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Magical Blogorail Yellow: A Disney Thanksgiving at Home

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Our family is in the process of relocating to Central Florida, just about 20-30 minutes away from Walt Disney World. In fact, we’re set to close on our new house the week before Thanksgiving! My sweet cousin has generously invited us to her home to celebrate together, and I plan to bring some Disney-inspired goodness to the table.

I’m going to get my family going Thanksgiving morning with Cinderella’s Dream Pumpkin Waffles.

Then, we’re going to pack up the following supplies and head across town. Here’s what we’re taking with us:

  • 6 Disney Thanksgiving activity placemats for the kids (printed off FREE downloads)
  • 1 Turkey breadbasket filled with pumpkin Mickey rolls (the Disney-inspired goodness—see tutorial and recipe below)
  • And 1 Mickey/Minnie checkerboard (printed off FREE download)
Photo via Spoonful

To make the turkey breadbasket, simply choose your favorite basket, and gather the supplies. Craft idea and instructions come from Disney’s

You will need:

  • 1 large wooden spoon
  • Glue
  • 1 pair of googly eyes
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper in a variety of fall colors
  • Flat wooden craft spoon
  • Red marker
  • Colorful printed wrapping paper or pages from old magazines
  • Waxed paper
  • Thin wooden skewers
  • Basket to serve as the turkey’s body (it should be large enough to fit a loaf of bread or dinner rolls)
  • Styrofoam block large enough to wedge into the basket
  • Cloth dinner napkin or kitchen towel

What to do (Instructions verbatim from

  1. To create the turkey’s head, turn the large wooden spoon so that the back of the bowl becomes the face. Use tacky glue to stick on the googly eyes. Then cut out a yellow construction paper beak and glue it in place.
  2. For the turkey’s wattle, use the marker to color the flat wooden craft spoon red. Glue the wattle onto the face at an angle so that the top slightly overlaps the beak. You can use a pinch-style clothespin to hold the pieces in place until the glue dries. *NOTE: I do not have a small wooden craft spoon, so I plan to cut this out of red construction paper.
  3. From the construction paper, help your kids cut out lots of colored feathers that measure about 10 inches long and 1 3/4 inches across at the widest point. Cut out the same number of feathers from the wrapping paper or magazine pages, then trim them so that they are slightly smaller than the solid-colored ones.
  4. Cover a flat work surface with waxed paper (this makes for easier cleanup after applying glue), and you’re ready to assemble the feathers. For each one, place a construction paper cutout on the waxed paper and set a wooden skewer atop it so that the blunt end is just below the top of the paper and the pointed end extends about 3 inches below it.
  5. Next, use a glue stick to coat the underside of a printed feather. Then press it, glued side down, onto the construction paper feather, sandwiching the skewer between the 2 layers.
  6. Wedge the foam block into the basket (trim it first if necessary). Push the spoon handle into one end of the block deep enough to secure it. Stick the feathers into the opposite end. Cover the block with the cloth napkin, and the turkey basket is ready to fill with bread.

I have the supplies, but I haven’t made my turkey yet, because I don’t want to crush him in the move. I will be sure to share pics later, though!

Mickey Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Now for the Mickey pumpkin rolls. I purchased two packages of Pillsbury ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls. I then separated them and arranged them in 3-circle Mickey shapes on a stoneware baking sheet, being sure to pinch the “ears” onto the “head” portion so they stuck together well while they baked. I baked the Mickey rolls according to package directions and let them cool about 3 minutes on the stone. Next, I combined about 3 Tablesppons of pumpkin butter with the icing that came with the rolls and slathered that on top. Then I sprinkled them with a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Yum!

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving to arrive! I’ve never gotten to share the day with my cousin, so this will be a very special time! What are your plans?

Today’s Takeaway:
Choose from some of the suggestions below to kick your holiday up a Disney notch!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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  • Melissa – Disney on Wheels

    I shouldn’t have read this before I ate breakfast! Those Mickey pumpkin rolls look amazing.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Mmmmm…they were tasty!

  • Heidi Strawser

    That breadbasket idea is adorable and would make a cute hostess gift as well! What a great idea with the cinnamon rolls. I never thought of mixing the icing with pumpkin (or apple) butter – I bet that is yummy!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh, apple butter would be yummy too! I will definitely keep the turkey basket to use year after year!

  • Heather Hedy F

    I love that basket and rolls!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks! The rolls are delicious! My husband ate one whole Mickey + the extra roll as soon as I iced them, lol!

  • Capturing Magical Memories

    Loving the cinnamon roles. I think Little Man could have some fun making those.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Definitely something the kids can help with! Mine liked taste-testing 😉

  • Kristie Jackson Green

    Love these suggestions. I am going to have to try some out for Thanksgiving this year.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks, Kristie! It’s a great way to make Thanksgiving even more magical!

  • Deb @ Focused on the Magic

    Love the cinnamon rolls! I’m going to try it. How very exciting (and stressful) to be moving to Florida!!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks, Deb! I will definitely feel better once we’re there and this is all behind us. Those Mickey rolls will help 😉

  • Amanda Tadajewski

    Those pumpkin rolls sound amazing! I think I will surprise my husband with them Thanksgiving morning. He loves all things pumpkin :)

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Better make a lot! Ours didn’t last the day 😉

  • Jenn @

    Those waffles look AWESOME! But then anything involving pumpkin generally is.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I totally agree! I also have a pumpkin pancake recipe and a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe that we loooove!!! :)


    Mickey cinnamon rolls. I never thought about that!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Very easy and very yummy!

  • ReturnToDisney

    Good luck with your move! Those Mickey cinnamon rolls look amazing…I might have to stop by your house on our way to WDW :)

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh absolutely!!! Let me know what time & I’ll have them ready 😉

  • Mickey

    What a great loop this month, Yellow Team! With today being November 1st, you’ve got me all ready to celebrate Thanksgiving! Only 27 days left!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Woot! But now I’m hungry… 😉

  • DIStherapy

    I agree with the gang- adding pumpkin to the glaze of the Mickey Cinnamon Rolls is genius. (And imagine how that would smell in the oven Thanksgiving Day morning?!) I’m going to test it when my college guy comes home for that holiday. Yay!!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh, yeah! It makes the whole house smell delicious!

  • mail4rosey

    I like the turkey bread basket, it sounds easy enough to make too, and I bet it’d get compliments aplenty on the table. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’re welcome! I can’t wait to get mine put together!

  • Tonia Thornburgh

    Oh my goodness! These are super sweet ideas! I will be completing two or three with my munchkin! (She’s actually 7) Good luck with your move!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thank you! Have fun making the crafts!

  • Beth Green

    I love the idea of the Mickey cinnamon pumpkin rolls! YUMMY! And, is the technical term for the turkey eyes “googly!” I always call them that but wonder if that’s the “real” name!! ha!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      LOL! That’s what I’ve always called them too!

  • stephanie

    I love those meatballs! Scrumptious! What a clever idea bringing the magic of Disney to the table at thanksgiving!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks, Stephanie!

  • Sheila Fretz

    Jodi all of this food looks fabulous. I need to try those waffles they look delicious.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      We’ll be having them Thanksgiving breakfast for sure!

  • Ali Robinson

    I love the pumpkin cinnamon rolls! Such a great idea… thank you for posting! :)

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks, Ali! They taste great!

  • Karen Karnes

    I love your ideas for Thanksgiving and I love that is in the spirit too! It’s so hard to find good ideas for Thanksgiving because it seems people want to jump from Halloween strait into Christmas anymore:(

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I hear ya! Spoonful is full of great ideas! I only gave a sampling here.

  • Pam Copeland Watts

    I love all of the great ideas to help make this Thanksgiving extra special! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’re very welcome, Pam!

  • Kristen

    Yum, mixing the icing with pumpkin butter is probably amazing! I’m definitely going to have to try making these Mickey rolls for my family too! Thanks!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      It’s delicious!

  • Sandra

    We will get back from Disney right before Thanksgiving! What a great to keep the vacation going.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh yeah! Have a wonderful trip!

  • Andrea

    While I won’t Disney-up Thanksgiving since the extended family isn’t a fan, I am definitely going to copy that Turkey basket! So cute!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Isn’t it?! Have a wonderful holiday!

  • Ivon_DiclajiasDisneyDreams

    OMG! All the recipes look sooooo scrumptious! Can’t wait to try some of these this year to change things up a bit.. I love the fact that you’re moving closer to WDW. We currently live about 2.5 to 3 hrs away and wish we were closer.. It’s a tough decision to leave a great neighborhood and Awesome neighbors to live close to the Mouse! But maybe someday.. In the mean time.. Good Luck!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      It is a tough decision, but we’re confident it will be worth it :) Thanks for the well-wishes, Ivon!

  • Dorothy Teel

    This is so neat and I love the recipe for the Mickey Pumpkin Rolls they look great and are such a nice change from normal cinnamon rolls. I love the turkey basket and I think it is great that you are moving closer to the Disney WORLD, wish I was in Florida at times, Oklahoma is weird weather state, but we love it. Thanks for sharing all of these thanksgiving ideas and back on board the Yellow monorail for me.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’re welcome, Dorothy! We’re moving from TX, so I know all about that weird weather, lol! 😉

  • aylin barrios-espinosa

    Thanks for all these wonderful ideas!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’re very welcome!

  • Kellie Knisley

    I think I will try making the Mickey pumpkin rolls for breakfast one morning during the holidays except use the larger canned cinnamon rolls for the head. The kids will love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I wanted to do that, but they were out of the Grands cinnamon rolls :( Will have to hunt them down next time! Enjoy!

  • TJ

    Oh my gosh, where has this website been??? I am so glad I found it, it seems in perfect time :)

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Aw! So glad you found us! So glad you enjoy it :)

  • MouseFanDiane

    It all looks so yummy – how to eat it all 😉