Candy Turkey Legs

Ok, guys–are these the cutest little turkey drumsticks that you’ve ever, EVER seen?! You KNOW they are!

And  no lie, they taste so good, you’ll be lucky if somebody doesn’t eat them all in one sitting. Ahem.

First, you’ll need three simple things:

1 bag of Braided Pretzel Sticks

1 bag Kraft Caramels

Dipping chocolate– we used 2 large Symphony bars

Here’s how you make them. 

Snap one end off the pretzels or they will be too long and look funny.  You can see that we didn’t break too much off. Just enough to make them the right size.

Next you’ll want to warm up the caramels. You can do this a few different ways. You can soften them up with a few seconds in the microwave–if you have one. We don’t, so we put them in a Ziploc bag and set them in a bowl of hot water. It worked just fine.

We’re not trying to melt the caramels–just make them soft enough to mold, kind of like clay.

Next, wrap the caramel around the broken end of the pretzel. Mold and shape it like a turkey leg–a blob at one end, tapering down towards the middle of the pretzel.

You’ll have a sweet little plate of naked drumsticks when you’re finished. While they sit there in all their skinned, raw, vulnerable glory you’ll need to melt the chocolate. We just put it in a small pan and warmed it on the stove on low.

Once it’s completely melted, dip the little things in the chocolate and let them rest on wax paper. You might want to be smarter than I was and put the wax paper on a pan first. That way you can pop them in the fridge to help them set faster.

I don’t know about you, but I simple LOVE giving someone a surprise that makes them say, “OH, MY GOSH!! How adorable!”

Then they laugh–

which is, of course my all time favorite reaction.

Luckily, I made a million of these.

Guess I’m just a needy little soul.




PS- This recipe was first spotted on Taste of Home Recipes. I only did one minor tweak–using one caramel instead of two and breaking the pretzels.

Personal Turkey Placecards

Introducing our new Personal Turkey Place Cards!! Just the thing for your Thanksgiving seating arrangements. You can let the kids help you cut these out for the big day OR you can make them up as a big surprise to your family and friends! You’ll have grownups and kids alike scrambling around to find their very own turkey face on the table. 

Oh, it’s been WAY too long since we made any of our sweet Thanksgiving Place cards. If you’ve been around here for awhile, you may remember our other place cards. We’ve had Pilgrims and Native Americans over the years that you could color yourself–we’ll update that soon, fear not. 

So, what else could we do this year but turn all our little turkeys into actual–sort of– TURKEYS!! Aren’t they simply adorable? 

The extra good news is that these sweet turkeys are already full color and ready to be cut out. Just add your family pictures and you’ll be home free!!  

Download your very own Personal Turkey Place Cards right here! 


So, So Thankful

So very much to be thankful for this year.

The new exciting things, the old, comfortable things.

A few very, very hard things…

and some incredibly wonderful, happy things.


All, I believe, designed by our loving Heavenly Father to help us stretch and grow and love harder and stronger and ultimately…

to bring us closer to Him.

I am indeed grateful for my sweet home and cute chickens and my dear, dear family….


some of whom may or may not be playing chess…

at the dinner table.

And I love them to bits.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends.


Thankful Stuff










All the regular stuff that’s been going up, here and there for a few years. But this year, it’s pretty dang fun to find new places to put things…in my own little cottage.

Always, always…so much to be thankful for.


Thankful Day~


Rhen ran off early on Thanksgiving morning to play football with the big boys. Of course, I snuck (is that a word?) away quietly after him to take a few pictures. Trouble is, they played on a field soooo dang far away that I couldn’t even tell which moving blur was actually him. After zooming in about eight-hundred-million times, it turns out that he is the guy on the far right. Seriously couldn’t tell…so I went home.


And it was a good thing too, because the Macy’s Parade was on–and you know I don’t want to miss that. I positively LOVE it. In fact, someday–I’d like to be sitting in one of those hotel rooms watching the parade from the window, like the little girl does in Miracle On 34th Street. Mmmmm…that would be awesome.

Bucket List for sure.


Blondie was pretty excited about the Sesame Street float…


and Rhen started shrieking when he saw these guys. No earthly idea why.


Later that day, we zipped off to April and Jacobs for the real-deal-meal. Petra is hoping Jacob drops some of the turkey he’s carving. No chance, chicky. Turkey is bad for doggies. But the humans are going to LOVE it.


That, and every other dang thing on the table. Yummo. Come to me mashed potatoes, I have big plans for you. Heh, heh.


Oh, wait. There’s a cat in my seat. Down Buttercup. You ain’t having my turkey either.


The kids made these oh-so-adorable place cards so we’d all know where we were going. Good thing, too cause I wouldn’t want to get lost on a day like today…


and with a plate full of scrumptiousness. Stuf-fing–stuf-fing–stuf-fing…


Guess the kids knew that Rhenny-boy likes bananas.


Such a good, good day.


Even had a bit of after dinner entertainment. That is suppose to say, “Ready for some haunted adventures and excitement?” So cute. It turned out to be a couple kids walking around under blankets while the other ones threw pillows at them. Spooky indeed.


Several people were asked to bring pie. I’d say it was a successful adventure. Hmmmm…where to start? Where to start?


One of each ought to do it.

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