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I’m excited to share this fun Watercolor Fall Leaves project today.

This whole project came about when my girls and I decided to use watercolor paints. I love the idea of teaching them different ways to create and watercolor is our new favorite medium.

Watercolor-leaves

What you’ll need to recreate this project:

  • Watercolors: I love using this great watercolor pallet from Crayola.
  • Leaves punch from Fiskers
  • paper
  • and one of the printables below

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Start by having your budding artist use the watercolors to create circles on the paper. Let them do whatever. It doesn’t matter if it’s light, dark, too much, mixes. You’ll see that this all makes a beautiful creation in the end.

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Here’s what ours looked like.

Then set aside to dry.

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Once dry grab your punch and start to punch around the paper. This might have been my favorite part. This is where the beauty of it all comes together.

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Each leaf is different and unique.

Now download the printable below to turn these leaves into a work of art!

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8.5 x 11 4 to a page

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5 x 7

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a favorite in my home. My kids and hubby really get into the decor, costumes and of course YUMMY Halloween Goodies! My season favorite . . . Candy Apples! The tangy apples with a smother of sweet candy shell just seems to hit the spot for me! This year, I thought how much fun it would be to mix the Spooky Halloween season with one of my favorite treats. So I created this Spooky Halloween Candy Apple Treat!

I used a kit from Urban Accents, which made this SUPER easy and quick to make.  For more spooky fun, I added a glittery black stick and an eyeball that I found at Hobby Lobby.  For the little extra touch I HAD to add a tag “I’ve got my EYE on you” which I think really brings it all to life!!!
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Here are the supplies you will need
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To get the glitter effect, I used a little bit of spray paint, then applied the glitter to the wet paint. No need for glue.

The candy apple mix was super easy to use;  I found my kit from my local bakery. The mix and sticks are included in the package. A quick tip… a candy thermometer is a MUST for successful candy apples!

Now it’s your turn to add a bit of Spooky Apple fun to your holiday! You can’t go wrong with a Spooky Halloween Candy Apple! Here is the free printable for you to enjoy!

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Click on Photo to download!

For More Halloween craft Ideas stop by Home by Home

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20 Yummy Pumpkin Desserts - cheesecake, cupcakes, bread, cinnamon rolls, caramel, ice cream, truffles, cookies, bars, cream pies... so many great recipes!

Pumpkin Desserts

Oh it’s that time of year!  Pumpkin desserts galore!  Thinking of trying new recipes this year?  We’ve rounded up some amazing ones for you!  Cheesecakes, cupcakes, caramels, breads, dips, brownies, truffles… so many to choose from!  Get ready to start baking!

Pumpkin Cheesecake from Natasha’s Kitchen

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Pumpkin Roll from Gimme Some Oven

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Pumpkin Spice Skillet Cookie from Like Mother Like Daughter

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Crumbly Pumpkin Bread from Damn Delicious

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Mini Pots of Pumpkin Cream Pie from The Crafting Chicks

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Pumpkin Spice Caramels from Mom On Time Out

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles from The Recipe Critic

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Chocolate Caramel Pumpkin Cobbler from Living Locurto

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Pumpkin Butter Pecan Ice Cream from Mom On Time Out

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Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats from Essentially Eclectic

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Holiday Pumpkin Dip from Is This Really My Life

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Pumpkin Brownies from Mother Thyme

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars from Roxana’s Home Baking

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles from The Frugal Girls

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Pumpkin Monkey Bread Bake from Thirty Handmade Days

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Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes from Lil’ Luna

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Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes from Inside Bru Crew Life

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Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls from Diethood

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Pumpkin Pie Crescents from Spend With Pennies

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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For more yummy desserts, visit our Pinterest board.

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I'm Thankful From A-Z I’m always trying to find a way for my kids to learn how to be thankful for what they have. This time of year is the perfect way to get them thinking about it more since we as adults are. It’s also good to do right before all the gifts start rolling in for the upcoming holiday season. If they can recognize that they really have a lot already, they may see that they don’t really need all those things on the list.

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One way that I’ve found is helpful is making a game out of being thankful. I love to pull this “I’m Thankful from A-Z” printable out for them so they can see that they really do have many things in their lives that they are thankful for.

Just download the free printable below.

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Print it out.

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Have your kids go through the alphabet writing down what they are thankful for.

What do you do to teach your children gratitude?

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Harvest Foil Art

I’m interrupting all the cute Halloween projects to bring you this pretty fall foil print. Some years I have a hard time decorating for Thanksgiving. I’m always eager to put up my Halloween decorations and then as soon as they come down, Christmas goes up. It is so important to remember to be thankful and wonder why I go from one gimme holiday to another without taking time to reflect and be thankful for all we’ve been blessed with. Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving decorations are a little harder to come by? I created this Harvest Home Foil Art to inspire me to take a little pause this fall to be thankful.

Minc Foil Thanksgiving Art

This Rose Gold Foil is the perfect color of fall, and I new it would be pretty on my favorite Thanksgiving hymn. I created the word art in Illustrator and copied it onto white cardstock. The word art download link is at the bottom of this post.

Foil Art Harvest Home

I added some wheat and a few pumpkins to create a little fall vignette.

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Come ye Thankful People Foil Art Thanksgiving Foil Art

Create your own Harvest Home Foil Art by downloading the black and white image and printing on a copy machine or laser printer (you need to use a printer with toner) and running through a Minc Machine.

Come, ye Thankful People

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You maybe interested in other projects we’ve done using the Minc Machine:

2015 Family Motto

Be Brave

I’m Going There Someday

Indoor Herb Garden

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Fall Time Scattergories *Free Printable

We’ve shared these fun Printable Scattergories games throughout this year and we are excited to share our Fall Time Version!  A great game for those Class or Family Parties or just Family Home Evening. Thinking about Fall TIME…from A to Z is always tons of fun!

Rules:

To play Fall Time Scattergories, set a timer and work as fast as you can to list a Fall Time related word for each letter before the time runs out. When scoring, you get 1 point for every word that no one else chose for that letter. Highest score wins!

(Personal Use Only Please-Download property of Crafting Chicks LLP)

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Check out our other fun Scattergories Game Printables:

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites is an easy no bake recipe that is made with healthier ingredients and is gluten free.  Great for snacks, breakfast or when you need a boost of energy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Today I am taking a break from crafts to share a delicious and easy to make recipe.  With fall just around the corner, I wanted to make a recipe with pumpkin and yummy spices.  These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites are the perfect little snack to get you going.  They are packed with healthy ingredients and some sweetness and crunch from chocolate chips.  It’s The perfect fall snack!

No Bake Pumpkin Energy Bites

The thing I love about these pumpkin chocolate chip energy bites is that there is no baking involved.  This is a super simple recipe that just about anyone can make using a food processor.  I love to have a few of these energy bites stored in the refrigerator so I can just pop one or two out when I need to.  They are great for a pre and post workout snack, afternoon snack when you are feeling groggy and an easy breakfast on the go.  The pumpkin flavor with the warm spices and crunchy chocolate chips are so delicious!

Gluten Free Energy Bites

The combiner of this recipe is Medjool dates.  Dates are a fruit that have a large seed inside and are a good source of potassium.  You can find dates in most grocery stores.  For this energy bite recipe, first, you want to start by removing the seeds from one pound of dates or you can buy already pitted dates.  Soak the dates in water for 10 minutes to soften them.  Next, you add all of the ingredients expect the chocolate chips into a food processor and blend until smooth.

Easy No Bake Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Once all of the ingredients are blended, fold in 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips.  Now, you can leave the chocolate chips out if you want to be extra healthy, but I think they add a nice favor and crunch to the recipe.  Plus, it’s not enough chocolate to ruin your diet.  You have to indulge every once in a while.

After you have folded in the chocolate chips, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up a bit.

Grain Free Pumpkin Energy Bites

Use your hands to form the mixture into small one inch balls.  You should get approximately 15 balls out of this recipe.  Store the energy bites in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Serves: 15

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites is an easy no bake recipe that is made with healthier ingredients and is gluten free. Great for snacks, breakfast or when you need a boost of energy.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Place the pitted dates into a bowl and cover with water. Let soak for 10 minutes, then drain.
  2. Place the pecans into a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add in the rest of the ingredients, including the soaked dates, except the chocolate chips . Pulse until combined. Continue to scrape the bowl until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Fold in the mini chocolate chips until combined. Place the mixture into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  4. Use your hands or melon baller to form the mixture into small 1 inch balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

No Bake Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Thank you for letting me share my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites recipe with you.  I hope you enjoy the recipe and this beautiful fall season!

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Favorite Apple Desserts - I love so many of these recipes! These are perfect for fall!

Favorite Apple Desserts

Fall is just around the corner!  Fall brings cool nights, crisp mornings, colorful leaves, and don’t forget… Apples!!  Oh we love all of the yummy desserts that can be made with apples.  Here are a few of our favorite apple desserts for you to try this season.  We’ve got cobblers, cupcakes, pies, crisp, crumbles, cakes, bars, dips, breads and so much more… we’ve got something for everyone!  These really are the best recipes.  We know you’re going to love them!

Ready?  Set?  Go pick some apples!

Apple and Pear Skillet Crumble from The Casual Craftlete

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes from Cooking Classy

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Hand Pies from Cooking on the Front Burners

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Clean Eating Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies from Amy’s Healthy Baking

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Apple Fritters from Fake Ginger

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Apple Crisp a la Mode from The Crafting Chicks

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Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls from Recipe Runner

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Pizza from Dessert for Two

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Apple Pie Bars from Love Grows Wild

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Delia Creates

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Cupcakes from Cincy Shopper

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake from Half Baked Harvest

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad from Chef in Training

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Creamy Caramel Apple Dip from The Crafting Chicks

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Bread from Pip and Ebby

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars from Averie Cooks

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Nachos from Lil’ Luna

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples from Le Crème de la Crumb

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

For more amazing dessert recipes visit our Yummy Desserts Pinterest Board.

What is your favorite fall dessert?  Cobbler, pie, cakes, crisps, dips, cupcakes, or bread?

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Hi! I’m Kimbo from a girl and a glue gun and I’m super excited to be here! I’ve got a super fun craft for you today–Kid painted garden markers…made from paint sticks! Kid Painted Garden Markers squash I did not steal these. I’m just a hoarder….(and it’s not limited to paint sticks.) So slowly and surely I’ve saved these….but I’m sure Home Depot would let you have some. Our store has the nicest workers! paint stick

I gave each a coat of spray paint to cover up the designs. (kids could do this with regular paint!) painted paint sticks

Then it was time for them to decorate! Here’s the things with letting your kids paint. They love it…and they start out decorating and making designs and then it slowly becomes covered with all the paint mixed together.

And that’s fine. I don’t like to micro manage–I want the kids to be able to create without me over their shoulder!

But I do have a little secret.–I don’t let them use any dark colors. One drop of brown or black and no matter what colors you have it’s going to look like poop (the color)

I try to use bright fun colors. And white is a great color! You could use any color and white and get many different shades!

Here is the color palette we used: paint colors

I have three kids so each one got to decorate 2 sticks. kid painting

After they get them all decorated…and those clumps of paint dried…I added some Expressions vinyl! Cut it out of Permanent outdoor vinyl with my Silhouette — supplies Added some transfer tape-

garden vegetable vinyl

Cut eat vegetable apart and peel up transfer tape with vinyl attached. peel up transfer tape Lay on project and rub to get a great stick.

rub vinyl with applicator tool

Then peel up the transfer tape and your vinyl will be on your paint sticks!

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(you can also have your kids write it with a sharpie!)
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They turned out so fun and colorful! I want to have them paint big canvas’s now! fun kids craft idea with paint fun fact: I had to ask on facebook if any of my neighbors had a garden that I could take pictures in…cause I don’t have one! ha! Thanks to my friend Jillian for letting me tromp through her yard! tomato garden maker corn plant marker diy

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