Ever since Halloween ended, Peyton has been asking us at least five times a day if we can put up our Christmas tree. Each time, we try to explain we don’t put up our Christmas decorations until the week of Thanksgiving, which prompts her to ask if Thanksgiving is tomorrow. We just love her little holiday spirit.
It’s funny, even though she is so young, she’s already treating Thanksgiving like the lost holiday. I don’t blame her because compared to Halloween and Christmas, it’s definitely not as exciting, although I’m sure she’ll change her mind when she’s a stuffed little turkey after having Thanksgiving dinner (twice this year!).
But that’s just what we seem to do – we overlook Thanksgiving! And while I’m guilty of it myself, I do think there should be some fun activity and magic around this holiday too because turkeys are super cute (ha!) and I love the idea of starting a dialogue with my children about what they’re thankful for and the importance of giving thanks and praise to God and our loved ones.
Fun crafts or food activities help me do just that with my kids. While we prepare, glue or paint, we’re able to talk about what we’re making and the meaning behind it. This year, we’ll be using our hands to make these puff pastry turkeys, topping them with hazelnut spread and delicious fruit. It’s such a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen and can be a time for you to express why you’re grateful for them.
If you give these turkeys a try, I’d love to see your pictures. Don’t forget to include #marinamakeseats!
Puff Pastry Turkeys
- Parchment paper
- 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
- 2-3 tablespoons of hazelnut spread (can use other nut or cookie butter as well)
- Diced strawberries
- Dices bananas
- Candied eyes
- Pretzel sticks
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the puff pastry sheet on parchment paper and have you child place their hands on top. Using a knife, carefully trace their hand and cut out “turkey shapes”. Remove excess puff pastry.
Place on baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for five minutes.
Using a butter knife, have your child help spread the hazelnut spread on top of the puff pastry. Place diced fruit on top of the “feathers” and an eye on the head. Finally, add a piece of banana to make the beak and strawberry to make the “snoods” (red part under the beak).
Place pretzel sticks as the bottom for the feet and enjoy!