2018 Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline Printable

It’s that time of year again!  Thanksgiving and ALLLLLLLL the cooking.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love all the cooking and gathering people around the table to celebrate together.  That’s the main reason I love hosting so much.

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We typically host at our house, but haven’t the last couple of years because other friends’ have, so I’m excited to do it again this year.

Surprisingly, I haven’t put a ton of thought into the day yet, but I have my menu planned out.  I never do Thanksgiving without this sweet potato casserole and this stuffing.

Here’s the thing though with cooking so much all in one day.  Your oven is basically on all day.  Plus, it’s a delicate dance to figure out when you need to put certain things in the oven, at what temperature they need to be cooked, and how long they need to cook.

So every year, I come up with a fun and super handy Thanksgiving cooking timeline printable.   You can see all the past ones here, here, and here.

And here is this year’s cooking timeline!

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I don’t have two ovens, but the one I do have does some heavy lifting on Thanksgiving.  However, everything still has to be ready at the same time.  So, I have to write it all down and figure out what cooking order makes the most sense.

See, delicate dance!

Thanksgiving Oven Rotation Cooking Timeline Printable

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Here’s how I use my printable to make sure everything gets cooked and on the table at the same time.

First, I double check all of my recipes to see how long everything needs to be cooked and at what temperature.

I write that all down, then figure out in what order things should be cooked.  I use my tips below to help me figure that out.

Next, I start working backward from the time that I plan on eating and write in the time that each dish should go into the oven and come out of the oven.

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I typically do this a few days before Thanksgiving so that I’m prepared the day of.  More importantly it lets me figure out if there are any parts of the dishes that I can make ahead of time.

Thanksgiving Oven Rotation Tips

To make cooking everything and having it all done around the same time with just one oven easier try some of these tips below.

  • Cook the dish with the highest temperature first, so all day you’re just turning the oven down and not wasting time waiting for the oven to preheat.
  • Bake as much the day before and just reheat on Thanksgiving.
  • When the turkey is out and resting, use that time to warm everything back up that you cooked the day before or earlier in the day.
  • Reduce the number of times you’re opening and closing the oven so you don’t lose heat.  Just turn on the oven light and check things through the window.
  • Cook savory things together and sweet things separately so flavors and aromas don’t mix.

Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline Printable

Be sure to click here or on the picture below to download your own cooking timeline printable.

What I love about this is that if you have it out in your kitchen, it’s pretty enough for your guests to see.

Hosting such a big holiday focused on food can be stressful.  But with a little planning and this printable I hope it can help relieve some stress of the day.

 

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DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland with a Video Tutorial

I’m so excited to bring you this DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland today.  It’s been a long time in the making, and I’m not even sure why.

I wanted to feature it in this post about decorating your party chairs, but it just didn’t happen.   But, these would be adorable on the back of any chair at your next party.

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Do you ever put something off for a long time, then when you do it, it only takes you like 5 minutes to complete it?  Yep, that’s what happened with this ribbon garland.

Once I started doing it, it was so quick.  I’m not sure why I put it off for so long.  It was so quick I even had time to do a video tutorial, edit it, and figure out how to get it to post here.

There’s no excuse to not be sure how to do this because the video walks you through every quick step.

And there’s no excuse for me not to just get things done when I want to because they probably aren’t going to take as long as you think they will.  Maybe not procrastinating should be my New Year’s resolution?

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland

So, these DIY ribbon hoops are super easy to make yourself and they make a huge impact.

I love the versatility of them.  You can hang them in a dessert backdrop, from the ceiling, or use them as a wreath for the entrance to your party.

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If you want, you don’t even have to use them for a party at all.  Try them as home decor.  How sweet would they be in a nursery or playroom?

I love the softness of the satin and grosgrain ribbon, the vibrant colors, but mostly how easy they are to do.

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Hoop decor is all the rage right now, especially for parties.  Decorating hoops with flowers, balloons, or fabric.

These would be so fun to incorporate into upcoming Thanksgiving or Christmas decor don’t you think?

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland Supplies

You don’t need a whole lot to make this hoop garland.  You may even be able to find what you need from around your house.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

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I love that I don’t need any special tools for this DIY.  No glue gun or sewing involved.  Just your fingers and about 5 minutes of time!

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland Tutorial

Here are the steps you’ll need to take to make this yourself.

  1. First, cut your ribbon into about 2-3 feet stripsdiy ribbon garland, embroidery hoop diy, easy ribbon party decor, yellow party decor, ribbon hoop garland tutorial
  2. To loop your ribbon over the hoop, first join the two free ends together and find the middle of the ribbon.
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  4. Then pull the free ends through the ribbon loop over the hoop.diy ribbon garland, embroidery hoop diy, easy ribbon party decor, yellow party decor, ribbon hoop garland tutorial
  5. Wiggle the hanging ends of the ribbon to tighten the knot that you created.
  6. Finally, add ribbons all around the hoop using the method above until you’ve reached your desired look.  More ribbons is a fuller look.diy ribbon garland, embroidery hoop diy, easy ribbon party decor, yellow party decor, ribbon hoop garland tutorial

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I hung my ribbon hoop garlands over my bar area.  They make a cute, and easy decoration for that area.

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These would be quick and inexpensive decor to incorporate into your party in areas that aren’t your main focal point.  Just use colors that coordinate with your party.

And clear 3M hooks would work perfectly to hang them temporarily where you’d like them.  I only had white ones on hand.

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All together I only spent about $11 on this DIY.  I already had the embroidery hoops so all I purchased was the ribbon.  I bought four rolls at about $2-3 each.

Video Tutorial of DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland

 

I highly recommend watching this quick video tutorial.  Not because I am great on camera, haha, but because the process makes a little more sense when you see it being done.

And now for me to try and remember how to speak 🙂

Is this a DIY you could see yourself tackling?  Where would you use it?  A party, home decor, or somewhere else?

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Thanks for stopping by!  We’re going full swing into Thanksgiving in the next week.  If you need Thanksgiving hosting help, this is the right place to be!

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Five 5 Minute Halloween Costumes

Happy Friday!  Who is gearing up for alllllllll the Halloween parties this weekend?  We have several to go to, but it should be really fun for the kids, so I’m looking forward to that.  Now to finish (aka start) my son’s Olaf costume.  His big sister is Elsa, so by default he gets to be Olaf.

If you wait until the last minute like I do for costumes, then you will love how fast all of these costumes are today.  Earlier this week I had you covered with a fast and easy appetizer and fast shipped party decorations.

Between all of these quick Halloween ideas, you’ll be ready for the big day before you know it!

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Five Minute Halloween Costumes

I have five different costumes for you today that are so simple there’s no reason you wouldn’t want to dress up this way.  Especially if you’re not that into Halloween.

The best part of all of them is that I had all of these things already in my house.  And I’m sure you do too.

Striped Shirt + Black Pants + Hat = Robber

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This one is super easy and is just putting clothes on.  Find some black or dark pants, add a striped shirt, and a stocking cap.

Bonus points if you can also use a bag stuffed with “money.”  Just grab any bag from around your house and put random things in it.

Khaki Cargo Shorts + Khaki Shirt + Hat + Binoculars = Safari Guide

I even convinced my husband to get in on the quick costume train.

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Again we just raided the closet for this safari guide look.  Find all khaki, tan, brown, or even olive green and dress head to toe in it.

Add boots and a safari hat.  Or any hat with a brim.

Bonus points if you have binoculars.  And if you don’t just add a name tag with Steve Irwin and call it good.

Red Dress + Green Hat = Strawberry

I love this option because of how colorful it is.

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Super easy to just color block any kind of costume.

Wear all yellow and be a banana.

Wear all purple and be a grape or eggplant.

There are so many food options, haha!

Robe + Head Scarf + House Shoes = Old Person

This wins the award for most comfortable.

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Throw a robe over whatever you have on, add some house shoes or slippers.

If you’re a woman, adding a head scarf over our hair or curlers in your hair takes this to the next level.

Bonus points if you have a cane or glasses on a chain.

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Radiant Defense + Tan Shirt + Antlers = Bambi

This may be one of the most fun costumes!  Who doesn’t love Bambi?

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I used my company’s newest product, Radiant Defense, to create a full face Bambi look.

I used multiple shades to create darker spots, and those cute light colored Bambi spots.  A little eye liner in particular areas created enhanced eyes and nose.

I added a tan shirt and if you have khaki pants, you’re all set.

The concept of using make-up or products you already have to create a fun look is easy and focuses just on one area, your face.

What I love about Radiant Defense, besides that there are six shades to achieve multiple looks and they are super blendable, is that it’s good for your skin.

It doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts, but actually improves skin.  Protecting your skin’s moisture barrier from environmental aggressors, and has an SPF 30.

This is especially important to me when I put so much of it on my face to create this Bambi look.

You can get your own Radiant Defense here and figure out what shade is right for you here.

Although it may have taken just a bit longer than five minutes to do, it took less than five minutes to take it all off with these.

Five Minute Costume Key Points

Quick costumes when you’re not feeling like dressing up or just aren’t into Halloween boil down to two things.

Color blocking and focus.

You can create a ton of different costume ideas just by color-blocking.  Figure out what you want to be then pick the main colors of that idea.

Focusing on one area, like your face, or hair, or just your shirt will reduce the amount of time and thought that goes into a costume.

I hope some of these ideas are super helpful or inspirational for you to put a costume together quickly this weekend and next week.

Be sure to let me know what you’re planning to dress up as this Halloween!

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Last Minute Halloween Decorations

Can I be honest?  Halloween is not my favorite holiday.  I’m just not that into it.  I’m not sure why because I love a theme party and celebrating.

Because I’m not that into Halloween, I always feel rushed when it comes to costumes and decorations.  #procrastinatorsunite

I don’t own a ton of Halloween decorations and costumes always feel like a lot of work.  So if you aren’t into Halloween or wait until that last minute like I do, today’s post is perfect for you.

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I’ve rounded up everything you need to decorate for Halloween.  It’s all from one place, and you’ll have it in two days.  That’s right, all of this is from Amazon and can be at your house two days from now.   Just in time for Halloween parties this weekend and the big trick or treating night next week.

As far as costumes go, I’ll have you covered with last minute costumes on Friday, so be sure to check back then.

Last Minute Halloween Decorations for the Outdoors

I’m never one to decorate my house for Halloween very much.  I mostly just decorate for fall.  But I can see how it would be fun to welcome your guests with something spooky before a Halloween party.

We have a large area above our garage that we usually decorate with a giant wreath at Christmas, but maybe we can use this giant spider up there for Halloween.

I think this giant spiderweb would be super spooky for trick-or-treaters to have to walk under to get to your front door for candy.  Maybe try to figure out a way to place it over your sidewalk or front steps so they have to walk or stand under it and the giant spider with glowing eyes.

Last Minute Halloween Decorations for Inside

For the inside of your house, you don’t need much to show your Halloween spirit.  Let your guests’ costumes be the decor!

Thankfully, Amazon has the perfect bundle of Halloween decorations.

These would be perfect for your food buffet, mantle, or a dessert backdrop.  My biggest suggestion would be to keep them grouped together to make a bigger, spookier, impact.

Even make your food on theme with these Halloween food toothpicks.

This mantle scarf would be great on your mantle or even as a tablecloth on your food buffet.

You know what the best part of all of these decorations?

You could get all of this together, to your house in two days, thanks to Amazon Prime for around $50.00!

That’s a great deal for last minute Halloween decorations you can use to decorate an entire party inside and outside.

Feel free to shop my affiliate links below or under the pictures above.

Are you more inspired to decorate for Halloween now?  Are you in the spooky spirit?  I know that knowing I could get a party completely decorated for around $50.00 makes me want to throw a party!!

If you’re not inspired to throw a Halloween party, maybe doing a fun trick on others is more your style.  Check out my boo basket printables here.  All my other Halloween posts are here, and here.

Be sure to come back Friday for fun last minute Halloween costumes too!

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Crowd Pleasing Savory Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe

Welcome back from the weekend!  Did you do any fun fall stuff this weekend?  We went to a pumpkin patch and made this fun pumpkin themed cheese ball.

We had beautiful weather this weekend so it was nice to get out and enjoy it a little bit.  It’s so fun watching my almost 15 month old experience things like hay and corn bins for the first time.

He had an interesting time trying to walk on hay covered ground around the pumpkins.  He started sort of scooting his feet, I think because he wasn’t sure about crunching down on the hay when he stepped.

I was also super proud of our daughter for trying the mini zip line at the pumpkin patch.  It wasn’t more than about 10 feet off the ground, but there weren’t any harnesses, just a platform to sit on.  Kind of like on a rope swing.  So she had to hold on tight as she zipped down.

Thankfully, Daddy ran along next to her just in case.  She’s become much more adventurous in the past few months.  That’s exciting to watch!

Seasoned Moms: I need your advice!

Our weekend was also filled with kids’ birthday parties.  I thought a few times this weekend, “is this what our life is going to become?”  Constantly attending kids’ birthday parties?

Don’t get me wrong, I like to celebrate, but I have a feeling our social calendar is going to fill up with 3, 4, and 5 year old birthday parties.

Can any of you seasoned moms tell me how you navigate this?  Do you attend all of them?  Get a gift even if you can’t go?  Limit how many you attend?

It feels like there has to be a cutoff somewhere.  Where is that cutoff?

Either way, one of the birthday’s this weekend was Halloween themed and the birthday girl wanted to dress up as a ghost princess and she was adorable!

Because of the Halloween theme, I couldn’t think of a better appetizer to bring than this pumpkin shaped cheese ball.  Nope, it doesn’t have pumpkin in it, it’s just shaped that way.

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It’s full of savory goodness that’s spreadable on a cracker or easily dipped into with a chip.  It’s a crowd pleaser.  I highly recommend taking it to any of the upcoming Halloween parties you may be attending.

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons salsa
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 top of a green pepper
  • 1 cup crushed nacho cheese chips

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Here’s what to do.  If you can mix a spoon you can do this.  It’s super easy!

Directions:

  1. Put first 5 ingredients in a bowl and mix together until blended.
  2. Form into a ball on a piece of plastic wrap
  3. Wrap plastic wrap around cheese ball and form into a ball, place in the refrigerator
  4. Once chilled, unwrap plastic wrap and sprinkle crushed nacho cheese chips all over cheese ball until covered and ball is orange like a pumpkin.
  5. Push top of green pepper into the top of the cheese ball to make the pumpkin stem.

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The finished product is so yummy and a perfect make ahead appetizer for any Halloween or fall themed party.

This is such a great time saver too.  Make this a day or two before the party so you can use those crucial last minutes leading up to the party to focus on things other than food.

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Add black corn tortilla chips for an even more on theme party dish!

Get ready for more Halloween inspired posts this week!

I’ll have all of you Halloween procrastinators covered with a big Amazon Halloween haul and last minute costume ideas.  With Prime you’ll be ready for Halloween even if you wait until the last minute.

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Celebrating everyday!