Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday Traditions

Tuesday Traditions!

*Updated below
Yay! Our first installment of Tuesday Traditions!  Here's a tradition that is fun for kids and beneficial for adults.  It's educational and cheap!  ;)

For Thanksgiving Dinner, to make it even more special, try making your own butter!!  The first time I did it was in 5th grade.  It was a science experiment and it was so much fun!  I knew that I would want to do it w/ my own kids someday!

It's super easy.  All you need is a glass jar w/ a tight fitting lid for every child,
Whipping Cream and a little salt.  

You can talk to the kids about different ways a liquid changes to a solid or you can just say, "Hey!  Wanna make some butter?!"

Pass out clean jars.  Fill 2/3 full w/ cream.  Screw lid on tightly and tell them to shake.  The smaller the jar the sooner you will have butter, but remember that you're goal is to make enough butter for everyone at Thanksgiving dinner!

photo credit ohdeedoh.com

As the kids shake the cream will start to turn into butter.  It's fun to stop and have them look at it throughout the process as it is changing in consistency.

Eventually it will be thick, creamy butter!  If there is liquid on top (buttermilk) you can just drain it off.  

Add a little salt and stir.  Let the kiddo taste the butter they made.  Then scoop it into fun molds.  You can find all kids at Micheals or Hobby Lobby.  Turkeys, Pumpkins, Leaves, etc.

Once the molds are full, put them into the fridge to firm up.  When you are setting the table pop them out and either place one on each persons bread plate (a fancy and special little touch) or put them all on a platter together.

photo credit cottageinthemaking.blogspot.com

This is a really fun tradition!  The kids feel like they have contributed to this special meal!!!

Alright, please join me in sharing some special  traditions!  I look forward to reading them!!!!!  :)

If you would like to join Tuesday Traditions, post one on your blog.  Then click on Mr. Linky and enter your blog address.  That way we can ALL share traditions w/ each other  :)


Missy said...

What a great idea! I've been wanting to make my own butter for awhile now. Those turkey molds are so cute!

Jess said...

That is a cute idea. I have made cinnamon butter at Christmas before. I never thought to use the molds.

Jaime said...

I was going to say pretty much exactly what Jess said. :-) We have made our own butter, but I LOVE the idea of making enough for everyone for the big Thanksgiving meal and using molds to make them more festive! Thanks for a great idea!

all4memories said...

What a great idea!!! I'm always looking for special things to do for our various subject areas around the holidays. This one will be a great science activity!! Thanks for sharing!

Peace family said...

Does this mean you are bringing the butter for our dinner in Cleveland?

Jennifer said...

Okay. It's a official. You ROCK!!! So creative. I'm jealous!

TexasNeals said...

yay! glad y'all liked the idea :)

lisa: no ;)

jennifer: you know better!!! haha!

Audra Caldwell said...

What a great Idea!! The butter and the sharing. I was just thinking earlier this week that there were a few traditions we have, that would be fun to write about! I will be joining in, and can't wait to see what you have to share!!


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