Neighborhood Thankful Tree

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Last year we did a fun thankful activity that lasted for all of November (and into December!)  Instead of doing it just as a family, we invited our family, friends, and neighbors to all join in.  All month long we worked together on our neighborhood thankful tree.   Here is how we did it.ThankfulTreeWe have a big entry way wall with nothing on it, so my husband helped me draw up a big tree out of butcher paper…. and my idea was that everyone who comes over would put a leaf on the tree. It has been so fun!
Here are my kids the first night we put it up, they were so excited!
 Holly and I went and used a die cut machine at a local store, and it was only $2 to cut as many as you wanted. We made a lot!
Here’s our tree now– we have loved having it up so much, we plan to leave it up until Christmas and hope it gets more and more leaves on it.  What a fun way to remember all the things we are thankful for and for including those around you to do the same!  We loved this project and can’t wait to do it again!
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Peach Syrup Recipe

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We have had a huge harvest with our garden this year, did you? We have a garden that is about 30 ft by 60 ft, plus an orchard with 9 fruit trees and raspberries and strawberries. I love it all, but it is a lot of work too. My very favorite thing we harvested this year is peaches! 4 of my 9 fruit trees are peaches, all different kinds. One tree gave us over 200 peaches!! Yay! I have bottled peaches, made peach fruit leather, peach pie, peach dessert, and peach jam, and still had some to share with my family and friends! This year I tried one new peach recipe — Peach Syrup.


I’m not a big soda drinker, but anything peach flavored is so yummy to me! Mix 16 oz. of your favorite drink with 2 Tbsp of syrup. Add ice and a straw and you are ready to enjoy!


Peach Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar (or other sweetener like honey)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup diced fruit

Put all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Taste your mixture and make sure it is the right sweetness level for your liking.  Adjust if needed. Pour mixture into a saucepan and boil for 20 minutes or until thick. Refrigerate.

Ways to use peach syrup:

  • Flavored Drinks: soda, lemonade, or tea.
  • For Breakfast:  on waffles, pancakes, french toast or crepes.
  • For Dessert: on ice cream, cheesecake, or in a shake.

I haven’t tried this recipe with any other fruit, but I’m sure it would work the same. It’s on my to do list. I made a small batch of syrup this time to try it out, but next time I will be making a big batch and bottling it. See tips for a big batch on Tried and Tasty.

Other posts your might enjoy:  5 Fruit Smoothie RecipesFruit Pizza, and Blueberry Peach Crisp.

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