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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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  • Jessie Cozzens

    Kuulei Kaiawe

    I love this blog! Its amazing you included so many recipes. I would also love to see maybe some hairtyles tutorials or mommy hacks during the holidays. Also love the craft ideas.

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    Brittany Albrecht

    Love it all! Would love to see some simple recipes for Xmas that my daughter and I can make together!

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    Samantha

    Love the recipes and the crafts! Would like to see more blogs about maybe outfit selections such as pieces to style with sparkle in pink. I always love hair tutorials so that’s another idea. Definitely recipes though maybe get your employees to submit family favorite recipes for us all to try! Keep up the good work though! Hope to see Christmas crafts and food next blog!

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    Carly Magnus

    I love the idea of the cranberry puff pastry! We are for sure making that! Yum!!! I’d love to see more mom blog related posts! Parenting hacks maybe? Idk just a thought!

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    BRidgot

    Love the recipes so easy to follow

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    Kylie Tiller

    I really love the recipes! Simple and delicious. It would be great seeing more holiday theme recipes, crafts, etc. and hostess planning ideas.

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    Sydnee Hods

    I love all the recipes!!! I would love to see crafts to do with your littles or even mommy hacks!

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    Jessica Starling

    I love this everyone loves recipes and always looking for easy ways to make amazing dishes and especially with the holidays I love how you incorporated this into your online shopping boutique I think it’s great what girl doesn’t like shopping and food 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️

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    Krystal Lunceford

    Love the simplicity of the recipes! I’d love to see more craft ideas for little ones!

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    VIctoria RAmirez

    Loved this!!

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    Brittany Islami

    I’d love to see more recipes! Especially Christmas themed ideas. One of my favorite blogs to read!

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    Kari schafer

    All the recipes look delicious!

    I can’t wait to see your Christmas ones! Hoping to see some mint melt away recipes!!

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    sTephanie

    Love the turkey craft! We have everything already and will do this tomorrow

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    RHONDA kElly

    Love the turkey craft

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    Ashley Dupuie

    I love reading these blogs! I love seeing the recipes at the holidays so that’s something to keep up :)

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    KATHLEEN

    I love the hair tutorial idea! I also have a 4 year old with thin hair but aspires to be the next Elsa.
    But I do love the simple recipes also…look some screenshots!

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    Crystal Boyd

    I would love more easy recipes!!!! That’s my favorite part!!!

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    Hailey Lasky

    I would love to see more kids crafts! Also maybe Christmas Eve dinner ideas! And easy, not super expensive Christmas gift ideas!

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    Allis

    I love the recipes- favorite Christmas morning recipes would be fun!

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    Allis

    I love the recipes- favorite Christmas morning recipes would be fun!

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    Heather Costa

    I would love to see some fun snack ideas that the kids can help make! They get bored of the same things.

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    Rochelle Peiper

    I love your blogs! You always share a great mix or recipes and fun stuff!

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    Barb Sutter

    I would like to see some Christmas ornament crafts for kids. Thanks for the recipes!

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    Samantha Stiff

    Toddler Hair Tutorials! I have a thin headed 4 year old but she loves her hair being done and I’d love to see easy way to get it to looks.good rather then just straight ponytails!

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    Julie Iams

    Id love to see some hair tutorials for kids hair!

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    Jacqulynn Chaney

    I’d like to see more crafts for kids! Thanks for a chance!

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    Ashley Williams

    Popular gift ideas would be a great idea for a blog in December! Even stocking stuffers! I would also love to see elf on the shelf ideas too! Another suggestion is family activities to do in the winter!

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    Merisha Hawks

    I love that you put recipes and crafts

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    Heather Green

    I would love some cute elf on the shelf ideas! This will be the first year that we do elf on the shelf and I want the girls to be really surprised every morning!

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    Julia McGuire

    Love seeing all of the recipes and craft ideas! December blog maybe ideas on DIY keepsake ornaments (that children can make), DIY crafts with the kiddos, maybe centerpiece ideas for the table, and of course easy recipes for the Holidays!

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    Heather Green

    I would love to see more cute craft ideas for the kiddos! Our family loves getting home made gifts from our girls for all the holidays!

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    Mary FItzgerald

    I’d love to continue seeing more holiday recipes and diy crafts as well as maybe your favorite home remedies for kids. Especially Holiday recipes like side dishes and favorite NON traditional desserts would be awesome!

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    Brianne Allen

    Family Christmas ideas and elf on the shelf ideas! 🎄

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    Brianna Cobb

    I really enjoyed reading this blog!! Such easy recipes to follow and a fun craft! I can’t wait to try and make my first pie ever, I never knew it could be so simple! I would really like to see more blog posts like this one, great ideas for the holidays! Thank you soooooo much! Have a wonderful holiday ❤️

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    Rosary Ashcraft

    I love the idea of more recipes and kid crafts

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    TIffany Hernandez

    Cookie recipes.. elf on a shelf ideas Christmas diy decorations all would be great ideas for next months blog 😍😍😍

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