Pumpkim Granola Recipe

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 Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Granola Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Pecans; Chopped
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Seeds; roasted
  • ½ cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ginger
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Cloves
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Stir well to incorporate ingredients. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir until entire mixture is wet and even.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour mixture onto parchment and spread into a thin layer. Bake for 6 minutes. Lightly stir granola and return to oven for another 6-7 minutes, until slightly brown.
Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, gently break into clusters. Store in an airtight container or jar. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Granola

Latte Face Scrub

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Latte Face Scrub

Latte Face Scrub

I love the convenience with the coffee shop flavor of my K Cup coffees, but I hate the thought of tossing all those k cups and grounds away- so I reuse whenever I can. Sometimes I scoop out the grounds to add to my compost pile, but I also love to use them in other ways like in my beauty regimen.  Coffee is not only an excellent exfoliator that brightens and softens the skin but the caffeine also reduces redness.  Olive oil is well known to be a conditioning and anti aging ingredient.  Besides the fact that this scrub is inexpensive and simple to make you can feel great knowing what each ingredient is-  they are all pronounceable!  For this face scrub I raided the pantry and recreated a coffee house favorite in a new way.

Ingredients:

  • 2 leftover k cup grounds
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 vitamin E capsule

Directions:

In a small bowl combine all ingredients until evenly mixed, start with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and continue adding until your desired consistency is reached.

coffee face scrub ingredients

As it sits it will break down some and become wetter so make a slightly drier mix than you think you will need.

The vitamin E capsule adds another benefit to your skin while also helping to preserve the ingredients in your face scrub.

Store in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks.

To use: Apply a generous amount of scrub to a damp face, working in a circular motion.  Rinse and wipe away- Your skin is left soft and moisturized.

Use once a week, more often may irritate the skin.

Pumpkin Scented Pine Cone

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Pumpkin Scented Pine Cone

Pumpkins and pine cones are sure signs of the fall season. Take a look below how we took inspiration from both to create a pumpkin scented pine cone that looks and smells great! This is such an easy craft to create, perfect for kids or even adults who want to get a little creative. Take a look at how you can get started.

Pumpkin Scented Pine Cone

 

Supplies needed:

  • Large pine cones
  • Orange craft paint
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg or cinnamon (or both if you wish)
  • Craft glue
  • Ribbon of choice

Directions:
1. Begin by applying a rough coat of orange craft paint to the pine cone. Allow it to dry.
2. While the paint is drying, pour some orange paint into a dish. About 2 tablespoons is good. Stir in the pumpkin spice as well as the nutmeg or cinnamon.  Stir well.
3. Apply the scented paint to the pine cone. You will already notice how great it smells! Cover the entire pine cone with the paint.
4. Once the paint has dried, attach a piece of ribbon for hanging. Snip a length, bend it in half, and glue it to the top of the pine cone.

When your ribbon is dry, the pumpkin scented pine cone is now ready to be displayed. Hang it anywhere you can use a touch of fall color and scent!

Gather your supplies and give this pumpkin scented pine cone a try! It is a frugal fall craft that smells as good as it looks.

Pumpkin Pine Cone

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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

I used to think that you couldn’t improve on one of my favorite cookies- Snickerdoodles.  But guess what? You can!  By simple adding some pumpkin spice I turned my already yummy basic Snickerdoodle cookie recipe into a fall favorite!

If you enjoy the flavors of fall like I do then you will love the sugar and spice of this cookie recipe- with coffee, hot chocolate, or a big glass of cold milk you will devour them!

pumpkin spice snickerdoodles

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks)  butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsps. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice

 

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand or hand mixer combine butter and brown sugar until combined and fluffy.

Add vanilla, and mix in eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.

snickerdoodle pumpkin spice cookies

In a separate bowl sift flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together- if you dont have a sifter just use a whisk and stir well to evenly combine.

snickerdoodle dry ingredients

Stir in flour mixture a little at a time until it is all mixed in.

snickerdoodle pumpkin mix

 

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place dough in fridge for at least an hour.

snickerdoodle dough refrigerates

Preheat oven to 375°

snickerdoodle roll

Combine powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl.

Roll dough into ping pong sized balls,  then roll in powdered sugar mixture.

snickerdoodles pan

Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake for 8-9 minutes until tops are golden brown.

snickerdoodles with pumpkin spice

Remove from oven, and place on wire rack to cool.

Store in an airtight container, to keep soft toss in a piece of bread for moisture.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

 

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.