Monday, October 28, 2013

It’s Time to Start the Holiday Shopping

It’s Time to Start the Holiday Shopping

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Enjoy Fall

Enjoy Fall

Falling temperatures and falling leaves ... hot chocolate and outdoor activities—they're all trademarks of a beautiful autumn. With so many fun seasonal offerings, take your little one on an adventure through the season, starting with these ideas.

Scavenger Hunt
Acorns, leaves, something orange, something red ... make a list of fall-themed items, and see if you can hunt them down in your backyard. “A scavenger hunt is a great way to work together, laugh together and enjoy what nature has to offer during the fall.

Identify Leaves
Rake up mounds of leaves from your yard, and let your toddler jump in the colorful piles. Have him choose favorites, and ask him questions. Can he tell which trees the leaves fell from? Can he point out shapes and colors they have in common?

Get Artistic
Take a few leaves back home with you, and create some art. Mom blogger and party planner Desiree Spinner, creator of La Petite Peach, suggests making leaf rubbings by letting kids scribble over the ridges of leaves beneath paper. “Press leaves between two sheets of wax paper and iron together first. They can decorate with crayons. Between parchment paper, they won’t stick.”

Make Bird Feeders
Your toddler will love watching birds come near the house, so lure him in with a little project. “Bird feeder ornaments are fun and easy to make,” says Janes. “All you need is peanut butter, birdseed and pinecones. You simply add a layer of peanut butter to the pinecones and then let your toddler roll them in the birdseed. Hang them outside near a window and enjoy watching the birds together.”

Go to the Petting Farm
Before winter rolls around, pick a nice day and take your toddler to the petting farm. Teach her the names of the animals she sees. Point out key features, like the pig’s flat nose and the horse’s mane. On the way home, see if she can remember what the animals looked like and the sounds they made.

Taste Fall
Apples aren’t the only fall flavor or food—although you can certainly whip up apple pie or apple crisp with the fruit you pick. Also consider letting your toddler taste cider, hot chocolate, pumpkin pie, sugar cookies, sweet potatoes, cinnamon sugar, pot pie, squash, caramel, chili, cranberries ... whether a once-in-a-while indulgence or a healthy favorite, fall is a great time to introduce your little one to delicious new flavors, whetting your child’s appetite for all kinds of food.

Explore a Corn Maze
Tap into your child’s puzzle- and problem-solving skills with this fun fall activity. “Take a hayride to a local corn maze,” says Spinner. “The kids will have a blast running around trying to figure out how to get out.”

Have a Family Bonfire
Get mom, dad and all the kids together for a family-bonding bonfire in the backyard. Collect a few great branches before it gets dark, then break out some graham crackers and chocolate as the sun goes down. Make it a friendly competition to see who can roast the best golden marshmallow for their s'more. Help your toddler near the fire, but let him make his own s'more; it'll help introduce him to creating his own treats and

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Monday, October 14, 2013

I love The Fall

I love The Fall
With the first fall holiday right around the corner it’s definitely time to bring out all of the fall decorations. I don’t know about you………….but I like to change it up from year to year!
So, this week, I thought it would be fun to share some fun d├ęcor ideas that I found on the internet.  Please feel free to share your ideas with us too.

Think Beyond Orange!
Add Dots: Cut a circle from a foam sponge and dab it in a shallow dish of paint. Press the dot directly onto your pumpkin, or onto a white stripe that you previously painted (and let dry).
Make 'Em White: Paint your pumpkins with a couple of coats of white craft paint and let them dry. Use markers and paint pens to add squiggles and squares or even to write a short Halloween story.
Make 'Em Black: Cover pumpkins with a couple of coats of black craft paint. Draw on the dry surface with chalk or a white paint marker.

Painted vases are all the rage, and its easy to add metallic accents to a variety of containers. Pour a small amount of metallic crafts paint inside a vase; tip and twirl the vase to cover as much of the interior as desired. I love gold for fall, but you can pick the paint that matches your home's decor.

Wrapped White Pumpkins

Give white pumpkins colorful texture and flair. Here, long bittersweet berry vines wrap two or three times around medium-size gourds. Secure the ends with florist's wire.

Halloween Planters and Pumpkins

Simple steps and easy-to-find materials transform planters, lanterns, and pumpkins into a scary-fun Halloween doorstep arrangement. Adhere cat eyes (search online for copyright-free images) with crafts glue to urn planters or other pots. Tuck twigs, leaves, or flowers into sand or plastic foam-filled planters. Cut pieces of orange cardstock to fit lantern panels and tape jack-o'-lantern face pieces (cut from black cardstock) to the orange pieces. Place them behind the glass panels to protect from wind and rain. Add a few pumpkins and voila: Doorstep masterpiece accomplished!

Spider Welcome Mat

Skip the pricey holiday mats and make your own spider-theme welcome mat for just a few dollars. Start with a lightweight black mat cut into a circle. Hot-glue lengths of clothesline to the mat in a spiderweb pattern.
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Monday, October 7, 2013


I love fall. I love the cooler weather and the leaves turning on the trees. I love the fact that I can BAKE without heating us out of house and home. And the smell of freshly baked goodies....!!!
I kind of got on a food frenzy the other day, as I contemplated the change in seasons. Thought I'd share some of the favorites that I came across. Enjoy!

A recipe for Homemade Canned Apple Pie Filling an be found at Skip to my Lou. I've canned lots of apple pie filling and it is a wonderful thing to have on hand for a last minute baking splurge. There's a recipe for cobbler on the same page that looks delish. 
If you're really ambitious, it makes beautiful gifts at Christmas time. Just make sure you give it to someone who appreciates the difference between a can from the store and the real deal. =]

Along those ambitious lines is something I've never tried but have always wanted to attempt. Apple Butter. I've made apricot butter before, which was intense and one of the best jam type things I've ever made. It seems like it took hours of stirring over a boiling pot, but it was worth it. Really. I imagine this would be wonderful. The cool part? This Apple Butter is made in the crock pot. The recipe is at Changing My Destiny.

These sweet-tart apple cookies are fully of soft, melty caramel. It uses an instant apple cider mix rather than real apples, but ohhh, doesn't it look divine? You can find the recipe for Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies at Scrambled Henfruit

These babies look fantastic. Little mini apple fritters. Because sometimes you want the taste without the whole 10,000 calories, you know? Check out Seemingly Greek for the recipe. This young lady has a fun story about how she ended up in Greece. =]

If you want some serious volume, check out this Apple Fritter Bread found at Flour Me with Love. The dough gets rolled out thin, then covered with apple-y-cinnamon-y goodness, cut in squares, then stacked together in a loaf pan to bake. The result? Bread that comes apart in layers. My apple fritter loving son was begging for this one. =]

Kind of along those lines is this beauty. The dough is made, then wrapped around little bundles of apple filling. Oh. My. The Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Loaf recipe can be found at Cooking with Chopin.

To be fair, here's a recipe for Apple Pie Oatmeal. I am not a fan of oatmeal for the most part, but I think this recipe could change that. Who could pass up the taste of pie for breakfast? And healthy pie at that! Family Feedbag has the recipe.
Are these gorgeous or what! Apple chips are one of my favorites. I think I'd use Fuji instead of Red Delicious, just because I like the sweet/tart favor better, but you've got to admit that the red contrast here makes them as fun to look at as I'm sure they are to eat. Vittles and Bits has the recipe and beautiful photo..

Apple Enchiladas? Flour tortillas stuffed with apple pie filling and covered with a syrupy sauce, then baked 'til golden? A definite yes. My kids are all for this one because, well, they're a BIG treat, you know? And what an easy and fun way to do it. The recipe is at Cornfed Mama

Another quickie, Upside-Down Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake uses canned cinnamon rolls for a base. She had me at cinnamon rolls. The recipe can be found at L
ady Behind the Curtain.

This baby is like a quick and easy version of apple pie. Can you see it now, served up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? And did I mention easy? With six kids, desserts go fast here, so quick, easy, and delicious are the prerequisites. 
Annie's Eats has the recipe for Apple Crumble Bars.

And if you want to get fancy, Apple Pie in a Jar......from 
Our Best Bites. You could use your home canned apple pie filling for these. I love how these are decorated. Wouldn't these be neat for gifts or dessert at a party? Can you imagine a table lined with your choice of apple, or cherry, or peach, or apricot...

This is a baked apple, filled with vanilla ice cream, then drizzled with caramel sauce. I'm thinking it would make a fun Family Home Evening treat. Can you just smell those apples baking? The recipe calls for brandy in the sauce, but another liquid could easily be substituted. 
Time for a Little Something has the recipe.

 And to go with all of that deliciousness, wassail. I love wassail. It makes me smile. A hot cup, a good book, a warm fire, a rainy day, and life is at its best. Gathered Round Our Table has a recipes for wassail and spiced cider. I've made a couple, and the pineapple juice in the wassail makes all the difference. Don't skimp or substitute on it. They're worth writing down and tucking away.

Just to get you started, and to give you a bit of energy while you bake up a storm, try this Toffee Apple Dip. It's cream cheese blended with brown sugar and Heath Toffee Bits. Everybody I know who has tried it has absolutely loved it. When I make it, I add a little splash of vanilla, and I like to serve it with sliced Granny Smith apples since their tart flavor balances out the sweet. You can find this recipe at Mel's Kitchen Cafe.

Unfortunately, I don't have a link for this picture, and no it's not a recipe, just a bonus. If you know where it comes from, let me know and I'll post the link.

I love how these were used for candles, though. If I made them, I'd bust out the drill with a bit that was votive size and bore the hole just deep enough to insert the candle. If you don't have a drill, then a paring knife would do the trick, with a little skill. =]

Get some apples and have fun!

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