Thanksgiving Traditions

We have a lot to be thankful for at HighCraft. From incredible clients to our talented crew, we are so grateful for the good people and abundance in our lives.

Members of the HighCraft team shared a few of their favorite Thanksgiving treats and traditions in the following posts.

HANNAH – “Jell-O … is it me you’re looking for?”

HighCraft Hannah Hill thanksgiving

“The only time my family eats Jell-O is during the holidays. My mom or aunt will make a layered Jell-O cake with fresh strawberries and cranberry-orange relish. The one year it was forgotten all the kids went on strike.

This year we’re starting an annual scavenger hunt. On my parents property there will be clues hidden, from the horse’s stall to the chicken coop, and the winning team will get a prize.

Already my five-year old niece told me that her team is going to win and my team will be as slow as “an Olaf building a sandcastle in a fire!” I couldn’t bring myself to tell her we’re going to be on the same team.”

SAM – “Take a hike.”

HighCraft Sam Sala thanksgiving

“The best possible way to spend Black Friday is our family’s third annual tradition, dubbed Blue Sky Day.”

Instead of hitting the mall the day after Thanksgiving, Sam and his family head outside and hit the trails to get some fresh air. This photo was taken last year near Sam’s parents’ home outside of Carson City in Jacks Valley, Nevada … just east of Lake Tahoe. This year, Sam and his fiancée’s family will brave the Fort Collins forecast of freezing temps and snowy trails to keep the tradition alive.

GINNY – “Friendsgiving is always fun.”

HighCraft Ginny Teel

“I spend Thanksgiving with other ‘orphans’ – friends who don’t have family nearby.

Our host provides the turkey and then everyone contributes to the meal.  Always fun.”  Ginny is in charge of bringing the pumpkin pie.

KIRA – “Footloose and gluten free.”

HighCraft Kira Koldeway design manager

What is Kira thankful for?

“The blessing of being a mom to my four-year-old son. He makes me a better person every day of my life and there is nothing in the world that brings me as much peace and sheer joy as that little man does. LOVE him… can’t live without him!”

You know what else Kira can’t live without on Thanksgiving? Watching football with her family and eating gluten-free pumpkin muffins.



4 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup of canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
1⅓ cups Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves


Mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and pumpkin. Mix to combine. Whisk together Baking & Pancake Mix, salt and spices. Add to mixer bowl and blend well. Pour into a greased loaf pan (8 x 4″ or 9 x 5″) or muffin cups. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or when toothpick inserted comes out almost clean.