DIY Doilie Pumpkin

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DIY Doilie Pumpkin

DIY doilie pumpkin

Making your own pumpkin is easy when you craft this sweet and simple DIY Doilie Pumpkin. We created the one you see here using a few supplies from our local craft store, and it only took a few minutes. Kids will love this craft, as they can get as creative as they wish with the face and details. Take a peek below at how we created our own doilie pumpkin. This is a frugal fall craft you won’t want to miss out on.

 

Supplies needed:
Small orange doilie (sold 2 for $1 at Michael’s craft store)
Black felt
Scissors
Craft glue
Green ribbon of your choice, thin

How to make Pumpkin Doile

Directions:
1. Begin by using the black felt to create the facial features of your pumpkin. You can cut out squares, circles, triangles, etc. Arrange the shapes on the face to get an idea of how you want to attach them.
2. Add a dab of glue to the back of the felt shapes and press them to the orange doilie. You will see the face of your pumpkin coming to life. Continue the process until all of the shapes are glued in place.
3. String a piece of green ribbon through the doilie. This ribbon will not only look like a stem on your pumpkin, but it will also act as a hanger.

Pumpkin Doile Craft

Your doilie pumpkin can be hung anywhere you please. For as cheap as they are to craft, you can make a few and create a whole patch of doilie pumpkins. Kids will love making their own little doilie pumpkins, and you will love that you can create this craft on a dime.

Gather your supplies and give these DIY doilie pumpkins a try. They are the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of the pumpkin season…for less!

Dollar Store DIY Apple Votive

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Dollar Store DIY: Apple Votive

Dollar Store Apple Votive
Fall and apples go hand in hand. Why not bring apples into your home décor when you give this easy DIY apple votive a try? You can craft one using items from your local dollar store, and the end result is an apple votive so real looking; your guests will have to touch it to believe it! Take a look at how we crafted one, so you can get busy crafting one too!

Supplies needed:

DIY Dollar Store Votive

  • Fake apple
  • Knife
  • Marker or pencil
  • Votive candle

Dollar Tree carries fake apples in their candle aisle, along with other crafting supplies. In this aisle you can also find real or battery operated votives, perfect for this craft as well. In total, we only spent $2 for our votives and the apples we used in this craft.

Directions:

Dollar Store Apple Votive

1. Place the votive you will be using on top of your apple. Take a marker and mark around it so you have an idea of where to cut.
2. Remove the votive and begin cutting. Use the knife to make a cut around the stencil. You can then use your fingers to pull out the stem and foam, creating the hole the votive will go in.

Dollar Apple Votive

3. Clean the hole out well and press the votive inside of it. If it is not fitting well or balancing evenly, remove it and continue to remove more foam until it does.
4. Press the votive back into the hole until secure.

$1 Store Apple Votive

Now all you need to do is activate the votive and you are ready to roll! As you can see, this apple votive makes a great centerpiece, gift, or is just a fun way to add the spirit of fall to your space. Gather your supplies and give it a try!

Apple Scented Felt Pie

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Apple Scented Felt Pie

Apple Scented Felt Pie

Invite the scent of fall into your home when you make this too sweet to eat apple scented felt pie. Using just a few basic craft materials, this apple scented felt pie can be whipped up in just minutes. It makes a great gift, or is the perfect little accent piece for making your home smell great. Here is how to make your own!

Supplies needed:

  • Terra cotta saucer
  • Beige or brown felt
  • Fresh apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Fragrance oil of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue, glue gun

Directions:
Apple Felt Pie Supplies
1. First, you will need to dry out your apples for the inside of the pie. Cut the apple into slices about ½ inch thick. Sprinkle them with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake the apples at 275 degrees for 45 minutes or until browned and hardened. Remove and allow to cool.

Apple Scented Felt Pie Instructions
2. While the apples are cooling, turn the saucer over on the felt and trace a circle around it. Cut out the felt, making a scalloped shape as you do. The piece of felt should now measure slightly larger than the saucer.
Apple Scented Felt Pie Crust
3. Apply some glue to the bottom of the felt and press it into the saucer.
4. Fill the saucer with the dried apples (break into pieces if need be) and sprinkle with additional spices. You can also add a few drops of fragrance oil such apple, pumpkin, or spice scented.
Apple Scented Felt Lattice Pie
5. Cut some felt into thin strips. Gently stretch them over the top of the mixture and secure to the sides of the saucer with glue. Repeat the process going in the opposite direction so a criss-cross pattern appears. Finish the pie by cutting out a small heart and gluing it to the top of the pie.

Apple Scented Pie

Your apple scented felt pie is now ready to be used.

Felted Apple Scented Pie

It looks adorable, it smells great, and it is sure to charm everyone who sees it! Give it a try!

DIY Apple Pie Play Dough

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DIY Apple Pie Play Dough

 

Apple Pie Play Dough

Supplies needed:

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons of apple pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg

Directions:
1. Heat the water in a microwave safe dish for 2-3 minutes or until it is boiling.
2. Combine your ingredients, with the exception of the food coloring, in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
3. Continue to mix well until a paste forms. If the paste still seems sticky or runny, you can sprinkle in a little flour until the desire consistency is created.
4. Your dough can now be colored. Add a few drops of red food coloring to the dough. Continue kneading until the color is distributed. If you want to leave a white swirl throughout the dough, don’t over knead.
5. You can now sprinkle in additional apple pie spice if you want the dough to have a stronger smell. Otherwise, it is now ready to be played with.

This apple pie play dough can be stored in an air tight container or zip lock bag where it will keep for weeks.

Restaurant Style Baked Potatoes

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Restaurant Style Baked Potatoes

Restaurant Style Baked Potatoes

Coating the skins in oil and baking on a bed of salt keeps these potatoes moist and fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside.

  • 4 Baking Potatoes
  • 2 Cups Kosher Salt (table salt will work if necessary)
  • 3 Tbs Olive Oil

Restaurant Style Baked Potatoes

  1.  Preheat Oven to 325°.
  2.  Pour salt onto metal baking sheet, set aside.
  3. Pierce potatoes three times on each side with a sharp knife or fork.  Dip a paper towel into olive oil and rub on potatoes, covering entirely.
  4.  Roll potatoes in salt, making sure to cover all sides.
  5. Bake for 90 minutes, or until easily pierced with knife.  Cooking time may vary due to size of potatoes.
  6. Brush off extra salt before serving.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

  • 2 Packages Cream Cheese, softened (8 ounce)
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Can Pumpkin (15 ounce)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

 

With mixer or food processor, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.  Add brown sugar and beat until smooth.  Add pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice to mixture, stir by hand until just blended.

Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Best served with fruits, graham crackers, and shortbread cookies.

Easy Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash

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Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash

Easy Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash

  • 1 Medium Butternut Squash
  • 2 TBS Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced.
  • Salt/Pepper to Taste

Preheat oven to 400°.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.

Peel squash and cut into 1” cubes. Pour oil into a plastic baggie, and mix in garlic, and salt/pepper.  Add squash to bag.  Seal and shake until evenly coated.  Pour onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, turning after 15 minutes.

Variations

Spiced Butternut Squash:  Omit garlic and add in ¼ tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves, and ¼ tsp cinnamon.

Garlic Chili Roasted Squash:  Roast one Anaheim Chili pepper under broiler or on grill.  Peel off outer skin and dice.  Add to recipe above before baking.

Southwestern Roasted Squash:  Prepare recipe as stated above, using 4 tbs oil.  Mix in 1 diced green bell pepper, 1 diced red bell pepper, and 1 medium diced onion.  Bake as directed above.

 

How To Save Day-Old Cupcakes and Turn Them Into Truffles

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How To Save Day-Old Cupcakes and Turn Them Into Truffles

How To Save Day-Old Cupcakes and Turn Them Into Truffles

I had several red velvet cupcakes that were delicious, but had been sitting out all night so the frosting got a little crunchy. You know, not stale but not on the “wow” level anymore. So, I had to get creative. Creative + Yummy = Truffles! Yep, that’s right. I made some red velvet truffles without much effort at all.

The cupcakes don’t have to be moist – adding the frosting will make them perfect.

First, you’ll need some cupcakes. My favorite red velvet cupcake recipe is from the Brown Eyed Baker, adapted from the Hummingbird Bakery Cook Book.

If your cupcakes are already frosted, you can simply dump them into the bowl and mush everything together. If they aren’t frosted, you’ll need to make an amazing cream cheese frosting.

To make cream cheese frosting:

1 stick butter, room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream together butter and cream cheese with electric mixer. This will take about 3 minutes. Add vanilla, mix. Slowly add powdered sugar. If you were frosting cupcakes, you would have to add more powdered sugar to stiffen it up – but because you’re just mixing it in with the cupcakes, it’s okay if it’s not stiff.

Take the cupcakes and the frosting (2:1 ratio, cupcakes:frosting) and crumble them together in a bowl. Don’t add too much frosting. Get it to a consistency where you can form the batter into small balls. If you need more frosting, add it. Roll into balls, then place on a plate or cookie sheet and freeze for an hour.

While the cake balls are freezing, melt 1 bag of chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. You want the bowl to be small, so the chocolate will cover the entire ball when dipped in.

Dip cake balls in chocolate, then set on wax paper to harden. Set them in the refrigerator or freezer to make the process go faster. If you’re going to add sprinkles, do so as soon as they’re dipped.

You now have truffles!

When the truffles are hardened, you can drizzle chocolate or caramel sauce over them. Top with crumbled Oreos.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

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Homemade Pumpkin Play Dough

Homemade play dough is a wonderful multi-sensory experience. It feels wonderful, much softer and mold-able than store bought.  You can a multitude of things to it to change the texture like, coffee grounds, oatmeal, cornmeal, soap.  If you scent it you can really spark your child’s senses.  My hands down favorite homemade play dough scent is Pumpkin spice!  When they play the whole room is scented with the smell of baking, but luckily it scent carries not calories.

Homemade Pumpkin Play Dough

Play dough is also fantastic for building fine motor skills.   I make a double batch of this, store it in a Ziploc freezer bag and it lasts us the entire fall season. If it begins to dry add an additional teaspoon or two of oil and work it in well. You can add a bit of orange food coloring if you feel it needs it, I prefer the natural color, especially when I use whole wheat flour to make it.

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour ( I used whole wheat)
  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. canola or coconut oil

Mix flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt, cream of tartar, and coconut oil in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, add water a little at a time and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly.  You will know its ready when it begins to form into a ball in the center of pan. Remove from pot and allow to cool.   Once cool work the play dough a bit and it’s ready to go.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Play Dough

While it smells delicious, it isn’t very tasty.  If your child samples it (mine certainly did) all ingredients are safe.

Pumpkin-Pie-Spice-PlayDough

Give your child a rolling pin, fall cookie cutters, and muffin or pie tins.

Pumpkin-Play-Dough

I brought in little broken pieces of stick from outside and we used them to make little pumpkins.  Which of course led to reciting “5 Little Pumpkins.”

Pumpkin Play Dough Pumpkins

You can also give your child small items to press into play dough.

Save money using the IBOTTA App

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There are many ways to save money on your weekly shopping and the ibotta app is high on the list for being fast, easy and fun! It is a mobile app that lets users earn cash for products that you are already going to buy at the store. There are many stores that you can use in the ibotta app but first let’s talk about how it works.

How to Save Money using the IBOTTA app

Ibotta is an app that works on Android or iPhones and it offers many different ways to save on popular products. This is above and beyond using coupons so it is pretty exciting! It takes just a minute or two to sign up and it costs nothing to use. All you need to provide when signing up is your first name, email, a password, DOB, zip code and gender. It’s easy as pie and you will be earning money in no time flat.

How Do I Use It

  1. Click here to sign up
  2. Register the App
  3. Browse the offers available at your store.
  4. Search the products for your store and complete a task. There are several tasks available like watching a video, view a recipe, take a poll, or share to your Facebook wall. The more tasks you complete for a product the more cash you will earn.
  5. Once you do that all you need to do is purchase the item and snap a good quality photo of your receipt and upload it to the ibotta app.
  6. It may take up to 24 hours for your cash to show up in your account but normally it shows up a little quicker than that.
  7. Now here is the best part! You can turn your money earned into cash to directly deposit into your paypal account! All you need to do is earn $5 and then you can make the transfer. If you haven’t signed up for paypal it’s very simple to do and you can easily transfer from paypal to your bank account earning you some much needed cash! If you are not a fan of using paypal they offer Gift Cards from iTunes and more.

The Ibotta app works at over 80 retail chains, restaurants, movie theaters, convenience stores and more. So it is a great and easy way to earn cash.

* Plus even more by inviting your friends!! For every friend you invite you earn $5 once they redeem their first rebate!! Now that is what I call easy money!!