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Pumpkin Pancakes

This year we successfully grew 4 pumpkins in our garden. After making 2 pumpkin pies and several breads I had just a little leftover (from just 1 pumpkin!).  We often make pancakes on the weekend. The boys love to help measure, mix and flip until the first 2 pancakes are off the griddle at which time they seat themselves and dig in while I finish making the rest.

So one morning I added the leftover pumpkin puree and some spices to make some thoroughly delicious and festive pumpkin pancakes! Great for Halloween, Thanksgiving or any other time of the year. Since pumpkin is full of nutrients, I don’t mind serving these all the time!

2 cups flour
6 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1-1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1-2 cups milk

1. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and spices in a large bowl. Add eggs, oil, pumpkin and 1 cup of milk. Mix together and add more milk as needed until you reach a good pancake consistency. You don’t want it too thick more on the runny side is better.
2. In a heated pan  or griddle over med to high heat, pour batter in 2-4″ circles. When the batter starts to bubble it’s time to flip. I use a non-stick griddle so I don’t have to butter the pan.
3. I serve this with warm real maple syrup and a dash of powdered sugar.  These are delicious the next day as a little snack served cold or with apple slices.


Banana Crumb Muffins

In high school (many many years ago) my nickname was Betty Crocker. I was always cooking and baking and bringing the goodies to school to share. One might have thought I’d go on to write cookbooks or be a famous chef. Well almost…I did minor in Family Consumer Sciences in college and thoroughly enjoy spending time in the kitchen creating. But alas, that is as far as it goes. Thankfully I married a man with an infinite appetite who is also not too picky about the food on the plate.

I may be passing this love for cooking along to my youngest son, my super “maker” as he is always asking to help “make” with me in the kitchen. He loves adding the ingredients and stirring, mixing, and of course tasting.

The big man is at school today and we have a trio of very over-ripe bananas that are begging to be utilized. Our freezer is literally packed with loaves of sweet breads, banana and zucchini.  So we made muffins. They are easy for breakfasts, snacks and lunch boxes. Nothing like home-made goodness in a school lunch to make you feel loved, right?

Banana Crumb Muffins
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten lightly
1/3 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tbsp cold butter
1/4 cup nuts (optional-we did not include these)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1. In a medium bowl, mix first 4 ingredients. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix bananas (I use a potato masher to smash-up the bananas in the bowl I will use to mix all the ingredients-one less bowl to clean!), sugar, egg, melted butter.
3. Stir in the dry mixture until moistened.
4. Grease muffin pan (or use liners). I love Wilton Cake Release for greasing my pans. It’s quick one step and easy clean-up. Grease bottom only of pan. Fill cups 3/4 full.

5. Topping: Combine first 3 ingredients then cut in butter until crumbly.
6. Sprinkle over muffin batter.

7. Bake for 20 minutes until muffins are firm.
8. Cool for 10 minutes then remove from pan.

Enjoy with your little “maker”!
This recipe was originally found http://www.food.com/recipe/crumb-topped-banana-muffins-43509

Stack-em Up Fabric Cubes

I have 4 friends that are all preggers right now! It is such a fun time with babies arriving soon!  I’m a little inspired by all the baby-mania and here is a fun way to use up some scraps and create lasting toys for those little ones in your life!

Level: If you can sew a straight line-you got this one!

Time: about 30 minutes


Scrap fabric – 3 prints (A, B, C) , 2 pieces of each print cut to 4″ x 4″ square for a total of 6 pieces

Light weight iron on interfacing (Pellon 911FF)


Stuffing (poly-fill works well)

1.  Cut out 6 4″ x 4″ squares of fabric and interfacing.  You should have 2 pieces of each print (A, B, C)

2. Iron interfacing to Wrong side of each piece of fabric.

3. Using this diagram, stitch squares together to form block.  Stitch fabric A-B-A-B. Then stitch fabric C to end piece A, stitch second piece of C to the bottom of the same end piece A.  Stitch end piece A to end piece B to form main square of the block. Then stitch pieces C to A then to pieces B. Leave a small opening for turning and stuffing when you stitch the last 2 pieces together.

Download the template here http://www.scribd.com/doc/97938721/Fabric-Cube-Template#fullscreen

4. Turn right side out. Stuff with batting.

Play Ball!

With 2 boys in the house I know that things can get, well, rough, to say the least. They are 200% boy. Each boy has recently earned their own set of stitches and I’m simply amazed we haven’t had the need for stitches sooner than this!

So moms of boys and of course girls, you will definitely appreciate these soft balls perfect for playing with inside the house, bedrooms, etc. They are soft, squishy and when Son A chucks it full force at Son B’s head, it won’t hurt (as bad.) Oh and it probably won’t even break the living room window! Bonus!

Level-Beyond Easy Peazy

Time: Seriously about 15 minutes


Scrap fabric measuring at least 10″ x 5″ – I chose 3 different fabrics here but you could do 6 different fabrics too

Lightweight Iron-on interfacing (I used Pellon 911FF)

Poly fiber stuffing (what you find inside pillows)

Hand sewing needle and coordinating thread

1. Print template. The template should print on a 81/2″ x 11″ paper. The template itself should measure approximately 9.5″ tall (top to bottom).   Click on this link (or copy and paste to your search bar), download template and print. http://www.scribd.com/doc/97350448/Scrappy-Ball-Template

Template Print on 81/2″ x 11″ paper

2. Cut out template. Trace template onto scrap fabric. Cut out fabric along traced lines. Do the same for interfacing. You should have 6 pieces of fabric and 6 pieces of interfacing.

3. Iron interfacing to the wrong side of fabric. Do this for all 6 pieces.

4. Arrange the pieces as you  like. Sew two pieces, right sides together, back stitch at beginning and end of stitch, along the long side

5. Stitch a third piece to these joined pieces. You now have 1/2 of the ball.

6. Repeat 4-5 for the other side of ball.

7. Join both halves of the ball by lining up the top and bottom (where the three pieces come together) with right sides together. Stitch all the way around the ball leaving a 3-4″ opening for turning and stuffing.

8. Turn right side out. Stuff the ball so it is firm or desired squishy-ness.  Stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread. (or if you’re less patient, use a zipper foot on your sewing machine to stitch)

Garland – Not just for Judy

This garland is fun for any occasion or to dress up a bedroom, Christmas tree,  Birthday party, etc. It’s so fun and festive you’ll probably never take it down.

Level: Easy Peezy

Time: 1/2 hour-1 hour (longer if you make a longer strand)


5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ squares (larger squares will make larger triangles)

Bias Tape – https://justcutthescrap.com/2012/03/07/scrappy-bias-tape/



1. Create bias tape using scrap fabric. Directions shown here https://justcutthescrap.com/2012/03/07/scrappy-bias-tape/

2. With wrong side facing up, fold 5 1/2″ square in half. Fold short edge down to meet the long raw edge. Do this with the other side. You now have a triangle!  Do this for all squares need for your garland.

3. Place the raw edge of the triangle inside the bias tape. Pin in place.  Add another triangle in the same manner. Here I have spaced the triangles about 1″ apart. You can space them farther apart of place them closer together depending on the look you want.

4. Topstitch 1/8″-1/4″ along the folded edge of the bias tape catching both sides of the bias tape and the triangle in the stitch.

4. Fold the raw ends in towards the wrong side then fold to finish the raw edge. Or you may choose to leave it raw for a fun detail.

Sha-bam – garland done!  You may consider using coordinating colors, you kids favorite colors, their school colors, etc. This makes a fun accent to any party or celebration!  Have fun with it!

Baby, you are 1!

The youngest little dude in our family (my nephew Baby Carter) is turning 1 which inspired me to create his very own bragging shirt!

Level: Super Easy

Time: 1/2 hour or less


Scrap fabric

Wonder Under double sided iron on stabilizer

A Number template (I used WordArt in Microsoft Word to create the number 1)


1. Create your number template (I used my computer but you could draw it freehand), print on paper and cut out.

2. Select scrap fabric big enough to fit the number.

3. Iron Wonder Under fusible webbing on the WRONG side of the scrap fabric-leave the paper backing on

4. Place number on the RIGHT side of fabric and trace with disappearing ink fabric marking pen  (another option is to place number on the paper side, use a pencil or pen for marking then cut…be careful to have the number “reversed” so that when you cut it out the number is not backwards….makes sense? clear as mud, right?)

5. Cut out number, remove paper backing, position number with fusible side down on your t-shirt, iron in place

6. I used a contrasting color thread here to give the number some pop. Select a narrow and tight zig zag stitch on your machine. Stitch all the way around the number. Clip threads.

Sha-Bam you are done and  your little one has some bragging power!

Face Time

This silhouette is so incredibly easy. The hardest part for me was choosing which fabric to use!

Level: Beyond Easy

Time: 1/2 hour




Fabric approx. 7″ x 8″ for silhouette

Fabric minimum of 10″ x 13″


Hot Glue


Cardboard cut to the size of the frame

8×10 frame (with mat which you won’t use)

1. Take a side profile photo of your child. Upload to your computer. You can do this in your word doc or I used Photoshop and converted the photo to a sketch then printed it on an 8×11 sheet of paper. Before printing I expanded it to the size I wanted.

2.  Cut out the silhouette on the paper and place on the wrong side of silhouette fabric. Trace with a fabric marker or pencil.

3. Cut a piece of Wonder Under that is a little larger than the silhouette. Iron onto wrong side of silhouette fabric. Cut out silhouette fabric.

4. Cut cardboard to the size of the 8×10 frame glass. I used the glass as a cutting guide.

5. Center the cardboard on the right side of background fabric.  Mark the corners using a fabric marker or pencil.

6. Remove the paper backing from the Wonder Under. Center the silhouette between the corner marks made. Iron in place

7. Center the cardboard on the wrong side of the background fabric. Make sure the silhouette is placed centered or where you want it on the cardboard.  Hot glue the extra fabric to the backside of the cardboard pulling fabric taught while gluing.

8. Put your silhouette in the frame, hang and enjoy! 🙂

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