Sunday, October 7, 2012

a weekend with the littles

This weekend found the house with only half it's normal inhabitants.  Elizabeth is attending a family reunion with her dad and Paul took Paulie on a trip for his birthday. And then there were three: the littles and me.  I thought it would be fun to do a few autumnal things that would appeal more to the youngest members of the family this weekend.  

We started our Saturday morning with a batch of pumpkin pie play dough. Although there's no actual pumpkin in this recipe, you'd never know with the aroma of pumpkin pie spices and hint of vanilla.  I didn't have a pumpkin pie spice blend, as called for in the recipe, so I used some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.

Both boys played with this dough for over an hour in the morning.

And Finn pulled it out again for another hour and a half in the afternoon.  The kitchen smelled quite lovely all day.

We also used some of a bushel of local apples (that still need to be put up!) to make an apple cinnamon German pancake.  I mostly used this recipe by Catherine Newman, increasing the eggs to 3 and the other ingredients accordingly.  I sauteed a smallish, peeled and finely diced apple in the butter and added about 1 tsp of cinnamon before adding the batter.  Yum!

In the afternoon, while Finn continued playing with play dough and Philip read quietly, I needle felted a few of these little festive ghosts to hang from the light over our kitchen table.

It's starting to feel quite autumnal here now.

1 comment:

  1. I was thinking of making some of that very play dough for the kids at Naia's upcoming birthday. I keep forgetting to buy the pumpkin pie spice! Those ghosts are so sweet!


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