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Thanksgiving Neighbor Gifts: Pastries Are a Delicious Way to Show Gratitude

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Thanksgiving—I have been busy on Pinterest lately, pinning all my favorite holiday desserts and neighbor gift ideas to a board I created called "Holiday Yummies." I have found cute hot chocolate stirring spoons, creative cookies, fun fudge, and more.

As I was looking through my board, I questioned why I always wait until December to give out neighbor gifts. Wouldn't Thanksgiving be the perfect time to start?

So this year, we are making a few neighbor gifts in November to get into the giving spirit a bit earlier.

We identified a few families who really mean a lot to us and that we want to thank for being a part of our lives. We found this fun recipe in Family Fun Magazine and spent the afternoon baking, talking all the while about who we would deliver the treats to, why they were important to us, and why we were grateful to have them in our lives.

Making them was a whole family affair. The kids cut them out, using an awesome Wilton leaf cookie cutter I found on sale at Michael's.

Next, they buttered the edges.

Then, they added a variety of fillings, including cut up Reese's peanut butter cups, Nutella, and strawberry jam with cream cheese.


The end result was both delicious and an awesome way to help my kids learn about gratitude while having fun in the kitchen.

How do you help your kids get in the giving spirit? What do you do during the month of Thanksgiving to help them have an attitude of gratitude?

Visit Family Fun Magazine online for the recipe.
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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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