Monthly Crafting Book Club for September – Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse

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This book has been a favourite of my family for two years now.  Toddlers just LOVE It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff, same series as if You Take A Mouse To School series.  Between the counting, learning facial features, and pumpkin fun my kids squeal with excitement over this book and make me read it over and over again.  Now that my son is almost two (not till Christmas) he adores this book and yells “eek” and “boo” over and over again.

It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse is the book of the month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club for September.  I formed a group of bloggers after Christmas last year who would be interested in participating in a monthly blog series where we all do a craft or activity based on the same book.  It’s been a great success and I have loved to see what everyone comes up with.  If you think you might be interested in joining us join our Facebook Group HERE and check out the upcoming books to see if you would be interested in joining us.  You are not obligated to participate every month and can pick and choose which ones you want to participate in.

 

Check out our past month’s crafts below:

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

 

This month I choose to do pumpkin faces with my kids, a great way to recognize emotion and teach my son matching.

Materials Needed

  • Orange Paint
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Sharp knife, paint brushes, etc.
  • Markers
  • It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse Book by Laura Numeroff

Instructions

  • Use a knife to cut apart the egg carton.  I find a knife is easier than scissors, but whatever floats you boat.
  • Next I had my kids paint the egg cartons orange.
  • I let them dry overnight (or maybe two until we had time to come back to it).
  • I took the book and copied the faces of the pumpkins onto our egg carton pumpkins.
  • I gave the kids each a marker and the extra egg shell pumpkins and had them decorate as well.

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Put It All Together

We grabbed the book and the egg carton pumpkins and laid them out on the floor so we could see all the faces.  As we read the book we picked out the pumpkin that matched the emotional pumpkin on the page, usually imitating it ourselves.  “This pumpkin is sad”, we all made sad faces and found the sad pumpkin. We did this for the whole book until we matched all the pumpkin faces to the right page.

 

And repeat!

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The kids loved doing this, it was super easy, they got to get messy (always a favourite), and read a book together which is also fun.  By incorporating a the book with a craft it encourages them to read more, they are more likely to remember it with the craft, and it prolongs the story and makes It more enjoyable for them.  We love reading in this house and I want to foster that love and make it as interactive as possible to further their interest in reading.

 

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Mabon around the corner!  Fall is by far my favorite season, my favourite sabbat, Mabon is also in Fall.  If you are looking for tips on how to make an outdoor mabon altar to help bring your practice to your backyard then look no further!  I have a huge tree with tons of squirrels in my backyard, and two young kids, so everything has to be safe for fur and human baby alike, festive, and fun.  Here are some tips on how to make an outdoor altar, or just a fun place outside to celebrate the changing of the seasons and Fall.

Step 1

First you need to choose a location, not the busiest location, but not hidden in the back as you want a chance to enjoy it right?  Choose a place in sight, but not high traffic area.

Step 2

Decide on your materials.  Here are some fun things to incorporate into a Mabon Altar:

  • Apples
  • Pumpkins
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Pine Cones
  • Acorns
  • Candles
  • Herbs
  • Statues
  • Fairies
  • Representatives for the elements: water, incense, candles, soil, etc.

Step 3

Plan your set up, are you placing it right on the ground?  On a stump, rock?  A little table?  Pick your location and start planning how you want to set it up.

Step 4

Enlist the help of your kids to help you set it up (don’t worry once they get bored you can always re-do it afterwards) getting them involved in your family Mabon Altar is half the fun!  Explain to them why you are making it, for us we are saying goodbye to summer and hello to Fall.  We are celebrating the second harvest festival and gearing up to Mabon.

Step 5

Leave an offering.  This is the fun part, get the kids to help choose.  It can be as simple as an apple, or as elaborate as getting them to help bake a baked good using some harvest foods.  For a delicious Pumpkin Muffin recipe the kids are sure to love click here.  I like to enclude a beverage too, apple cider is the best (non-alcoholic of course), or milk or water will work too.  We like to say a quick thanks to the God and Goddess for their ambundent harvest before leaving the offering on the altar.

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Come back and visit often.  Leave more offerings (food or items), tidy up, and refresh with some nice energy.  You can chant some fall chants.  We like Hoof and Horn (click here to see it) to raise up some energy or use your song as an offering.

My kids had a lot of fun making the altar.  I keep finding random objects on it, pictures, special (to them) stones, sticks, etc.  It’s a really fun way to get them involved.  My yard squirrels are loving the apples too!

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This is one of our FAVOURITE dinners in my house.  I hate repetition, but we have it every month or so.  My kids love to dip things, and as vegetarians I am always looking for easy ways to get some iron (spinach) and protein (lentils) into them.  This is a whole meal and one, but doesn’t take a long time to make or require a lot of ingredients.

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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • •2 Onions minced
  • •Garlic (I use pre-minced) 2 tbsp
  • •Bag of spinach
  • •Package of Paneer cheese
  • •Oil
  • •1 tsp Tumeric
  • •1/2-1 tsp Cumin
  • •1/2-1 tsp Chili powder
  • •1 tsp Cinnamon
  • •2 cups Lentils (rinsed and maybe soaked for 5 min if you have time)
  • •Water to cover lentils in pot, I found aboutt 3-3½ cups
  • •2 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • •4 tbsp. Lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Prep everything first, put lentils to soak, cut the onions, wash the spinach, cut the paneer, drain lentils.
  2. In a pot fry ½ onions for about five minutes until translucent, add in garlic and stir. While that cooks add in all the spices and stir. Add in lentils and enough water to cover, about 3½ cups I found. Add in tomato paste and stir. You can cook for 25-45 minutes, keep stirring regularly.
  3. Preheat the oven and put in the naan bread to warm. Only needs to be in about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add the other ½ of minced onions and cook for five minutes again, until translucent. Add in the paneer cheese, stir/flip regularly until starting to brown, add in a hand full or two of the spinach and cook. We like our paneer a little crispy so prefer it too cook longer. (Check on your naan!) Spinach shrinks a lot when hot so keep adding in handfuls of spinach until your bag is done and it is all wilted. Ensure the cheese is done to your preference.
  5. Serve all three on a plate and watch your kids actually eat!
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Easy Vegetarian Wonton Soup

Why should meat-eaters have all the wonton soup fun? Try this easy vegetarian wonton soup recipe, sure to please the whole family and super tasty!

One of my favourite things to eat is easy vegetarian wonton soup.  Before I was a full vegetarian as a kid I would just pick the wontons out of the soup at restaurants with my parents and leave the meat.  I love eating wonton soup, but making it, particularly stuffing the dumpling part is very time consuming and I don’t always have the time to do it with two kids demanding my attention.  This version is like a de-constructed version of a wonton soup.  You can easily have the wonton experience, but without the dumpling work.  I hope you enjoy!

How to make it:

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Cuisine: Asian
Ingredients
  • •1 pack Wontons
  • •Water 7 cups
  • •2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • •3 Mushroom boullion cubes
  • •2 tsp Sesame oil
  • •2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • •1 tsp Sriacha Sauce
  • •1 tbsp Garlic (I use pre-minced)
  • •2 bunches of bok choy
  • •1 container of mushrooms
  • •1 pack of firm tofu
  • •3-4 handfuls (roughly half a bag) of bean sprouts
Instructions
  1. Put 7 cups of water on the stove to boil in a large pot. Add bouillon cubes once boiling
  2. Cut the mushrooms (I halved or left whole depending on the size) and fry in a pan with some oil. As it cooks cut your tofu in half. Cube half of it. Once the mushrooms are starting to brown, add garlic, the tofu. Crumble the other half into the pan. Stir as it browns a bit. Add in sauces.
  3. I do both pots at once: 1 tsp sesame oil in tofu mixture & 1 tsp in water, add 1 tbsp. soy sauce to tofu mixture & 1 tbsp to the water, add 1 tsp sriacha to pot only (and tofu mixture if you like it spicy).
  4. Cut the bok choy into slices, add to tofu mixture and cook a few minutes. Taste it, add any additional seasonings as desired. Otherwise put in the pot on low to simmer for as long as you have (I like 30 minutes but that's what I have time for).
  5. When you are almost ready to serve cut up the wontons into small squares and add to the pot with the bean sprouts (make sure to separate the wontons so it doesn't stick in the water). It should float when done, about 3 minutes.
  6. Ready to serve.

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Camping is so much fun but can be exhausting.  You want an easy camping menu that the kids will eat, minimal time to prepare, and not a lot of cooler space being used since it is at a premium while camping. It is the best time for good food, but with minimal amounts of effort!

These are my go-to meals to have on our camping menu that my kids actually eat.  I can prepare stuff  before we leave and easily grab extras in town to supplement as the cooler gets emptier so I can fill it again.  Pretty much tasty, easy meals, with minimal amounts of effort so we can spend more time chilling with friends, exploring nature, playing at the beach, or enjoying a campfire.

For breakfast we enjoy eating:

Banana MuffinsChocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - FBYogurt, cereal, instant oatmeal, fruit, overnight oats premade at home and kept in the cooler.

We make muffins at home and pre-freeze them to stay fresh and keep the cooler cool.  It is such a great and easy breakfast or snack.  A staple of mine for sure when planning our camping menu.

If we feel like making more effort, then of course we do scrambled eggs and home fries, but it depends on our effort and cooler space. We also have to be mindful of keeping little hands away from the Coleman stove.  I look forward to making this next weekend camping though for breakfast.

For lunch we throw together:

Easy Lunch Quesadillas - IGUsually a modge-podge of things.  I pre-cut veggies for sandwiches and to dip in hummus or another veggie dip.  Hard boiled eggs, sliced cheese, crackers/pita/tortilla/buns.   I pre-make chickpea salad and/or egg salad sandwich filling for easy sandwiches.  Or we just stick to PB & J since it is easy and the kids love it.

Salsa & chips is a favourite too.  We may even eat it with leftovers from dinner (taco salad, chili, etc.).  My kids love black beans so that’s an easy thing to throw in with the salsa to eat.

One of my good friends always pre-makes quesadillas to bring camping and my kids swarm her like flies to get bites too.  Wrap them in tin foil, then toss in a zip lock bag to keep it out of the water at the bottom of the cooler.

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For dinner we enjoy:

Dinnertime we usually have everyone contribute stuff to make joint meals easier.  These are our favourites.

Dorito SaladDorito salad, or walking tacos, or quinoa taco salad, all the same thing.  Perfect because like tacos everyone personalizes theirs so you get exactly what you want.  A great hit with the kids.

Crockpot Vegetarian Pasta SaucePasta is always super easy, especially if you throw together a salad to go on the side.  I make the pasta sauce in advance so it has some protein in it to make it more filling, but you can even just bring a jar of tomato sauce and use that.  Plain still tastes good!  Again, if pre-made I freeze it in zip lock bags to stay fresh until we eat it and also help keep the cooler cold.

We make frozen chili in advance too (again freeze in zip lock bags to stay fresh and keep the cooler cold).  We add whatever fits in the cooler and we have on hand, nacho chips, grated cheese, cut up avocados, sour cream, etc.  It is always a big hit and super filling.

Hobo Dinner IGOf course if you have a campfire you can roast veggie or meat hot dogs on it for a fun hands-on meal everyone is sure to enjoy.

If you start the campfire early enough you can always make foil dinners.   These are a favourite of ours while camping, but they take two hours to cook by the fire so make sure you start them early or plan for a late dinner.

 

Banana Boats - Try making these delicious camping desserts on the open fire, or at home for a camping feel. Easy to personalize and make vegan.Is it time for dessert yet?

If you have a campfire then you can make Banana boats for dessert!!  THE BEST CAMPING DESSERT!

 

 

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What are your favourite go-to meals while camping?  Do you go for tasty or easy or both?

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