Jarod's Turkey Soup Recipe

Thanksgiving is one of our family's favorite holidays.  It used to go something like this...

Church in the morning, thanksgiving late-lunch...and then Jarod (Heidi's husband) would be in the kitchen for the NEXT. FEW. HOURS. picking every little piece of turkey off the bones, cutting all the vegetables verrrrryyy methodically, and making it all into a soup...which we'd have for dinner.  It was always amazing!! But...seriously, we'd rather just have Jarod around.  So, at some point, Rebekah took over the soup and it's made in 1/4th the time (with probably 1/4th the meat)!  

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Bek's Favorite Childrens' Thanksgiving Books

I'm not sure what would make someone more of an "expert" on children's books as being a mother...so we thought it would be fun for our resident "expert" of 5 to share some of her favorite Thanksgiving books she's found for children! 

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh. Illustrated by Helen Sewell

This Caldecott Honor book is one of my favorites! First published in 1954, this book tells the story of the Pilgrim's journey to America and the first Thanksgiving from the perspective of three children. The artwork and writing is simple but lovely. It's a thin book divided into short chapters so it could be read in one sitting or over a few days before Thanksgiving. 















Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas. Illustrated by Shannon Stirnweis.

Eric Mataxas who is the New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, does a wonderful job of bringing the story of Squanto to life. My kids absolutely love this book and ask to hear it all throughout the year. The amazing story of a young man's resilience and ability to forgive is powerfully told in this book. The artwork is beautiful and really enhances the story. Favorite quote from the book: 













Thank you Sarah – The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson. Illustrated by Matt Faulkner

This is a book I picked up at the library and we loved it! It's the story of Sarah Hale and her part in Thanksgiving becoming a national holiday. The artwork is really great and funny! The writing is also comical and is a fun one to read aloud with expression! My kids loved the humor. It's an inspiring story of the power of the written word and what one determined person can do. My favorite quote from the book: “Never underestimate dainty little ladies.” 


Pumpkin Bread (Cake)

This is a recipe I found in my friend, Kristy’s Taste of Heaven Cookbook. I only tweaked it a little by adding a handful of caramel bits into the batter…as if this recipe wasn’t already decadent enough! I also changed the name of the recipe from Pumpkin Bread to Pumpkin Cake Loaf because it really is that delicious (and sweet!). It’s definitely yummier than your average pumpkin bread.  This would make a great “Thank You” gift to a teacher or a happy fall surprise for a neighbor! 

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