Roo's Casa

Leaf Painting
October 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Fall

DSC00122 DSC00123 DSC00125This was a fun fall idea that my kids wanted to do.  We found it in a Martha Stewart Magazine.  First, trace leaves with a pencil onto high quality watercolor paper.  Then erase the pencil marks so that they are barely seen.  Take a wet paintbrush (with water) and fill in the leaves along the pencil parts and then fill in the rest with water.  Finally drop in dots of watercolors and let them swirl around.  The color doesn’t spill outside the shape.


Great Pumpkin
November 2, 2011, 12:44 am
Filed under: Allergies, Fall, Halloween, Kids

My sister gave me this great idea for Halloween candy.  Your kids pick a few pieces of candy that they would like to keep and then put the rest in their bag out for the Great Pumpkin to take.  In exchange for the candy, the Great Pumpkin leaves a small gift.  This year my kids got some alien Legos.  My sister started this tradition since her oldest has food allergies and couldn’t eat most of the candy.  

Halloween Countdown Blocks
October 25, 2011, 2:30 am
Filed under: Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Traditions

I made these countdown blocks the same way that I made the Christmas ones.  

Turkey Roll
November 25, 2009, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Fall, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving

Last week I made this turkey roll from Food Network and it was great!  The only problem was that I couldn’t find turkey breasts so I had to use chicken.  It had such a nice look and flavor though. I would definitely make this again.  I also couldn’t find the twine so I used toothpicks.  The kids didn’t like the sauce that accompanies it, but liked the roll itself.

Mini Pumpkin Pies
November 25, 2009, 8:23 pm
Filed under: Fall, Halloween, Recipes, Thanksgiving

I loved the way these mini pumpkin pies looked on Bakerella’s website.  I made them using a Pillsbury crust and they were surprisingly easy.  I really don’t like to eat all of the chemicals in Pillsbury though so next time I need to make these with a homemade crust.  Check out her site to get the recipe.

Practice Thanksgiving Feast
November 9, 2009, 12:08 am
Filed under: Fall, Family, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving


Since my mom always cooks the Thanksgiving meal, I thought I would give it a try on my own this weekend.  Instead of a big turkey I made a chicken, so I will have to try the big turkey some day. Right now it is just too intimidating and expensive.  I made all of our usual Thanksgiving sides though and boy was it hard to juggle all of the different times and oven temperatures. I sure have a new appreciation for all of the work that goes into this wonderful meal. Here are the recipes I made:

Chicken from This chicken cooked quickly and was tasty.  

Mashed potatoes- just regular potatoes. Next time I will try the garlic mashed potatoes.

Sweet Potato Casserole– my sister makes this casserole every year and it is my favorite dish by far.  The kids really liked it too.

Green Bean Casserole– this recipe is adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.  I have made it according to the website I found it on and found that I still like my green bean casserole like the one on the cream of mushroom can. So, I make the creamy mushroom sauce according to the website above, but I use canned green beans and just the fried onions that come in the can like the regular recipe states. So basically I just use this recipe for the cream of mushroom sauce since I don’t like the ingredients used in the can.  This was very good as well.

Poultry Stuffing– I found this stuffing on a bulletin board and you can find it by clicking on the link and going to #26.  We like this stuffing a lot.  I also left out the sausage. 

Pumpkin Pie– I made the Canadian Living recipe.  

Fresh Bread from Safeway

Eggnog from Kroger- I will not buy Kroger eggnog again.  It was too watered down. 

I still need to figure out how to make gravy.

I didn’t make the cranberry sauce, but my sister-in-law makes a great one found on Food Network.

Witches’ Brew Story
October 31, 2009, 3:17 am
Filed under: Fall, Halloween

*I did this with my kids last year and used vinegar in the pie pan and didn’t use an overhead.  They just sat and watched as I told the story.  Then I used baking soda instead of Eno.  I think this story scared them so I will wait until they are a little older to tell them again. I got this story from my supervising teacher. 

Need: Overhead, red, yellow, green, blue food coloring, cooking oil, 1 tsp. powdered seltzer (Eno), glass pie tin filled half way with water, black witch silhouettes to lay on projector

Boys and girls, when summer is over and you are getting ready to go back to school, the Halloween witches are also very busy making plans for Halloween. they gather from all over the world, big witches, little witches, fat witches, skinny witches, ugly witches, silly witches, and old witches will hop on their broomsticks and fly far, far away to the cave of the oldest, meanest, and ugliest witch of all. Each one will bring with her a secret ingredient to be put into the pot of brew.  

The old witch is ready and waiting for them. Her lazy black cat is asleep by the fire and a large pot is filled with water and hanging over the fire. Would you like to take a look inside the pot?  

(remove the witch silhouettes from the overhead and place the glass pie plate with the water on it)

Watch it carefully. The ugly old witch is saying, “Fellow witches let’s begin our brew. What have you brought with you to make it more horrible than last year? I am putting some green slime from the darkest corner of my cave into it.”

(drop two drops of green food color into water)

” I will add some juice from a very evil curse,” said another

(add 3 drops of blue)

“He, he, wait till you see what I brought! It is the eyes of two dead fish,” said another.

(add 4 drops of cooking oil)

“Let me add the bile from the liver of a bat killed at midnight, ” screamed the old witch from Skimbodia.

(add 3 drops of yellow)

“I will fool everyone with a few drops of ketchup,” said another.

(add 3 drops of red)

“Here are a couple of snack eyes,” yelled another.

(add 2 drops of cooking oil)

“I risked my life getting some rattlesnake poison,” shouted one.

(add 2 drops of yellow)

And so one by one the witches added their secret ingredients to the brew. The mean old witch carefully stirred it.

(slowly stir it to swirl colors)

The fire became hotter and hotter, and soon the brew began to bubble and boil. If you listen carefully you can even hear it.

(spread a teaspoon of Eno on the brew. It will fizz and bubble for a minute and turn the mixture black)

Now the witches have made their brew for Halloween and each one will take a cup full of it and fly their broomsticks home.