Leaf Suncatcher

Earlier this month, my son’s teacher read his class a story about going on a leaf hunt. He was so excited about the book that he kept asking me to take him on a leaf hunt. So one beautiful fall day, we set out on a leaf hunt around our yard.

We collected so many beautiful leaves, that I wanted to find a fun project to make using our leaves. I came across this adorable leaf suncatcher on Pinterest (http://buzzmills.typepad.com/blog/2013/10/preschool-project-embroidery-hoop-leaf-suncatchers.html)

The materials needed to make this project include:

  • Leaves
  • Contact paper
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Twine

  
We started out by going on our leaf hunt 🙂 The kids love being outside.  

Next, I cut out two pieces of contact paper, slightly larger than the embroidery hoop.  

Then I peeled one of the sheets of contact paper, laid it down sticky side up and placed one of the embroidery rings on top. I had my son choose a few of the leaves and press them into the sticky paper.  

Next I peeled the other sheet of contact paper that I had cut out and placed it over the ring and leaves, sticky side down. I put the other piece of the embroidery ring over the contact paper and secured it shut. 

I trimmed off the excess contact paper from around the ring. 
Then I attached a piece of twine to the metal closure on the ring.

  
Finally I tied a ribbon to the top of the ring, to dress it up just a little. 
I hung the leaf suncatcher in the window and it looks beautiful! Such a pretty way to display our colorful fall leaves 🙂 

Slow Cooked Apple Sauce

There’s nothing like that intoxicating smell of apples and cinnamon that fill the house when you make your own apple sauce. It’s so easy to make and my kids can’t get enough!

I like to use my slow cooker to make apple sauce so that I can just throw all the ingredients in and have the day free to do other things, but you could definitely make this on the stove in a pot over low heat. I found a great recipe on Pinterest (http://leelalicious.com/slow-cooked-apple-sauce/). The thing I like best about this recipe is that it uses maple syrup, a natural sweetener. Of course the apples themselves get sweet and delicious as they cook down, but a little extra sweetener makes it taste even better 🙂

I doubled the recipe I found because it only used six apples and I had soooo many apples from apple picking.

The ingredients needed to make my recipe include:

  • 12 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  
I started by peeling, coring, and slicing the apples. This part is a little time consuming.

  
Then I mixed all the ingredients together in my slow cooker.

  
I put the lid on, turned the slow cooker on high and left it for about 4 hours (maybe even a little less). It came out delicious! I love putting mine on top of pancakes 🙂