September 29, 2014

Free Halloween Images from PicMonkey

This is an exciting week!  October begins on Wednesday.  I'm always excited for October to begin because it means Halloween and all three of my boys' birthdays.  But this year it's extra exciting because baby boy number four will be joining us.  We're down to weeks here, and the anticipation is 
definitely building!

Free Halloween Images from PicMonkey @ Blissful Roots

I've been sharing a few of my favorite FREE Halloween images from PicMonkey for the last few Mondays, and with October beginning in just a few days, it's really time to start getting all your decorations, activities, treats, etc... ready to go.  So, I have yet another fabulous spooky PicMonkey find to share today.

All these classic creepies are available for you to use for FREE over at PicMonkey.  I used them last year in my Halloween Bing post over at Or So She Says.  There are so many great ones to choose from!


If you've been here the past two Mondays, then you know the drill.  I am adding one new step, which is the screen shot you see above.  This is PicMonkey's home page (don't you love Simian?).  When you arrive at the homepage, simply click on the Edit icon at the top of the page.  Then you can choose what image or canvas you wan to edit.  I often start with a plain white canvas.  I simply save a plain white document I made in my word processing program to my desktop, and use that.



Then you'll see this toolbar appear on the left-hand side of your canvas you are editing.  Click on the apple icon in the bottom left corner.



PicMonkey has a TON of themes, but we're using the 'Trick or Treat' one for today.  Just scroll down a bit, and you'll see it.


Once you've clicked on the 'Trick or Treat' theme, you'll see lots of items appear.  We want to use some of the Overlays.  I used the 'Classic Creepies' and the 'Pumpkins'.


Here are all the free 'Classic Creepies' you can use for whatever Halloween project you might be working on.


And here are the 'Pumpkins' you can choose from.  

Once you've decided which your overlays you like, simply click on them, and they'll appear on your blank canvas.  Then you can edit as you wish, adjusting size color, position, etc...

As I mentioned, these were perfect for creating a Halloween Bingo, and I'm sure you could think of a million other ways to use them!

And just in case you missed the past two Monday's posts, here are some other great Halloween freebies PicMonkey offers.

Free Halloween Garlands

Free Bat Images
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September 25, 2014

Brownie Cookies

Well, I'm a day late, and as you can plainly see this is not an apple recipe.  My days have been a bit busy this week, so we're going in a different direction.  But please don't be disappointed!  In fact, this recipe gets more raves than the apple one I had in mind, so you're actually getting the better end of the stick!

Brownie Cookies @ Blissful Roots

Back in July, I shared my favorite homemade chocolate  frosting, and I mentioned it came from this brownie cookie recipe that I saw on Studio 5 a LONG time ago.  So, if you saw the frosting post, then you already have a start on this recipe.

Brownie Cookies @ Blissful Roots

You just need to make the batter (click here for the recipe), cook, add a half-cut marshmallow to the top, cook a few minutes more, then cool and frost.  

BTW, the frosting on the recipe link is different from the one I use (not sure why, that's where I got it in the first place).  Click here for the frosting recipe that I use.

Brownie Cookies @ Blissful Roots

These are absolutely AMAZING!  Just like a brownie, but in cookie form.   They do take a bit longer than a pan of brownies, but it's nice to have individual cookies when serving, I think.

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September 23, 2014

Autumn Tree Printable

Just a quick post today with a fall printable to share.  My brother-in-law is getting married on Friday, and we have some family coming to town today, so it will probably be a busy week from here on out!  But hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with one last apple recipe to share for the month of September.

Free Autumn Tree Printable from Blissful Roots
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I know I keep saying this over and over lately, but I'm a complete believer in simplicity.  Even more so than I used to be.  So a lot of my printables reflect that, as you can see with today's.  A simple autumn (the name I would have used if baby four would have been a girl) tree with one single word.  Simplicity to a tee.  I love it, and hopeful you will too.  Oh, and today's printable is square instead of the majority of my 
8 x 10 printables.

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September 22, 2014

Free Halloween Bat Images from PicMonkey

Last week I shared some of PicMonkey's free Halloween garlands with you, and apparently I'm not the only one who loves a free Halloween image.  So, today I thought I'd stick with that same theme, and share a few more free Halloween goodies from PicMonkey.  Today, we're talking bats.

Free Halloween Bat Images from PicMonkey @ Blissful Roots

Bats of all kinds!  There are 8 different free bat images you can use.  Some may look the same at first glance, but each one is slightly different from the other, mostly in the shape and curvature of the wings.  I love how simple these bat images are!  They're perfect for an easy Halloween garland, cupcake toppers, anything!


So, just like with the Halloween garlands last week, you'll need to click on the 'Themes' icon when you begin editing in PicMonkey.  It's the apple image in the bottom left corner of the toolbar.


When you click on the apple, you'll see a whole list of themes appear.  School U will be first, and then you'll see all of the Halloween themes directly under that.  You'll want to click on the top theme 'Vampires'.



After you've clicked on 'Vampires' you'll need to scroll down a bit to find the 'Overlays'.


When you click on the 'Bats' overlay, these bat images will appear.  The top 8 bat images are free.  The bottom 4 require you to pay the Royale fee of $4.99/ month, or $33/year. 

Here are a few Halloween Printables I've made with the bats.

Happy Halloween Printable

Trick or Treat Printable

And in case you missed last week's PicMonkey find, here are the Halloween garlands I shared.

Free Halloween Garlands from PicMonkey
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September 18, 2014

Apple Poems For Kids

I ran across some old apple poems I used when I taught first grade the other day.  They brought back some fun memories, and they looked as old as they are (about 7  years, or so).  I need to update the look of the poems, but the words are still as fun and engaging as they were back then.  They make me want to sit down with a group of first graders and do a shared reading!

Apple Poems For Kids @ Blissful Roots

In a perfect world, I've have printables for all of the poems for you, but that's not quite going to happen.  At least you can see the words, and make your own copy of each one.

Apple Poems For Kids @ Blissful Roots

Poems are such a fun way to bring in a literary element to your holiday festivities!   I have all these memorized (even from 7 years ago) and will just repeat them to my boys every now and again.  Often times in the car, or when we need a little settling down time.

Apple Poems For Kids @ Blissful Roots

If you have a copy of the poems you can do a bit of shared reading with your little ones at home.  Have them point out letters they know, or do an "I spy" game with them.  You could also count how many times the word 'apple' is used in each poem.  Just be creative.  Help your little ones fin any letter, punctuation, word, anything literary they can find is great!  And leave the poems up where your kids will see them often.  You'll be amazed with what they'll catch on to just by seeing it frequently.

Apple Poems For Kids @ Blissful Roots

This last poem can go to the tune of "Ten Little Indians" so I guess it could qualify as a song, instead of a poem.  Songs are great because they're so quick and easy to memorize and are so engaging!

Apple Poems For Kids @ Blissful Roots

Happy apple rhyming!

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September 17, 2014

Homemade Cider Carmel Sauce

I've been sharing a lot of apple recipes (caramel apple pie cake and homemade pear applesauce) here this month, and you really can't talk apples without talking carmel as well.  At least I can't!

Homemade Cider Carmel Sauce @ Blissful Roots

I saw this recipe several years ago on Studio 5 (a local lifestyle show here in Utah).  The recipe was for an apple bread pudding.  It did look delicious, but bread pudding isn't always my first choice of dessert.  What did catch my eye was the cider carmel sauce she made to go on top of the bread pudding.  

Homemade Cider Carmel Sauce @ Blissful Roots

I honestly cannot describe how amazingly delicious this sauce is!  Think of your favorite carmel candy with a hint of apple.  I almost hate to put it on top of desserts because sometimes the amazing flavor of the sauce gets lost in the other ingredients.  Don't get me wrong, I put this on plenty of desserts, but when I'm really craving it, I just eat it by the spoonful!  It is a bit thinner than most carmel sauces I've had, so I just keep it in a jar in the fridge, and it's perfect when I pull it out.  If you're eating it warmed, it will be a bit runny.

Click here for the recipe of cider carmel sauce.  The apple bread pudding, and an amazing cinnamon whipped cream recipe can be found there as well.

P.S.  I've used apple juice in place of cider, and it works just as well.  Not quite the intense apple flavor, but delicious just the same!

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