Apples, Pumpkins and Halloween Crafts

We had a very fall themed day around here!  It was kinda rainy in the morning, so we skipped our outside walk and found other things to do inside instead.  We started the morning off with some pumpkin oatmeal breakfast cookies that I made last night after James went to bed.  The only thing I did differently was to use white flour instead of wheat because we’re all out of wheat.  Still worked and super tasty! James and Cora both enjoyed their cookies for breakfast.


My last minute photo from last night since I forgot to take a good picture of them.  I thought it would be cute/a fun idea to put them in the jar but now they are hard to get out. Next time I’ll just go with a Ziploc bag and call it good.

We did some playing and reading in the living room after breakfast like we normally do and then James took a nice morning nap, we had our baths and started our normal chores like laundry and went out to feed the chickens and take Cora outside.  After all that we got down to business with some crafts!


I bought some toilet paper a couple of weeks ago that we don’t love so I turned two rolls of it into little pumpkin decorations.  I’ve seen nicer once done like that but for just sticking them together quick they work.

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I started working on some Halloween bowling pins for James but we stopped partway through to have some fall lunch.  Roast spaghetti squash with tomato sauce on top.  I tried to make this once before a few years ago and I remember it being yucky but today it worked perfectly and was super tasty. James ate almost his whole bowl of it and Cora cleaned up the leftovers.


Spaghetti squash is super easy to make.  I cut it in half, scooped out the seeds, drizzled it with olive oil, salt and pepper, then put it cut side down in a baking sheet with edges, added a little bit of water to the bottom of the pan and stuck it in the oven for an hour at 425 degrees.  The sauce on top was just leftover from regular spaghetti from a few weeks ago that I had frozen to save.


After James’ afternoon nap we had some cooked cinnamon, brown sugar apples with a little bit of oatmeal mixed in for a snack and then James got back to playing while I finished up his bowling pins.


These guys are made from soda bottles.  There ended up being a pumpkin, a (sad looking) candy corn, a witch, a ghost, Frankenstein, a bat and a spider.  James is too young to really bowl yet so mostly he flung them around and just played with them.


After just a few minutes of play the wart on the nose of the witch got yanked off and then confiscated and thrown away.  James also peeled the eyes and mouth off the spider and those were confiscated and yanked the wings off the bat.  Then the bat met an untimely total death because James was holding the bat when Joe picked him up and then James threw the bat in the sink where I forgot about it and turned the water on…drowning said bad pretty good.  Sorry bat!


Next time I will use hot glue… I used Elmer’s this time and it just didn’t dry long enough to hold up.  Next time, hot glue! For now, we’ll see how long these things last. My guess is most won’t make it through tomorrow.  If it’s nice tomorrow we’re going to go pick some fun rocks and turn them into rock pumpkin Jack O’ Lanterns with paint!


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