Happy Thanksgiving from MOTHER BRUCE #FollowBruce



by Ryan T. Higgins

In stores November 24

About the Book

Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?

About the Author

Ryan T. Higgins is an author/illustrator residing in Southern Maine. He lives with his three dogs, three cats, two geckos, one tortoise, one son, one daughter, and one wife. He has wanted to be a cartoonist since as far back as he can remember. (Actually, that’s not entirely true—he wanted to be a tiger until he was three, but, sadly, that didn’t really pan out.) Ryan’s first picture book, Wilfred, was named a 2013 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Honor Book. Visit Ryan online at ryanthiggins.com.

What to do with all those Thanksgiving Leftovers?

So, it’s all over. All that prep, the cooking, the shopping- and of course, the eating.  Now- what to do with all those leftovers?

thanksgiving dinnerFood Safety Tips:

If your family is anything like mine, then you’re used to having the same problem each Thanksgiving—what to do with all the leftover food! While you may be dreaming of turkey sandwiches and leftover pie, just remember that mishandling leftovers can create opportunities for contamination with bacteria. So keep these food safety tips in mind after the big party to prevent foodborne illness.

How Many of These Leftover Rules Do You Follow?

  • Leftovers should be refrigerated or frozen in shallow containers. Whole roasts, hams and turkeys should be sliced or cut into smaller pieces or portions before storing them in the refrigerator or freezer. This encourages rapid, even cooling.
  • In general, leftovers stored in the refrigerator should be consumed within 3-4 days. When possible, put a sticky note or other label on your leftovers with the date they were first stored so that you know when to toss them out. A full list of recommended cooling and freezing times is here: http://go.usa.gov/GKVd
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A Gluten Free Thanksgiving

If you are going gluten free this year (or every year, for some people with no options), Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a complicated affair.  Some of the most basic holiday foods, like the turkey, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes normally have no gluten in them already- so huzzah!  Several steps down, several more to go.

What to do about the foods you love that DO normally have gluten in them?  Well, turns out it might not be as bad as you think.

ready to use gluten free stuffing

image via Glutino.com

Start with the stuffing

You can make your own with gluten free bread that you let get stale, or you can make it from a mix if you are pressed for time.  You can also go non-traditional if you feel like getting wild and crazy, with cornbread or even wild rice stuffing.  For me, personally, I’d go cornbread, but I am a sucker for that stuff every. Single. Time.
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Nut Free Thanksgiving Goodie Bags for The Classroom

Nut Free Classroom Snacks

So, it’s that time again- time to be supermom.  As if you don’t have enough to do, it’s class party time, and you are in charge of snacks.  With everyone allergic to something, you need to be conscientious about your food choices.  If you, like me, are not the crafty type , here is a cute (and easy!) all-in-one craft/goody bag the kids are sure to love, and your kids will love making with you.  (Look at that, you ARE supermom!  Quality time with the kids and class party making all rolled into one, score one for you.)

My son and I made these turkey snack bags for his class.  Yes, it would have worked out better if we used orange, brown, or yellow pipe cleaners, but he wanted black ones, so there you have it.  No arguing with the kiddo.

What you need

Pipe cleaners
Orange or yellow construction paper
Non-latex gloves- you know someone is going to be allergic to latex
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Get Fit with Your Friends from FREE BIRDS and TV’s Toughest Trainer Chris Powell


Kids, we know it may seem more fun to live a lazy life of pizza, TV and fuzzy slippers like Reggie from FREE BIRDS, but if you want to be big and strong like Jake, it’s going to take work! That why we asked trainer and host of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” Chris Powell, to share some tips to help you get moving and eat things that will keep you healthy. If you follow his plan, pretty soon you’ll have pecs and glutes as impressive as Jake’s!


Tip #1: Eat Breakfast.  Mom is right, it really IS the most important meal of the day!  Eat something hearty that’s going to give you a lot of energy, like eggs and toast, or yogurt and granola. Start the day strong!

Tip#2: Get to school at least 15 minutes early for recess. Run, jump, climb, and play your favorite sports. You’ll get some extra time with your friends, you’ll get stronger and faster, and you’ll supercharge your body and mind for learning!
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Win Free Birds Turkey Hats


Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and to celebrate, check out this giveaway for official Turkey Hats from this year’s themed movie, Free Birds.

The 3D animated ReelFX and Relativity film hit theaters on November 1st. The film is a buddy-comedy about two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. Produced by Aron Warner of Shrek, it features the voices of Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler and Woody Harrelson.

The soundtrack for Free Birds can be found on iTunes, and you can catch the movie in a theater near you.
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