Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Pumpkin" Pizzas

These pizzas look like pumpkins but aren't made of pumpkin. This was a spur of the moment use of some leftover marinara sauce, a package of crescent rolls and shredded orange cheddar cheese. It would have looked cuter with olives for the eyes, nose and mouth but the only thing we had that worked was white goat cheese which we rolled for the facial features. We still have some fresh basil growing in our garden to serve as the leaf on the pumpkin. We just rolled and flattened the dough (two triangles for each pizza) into the shape of a pumpkin, added sauce, cheese, face and leaf and baked at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

"Oooohhhhh went the wind and out went the light"

**This post was made possible with the help of a baby swing**

  Inspired by this post at Make & Takes, I decided to dip my hand back into crafting projects. I'm glad I did as this was so easy (took a total of 7 minutes to collect supplies and cut tissue paper squares) and the kids really enjoyed it. Plus I already had all the supplies and they worked on this for a half hour allowing me to take care of our little baby without the usual feelings of guilt that I was not spending quality time with them.We did a similar design for the Jack O' Lantern votive but our ghost is saying "oooooohhhhhh" like in the "Five little Pumpkins" song. It could also just as easily be saying "BOO."

 Halloween Votives
(supplies and directions tweaked some from original post. Original post has more pictures and creativity)

  • glass jar (we used mason jar, but jam or baby food would work too)
  • cut-out squares of color tissue paper
  • black construction paper cut into eyes, mouth etc.
  • white school glue mixed with a little water (enough to make it soupy)
  • scissors
  • paintbrush or sponge brush
  • tea light
  • newspaper for table cover

1. Coat a portion of your jar with the glue and water mixture.
2. Add squares of the tissue paper where there is glue and then continue until the entire jar is covered.
3. Coat the surface with the glue and water mixture.
4. Coat the black construction paper features with the glue & water mixture and then attach to jar and coat again with glue mixture.
5. Let dry. Drop in a tea light.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Homemade Applesauce

My son recently made homemade applesauce in preschool and thankfully I didn't throw away the recipe the teacher sent home with how to make it. This was the perfect use for the apples from our apple picking in September in the refrigerator that were not going to stay good much longer.

Crockpot Applesauce

8-10 peeled, cored and sliced apples
1/2-1 cup of water
1/4-3/4 cup of sugar
2-4 teaspoons of cinnamon

Mix all to taste in crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. 
Not necessary but you may stir occasionally to dissolve apple chunks.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

One Week Old (a week and some ago)

I can't believe I have a friend this talented to capture Bean Sprout's precious newborn-ness. This is such a special moment for our family, I am privileged to share...

(I couldn't resist posting this one of Sweet Pea)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

On the Feast of Saint Francis

October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. This beloved saint from Italy is known for for his devoted life of prayer and poverty, founding the Franciscan Order, his love for all God's creatures and receiving the stigmata.

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
where there is injury, pardon; 
where there is doubt, faith; 
where there is despair, hope; 
where there is darkness, light; 
and where there is sadness, joy. 
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; 
to be understood as to understand; 
to be loved as to love. 
For it is in giving that we receive; 
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; 
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Pray the Stations of the Cross, as St. Francis was devoted to this meditation and he also had the stigmata.

Saint Francis (this book has such beautiful uillustrations)

Animal Crackers or cookies for snack

Make an Italian meal for dinner

Cannolis for dessert. Buy them at a local bakery (beware, some American bakeries, make an imitation cannoli using whipped cream or other ingredients and not ricotta cheese) or make the yourselves. The shells are a challenge to make but can be bought premade. The filling is very easy and delicious. Just spoon or pipe filling into shells and roll ends of cannolis in mini semisweet chocolate chips.

Cannoli Filling
2 3/4 cups (22 ounces) fresh ricotta cheese 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar 3 tablespoons mini semisweet chocolate chips 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For more food ideas to celebrate St. Francis, visit Catholic Cuisine.

Crafts & Activities 

Bring your pet's to a local church's blessing of the animals

Point out Italy on a world map, as St. Francis is a patron saint of Italy

Read the story of St. Francis and the Wolf and make Wolf Paw Cookies

Wolf Paw Cookies
1 package Voortman's Iced Almonette Cookies
Chocolate Almond Bark or Chocolate Chips, melted for dipping
White Chocolate Chips (or white frosting) to use for claws
Dip one side of each cookie into melted chocolate.
Add 4 or 5 white chocolate chips for the claws.
(Wolfs have 4 claws on the back paws and 5 on the front.)
Let cool. (You may want to place the cookies onto
wax or parchment paper to cool, so they don't stick to your serving platter.)

Listen to The Prayer of Saint Francis sung by Sarah McLachlan

Saint Francis of Assisi, Pray for Us.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Tribute to Mary, Mother of the Unborn

and the power of prayer. Read this article here.

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