Pumpkin Loaf

Pumpkin Loaf

Pumpkin Loaf.  This loaf of pumpkin bread is made with 1 cup of pumpkin and 1 cup of applesauce. It just screams fall! It is full of goodness, sweetness, and happiness.

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I found this cute finger play poem for Jayd and we loved it!

We sat down and welcomed Mr. Pumpkin.

Mr. Pumpkin

by Ruth I. Dowell

Mr. Pumpkin! Well, hello! 

wave hello

You’re back again this year!

I see your eyes; I see your nose;

point to eyes then to nose

 You’re grinning ear to ear!

trace grin on face with finger

Inside we’ll put a candle stick

curve left arm around like a round pumpkin

To make a lantern light;

put right hand into curve of left arm

 Then, set you on the old front porch

move left (curved) arm onto floor or lap

And let you shine all night!

hold both arms up, palm up

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There is a Mr. Pumpkin (goodbye) that is absolutely adorable for the next up and coming holiday of Thanksgiving. You must check out her book!

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I am truly loving this book and this pumpkin loaf.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies..

why haven’t I shared this recipe with you before??

This recipe is an oldie but goodie! I got this recipe from my sister-in-law many moons ago. I love how it uses a whole cup of pumpkin.

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I had a friend who needed some cookies for a bake sale that they are having at our local library. I decided these needed to be made for the event.

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Here is the recipe…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. soda, dissolved into 1 tsp. milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup nuts, optional
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil, and egg. Add dry ingredients. Mix in soda/milk mixture. Add remaining ingredients. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Remove and let cool.
http://thirtyfiveninetyfive.com/2016/10/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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How are you enjoying pumpkin season??

I have to admit since going on this lifestyle change I haven’t had as many goodies… which is very good I know… but that means its hard when you have to bake goodies like these and not be able to enjoy them. I know the benefits and the reason or purpose behind my lifestyle change and it truly has blessed me and made me healthier, but my problem isn’t with the cookies themselves, it’s the fact that I just cannot have one. I am sure you can relate!!!

These definitely are not healthy just because they have pumpkin in them… but they are really good pumpkin cookies!

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I simply melted some orange candy chocolate melts and scribbled some on it! I think it gives it a little bit more of a pumpkin flare!

Do you have a favorite pumpkin cookie recipe?? Here is another one that I share earlier on the blog that is made with a cake mix… just as good!

I need to add more real pumpkin into my life through other means… but cookies is always a good idea!!!

Happy Pumpkin Day!!

I hope you enjoy these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

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Nursery Rhythms

Nursery Rhythms

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(not a nursery rhythm)

Yesterday… I posted on Instagram an amazing book called, “The Spider and the Fly” by Toni DiTerlizzi. We have been studying spiders in our homeschooling since Halloween is coming up… we read this story and then we did some crafting. This book was a great because of the illustrations.. oh my goodness! They are gorgeous. If you get this book…. please read the letter from the Spider at the end of the story. It is hilarious! tiniestpumpkin-23

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We love this book!

“I always get my bug.”

After reading this book to Jayd I did some research on what to teach in homeschooling. As you can see I highly stress a reading curriculum. I love to read. I want to instill that into my children. The more you read the more you know!

I came across this blog… edsnapshots.com

She is a homeschool guru and gives much good information. I started listening to her podcasts and they are amazing! She is really giving me a clear understanding in how I would love to run my homeschooling.  One thing she shares is, The Morning Basket. It is time set aside as a family to memorize, teach, uplift, learn, and grow. What you teach totally depends on your situation. I highly recommend starting with #1 and listening to them. I can’t wait to listen too more.

As I was running last night I listened to #2. I loved it! I am going to re-listen to it again tonight! And write down the things that I really want to incorporate into my homeschooling. This was my view as I was running and listening… not to bad… not too bad at all!

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Okay so… the other day we were playing Family Trivial Pursuit and there was a question about a nursery rhythm. I did not know it. Sing a song of six-pence. I had to look it up to read it for the first time. 

 

I decided to look up the Mother Goose Nursery Rhythms. I found this link in my research.

In Jayd’s homeschooling I have now decided to make sure she knows all of the Nursery Rhythms. The first one we have started with Itsy Bitsy Spider. We have started to sing the song. We found this adorable book by Keith Chapman, Itsy Bitsy Spider.

It’s a book about how the Itsy Bitsy spider is blown out the window and from animal to animal. itsybitsy

This book reinforces colors. It rhymes very nice too. I love how it comes back to the mom’s web!

Now… I am sure Jayd has heard this nursery rhyme from when she was a baby, but I am glad to teach it to her now and have her relearn it. Repetition is helpful in the learning process.

The next nursery rhyme that I found next on the previous link was,” I saw a ship a-sailing.” I hadn’t heard that one yet either!!! I decided it was a great one for the whole family to learn, since we will be heading off onto the boat next year!

I simply printed it off… (not pinterest worthy) but I wanted the girls to be able to draw the nursery rhythm onto the print. Here is a copy if you are interested in it…isawashipnr

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I saw a ship a-sailing!

This is my  husband sailing away in the Florida Keys!

He is earning his sailing certification. We are so excited!

 

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step 1. teach all the nursery rhythms to my children. Do you know them all??

step 2. learn how to spell rhythms without messing it up!

 

Have a lovely day!

 

 

Pumpkin Punch

Pumpkin Punch

Pumpkin Punch

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This is great and simple FUN craft for the kids! Even adults seem to enjoy playing a round of

“pumpkin punch”.


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Items needed are:

  1. punch balloons
  2. permanent black marker
  3. hours of time to play
  4. ears to listen to the laugher of the kids for hours and hours!

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How to play:

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The package we bought included the perfect Halloween colors! We had orange, white, and green. We made a pumpkin, ghost, and Frankenstein. (Our green one had a hole in it.)

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I have to admit… I even played a game or two!

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Enjoy!

 

The Tiniest Pumpkin

The Tiniest Pumpkin

The Tiniest Pumpkin. 

Today for home school we talked about pumpkins. We borrowed from the library this cute little book called, “The Tiniest Pumpkin, by Janet Craig.”  This was a great little read. It shares the story of waiting for Halloween to arrive and the right time to buy a pumpkin. They arrive at the pumpkin patch and find out that the pumpkins are all gone, except one… the tiniest pumpkin.

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Don’t you just love tiny little pumpkins??

I really do.

This book was great for Jayd. This is a First-Start Easy Reader. Jayd does not know how to read yet, but we are practicing. The story line is great and simple.

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In our classroom today… we did

  1. shapes (circle)  we cut out pumpkin shapes.
  2. we talked about colors. We mixed red and yellow to make the tiniest pumpkin cookies.
  3. we used scissors for cutting.
  4. we talked about opposites. Big and Little.  Tiny and Large.
  5. we talked about the parts of a pumpkin.

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To make the cookies…

  1. shortbread cookies
  2. frosting
  3. red and yellow food coloring
  4. a place to get messy
  5. knife
  6. licorice

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Please let them get dirty and messy… its part of the creative process.

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These cookies do really make the simplest craft. I did not spend hours in the kitchen making homemade sugar cookies (but I plan on doing that soon enough). The frosting was store-bought as well. tiniestpumpkin-44  tiniestpumpkin-43  tiniestpumpkin-45  tiniestpumpkin-47

We had fun crafting and decorating… The Tiniest Pumpkin.

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I love her lines from the pumpkin… handwriting reinforcement.  

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She has the tiniest facial expressions! NOT! 

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“This easy reader contains only 48 different words, repeated often to help the reader develop word recognition.” (resource front cover of the book)

It is now time to go and get your tiniest pumpkin for Halloween. Enjoy!

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