Wednesday, October 19, 2016

[Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party] - Recap #3

Welcome to this year's Countdown to Halloween link up party hosted by myself, Nina from The Joni Journey, Jamie from Cocktails & Carseats, and Elizabeth from Chasin' Mason! Check back on this post for more details. I just adore this time of the year and I am excited to see how everybody has been celebrating so far this month. So, grab a button, add your post to the link-up, and have fun!

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Here is what we've been up to!

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I found these mini pumpkins at Target during a $10 at Target haul a few months back, but I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. I decided to hide them on the back porch with coins in each of them and one with an actual candy...it was morning so I didn't think more than one candy was a great idea. Aria is a coin hoarder so it worked well. She wanted me to hide them again but I gave her all the coins in my purse already and we couldn't come up with anything else to put inside. 

We actually reused them for party favors for our postponed Canadian Thanksgiving party. They were just big enough for a tiny candy and a few trinkets - glow stick, spider popper, and a party noisemaker. Aria was super excited to fill them and give them to our guests. I'll be super excited when she misplaces or forgets about those awful noisemakers.

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We also made slow cooker pumpkin french toast! We tried to make this before Hurricane Matthew hit but apparently when a hurricane is looming people stock up on Hawaiian rolls? There wasn't a single pack anywhere. We finally got our hands on some though! And, oh my gosh so good. I'm not sure how this would work for an actual breakfast meal because it took 4 hours or so in the slow cooker, and I definitely wouldn't be getting out of bed 4 hours before breakfast to prep this. Instead we had it for dinner. Always a good idea to fill up the three year old with sugary things before bedtime, yes?

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Aria found this cute little Halloween bracelet kit in her pumpkin pail this morning. I could barely get her to eat half a piece of toast before she made herself a bracelet. I have a rule. It's called 'mom needs to eat breakfast before we craft'. Especially enforced while pregnant. But, anyway...she did a great job stringing the beads and has been wearing her bracelet almost daily since then!

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Sweet Turtle Soup: [Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party]
 I like to put some baby pumpkins on our windowsill for fall. So, after swim lessons we hit up the pumpkin patch parking lot. They are right next to each other, as is Total Wine where we stocked up on pumpkin beer, cider, and chocolate vodka for our Canadian Thanksgiving party right before the pumpkins. Aria was so excited to pick out pumpkins that she sprinted around the pallets of baby pumpkins grabbing as many as she could. I've never seen her so excited about pumpkins before. She picked out her favorite and when it started to sprinkle right while we were paying she tucked it underneath her dress so it wouldn't get wet.

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In past years I've kept the day before our Canadian Thanksgiving party free from countdown type activities. We use the day to prep. This year I needed two days. It wasn't planned that way but I couldn't find a spare moment to do anything else. And, then I was so tired by the time all the food was ready for the party that I didn't remember to take any pictures except this one shot of the food. I made myself and Aria a plate and then sat on the couch the rest of the time. Everything seems to take twice as long and is three times as tiring when you are nearing 8 months pregnant. 

It was a delicious Canadian Thanksgiving party though! We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, broccoli cheese casserole, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, crab dip, deviled eggs, apples with caramel sauce, honey rolls, and Hawaiian rolls. And, for dessert caramel apple cheesecake and pumpkin pie. Leftovers while nearing 8 months pregnant are never a bad thing!

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When we picked out a white pumpkin from the pumpkin patch I told Aria I had a craft planned with it. She would not stop bugging me about it, but she thought we were going to carve it even after I told her we were not at least 4,000 times. So, we finally had time to do a little crayon melting. After I saw Liz do some crayon melting I just had to try it too. We peeled crayons, glued a whole bunch on top of our pumpkin, and then melted them with a hair dryer for what felt like the next hour. Aria kept trading me back the hair dryer because her arm would get tired. And, when the crayons started to melt the air blew melted wax all over the place. I didn't realize it would be quite so messy. I had to add a few pieces of parchment paper but there is still wax on the floor and tablecloth. If only somebody would come do some laundry and wipe my floors. But, the end result is so fun! It's such a pretty pumpkin to have sitting in the living room.

Aria is, however, still counting down the days until she can actually carve a pumpkin.

Sweet Turtle Soup: [Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party]
Sweet Turtle Soup: [Countdown to Halloween - 31 Days of Fall Fun Link Up Party]
 We picked up this haunted house foam kit from Michaels the other day and I was so excited to get to work on it. Last year we made a skeleton treehouse version. It is definitely a bit advanced for Aria but she helped put on the stickers and made up little stories with the foam vampire while I constructed the harder bits. I'm not sure it will actually survive the remainder of the month because she has a lot of fun playing with the little vampire on it, but that's fine with me. She is, however, a bit put out that the vampire can't actually get inside his own home.

With Hurricane Matthew putting our festivities on hold and then having to postpone the Canadian Thanksgiving party we've had to put off a few of the fall fests we like to attend. So, now that both are past I'm hoping we can get to one or two this weekend. Although, Aria still needs a Halloween costume...good thing she picked something relatively easy to DIY! Fingers crossed it turns out how I picture it in my head.

Check out all the posts for Countdown to Halloween 2016 right here:

Halloween is getting closer and closer now. What kind of festive and fun Fall/Halloween things have you been up to? Please share below, both big and small celebrations are welcome! Don't forget you can also join in on the fun on instagram with #cdtohalloween16 as well. And, mark your calendars - the next link-up is on October 26th!

12 comments:

  1. You two have found some pretty awesome crafts to enjoy. The house is super cute. I bought those pumpkins too and need to use them. Ha ha!

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  2. Your Canadian Thanksgiving looks so delicious and has me wanting some Thanksgiving food. I tried French toast in the crockpot last year and ended up with a house smelling like burning sugar and the inside of my crockpot caked with burnt black bread and egg. I do not recommend the overnight French toast recipe. We also tried the melted crayon pumpkin but I got distracted and by the time I remember the glue has dried Mason had picked off all of the crayons.

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  3. That breakfast looks SO good. We may have to add that to our list of pumpkin treats to try I really want to try the wax pumpkin too. Eventually we'll give it a go. I love what you did with the mini pumpkins too. That was a lot of fun.

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  4. It looks like you've had such a fun time. I want to do the wax pumpkins but really don't need to considering we are over populated by pumpkin in and around my home as is.

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  5. You guys have been having so much fun!!!
    I am going to have to try that crock pot pumpkin french toast! I mean, crock pot, french toast, AND Hawaiian rolls?! Sign. Me. Up.
    Oh and I guess I should have warned about how the melting crayons is kind of messy. I have crayon splatter on my new dress that won't seem to come off. Luckily it's not super noticeable because I keep wearing it anyways.

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  6. So much yummy food in this post!! Now I'm really excited for thanksgiving. Only a month to go... crazy that you may have two kiddos by that time. I'm impressed with Aria's bracelet making ability. Looks like she's got lots of concentration in that photo.

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  7. The little hunt for mini pumpkins and coins is a fun idea! Marcus is seriously into finding all the coins, so this would be right up his alley.
    That pumpkin french toast sounds SO good! I'd totally make that on a weekend and serve it for brunch.
    ALL THAT FOOD for your Canadian Thanksgiving looks delicious. And, you win for getting two plates made and spending the rest of the time seated!!

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  8. You lost me after slow cooker pumpkin French toast. I want that in my mouth now.

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  9. Oh that spread of food looks so good! I totally would've sat down the rest of the day too :) I love the little pumpkin hunt you did for Aria; I need to do some sort of scavenger hunt for Reese. I think she'd have fun. Making a mental note of that. And wow does that french toast look yummy! I love that it's in the slow cooker though, although like you, no way would I make that 4 hours before breakfast, ha! :)

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  10. I keep seeing people do the crayon pumpkins! They look so cool!

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  11. Im amazed you do so many fun activities while pregnant- pretty sure I napped as soon as I came home from work and that was the highlight of my days lol. Im thinking I need to melt some crayons on a pumpkin too!

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