Mini Fall Pumpkin Pie Croissants

After a l o n g HOT Summer we finally have some cooler air.  That gets me thinking of FALL foods, pumpkin in particular.  I LOVE pumpkin pie, cookies, bread, empanadas, cheesecake, pretty much anything you put pumpkin in.  So I’m sharing this fun and easy Mini Pumpkin Pie Croissant recipe with you.  Hope you enjoy them!  Happy Fall!

These start with 2 tubes of Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls.  Roll each crescent roll out and cut lengthwise in 2. This recipe will make 32 mini croissants. Each croissant will get a generous teaspoon of this luscious cream cheese pumpkin pie filling: 4 oz. (1/2 block) of softened cream cheese 1 cup of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) 1 – 2 T pumpkin pie spice (adjust to taste) 3 – 4 T sugar (granulated or powdered; adjust to taste if you want the filling sweeter) Beat the above ingredients together until fluffy and creamy and spread about one teaspoon of filling over each triangle of dough.  Mix together 4 T sugar and 1 T pumpkin pie spice and roll each pumpkin pie croissant in it!  Bake at 375* for about 13-15 minutes.  (this time is for baking on a stone) – you want them to be lightly browned and the dough baked through.

Paper Pumpkin Centerpiece











Rescue an old book and turn it into a stunning piece of autumn décor in a few easy steps. Remove the front and back cover of the book and draw the shape of a 1/2 pumpkin onto the first page. Place a cutting mat under about five pages and cut along the traced line using a crafts knife. Use the cut pages as a template to cut the rest of the pages.

Break the spine of the book by opening it in the center. Fold the spine back onto itself and hot-glue together; lay the book flat until the glue sets. Hot-glue the first and last pages of the book together near the spine. Secure each page with a bead of hot glue along the spine to begin forming a rounded fan shape. When you are halfway through the pages, switch to the other side of the book and repeat. Paint your pumpkin using orange and brown spray paint; add an artificial leaf and stem to finish the project.

Faux Fall Leaf window Dressing











Send your kids on a backyard expedition, and use their small twig finds to accent paper leaves. Cut out various shapes of leaves on bright colored paper; crinkle and then flatten the leaves. Use hot glue to attach the leaves to a length of twine or string.

Beautiful Hanging Leaves

I LOVE the Fall.  The crispness in the air, the harvest, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the turning leaves.  Have you noticed how beautiful the leaves are this year?  Bring some into the house and hang them in the window for a fun fall display.  Imagine the reds, oranges, yellows, and greens welcoming in the fall.

1. Melt bleached beeswax over a double boiler.  Dip leaves in wax one at a time, holding by stem. gently shake off excess wax.

2. Hang leaves on clothespins to dry. Some may be dipped again, depending on desired look; let dry between coatings. Hang finished leaves from lengths of fishing line or ribbon.