Spooky Decor: Halloween Decoration DIY

It is September, and for many that means back-to-school routine, cooler weather, and shorter days. In our house, it means Halloween prep. We have already established that I love holidays. I decorate for Halloween and Christmas WAY before I should. It bother’s some people. I like to do it because ti brings me joy, it brings my family joy, and when people see it they are joyful too. We could use a little more joy in this world!

So do not be upset when I tell you I am already decorated for Halloween, and my kids already have their costumes. I am by no means an over achiever. I just enjoy certain things in life, and Halloween is one of them. So I have a fun and frugal Halloween decor idea for you to try. This year we created a Vampire Welcome Mat for our front door. Thank you to Megan Andersen at Creative Live for the fangtastic idea….. I kid.

What you will need:

– Jute doormat with rubber skid on the bottom (10$ at Home Depot)
– Pencil
– Box cutter or cutting blade
– Cutting mat
– Sharpie in pink, yellow or any other medium-light color
– Acrylic paint in white or unbleached titanium, black, and red
– Medium and small sized paint brushes
– Small paper plate

All of this is fun and simple stuff, much of it we already had. Thanks to Megan I now have a really cool and unique welcome mat for the front door this Halloween. The kids and their friends have already started commenting on how cool it is. I so rarely get to be the cool mom, so I enjoy getting these kudos at Halloween. After all, holidays are the times when parents get to be kids too!

Kitchen Tools for Kids

We love to cook together as a family. Recently my kids have expressed the desire to be more helpful in the kitchen. While we have always involved them we have not been keen to let them cut much due to the risk of cutting themselves. Our kids are still under the age of 7, but we find that we do not want to discourage them from helping. So we did a little research and found this really great set of utensils perfect for little hands.

Curious Chef is a line of kitchen products designed with kids in mind. They feature knives, baking utensils, and even specialty gadgets like apple slicers. We wanted our kids to be able to get snacks themselves and be able to help us when they wanted to without worrying about them. The Curious Chef knives are made of nylon with a tooth-like edge. They are perfect for cutting meat, hard vegetables and fruits, and they are less likely to cut your child. The work with a sawing motion, which is fairly easy for little hands to figure out.

They are available on Amazon in multiple sets. We chose the set that came with knives and the apple slicer since we spend a lot of time eating apples and baking with them this time of year. So far our kids love them. We even ordered an extra set to have at their Grandma’s house because she loves when they come over to bake with her. If you have a little one that loves to help in the kitchen you should definitely check it out, it has been a lifesaver for us.

 

Apple Pie Muffin: Fall Foods!

I love to bake!! Fall brings out my need to bake, there is something about the cooler weather that always makes me want comfort food. I especially like to cook with fall ingredients so I love to find anything I can bake with apples and pumpkin. Lucky for me we live near apple country so I have access to lovely fresh-picked apples right from the farm.

We love taking the kids and enjoying a great day at the apple farm running around picking apples, laughing, and chatting with the kids. We have dinner at a restaurant in the town and we make ti a slow-going enjoyable fall day. When we come home we like to find ways to use the apples. We of course enjoy some in lunches and as snacks but we also cook a lot of them that weekend and can them for future use. I prep them for pies, and we make muffins. I really love this Apple Pie Muffin recipe. My kids enjoy eating them for breakfast, as a snack in their lunches, or as an afternoon snack. What I love best about the recipe is that I can alter it if I need too. We like to eat things with less sugar, so we substitute  half of the sugar with applesauce (which also gives it a moister/more apple taste!)

Be sure to go check out Damn Delicious’ recipe now. It is the best we have tried so far! Be sure to check out the other amazing recipes when you are there!