Saturday, October 31, 2009

Soup-er Saturday: Alphabet Soup

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Happy Halloween!
Today's soup isn't necessarily holiday-ish, but it is certainly tasty for a cool fall day!

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Alphabet Meatball Soup

3 cups frozen meatballs
2 Tbls. olive oil
1 chopped yellow onion
2 stalks of chopped celery
1 garlic clove, minced
2 carrots, peeled and slices
5 cups of chicken broth
14.5 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt & pepper
1/2 cup alphabet pasta
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, celery, garlic, and carrots. Partially cover the pan and cook the vegetables over medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, and spices. Bring the soup to a simmer over medium-low heat. Add the pasta. Keep the soup at a gentle simmer until the pasta is almost cooked. Transfer meatballs to the pot and simmer gently for 5 more minutes to finish cooking. To serve, garnish each bowl with a portion of Parmesan.

I served this soup with Parmesan Bread Sticks, as suggested by Relish. Relish is an online service designed to make meal planning, shopping, and preparation more enjoyable and less time consuming for busy families. I am currently enjoying a one month site membership courtesy of the creators of Relish.

Each Thursday there is a new collection of recipes to choose from. You may pick up to 5 meals a week that best fit your family preferences and weekly schedule. Each meal includes a main dish and one side dish. There is also a weekly dessert recipe. Once the recipes are chosen Relish puts together a weekly cooking plan, as well as a detailed shopping list. The site adjusts portions based on the number of people you are feeding each week and that is reflected in the shopping list as well. I have found that the projected portions have been right on target for our family so far! All of there meals have been kitchen tested by moms and take 30 minutes or less to prepare.

If there are still some family favorites that we don't want to miss from week to week...no problem! Relish offers their users an opportunity to add your own favorite recipes to the site where they will conveniently add them to your menu plan and grocery lists. How neat is that?!?

Relish also offers a monthly list of freezer meal options. These meals can be made ahead and use to fill in the gaps in the weekly meal plan as needed. There is also an option for specific seasonal dinner parties such as an outdoor tailgating meal and a Halloween party menu.

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I found in my first two weeks that I actually saved money on groceries because I shopped with a very specific plan in mind and a pre-made list. I've also had much less grocery waste because I am shopping more intentionally, specifically for product items. The list is well organized and easy to follow while juggling busy tots in the grocery store.

In the next few weeks as I continue to appreciate Relish I will be sharing other cooking successes with you, as well as my experience with the site. I can see already that this is a service I will be very hesitant to give up after my trial period!!

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This recipe was submitted to this week's Grace's Kitchen Friends blog carnival.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

You Capture - Autumn

Because it's sweet.


Because it's silly.

I've always admired Beth's photography on display in her weekly, You Capture, challenge. Although my photography skills leave much to be desired, I couldn't resist the chance to share a couple favorites from this autumn's album.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ghosts of Halloween Past

I was excited to see today's challenge on SevEn cLoWn CirCuS to dig up and post a picture of the Ghosts of Halloween Past. I had just such a thing!

Kevin's mom just gave us this jewel of a picture to laugh and reminisce over. The kids think it is hysterical to see daddy dressed up for Halloween and hauling around his pumpkin basket. Kevin has explained to us that he was dressed as a "Civil War Ghost." Since I have known him, Kevin has been a big history buff. Now I know that his interest started long before we met.

He is accompanied in this fun fall picture by his older sister and three cousins. I'm sure they'll all be thrilled to see this oldie, but goodie resurface!
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"I'm Usually Not This Dry..."


...I'm actually pretty bubbly!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tallest of Smalls by Max Lucado

In the spirit of the recent release of his inspirational book, Fearless, Max Lucado has teamed up with illustrator, Maria Monescillo, to put together an encouraging picture book.

The story takes place in the village of Stiltsville where Ollie and the other Too-Smalls live. Each evening, the Too-Smalls meet in the city square in hopes of being chosen to wear stilts and tour above everyone in the city. They believe that if they are the prettiest, funniest, or smartest they will be chosen to stand out in the crowd. Little Ollie is anxious to be picked as a proud stilter. However, on the night he is finally chosen he stumbles and tumbles from his stilts to the ground. Upon falling he bumps into Jesus, who teaching Ollie the important lesson that even with his feet on the ground Ollie is valued, important, and loved.

The bold and colorful illustrations will be appealing to children of all ages, however the story content is most appropriate for elementary aged children. The rhyming is clever and catchy, but some of the vocabulary and the overall theme would be difficult for a toddler to understand or relate to. Yet, the message of the story, that we are all special, that no one is insignificant in God's eyes, and that being part of the "in crowd" isn't always as spectacular as it may appear, is an important reminder for both children and adults.

If you are considering this book as a holiday gift you will appreciate the place in the front of the book for personalizing it.

To hear a bit about the book from Max Lucado himself, you may want to watch this short clip.

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Thank you to Thomas Nelson publishing for providing the book for this review.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Soup-er Saturday

Update: I did put this soup together this afternoon once I found my missing ingredient. The kids liked it because it was not overly pumpkinish. In the future I would make a few adjustments of my own to the recipe. I'd suggest that 3 cans of chicken broth would be enough. As written the soup was a bit watered down, making it a little tricky for the kids to get from their spoons to their mouths:). I'd also suggest salt and peppering to taste instead of to teaspoon. Enjoy!

I am looking forward to giving this soup a try this Saturday. In fact, I was hoping to have a picture of the finished product to share in this post, but both grocery stores I checked today were out of canned pumpkin. Seriously?!?!? It is the week before Halloween, perhaps they need to consider supply and demand when it comes to stocking. Anyway, when I find my missing ingredient we will be enjoying this soup!

Pumpkin Soup

4 (14 oz.) cans ready to serve chicken broth
2 cups frozen corn
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz. can solid pack pumpkin
1 cup half and half
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves

Combine broth, corn, onion, and garlic in large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until onion is tender. Stir in pumpkin and blend well. Cover pan and simmer 5-10 minutes. Then add half and half, salt, pepper, and thyme; stir well. Heat for 2-3 minutes until steaming.

Top with a bit of pesto, roasted corn kernels, and Parmesan cheese.
Makes 8 servings

I have had this recipe cut and pasted in a to-make file for awhile and I don't remember where I found it online. Sorry!

What soup will you have simmering this Saturday. I'd love to see you links in the comments!

Perhaps you'd like to serve your soup with a side of Jack-O-Lantern quesadillas. The kids each custom designed their cut out tortilla shells. We filled the quesadillas with cheddar cheese and chicken strips. Here's a picture of our creations, pre griddle. Once the cheese melts it looks like a candle glow from inside the pumpkin.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Chocolate: A Love Story

Since school has started Gavin is in love. He's in love with the printed word. He's in love with letters. He's in love with his own name and we are finding his name carefully printed on objects all over our home. It's fun to see him fall in love with language and learning.

Speaking of love stories...
Among other things, I'm in love with chocolate.

Yesterday my UPS man delivered a little package. He might as well have packaged up the inside of Socrates, because when I opened it up I could all but smell my favorite college coffee house hang out. What actually was inside? Chocolate: A Love Story - 65 Chocolate Dessert Recipes from Max Brenner's Private Collection compiled by Max Brenner and illustrated with the unique artwork of Yonatan Factor. Delicious!

The book isn't just a collection of Death by Chocolate plates, rather it's filled with recipes that feature just enough chocolate to add that most amazing chocolate taste.

The recipes are defined by their "flavors" and given names such as: Well Disciplined, Modest, Dependable, Politically Correct, Soap Opera, Tacky, Overwhelming, Handsome, Nostalgic, Painful, Enticing, One & Only, and more. I decided my first trial recipe would need to be something with a "List Maker's flavor."

I found it on page 28,
The Control Freak Chocolate Spread

Butter,
Dark Chocolate,
Sweetened Condensed Milk,
and Slivered Almonds...

...Chocolate Loving Control Freak heaven!

Wanting to also find a Cozy Option to try in our chilly fall home I set my taste buds on page 57,
A Therapeutic Chocolate Pot Pie

Heavy Cream,
White chocolate
Cream Cheese
Vanilla Beans,
and Strawberry...

...Dangerous!

If they were all made up I'd send a slice of Mon Cheri Chocolate Cherry Pie to Mom, Lost Childhood Chocolate Birthday Cake to Annie, Well-Disciplined Lady Fingers to Anne Hope, and The American Dream pancakes to Kevin. But, there is something for everyone with a sweet tooth. Chocolate in Carrot Cake, Banana Muffins, Mousse, Pie, Drinks, Donuts, Truffles, and Tortes.

Each recipe is accompanied by a yummy piece of Yonatan's artwork comprised of bright colors and strong text.

This book would be a tasty addition to your cookbook shelf or a coffee table conversation piece.

Chocolate: A Love Story is now available to purchase. Thanks to Hatchette Book Club for sending me a free copy of the book for my review. As a lover of chocolate, this book was easy for me to love.
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Wishes & Dreams


I'd been looking forward to my annual Croptoberfest event for quite some time. I had all kinds of "Wishes & Dreams" for how I hoped the day would go and for the most part my wishes were granted and my dream came true...a bit dramatic, but I'm sticking with the theme!

My Wishes and Dreams for the Day
:
~Catch up on our 2009 family album (I was THRILLED to finish 20 pages in our 12 hour stint)
~Appreciate great conversation with good friends
~Enjoy the casual pace of a kid free day

~Sit in a cozy classroom
~Eat a delicious catered lunch and a warm fall dinner
~Finish up Anne Hope's 3 Year Old "How To" book
~Help mom get started on her Road Trip '09 Album
~Give away a few fun papers, stickers, and tools

~Figure out a few tricky features on my Storybook Creator digital scrapbooking program
~Sip a hot cider (turned out to be luke warm, but sufficient)
~Begin the design for our family Christmas card
~Create a holiday wish list, a sweetest day surprise, and a card of congratulations

~Draw a layout for the kid's "Activi-Tees" album (which I am looking forward to laying out on black pages, a first for me)
~Relax and Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Soup-er Saturday

Soup-er Saturday
How about a return of Soup-er Saturday??? I'm sure some of you have just been sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for it...right! Ha! Anyway, this Saturday is Croptoberfest. I am spending the day with my ladies socializing and scrapbooking and boy am I looking forward to it! As for the food, we're having a delicious lunch catered and delivered to us, but in the evening hours we'll be enjoying a crock pot full of warm fall chili. My mom reminded me of this recipe, which has been in my collection for years, but I've never tried. Here's hoping it's worthy of the event:)

Shredded Beef Chili

1-1/2 cups of cooked and shredded brisket or roast
3 - 8oz. cans of tomato sauce
1 - 16 oz. jar of salsa
1 can chili beans in sauce
Mix together in a 3 quart saucepan.
Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
Top with sour cream and pico de gallo

Serves 4

I'd love to see the soup-er recipes you've been whipping up in your fall kitchen. If you have a link to a great soup please leave your link in the comments and I will be sure to add it into this post!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pick and Stick

Congratulations to the winner of this giveaway, chosen by Random.org, comment #23.

crystal rose said...
Bonus entry - fan of uprinting on FB.
Crystal Roseallaboutmodels@aol.com
October 20, 2009 4:40 PM

It sounds like she is looking forward to making stickers to use in packaging the jewelry items she sells. Enjoy!

I have been very happy with all of the great UPrinting goodies I've had designed and printed. In fact, I recently received the stickers I ordered in a previous giveaway. That project is "under wraps" for now, but I will be anxious to show you how they turned out! While I was working on the last batch, I had so many fantastic ideas about how I might use another 250 customized stickers. Needless to say, I was thrilled when UPrinting decided to offer the readers of A List Maker's Life another chance to win!!!

Here are a few of my ideas for sticker mania edition 2.

A motivational prize for the Cherry Lane Preschool kids to encourage their participation in our fall pop can drive!

A memento for little guests to take with them after celebrating the holiday season at our church's Birthday Party for Jesus event.

Christmas Gift Labels


A special certificate for the kid's to wear, or add to their journals, in recognition of their accomplishments honored at our family's Keys of Happiness "ceremonies."

A girly, pink sticker label for Anne Hope to put on all of her favorite treasures.

A decoration for the preschoolers to wear home to remind their parents of our Holiday Gift Gallery!

Oh My! I have so many sticker suggestions. How about you?
What will you design for your stickers? What might you possibly use 250 personalized stickers for?
For a chance to WIN, simply leave a comment here mentioning your creative plan!

For a bonus entry:
~Follow or Subscribe to A List Maker's Life
~Become a Fan of UPrinting on Facebook

This giveaway is only open until 10 PM EST on October 22nd! Enter today!


Perhaps you'd like someone else to create your design for you. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for free digital designing service from Artistic Albums by Nicole.

Disclaimer: UPrinting has sent me many high quality samples of their work in the past and I am looking forward to receiving a set of 250 stickers in exchange for posting this giveaway and review. My opinion of their products is sincere, and I hope that your experience with them will be positive as well.

Broken Teepee and Really, Are You Serious are hosting a giveaway if you'd like another chance to win!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Well-Behaved Child by John Rosemond



The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline that Really Works!
By John Rosemond

"The biggest frustration felt my parents today is in the area of discipline." Well, I'd say that applies in our family. We've been battling some bizarre behaviors with our children this fall. Therefore, this title by parenting expert and best selling author, John Rosemond was an obvious choice.

While many parenting books are written to define a philosophical system, they don't always have enough suggestions for the real life, HOW? The Well-Behaved Child is essentially a "how to" book with step by step suggestions for traditional parenting based on biblical principles and common sense. The book is loaded with real life examples that are easy to relate to. Topics include:
~Essential Discipline Principles and Tools
~Perplexing Problems and Simple Solutions
~Not Your Everyday Problems
~General Questions and Answers

John Rosemond would be considered a traditionalist in that he has a parent-centered, no nonsense approach to parenting. Yet, unlike many traditional parenting experts Rosemond speaks only briefly about spanking and does not base his suggestions solely on physical punishment. He does not agree with logical consequences and believes that parents should have full control of all decisions regarding effective punishment. He explains that consequences do not need to be immediate, and will still be effective in modifying behavior when applied hours or days later. The book lays out plans for using charts or tickets to help children monitor their behavior while working to eliminate specific problem areas.

As an educator with a psychology minor I have a lot of book knowledge about children and their development. This "psychobabble," as it is referred to in the book may be a hindrance to successfully training my own children. I must say that I struggled quite a bit with many of the statements in John's book, as well as his sarcasm. I begin to question whether I can be an effective Christian parent if I don't necessarily agree with everything in this book built, which is based on "biblical principle." However, Rosemond also suggested tools and solutions that may fit with our family parenting philosophy.

This book did get me thinking about our own children and our parenting techniques. I was asking questions. I was comparing, contrasting, and taking notes. Although I may have struggled with pieces of the material, the book was instrumental in modifying our behavior plan for our children at a time when it is necessary for us to re-look at what kinds of behavior we will accept, what behaviors we will not tolerate, and what we will do about it on a day to day basis.

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about what you do in your home to train your children. Are there any books that have been helpful to you in this regard?

Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishinig for providing this book free of charge in exchange for my review.


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Artistic Albums

Congratulations to the winner of this giveaway, according to Random.org, comment #6!

Heather said...
I love all her pages - my favorite of the day is her Reflections page.
October 17, 2009 11:57 AM

It's no secret that I enjoy scrapbooking. In the past 3 years I have also found myself caught up in the digital scrap scene. Which is increasing in popularity because of the options, the cost comparison, and the time savings.

I've encouraged friends who are overwhelmed with all the pictures they need to catch up on to use the digital programs to do just that. In fact, I've told them this is the best way to dig out from the picture piles.

Until now. I've have discovered the MOST effective and non-stressful way for completing albums in a hurry. Hire Nicole!

Nicole, a fellow blogger and mom to a darling 19 month old, has started her own business completing creative digital pages for others!

Artistic Albums by Nicole

In her own words,
"I've been scrapping since my senior year in high school and digitally scrapping for a year and a half. However, I just started my business 6 months ago. I got the idea to start Artistic Albums from my best friend. She kept telling me how much she loved my work and that I should do it for people for money. When I uploaded all my pages to Facebook I got an overwhelming amount of wonderful comments and responses about them. I then decided that maybe I could do this as a job and began the process to start my very own scrap-for-hire business."

I love it. A mom-prenuer who took the initiative to turn her hobby into a productive income from her family.

In her own albums, Nicole's focus is her daughter. Her favorite pictures to work with are weddings and babies. She also enjoys putting together pages about military families, as her husband is in the Coast Guard. Yet, personal preference aside, she does nice work on pictures from events of all kinds.

I was really excited to pass along some of my favorite pictures from this fall for Nicole to layout.
I sent a few different page options and she very generously put together all 3.

I provided the wording for the page's journaling and title bars. As you can see, the pages are journaled in more detail that my typical layouts, but that was my choice.

I plan to display the pages of Gavin's first day of school as a two page spread. I liked how Nicole matched Gavin's shirt with the striped paper she chose for the background.

To be completely honest, as a scrapper myself, I was a bit concerned that I would be critical or fussy about the pages when they where sent back to me. I had a bit of an idea in mind as to how I wanted to pages to look in final format. Nicole must have some kind of mind reading talent because she highlighted the photos and text the way I was envisioning, while still putting her own creative outlook into the pages. Sometimes you need another set of eyes to bring design, perspective, or arrangement to pictures that you may have missed on your own.

In the end we only made very slight adjustments to the pages, mostly because of my overly wordy text. Nicole was very understanding about making the changes with a very quick turn around. Talk about customer service:)

Artistic Albums by Nicole also has a design service. She is willing to custom design birthday invitations, note cards, Christmas greetings, and more. To see samples of her work please visit the Artistic Albums by Nicole Gallery.

WIN
Nicole is offering her services to a reader of A List Maker's Life at no charge! You may win your choice of 3- 12x12 jpeg pages, 1- 12x12 printed page, or 1 announcement or greeting card digital design.

To be entered to win, please choose one of the required entry options listed here:
~Check out Nicole's Gallery and leave a comment regarding a page that caught your eye
~Follow Artistic Albums by Nicole

For an additional entry:
~Follow Nicole's personal blog, Ramblings by Nicole

This giveaway will close on Thursday, October 29th at 10 PM EST.

Nicole put together the three digital layouts shown here free of charge in exchange for my time writing this review. Even so, my impressions about her business, creativity, and professionalism are geniune.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Barn Dance

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Welcome to Thursday School!
According to our Itty Bitty Bookworm scope and sequence for October we were set to work on:
letter - H
numbers - 4, 5, and 6
color - orange
shape - triangle

This week's theme was Barn Dance, based on the book by Bill Martin. However, we discovered that there are several books by the same title. All worth the read.

There is also a perfectly appropriate silly song called, Barnyard Dance, composed using the words from the book by Sandra Boyton. We danced and sang along. Of course we also had to do our own rendition of E-I-E-I-O.

For centers the kids could choose from playing with the Little People farm set, farm puzzles, building a farm out of blocks, or searching for the letters of their names in a tray full of hay.

During art time, we put together paper bag scarecrows, stuffed with packing peanuts, and decorated them with orange triangle accessories and hay for hair.

We had a silly horse race while practicing the H sound. Then brainstormed other H words such as heart, hay, hats, and more.

Since scarecrows usually wear cast off clothing, we decided to patch up the pants with a little counting game. Each child had a pair of pants to work with. On their turn they drew one number card (4, 5, or 6), identified the number, then picked that many patches from the pile in the middle.

To review the letters that we have introduced so far we played "Knock, Knock" with scrabble tiles. The letters L, E, F, D, and H were turned upside down on the table. The children took turns knocking on a letter and saying "Knock, Knock." The rest of us responded with "Who's There." Then the knocking child would flip over the tile and tell us the letter. If the response was correct they could keep the letter, if not it went back in the pile face down.

I had a lot of fun planning for this week's lessons and it is fun to see what the kid's are learning and recalling already!

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Finally Friday

This Fall we have committed to weekly Family Fun Nights. We've set aside the time to focus on having fun together and to intentionally plan for our time. At this stage in our family, Fridays work well as most of our "adult only" activities are on Saturday nights. As the kids get older we may have to set a new night based on their extra-curricular activities.

We kicked off the new weekly tradition with a planning meeting & game night. During our planning meeting we brainstormed a large list of activities that would be fun for all of us to do together, in several different types of weather. We cut up our list into small strips to be entered in the Family Fun Box*. With our "job" done, we spent the rest of the evening playing Walk the Dogs (a new game bought to kick off the season). We ended the night by drawing from the box to plan ahead for the next week's Family Fun Night. (It wouldn't work so great if we waited until the night of to draw a new activity - especially if is was something like "Play dough Night" and we didn't have the ingredients to make the play dough.)

We've explained to the kids that we will be somewhat flexible about our plans in case a fun event comes up that we could attend as a family for the following week. So far this fall we have enjoyed several out of the ordinary events, but our box is still ready for those winter weekends when there are not as many out and about options.

*Family Fun Box
We have a "special" box made specifically for this purpose. However, I think a great addition to your Family Fun kick off celebration would be to design a box together by collaging several favorite pictures, stickers, cut outs, and more. In the box, along with our pre-brainstormed ideas we also keep extra slips of blank paper. During the week when the kids mention something they'd like to do together, but we just don't have the time right then, we write those ideas down and add them to the box.

In the past weeks we have enjoyed the following Family activities:
~Fireworks
~Picnic at the Playground with Dad (this is usually a day time event and Dad misses the fun)
~Live Mannequin tour in downtown Holland
~Pumpkinfest
~Pizza and Game Night
~A Backyard Bonfire
~Family Pictures - fun?!?!

Who knows what's to come in the Fridays of the future, but our box is stocked with silly suggestions such as:
~Make Our Own Bowling
~Skeeball
~Indoor Camping
~Family Baking Competition
~Puzzle Night
~Sledding
and more!

Today on ABC & 123 I also rounded up some fun sites with more than 100 suggestions for Family Fun. Here's to some fun for your family this Friday. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Not-So-Scary Halloween Celebration & Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Random.org picked #5 today, lucky for Kim she wins with number 5 of 5 ways of entry! Enjoy Kim! We will look forward to seeing the fun projects you put together.

Kim said...
Here is a great Halloween craft I made and it shows the mini haybails we decorate with.http://lifeofamodernmom.blogspot.com/2009/10/halloween-decoration-craft.htmlEntry #5 ( I think I got them all) :)
October 8, 2009 7:54 AM

Three little characters are hanging in the closets ready for the 31st.

The kids and I pulled out the Halloween decorations, pictures, candles and books today. Now there are "perfectly placed" pumpkins, ghosts, and spiders all around the house.

We are anxious to hit the farmer's market to pick out some real pumpkins and gourds to add to our decor.

Gibson even tried on his new "Boo!" jammies for the first time and boy was he excited about it!

Are you also busy planning for Halloween? How about some extra October inspiration with a "Not-so-Scary" Halloween Giveaway? Treats without the tricks!


You Can Make This offers an amazing variety of projects for sewers and crafters of all ability levels. Since I'm still learning to Tackle my Sewing Machine I'm pleased to see that the site even has projects for people like me!

I was excited to see that they offer projects for children, holidays, applique, business, home decor, clothing, graphic design, and scrap booking. Yes! They even have digital embellishments, like these not-so-scary Halloween frames.



You Can Make This is offering us quite a treat this season. One reader will win a $50 bundle of Halloween downloads. The bundle includes the following books:


Fancy Filled Tutu with Bonus 40 Tutu "Recipes"

I've been wanting to figure out how to make our own tutus since Anne Hope started her first dance class. 40 different options...that would be a pretty amazing dance class & dress up wardrobe.


Pumpkin Polly Patterns
Paper Piecing Project: Pumpkin Patch Pillow

Frayed Applique: Too Cute to Spook!
Little Miss Spider Applique Patterns
How to Applique the Easy Way
Hocus Pocus Patterns

Just a Little Something for a Happy Halloween Table Runner
This one is listed as "perfect for a beginner "


Can you believe it? I know I have some talented sewing friends and blog readers, so best of luck for this Trick or Treat win!

To enter please leave a comment here telling us what your children, or you, will be dressing up as for Halloween this year!

For additional entries:
~Share a fun Halloween decorating and/or celebrating tip
~Take a look at You Can Make This and tell me which of the MANY ideas you think you could make
~Share a link to a post you've done about Halloween in the past and/or a recipe that would be fun for Halloween
~Tell us your favorite trick or treat goodie to eat

This giveaway is open until October 17th to readers world wide.
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