Halloween Crafts

How does one get crafty with a one year old? With tissue paper of course! I saw the idea for Pumpkin Ornaments in Parent’s Magazine and decided to re-create it for a Halloween craft. I tried to find a craft that I could actually make and it was not something I made and put our one-year-old’s name on it. So I thought ah ha tissue paper. One-year-olds love tissue paper (well mine does). They love to crinkle it, and rip it, and stomp on it, and that is basically what you need to do to create this craft. All you need is clear plastic ornaments (I got mine from Hobby Lobby…on sale this week!), some green ribbon (left over from our Candyland birthday party), a black permanent marker, and some orange tissue paper (also left over from the birthday party). I cut the tissue paper in fourths, so it would be smaller to fill the ornaments. The key with creating the faces for the pumpkins is to draw the faces on the inside of the ornament, so it doesn’t smudge later. So all you do is tear up the tissue paper, draw a face with the permanent marker, stuff with the tissue paper, and then loop with the green ribbon. Super simple, and pretty cute! If you have an older child, they also suggest pom-poms, crinkle paper, or even more orange ribbon to fill the ornaments. Here are our completed pumpkins!

Pumpkin Ornament
Pumpkin Ornament
Bunch o' Pumpkins
Bunch o' Pumpkins
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Lollipop Cake

So after much consideration for a Candyland theme birthday, I tried many different options for a first birthday cake. At first I tried a cupcake cake, but didn’t like the results. I thought about ordering a cake, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted. Finally one night at dinner my Mom said, “why don’t you make a cake in the shape of a lollipop?” So after several different test runs of frosting, sugar crystals, sprinkles, and lots of mess, I finally got a cake that I think turned out pretty well. The final cake was an eight inch round funfetti cake with white frosting and a variety of sugar crystals, and rainbow sprinkles. I made a stick for the lollipop by mixing vanilla meltable candies with rainbow sprinkles and dipped a pretzel stick in the mixture (which was actually a favorite of the party, my husband is still eating the left overs). Here are my messes and one final success just in time for the birthday!

Lollipop Attempt 1
Lollipop Attempt 1
Lollipop Attempt 2
Lollipop Attempt 2
The final lollipop
The final lollipop
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Rachael’s Pumpkin Soup

So I haven’t been creating many recipes of my own lately. Between work, birthday parties, and oh yeah being a Mom I found myself out of just about everything this weekend and trying to figure out if I could get away with waiting to go grocery shopping until Monday. This is due to my absolute refusal to grocery shop on the weekend unless it is completely necessary. I do understand that people need to grocery shop on the weekend, in fact most people grocery shop on the weekend. However, since I do not have to grocery shop on the weekend I make it a point to try to wait it out until the week, and even early in the morning to avoid crowds, so I can shop in peace (ha! with a one year old). So as our pantry was getting pretty empty this weekend, we had various dishes of fish sticks, muffins, and eggs (except for our little love bug, who always eats better than we do!)

I digress. In my attempt to have better dishes this week I was looking around food network and came across a recipe that is a favorite of mine and especially fitting for this time of year. If you haven’t tried this soup before, you need to. I started making it as part of Thanksgiving lunch four years ago and even the pickiest eaters have tried it, gone back for seconds, and love it. So here’s the link for that delicious recipe: Rachael Ray’s Pumpkin Soup.

Here’s a picture…of its deliciousness!

Rachael Ray's Pumpkin Soup
Rachael Ray's Pumpkin Soup
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