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Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies

What a crazy weekend! Is everyone else in the full fall swing yet? This time of year makes me crave cookies and comfort food. So this week I’m going to be sharing this cookie recipe (a new concoction I just came up with), a cookie round-up, and I’ll be ending the week with comfort food the whole family can appreciate using everyone’s favorite brand of soup!

Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut oil (can be substituted with butter or margarine)
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 cups oats (I used old fashion)
  • 1 pint of apple butter, jelly, or jam of your liking

Preheat oven to 375 degrees  Fahrenheit. Mix half of the flour with the coconut oil, sugar, honey, eggs, baking powder, vanilla, baking soda, and cinnamon. After it’s combined add in the remaining flour followed by the oats.

Roll into 1 inch balls, mine might have been closer to 1 1/2 inches, place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart, and then carefully push your thumb into the centers to create an indention. Fill with about a teaspoon of butter, jam, or jelly.

Bake for 12 minutes or until bottoms are just brown. Remove from cookie sheets and cool on a wire rack.

#oatmealcookies #fallfavorite #cookies #baking  via My Very Educated Mother

Erin Sipes
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Kids Craft: Spice Drawing

I recently read an article that said an entirely embarrassing amount of grown Americans actually believe that Columbus set out to prove the world was round and happened to find the Americas. Ugh, I’m hoping all my readers know that Columbus, like most explorers of his time, was in search of a western trade route to India and China. And to recognize Columbus Day this year I decided to forgo the usual ‘ship’ crafts well kind of…we are coloring ships BUT in a nod to the spice routes Columbus and others were in search of, we raided the pantry for our paints.

  • Coloring Page
  • glue
  • paintbrushes
  • spices (I would suggest cinnamon or other milder scents you don’t mind smelling for a few days.)

For our coloring page I went online and picked the simplest image I could find. Unless you have older kids I would recommend you do the same. There are a ton of sites out there, let your kids have hand in the selection.

#ColumbusDayCraft #Kidscraft #Craftingwithkids
Use the paint brush to put glue on one section of the picture at a time.

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Sprinkle spices over the glue. Then move onto the next part of the image.

#ColumbusDay #craftingwithkids #kidscrafts
Things may get messy but you can sweep up the mess when you’re done.

#ColumbusDay #KidsCrafts

Erin Sipes
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Craft Lightning: Halloween Home Decor

I’m always excited to take part in the Craft Lightning Challenges hosted by Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Carolina of 30 Minute Crafts! It’s always a blast to see what everyone else has come up with and of course to figure out what I’m going to create! As always the only rule is that the finished product needs to take no more than 15 minutes to produce.

This year most of my Halloween projects have a markedly ‘kid craft’ theme but I really wanted to add more little touches around the house to bring in a bit of that spooky spirit. I’m a fan of using branches to decorate but I’ve never actually made the attempt to use them myself so for my Craft Lightning Super Spooky craft I decided to try these Halloween-themed branches.

  • Black spray paint
  • plain white, school glue
  • paper streamers in a Halloween color or your chose (tissue paper or ribbon could also be used)
#CraftLightning #SpookyEdition

First grab a couple branches from the yard. Right now we still have a massive teepee we’d made out of the few trees we’d cut down for the home renovations so it didn’t take me but a minute to do this. I did pick ones with lots of little branches and those I thought would fit the best into the vase I’d chosen. Next start spray painting! This literally took me less than five minutes to do three branches and that included dealing with a clogged nozzle.

Once the branches dried I brought them inside and went ahead and put them in the vase then set the time for another 9 minutes. During that time I took 3-5” pieces of the streamers and wrapped, gathered and glued them around the ends of the branches to create little buds. I managed to get 10 of them done and honestly I think I should have made them a little smaller which would have taken even less time.


I like the way the branches turned out and I plan on getting more to put around a large mirror and curtain rods. I’m not to happy about the vase though…there’s just something not meshing so I might try to find a silver one instead. Still, I hope this quick craft inspires you and I encourage you to click the link below to view other Craft Lightning projects going on all over the blogosphere!

P.S. The silhouettes on the wall are one of my crafts recently featured in the latest issue of Kids Crafts 1-2-3, be sure to pick up a copy, there are a ton of great projects just like that one you can make with your kids!

Erin Sipes
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Kids Craft: Fall Trees and Colorful Leaves

This is a great fall project to make with the kids because they get to use a part of themselves and it can easily turn into a full-fledged Art lesson. Introduce the students to the ideas behind Pointillism and artists, such as Seurat, who successfully used dots to create amazing works of Art.


  • good quality paper to handle a bit of paint
  • paint (red, yellow, and blue can be combined to create any number of colors)
  • cotton swabs
  • pencil & crayons
Start off by tracing your hand and arm. Be sure to line them up on the page. Once done color in with crayons.
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The fun part comes next, just get busy using the cotton swab to create dots…I mean leaves.
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#CraftingWithKids #FallActivities #HomeschoolCrafts
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Fall is such a great time to have fun and get creative!
Hope you enjoy this craft and be sure to stop by for more ideas!

Erin Sipes
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Kids Craft: Corn on the Cob

Last week our local homeschooling co-op kicked off and this semester I’m teaching an art/crafting class for the second time, yay. I love introducing the little ones to different artists but this time I gave them the choice, Art or Crafts. The younger group chose Crafts and the older kids picked Art… thankfully. Coming up with two schedules was a little bit of a challenge, there were so many ideas to consider!

For our first craft, we made these cute and fun Corn on the Cobs. I liked that this craft required the kids to be careful with their gluing, though it was hard to keep them from eating the popcorn!

Erin Sipes
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Free Day of the Dead Printable

***UPDATE: I'm sorry, the PDF of the mask got accidentally put in the trash, but it has been restored, so the link below is working. It'll take you to Google Drive, where you can print or save the file. Thanks, Erin***

Halloween is such a fun time of year why not get started early with this Day of the Dead Printable Mask? I love projects like this because I can print it out, leave it on the table with crayons and markers, and let the kids get as creative as they want!

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If you want to have a little fun yourself, why not print this out on sturdy cardstock, add glitter and sequins, and bling it up!

Erin Sipes
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