DIY: Thanksgiving Turkey Macarons

While they may not be ready to assist with Thanksgiving dinner prep just yet, your littlest guests can help decorate the table with these DIY turkey macarons. This project is simple enough for kids big and small—they’ll have a ton of fun making (and eating!) them while the turkey’s still in the oven.

DIY turkey macarons

DIY turkey macarons

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Recipe: Classic Cranberry Sauce (With Printable Gift Label!)

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Susan Brown
Where you’re based: Menomonie, WI
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011
My favorite thing about the holidays is… having our son and his fiancé home for a few days.
This year, I’m thankful for… good friends, good books, and gold foil!
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving unless… my family fights over the dark meat.
Stuffing—love it or loathe it? Love it (especially mine!).

There is little that signals the approaching holidays better than the bright red cranberry bogs along Wisconsin’s highways. Since Wisconsin is the biggest producer of this versatile berry, it seemed only natural to share this simple Thanksgiving recipe for fresh cranberry sauce with you. And if you’ve never made this tasty, tart sauce before, I hope it will become a tradition in your family, too.I like to make an extra-large batch of cranberry sauce and spoon it into small canning jars to give as a parting gift. That way, when I’m passing out Thanksgiving leftovers for guests to take home, I include a jar so everyone can enjoy turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce the next day.  —Susan

Keep reading for Susan’s easy-to-make cranberry sauce recipe…


Design to Dish: Harvest Pumpkin Muffins

By Melissa of  Lulu the Baker

I love Thanksgiving for so many reasons. It happens during the fall, my favorite time of year, there are a million delicious things to eat, and it’s a simple holiday focused on family, love, and gratitude. I’ve always wanted to host a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner filled with mouth-watering food and beautiful details. Some of my favorites—including my grandmother’s delicious pumpkin muffins recipe (perfect for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning!)—are featured below.

thanksgiving breakfast harvest pumpkin muffins

I decided to go in a slightly new direction with the recipe for this post. When we think of Thanksgiving, we always think of dinner, but what about breakfast? For lots of us, Thanksgiving means house guests, and who wants to make a huge breakfast right before making a huge dinner? At the same time, something quick and easy like cold cereal isn’t quite special enough for a holiday or for out-of-town company. These delicious pumpkin muffins are a happy medium: they are quick and easy to make, and taste amazing. If you make the full recipe, there will be enough muffins to feed the army of relatives camped out in your living room!

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DIY: Printable Advent Calendar

diy advent calendar
I love advent calendars. I’m not sure if it’s the excitement that Christmas is near or the promise of a piece of chocolate every day, but each year I look forward to coming up with a new way to enjoy the countdown.

This year’s advent calendar is Scandinavian-inspired and comes ready for you to print and make at home. Get the free download after the jump…


Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels (Free Printable!)

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away? We’e celebrating the holiday with friends and family in L.A. this year and are busy planning all aspects of the epic meal (side note: Did I order the turkey yet?! Eek!). After the turkey has been carved and the pumpkin pie completely devoured, you’ll eventually need to pack up the leftovers and send them home with your dinner guests. Do this in style using the free printable label we created just for you.

Keep reading for the instructions and Thanksgiving leftovers takeout-container printable…

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DIY: Fabric-Wrapped Mini Pies (aka the perfect thank-you gift!)

mini pie favors
I’m whole-heartedly embracing pie season because it’s one of the only things that helps soften the blow of the return of cold weather. When I’m cranking out Thanksgiving desserts, I like to make a little extra pie crust and filling, which I turn into mini pies to give to friends and family as a sweet thank-you gift. Here’s a quick and stylish way to package them up once they’re ready to deliver.

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Fondue

The holidays are just around the corner and that means lots of great opportunities for entertaining. My trick is to have a few tasty treats prepared beforehand so that they’re ready to go, like this twist on traditional chocolate fondue. Peanut butter is always a crowd pleaser, and this sauce tastes like liquid peanut butter fudge. Best of all, the peanut butter fondue can be made up to two weeks ahead and stored in the fridge, so once your party guests arrive, all you need to do is heat and serve.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Loaf Cake

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

November means one more month of shameless pumpkin plugs (without judgement!), so I decided to take advantage of that fact with this pumpkin loaf cake recipe. It’s simple to make and a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving Day spread—keep it out on the kitchen counter so your dinner guests can help themselves to a slice (or two!).

Keep reading for the recipe after the jump…

pumpkin loaf cake recipe

pumpkin loaf cake recipe


DIY: Fall Leaves Garland

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Turn your fall leaves into a gorgeous gold garland

This autumn has been an epic one for fall colors in Crested Butte, Colorado (where Melissa lives!), and I wanted to find a way to hang on to the season all year long. I gathered some beautiful aspen leaves on a hike recently and decided to create a simple-yet-festive fall garland. You don’t need very many supplies at all to add a pretty autumnal touch to your home with this golden-leaf garland.

Keep reading for the DIY instructions.