Month: October 2017

All Natural Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

Well things are finally starting to feel a bit cozier here in the northwest as the weather is starting to actually feel like fall. So it only felt appropriate to post our all natural, smells like fall pumpkin pie Playdough recipe.

Note, we left this recipe without any coloring. However there are all natural food coloring options if you would like to try a fun orange color!

Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

  • 5 cups flour
  • 9 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons pumpkinpie spice
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 4 cups of water

Combine all of the dry ingredients and mix. Then combine all of the wet ingredients and mix. After mixed, keep adding flour until you reach the desired consistency! Set out some cinnamon sticks and have fun making little pumpkin and whatever else your imagination can come up with!

And there you have it! I hope you all have a delicious smelling cozy fall.


P.s if you are an all things pumpkin lover,  you should definitely check out our healthy pumpkin recipe round up!

Healthy Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

A Healthier Happy Halloween

Ah Halloween. Costumes, candy, decorations, candy, parties, candy and oh yeah some candy.

Halloween doesn’t have to equal hyper active kids. Here is our round up of things to hand out Halloween night that are still a treat, without the trick!

  • Stickers
  • Party favors (dollar tree has some fun little bags of toys that end up being fairly inexpensive. Just avoid the noise makers unless you want your house getting teepeed 😉)
  • Erasers
  • Fun pencils
  • Small thing of bubbles
  • Party rings
  • Post it notes (my kids love those so much)
  • Flow sticks
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Baby oranges or ‘cuties’
  • Mini coloring books
  • Miniature pumpkins (how cute would that be! )
  • Mini books
  • Deck of cards
  • Book marks (You could even DIY some with cards stock or those strips of paint chip)
  • Crazy straws
  • Play dough
  • Crayons
  • Flash cards
  • Stamps
  • Balloons not blown up
  • Floss- okay maybe not. But you can’t blame a mom for trying! 😉

I hope you all have a happy safe Halloween 🍊


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Top 5 Tips for Canning Apples | From My Mother In Law

I’m convinced there’s nothing better fresh, homemade applesauce. This past weekend I was lucky enough to finally get some insight into the ways of preserving this tasty treat, canning.

My mother in law has been canning since her college days, and knows her way around the kitchen! She was sweet enough to take a weekend and show me a couple of her tips and tricks.

Below I have some sweet pics and our list of the top 5 tips for canning apples, according to my mother in law 😉


Top 5 tips for canning apples

  • Try cinnamon before sugar
  • Don’t use too much water- it will be runny(about 2 inches)
  • Use a peeler
  • Use a good Apple! Granny Smith can be too tart, honey crisp is great!
  • Keep an eye on them and don’t let them burn!

And there you have it! I hope this post was of some inspiration to you. Let me know in the comments of your favorite fall memories /traditions.  I’d also love any canning tips you might have!


P.s Here is a link to a really great simple recipe with instructions for canning applesauce!

Homemade Applesauce for Canning

Healthy Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

Nothing says fall like a scrumptious pumpkin treat. However your favorites don’t have to be sugar ridden! Here is my round up of the internet’s finest, minus the extra calories!

First off we have a recipe from the BakerMama. Pretty much anything from this website is taste bud gold.

Healthy Flourless Pumpkin Bread

Next we have a pumpkin spice smoothie recipe from skinny ms. This recipe is healthy, deliciously, and more importantly simple! Give it a look.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Here I added another pumpkin smoothie recipe, courtesy of minimalist baker, because who could really just chose one!

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

Here is a pumpkin soup recipe, from popsugar. This one would be a yummy way to help get over those inevitable October sore throats.

And last but not least, here are a few different healthy pumpkin pancake recipes. Because pancakes.

Blender Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes


And there you have it! I hope these recipes warm your heart and your belly this fall season.


Banana Pumpkin Pancakes | and Nomster Chef Kickstarter

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your week, and a great October! I love October and making banana pumpkin pancakes with applesauce seemed like the perfect way to begin the month.

I’m also excited to announce Building Healthy Legacies has partnered with Nomster Chef!

*side note we are not affiliated in any way. Just excited for any program that gets kids cooking!

Nomster Chef is a digital library of recipes for kids! The recipes are fun, easy and simple enough my 3 year could follow along. Today,  they are launching their kick starter campaign. To celebrate we tested out their banana pumpkin pancakes. I have to say these babies were super easy and tasted like fall.

To access their pancake and applesauce recipe, check out their website at https://www.nomsterchef.com/

My 5 and 3 year old LOVED making these, and they both said they turned out delicious. (I was honestly suprised because the 3 year old isn’t a huge pumpkin fan!)

Here are some pics of us making them and the end result!

My son had the genius idea of cutting them into pumpkin shapes and they turned out so cute and festive! We topped them with plain full fat yogurt and the homemade applesauce and sprinkled on some cinnamon. They were SO good. Not to mention healthy.

If you feel like checking out Nomster’ s kick starter project, here is a direct link to their page! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nomsterchef/recipes-that-help-kids-learn-to-cook-with-their-gr?ref=6qenac

Let me know in the comments if you guys try out this delicious recipe, and what you think of them if you do!

Have a wonderful week building healthy legacies family <3




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