Thanksgiving Teepees {copy cat} #LifeIsASpecialOccasion

One of the things I love about Fall is that it’s FULL of traditions.  Our family has lots of traditions centered around the holidays and if there’s one thing I can count on, it’s that my kids won’t forget them. There isn’t a chance in the world that we {my husband and I} can get away with forgetting to carve pumpkins or make costumes or pick mistletoe, bake goods for neighbors, go to parties or craft homemade gifts.   And, although these holiday traditions are important and help illustrate to my kids that life is a special occasion, it’s important to do things throughout the year to show them that memories can be created any minute, any hour, any day of the week.  Making memories together is important and we should all have too many special moments that make up our lives to count!  {{smiling}}

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Life is a Special Occasion

Hallmark understands that. They get that life is a special occasion, every day of the year. Hallmark  produces cards and products that are more than meet the eye.  And they have for years.  I think that’s one of the reasons they’ve been around for so long and are so beloved!

Thanksgiving Teepees {copy cat}

Thanksgiving Teepee

So, this week, in keeping with making life a special occasion every day, I decided to make a Thanksgiving Teepee Cupcake recipe with my kids that I knew they’d love.  I wanted to create something with them that was creative, fun, and tasted great.  Although our Thanksgiving Teepee’s didn’t turn out as beautiful as Christie’s, it didn’t matter because it was the process that counted, and the memories that we made.  I can pretty much guarantee that my boys won’t forget our Thanksgiving Teepee’s, either, and that’s what matters!

Thanksgiving Teepee Process

Click here for the complete recipe and original directions for making Thanksgiving Teepee Cupcakes, since the recipe isn’t mine.  However, I wanted to share OUR process because the pictures of my boys enjoying this moment are so darn cute.

thanksgiving teepeesStep 1:  Poking holes in a pie tin *might* have been a favorite part of the whole process for child #3.  {{these were used for holding the batter filled cones in the oven}}

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Step 2:  Mixing cake batter for cupcake filled cones was fun.  As you can clearly see.thanksgiving teepees

Step 3:  This part didn’t work out as planned for us.  Our cupcake cones didn’t want to stand up, but that’s OK. We made do.  For us, it was more about having fun than making perfect teepees.
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Step 4:  And as you can see, our teepees turned out just fine despite their tilted baking.  Now, in the original tutorial, Christine stresses that you have to cut off the tip of the cone when they are still hot from the oven.  She’s right.

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Step 5:  Next we added pretzels to the top of the teepees and dipped the bottom of the cones in frosting so that the green sprinkles would stick making the bottom of the teepees looking like grass.  I used frosting I had left over from cupcakes I had made a few days previously.  I’d recommend going with chocolate like in the original tutorial. thanksgiving teepees

 Step 6:  Then, I let the kids decorate their teepees and promptly devour them.  For us, this was definitely the best part!

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