Each year my aunt makes the tastiest 4 Layer Chocolate Pie for Thanksgiving. This year I asked what to bring and she said I could make the pie. At first I was skeptical because I really do not cook or bake, but it really is easy and fast to make. No cooking required and takes about 25 mins. Take this to your next party or holiday event and it is sure to be eaten. Allergic to nuts? eliminate them and make it a 3-layer.
You will need:
2 sm boxes instant chocolate pudding
2 deep dish graham cracker crusts
3 cups milk
2 tsp vanilla
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
16 oz cool whip
16 oz powdered sugar
Chopped pecansMix pudding, milk and vanilla in a Tupperware type bowl with a lid. Stir to mix then secure lid well and shake well for 3-5 mins then let it sit.In a large bowl mix softened cream cheese, sugar and 8oz cool whip. The other half of cool whip is for the top layer. Mix well with mixer.Start layering in the pie crust with chocolate first, then cream cheese mixture, then cool whip by itself then nuts. Place the clear cover on and keep in the fridge.
To soften cream cheese you can leave it on table for an hour or put on a plate and microwave for 10-15 seconds. You just want it a little soft.
Each year at Thanksgiving we like to entertain our crew of children with some crafts for the holidays while food is being prepared. There are 4 kids, 2 girls and 2 boys ages 7 and 4. (That’s a whole other post on how I could never be pregnant by myself. LOL) This year I talked to my sister about what we wanted to do and sent her some ideas and then went off to the craft stores. I picked up a Gingerbread felt kit at Joann’s that was on sale and makes more than enough for our kids. I also got a pack of snowflake foam stickers there for a $1. I grabbed some foam sheets and magnets that I already had, glue gun and other craft stuff and headed to my hometown.
I took a 4X6 picture as a template and placed in the middle of the foam sheet and traced it out. Cut out the middle and let the kids decorate their picture frame. When all was done, I placed the magnet on the back and we have a winter wonderland frame to go on the fridge.
Next I let the kiddos decorate their Gingerbread men and women. This is were the glue gun came in because some of the felt pieces were not stickers. It says you could use Elmer’s glue, but I just used the glue gun and had the kids tell me where they wanted the pieces. Placed a magnet on the back and up on the fridge they went.
My sis picked up some clear ornaments, a small funnel, christmas ribbon, hot cocoa, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and mini M&M’s at Wal-Mart.
She let the kids funnel or spoon in their layers of hot cocoa and toppings into their ornaments. We only did one pack of hot cocoa but the ornament could hold 2 and toppings. Tied a ribbon of their choice to the top and the kids have a hot cocoa ornament for the tree.
Lastly I had Sierra’s two kids over after Thanksgiving to do crafts. I had them do the gingerbread magnet and all the girls make a snowman card. I took blue cardstock in half and cut it. I painted the palm of their hand with white paint and pressed it down on the cardstock and then let them use markers to draw their snowman a face, arms, buttons, hat and scarf and lots of snowflakes. This also works on ornaments.
November is the month full of thanks! Here are some ideas and free printables to help your children celebrate the month of Thanksgiving
Make your own thankful banner or thankful tree with these Free Leaf Template by Janeb-Myblog
Freebie I am so thankful for… blank cards for children
Cute Free Thanksgiving jokes for your little ones lunchboxes by The Mother Huddle
Love this thankful placemat by Dimple Prints: consider laminating this at FedEx so they can reuse to keep them busy on Thanksgiving.
I created these cute Thankful gift tags you can attach to gifts. Your child can also draw a picture on the back and use it as a card.
Because our kids are always thankful for their teachers & friends: free gift tags