inspired by family
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
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 Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wife Brandy
Gluesticks Glue sticks
The Golden Gleam
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, cerealâ&#x20AC;Ś. 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, schoolâ&#x20AC;Ś. Breakfast is a great way to start your day so make sure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 13â&#x20AC;? x 9â&#x20AC;? 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 Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wife, Mandarin Pumpkins & Juice drinks pumpkins- A Mom Not a Pro, Yarn Pumpkins- Nurture Store
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.
Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.
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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
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 Â˝ 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 350Â° 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. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to get to know your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachers, classmates and their parents.
6 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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
Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way to be creative when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Twirl The Poof
These fabulous hair doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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
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
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
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!