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Thanksgiving by Sahej B,

So it’s almost Thanksgiving break and personally I am really excited to have a break from school and I hope everyone else is too, and to be honest I might get a little bored just sitting there so I have a few idea’s to do during break. The first idea is if your not a big fan of Thanksgiving than you can start decorating for Christmas, the next thing is to look online for black Friday deals and write them down so you can figure out what you want. Next up is Have a Holiday movie marathon with your friends and family, you can also make a big fort and have fun. Bake you can bake cookies and cupcakes with family! You can also start to cook for Thanksgiving dinner nad practice cooking. You could also watch the Macy’s official Thanksgiving parade if its still going to be there during Corona virus. Go for a hike with your family and friends you can have a picnic afterwards and have fun! The last thing you can do is write your Christmas list! I hope some of these things are helpful for your Thanksgiving break and I hope you have fun!

PUMPKIN PIE RECIPE By Makenna


Ingredients: 1 ⅓ cups of all purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons cold water

Filling:2 eggs

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground ginger

⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

1 can(15 oz) pumpkin (not mix)

1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

  • 1. Heat oven to 425°F. In a bowl, mix flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the oil with a fork or spatula until all flour is moistened. Slightly put in some cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until all water is absorbed. Take ingredients into a bowl and shape it. Press in the bottom and up side of a 9-inch glass pie plate.
  • 2.In large bowl,crack eggs into a bowl. Beat in 1/2 cup sugar, the cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, ginger, cloves, pumpkin and milk.
  • 3. Carefully pour pumpkin filling into the pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • 4.Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake about 45 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Place pie on the cooling rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • 5. Then Store in the refrigerator.
  • Then you have a nice traditional pumpkin pie!

NASCAR By Audrey M.

Two weeks ago was the NASCAR Cup Series Championship. In the final four were Joey Logano, Brad Kelowiski,Denny Hamilin, and Chase Elliot.Before the race even started they did a car inspection of everyones car and Chase Elliot was going to start in first but he udrey M. didn't pass his inspection so he had to go to 33rd place they do this because in a way it is considered cheating, I am not too sure how but it is). The whole first stage Joey Logano led the whole time but while that was happening Chase Elliot was passing 1-2 cars every lap! That is very impressive, especially for a younger driver (Chase Elliot is 24).Joey Logano won the first stage and had led over 100 laps in the first stage! The second stage Chase Elliot led and won and the same happened in stage three. Denny Hamilin and Brad Keslowski put up a good fight for 2nd and were so close to winning.Joey Logano kinda just gave up in the last stage, in my opinion, he was just slowly falling back in place. It was a very good race overall and congratulations to Chase Elliot. Him and his dad go down in NASCAR history as a dad and son Cup Series Champion duo. He is also the second youngest person to win the NASCAR Cup series(at 24 as mentioned before). I recommend coming to the race in March. It is a lot of fun and a great race.

Thanksgiving Audrey M.

Happy Thanksgiving, it’s the month of giving! So I am going to be giving you or sharing some of my favorite family traditions. The first thing we do is get all of my huge Italian family together. My Nana all day cooks for Thanksgiving and it all comes out to perfection. I would have got a recipe but she wouldn’t let me share one. Then after all the food is cooked we all sit down and eat the amazing dinner she prepared. After we all have been put into a food coma, we go down stairs and the adults play darts in the basement. It is a huge tournament that recently became a thing every time the whole family was together. The kids usually just play games and hang out. My Nana and Papa work very hard to make Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays the best. I love them so much and can’t wait for Thanksgiving.

Homemade Fun By Noah M.

When wanting to make a homemade gift for a family or friend, nightlights are the way to go. I once made a super cool painted nightlight for my mom on mothers day. These are also perfect garden nightlights because they are solar powered. For this project you'll need a smooth clear jar, paints, paint brushes, a small solar powered backyard light, mod-podge, and clear filler beads (like the ones used for silk flower arrangements) Plan out what you want your jar to look like because your going to be painting the inside of the jar so it's annoying to start all over if you mess up. The inside is painted so the paint doesn't get ruined by outside use. Once your jar is fully painted and dry, put a thin layer of mod-podge over the paint. Let it cure and put a couple more layers. This is to further protect the paint, but also to prevent it from getting wet. Later, position the light in the middle of the jar and pour the beads to secure the light’s position. Make sure the jar is always upright as the beads are not stationary. You can charge it during the day, then place it where wanted at night. There are many more creative ideas like this but this one is my personal favorite.

Pumpkin Pie By J.T.

this will be a pumpkin pie recipe you will need these

  • Homemade pie crust (full recipe makes 2 crusts: 1 for bottom, 1 for leaf decor)
  • one 15 oz can (about 2 cups; 450g) pumpkin puree*
  • 3 large eggs 1 and 1/4 cups (250g)
  • packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (8g) cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg*
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves*
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1 cup (240ml)
  • heavy cream 1/4 cup (60ml) milk (I use 1% – any is fine) egg wash:
  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon milk

these are the instructions

  • For the cranberries: Place cranberries in a large bowl; set aside. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of sugar and the water to a boil and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Pour sugar syrup over the cranberries and stir. Let the cranberries sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight (ideal). You’ll notice the sugar syrup is quite thick after this amount of time. Drain the cranberries from the syrup and pour 1 cup of sugar on top. Toss the cranberries, coating them all the way around. Pour the sugared cranberries on a parchment paper or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet and let them dry for at least 2 hours at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  • Make the pie crust through step 5 according to my directions, tips, and pictures (Links to an external site.). Or use store-bought.
  • For the pumpkin pie filling: Whisk the pumpkin, 3 eggs, and brown sugar together until combined. Add the cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, pepper, cream, and milk. Vigorously whisk until everything is combined. Filling will be a little thick.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Roll out the chilled pie crust: Remove 1 disc of pie dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle. Make sure to turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls. Carefully place the dough into a 9-inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. With a small and sharp knife, trim the extra overhang of crust and discard. Crimp the edges with a fork or flute the edges with your fingers, if desired. Brush edges lightly with egg wash mixture. Line the pie crust with parchment paper. (Crunch up the parchment paper first so that you can easily shape it into the crust.) Fill with pie weights (Links to an external site.). Make sure the weights are evenly distributed around the pie dish. Pre-bake the crust for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the parchment paper/pie weights.
  • Pour pumpkin pie filling into the warm pre-baked crust. Only fill the crust about 3/4 of the way up. (Use extra to make mini pies with leftover pie dough scraps if you’d like.) Bake the pie until the center is almost set, about 55-60 minutes give or take. A small part of the center will be wobbly – that’s ok. After 25 minutes of baking, be sure to cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil or use a pie crust shield to prevent the edges from getting too brown. Check for doneness at minute 50, and then 55, and then 60, etc.
  • Once done, transfer the pie to a wire rack and allow to cool completely for at least 3 hours. Decorate with sugared cranberries and pie crust leaves (see note). You’ll definitely have leftover cranberries – they’re tasty for snacking. Serve pie with whipped cream (Links to an external site.) if desired. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Pumpkin Bread By Saelah N.

if you would like to make your own pumpkin bread for thanksgiving here is the recipe!

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp flour

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1/4 cup oil

  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice

  • 1/2 tbsp of vanilla

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • pinch of salt

For the best results, try to have everything at room temperature before beginning! First mix all the dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin spice. If you're using self-rising flour, you can skip adding salt and baking powder.

In a large bowl, mix together your pumpkin puree, oil, milk, sugar, and eggs until well combined.

Incorporate your wet and dry ingredients. Mix until combined.

Butter your pan with butter and pour your batter in before putting it in your pre-heated oven at 350°F for around 35-45 minutes depending on your pan and oven. Check with a toothpick to make sure everything is cooked inside. If your toothpick comes out clean, it's done!

iPhone’s By Arthur F.

Wow, iPhone’s have changed so much throughout the years. Can’t you believe it, iPhone 12 is already out! The first iPhone release was June 29, 2007, iPhone 2G. The second iPhone release was June 19, 2099, iPhone 3G. There is so many iPhone’s to buy and see such as the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, SE, 6, 6s, 6s+, 7, 7+,8, 8+, 10 (X), 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and finally iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you are thinking of buying an iPhone I suggest any iPhone above the 8, because when Apple makes a new phone the older ones get worse and the battery gets very bad. I feel like the iPhone is the way to go because the quality is very good for pictures and it is just more trendy, any Apple products are very nice and just look fancy.

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Bear Den Editor(s)

Katie C. (8th Grade)

Aubrey B. (8th Grade)

Alexa C. (8th Grade)

Noah K. (7th Grade)

Sahej B. (7th Grade)