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Turkey Cookies~Easy Thanksgiving Snacks

Looking for a treat for your child’s school class for Thanksgiving?  Or maybe you just want to try something fun at home for a treat.  These little turkeys are so easy and cute, you almost don’t want to eat them… almost.

What you will need:

Oreo cookies

Mini pretzels

Fruit roll up (yellow and red)

Chocolate candy coating

Wax paper

Candy eyes (check on the cake decorating aisle of your local Walmart or craft store)\

Begin by melting your chocolate in a dish that you can reach into to dip your pretzels and cookies.  Have a handful of whole pretzels close.  When your chocolate is melted,  coat the pretzels well, using a fork to scoop them up.  Before you put the pretzel on the wax paper to dry, give it a couple of bumps against the bowl to knock off extra chocolate back into your bowl.  Lay your pretzels in groups of four like this:

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Sorry about the awful picture, my kitchen lighting is terrible at night!  While you let your pretzels begin to harden, dip your Oreo cookies one at a time in the chocolate.  Make sure to knock the fork against the bowl a few times again to knock the extra chocolate off.  Place the Oreo on top of your group of pretzels.

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Before it hardens, place 2 candy eyes, a triangle cut from fruit roll up and a piece of red fruit roll up to resemble the waddle.  Once the turkey hardens, these will be attached well.  Candy corn would also make a super cute beak, but I couldn’t find any the day I went to the store. :(

Let them sit for a while to harden.  They will be well stuck together.  Put on a plate as an easy gift for a neighbor, add them to your Thanksgiving table, or just serve them to your family as a cute dessert!  I guarantee everyone will love how adorable and creative these little turkeys are!

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Tootsie Pop Turkey~ Easy Thanksgiving Snacks

Here is a great snack to send with the kids to school for holiday parties.  They are easy, inexpensive and super quick to put together!

You will need:

Tootsie pop suckers

Hershey kisses

Small amount of red felt

Small amount of brown felt

Googly eyes

Hot glue gun and glue

These little turkeys are super easy to put together.  Glue the eyes on with hot glue.  Remove the white banner that says “Hershey kisses” on it from your kiss.   Attach the Hershey kiss with a very small amount of hot glue to your lollipop .  You don’t want a lot or it will melt the chocolate.  Cut a small triangle out of your brown felt to go over the top of your Hershey kiss for the beak, and cut out a small red strip to glue beside the beak.

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That is it!  If you want to give your turkey feathers, you could probably attach them to the back, but I enjoyed the simplicity of this little guy the way he was. My kids’ school won’t let them have anything that is not store bought.  I love that I can make something like this, and still feel like it is something fun and personal that the kids will enjoy.  Not to mention this time of year, who has time to spend hours in the kitchen baking when we already have so much we are trying to do?!

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Each day we will be posting  Thrifty & Thankful Thoughts of the day from our readers. At the end of the month, one of you will win a $50 Gratitude gift card.    For all the details click here. Keep those thrifty thoughts and tips coming!!! To share your thoughts daily enter them on the first post here.
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I am thankful for my incredibly loving family. Two great sons, two beautiful daughter-in-laws and 4 of the most precious grandchildren God could have given us. What a blessing!!
lizbrockway  ~ I am thankful my daughter got a job after being underemployed for 3 yrs
FerTom  ~ I am thankful to God for the phone call yesterday from my prodigal daughter who called me after 3 years!! We talked for almost 3 hours!! My brother called me today and said he is going to surrender his life over to Jesus!! Two prayers answered!!! God is good =)
VickiCrowell  ~ I am Thankful for God’s Grace and mercy that follow daily.
DeniseSilva  ~ I am so very thankful for my boys… they are my world my oldest 8 has taught me patience and acceptance to no end he is on the autism spectrum and my youngest almost 2 was born 6 weeks early but has been the healthiest out of all of us and reminds me daily to say please and thank you They are my world
Margaret Ann ~ I am thankful that God has given me a wonderful finance & wonderful family & friends. I am truly blessed each & everyday

I am thankful that i have some very close friends that are supportive of me since i dont really have any family members.

Littleme83 ~ I am thankful that my family is healthy.
Today I am thankful for the freedom to vote!
I am thankful for the hard times I’ve been through because it helps me put things into perspective and enjoy the blessings that come my way even more.
dragonflyjen ~ Happy Monday! Today I am thankful for accredited, online, Universities that allow me to go to school nights and weekends to obtain my Bachelor’s degree while working during the day and taking care of my family.

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Each day we will be posting  Thrifty & Thankful Thoughts of the day from our readers. At the end of the month, one of you will win a $50 Gratitude gift card.    For all the details click here. Keep those thrifty thoughts and tips coming!!! To share your thoughts daily enter them on the first post here.

ChristineWatts ~ Even though we’re having major plumming issues, my car died, and we don’t have enough income to be able to fix either anytime soon, I am very thankful that my daughter is doing the best in school this year that she ever has, my son just learned to walk, and is saying more words every day, and that all four of us are healthy. I am also very thankful that my grandfather, who helped raise us, lived to enjoy 91 eventful years, and is no longer in pain since October 17th. I just wish we would’ve been able to afford a memorial service, because he deserved it.

Hedderlee  ~ I am thankful to journey through this life with a husband of strong character, and for four little ones that enrich us so much.

Kim D  ~ I am thankful for my family.

Littleme83 ~ I am thankful that my family has food to eat and a warm place to live because I know there are many people who don’t.

CarenSueEvans ~ I am thankful for my family, faith and friends.

Today I am thankful for my wonderful husband and adorable kids!

I am thankful that we have enough money right at this moment to have a roof over our heads for another month. My husband has been out of work for months, our finances are depleted. My wonderful 22 year old daughter with her part time job is helping with the bills and putting groceries in the cupboard. Financially we are not well, but my two daughters, my husband and I have pulled together to help each other stay positive.

Tiggzzz  ~ We are Thankful to God to be Blessed when it comes to helping others. In this time of need throughout the holidays, we are Blessed to have the funds to help many homeless people with warm jackets, thick socks, a hot meal, and blankets to help them stay alive.  Winter is upon us and we do everything to help those less fortunate. I also cleaned out my pantry and delivered it to the Red Cross to help those back east with Food, toiletries, shampoo, body soap, and so much more.

DianeCummins ~ I am grateful to a dear friend that loaned me money to buy a car. My old car wasn’t good in the winter. She is a Blessing to my children and I.

I am grateful to have recently moved to the country and out of the city, b/c of the peace and quiet.

dragonflyjen ~ Happy Sunday! Today I am thankful for 8 hours of sleep, and then turning the clocks back an hour to give me more time to prepare for my sisters baby shower!

It is pretty chilly here today, so today I am thankful for my nice warm house and fuzzy slippers!

Sandy w ~ i am thankful for my 3 4 legged little girls, evie, tressa and harley. i love them so much, they make my life possible thru all of the turmoil

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NancyAMarquez ~ These last 11 months I along with my siblings, cousins, & entire family have SO much to be thankful for. Nov “11” my mom aunt & uncle were involved in a horrific car accident in which police were chasing a car. That car and another hit the car my family was in. Thanks be to God; despite 1 fatal, my family is still here. Oct 1 my mother went in to ER, Oct 2 she had emergency surgery for sepsis shock w 20% survival rate. She is still here and walking! God is good ALL the time! I am thankful to have my family with me, especially my mom. I love her and with out her, my children, husband, & most important God; I would be lost. I am thankful God is merciful & loves us!

DemeRG ~ I am thankful for the bonding time that my sister and I got to have with our step-dad today. He has always been a blessing in our lives, my mother’s life and for this family. We could not ask for a better step-father.

BridgetAnnBritton ~ I am thankful for my apartment in the midst of the aftermath of hurricane sandy.

dragonflyjen ~ Happy Saturday.  Today I am Thankful for a healthy family. 

Bubsie_98  ~ Thankful that in this economy my husband has a job.

I am thankful for my family!!

Definitely family!

Constitutionchic ~ I am thankful that my family loves God, each other and all of our friends.  They are all almost grown and compassionate, responsible and loving individuals.

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I am thankful that i took early retirement 12 yrs ago to move back my  home town to care for my elderly mother, who was being taken advantage of by my 3 old siblings. i was her caregiver 24/7 for over 12 yrs. i feel that b/c i did this, she lived another 10 yrs….unfortunately, i could not protect her enough from my older siblings and she died over the last lawsuit filed by them….(they sued both her and me abt 4 times in 10 yrs).  although taking early retirement, moving, lawsuits hurt me both mentally and financially, i am thankful that i did this…i am thankful that i got to spend almost everyday, if not seeing her physically everyday, speaking to her and caring for her last 12 yrs with my mother.

DemeRG  ~ I am thankful for God blessing my life with my son. I am thankful that he is healthy, kind-hearted and playful. He has enriched my life so and taught me so much in the past 12 years.

Evaelisamm  ~ I am thankful for my son’s curiosity in our every day life. At age 3, he asks some really good questions and challenges me to stay honest and attentive to his inquisitiveness!

Amy Settlemyer  ~ I am so thankful for my wonderful family.

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