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Growing up, my grandma always had a lovely Thanksgiving place setting complete with name cards. I always loved the extra touch she made to make us all feel welcome. You knew you had a spot at her table. Now whenever I host Thanksgiving, my sister and I love to make our own Thanksgiving place cards. It is fun to bring the tradition to life and I loved being able to host my grandma one year, giving her a place at my table.
As always, I remind myself to let go of perfection and embrace the chaos and mess. This especially needs to be a reminder during the holidays.
When you get ready to make your own place cards, remember let go of perfect and embrace the imperfections. One of my favorite place card ideas for Thanksgiving is to make a linen napkin ring and turkey name card. Both are super simple and the supplies needed are minimal.
Thanksgiving Place Setting
- Empty Toilet Paper Roll
- Linen Fabric (or whatever fabric you desire to use)
Cut the toilet paper roll so it is about a third of what it usually is.
Make sure you have a strip of linen cut that is wider than the toilet paper roll.
Slowly glue the linen to the roll, running the linen around twice.
Make sure it is secure and then work on folding over the edges of the linen fabric and gluing.
Ta-da you have a linen napkin ring!
Turkey Name Card
Trace your child’s hand and cut out the outline from construction paper.
Add an eye, beak, and feet. Let your child write the person’s name on the turkey (if they are able to write). The imperfect child’s handwriting adds such a beautiful touch.
Since you are using hand prints, this is the perfect activity to do one afternoon as a family.
The result of these is a fun Thanksgiving place setting that is all ready for some delicious food. Hooray for the turkey, mashed potatoes, and rolls. Confession time, I did not always like stuffing. In fact, I usually did not eat it. However, that has changed. Over the past couple years, we have been trying different stuffing recipes to see what tasted good. There were a few with sausage that I really liked so I decided to use the idea of sausage in stuffing and add my own twist.
I love my slow cooker so it was natural to use that to cook the stuffing. Then I choose to use Italian bread instead of the stuffing package, Kikkoman® soy sauce, and Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs sprinkled on top. The result was delicious! I was so pleased with the flavor.
Using the Kikkoman® sauce reminded me to add in different sauces and marinades more often. We can tend to forget that these are perfect for creating delicious holiday recipes. is not just Asian sauces and marinades – it’s more mainstream and versatile, perfect for incredible holiday recipes. Side note, I also love that Kikkoman® soy sauce is available!
Slow Cooker Stuffing Recipe:
- 1 pound good-quality white bread, cut or tore into bite-sized cubes (I used Italian bread from Walmart)
- 8 oz breakfast sausage
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 3/4 cups celery ribs, chopped
- 1 Teaspoon sage
- 1 1/2 cup reduced (low) sodium beef broth
- Large egg (1)
- 3 Tablespoons Kikkoman® soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs (these are in the Breading aisle, not the Asian aisle)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place cut bread on a baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until bread is dried out. Toss bread midway through baking to ensure even cooking. Place bread in a large bowl. Set aside.
Fold a piece of tin foil a couple of times over itself to create a band. Line the sides of the slow cooker pot with the foil. Make sure you coat it with a non-stick spray. If your slow cooker tends to burn, line the bottom as well.
In a large skillet, cook the sausage until it is brown and cooked throughout. Break it into smaller pieces and pour the drained sausage in with the bread. Keep all the browned bits in the pan.
Using the same pan you cooked sausage in, add butter and set over medium heat. Then add in the onions and celery. Cook until the onions are softened. Add in sage. Add about 1/3 cup of the beef broth. Cook until broth comes to a boil. Remove from heat and pour mixture on top of bread-sausage mixture.
Whisk together remaining broth, egg, Kikkoman® soy sauce, salt and pepper. Pour over bread mixture. Gently stir to make sure all the bread pieces are coated. Make sure all the bread pieces are coated.
Transfer mixture to prepared slow cooker pot. Cover and cook for about 4-5 hours on low. After about an hour, sprinkle some Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs on top. Make sure the mixture has reached the temperature of at least 165 degrees F to ensure the egg is cooked. Transfer the stuffing to a a serving dish.
Ready to make this stuffing?
Head to Walmart and get your supplies- do not forget the Kikkoman® soy sauce and make sure to use your Ibotta app to get extra savings on the Kikkoman® soy sauce and Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs. I have been using this app more often and loving the little savings!
With your own Thanksgiving place cards and adding in Kikkoman® sauce, you are ready for a special holiday season!
Want some more Thanksgiving inspiration? Check out more great ideas with Kikkoman® and how you can season your holidays!