Blanket Waves

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Looking for instant entertainment with a one-year-old? All you need is one soft blanket and there’s fun to be had. As a bonus: this one-item game is perfect when traveling!

I sat down holding one edge of a small blanket, with Veronika on the other side. At first, she wasn’t holding on, but I demonstrated how to shake the blanket.

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Say or sing funny rhymes as you go. First I chanted, “shaaaaaake and… stop!” This got huge laughter.

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Then I started saying, “fastfastfastfast and slooow slooow slooow.” Again, I was rewarded with big grins, and now she picked up her edge of the blanket and wanted to join in.

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We did lots more shaking, plus waving it up and down as I sang silly song verses. You can also play little games of a peekaboo. So grab a blanket and play along!

Thanksgiving Table Decorations

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Just a quick post tonight on some holiday decor from our table this year! Travis got to help out in a few ways.

For starters, we colored in the place cards that came with his Thanksgiving Table Raddish Kids.

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These were good practice for writing names of family members, too!

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He also helped with the centerpiece, helping to arrange a few decorative gourds next to a bouquet of flowers.

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You can also show your child how to fold napkins into “turkey feathers”. Accordion-pleat cloth napkins and arrange on every plate.

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Finally, no vegan table is complete without a celebratory roast.

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We named our roast Hank Williams after the turkey we adopted from Farm Sanctuary this year. Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Spinach-Artichoke Dip

 

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Get your Thanksgiving off to a warm note with this creamy dip!

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces silken tofu
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans artichoke hearts, drained
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces non-dairy cream cheese
  1. Combine the tofu, artichokes, and spinach in a blender; process until smooth.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 4 minutes. Stir in the artichoke mixture and the cream cheese, cooking until the cream cheese melts.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve with your favorite crackers!

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This one was even toddler-approved!

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