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Learning About Fall Colors + Free Color Sorting Printable

November 8, 2012 in All Posts, Colors, Toddler Activities

My favorite season finally feels like it’s here! It’s been like one crazy long summer season here in Northern California, but the air is getting slightly crisper and I smell Pumpkin Spice Lattes in my future, with Peppermint Mochas on their heels.  Homemade Peppermint Mochas, of course! To get your toddler into the autumn mood, […]

{Bake} Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

January 11, 2012 in All Posts, Bake

This Old Fashioned Apple Crisp was one of the yummiest desserts I’ve made.  We served it in individual ramekins, along with our Caramelized Upside Down Pear Tarte Tatin for Thanksgiving dinner, and it’s my new homemade favorite. Ingredients For the filling: 5 pounds McIntosh or Macoun apples (I used Granny Smith) Grated zest of 1 orange Grated zest […]

{Craft} Easiest Autumn Harvest Wreath Ever

November 24, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, DIY

This is the easiest homemade wreath ever.  No glue.  No sew.  Just wrap and tuck.  Definitely a welcome craft after the tedious Baby Girl Welcome Wreath (although it’s no where near as pretty). Step 1 Wrap ribbon around your wreath. Step 2 Tie to secure. Step 3 Stick on a scarecrow. Step 4 Add leaves or […]

{Celebrate} DailyBuzz Moms 9×9 November Challenge | Rustic Thanksgiving Table

November 20, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, DIY

When I was selected to participate in DailyBuzz Moms 9×9 November Challenge, I was absolutely thrilled because this Thanksgiving is extra special for us.  Hubby’s parents, who have never experienced a traditional American Thanksgiving, are coming to the States for the holiday and we’ve been busy trying to plan out an authentic meal and setting […]

{Bake} Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

November 17, 2011 in All Posts, Bake

I’m so excited to be taking The Improv Cooking Challenge with Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker again!  October’s Challenge – when I made my Apple Crumble Cheesecake With Caramel Sauce – was so much fun, I can’t wait to see what everyone’s made this month! November’s challenge:  a baking or cooking recipe using this month’s two featured ingredients – pumpkin […]

{Play} Thanksgiving Turkey Mask From Recycled Materials

November 14, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

We have the biggest recycling heap.  It’s not exactly something we should be proud of since even though the materials aren’t ending up in the trash, it means we are consuming and wasting a lot.  Here’s how we give some of our waste a second life:  animal masks!  This Thanksgiving turkey mask is so easy […]

{Craft} Eucalyptus & Manzanita Leaf Thanksgiving Candle #GlueNGlitter

November 12, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, DIY, Sponsored Posts

We’re trying to consume and spend less around here, so this holiday season, we’re making more homemade gifts and decorations or recycling what we’ve used (like using leftover Halloween candy for learning activities).  This Eucalyptus and Manzanita Leaf Thanksgiving Candle perfectly fit out goals. All it took was one amazingly awesome Gold Metallic Elmer’s Painters […]

{Play} Fun With Candy! Making Candy Patterns

November 9, 2011 in All Posts, Fun With Food!, Play, Toddler Activities

I’ve heard from a lot of my mom friends that they’ve instituted one-week and two-week Halloween candy rules, as in, you can eat all you want (or one piece a day) for a week and then it’s all getting thrown out.  In our house, I instituted a one-hour rule, because really, does a 2.75 year […]

{Play} Guest Post | Fingerprint Fall Trees

November 8, 2011 in All Posts, Guest Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Fall is most definitely here, folks!  If you haven’t started your fall-inspired arts and crafts projects, here’s a superfun one from Vicky at Mess For Less! Living in California, I don’t get to experience the gorgeous Fall foliage as much as those of you in other parts of the country.  I used to live on the East Coast, so […]

{Live} Hanging Out With Kitchen Counter Chronicles for Halloween

October 30, 2011 in All Posts, Parenting

This weekend I’m hanging out with Jen from Kitchen Counter Chronicles for Halloween! Jen writes a fabulous blog about crafting, baking, gardening and greening her life with her husband and two little girls in Toronto.  She has great ideas on how to green your Halloween and so many delicious food recipes and fun toddler activities, […]