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Neighborhood Thankful Tree

Last year we did a fun thankful activity that lasted for all of November (and into December!)  Instead of doing it just as a family, we invited our family, friends, and neighbors to all join in.  All month long we worked together on our neighborhood thankful tree.   Here is how we did it.ThankfulTreeWe have a big entry way wall with nothing on it, so my husband helped me draw up a big tree out of butcher paper…. and my idea was that everyone who comes over would put a leaf on the tree. It has been so fun!
Here are my kids the first night we put it up, they were so excited!
 Holly and I went and used a die cut machine at a local store, and it was only $2 to cut as many as you wanted. We made a lot!
Here’s our tree now– we have loved having it up so much, we plan to leave it up until Christmas and hope it gets more and more leaves on it.  What a fun way to remember all the things we are thankful for and for including those around you to do the same!  We loved this project and can’t wait to do it again!
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Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

Are you ready for Fall?  I starting to get in that mood.  Need a little fall treat?  These baked pumpkin donut holes are exactly what you need!  Pumpkin with cinnamon is always a great combination.

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Place the following in a mixing bowl:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, or 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus a heaping 1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Beat everything together until smooth.

Add 1 3/4 cups flour, stirring just until smooth.

Lightly grease your mini muffin pan.  (You will have enough dough to fill the pan twice.)   Fill each muffin hole about 3/4 full.

Bake the doughnuts at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.

While the doughnuts are still warm (but no longer fragile), gently shake them in a bag with cinnamon-sugar. Or better yet, pumpkin-spice sugar, made by combining the pumpkin pie spice with cinnamon sugar.

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Recipe shared from King Arthur Flour.  They made the donuts, we made the donut holes.

Other Fall ideas you might like:

Fall Chevron Table Runner —  Easy Fall Burlap Wreath —  Pumpkin M&M Cookies

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Chevron Table Runner

If you follow me on instagram, you probably saw my sneak peek of my new Fall table runner.  It’s been a while since I’ve sewn anything, so this was a blast.  It was nice and easy, but so cute at the same time.

Pattern can be found at All People Quilt.  What I love about this pattern is that it would be easy to add more rows if you want it longer.  I wanted mine a little bigger, so I added the 2 borders.  The cream border is 3/4 inch wide (cut it 1 1/4 inches) and the plaid border is 1 1/2  inches (cut 2 inches).

My favorite binding tutorial is by Camille from Thimble Blossoms.   This is the way I do my binding, with one exception.  2 1/2 inch wide strips is just a little too much fabric for me, so I cut my strips 2 1/4 inches.

I’m loving the Fall colors on my table.  It’s perfect!

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