Creepy Oozy Halloween Breakfast (With Bonus Banana Caterpillar)

This is just a silly post but I wanted to share with you. This didn't start out as a Halloween-style breakfast but it turned out to be one and it was a huge hit. I tried to add a face to my son's sunny-side-up eggs one morning but the gel food coloring ran. I went with it and this was the result:

Oozing Halloween Eggs

And here's the video of his eggs throwing up. He was thrilled ... because he's 6.



Thank you for reading,
Julie



Pirate Tooth Fairy Pillow

A few months ago, my 6 year old suddenly had a loose tooth. I felt like it went from a little wiggly to dangling by one tiny root in a matter of days although I think it was really weeks. A friend once told me that these would be the longest days but fastest years of my life. She wasn't kidding. I have a kid who is losing teeth. When did he even outgrow his bassinet?

Anyway, my little tough guy and I took to Pinterest to find just the right tooth fairy pillow to hold his precious baby teeth and he saw a pirate tooth that he fell in love with. He took one look and said, "Wow, cool, I want THAT one." Unfortunately the link to the blog post from the pin doesn't go anywhere so I can't give credit where credit is due.

Here's the one I made based on that picture though:

Pirate Tooth Fairy Pillow

I just used some scrap felt and a bandana that I had but never used. Here are the parts laid out:

Pirate Tooth Fairy Pillow

To stitch this together, I first used my sewing machine to attach the mouth, teeth, eye, patch, and tooth on the patch using matching thread. Then I baste-stiched the UN-TIED bandana on his head. I then pinned the tie ends towards his face so they wouldn't get caught wrong when I stitched the two sides of the pillow together. Finally, I stitched the hanging loop to the top edge (when you do this, make sure the loop is facing down with the cut ends up, that way when you turn the project in the end, the loop will be on the outside of the pillow).

I top stitched just the pocket flap with white thread (not in place, this was separate from the tooth pillow). I laid the two tooth pieces with right sides together and stitched along the side where the pocket would be. I opened the two pieces back up and stitched the pocket in place, wrapping it across the seam.

I then pinned the front and back with right sides together and stitched nearly all the way around, leaving a hole along one side to turn the pillow.

I turned the pillow right side out and stuffed it then hand stitched the hole.

He lost his tooth 2 days later.

Pirate Tooth Fairy Pillow

He tucked his tooth and one of my hair bands in the pocket and had me write a note to the tooth fairy to tell her the hair band should be delivered to Tinkerbell.

Thank you for reading,
Julie



GF Vegan Pizza Crackers

My kids love pizza (who doesn't?) but I hate the extra questionable ingredients in pizza flavored snacks. I set out to make some of my own. The end result - they're tasty AND nutritious!

Pizza Crackers GF and Vegan

Before I get started though, I have to tell a funny story about my 6 year old. The other day he had some peanut butter sandwich crackers that someone had given him. He was eating them in the car and clearly thinking about something. He finally piped up with, "I know how to make these crackers."  I think to myself, "Sure, take two crackers and stick them together with peanut butter." Thankfully I kept my mouth shut because his idea was even better. "First you make the crackers. Then you make the peanut butter. Then you spread your peanut butter on one side of a cracker and stick the other cracker to it." I had a proud moment when I realized my 6 year old thinks crackers and peanut butter come from my kitchen, not just containers at the store.

And on to the recipe . . .

GF Vegan Pizza Crackers
Yields:   crackers / Time: 10 active minutes, 15 minutes bake time
For a printable version, click here.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup Tomato Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Flax Meal
  • 1 cup GF Oat Flour (you can grind your own by putting GF oats in a blender and blending until floury)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix first 4 ingredients in a measuring cup or small bowl.

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.

Pizza Crackers GF and Vegan

Stir liquid ingredients then pour into dry ingredients and mix. I find that a rubber scraper mixes this best.

Pizza Crackers GF and Vegan

Press out on a piece of parchment.

Pizza Crackers GF and Vegan

Cover with another piece and roll to 1/4 inch thick. (I use the foil backed parchment, just personal choice)

Pizza Crackers GF and Vegan

Remove top parchment paper and lightly tap in the edges so they aren't significantly thinner than the rest of the dough.

Pizza Crackers GF and Vegan

Score into cracker sizes with a pizza cutter. Transfer bottom parchment paper and cracker dough to a baking sheet.

Pizza Crackers GF and Vegan

Bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and either flip the crackers individually or turn the whole parchment paper with crackers over and release the crackers upside down on the baking sheet and separate them.

Pizza Crackers GF and Vegan

Discard the parchment and bake the crackers for another 9-10 minutes, until the edges just start to brown.

Cool on a cooling rack and enjoy.

Pizza Crackers GF and Vegan

Have you ever made crackers? I have several go-to recipes that we really enjoy. I love knowing what goes into my kids' snacks and they get pretty excited when I offer to make them.

Thank you for reading,
Julie


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The Catio

As you may know by now, we have new kittens. We adopted them from MEOW Cat Rescue and they're absolutely fabulous. I'm having fun spoiling them rotten (see my post on the Bookshelf Cat Climber for an example). Once I knew they were happy inside the house, I decided to build them a cat patio or catio so they could get some fresh air without actually being able to wander off and get in trouble. As an added bonus, the catio is placed not too far from the chicken yard. It is far enough that the chickens won't feel threatened but close enough for the cats to spend hours staring in wonder at what they'd like to think is their next meal (fat chance kitties).

Wanna know about this?

The Catio


Please allow me to take you on a little tour....

This is our dining room. (That's the pantry I built.)


The Catio

Down just above the baseboards, below that arrow, there's a cat door.

The Catio

Through that cat door is the outside but it is a safe outside. Safe for my kitties and safe for the local wildlife.

The Catio

But wait, it isn't just a little box. It's a full on CATIO!!

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The catio features pass-through shelves, just like the bookcase cat climber.

The Catio

It also has a loft with a hammock (special request by the 6 year old) and cat head shaped windows.

The Catio

At first I thought I had made a mistake by putting the loft on this side (I underestimated how tall it would be) but at night, that light attracts bugs and the cats LOVE bugs so it's fun for them.

I added not one but two locks on our outdoor access door. The top lock is out of the children's reach and is a tighter lock just to ensure the door stays closed.

The Catio

This is the top lock:

The Catio

Teddy figured out he can watch the chickens from his new perch.

The Catio

I think he likes it.

The Catio

Do you have a special outdoor place for your pet? Please link to your post or a photo if you'd like to share. I'd love to see what you've done.

Thank you for reading,
Julie



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