The Lorax Family Costumes – Onsler (greedy, non-greedy), Swami Swan and Humming Fish

I love Halloween!  I love all holiday’s, but my favorites are Christmas and Halloween!  Last year we did the grab bag costumes since I had just given birth to Baby Boy, but THIS year I wanted to go back to our Family costume themes!  We actually went through a few different costume themes before settling on The Lorax!!!


It was perfect cause we found something for EVERYONE to be that they were all happy with!  All the other themes one of the kids wasn’t happy!  Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a theme that 7 people agree on?  in the end Bill and I ended up not doing costumes but I am SO happy with how the kids turned out.
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pumpkin crochet hat

People often ask how I get so much done with 4 (now 5- EEK!) kids. Esp all my cooking and baking from scratch. My first answer? I don’t sleep much… I do my crafting, blogging and computer time from 8pm (when the kids go to bed) and 2 am (or often 4 am) when I finally go to bed. The pregnancy and now newborn/nursing time period kind of puts a kink in that, but still- not much sleep. I kind of hate sleep, it’s such a waste of time!!!

My second answer is my kids love to work/play/cook/craft WITH me. The only thing I don’t let them do WITH me is cakes for clients… This year I taught The Reader how to crochet! She’s made a few small things, but when she saw this pumpkin crochet hat I pinned she asked if she could make it herself!

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Pumpkin Pancakes

I made these last year, and they became a quick fall favorite of ours! We have breakfast for dinner every Friday, and pancakes are our go to favorite. So we’ve come up with a few different flavors and styles of pancakes to switch back and forth from. This is our Fall favorite!

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Pumpkin Pie milkshake or ice cream

I know, I know…  Pumpkin recipes are SOOOO last month.  Honestly I made this 2 weeks ago, Really I did.  But I lost my blogging mojo over the last few weeks and now that I’m back in the game I’m finally getting around to posting it.  So it’s okay, see, since I MADE it before Thanksgiving it still works.

pumpkin milkshake ice cream ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake or Ice Cream
2 C heavy cream
2 C milk
1/2 C Sugar
1/4 C Brown Sugar
2/3 C canned Pumpkin
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
Pour it all into the blender together!

pumpkin milkshake ice cream blender

Mix it all in the blender…

pumpkin milkshake ice cream maker

And throw it into your ice cream maker!  Here is where you decide, if you want a nice thick milkshake you only blend it for 10-15 mins (depending on HOW thick you like it…)  OR run your machine for 30-40 mins to turn it into ice cream!

pumpkin milkshake ice cream graham cracker topping

This was my little girls favorite part!  Grab some graham crackers (I picked cinnamon ones) and crush em up!  I like using a gallon size freezer bag and rolling over it with a rolling pin.  Easy peasy for the kiddo’s.   For Ice Cream leave the crackers a bit chunky and mix them in when the ice cream cycle is over.

homemade pumpkin milkshake
For the milkshake once your satisfied with the thickness pour it into glasses, top with whipped cream and the crushed graham crackers! Serve (with a spoon, mine was on the super thick side of things.  I wished I had taken it out just 5 mins earlier!   But no one seemed to mind in the least!   Both the milkshakes and the ice cream was a huge hit with everyone in the family!

pumpkin pie milkshake recipe

Pumpkin Pancakes- This week for dinner

I hope you all had a happy Halloween! I know we did! Since we did our trick or treating on Saturday tonight was just for fun! We FINALLY got around to carving our pumpkins! We had a great time. Since our “front” door faces the back yard we’re the only ones who can enjoy them. Also since George would eat anything we put out, veggie wise, we are keeping them inside on our window sill.

The kids loved doing it, of course I ended up doing all the gross parts. UGH! But it’s worth it for the kids enjoyement. Anyway when we finished it was time for dinner. We decided to go with breakfast for dinner, one of our favorites. Last night? Pumpkin Pancakes! Seem’s appropriate, huh?

Pumpkin Pancakes
5 C Flour
1/2 C sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp allspice
1 1/2 tsp salt
whisk together
3 1/2 C milk
1 1/2 C pumpkin
8 Tbsp butter, melted
4 eggs
whisk together
Pour the wet over the dry, mix just until combined, should be lumpy. Add any extras ex. chocolate chips, etc… Cook over med- med/high heat until there are multiple bubbles, then flip and cook for a few more minutes. Makes about 40 pancakes, depending on your size.

I cooked a few rounds plain, then added mini chocolate chips to the rest of the batter. We enjoyed filling up on Pumpkin pancakes with homemade maple syrup. Then for dessert? Chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes with Whipped cream on top! Delish! They were a hit with everybody! Definitely one we’ll be making again!

Mother Daughter Witch Party

On Friday night my girls and I were invited to a Mother Daughter Witch party. I had never been to one before and didn’t know what to expect, but I was so excited to go! It was a last min thing, so I only had half a day to come up with costumes. Lucky for me Char had a costume she had made for her daughter that she let me borrow, Walmart had a super cheap one on sale for my older daughter AND I found some great black items at DI.

The dress we borrowed was a few inches too long so to bring it up quickly I used elastic thread on all the seam lines and it pulled right up! My own skirt was a bit long too, so I used some elastic thread to pull on on leg a bit. But I only was able to do one skirt layer before I ran out of thread. Then I was out of time, so that was that!

Here we are, all ready to go. My Mother in law told us to look scary, but I was the only one who got the message. I think we turned out really great for just half a day’s shopping/sewing/putting it together! Oh, my top/jacket? It was a maternity empire waist blouse and I cut off the bottom! I liked the sleeves and collar, but didn’t need the FULLness below.

The host made these AMAZING felt/cotton bags for each of the daughters. AMAZING! There were like 40 of them. The Naked one (who stayed dressed, BUT she kept lifting her skirt up to her waist to run) picked out the only one with a spider (she knows how SCARED I am of them). Of course it also totally matched her dress, so it looked super cute.

Inside the bags were these great lists. A scavenger hunt for the daughters! I wasn’t sure how she’d pull of some of these items, but they were all there an all SO fun!

The Naked one was OBSESSED with this eyeball (you can also see the cauldron in the top right). I have like 12 pictures of her and this eyeball, not kidding. Yesterday morning she woke me up by asking where it was (she had already eaten it the previous night)

Here is The Reader playing with the Spider, broom, bell and ball. She had a GREAT time playing with those items. Sadly, even though there were a ton of other girls there she spent the whole evening playing by herself. How do you teach someone naturally unsocial how to make friends. I know she wanted to play with the other little girls. It didn’t help that most of the others at the party were related.

After the scavenger hunt we had food. It was a potluck with a Mexican theme. It was so fun. There was a terrific soup, fresh shells and taco salad stuff, dips, etc… Just wonderful. The Naked One ate tons of grated cheese, her favorite thing ever. And the homemade donuts… Mmmm Amazing! Since I spent the morning trying to put the outfits together I didn’t have time to bring anything. Which totally bums me out. I have GREAT Mexican dishes AND great Halloween treat foods. Next year for SURE!

After the meal we all went outside and found seats around the bonfire. My kids are kind of Pyro’s (they get it from me!) and they both loved the fire! It was HUGE and very warm, which was nice because the night was SO cold. Then the witchy stories started!

The naked one started getting tired, pretty soon she was falling asleep on my lap. AND it was getting cold, REALLY cold, so we decided to leave early. It was a totally fun evening. I think next year I’ll not only attend this one again (a neighbor just a few doors down) but maybe throw my own for my husband’s family members who live around here! ORRRR maybe my local blog readers!

One final note: check out this amazing hat hairdo! Yup, all hair. I wish I had a better picture, The Naked One took this one for me!