It was a busy weekend trying to finish more items on the Fall Fun Activity List.
It was a beautiful warm day out so we finally got the chance to read outside and enjoy the fresh air. Since I also made Rice Krispie treats we had a delicious snack to go with our outside time.
Another item off the list, I finished the DIY Fleece Blanket. I love making these knotted fleece blankets. It has been a few years since I have made one so I was excited to put it on my fall fun list. If you have never made one they are a great gift that are easy and quick to make.
DIY Fleece Blanket
- two pieces of fleece material, I usually choose one pattern and one complimentary solid colour, the dimensions vary depending on the size of blanket you want just make sure both pieces are the same (wash material first before making blanket)
First layout both pieces of material flat, one on top of the other, and cut material ends so all edges are even. Then cut out a square in each corner of the blanket, I usually use the length of my scissor blades to measure. Be sure you are cutting both pieces of material.
Next cut strips along each edge the same length of the corner cut out and about 1/2 to 1 inch in width.
Then take the top and bottom piece of each strip and tie them together in a double knot. I like to tie the corner pieces first just to hold everything in place.
Continue to tie all strips together along the edges, be sure they are matched up properly so you are not skipping over a single strip.
Once all the strips are tied you are finished!
I love my crockpot. I use it for everything. I never realized that there were so many different things you could make in a crockpot. This time I used it to make apple cider.
I found a recipe for homemade apple cider. We adjusted it slightly and threw everything in the crockpot. Seven hours later we were tasting our first sip. It was good for a first attempt. I think we will try a different variety of apples next time to see if we find a better flavour combination.
Since our crockpot was occupied I had to figure out another way to make dinner. Since ‘make chilli’ was on my Fall Activity list I thought it was a great opportunity to scratch off another item.
My Lobster and I are both a fan of chilli and we found our favourite chilli recipe courtesy of Michael Smith.
His Bacon Chipotle Chili found in Make Ahead Meals is now our go to chilli recipe.
Last year I wanted to try make pumpkin muffins but just did not have the time. This year I added it to the Fall Fun activity list and made the time.
I decided to take my banana muffin recipe and just replace the bananas with pumpkin. It worked out that I had extra pumpkin pie filling from making tarts which just happened to be the amount I needed…it was fate.
- 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (softened or melted)
- 2 large eggs (beaten)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup of apple sauce
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin filling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or grease pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- Make a well in centre of flour mixture. In well, mix together maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, apple sauce, and pumpkin filling. Stir together, do not over mix. Spoon batter into muffin tray.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in centre of a muffin comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and let cool.
They tasted delicious; very light and fluffy. I think I enjoyed them more than the regular banana recipe. This recipe is definitely a keeper for our family.
Visit a Corn maze was one of the items on my Fall Fun Activity list that I was looking forward to the most. I had heard of Hanes Corn Maze last year but we did not get the chance to go. I was not going to let that happen this year.
I expected to just be walking through paths in a little corn maze but my expectations were far exceeded. This place was huge, covering over 20 acres, and they had a puzzle game to go with it. They had 17 checkpoints on their map, 6 of which were hidden, that you could find throughout the maze. Each checkpoint had a code and you used the code to solve the riddle at the end to win a prize.
It was tricky at times, my lobster and I got lost on occasion, but we had so much fun. It is definitely becoming a fall tradition.
Play dough is one of my favourite things to do with my kids at work. I love the feel of it in my hands, squishing it, it is so relaxing. Normally I make pretty boring play dough, usually just adding some colour. Sometimes I have gotten a little adventurous and added jello to the mix for a little extra sensory. This time I wanted to try something new. My favourite spice is cinnamon, I use it in everything. I thought why not try adding it to play dough. So I added it to my Fall Fun Activity List and brought some cinnamon to work.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 cup cold water
- food colouring
*I added 1-2 tbsp of cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. May need to add more water or flour so it is not to dry or sticky.
Keep in a sealed container or bag to prevent it from drying out.
Will last 2-4 weeks outside of the fridge.
The kids and I made play dough as usual and added some cinnamon.
It smelt so delicious. It made me think of cinnamon buns and I almost wanted to eat it. It was definitely a successful experiment and the kids loved it too.
Plus one more thing to cross of my list!