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Pumpkin Pi: A Very Punny Pumpkin

Hey, friends!  Still trying to figure out how to decorate that pumpkin on your porch?  Here is an idea that will take you less than five minutes and will be a huge hit with the intellectual crowd.  Yep, it’s nerdy, punny humor at its best…

Pumpkin Pi

You need:
- a pumpkin
- a pencil
- a black Elmer’s Painters paint pen
- ribbon
- scissors

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Thanks to Safeway and Hillshire Farms for sponsoring today’s post via the Mom it Forward Network. All opinions are honestly my own.

I don’t know what it’s like in your family, but here in the Artsy House, dinnertime can be a real struggle.  Little Crafter is a very picky eater, especially due to some sensory processing difficulties he has regarding textures and smells.  So, it’s a daily battle to get him to eat a balanced diet, particularly when it comes to protein.  But there are two nights a week I know I can relax, because he’ll eat {and eat and eat}…Taco Tuesday and Spaghetti Night.  Here’s a quick and easy recipe for our favorite Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.

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I learned early on that Little Crafter isn’t a huge fan of spaghetti sauce when it just has ground beef in it.  In fact, he prefers to eat his noodles plain, with just a bit of butter, salt, and pepper.  But what he does love is sausage.  When I started adding Hillshire Farms Beef Sausage to the sauce two years ago, he was an instant fan.  Now, he eats his butter noodles, plus sausage, plus garlic bread.  Which means I can relax and enjoy my own meal because I know he’s getting some protein in his diet for the day.  Not to mention the fact that hubby and I love the addition of the sausage too.  Here’s the exact kind we buy and a very simple recipe for how I make the sauce.

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Goodwill Challenge: Upcycled Serving Tray

Upcycled Serving Tray

Hello One Artsy Mama readers, it’s time for part two of our Goodwill Challenge! I was “blessed” with this hand-painted wooden serving tray. I’m sure that there’s someone who worked really hard on these flowers, but alas, the recipient wasn’t nearly as impressed and it ended up on the bottom shelf at the Goodwill store.

Upcycled Serving Tray

The tray is on the small side, and isn’t meant to hold a lot of weight, so I thought it would be perfect for our coffee table as a remote holder, or even just a small snack tray. Apparently the theme of this Goodwill trip was “Amy and Erin find awesome things to put on a coffee table”. So let’s see how I {Erin} upcycled this cute little tray!

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About Erin Kerst

Hi, I'm Erin, Amy's best friend and right hand gal, and writer of "Crafty Chaos". In my past life, I worked 7 years in the Maryland Science Center's education department, performing large scale science shows and writing children's programs, but now I'm rocking the stay-at-home mom thing with my Irish twin boys (aged 3 and 4), and my youngest son born this past November. Throw in 2 dogs and 2 cats, and it's truly chaotic (but I wouldn't have it any other way!)

Goodwill Challenge: Wooden Bowl

Painted Wooden Bowl

Hey, friends!  If you’ve been reading the weekly e-newsletter {I sure hope you have!}, you already know that Erin and I decided it would be fun to give each other a monthly “Goodwill Challenge.” Basically, we go to one of our local Goodwill stores together and choose something that we don’t love in its current condition for the other person to redo into something fabulous!  Here we are on our epic first Goodwill adventure…

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Jake and the Neverland Pirates: Epic Battle Build

Friends, I’ve got two really exciting things Disney Junior has asked me to share with you today! {Of course, all opinions are my own}. I don’t know about you, but there is definitely one little person in this house who is a HUGE fan of Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  Ever since he saw his first episode two years ago, he’s been hooked {pun most definitely intended} on watching Jake, Cubby, and Izzy as they take on one adventure after another.

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If you know little ones in your life like Little Crafter who love Disney’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates and/or LEGO® DUPLO® blocks, you are going to want to tune in!

First of all, on October 26 at 6 PM EST there’s a Disney Junior Family Night Special Event, Jake and the Never Land Pirates in Battle for the Book.  For the first time, Jake and his crew are setting sail on an epic adventure to save the greatest treasure of Never Land.  Join the pirates as well as Peter Pan, Wendy, and the gang as they try to rescue a very special book from their nemesis, Captain Hook!

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