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DIY: Cinnamon and Applesauce Cutout Ornaments

I always try to take time out of my busy holiday schedule to do something fun with my boys. There is something so magical about creating something as a family that can be shared during the Christmas season. This year, we decided to make cinnamon and applesauce cutout ornaments. These are super simple to make, great to do with the kids and make your house smell amazing! Here is how to create these adorable and festive ornaments:

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1-1 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • toothpick or skewer
  • cookie cutters
  • cookie sheet
  • sheet of parchment paper
  • ribbon or twine

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 200° F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the applesauce and cinnamon. It may take a few minutes for the mixture to come together. You want the dough to be able to form a ball without being too sticky. Add additional applesauce or cinnamon if needed to create the right consistency. You can mix the dough by hand, it may just take longer.

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  • Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon (like you would with flour while rolling out pie dough). Place the dough on the surface and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick, sprinkling with more cinnamon to keep from sticking.

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  • Use cookie cutters to cut desired shapes and place on the prepared sheet pan so that they aren’t touching. Use a toothpick or skewer to poke a hole into each ornament (to attach string). Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until rock hard.
  • Loop a decorative string through the ornament and hang on your tree

Note: DO NOT EAT. These ornaments are not intended for human consumption.

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Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

It’s Halloween weekend! Where did October go? One of our favorite family Halloween traditions is roasting pumpkin seeds. It’s the perfect treat after spending hours gutting, carving and crafting the perfect jack-o-lanter face.

Here is a quick recipe to roast the perfect pumpkin seeds. My family likes them plainly salted but the seasoning choices are endless! Enjoy and have a safe and spooky Halloween! 🎃👻👹

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Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Rinse pumpkin seeds off in a colander

It’s okay to leave some strings and pulp on the seeds (it adds flavor) clean off any chunks.
Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the 2 Tbs of melted butter, vegetable oil or olive oil.

Pour and spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.

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Sprinkle on the seasonings of your choice. Try: Salt, Garlic Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper (for a little heat), Cajun Seasoning, or Seasoning Salt. (We prefer regular salt and oilve oil)
Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

Store leftover seeds in an air tight container.

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Recipe: Mulled Apple Cider

Making mulled apple cider is one of my favorite Fall traditions. A warm steaming cup of apple cider is always my companion while taking the kids out trick or treating on a chilly Wisconsin evening. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s oh so delicious. Here is the recipe. I hope you try it and enjoy!

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Mulled Apple Cider

2 quarts of apple cider

2 cinnamon sticks

2 whole cloves

2 whole all spice berries

1 orange thinly sliced

Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes. Divide the cider among 8 mugs. Garish with orange slices, apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

If you need a little more warmth, add rum. Mix 1 cup of dark rum into the pot will simmering.

Drink up and Enjoy!