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Turkey Bowl

One of my family's favorite traditions for Thanksgiving day is to play in a thing we call the “Turkey Bowl.” This is when my family and some close friends get together to play football. We go to the field in the morning, split up the teams and play for a couple of hours! There are so many different ages that play which makes it fun for everyone! 

Another thing that my family enjoys doing on Thanksgiving day is playing card games and board games! I have a pretty big family so it’s fun to play games in a big group! Everyone brings their favorite games and it’s just such a fun thing to do and it gets people off their phones! If you’re bored on Thanksgiving day this is an easy activity to set up and it allows you to include others. 

-Payton Gagon

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Family Time

Perhaps the most notable part of Thanksgiving is the food that everyone gathers to enjoy with each other. A fun part of each of my Thanksgivings is when my entire family gets together on the morning of Thanksgiving to cook all of the food. Spending time with family is one of the best things about the esteemed holiday, and cooking together is an activity that can include everyone. I love how it brings everyone together, from the grandparents, to the little ones! Each person is able to have their own task in making their favorite holiday dishes such as pumpkin pie, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and maybe even the most important part, the turkey. The hustle and bustle in the kitchen is so much fun and everyone is guaranteed a good time -- and good food! 

Faith Garcia

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Simple Fun

How about doing arts and crafts with others. Think of something that you would normally do in elementary school, like turkey hands or drawing scarecrows; sort of childish things like that. I think it can bring people closer together while they’re having fun!

-Oliver Kriska

What are you thankful for? Well that's what Thanksgiving is all about, so something fun you and your family could do is have each person  get a piece of paper and write down things that you are thankful for. Do this anonymously. Then put the papers in a bowl and have each person reads one out loud. Then you all guess who wrote what. 

-Amy Vallejos

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6 Servings


1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

3/4 cup milk

1/8 teaspoon Ground Pepper Black

2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) any style Green Beans

1 1/3 cups Fried Onions, divided




Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix cream of mushroom soup, milk and pepper in a 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Stir in green beans and 2/3 cup Crispy Fried Onions.


Bake for 30 minutes or until hot. Stir.


Top with remaining 2/3 cup onions. Bake for 5 minutes until onions are golden brown.


Test Kitchen Tips:


• For a kick of spice, double the black pepper in this green bean casserole recipe to 1/4 teaspoon and prepare as directed.


• To feed a crowd, double the recipe and prepare in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Use an entire 6-ounce container of Crispy Fried Onions, reserving 1 1/3 cup for the topping. Increase cooking time to 40 minutes or until heated through.

-Andrew Cronk

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Candy Yams


-1 large can of yams 

-1 stick of butter

-2 cups of brown sugar 

-1 small bag of mini marshmallows 



  1. Drain yams and place them in your crockpot 

  2. Slice 1 stick of butter into small slices and place randomly over the yams 

  3. Sprinkle all of the brown sugar over the yams 

  4. Cover the whole top with the marshmallows

  5. Place crockpot on low for 2-4 hours until melted 

    -Kelsi Veik

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Cream Cheese Mints

Small (about 40 assorted shapes)

3-oz. cream cheese (room temperature)

¼ to ½ tsp. flavoring*

2-½ cups powdered sugar

1 small bowl of granulated sugar


Large (about 100 assorted shapes)

8-oz. cream cheese (room temperature)

½ to 1 tsp. flavoring*

6-¾ cups powdered sugar

1 small bowl of granulated sugar


In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add coloring and flavoring as desired. Gradually add powdered sugar, mixing and kneading until consistently is like pie dough or putty. (More sugar will make it easier to take out of molds.) Roll into balls about the size of the mold and then roll the ball in the granulated sugar. Place the ball into the mold and then immediately take it out. Then chill the mints in the refrigerator until they are ready to be eaten. If the mint sticks to the mold, try adding more powdered sugar to the mixture, or try chilling the mixture in the refrigerator.


*Match the flavor with the time of year. Pumpkin spice, butter rum, and maple all go well with fall. Don’t be afraid to add coloring to separate different flavors! If you do add colors or flavoring, you may need to add more powdered sugar to maintain consistency.

-Robert Jorstad

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