Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dia de los Muertos



   I thought it would be fun to just show you guys a few of the fun things my family did this year for our annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. To learn more about what Day of the Dead is and why my family celebrates it, see my previous posts: 




Living away from home means that I don't get to take part in my family's annual Day of the Dead party. My sister-in-law Caitlin took some pictures though of the fun and festivities so we could try to feel like we were there :) 




Each year, everyone in my family dresses up for the occasion! Ah my cute family, I miss them so much!





My sister Jenn made homemade pumpkin donuts!

And my mom served a feast of delicious things including enchiladas, pan de maize, Mexican rice, and imported Mexican sodas.  


Although we were sad we couldn't be at the party, my little family and I celebrated in our way down here in Arizona. 

We read my favorite little book that talks all about this holiday in Mexico and has the cutest illustrations. We learned all about the traditional foods Mexico eats, and the flowers and other customs they use to celebrate this festive time of year.




We made some fun pumpkins and Calaveras de Azucar ("sugar skulls"):



And we stopped by our amazing Panaderia for some real Pan de Muerto (the traditional sweet bread called "Bread of the Dead") and of course some sugar cookies:



 I had to get a "piggy cookie" because it is so reminiscent of my childhood days in Mexico. We used to always get these cookies when we'd visit the panaderia where we lived:



Pan de Muerto:




Hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating this fun time of year in whatever fashion your family loves!

Happy Halloween and Feliz Dia de los Muertos!

xoxo


Thursday, October 9, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Here are links to my October posts with LOTS of fun ideas for celebrating the month of October with your children, friends and family. There are fun kid crafts and tasty Halloween treats, warm and hearty autumn recipes, Columbus days activities, and even suggestions for throwing a Harvest Dinner or celebrating Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)! Take a look at the traditions that make my family's October so special and fun!
  






















Monday, September 29, 2014

Healthy Banana Oat Muffins

Hey! Here is the recipe I promised on my instagram feed. If you aren't following me you can do so @allseasonssweet!  

These muffins are SO delicious and SO kid-friendly and you won't even believe that they have NO sugar, oil, or flour!! Whip these up and pair with a glass of ice-cold milk for a delicious and healthy breakfast or after school snack! 




Banana Oat Muffins

Ingredients:

2.5 cups Quick Oats (You can substitute rolled oats for these but the muffins come out just a little dense.) 

1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt


1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce


1/2 cup honey


2 tsp baking powder


1 tsp baking soda


2 TBSP ground flax seed (I use golden flaxseed meal in these)


1 tsp vanilla


2 large ripe bananas mashed

Optional add-ins: Dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, raisins, etc. to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray or line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
2. Place the oats in the food processor/blender and pulse for about 10 seconds, just until they become like a ground meal.
3. Mix processed oats with all remaining ingredients in a bowl until well mixed. 
4. Divide batter among cupcake liners, and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. 
Note: The tops of these muffins don't really brown, so be sure you don't over bake them. Just bake until the toothpick comes out clean. 



ENJOY!!

xoxo

Annie

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A is for Apple




Here is just a peek at some of the apple fun we've been having this September. My son is just 2 1/2 so I decided to forgo enrolling him in preschool this year and just do our own version of it at home. Everyday we do a few pages of a preschool workbook I got him and practice writing and sounding out letters. He can write about 6 letters now!  Then we have reading time and arts and crafts time. Because it is September, our theme this month has been APPLES! Take a look!



Apple Stamps

Cut an apple in half and use it to stamp red paint onto a large white sheet. See what kind of patterns you can make. 





Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich

Just spread PB between two slices of apple! Yum!



What begins with A?

We have been focusing mainly on the letter A this month and learning what sound it makes and what words start with it. He painted a big APPLE for the letter A.  






Apple Pie Scented Play-dough

Beckam had a lot of fun with this yummy smelling play-dough. We used Fall cookie cutters to cut out shapes and also made play-dough apples. To make this, see the recipe HERE!  





Fine-Motor Apple Lacing Craft

Cut two apples out of red paper and punch holes around the edge.  Have your toddler use yarn or a shoelace to thread through the holes and "sew" the two paper apples together. When you're done you can stuff your apple with tissue to make it "plump" out and add some green leaves if you want. 



Caramel Apples 

For a Family Home Evening activity we made caramel apples one night. :)




Apple Counting Book

I got some great ideas from this amazing preschool packet from Oopsey Daisey. There are literally over 100 apple-themed activity/craft/song/math/spelling/reading, etc. ideas in this packet. And it is FREE!!! Head over to her website to download the link! 



This is one of the activities I printed from her packet: 





Apple Tree Craft

We talked about how tiny seeds grow into a big apple tree and then used a sponge to paint our own tree and glue paper apples onto it. 




Apple Observation

I bought different types of apples and we took some time observing them. I let Beckam smell them, feel them in his hands, look them over, etc. We talked about their color, shape, texture and how they each have a stem. We cut them in half and looked at the star shape the seeds make in the center. Then we tasted each apple to see which one we liked best. The Sweet Tango was surprisingly sour and our favorite was the juicy Jazz apple. 

 



He took the apple tasting part very seriously :)




Apple Picking

There's not a place close by here in Phoenix where we can pick apples, so I cut up paper apples and hid them around our house and then we went apple "picking." Beckam LOVED this activity! He kept asking me to hide the apples over and over. 






And then just for fun, we got a warm cinnamon pretzel at our outdoor mall and shared it with Arthur :) 



Happy September! I can't believe its almost over! 



xoxo
Annie
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