DIY Holiday Planning: Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

I know it’s a little early to start thinking about the holidays, but if you’re a Christmas planner like I am, and you’d love to get a jump start on your holiday crafts this year check out these fun diy pine cone Christmas ornament ideas. This post is sponsored by Mode. You can check out the full collection by clicking on the widget or at Mode here.

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by Linette Gerlach at Mode

One of my favorite childhood memories is making homemade ornaments with my mom and my sisters! If you want to make your own sweet memories with your kids and family. At the same time you’re making fun memories, you’ll also be creating tree decorations, homemade gifts, or holiday decor! I don’t know about you, but this time of year we have several evergreen and pine trees dropping pine cones all over our yard this time of year, and just begging to be gathered up for crafting. This fun DIY list of pine cone Christmas ornaments can help you get started making fun crafts right now with your kids right now, before the hustle and bustle of the holidays set in.

DIY Holiday Planning- Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

The ornament collection includes pine cone gnomes, snowmen, reindeer, mice, owls, a peacock, and a penguin! All of them look fun to recreate, and most just need items from nature (including the pine cones) and crafting items you probably already have around the house if you have kids who like to craft and create.

Which pine cone ornament are you going to recreate, or does this list inspire you to create your own unique pine cone decoration? If so what will you create? I’d love to hear about it!

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Autumn Tablescapes: Bursts of Color For Fall Celebrations

I love the color combinations, textures and flavors of fall! Autumn celebrations are some of my favorites. Whether you’re celebrating the kids going back to school, the fall harvest, or having a few friends over for a fall tea, it’s always fun to set up the table with some pops of autumn color.

I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite autumn tablescapes sponsored by Mode Media. You can check them all out here. Just click on your favorite to go to Mode and get back to the original source of the idea. Or flip to more ideas by clicking on the arrows at either end of the widget.

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by Linette Pierce Gerlach at Mode

Some of the autumn tablescape ideas in this collection include:

  • A pear theme table with leaves and fall colors can grab your guests attention.
  • An elegant white fall table with white pumpkins and flowers
  • A rustic green tablescape featuring hedge apples (I’m definitely giving this one a try!)
  • Turquoise, orange and brown color scheme. I would not have thought to pair those colors, but it’s a fabulous color combination!
  • Sticks, green moss and clay pots can make a low cost rustic fall table setting more interesting.
  • Scarecrows can make the whole thing more fun!
  • Plan a high tea by combining some antique tea cups with fall decor.

What are your favorite fall colors and tablescape ideas?

Fun Caterpillar Craft Ideas For Kids

What kid doesn’t love fuzzy fun caterpillars? Of course a preschool kid’s favorite is always The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We’ve put together a fun collection of caterpillar crafts that are perfect for summer craft time or a homeschool project. These crafts are great to do when you’re talking about the caterpillar and the role it plays in a butterfly’s life.

25 Fun Caterpillar Craft Ideas and Activities For Kids

1. Sponge Painted Caterpillar Craft from Buggy and Buddy
2. Fuzzy Caterpillar Craft from Formula: Mom
3. Caterpillar Clothespin Kids Craft from DIY Inspired
4. Button Caterpillar from Divine Lifestyle
5. Egg Carton Hungry Caterpillar from Crafty Morning
6. Pom Pom Very Hungry Caterpillars from I Dig Pinterest
7. Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle from Happily Ever Mom
8. Garden Rock Caterpillar from Nellie Bellie
9. Bead and Pipe Cleaner Caterpillar Craft from A Mummy Too
10. Caterpillar Toilet Paper Roll Necklace from Kids Activities Blog
11. Woollybear Caterpillar Yarn Craft from Stir the Wonder
12. Very Hungry Caterpillar Cardboard Tube Craft from Danya Banya
13. Handprint Caterpillar Craft from Craftulate
14. Paint Stick Caterpillar Craft from No Time for Flash Cards
15. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Color Sorting Activity from Parenting Chaos
16. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Clothespeg Craft from The Bottomsup Blog
17. Marshmallow Stamped Caterpillars from smArt Class
18. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Noodle Necklace from Buggy and Buddy
19. Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft from Mama Smiles
20. Caterpillar Changing to a Butterfly from Danielle’s Place
21. Caterpillar Bookmarks from Meaningful Mama
22. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppets from Damson Lane
23. Cup-Painting Caterpillar from I Can Teach My Child
24. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Fingerprint Art from Crafts by Courtney
25. Beaded Caterpillar Craft from Mommy Enterprises

Kids love creepy crawly caterpillars and bugs! These fun caterpillar craft ideas and activities are perfect for summer, a rainy or snowy day, or anytime of the year you want to teach children about caterpillars and include a fun craft or activity to help keep them interested and enjoying themselves while they learn.

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie Recipe

When the weather gets hotter, cold desserts are always even more delicious! Add in chocolate and you’ve definitely got a hit at any summer picnic or BBQ. This no-bake pie is a lighter, fluffier version of chocolate cheesecake, and can be eaten cold or frozen. So you can throw it in the cooler and take it along if your summer party isn’t in the back yard.

Dark chocolate wafer cookies create a rich, slightly sweet crust. The filling is made with cream cheese and real whipping cream for a smooth, naturally creamy flavor. You may also want to make this recipe using small individual serving dishes for ease of serving.

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake pie recipe~ So delicious for a summer picnic or  BBQ!

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 2⅓ cups crushed dark chocolate cookies*
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • *Chocolate wafers or dark chocolate sandwich cookies with the cream removed
  • Cheesecake:
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream, divided
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Optional: choice of melted dark chocolate, sprinkles, whipped cream for decorating
Instructions
  1. Combine crushed chocolate cookies with melted butter and sugar. Stir well to make sure butter is evenly absorbed. Spoon into deep dish pie pan and press firmly over the entire surface, using a measuring cup to press the bottom flat. Place crust in the freezer while you are preparing the pie filling.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and beat well.
  4. Add vanilla, 1 tablespoon cream, and cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
  5. In a small bowl, whip 1 cup cream until thick. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and beat until it is fairly stiff and holds its shape.
  6. Fold whipping cream into creamed cheese mixture. It will be difficult at first because the creamed cheese mixture is thick, but don’t stir – just keep folding until it is well blended. Remove pie crust from the freezer. Fill with cheesecake filling. If you plan to decorate the top with melted chocolate cornelli designs (the chocolate squiggles) smooth the top as much as possible with a flat spatula. If you will be using sprinkles or leaving the pie plain, swirl the mixture on top.
  7. Add decorations. For cornelli lace, melt a small amount of dark chocolate in the microwave at 15 second intervals. Spoon into a piping bag with a small writing tip and freehand the design in one continuous curvy line, trying not to let the lines touch anywhere.
  8. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours. Pipe with whipped cream if desired. Or…use chocolate whipped cream!

no bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie with chocolate whipped cream around edgeChocolate Whipped Cream Recipe

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, chopped fine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. In a small bowl or ramekin, melt the chocolate in the microwave at 15 second intervals. Allow to cool until just warm but still liquid.
2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream until thick. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until it is fairly stiff and holds its shape.
3. Spoon approximately 1/3 of the melted chocolate into the whipped cream at a time, beating briefly after each addition – just enough to combine.
4. Scrape the bowl and whip for just a few seconds more. Pipe around the edge of the pie with a large open star tip. Add a little extra to each piece as it is plated.

Yummy no bake chocolate cheesecake pie recipe