30 Days of Thankfulness: Free Thanksgiving Printable – A Falling Leaf is Summer’s Wave Goodbye


Free Thansgiving Printable - A Falling Leaf is Summer's Wave Goodbye

Free Thanksgiving Printable: A Falling Leaf is Summer’s Wave Goodbye

To print the above printable, and any other free Thanksgiving printable posted this month, just click on the image to open the full size version of it, and print away!

Today’s Thankfulness:

Today’s is so apropos for the free Thanksgiving printable above. I am so thankful for Fall. It is by far my favorite season…even moreso now that I live in Boston. I love the falling leaves. The smell in the air. The slight chill (especially at night). It is the perfect happy medium between the brazen heat of summer and the freezing cold of winter. I look forward to this time of year most every year and I am so glad it’s here!

 


No matter what’s going on in life, there is always some reason to be thankful! For this reason, I’m going all out on the blog this year and posting 30 days of Fall and Thanksgiving related printables and roundups along with the thing I’m thankful for most on any given day. Keep checking back every day in November! I’ll be adding more free Thanksgiving printables and Thanksgiving roundups.

31 Days of Halloween: All Hallows Eve Free Halloween Printables

All Hallows Eve Free Halloween Printables

Free Halloween Printables: All Hallows Eve

To print the above printable, and any other free Halloween printables posted this month, just click on the image to open the full size version of it, and print away!

Fun Halloween fact of the day:

Though we commonly call October 31st “Halloween”, this day is also known as “All Hallows Eve”, the evening before All Hallows Day/Hallowmas, the mass day of all saints and a day of remembering and honoring the dead, which is November 1. In fact, the word “Halloween”, or Hallowe’en, is a contraction of “Hallows Evening”


Since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (and Angelica’s, too!) I’m going all out on the blog this year and posting 31 days of Halloween related printables and roundups. Keep checking back every day in October! I’ll be adding more free Halloween printables, coupled with fun Halloween facts, and Halloween roundups each day!

30 Days of Thankfulness: Free Thanksgiving Printable – There is Always Something to be Thankful For

Free Thanksgiving Printable: There is Always Something to be Thankful For

Free Thanksgiving Printable: There’s always something to be thankful for

To print the above printable, and any other free Thanksgiving printable posted this month, just click on the image to open the full size version of it, and print away!

Today’s Thankfulness:

Today I’m so thankful to have Angelica. I haven’t made this widely public on the blog, but Scott and I are divorcing, and in spite of all of the changes that have been going on, she has adjusted so well. Seeing her smiling, happy face every day makes me so happy, and makes it so easy for me to keep moving on even when life has been turned upon its head. She has this knack for always seeing the silver lining in every situation. While I would never put her in the position of being someone for me to lean on (after all, I’m the parent and it’s not her responsibility to take care of me — quite the opposite) just by being who she is, she keeps me smiling and laughing.


No matter what’s going on in life, there is always some reason to be thankful! For this reason, I’m going all out on the blog this year and posting 30 days of Fall and Thanksgiving related printables and roundups along with the thing I’m thankful for most on any given day. Keep checking back every day in November! I’ll be adding more free Thanksgiving printables and Thanksgiving roundups.

31 Days of Halloween: Free Halloween Printable Bookmarks

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Free Halloween Printables: Printable Halloween Bookmarks

These free printable Halloween bookmarks are perfect for your scary Halloween novel reading! Grab a piece of cardstock, print them out, and cut them apart to have your very own Halloween bookmarks — for free!

To print the above printable, and any other free Halloween printables posted this month, just click on the image to open the full size version of it, and print away!

Fun Halloween fact of the day:

If you had to guess what the second highest grossing US holiday is (after Christmas), what do you think it would be? If you guessed Halloween, you’d be correct! With all of the money that is shelled out on candy, costumes, and decorations, Halloween comes up just behind Christmas as the holiday that we spend the most on. I know with my love for the holiday, I’m a contributor to that!


Since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (and Angelica’s, too!) I’m going all out on the blog this year and posting 31 days of Halloween related printables and roundups. Keep checking back every day in October! I’ll be adding more free Halloween printables, coupled with fun Halloween facts, and Halloween roundups each day!

30 Days of Thankfulness for Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Ten Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes - Start planning today!

We may only be midway through October, but if you’re like me, your love for Thanksgiving just can’t wait! And when it comes to the meal planning, Thanksgiving side dishes are a big part of it! Whether you’re hosting or visiting, or heading to an office pot luck, you’ll want your Thanksgiving side dishes to be impressive.

Luckily, I’ve managed to round up ten delicious Thanksgiving side dishes from around the blogosphere. Whether you’re looking to do something elaborate, like stuffing, or something simple like a corn bread dish, there’s a recipe here for you that will work perfectly!

 

Today’s Thankfulness: I’m thankful to the bloggers from around the web who have taken the time to share their recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes. For those of us who aren’t foodies, your hard work has gone a long way for helping those of us who are not plan our Thanksgiving meal lineup.

 

Ten Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Easy Corn Bread
Squash with stuffing
Whole Wheat Stuffing
Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Crockpot
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Bake
Sweet Potatoes
Crockpot Green Bean Casserole
Veggie Tray
Cranberry Salad
Turkey Gravy

 

31 Days of Halloween: Free Printable Spider Cupcake Toppers

Free Halloween Printables: Spider Cupcake Toppers

Free Halloween Printables: Spider Cupcake Toppers

These spider cupcake toppers are surprisingly cute! Just print out these free Halloween printables, cut the circles out, and glue two of them back to back on a toothpick to use as a cupcake topper. It’s a great way to save money on Halloween decorations!

To print the above printable, and any other Halloween printables posted this month, just click on the image to open the full size version of it, and print away!

Fun Halloween fact of the day:

The world’s fastest pumpkin carving time is 24.03 seconds. The pumpkin, which had to weigh less than 24 pounds and be carved to include, at the very least, a pair of eyes, a nose, ears, and a mouth, was carved by Stephen Clarke. He also held the previous pumpkin carving record of 54.72 seconds. That is some super fast pumpkin carving!


Since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (and Angelica’s, too!) I’m going all out on the blog this year and posting 31 days of Halloween related printables and roundups. Keep checking back every day in October! I’ll be adding more free Halloween printables, coupled with fun Halloween facts, and Halloween roundups each day!

Fall Recipe: Caramel Apple Galettes

Caramel Apple Galettes: Fall Recipe

Have you gone apple picking recently? It’s something we love to do every fall, and I’m always looking for ways to use up the bushel of apples we wind up bringing home. I adore caramel apples and this recipe for caramel apple galettes sure does the trick, especially if you have granny smith apples (though I imagine these would be just as good with any apple).

Caramel Apple Galettes - Close Up

Caramel Apple Galettes

Pie Dough Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

¼ cup ice cold water

¾ cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes

½ tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

Galette Filling Ingredients

3-4 apples, Granny Smith is best for caramel pairing, cored and sliced ¼” thick

½ cup caramel

1 tbsp lemon juice

zest of 1 lemon

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ cup sugar

 

1. Prepare dough first. Add flour, salt and sugar to a mixing bowl and mix till combined. Drop butter cubes into flour mixture a few at a time and slowly mix in. Stop mixing once the butter is completely covered in flour and small bits are still visible. Pour a tablespoon of ice water into the dough at a time and slowly resume mixing. All the water might not be needed, and in some cases slightly more might be needed. Either way, add water until dough balls forms and is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl.

2. Place dough ball in a plastic bag and gently form a flat disc by pressing down onto the dough with the palms of your hands. Leave enough room to close plastic bag and place it in the refrigerator to firm up for 45 minutes to an hour.

3. If your apples have not been prepped, use this time to get them ready. It is important that the apples are sliced thin so that they do not require more baking time than the galette crust. Toss apple slices in a bowl with sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and half the caramel. Mix well so that every apple slice is well covered.

4. After an hour has passed, remove the dough from the fridge and place onto a floured countertop. Divide the dough into six equal portions and roll into small balls. Use a rolling pin to roll out dough balls until they are ⅛ inch thick.

5. Lightly grease a baking pan and place the rounds along one side of the baking tray. Wait to place the other half of the rounds on the tray until you finish putting together the first three. Spoon the caramel apple filling onto the center of the galette, leaving an inch clear of filling and caramel all around the edge of the center.

6. Begin pleating the galette, folding pleat over pleat and work your way around the galette covering the fruit but leaving the center open. The pleats will come undone a bit with baking, but they serve as a cup for all the caramel and fruit juice. Place baking tray in the fridge for about thirty minutes so that the galettes set.

7. Place baking sheet with galettes in the oven, at 400 F, for 40 minutes until the fruit is tender, slightly browned and crust is cooked through and just beginning to show color on top. Place galettes on wire rack to cool. Drizzle remaining caramel over the tops of each galette and serve. Enjoy!

 

 

31 Days of Halloween: Fun Halloween Snacks

13 Super Fun Halloween Snacks

13 Fun Halloween Snacks

If you’re having a Halloween party, or just want to make some halloween treats for your kids, these 13 easy to make and super fun Halloween snacks will do just the trick!

Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark: If you love peppermint bark at Christmas, why not try this Halloween chocolate candy bark? These pieces of Halloween bark make for fun Halloween snacks that can be shared by all of your party guests!

Nutter Butter Ghosts: It’s so easy to turn Nutter Butters into cute little ghosts! These fun Halloween snacks are spooky but oh so tasty too!

Eyeball Cereal Treats: Learn how to turn Reece’s Puffs cereal into some creepy looking edible eyeballs!

Spider Web Snacks: Pretzels and white chocolate form the basic outline of these fun Halloween snacks. Use the melted white chocolate to string the pretzels together to make a spider web you can eat!

Jack’O’Lantern Koolaid Slushies: Does your child love Kool-Aid? Angelica does! This is so, so easy to make — just some ice and orange Kool-Aid, and some clear cups with cutouts or sharpie to make the Jack O Lantern Face!

Rice Krispie Treats on a Stick: These fun Halloween treats are made from a simple Rice Krispie Treat recipe, and a Halloween-shaped baking pan. Add a popsicle stick and you’re done!

Spooky Sundaes: These spooky sundaes are a perfect Halloween treat. But there’s one thing about them that isn’t scary at all; They’re gluten-free!

Cake Pop Spiders: Angelica’s addicted to cake pops, and what better way to celebrate Halloween than with these Cake Pops with spiders?

Mummy Munch: I love this idea because it’s so simple. It’s really just Cracker Jack boxes decorated to look like mummies. These would make great party favors!

Cinnamon Sugar Caramel Popcorn: Cinnamon AND caramel? Two great fall flavors come together to make this fun Halloween snack.

Smarties Pumpkin Push Pops: These push pops make great party favors for kids. You can send them to school or daycare, or hand them out at parties!

Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats: The jury is out on candy corn. Either you love it, or you hate it. But if you love Rice Krispie treats, don’t let the candy corn shape of these fun Halloween snacks confuse you!

Halloween Oreo Pops: Oreo lovers will adore these super easy to make Halloween Oreo pops! Just a few simple ingredients, and a steady decorating hand, and you’re all set.

Fall Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Empanadas – SO Easy to Make!

Apple Cinnamon Empanadas - Great right out of the oven on cool fall evenings!

It’s apple season up here in the Northeast, and I’ve got bushels and bushels of apples. A few days ago, I shared a recipe for Caramel Apple Galettes, which are delicious! But if those aren’t for you — maybe these Apple Cinnamon Empanadas are? This recipe is SO easy to make — and, I was able to do it with items I already had in my pantry, minus the crescent rolls, so it was really convenient! These are so great fresh out of the oven on a cool fall evening.

So what are you waiting for? Get baking!!

 

Apple Cinnamon Empanada Ingredients

1 can of Crescent rolls, any brand, but bigger rolls work best

2 apples, cored and diced, Granny Smith cooks best

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp flour

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

1 tsp lemon juice

¼ cup butter

1 egg white

2 tsp water

 

Apple Cinnamon Empanadas recipe instructions:

1. Add diced apples, flour, lemon juice, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and butter to a medium sized saucepan. Stir and cook on medium for ten minutes. Stir to prevent sticking till the apple slices are tender and a syrup has formed.

2. Take pan from heat and let mixture cool. Open crescent rolls and separate all the crescents. Lightly flour your hands and roll each crescent roll up into a ball.

Apple Cinnamon Empanadas - Dough Rolling Step

 

 

3. On a floured surface use a rolling pin to roll out each crescent roll into a round disc. Grease a baking tray and place each roll flat on tray.

 

Apple Cinnamon Empanadas - Filling Step

 

4.  Using a tablespoon, scoop two spoonfuls of apple mixture onto one half of the round dough discs. The side that you place the apples on is going to be the bottom half of your apple cinnamon empanada.

 

 

 

Apple Cinnamon Empanadas - Folded Step

 

 

5. Use both hands to grab the dough disc on the edges of the empty side, which is going to be the top half of the apple cinnamon empanada. Lift and fold the top half over the apples.

 

 

6. Press the edges of both sides of the empanada together. Use your fingers to pinch the dough together every inch all the way to the ends.

7. Whisk the egg white and water together in a small bowl. Use a brush to brush the tops of each empanada with the egg white mixture.

8. Place empanadas in the oven at 350 F for ten minutes. Empanadas will be a very light brown. As soon as you remove the empanadas from the oven, use the tips of the back of a fork to press into the very edges of the empanadas to help seal them as they cool.

Completed Apple Cinnamon Empanadas

Enjoy with friends!

31 Days of Halloween: Free Halloween Printable Drink Labels

Free Halloween Printables: Printable Halloween Drink Lables

Free Halloween Printables: Halloween Drink Labels

If you’re having a Halloween party, make sure you use these Halloween drink labels to give your concoctions spooky names! Best of all, these labels are free Halloween printables, so it won’t cost you any more than the label paper you print it on!

To print the above printable, and any other Halloween printables posted this month, just click on the image to open the full size version of it, and print away!

Fun Halloween fact of the day:

Ever wonder why we go trick-or-treating on Halloween? This tradition evolved from an ancient Celtic tradition. To placate spirits who roamed about during Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year, the Celts would put out treats.

Also of note: Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween. So, if you’re too spooked by the holiday to celebrate, you can take solace in that you’re not alone!


Since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (and Angelica’s, too!) I’m going all out on the blog this year and posting 31 days of Halloween related printables and roundups. Keep checking back every day in October! I’ll be adding more free Halloween printables, coupled with fun Halloween facts, and Halloween roundups each day!