On the agenda for this evening...

Pumpkin-shaped pizzas and orange lemonade (a drop of red food coloring added to our pitcher of lemonade)...

reading from one of our favorite Halloween books, The Pumpkin Patch Parable...

and pumpkin carving, of course! I always hate to carve into our pumpkins. I feel like I'm saying goodbye to Autumn with that first stab.

Meet the lovely Princess Pumpkin Head.

From left to right...Kitty, Curvy Mouth, Shape Face and Princess Pumpkin.


Advent Garland and Other Goodies

My new favorite is this Advent garland from Cost Plus. I found it while shopping with dear friends of mine who visited this weekend.

Is it too soon for a Christmas post? :)

Any ideas for what to put inside each little stocking, mitten and hat?

Another treat from Cost Plus...a canister of yummy Gingerbread Cocoa Mix.

We found these at the Dollar Store!


Our Little Pumpkin Patch

We made these squatty little pumpkins this morning in our preschool co-op.

To make these little fellows, paint the bottom two-thirds of a small brown lunch bag orange. In order to make the paint spread quickly, I watered down my paint and used a wide-tipped sponge brush. Let paint dry.

Stuff paper bag with paper or recycled plastic bags. Twist the bag closed to make the stem. Secure it with a green pipe cleaner. Curl the pipe cleaner by rolling the ends around a pencil.

If you want to make jack-o-lanterns, have your kids paint or color faces onto their pumpkins before stuffing their bags.


Great Grandma's Apron

When I got home from the dentist this morning there was a package waiting for me on the porch. I was not at all prepared for what it contained. My mom sent me a copy of a book I've had my eye on, and my Great Grandma's apron. My Great Grandma was born before the turn of the century, and passed away when I was a little girl. I have very fond memories of her. My brother and I used to sit up to her kitchen counter on stools and sip root beer from straws. This is one of the reasons I wanted to add this counter to my kitchen.

My Grandpa (her son) passed away this summer, and my mom has been busy sorting through things left behind. She came across this apron in a hope chest. I feel so honored to receive this and to add it to my collection of aprons.

And, speaking of aprons, here's a picture of an apron I made the other night after the kids went to bed. I found two linen nap napkins on clearance last week and thought they would make an adorable apron. The plaid reminds me of candy corn.


Autumn Decor around the House

Don't laugh...yes, that is a dryer hose painted orange and yellow, but it makes a great kids craft and an adorable pumpkin!

My husband brought these flowers home last week. The bowls are for serving up yummy pumpkin soup.

I love to place little pumpkins around the house. That splash of bright orange makes me feel so happy.

I also add leaf garland to railings, mirrors and mantles.

Click here to take a peek at creative Halloween and Autumn decor.



Anyone else like The Farm Chicks? Excuse me for boasting, but I live in the same city as they do! We pick strawberries at the same farm! I wasn't able to attend their annual Antique Show this June, because we were on vacation in California. I would love to get my hands on a copy of their new cookbook.

I found this cookbook, Apples for Jam, in Anthropologie a few years ago, and it's a book I wish I would have purchased. I love the recipes and the photography!

I'm just going to have to break down and buy this book! I look at it every time I go into Barnes and Noble (without kids, that is). I just plop myself down on the floor and before I know it, I've let a half an hour go by.

The Apron Book is one that I've had my eye on for awhile now. I adore aprons! The author, EllynAnne Geisel, was this year's honored guest at the Farm Chicks Antique Show.

Here is another apron book that I discovered while browsing at a bookstore. The aprons in this book are adorable, and there are patterns for each apron; however, most of them have to be enlarged to 400%.

Sewing With a French Twist is a book that I almost bought as a gift for a friend. I probably would have been tempted to keep it for myself. The projects in this book, as well as the pictures, are very stylish.


Pancakes, Pancakes!

Recently our preschool co-op had Pancake Day, complete with pancake stories, songs, games and homemade pancakes. I was asked to share this recipe, so I thought I'd post it here on my blog.


1 egg
1 c. whole wheat flour (I fill my flour bin with a mixture of one bag of whole wheat flour and one bag of unbleached flour--this is what I use when a recipe calls for all-purpose flour)
3/4 c. milk
1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. veg. oil
3 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Beat egg until fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients until smooth. For thinner pancakes, stir in additional 1 to 2 Tbsp. milk.

Heat griddle to medium heat or up to 375 degrees. Grease griddle with butter or margarine. Pour about 1/4 c. batter onto hot griddle. Cook both sides until golden brown.

And here are a few great pancake stories to read while your kids enjoy their sticky pancakes!