Make a Ping Pong Ball Shooter with your Kids

HERE ARE THE MATERIALS NEEDED…a balloon, a plastic cup, a ping pong ball (or mini marshmellows are fun too!!) and a pair of scissors.THE FINISHED TOY LOOKS LIKE

Simply cut the bottom of the cup out. Use tape or stickers to soften up the rough edges if needed. Tie a knot in the balloon and stretch the balloon over the TOP of the cup!.You’re ready to start playing! Differently colored or marked balls will help kids tell whose ball is whose.

Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes



  • 90g (⅔ cup) Sweet White Sorghum Flour
  • 1 tbs Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Double Acting Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 7 packets Natural Sweetener (steviaTruvia, etc.)
  • pinch of Salt
  • 123g (½ cup) 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned
  • 4 Large Organic Egg Whites
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Spray a nonstick griddle with cooking spray and place over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the sorghum flour, cinnamon, baking powder, xanthan gum, sweetener, and salt.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and egg whites. Whisk vigorously, until the egg whites are completely incorporated.  Whisk in the almond milk and vanilla.
  4. Dump the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk vigorously.
  5. Scoop ~¼ cup of the batter onto the griddle.  Cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and the edges appear dry.  Flip and cook the other side. Continue this until all the batter is used up.
  6. Serve immediately with pure maple syrup or homemade maple syrup, your favorite nut butters, all natural whipped cream (be careful, some brands contain hydrogenated oils! I use Soyatoo Rice Whip), chocolate chips, etc.


Crock Pot Apple Pumpkin Butter Recipe

Crock Pot Apple Pumpkin Butter


20 mins

Cook time

16 hours

Total time

16 hours 20 mins


Serves 4 pints


5 lb apples (about a dozen), cored and chopped into ½-inch dice OR peeled and chopped to avoid blending later

¼ cup apple juice

1 cup maple sugar (or natural cane sugar), divided

2 Tablespoons cinnamon, divided

15 oz can pureed pumpkin

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground ginger

juice of 1 lemon (1/2 teaspoon)

pinch salt


Place the apples in the slow cooker along with apple juice, ½ cup maple sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook on low for 8 hours until apples are extremely soft (you have apple sauce at this point)

If you did not peel your apples, place cooled apples into your food processor and process until smooth (in two batches). If you did peel your apples, then just mix well in the bowl of your Crock Pot to eliminate chunks At this point the apples can be stored in the fridge for up to a few days.

When ready to turn the applesauce into apple-pumpkin butter, put the applesauce back into the Crock Pot with the rest of your ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until well incorporated and mixed together.

Cook on high for 4-8 hours, stirring occasionally, until the butter is dark brown and reduced by about a quarter. At this point, taste the butter and if you feel that it needs to be a little sweeter, add up to ¼ cup more sugar until desired sweetness is achieved.

Transfer Apple-Pumpkin Butter to pint size glass jars and store in either fridge or freezer. Apple-Pumpkin Butter can store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks, OR in the freezer for up to 6 months (don’t want it to get freezer stale).

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