Fall is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons including the changing colors, the festive flavors and the pumpkin patches. I admittedly am one of those people who looks forward to Starbucks release of the pumpkin latte. I practically jump for joy when I see the plethora of pumpkin flavored offerings at Trader Joe’s. You could call me a pumpkin-holic.
I’m proud to say that I am passing on my love of pumpkins to my boys. They too enjoy visiting pumpkin patches as well as all things pumpkin. We’ve made pumpkin flavored soup, scones, pancakes and muffins. My latest creation however is my favorite yet – pumpkin milk. Both kid and adult friendly, pumpkin milk can be enjoyed on its own or even added to coffee. Say hello to a homemade pumpkin latte, which is much more budget friendly than the nearly $5 and 400 calorie Starbucks latte that despite the name doesn’t include any “pumpkin.” (Sad News for Pumpkin Spice Latte Fans)
Would you know that pumpkins boast many health benefits as according to WebMd they’re loaded with vitamin A (beta carotene), low in calories as well as fiber. Apparently, “Known for its immune-boosting powers, beta-carotene is essential for eye health and has also been linked to preventing coronary heart disease.” (Superfood-Pumpkin, Caitlin Covington) Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin k as well which is said to be able to reduce the risks of some types of cancer.
So, this mama is happy to add the pumpkin milk warmed for my boys in the morning. They start off the day downing full fat milk enhanced with the benefits of pumpkin. Want to try it?
One of my favorite things about fall is the abundance of beautiful leaves. They provide hours of entertainment. Bobby has had fun raking them into huge piles; then, running through the pile and lastly tossing the remnants of the pile into the air. Of course, CJ has been part of the action too by crawling through the piles.
Living amongst trees provides not only rambunctious activities but also crafty ones as well. After collecting a few special leaves, Bobby and I have made impressions in salt-dough, centerpieces and paintings. My favorite project so far has been the classic leaf print. It’s easy, fast and provides lots of creative fun.
All you need to do is gather a few leaves, paints, brushes and paper.
Paint the leaf and then press the painted leaf on a blank paper. Remove it carefully and let it dry. Voila, a beautiful autumn decoration to cherish for years to come. Make extras to send along to family or to bring with you as a hostess gift on Thanksgiving.
With Halloween in the air, it’s time to dress up with your home with ghosts and goblins. Decorations are the perfect excuse to have some crafty fun! There’s no need to break the bank. So, here are a couple of ideas for decorations that are both easy and inexpensive.
Hanging Ghosts – Use your stash of plastic grocery bags to make ghosts. Just buy some white trash can liners and a sharpe pen. Draw eyes and a mouth on the plastic trash liner, then stuff with grocery bags. Tie with a string or fishing line and hang in front of your house. These ghosts will fly in the breeze and are weatherproof!
Lanterns – Make lanterns out of sandwich bags or old milk jugs. Break out a sharpe pen and draw faces on them! If using milk jugs cut a hole out of the bottom to put in the lights. Use either a string of white lights or battery operated tea lights.
Window Silhouettes – All you need is black paper and a little imagination to decorate your windows. Just cut festive shapes like cats, bats and witches, out of black construction paper and hang on the inside of your window. If you’re low on construction paper, just paint anyother paper black and it will do the same thing.