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Eat, Drink and Be Merry, Wine Bottle Gift Tags Free Printable

Eat, Drink and Be Merry, Wine Bottle Gift Tags Free Printable {Holiday Hosting Gift}

Holiday Feasts

For many families, recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation are key to Christmas meals. Each family feast is unique, like the season’s snowflakes. Immigrants from all over the world have brought their own traditions and culture with them, and these extend to holiday meals.

And some families still serve dishes out of tradition and respect that no one really likes - like the much-maligned jellied aspic with fruit and marshmallows…oh dear!

The North American Christmas Dinner

Did you know that many of our North American gastronomical Christmas traditions come from Britain, despite immigrant traditions from other places? Roast turkey (which ‘replaced’ old English roast beef), fruit cake (whose ancestor is called Christmas pudding, a steamed cake with dried fruit), Christmas cookies, and eggnog are all rooted in British tradition.

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The Christmas Cocktail

Here’s a little history on that either-hated-or-loved creamy holiday brew – eggnog! Eggnog can be traced back as far as 13th century Britain, where it had humble beginnings as posset, a warm ale punch with eggs and figs. Eggnog became a familiar fixture in the 1700 in the US colonies – with rum or whiskey as the added spirit of choice. Today, the basic recipe in North America has not changed much and remains a staple at holiday parties: eggs beaten with sugar, milk, cream, and a distilled spirit of choice.

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The Dinner Table

Ah – the dinner table! Creating a tablescape to showcase your holiday feast for family and friends is just as important as the meal itself (well, almost). Gather your linens and plates and polish your flatware. Set the stage with a centerpiece.

Use this wonderful DIY free printable to fashion your very own festive hostess gifts, a lovely finishing touch for your holiday host!

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Happy DIY-ing…and happy feasting!

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“Gratitude is the overflow of pleasure filling your soul.” Raheel Farooq

DIY Halloween Crafts

DIY Halloween Crafts are a ton of fun to make with kids.
Who doesn’t love a good ole pumpkin parked on the front stoop at Halloween?

Jack-o’-lantern History

Did you know that there are all kinds of theories out there regarding the origin of the jack-o’-lantern? Some folks believe the term jack-o’-lantern originated in 17th century Britain, when it was used to refer to a man (the common name for unknown/unfamiliar men was ‘Jack’) with a lantern, or a night watchman.

Another theory purports that the custom of making jack-o’-lanterns goes back to 19th century Ireland. It is said that at this time, the lanterns were used to ward off evil spirits – especially vampires!

Pumpkin crafting

Today, carving pumpkins for Halloween has become a fun family activity. We can make our pumpkin faces cheerful, scary or comical. Or go all artsy with figures, logos, and symbols.

A printed stencil can be used as a guide for you and your child to carve out the family pumpkin. Why not try your hand at our free printable stencil:

10 Crafts to make with our FREE Printable

1.  pumpkins of course!  Miniature pumpkins are cute to decorate, easy for kids to manage and great for decorating indoors.

2.  brown paper bags – use for loot bags,  treats, or to illuminate steps.  I like the idea of adding stickers to the paper bag and add an LED light inside but here’s how Martha does it…  Halloween Lanterns

3. soap dispenser – buy a plastic soap dispenser (Dollars & Cents for $1.25), add refillable white liquid hand soap, and choose a ribbon for fun. Tie a knot and done!

4.  windows and mirrors- can’t go wrong!

5.  glass candy jars or candles

6. gift tags or cards

7. milk containers – recycle your milk jugs, cut a hole in the back and add orange lights. Perfect for the front porch!

8.  photo frames

9.  wood – Have extra wood from left over projects.  Paint them orange, sand to distress  and add add a pumpkin face!  A rustic touch to any mantel.  Here are some ideas from Pinterest

10. Last but not least – a bat wreath!  All Made out of paper.  Add glitter to the FREE Printable cut outs and voila!

Print your FREE Printable 

Enjoy crafting for Halloween!

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Here’s a little pumpkin trivia to get you in the carving mood:

In 2005, the world’s largest pumpkin weighed in at 1469 pounds – from Pennsylvania!

In 2013, Keene, New Hampshire reclaimed the world record for most lit jack-o’-lanterns on display: 30, 581!

 “There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight.” Unknown

Free {Hello Fall} Printable DIY Project + Recipe

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
Emily Bronte

Ah, October.

There’s a chill in the air, the days are noticeably shorter, the trees are nearly bare, and tantalizing aromas of simmering soups and stews escape kitchen windows cracked open. And brisk morning or evening walks sometimes call for – gasp – scarves and gloves!

It’s happening. The Change of Seasons. Are you ready for it?

There’s so much to love about October!

There’s Thanksgiving – a welcome start to the rounds of holiday merry-making. We gather with family and friends and heaps of food, like turkey, ham, roasts and all the sides. We take a moment to express our gratitude for lives will-lived…and food and drink well-shared.

And of course, October goes out on a high note for all kids, big and small – Hallowe’en! Goblins and witches and black cats abound! Candies and pumpkins and Boos! are all around.

Fall also means a Homeworks Etc freebie printable!

 We want you to launch into October with a fun printable that welcomes the new season – Hello Fall! Use your creativity to make these words shine as a new addition of Fall décor in your home!

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How about a little toast to celebrate Fall? A pumpkin spice latte is just the hot elixir to warm the soul!

Try out this delicious, homemade and healthy version of the much-loved pumpkin spice latte. It’s way lower in calories than store-bought varieties, has little sugar, zero artificial flavourings, and offers up heart- and gut-healthy fiber. It is divine!

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

(courtesy www.eatingbirdfood.com)

 Ingredients

8 oz hot brewed coffee

½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or preferred milk of choice)

3 T canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

½ tsp vanilla

2 tsp maple syrup

Sprinkle of cinnamon

 Preparation

In saucepan over medium heat, add milk and pumpkin puree, whisking to combine until comes to a simmer. Remove from heat and add pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and maple syrup (to taste). Place in blender or use hand-held frother to bring to a foamy consistency. Pour into a large mug of steaming, freshly-brewed coffee. Dust with cinnamon. Enjoy!

 

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My First Day of School Chalkboard

My first day of school Chalkboard

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss

Those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer are still in full swing – but alas, September is fast-approaching. The start of the school year is around the corner and stocking up on supplies and clothes and lunch boxes is REAL!

But practical to-do lists aside, your child’s transition to the next grade, with a new teacher and a shiny blackboard and lots of cool stuff to learn…is really an extraordinary time. It’s a new beginning. It’s the next step of personal growth and inching their way closer to – dare I say it? - adulthood.

Capturing these special life moments is a must! Why not start a new tradition? Homeworks Etc has a great way to capture that first day of school, year after year. Our Back to School Chalkboard is a sweet way for you and your child to mark the ‘first day back’ each year.

And it’s so easy to use.  Pop by the shop to buy yours or SHOP ONLINE.  

Order your ready-made chalkboard here at Homeworks Etc!

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We want you to create memories.  We also have a FREE Printable for you to download.

 

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Sugar Free Popsicle Recipe + Craft Printable

Who doesn't love a cold, dripping popsicle on a hot day? 

Homeworks Etc is sharing a fun, summery DIY workshop...that you can whip up in the comfort of your own home! It's quick, easy and requires very few materials (e.g. paper and string; scissors; printer) – no paint required! Rustle up the kids, fire up your printer, and embrace the warm weather with a festive ‘garland’ of colourful paper popsicles.

It’s this easy:

1.  Print the FREE PRINTABLE below on paper or card stock (use your colour setting…or pull out the coloured pencils if this isn’t an option for you)

2.  Cut out the popsicles

3. Hole Punch at the top of popsicles

4.  Glue popsicle sticker to each cut out (glue sticks work best)

4.  Loop together with string

And find the perfect spot to showcase this burst of summer colour in your home!  Popsicle Stand perhaps?

And let's take this DIY to another level! To celebrate your creative success, why not try your hand at this refreshing, delicious, and healthy popsicle recipe that the whole family (and neighbourhood kids) will love:

Watermelon-Strawberry-Lime Popsicles

3 heaping cups of cubed watermelon

1 heaping cup of strawberries, hulled (fresh or frozen)

zest and juice of 1 lime

Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl until smooth. Pour into popsicle moulds and freeze 3-4 hours until solid. Yum!

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Halloween Free Printables and 10 Easy Craft Ideas for Kids

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Use Homeworks Etc FREE Printables for 10 easy crafts

Simply Cut and glue to decorate the following items:

1.  pumpkins of course!  Miniature pumpkins are cute to decorate, easy for kids to manage and great for decorating indoors.

2.  brown paper bags – use for loot bags,  treats, or to illuminate steps.  I like the idea of adding stickers to the paper bag and add an LED light inside but here’s how Martha does it…  Halloween Lanterns

Scary Lanterns Martha Stewart

Here’s how we do it…

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3. soap dispenser – buy a plastic soap dispenser (Dollars & Cents for $1.25), add refillable white liquid hand soap, and choose a ribbon for fun. Tie a knot and done!

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4.  windows and mirrors- can’t go wrong!

5.  glass candy jars or candlesDSC_0892

6. gift tags or cards

7. milk containers – recycle your milk jugs, cut a hole in the back and add orange lights. Perfect for the front porch!

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8.  photo frames

9.  wood – Have extra wood from left over projects.  Paint them orange, sand to distress  and add add a pumpkin face!  A rustic touch to any mantel.  Here are some ideas from Pinterest

10. Last but not least – a bat wreath!  All Made out of paper.  Add glitter to the FREE Printable cut outs and voila!

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Print your FREE Printable from Homeworks Etc.  Enjoy crafting for Halloween!

Halloween-Craft-Decals Free Printable

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Happy Decorating!

Happy Decorating!