Fun Family Halloween Craft – Pumpkin Water Jugs #craft #diy #halloween

This post is being republished from October 2013 and is the perfect halloween crafts for kids idea. Kids of any age can make this halloween crafts for kids Glowing Water Jug Pumpkins with adult supervision and assistance.

Water Jug Pumpkins

What you will need; permanent makers, orange glow sticks, water jugs.

Get to work creating water jug pumpkins

Miss Ki didn’t want to take part in this fun craft idea, but all of the other children had fun creating their own pumpkin faces.

Halloween Pumpkins Water Jug Craft

Creative Pumpkin Halloween Water Jugs

While this was a super fun activity to do as a family, we found that the water jug pumpkins were looking best on one night outside. The glow sticks we used simply were not enough light to keep them glowing as bright as day one. Just glad we were able to do something altogether as a family that was fun and each child put their own creativity into their own water jug pumpkin.

Glowing Water Jug Pumpkin Craft

Basically you have fun taking all of the supplies referenced above drawing on the water jugs, insert rocks or water in the button of the jug to ensure they don’t blow away while on display outside your front door and then insert the glow stick or other item that can make it glow and voila!

There you have it, a low cost, creative halloween crafts for kids addition for your holiday crafting pleasure.

How Do I Roast Pumpkin Seeds?

It’s a time honored tradition around these parts; the pumpkins get carved each year into cute little faces or alien looking creatures and then the pumpkin guts are separated from the pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Seed Roasting

The only reason we go through this hassle of messy, sticky, ickiness is because we just love our roasted pumpkin seeds. The daughter helped a lot with separating of pumpkin seeds and guts.

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Finally we had all of the pumpkin seeds separated. We preheated the oven to 450 degrees and spread the seeds onto one baking sheet.

Pumpkin Seeds Read to Roast

Once the seeds are placed onto the baking sheet we apply salt to them. After my failed attempt to season the pumpkin seeds with more than just salt for a flavor last year, I decided to stick with just salt this year. Salt was sprinkled across the top of all seeds, seeds were turned a bit, tossed around so to speak and then salted again prior to being placed in the 450 degree oven.

Roasted Pumpkin seeds

After about 15 – 20 minutes of bake time the pumpkin seeds came out perfect. I had darker seeds for the daughter who enjoys those darker salty pumpkin seeds while the lighter ones were enjoyed by myself and my seven year old son.

Quick Directions – How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Gut your pumpkins – get all those seeds out of them and place on hard service.
  • Clean Pumpkin Seeds so that there is minimal, if any, pumpkin on them.
  • Spread pumpkin seeds evenly on baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with salt and/or other seasonings {garlic powder or salt is a great addition}
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Let cool before eating.

For us, this is the best part of Halloween. I am sure the kids will say Trick or Treating is the best, but I say that roasting pumpkin seeds is the best!

Have you ever roasted pumpkin seeds before?

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My family received a sample of this product being shared. All opinions are my own.

Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants™ Invisible Boatmobile came to our home to play, sadly there are no pictures of the amazing creations my children did, because not one of them seemed to want to keep the Boatmobile up and running long enough for a photo opp. Stock photos it is, hopefully you will see some photos before this giveaway is over, just go follow me over at Instagram and keep your eyes out!

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Gingerbread Man Scrambled Eggs with Honey and Sprinkles

One evening while taking care of dishes with my six year old son beside me going through our kitchen drawers, he found a gingerbread man cookie cutter. K-man was curious, wanted to know what it was. I explained what it was and immediately he was hoping for me to make some cookies shaped like gingerbread man. Sadly. I had not the ingredients to do that.

What I did have was an idea!

I told K-man that the next morning, when I make his scrambled eggs, I could use this cutter to try to make Gingerbread Man Scrambled Eggs. He was sold. Excited for his morning breakfast, he slept through the night and woke up ready for his fun breakfast.

Gingerbread Man Scrambled Eggs by HappilyBlended.com #foodie #recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons 1% milk
  • Few drops of Honey
  • Enough Sprinkles to make eyes, eyebrows and mouth
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter (metal preferred so it doesn’t melt in heat)

Directions:

Turn stove on medium high heat with skillet on burner. Add tablespoon of butter to heat up on pan.

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until fully combined.

Pour egg & milk mixture onto warmed up skillet.

Allow mixture to cook until starting to brown. Flip, as best you can, in one piece so other side can cook.

If mixture falls apart, which can happen, simple piece it together before it is fully cooked. {you will need the scrambled eggs mixture as close to one piece as possible to have success – think omelet style}

Once both sides of eggs are fully cooked, carefully place eggs onto plate in one piece using a spatula.

Take Gingerbread Cookie Cutter and use on the eggs to make the proper gingerbread man shape. Set aside the excess around cutter.

Take some drops of honey on the scrambled egg Gingerbread Man head.

Use your fingers to place sprinkles to design your own creative happy face.

Let cool and serve.

** if you have any allergies to products listed in this recipe, please do not make it or substitute items you can have.**

**Make at your own risk, the success of what your gingerbread man looks like may depend on practice and skill level. **

Sweet Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

This is my own personal Sweet Pumpkin Muffins Recipe. I love testing out new ways to get my little man to eat some foods that are somewhat better for him than his regular picky eater choices. This recent recipe creation was derived from other muffins and cupcakes I have made in the past. I thought about what should be in them and how to make it somewhat sweet so my little man would eat them.

**Please note if you have allergies, you may want to really check into the ingredients I used to ensure you are not allergic and use a substitute ingredient as needed. **

How To Make Sweet Pumpkin Muffins by HappilyBlended.com #recipe #foodie

Ingredients:

  • One (1) 15oz Can of Pumpkin Pie Filling OR 1 Cup of Pumpkin Puree if you prefer
  • 1 3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 2 Medium or Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/3 Cup of 1% Milk

Optional:

Sometimes I add about 1/2 cup chocolate chips by folding them into the mixture before placing in muffin/cupcake liners. Adds a bit more flavor and my kids do prefer when I add chocolate to them.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place 12 cupcake/muffin liners in muffin/cupcake pan. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together until combined. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix brown sugar and eggs until combined well. Add in the pumpkin, granulated sugar, oil, milk and vanilla using an electric mixer on low to ensure mixture is blended together well.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mix and use an electric mixer on low to combine all ingredients until smooth.

Spoon mixture into cupcake/muffin liners until about 3/4 full. Bake for approximately 15 minutes {time may vary for different ovens}.

Let cool. Serve.

Makes approximately 13 muffins.

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