autumn pumpkin popcorn

Our house is all about simple. When we host a party, I make one thing from scratch and the rest is semi-homemade. Today I'm going to share a super-easy pumpkin mix that is kid-friendly and peanut free. Our son has a peanut allergy and my husband has a tree nut allergy. With the exception of almonds we are a nut free household. Most pinterest popcorn recipes call for peanut butter, so I decided to make our own! 

   This is a great, child-friendly sensory recipe. It encouraged our 6 year old to blend new foods together and try new textures (the chocolate syrup changes it up). He is on the autism spectrum and I am always looking for little ways to expand his diet and decrease texture aversion.

 

This is a great, child-friendly sensory recipe. It encouraged our 6 year old to blend new foods together and try new textures (the chocolate syrup changes it up). He is on the autism spectrum and I am always looking for little ways to expand his diet and decrease texture aversion.

Autumn Pumpkin Popcorn Mix

1/2 cup corn and 3 tablespoons oil (modified recipe here)

Stick Pretzels 

Candy Corn

Candy Pumpkins

Chocolate Syrup 

Pop popcorn in a popper or stovetop with a pot and lid. Salt to taste. Mix popcorn, pretzels, and candy to preference. We used a brown paper bag to shake it up. Chocolate syrup to taste. This is incredibly easy to make and the perfect blend of salty and sweet. And how can one go wrong with candy pumpkins? Happy Autumn! 

vanilla snow ice cream (with sprinkles!)

A few weeks ago I pinned recipes from the Vanilla Bean Blog and Handmade Charlotte on how to make snow ice cream. Still relatively new to a cold climate, this was my first time trying snow ice cream. It was simple for the kids to make and tasty too! 

I collected a batch of fresh snow in tubs for the kids to play with. Chose simple ingredients: milk, a little powdered sugar, and vanilla. The kids mixed to taste.

They decided to add sprinkles. It added a bit of cheer to the ice cream color! 

The result was lightly sweet and similar to ice cream.The kids enjoyed the project because they could accomplish it without help. And they could immediately eat the result (unlike something we need to bake).

I recommend eating right away as the texture changes as it melts. A fun activity on a cold winter day. Especially when it is too cold to play outside! 

Have you ever made snow ice cream?