Do You Wanna Build a Scarecrow?

It sure does not feel like it here in the midst of three digit temperatures in California, but it is indeed Fall. We just had our first annual Halloween party last week and now we are back in the swimming pools! Crazy! It has been so hard to get in the holiday mood due to the weather so if you’re like most of us there is a simple DIY way to ring in the season.

Last year in our community there was a harvest festival and part of that was a scarecrow contest. I am probably one of the most competitive people you may meet in your life so I was all in! I had never even considered how I would construct this scarecrow but I figured there was a first for everything and lets give it a whirl!

Come to find out it is super simple to and pretty darn cutie if I do say so myself! I constructed your typical, everyday, run of the mill scarecrow and took pictures of the process to share!

 

I bought a half yard of burlap fabric at Hobby Lobby and folded it in half before I drew my scarecrow face template. I drew a circle I felt was large enough for my scale of scarecrow and then drew two curved lines on the bottom of the circle to create the neck.
After cutting out my template I pinned both pieces together to make my guidelines easier to sew in my sewing machine. After you sew together in a machine or by hand flip your “face” inside out!
I took two stakes from Home Depot and nailed them together to form the scarecrows body. I was lucky and found a pair of mens jeans and a nice fuzzy flannel on the sales rack at Target for next to nothing but definitely would have used what we had lying around the house.
You will also need a bundle of hay which I found at Michaels and although they look small iIonly used one! It was all I needed for the whole scarecrow! You will also need some rope or twine to tie your scarecrows limbs off and I used it as suspenders to hold his middle body together.
Before you stuff your screcrow with hay make sure to dress him up! Pull our pants on the lower part your stake frame and tie the bottoms of them off. Slip the arms of your shirt on the cross of your stake and tie the ends of the arms.
I cuffed my arms and pants but be creative! Also i had to cut a small slit in the croth of my pants in order to get it on the stake. Make sure it isn’t cut too large or you will lose hay!
And then you get to have fun! I started stuffing with the pants. made sure they were good and full and then buttoned up my flanned and stuffed the chest and arms.
My number one fan.
I wish i would have taken a picture of how I kept his body together. I took the same rope that I tied the limbs with and made “suspenders”. I tied a knot on two different belt loops on the back of the scarecrow before I stuffed his shirt and let them hang long behind him while I stuffed. When his shirt was full and buttoned I flipped the ropes over and tied to two different belt loops on the front of him. For extra support i just threaded the rope through his belt loops to make him a belt.
The last thing I did contruction wise was stuff and attatch his head. Before I stuffed the head I drew a face on him but thats up to you! When I attached his head I tied the bottom of the neck with some rope onto the stake.
After he is all stuffed up and can stand “on his own” in the ground you can go back and add extra hay around his collar and in his pockets. I put an old felt cowboy on him and hot glued a crow from Michaels on his shoulder. Because it was a neighborhood contest I added a flag with our community logo and a bouttinere with our family name.
He was really cool and he got second place! Our family was really excited about placing!
What a stud!


This is a really great way to bring fall to your home for a just a small expense! And if I can do it, anyone can! When I started this blog it was mainly for our family happenings because we are always doing something. I’m a mom with young kids trying to create traditions and memories as best I can and if I can pass down some of our things to bring into your homes well then that would be cool! Show me your scarecrows!

Candy Corn Waffles

Since we moved to our new home the grocery store isn’t just “right down the street” anymore. Which means we eat at home! Which also means I cook three meals a day everyday. I am not the best by any means so I am learning and thought I’d write about my kitchen journey here. Finding something fun and festive to cook and/or bake is now what I do.

Every year when school starts for the kids, the holidays start for me! My mom was huge on the holidays, and I have tried to continue those traditions she started and make some of our own too. Put cooking and holidays in one and I have five happy people in this house!

 I found this recipe for Candy Corn Waffles in Food Network Magazine. I usually use a dry waffle mix so this was a step in a better direction! They were super easy to make and the kids loved them and thought I was amazing for two hours which is a major bonus! If you want a small step into the holidays I’d start here…

 

Ingredients

  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 5 tbsp. melted shortening
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
  • orange and yellow food coloring
  • melted white chocolate

Directions

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk in eggs, milk, melted shortening, and melted butter. Tint half the batter orange and half the batter yellow with food coloring. Preheat a round waffle iron to the lowest setting. Spoon some orange batter into the middle and some yellow batter around it. Cook until just crisp. Separate into triangles and dip the tips in melted white chocolate.

ta-da!

so cutie!


Easter

This year Easter was a bit different for us. We didnt know if and when we would be moving and because of that our entire townhome was packed! We were living out of boxes! So we planned for the boys to have their Easter Bunny visit at home and then an egg hunt and dinner at my moms house.

Moving or not these boys were hooked up by the bunny this year! Their baskets were full of Disney goodies and doodle pads. Tracks led up to the baskets as they do every year and Asher LOVED getting into everything in his basket!

At my moms house the boys were given baskets from their grandparents and their aunt Hillary and Uncle Rene. Can you say spolied??? And on top of the eggs from their easter bunny my mom totally outdid herself and covered her entire yard with eggs as far as you could see! What a great time watching all of the boys run around looking for their names on the many eggs!

Between all of the stress of packing and loan documents Im so happy that we got to take away to actually enjoy our kids and family and spend no time worrying about every day things that tend to take over our whole life! Thank you Mom for having Easter at your place this year! Ill take it on next year!IMG_0125 IMG_0126 IMG_0126_1 IMG_0127 IMG_0132 IMG_0133 IMG_0137 IMG_0143 IMG_0151 IMG_0152 IMG_0154 IMG_0155 IMG_0159 IMG_0161 IMG_0162 IMG_0163 IMG_0165 IMG_0170 IMG_0181 IMG_0182 IMG_0195 IMG_0204 IMG_0207 IMG_0211 IMG_0212 IMG_0220 IMG_0228 IMG_0232 IMG_0234 IMG_0237 IMG_0238 IMG_0239 IMG_0243