Fall Month: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

 
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I’m normally not a fan of pumpkin seeds. But Michael loves them, so we make them every year.

This year I set out to try a new recipe, and LAWDY these are good.

The trick? Boiling the seeds in salt water before you bake them. It makes the outer shell ultra cripsy and keeps the inside soft and chewy.

This is such an easy recipe, it’s perfect to make with kids. Isaiah loved helping. 

Enjoy.

Best Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

1. Wash and clean pumpkin seeds (meticulously!)
2. In a medium saucepan, boil water with salt to taste. Add seeds and boil for 10 minutes.
3. Drain seeds and pat dry
4. In a small metal bowl, mix seeds with 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and sea salt to taste.
5. Spread onto baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes.
6. Remove, stir, and bake for 5 more minutes.
7. Let cool, and enjoy!

They seriously taste just like popcorn!

Fall Month: Apple Picking Game

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We shared our latest Fall Month project over at MPMK today. Isaiah and I have been working on our numbers, so I decided to create a fun and easy apple picking game to go with our Fall theme.

It’s actually worked wonders. We’ve even been learning some early addition and subtraction. He loves it. ;)

Hope everyone is having a great week. Our posts have been few and far between lately, sorry about that. It seems as if the holidays are already here, doesn’t it? (How is that possible?!?)

We have a few more Fall Month projects to post before Thanksgiving gets here. Just hoping I can actually get to them!

Fall Month: Playing in the Leaves!

Okay, so this one was totally impromptu…but I figured it counts for Fall month since it was on our list anyway.

Playing in the leaves!

We had our family pics taken the other day, and on the way home from our post-session lunch, we stopped at a near-by park. I’d forgotten to ask my sister to take a few pics of just me (which I’ve been needing to update my blog). And since Michael had his camera with him, we decided to grab a few shots while I was still dressed up…

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Not bad for working on the fly, right?!

Samuel was fast asleep, but Isaiah hopped out with us and quickly found a pile of leaves to play in. And of course, I had to join.

It was the perfect day, the perfect weather, with the perfect company. We had SO much fun.

Totally unplanned. And look at these pics!

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Gotta love the magic of spontaneity. You just can’t pose pics like that.

And Michael gets the husband of the year award for capturing them! I want to frame every single one.

My only regret: not waking Samuel up for the magic. :(

Next time, baby. Next time…

Fall Month: Play Doh Pumpkins

We did a super easy project for Fall month, the other day. Play Doh Pumpkins…

I’d been stashing away the orange, green, and black Play Doh since Isaiah is a “mixer’. (Aren’t all two-year-olds?) So I pulled them out, and we sat down to make our own mini Jack-O-Lanterns.

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Isaiah’s still small enough that he doesn’t remember carving pumpkins last year. So the idea is still pretty new to him.

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And this was the perfect refresher before we carve our real pumpkins next week. 

We had a great time making happy faces, silly faces, and scary faces (and I use the term scary, loosely) on our pumpkin.

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Then, the poor little guy got smooshed. Which…was just as much fun for Isaiah, as making the pumpkin in the first place.

Sigh. Boys.

DIY Doorway Puppet Theater

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This project was supposed to be a part of our State Fair month. But alas, life with a newborn gets in the way.

But he’s a good one. So I can’t complain.

Besides, State Fairs and Fall go hand in hand, right? Therefore, this is the perfect Fall month project.

(I know, it’s a stretch. Work with me).

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A while back I saw an expensive puppet theater, made to hang on nails in a doorway. And I thought, why couldn’t I make the same thing myself, but on a tension rod?

The more I started thinking about it, the more I became convinced it was the perfect puppet theater. Not only does it roll up neatly, taking up minimal space…but it grows (or shrinks) with your kids, because of the adjustable height.

I made mine using Fabric-tac, with every intention of sewing it all together after…you know…when my child starts sleeping through the night. (I’m still only getting 4 hour stretches, folks. It’s not pretty.)

But for the sake of time, I thought I’d go ahead and post. Since we are already getting good play time out of it. If you wanted to do a Fabric-tac version, sans sewing, it truely works just fine.

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I started with two yards of my main fabric, and cut to the desired length. (Mine was 31″ wide to match my doorways, and 50″ long).

After hemming all of the edges (including the 2 inch pocket at the top for the tension rod), I cut a large rectangle in the middle of my fabric (roughly 10″ by 14″).

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Once the rectangle was cut, I lined the opening with my ribbon of choice.

And finally, I created a curtain on the back by simply securing a large rectangular piece of fabric (size doesn’t matter here, just make sure it is significantly larger than the rectangle since it will be pulled in all sorts of directions by the puppeteers).

I had originally planned to do theater curtains, but the more I thought about it, the more the “backdrop curtain” made sense. Perfect to hide little heads, and can be tied up top if desired.

We love the finished result. Don’t you?

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Fall month: Kiddie Car Wash

This weekend we held our very own, Isaiah-sized, car wash.

As you can see, Isaiah’s truck was pretty dirty. So we decided to take advantage of the beautiful Fall weather and give it a nice cleaning.

I’d actually been excited about this activity for quite a while, because I knew how much Isaiah would love it. Remember our toddler car wash? He talked about that one for weeks. It always amazes me how the simplest (and most budget friendly) activities are the biggest hits.

We gave him his very own bucket with sponges and soap (aka dish soap).

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And he scrubbed away…

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Daddy helped.

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And so did Hershey.

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Soon it was time to rinse…

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and dry…

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And of course, take his freshly washed truck for a spin.
 
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It was really hard work…

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But somebody had to do it. ;

Fall Month: Fall Fingerprint Tree

Isaiah still talks about our bluebonnet painting. So, I decided that another fingerprint painting was in order for Fall Month.

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I quickly prepped the paper the night before, by painting a simple tree trunk and branches. Then the next morning, we broke out the fall colored paints to make our fingerprint leaves.

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It was a great opportunity to learn about warm colors vs. cool colors. (I know, I know, he’s only two. But you you’d be amazed at the things he absorbs these days. It’s crazy.)

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We even spent some time “researching” on the computer together, looking at fall leaves all over the nation.

Grandma and Grandpa B are in Vermont right now, looking at those very leaves. So Isaiah was particularly interested in scenes from that state.

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And after all of that research, it was time to get to work. I let Isaiah take the lead (since it was his tree, afterall). He wanted to put leaves on the tree AND on the ground. So that we did.

We had a great time painting together. Beautiful day, beautiful weather, beautiful moments. I couldn’t love Fall any more.

Oh, and my favorite moment? Isaiah admiring his work and exclaiming…”Look what we did, Mommy! Look what we did!”

Love his heart.

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