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Fall 2012, Issue No.3


Create. Live. Laugh. Grow.

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It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.

Celebrating he Fall season fills the earth with beautiful Fall Thues of red, orange, brown, yellow and blue. My favorite thing to do this time of the year is to sit on a dry grassy knoll and watch the leaves frolic as the northern breeze beckons for them. They gracefully twirl their last goodbye. The one word that came to me as I worked on page layouts, is “blessed.”

It’s a time to count our blessings and be thankful for all that we have been given. A time to gather with friends and family, to pull out those cozy sweaters and eat those foods that comfort the soul. I am so blessed! I hope this issue inspires you to:

Live Laugh Create and to be Thankful ! Mari Hernandez-Tuten

The best

thing to carry around is

a thankful heart.

Thankful Tree By Julie from Creekside Learning

Carla Ackermann Breathing deep Where the Air is Thin Lorie Reading Confetti

Bernadette Mom to Posh Lil Divas,

Cathy Nurture Store

Kelly Domestic Goddesque

Our Lovely By Valerie and Laura Occasionally Crafty

Maryann Domestically Speaking



The Iowa Farmer’s Wife Brandy

Imagination Tree


Gluesticks Glue sticks

The Golden Gleam



Teach Preschool

Amanda Oh Amanda

Watch Out for the Woestmans

Julie Kirkwood Creekside Learning

Contributors Virginie That Cute Little Cake

And Everything Sweet

Red Tarts Art Blog

Rachel Polkadots and Puppies

Jane Mama Pea Pod

Crystal Serendipty Soiree

Lynlee Lynlee Petite Cakes

Jill Meet the Dubiens

Jennifer Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Jamie Happy Hooligans

Helen Curly Birds

Jen Projects from Preschoolers

Ray Taming the Goblin


Amy One Artsy Momma



Preschool Book Club

Felt Fall Fun What you will need: ●Felt in different colors ●String ●Needle Cut out the felt into leaf shapes. Run string through needle. Have your child practice sewing/lacing by running the needle through each leaf twice.


for Fall colors!

All Things Cozy Sweater Pillow cover up Photography and project by Carla Ackermann

Take a cardigan, cut out your square pattern, and sew around it for this easy pillow cover up. Unbutton and place your pillow inside for a quick new look.

Caramel Pumpkin Butter By Mari Hernandez-Tuten Ingredients: 1 (28-oz.) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 3/4 cup apple juice 2 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp cloves 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp ground allspice 1cup granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup caramel (store bought or make your own) Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring often, for 30 minutes, or until mixture thickens. The spoon will leave a trail that does not close in. If you plan to use immediately, let cool to room temperature. Pack into storage containers and refrigerate for up to a month. Pumpkin butter can also be frozen for up to 6 months.

Image and recipe adapted via closet cook

To Go Breakfast Recipes

3 1. Breakfast Burrito- Simply scramble some eggs, add ham or sausage in a pan. Place it in a tortilla with cheese. 2. Apple Cranberry Breakfast Parfait- Cook sliced apples in a pan with sugar & add cranberries. Place cereal of your choice in cup and layer with yogurt, apple mix, cereal‌. 3. Breakfast Ring- (pictured above) Make triangles from crescent roll dough and place them in a circle to form a ring. Scramble eggs and place the eggs in the ring. Bake at 375 for 20- 25mins. Thankful For each 4. Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Bake Muffins waking day! 5. Wheat Pop Tarts


2 4 5 No time to sit and eat breakfast? Here are some tasty to-go meals that you can eat on your way to work, school‌. Breakfast is a great way to start your day so make sure you don’t skip it!

Dr. Seuss Lunch

Dr. Suess Lunch Notes


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Trendy Hat From a Sweater Photography by Carla Ackermann

For this 20 minute project go here, to get the pattern.

Toffee Pumpkin CafĂŠ au lait Recipe and Photography by Carla Ackermann

2/3 cup milk 1/4 cup toffee bits 2 Tbsp. sugar 1/3 cup coffee 2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree 1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 3 drops vanilla Heat milk, toffee bits and sugar until the bits are dissolved. Do not let the mixture boil. Combine the milk mixture with the remaining ingredients, stir. Top with whipped cream and more toffee bits. Enjoy! Note: For a quick version, heat the milk in the microwave and use caramel syrup instead of toffee bits. Makes one mug of deliciousness

10 Ways to Celebrate A Birthday Without a Party

1. Fill their room with balloons. 2. Birthday scavenger hunt. 3. Birthday Countdown-place notes from loved ones in an envelope and have them open one each day. 4. Number Balloon- Place the # of their age on the wall using balloons. 5 Special pancake breakfast. 6. Dinner and a Movie. 7. Special Family Night. 8. Birthday coupons- Have each family member write a coupon. 9. Make cupcakes with a message inside them. 10. Where’s my present? Hunt Inside balloons place clues. They need to pop balloons to figure out where their gift is hiding.

You will need: Graham crackers Melted chocolate White Icing Writers Red skittles Green sprinkles 1. Cover the cracker with the melted chocolate. 2. Write on the dried chocolate with icing writers. 3. Use the red skittle for the apple and the green sprinkle for the stem.

No-Bake Chalkboard Cookie

Sour Apple Bars By Valerie and Laura with Occasionally Crafty Ingredients: Crust/Topping: 1 C butter, softened 1 C firmly packed brown sugar 3 C uncooked quick cooking oats 1 C flour 1 C chopped pecans (optional) 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp allspice Filling: 1 C sour cream 3/4 C sugar 2 Tbsp flour 1 egg 2 medium (about 2 cups) apples, unpeeled, shredded

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add remaining crust ingredients and beat until well mixed. Press HALF of crust mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13� x 9� pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown. While crust is baking, combine the filling ingredients; mix well. Gently pour the filling over the hot, partially baked crust. Crumble the remaining crust mixture over the top of the filling and press down lightly. Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is set. Cool. Cut into bars. Store refrigerated.

Thankful for the Little Things

Thanksgiving Place Card Craft

Cut out egg carton for the ship and use toothpicks and a piece of fabric for the sails. Fill it with a treat.

12 Pumpkin Creations

Visit our contributors for craft details: Left to Right-Drip Paint Art Imagination Tree, Glittered Pasta- Mom to Posh Lil Divas, Nails DĂŠcor- The Golden Gleam, Playdough - Teach Preschool, Night Light- Domestic Goddesque, Paper- Reading Confetti

Using 12 Different Materials

Toilet Paper Rolls Covered in Fabric- Domestic Goddesque, Satsuma fruit candle- Red Tarts Art Blog, Mr. Potato Head- The Iowa Farmer’s Wife, Mandarin Pumpkins & Juice drinks pumpkins- A Mom Not a Pro, Yarn Pumpkins- Nurture Store

Burlap &Lace



Printing on Burlap By Maryann from Domestically Speaking



1. Iron freezer paper to burlap and cut to 8.5X11. 2. Place your image in your document and run through printer. 3. Remove burlap from freezer paper. 4. Place in frame.

Give Thanks Countdown

Thankful for family traditions.

Photography by Carla Ackermann

Simple Back to School Craft Ideas

Brown Bag Apple Sacks By Brandy from Gluesticks Glue sticks All you need for this adorable craft is: ●Brown lunch bags ●Red spray paint ●Green construction paper ●Sring Spray paint your bags and add the string and tags!

Apple Print Note Cards This is such a simple craft for all ages and a practical gift. Cut an apple in half and dip it in paint and Then press it onto note cards. Add the stem and leaf with a marker. Learn how to make the Lined paper bags to place these in here.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Chocolate Apples You will need: ●Chocolate with a round shape ●Red tissue paper ●Brown tissue paper ●Green construction paper ●Tape 1. Place chocolate in red tissue paper and completely cover it. 2. Twist the top and apply tape. 3. Place brown tissue paper over tape. 4. Cut out a leaf from green paper And apply.

Don’t get rid of those jeans just yet! Creative Jean Patch

By Amy from One Artsy Momma & Doranda from Watch Out for the Woestmans

Cut oval shaped fabric to cover patch. Iron on interfacing.

Cut out teeth from interfacing and iron on or use felt and sew on.

Pin onto backside of pants and sew.

Pendants by Steph -Fine Jewelry -Baby Pendants -Key Rings - Sorority Pendants -Wedding Forks -Bracelets- Grandma Pendants Visit our shop:

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Pallet Flower Wall Hanger

Re-purpose a pallet and bottles for this lovely wall hanger.

Thankful For Nature

Sandwich-less lunch Ideas

Pear & Ham Stuffed French Toast

Pulled Pork Wraps

Pizza on a stick

Gril ed Cheddar Sandwich w/ Apples

Crustless Quiche

Pizza Muffins

Peanut butter Apple Sandwiches


Soft German Pretzels

Tips & Tricks

Waste no more- Use a rubber spatula to get your bowls and jars cleaned out.

Do you need to soften your lumpy brown sugar? Place the lump in a damp wet cloth and wrap it in plastic wrap overnight. In the morning it will be soft.

Perfect bacon in the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place bacon in oven (do not preheat oven) Bake at 400 for 15-20 min.

Ingredients 1 cup softened butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt ½ cup of Orange Spice Powered Tea or Russian Tea 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 cups all purpose flour 1 bag Caramels (14 oz)

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Cream together butter, sugar, powder, until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and mix well. Gradually add flour mixture to butter/egg mixture. Mix until just combined. Refrigerate to get more manageable dough, but you can skip this step. When you are ready to bake, unwrap your caramels. Scoop out cookie dough ball about the size of a walnut. . Flatten the ball of dough slightly in the palm of your hand. Press the unwrapped caramel into the center of your dough and seal the dough around it, covering it completely. Place on baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.

Orange Spice Caramel Cookies

Dr. Seuss Back to School Party

Start a new back to school tradition! Host a back to school party for the kids. It’s a great way to get to know your child’s teachers, classmates and their parents.

6 Children’s Books Parties

Little House on the Prairie By Amanda from Oh Amanda

Thankful For Celebrations!

Where the Wild Things Are By Kate from And Everything Sweet

Going on a Bear Hunt By Virginie from That Cute Little Cake

The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Rachel from Polkadots and Puppies

Eloise at the Plaza By Crystal from Serendipty Soiree

By Lynlee from Lynlee Petite Cakes

Winnie the Pooh Party

Thanksgiving Family Fun Photography by Jill Dubien from Meet the Dubiens Thanksgiving Charades- Write what you’re thankful for on a piece of paper. Family Memory Game- Each family member shares what he/she is thankful for. Be sure to remember everyone else’s blessings before adding your own! Thankful Countdown- Make a count down and have each family member write what they are thankful for each day. Turkey Waddle- Place a ball between your legs and waddle like a turkey and race. Family Photo Scavenger Hunt- Give kids a list of photos they need to take during the evening. Have them split up into teams Turkey Sandwiches- On a kid table place sliced apples, bread, pb &j, sliced carrots… Then have kids make their own turkey sandwiches as shown in the picture above.

Spider Web Conker/Acorn Amanda from Imagination Tree

Birch Bark Hearts Jennifer from Kitchen Counter Chronicles

5 Nature Inspired Crafts

By Rebekah from The Golden Gleam Materials · paper bag - small or large · construction paper · googly eyes or you can cut out eyes · leaves, berry twigs , acorns, sticks · piece of craft styrofoam · glue · paint · string

1. Take a paper bag and stuff it with crumpled paper to about a few inches from the top of the bag. 2. Tie off the top of the bag to make a round body for the turkey. 3. Shape the head by taking a small square piece of paper and wrapping it around crumpled paper. Tie the head to the tied end of the paper bag. 4. Glue on your twigs, leaves… Wait a day for the glue to dry. 5. Paint. Make face with construction paper and googly eyes.

Chestnut Streamers By Margarita from Red Tart Art

Fall Collage Jamie from Happy Hooligans

Secret Message

Here’s a way to be creative when you’re in a hurry: Use a toothpick and engrave a message into a banana and within 20 minutes, your message will be revealed.

3 Fab Fall Hair styles

The Twist

The Twirl The Poof

These fabulous hair do’s are Not only glamorous but they are also easy. 1. Twirl it. Make a side pony tail. Then grab strands of hair and twirl and pin. 2. Twist it. Grab upper part of your Hair and twist it and pin it. Do this Until you have reached your neck. Then secure it with a hair tie and wrap some strands of hair around it to cover up the hair tie. 3. The Poof. Make a side pony tail and then pull hair up and around. Once it’s all up, pin it.

Healthy Apple Pie Recipe here

Halloween Cards By Helen from Curly Birds

There are so many possibilities when using old sweaters. We are featuring several here, but use your imagination! You could also make a bag, mittens, ear muffs/warmers, headbands for your daughter, basket liners, stuffed pumpkins or covered vases. Here are 4 fabulous ideas to use up all of your sweater-

1. Make a cowl - Use the torso part. 2. Make a skirt - Use the torso part 3. Make leg warmers - Use the sleeves 4. Bracelet - Use scraps

Repurposed Fashion

Sweater Inspiration Photography and Projects by Carla Ackermann

Peach Pit Monster By Projects from Preschoolers

Halloween Messy Play with Jello By Nurture Store

Pom Pom Spider By Taming the Goblin

Halloween Fun

Spooky Spider By Creekside Learning

Suncatcher By Mama Pea Pod

Bug slime Spaghetti By the Imagination Tree

The Monster Cafe

By Come Together Kids

By Preschool Book Club

Mr. Slinky Worm Felt Activity By Mari Hernandez-Tuten

Photography by Carla Ackermann

While playing with the felt apples chant this song to Five Little Monkeys

Five little apples hanging in a tree, Teasing Mr. Slinky worm can't eat me, Along comes Mr. Slinky worm quiet as can be... and...CRUNCH! Sing with 4,3,2,1,0

Thanksgiving Play Set ByJulie from Creekside Learning

Cozy Home Projects

Cozy Lampshade

By Carla Ackermann

Cozy up your living room or bedroom by making a removable cover for your lamp shade. Once spring comes, remove the cover and put it away for next fall! Instructions: Measure around the outside of the lamp shade; add one inch. Measure the height of the shade; add one to two inches. Measure the width of the sweater and if necessary, sew a seam on one side to make it the appropriate width. Turn the cut edge over 3/4 of an inch and stitch the edge. Do the same to the bottom edge. If you prefer, you can leave the bottom edge as is (then you will only need to add one extra inch to the height of the shade when you cut). Slip the cover over your existing lampshade and enjoy the cozy light.

Thankful to have a roof over my head.

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Open Your Eyes

To The Blessings

That Surround You!

Fall Issue 2012