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I adore fall -- the crisp leaves and pumpkin flavors make my heart happy. With the cooler weather, I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving. It's one of my favourite holidays, especially now with Sam. It's wonderful to establish family traditions with him and Mike. As he gets older, I look forward to holidays more and more since he can understand why we're celebrating. During the busy holiday season, I tell Sam that each day is a celebration. Each meal can be special, each recipe can be turned into party food. This fall, as we prepare for the Thanksgiving season, I'm already creating tasty treats for us to enjoy together while we talk about what we're thankful for.
Did you know the Jack-o-lantern is not just a pretty face? Pumpkin is low in calories and it’s a storehouse of lots of anti-oxidant vitamins. It is DELICIOUS in a number of savory dishes that are just right for fall. Have you ever tried pumpkin ricotta gnocchi? The dumplings are a little crisp on the outside and soft on the inside…mmm. This round-up of savory pumpkin ideas includes ravioli with brown butter sauce and pecans, sweet pumpkin fries, pumpkin peanut soup, roasted pumpkin quiche, pumpkin cheddar mac and cheese, balsamic glaze pumpkin with walnuts, roasted butternut pumpkin, pumpkin lasagna, pizza and fettuccine, roasted pumpkin and pomegranate salad, baked pumpkin French toast…and more!
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Where I live, we’re at the tail end of harvest season. During summer and the beginning of autumn, I love going to our local farmer’s market to pick up fresh produce. I admit however, that I end up throwing away more produce than I ever intend to. Life gets busy and all of a sudden my fresh fruit and vegetables have wilted into compost…and I feel guilty. Does that ever happen to you?
Autumn officially begins this week…time to cozy in and daydream about boy birthday parties with fabulous decorations and tantalizing treats! These design ideas and themed dessert tables will help and motivate you as you plan your next shindig. I really enjoyed “going” to all these parties and I think you’ll pick up great suggestions, too. What will you see? This week there’s a modern outdoorsman theme and a camping party too. Little Men, Miffy, and Picasso (art) are recognized personas. A dinosaur hunt, a creepy-crawlie reptile party, a train party, hot air balloons, and pirates inspire more celebrations.
Today is National Women's Friendship Day! There is nothing like a wonderful friendship to help you through the good and the bad of life. Once I became a mother, I became so busy with Sam that there wasn't always time for a night out. Now that he's a little older, I love being able to take time out with my friends once in awhile. It's so refreshing to enjoy a nice dinner out plus some great conversation.
Having a school or class that is designated Peanut Free can be a challenge for a child who loves nothing more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a bag of chips. But with peanut-free school lunch ideas like turkey and avocado sandwich, mini pot pies, cute cream-cheese daisies, a mozzarella and tomato sandwich, beef and broccoli lettuce wraps, fishless sticks, mason jar salads, and make-your-own tacos, your kids won't even miss peanut butter!
Although autumn doesn’t officially begin for a few days, it is definitely time to get going on seasonal decorations! Whether you’re hosting a party or not, our round-up of fall decorations you and your kids will love includes great ideas for welcoming the fall season to your home. These DIY projects include Halloween themed décor such as black spider bowls and interesting Jack-O-Lanterns, but there are also terrific suggestions that celebrate autumn without spookiness. You’ll discover welcoming porches and wreaths, dressed up pumpkins, wood pumpkins, chalkboard signs, vintage signs, wood tag door embellishments and a gorgeous leaf art project. Let the cozy begin!
Halloween is almost here! I love doing crafts with my kids, and being able to display them during holidays. I keep them as special memories forever! A great keepsake craft idea to do with your kids is the Halloween Handprint and Footprint Craft. These ideas are SO adorable, and they’re a great visual record that lets you see how much your boy (or girl) has grown throughout the year. Handprints, footprints, thumbprints and even knuckle prints are the inspiration for Frankenstein, a vampire, a scarecrow, a black cat, spiders, ghosts, a witch, candy corn and pumpkins. Choose one of these craft ideas to use for a great hands-on, best foot forward party activity, too!
Do you have a boy in your life who loves critters of the creeping, crawling and slithering kind? What better idea to celebrate than with a boy’s reptile themed birthday party?! Nora, of Sugar & Sparkle, planned an incredible reptile party complete with an ice cream bar for her stepson’s 8th birthday. Critter inspired cookie favors, a snake show and loads of rustic swamp-like decorations may make your skin crawl—in a totally awesome way!
I absolutely adore this time of year. There is nothing better than the cooler weather, crisp leaves, and warm smells of baking in the kitchen. The start of back to school truly makes my heart happy - I love the supplies, the learning, the field trips. One thing I don't love about this time of year though: the germs. With three boys, it seems like if one little guy catches something, the entire family ends up with it. There is almost nothing worse than seeing your little ones ill. A close second to seeing your little ones suffer: trying to get them to take medicine.