Glowing Doll Faces

Someone recently asked me where I come up with these ideas.   The short answer is that creativity rules my brain parts.

This may scare you.  Completely understandable.

I really don’t know how I came up with this idea of having a doll face gallery.  I was trying to come up with a way to include the doll makers wife into the scene and utilize this wall on the porch at the same time.

I had a heck of a time coming up with the materials I would use.  First of all, they had to be lightweight because I was going to be hanging them.  Then they also had to dry somewhat quickly and finally, they couldn’t be too expensive.

For the molds themselves, I found this Amazing putty and with a coupon, it wasn’t too expensive.  It worked perfectly.   For the faces, I used Crayola model magic.  Though it dried a little slower than I would like, being so lightweight won me over.

Doll Face Mold DIY

 I mixed equal parts of the stuff together and smooshed it onto the dolls face.

I didn’t have to wait that long before it was set and then I could just peel it off.

Oops.  The eyelashes came off on that one.  EVEN BETTER!

I then worked the Model Magic into the molds.

I checked to make sure all the features were pressed sufficiently before I let them set up.

Glowing doll faces for Halloween

They weren’t super perfect, but I was more than ok with that.

I found a bunch of ornate frames at a garage sale for .50 each.

Doll face mold in frame

Doll faces in frames


I felt I was on the right track but I knew that for nighttime I was going to have to light them somehow.

That’s right.


Glowing doll faces

And yes, this one is crying.

Face with red tears

And this is the point where everyone unsubscribes from my site.

Completely understandable.

Halloween Class “treat”

Gone are the days where kids have a Halloween party with candy, cupcakes, and other holiday treats.   Our school district has had a no food policy for a number of years now.   Parents have to be a little more creative than throwing 25 tootsie rolls in a bag and calling it a day.

Most kids don’t hand out anything at Halloween in the classroom.  You might get a pencil or stickers.  Since my kids are sort of famous in October for living in “The Halloween House” I treat their classmates with a small token.

It’s also not called a Halloween party, but a Harvest party.  Anything “Halloween” related is discouraged in exchange for fall themed.

Trust me when I say I’d rather hand out this:



But instead will be handing out this:

Class treat_edited-1

My kids love it when their classmates come by to trick or treat, I do too.

Mwaha ha ha ha!



Pumpkin Chip Cookies

pumpkin chip cookie


It’s been 3 long gluten free months.

It’s been ok.

Actually, I’m lying.

It’s been really hard and now that the holidays are upon us, I’m stressing out about the whole thing.

I’ve started to take my standard recipes and convert them to gluten free.   I don’t mean the kind of gluten free where it’s like “Oh, these are good but I can tell they’re gluten free.”


I want them to just be GOOD.

Every year I make these pumpkin chip cookies.  They’re an October tradition.  Last night I decided to try it gluten free and they turned out so good, I thought I’d share.

You can make them with regular flour exactly as the recipe is.

The recipe makes A LOT of cookies, not that that is a problem around here but just to let you know, they do freeze really well.

Also, they’re sort of a cake like cookie, and not a crunchy kind.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Pumpkin Chip Cookies- Gluten Free
Recipe type: Cookie
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Serves: 60 cookies
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can solid-pack pumpkin- 15oz.
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups Gluten free flour mix (I used Pamelas Artisian Blend)
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats (I used certified gluten free)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag semisweet chocolate chips
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars.
  2. Beat in the pumpkin, egg and vanilla.
  3. Sift the flour and combine with, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment covered baking sheets. Flatten down slightly with spoon
  6. Bake at 350° for 10-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Remove to wire racks to cool.
The flour I used already has a binder in it so I didn't have to add xanthan gum. I find it easier this way for now. If you use a gluten free flour that doesn't have it already added, I have no idea how much you might need. I also recommend using a high quality cinnamon, like Penzy's. To make them with regular flour, just use same amount.