November in Portland is very rainy and chilly, not to mention cold season. As we’re spending more time indoors and preparing for the holidays with fall crafts and indoor activities I thought this would be the perfect time to gather some recipes for holiday baking with the kids. Here are recipes that the family can make together right in time for Thanksgiving and holiday bake sales and parties.
Making no bake mum cookies is more like assembling small edible works of art than cooking, which I have to admit is more our strong suit in my family!
By this time next week, we’ll be eating our Thankgsiving leftovers. Can you believe it’s right around the corner? You still have a few more days to make this year’s Thanksgiving really special with gorgeous decor and special touches for your kitchen table. Check out these DIYs to make your Thanksgiving table memorable.
Keep the kids table happy with a fall themed paper mache box filled with crayons. It’s a great way to make the kids feel included in the festivities with their own decorations, and keep them entertained.
With all that goes on in life, focusing on the negative can become a habit, robbing us of the joy that comes from all of the good things we have. Won’t you join my family in remembering all the things we have to be thankful for, by creating your own Thankful Tree and Banner?
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Even as a kid who didn’t like turkey or football, and wasn’t allowed to help in the kitchen, I still always looked forward to ‘Turkey Day.’ Afterall, Thanksgiving isn’t just about eating and watching football, it’s about spending the day with family and friends, giving thanks and celebrating the season. So, while parents are busy in the kitchen, here are some Thanksgiving crafts to help the kids celebrate the day in their own way.
These turkey washer necklaces are perfect for kids who love making jewelry and presents for the other guests.
If this Halloween was the first your kiddos have experienced, they are probably still ‘playing Halloween’ on repeat – dressing up and holding out bags for candy. Here’s a fun craft for making quick dress up hats for recreating Halloween or simply for playing pretend all year round. Once you get the hang of it coming up with ideas for paper hats is easy. Here are some Paper Hat tutorials to get your little ones started creating funny and playful hats.
Hand Prints and simple shapes of colorful card stock are all you need to make Turkey Hats for Thanksgiving play!
As fall comes into full swing, the colors and designs of fall leaves have started to be integrated into the craft world once again. Fall is my favorite season with brisk air, new classes, and hot chocolate. Not to mention the colors of the changing leaves I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by in the Pacific Northwest. Not surprisingly, people draw inspiration from these changing colors in many ways. One of my favorites is through crafts. Here are a few of my favorite crafts highlighting the changing colors of fall.
Made with a hula hoop, this wreath is an inexpensive craft to highlight the colors and general feeling of fall. I love the look of the fraying burlap and that this wreath is perfect for the season. A perfect, fall, way to welcome people.
The holidays revolve around food in many households. So, you want your table to look nice for all those meals. Table runners are a great and easy way to add a bit of flare to your table. To help you save money, this table runner is also completely reversible. I put the same fabric on both sides so I can easily hide a stain or spill if I don’t have time to wash it. However, you could just as easily use two different fabrics and make your guests think you have two different table runners. I like using upholstery fabric for table runners so it has a weighted more luxurious look.
3 yards of fabric (if you’re using the same fabric for both sides, this is all you need. If you want a different pattern on the other side, buy an additional 3 yards of fabric)