Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pie Sliced Cookies

By Jess on November 11th, 2014

Mini Pumpkin Pie Sliced Cookies Recipe

Make these adorable fall & Thanksgiving themed treats that are the perfect size for snacking! They’re also pretty simple to make.

What You Need:

  • Circle cookie cutter
  • Pumpkin orange 20-second icing
  • Stiff-ish crust colored piping icing (You may have to mix ivory with a little bit of warm brown}
  • Stiff white piping icing

Directions:

  1. Cut circles out of cookie dough (sugar or whatever you choose) and cut into pie slices. For these in the picture, it is a 4″ circular cutter. The size of the circle you choose will change the size of the “pies” you make. Then bake as directed and let cool.
  2. Flood the wedges with the pumpkin orange icing and let dry.
  3. For the “crust” on top, use a #101 tip near the left corner of the cookie, thin side up. Use a loose M shape until you get to the other side. To clean it up or make it look sharper, use a toothpick.
  4. To make the “dollop of whipped cream” on top, use a star tip with a #16 or #18.
  5. Put on a Thanksgiving serving tray that you can make for less than $2, and voila! A cheap and delicious Thanksgiving gift for friends and family.

Thank you to Sweet Sugar Belle for the great cookie decoration idea!

Homemade No-Sew Fall Leaves Headband

By Jess on November 11th, 2014

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Want to get a little festive before Thanksgiving? Make these adorable and SIMPLE Fall Headbands — No sewing is required! Kids will love making these to wear for Thanksgiving.

What You’ll Need:

  • Pre-cut felt leaves from art supply stores (or you can use different colors of felt and cut yourself)
  • Embroidery floss and a needle (optional, or draw the veins on with a sharpie)
  • Felt (for the headband)
  • Glue gun
  • Velcro
  • Sewing machine (optional: helps it stay together better, but not necessary)

Directions:

  1. Stitch veins on 3-5 leaves (or draw them on with sharpie markers).
  2. Measure your child’s head and cut the headband out of felt. Make sure it’s about 4″ tall and leave about 2″ of overlap for the velcro. Fold over in half and hot glue or sew the headband together.
  3. Hot glue or sew the velcro to the ends of the headband.
  4. Hot glue the leaves however you’d like to the front of the headband. Use many different colors and leaf designs to make it super unique. Stitch on if you’d like for extra support.

Thanks to Make Life Lovely for the great idea!

DIY Nutter Butter Turkey Cookies

By Jess on November 11th, 2014

nutter butter turkey cookies

How cute are these Turkey cookie creations? These would be fun to make with your kids as a “craft” to do before Thanksgiving to bring as a treat to your family meal or as a treat to eat later this month. Thanks to Life with Moore Babies for the tutorial (visit the site for a step-by-step visual tutorial and pictures of her adorable babies!)!
Ingredients:

  • Nutter Butters
  • Oreos
  • Regular size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Icing (LWMB Blog used decorating, but any icing that stands strong is fine)
  • mini M&Ms
  • jellybeans

Directions:

  1. Place icing on the back of a peanut butter cup and stick it to a Nutter Butter. Then using more icing to hold them in place, stand both the Nutter Butter and the peanut butter cup up on an Oreo.
    Note: If you are doing this activity with kids, have them choose their own colored candies! It will make it more “theirs”. Messy is fun! :)
  2. Now, add 2 mini M&Ms for eyes, an orange jelly bean for the beak, and a red jelly bean for the waddle on more frosting.  
  3. Then squirt icing across the top of the peanut butter cup, so you can add jelly beans for feathers. Each of the blogger’s turkeys had five feathers.  
  4. Also add icing then two yellow jelly beans at the bottom of the Nutter Butter for feet.  

Easy DIY Kids’ Turkey Shirt

By Jess on November 11th, 2014

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Don’t go to Etsy and buy your kids a shirt to wear at Thanksgiving! Instead of paying $30 per shirt, you can make this adorable 2-sided turkey shirt for just a couple of dollars. You can personalize it with different colors and add a bow for a girl if wanted.

Supplies Needed:
1 Shirt or Onesie
6 different prints of scraps of fabric
Piece of cardboard
Fusible interfacing (this is wonder under)
Turkey Template
Buttons (if desired)
Sewing Machine
Iron
Thread
Damp towel

Directions:

1. Iron the fabric onto the template and cut them out. Leave 1 of the designs of fabric as the turkey’s body.
2. Peel the fabric from the interfacing and arrange as you desire.
3. Place a piece of cardboard between the 2 layers of shirt and a damp towel on top of the turkey and iron everything well.
4. Stitch around the feathers and body. Add buttons for the eyes, stitches for feet, and a piece of cloth for a beak if you want to add more detail.

Thanks to Dwellings By DeVore for the directions and cute picture!

 

Recipe: Caramel Apple Nachos

By Jess on November 11th, 2014

Caramel apple nachos

Apple season is at its finest right now – so is “having too much candy around the house” season! Combine these into this delicious snack or dessert idea from The Pin Junkie. Of course, you can always change candy and apple types, and add or take off some of the toppings. The apple nachos would also be good with chocolate syrup or pre-made caramel sauce.ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 2 green granny smith apples, cored & sliced
  • half a bag of caramel
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips (or M&Ms)

Directions:

1.  Unwrap all individual caramels. Place them in a saucepan with one teaspoon of water over medium-low heat.  Stir the caramel constantly until caramels are completely melted.
2.  Drizzle melted caramel over sliced apples.
3.  Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and mini chocolate chips.

DIY Easy Fall Rosette Wreath

By Jess on November 11th, 2014

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Make this colorful seasonal wreath for less than $10!

Here’s how:

  1. Start by downloading this rosette template from  to cut swirl shapes out of felt.
  2. Tightly roll the ends of each flower together and secure them with double-sided tape.
  3. Arrange your rosettes on a grapevine wreath and attach them with a hot glue gun.
  4. Add sprigs of fall berries and secure with hot glue to complete the look.

For the full tutorial, visit Crafting Mom!

Recipe: Disneyland’s Apple Pie Caramel Apples

By Jess on November 11th, 2014

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These Apple Pie Caramel Apples are a huge hit! I was able to find a recipe to make them at home, and it’s not as hard as it looks.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large Granny Smith apples
  • 5 to 6 cups caramels (or appx. 1 bag Kraft Caramel bits)
  • 7 to 8 cinnamon graham crackers (or 1 prepared pie crust)
  • 1 .5 lbs. melting chocolates (or chocolate chips)
  • cinnamon & sugar to taste (appx 2 Tbsp sugar + 1/8 tsp. cinnamon)
  • 8 large marshmallows (optional: to make “ears”)

Directions:

  1. To get the wax coating off from the apples, scrub apples and dry with a dishcloth or paper towel. To get the wax completely off, drop them in boiling water for a few seconds then scrub off.
  2. Refrigerate apples for a few hours until they are fully cold.
  3. Melt caramel in the microwave (in a microwave-safe dish) for 30 seconds at a time until caramel is nice and melted (or follow directions on package if using  Bits). If you are using unwrapped caramels, you can also put caramels in a small crockpot on high heat until melted.
  4. Place caramel apple sticks or popsicle sticks into the top of each apple and dip each apple into the caramel until fully coated, rotating the apple as needed. Let excess caramel drip off and them place the apples on wax paper. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours until caramel is completely cooled onto the apples.
  5. In a food processor, process graham crackers (or pie crust) until well blended. If using a pie crust, add a little cinnamon and sugar to the mixture. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  6. Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave until chocolate is just melted and there are no lumps. Dip each apple in the chocolate and allow chocolate to set for a few seconds. When chocolate has slightly set, roll the bottom half in processed pie or cracker crumbs. Sprinkle each entire apple with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
  7. Optional: Once the chocolate on the apples have set, roll each marshmallow in the chocolate and place onto the apples to make Mickey’s “ears”. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and hold in place until the ears set.

A HUGE thanks to Favorite Family Recipes for the awesome recipe and picture!

Fall Owl Wreath Tutorial

By Jess on November 11th, 2014
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Try something new for your Fall decorations this year by making this simple owl wreath from Country Living. Here’s how:

Wreath base: Wrap burlap ribbon around a 16″ Styrofoam wreath form.

Eyes:

  1. For the first eye, using utility scissors, cut a 5″ circle from a sisal linen doormat.
  2. Trim a 2″ strip from the edge of a raffia table skirt, then hot glue along the outer edge.
  3. Next, hot glue the outer ring of a 4 1/2″-inch Mason jar lid inside the raffia, securing it to the sisal circle.
  4. Hot glue a metal bottle cap at the center of the ring and glue the circle with dried pumpkin seeds.
  5. Hot-glue a red wood bead inside bottle cap.
  6. Repeat for second eye.

Wings: Cut two 8″x 5″ teardrop shaped pieces from the sisal linen doormat.

Beak: Cut a 3″ triangle from the doormat, then hot glue with dried pumpkin seeds.

Assembly: In this order, attach the beak, then the eyes, and then wings, with hot glue. Enjoy your new Fall wreath!

Recipe: Apple Pie “French Fries”

By Jess on November 11th, 2014

Apple Pie French Fies

Okay, so maybe these Apple Pie “French Fries” aren’t the healthiest snack, but how cute are they? They look like real French fries with salt and shape. These would be really fun to have at a birthday party. The recipe below from Oh Bite It! serves 25-30 “fries”, so you may need more than that for parties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (2 ct., but brand doesn’t matter)
  • 1.5 cups of Apple Pie Filling
  • 1 Egg
  • Sparkle sugar for sprinkling “salt” onto the fries
  • Caramel sauce and/or ice cream for dipping
  • Optional: Food processor, Decorative edge roll-cutter

Directions:

  1. Chop up apple pie filling as best as you can, or use food processor and save tons of time.
  2. Unroll the 2 pie crusts. On 1 of the crusts, spread the apple filling around leaving 1/8″ at edge, then lightly press the other crust onto the top of it to secure it.
  3. Make egg wash by combining an egg with a splash of water.
  4. Brush egg wash across the entire top of the crust and sprinkle with the sparkle sugar.
  5. Cut the crust into  1/2″ strips then again into “fries” shape and size. Place very carefully onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350-degrees for 12 minutes or until slightly golden and firm.
  7. Serve with caramel and/or ice cream for dipping.

Recipe: “BLOW YOUR MIND” Healthy, No-Strain Tomato Basil Pasta!

By Jess on November 11th, 2014

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I’ve seen this recipe floating around my Facebook page for a while, but I couldn’t ignore it anymore. It’s amazing! You just add all the ingredients into one big pot, stir and simmer until it’s fully cooked. No straining, no waste, and only takes FIFTEEN MINUTES! It’s called “Summer Pasta” because it doesn’t take a lot of work to make, but it absolutely could be made year-round (and should because it’s so healthy!). Here’s the great recipe from MyFridgeFood (check the link for calories and in the comments section for what others added for recipe ideas).

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz pasta
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatos with liquid (You can use fresh if you would rather)
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 2 large sprigs basil, chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth (regular broth and NOT low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

Directions:

  1. Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.
  2. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so.
  3. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated (an inch or less, as desired).
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot.
  5. Serve garnished with parmesan cheese.