the feet in the brown and help them keep their little toes up because you'll want those to be a different color since they're going to be the turkey feet! Then for the feathers, I just let them go crazy. They did multiple hand prints in different directions. Once dried, let them cut around the foot and hands. Glue the body of the turkey upside down on the hand prints so the toes are pointing down for the feet. Then they can just cut a beak, the neck, and eyeball!
Those are some fun turkeys and a cute craft you can keep to always remember their little footprints! Or in my Jordyn's case, big footprint.😂
Well, friends.. We hope you all have a fun Thanksgiving this year. We hope you get to enjoy it with lots of family and friends! Or even if you keep it small, we hope you get to relax.❤️
We are so excited for our Christmas blog coming at you soon! It's going to be one of our favorites so keep an eye out!🎄
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Love, Jessie
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    Shareka Wilkins

    Will be trying this!

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    Melissa Wellbrock

    I’m late but just want to say I love the ideas, thanks for sharing!

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    Karina

    So cute love the idea

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    Ashley

    That looks so good!

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    Jessica Heath

    For December bog I’d like to see DIY Christmas ornaments ideas are children could make.

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    Rachael Bolin

    I’m late on this, but thanks for the great ideas. I can’t wait to make that pie!!

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    Angel Macias

    Definitely enjoyed reading this even though Thanksgiving is over. I might give that no bake pie a try. 👍😊

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    Patricia Stanley

    The crafts are definitely awesome!! Also I would love to hear tips and tricks of dealing with business and mommin’!

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    Kelcie

    Great read on simplifying things, even though I am reading this after thanksgiving, I still love the craft and food ideas. Looks yummy! Thanks!

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    Deidre Robins

    Love the recipes!

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    Erika

    Recipes look amazing!

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    Rebecca

    Love the recipe ideas

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    Chasmine Dorse

    Those recipes look delicious and so easy!! Thanks

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    Stacey

    Crafts with the kids are always the best! I love the recipes too!

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    Shiela

    Looks Great!

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    Angie Hofheins

    Those recipes look delicious – I will definitely have to give them a try! I love the turkey craft, as it can be saved to see how little/big their feet were! So fun! Thanks for doing this blog.

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    Danielle Bunge

    Love doing crafts with the kids.

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    DIam

    I love quick, easy recipes! And the turkey crafts 🙌🏽 The absolute cutest!

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    DIam

    I love quick, easy recipes! And the turkey craft 🙌🏽 The absolute cutest!

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    LeAnn Rogers

    So easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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    Brittany Couch

    This looks amazing I wish I could do these recipes!!!!

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    Suzan

    My sis made that pepper jelly with cream cheese and it was yummy!

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    Kristin

    Those recipes look amazing!

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    Amy

    Yum!

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    Erica Arnett

    love those recipe ideas. the last one for sure i will make. thanks for sharing!

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    Tami Brown

    These are all great ideas. My favorite is the cream cheese and pepper jelly! Thank you so much

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    Stacy Snyder

    Cute craft

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    RK

    Cute craft! And the dessert looks amazing!

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    Mallory Arellano

    Love the recipes and the little craft for little ones!!! I’m new to the blog so I will keep up as you post! : ) Thanks!

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    Krista Puterbaugh

    YUMM! Love those recipes😊
    Adorable turkey crafts, what a great job! Now just need to laminate them and put a magnet on the back🥰 I love seeing the recipes and craft ideals! As a homeschool mom every bit of something new to learn and do helps this momma out! Thank you so much!!! Can’t wait for the Christmas blog🎄

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    LIndsey M

    So exciting to see other traditions that are done to possibly add new ones with my little family. I love the sharing of recipes too! I also love sparkle in pink y’all are the best!!!!!! ❤️

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    Kelly M

    Thanks so much for sharing your day! I sure enjoyed the recipes as well, I too love to prepare fun goodies for my family. Happy Holidays!

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    Mrs. P

    I enjoyed reading these blogs. I’m looking forward to the Christmas blog as that is my favorite holiday.

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    April Myers

    Always love the crafts!!
    Again I love the simple recipes because I’m not a huge fan of cooking 😄

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    Ms. A

    Love this!! I’m going to try these with my daughter, she loves to help in the kitchen and cook!!!

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    Nicole Chaplin

    Enjoy reading all the SIP blogs!

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