Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Mrs. Fields Secrets Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Looking for fun ways to keep the kids entertained on Thanksgiving? We’ve gathered a cornucopia of simple activities they’ll love, from decorations to snacks to their own serving of butter! Seriously, the kids’ table never seemed so cool. (Follow the links for instructions.)

1. Fan Folded Leaves
2. Grateful Garland
3. Homemade Butter
4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns
5. Turkey Glove Puppet
6. Paper Pumpkins
7. Turkey Apples
8. Paper Pilgrims Hats

It’s Nog Time at TCBY!

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Run, don’t walk to your favorite TCBY to try our new dairy-free, totally vegan, totally delicious Almond Nog frozen yogurt! It’s your favorite holiday flavor with none of the holiday guilt! Find a store here.

Recipe: Homemade Egg Nog

Mrs. Fields Secrets Homemade Egg Nog
The holidays are upon us, which means egg nog is filling the shelves at your local grocery store. This creamy treat is a seasonal favorite, but have you ever tried making your own? Once you try it, you may never go back to the mass-produced options at the grocery store because this stuff is liquid gold! Though not low calorie, it has a whipped lightness that makes it a refreshing treat. Make a batch and serve it at your holiday party with a tray of Mrs. Fields cookies. (We love it with our cinnamon sugar Nibblers bite-sized cookies, but feel free to choose your own favorite.) And one more thing–use fresh nutmeg for best results.

Homemade Egg Nog

4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 ounces bourbon
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
4 egg whites

Directions
In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks until they become light and lemony in color. Add the 1/3 cup of sugar and beat until sugar is completely dissolved, then add the milk, cream, and bourbon and nutmeg. Stir well. In a separate mixing bowl of an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until soft peaks begin to form. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar as it is mixing, and whip until peaks are stiff and hold their shape. Gently fold the egg whites into the milk mixture until the two are combined and texture is smooth and creamy. Chill before serving.

HINT: Leave the bourbon out for a non-alcoholic version.

HINT: The recipe contains raw eggs, so be sure to warn anyone with health concerns before serving.

Creative Thanksgiving Placemats

Your Thanksgiving table doesn’t have to cost a lot to look amazing. Check out these creative DIY ideas that you can put together with just a little time and effort. In fact, have the kids help, too!

We love this idea that involves simple brown paper, some straight lines, and pretty handwriting. Guests can write down their thankful thoughts while the turkey is being carved!

These chalkboard placemats would be fun for any age to doodle and scrawl and decorate their own place.

These colorful burlap leaves are joined together with some simple Modge Podge for a lovely mosaic!

Go on, get your DIY on. Thanksgiving is only ten days away!

Recipe Roundup: Our Favorites for Your Thanksgiving

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If you are busy putting together your Thanksgiving menu and need some inspiration, we’ve journeyed deep into our archives to gather our absolute favorite recipes to share to save you the trouble. These are the best of our best, crowd-pleasing favorites that you’ll love to share with your family and friends this Thanksgiving.

SIDE DISHES

Cranberry Jalapeño Dip - An easy, make-ahead appetizer that will wow your crowd. Sweet and spicy and absolutely beautiful too.
Flavored Butters - Sweet or savory, these butters can be made in advance and are the perfect pairing for warm rolls.
Glazed Carrots with Feta - A delicious spin on your regular cooked carrots. Not mushy and definitely not boring!
Mashed Cauliflower - A great alternative to mashed potatoes if you’re looking for an alternative to mashed potatoes.
Roasted Parsnip Stuffing - This may be the recipe to finally decide the stuffing debate–delicious!
Spicy Cranberry Chutney - Say goodbye to the jiggly can-shaped cranberry sauce. This sauce adds a perfect zing to your turkey.

PIES

Perfect Pie Crust - The ideal canvas for all your favorite fillings. Flaky, buttery and delicious every time.
Ice Cream Pies
 - A favorite of kids and adults alike, decadent ice cream pies are another make-ahead favorite.
Key Lime Pie - The perfect balance of tart and sweet and creamy.
Brown Bag Apple Pie - The pie of all apple pies, our absolute FAVORITE no-fail, anybody-can-make-this-pie pie.

OTHER DESSERTS

Banana Pudding - Fluffy, creamy, not-too-heavy, this dessert is delicious and should be made 24 hours in advance.
Basic Cheesecake - A standard recipe to top with your favorite fruit or sauce.
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple Cream Sauce - Pumpkin pie meets cheesecakes meets adoring crowds.
Bread Pudding - A comfort food classic. Makes a great breakfast for overnight guests, too.
Peach Tart - If fruit pies are too sweet for you, this tart is like a gift.

Do you have a favorite Mrs. Fields recipe? Let us know!

Recipe: Caramel Apple Cider & Molasses Spice Cookies

Mrs. Fields Secrets Caramel Apple Cider and Molasses Cookies

Here’s a fall duo that will warm you to your toes and make you feel good all over. The warm, rich spices of fall combine in this chewy cookie recipe and a cider recipe that can simmer all day in your slow cooker, ready to serve you when you come in from the cold. Either one can stand alone, but they pair perfectly together. All you need to add is a crackling fire and a cozy sweater.

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider

8 cups apple cider
1/2 cup caramel sundae syrup
juice of 1 lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole allspice
whipped cream (for garnish)

Directions
Combine all ingredients except for whipped cream in a medium-sized slow cooker. Stir well until syrup dissolves into the mixture then cook on low heat for at least one hour before serving with fresh whipped cream on top. If the allspice pods bother you, pour the cider through a strainer before serving.

 

Molasses Spice Cookies

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup shortening
1 egg
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 cup sugar for coating

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar, molasses, shortening, and egg until smooth and well combined. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together before adding to the sugar mixture. Stir until well combined and stiff. Roll the dough into one-inch balls and then roll each ball in the sugar coating twice. (This gives your chewy cookie a nice, sweet “crust.”) Place prepared dough balls on a prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove cookies and allow to cool on a baking sheet.

Thank a Veteran Family Today

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Today we celebrate Veteran’s Day, a special opportunity to honor not only the brave men and women who serve in the armed forces, but their families as well. Military service is an incredible individual sacrifice and a monumental family sacrifice to. So, we invite you today to reach out and thank the veterans and families you know. Tell them what their sacrifice means to you. Share your support. Brighten their day.

As our way of showing gratitude, Mrs. Fields is offering 20% off the entire site today with code 14WBA at checkout. Take advantage of generous savings to offer your own generous thanks. And just in case you need a few ideas, imagine surprising a military family with one of these thoughtful gifts…

Thank You Big Cookie Cake

Basket of Gratitude

Appreciation Box

Large Give Thanks Tin

You can shop our entire line of Thank You gift ideas as well as all of the great gift ideas at Mrs. Fields. And on behalf of all of us here, we offer our sincere thanks to the women, men, and families of military service!

2014 Holiday Shipping Tips and Deadlines

Here’s a handy guide to keep you ahead of the game for the holiday season. Between holiday parties, performances and general hustle-and-bustle, shipping your holiday gifts can get stressful. Keep tabs on this information to avoid holiday headaches.

SHIPPING TIPS

  • Did you know that you can shop for holiday gifts from Mrs. Fields anytime and choose the day you’d like them delivered? That’s right, you can shop early, but have your fresh, delicious gifts delivered just in time for….well, whatever! You pick the delivery date and pay only standard shipping rates. Genius, right?
  • For packages you ship yourself, did you know that you can order free Priority Mail shipping supplies on usps.com and have them delivered to your door, free of charge? This allows you to skip the lines at the post office altogether.
  • Use at least one inch of cushioning around items shipped. Fill in any empty space with cushioning, so that when your box is sealed and you shake it, there is very little movement inside.
  • Beware of re-using cardboard boxes too many times for shipping. The materials are more likely to break down, tear, or rip after three uses.
  • If you’re purchasing large, heavy or otherwise awkward items for gifts, consider purchasing them online and having them shipped directly to your recipient. The manufacturer will have better supplies and more expertise with shipping such items.

SHIPPING DEADLINES
Mrs. Fields Christmas Shipping Deadlines:

  • December 17 – Last day for Standard shipping
  • December 18-22 (2:45 p.m. cutoff) – 2-Day shipping deadline
  • December 23 – Overnight shipping deadline

USPS 2014 Christmas Shipping Deadlines:

To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

  • December 2   – First-Class Mail International
  • December 2   – Priority Mail International
  • December 10 – Priority Mail Express International
  • December 15 – Standard Post
  • December 17 – Global Express Guaranteed
  • December 20 – First-Class Mail
  • December 20 – Priority Mail
  • December 23 – Priority Mail Express

You can find out about UPS shipping deadlines here and FedEx deadlines here.

Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie

Mrs. Fields Secrets Chicken Pot Pie

November is pie month, but don’t think that only means sweet. A piping hot chicken pot pie is the most perfect dinner on a blustery November evening. This recipe is super savory, packed with flavor and a flaky, buttery crust. It is comfort food at it’s finest and it’s easy enough to pull together on a weekday night.

Chicken Pot Pie

1 prepared pie crust (store bought or homemade)
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. chicken, cooked and diced (rotisserie chicken works great)
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 medium parsnips, peeled and diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen peas
1 celery stalk, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 handful of fresh herbs, finely minced (dill, parsley, sage, thyme, or your own favorites)
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons dry sage
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 egg + 1 tablespoon water for egg wash

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a casserole dish with non-stick spray. (Cook and dice chicken if you haven’t already done so.) In a frying pan, saute all the vegtables, onion, and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat for several minutes, until vegetables begin to soften. Season with salt and pepper, paprika and sage, then stir. While vegetables are still cooking, sift the flour on top of vegetables and stir for another minute before adding the chicken, chicken stock and cream to the mixture. Allow to cook until sauce begins to boil and thicken. Toss in the minced herbs and stir. Add the mixture to the prepared casserole dish, then cover with the prepared pie crust, tucking in the edges. Brush a layer of egg wash over the crust and cut a series of vents in the top, then bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

6th Annual “Give Thanks with the Gift of Cookies” Giveaway

It’s hard to believe this is our sixth year of blogging at Mrs. Fields and that it is time again for our favorite giveaway, the one that has all of us teary-eyed after poring over the entries. As our busiest season gets underway, we love beginning it with this contest, with hearts full of gratitude. There’s something incredible about the act of giving thanks in a public way and add to that the joy of being able to surprise someone with an amazing gourmet gift as a show of gratitude.

With Thanksgiving approaching, we have much to be thankful for at Mrs. Fields and we know that you do too. We also know that the perfect way to express your gratitude is with the gift of cookies. Once again, we are giving away three fabulous prizes to deserving people nominated by you! We’ll deliver them, along with your thanks, just in time for Thanksgiving! Why? Because the only thing better than winning a Mrs. Fields Secrets giveaway is winning one for somebody else!

How does it work?

Leave a comment answering this question: Who would you like to thank and why?

The contest will run from now until Sunday, November 16th, after which three winners will be selected to receive one of three incredible prizes:

Our All in the Fall Box, featuring our favorite original cookies and frosted cookies.

Our Autumn Basket, which is part treat, part keepsake.

And finally, who wouldn’t love our Feels Like Fall Small Box? Nobody, that’s who.

Now let the thanking begin!

One entry per person, please. Entries will be accepted until midnight, Sunday, November 16, 2014. Must be 18 years old to enter. Nominee must be a resident of the continental United States. Winners will be chosen and notified via email. 

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.*

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