pumpkin biscoff cookies.

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As if pumpkin oatmeal cookies werent enough…I found a way to make them better. This recipe, which adds biscoff spread (or Trader Joes Cookie butter).
I brought these to work and they were gone in no time.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons earth balance at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup Biscoff Spread, or Trader Joe’s cookie butter
1 1/2 tspn egg replacer, mixed with 2 T warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the earth balance and sugars. Beat until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the pumpkin and Biscoff spread and mix until combined. Add the egg replacer and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the dry ingredients, beating only until blended. Stir in the oats.

5. Form the cookie dough into rounded tablespoons and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are golden and just firm around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then remove with a spatula onto a cooling rack.

paint chip halloween decorations.

IMG_1484We’ve had a crazy month, but we’re doing all we can to make time for Halloween! This project is perfect, since it coincides with some home rennovation projects. Those projects have led us to multiple trips to home depot, menards, etc. So access to paint chips a plenty!

This was a great project for milo and I to work on together. I cut out all the pieces and he was able to glue them on, transforming paint chips into halloween decorations!

dinosaur hoodie.

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Every kid needs a dinosaur hoodie! These are so easy to whip up! All you need is a hoodie and some felt, and a sewing machine (although you could probably easily do this by hand, it would just take a little bit longer). I had this thrifted hoodie sitting in milo’s closet, and I dug into my felt stash to make the spikes.

I glanced at this tutorial, and then I went to work. You can download a template for the spikes here, or you can just wing it. Fold on a seam, and cut enough spikes to cover the back of your hoodie. ( I ended up using only one sheet of felt for this 3T hoodie)

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1. Fold your hoodie in half. You can iron it to make a nice crease – you will be using this as your guide to pin the spikes.
2. Pin the spikes to your hoodie – the middle of the spike should line up with the crease.

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3. Once all your spikes are pinned, sew each one down the middle of the spike.
4. Once all your spikes are attached to the hoodie, then fold the spikes in half and sew up the sides of the felt.

281. shark costume.

Milo decided this summer, he would be nemo for halloween because we were at a garage sale and there was a nemo costume in his size. Its only a few weeks before the big day and he’s still excited to be nemo. So I was kind of wracking my brain trying to figure out what Dj and I would be to accompany nemo….

Shark!

I was also stressing out about when I was going to get to the thrift store because these next few weeks are pretty crazy for me. But behold…I had a hoodie in my closet. Its a good hoodie that I sacrificed, but its a good holiday, and I dont think a little hot glue will hurt anything.

I had the felt too! So basically this costume cost me ZERO DOLLARS to make. MEGASCORE!

coming soon: dj’s crab costume!

278. pumpkin pecan donuts.

I made donuts! and pumpkin ones to boot!

Thanks for the recipe tracy! I followed her recipe, only I veganized it using earth balance and soymilk for the milk and butter in the frosting and powdered egg replacer for the egg in the batter. Mine are minis. I baked them for 11 minutes. They were pretty darn tasty!

277. hanging ghosts.

Keeping up with the halloween decor this week, I made these hanging ghosts I saw on pinterest. I went to target on my lunch break and bought some spray starch and cheesecloth, and made these little guys for under $4! The tutorial calls for taping some dixie cups and a styrofoam ball, but I just improvised to do something similar using glasses we already had in the house, and crumpled foil in place of the ball. I had to let these dry overnight, and when I came home today I glued on the eyes and hung them going up the stairs. BOO!

276. bat garland.

In honor of my favorite holiday….Milo and I worked on this simple bat garland. I saw something like it on pinterest.  I cut the flags from newspaper, pasted bats to them, and then put an orange button in the middle of each bat. Glued it on some yarn, and hung it over the fireplace. Bring on halloween!