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Turkey Cupcakes

Turkey cupcakes are the perfect Thanksgiving treat for kids who want to enjoy a holiday treat. These turkey cupcakes are made with a boxed cake mix, nutter butter cookies, candy corn, and some creativity.


Holidays are so much fun to celebrate with kids, but I often find my kids don't enjoy eating pie or the other traditional Thanksgiving desserts. These turkey cupcakes are such a fun way for kids to celebrate Thanksgiving with something their little taste buds will enjoy. If you are going to be with children this Thanksgiving, consider making a batch of these super easy turkey cupcakes!

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Turkey Cupcakes:

Turkey cupcakes are super fun and easy Thanksgiving treat to make with kids. You can make the cupcakes from scratch or use a boxed mix, and then you just need to frost (with canned frosting or homemade), and then assemble the turkey toppings and put them on your cupcake! 

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What You'll Need To Make Turkey Cupcakes:

To make these turkey cupcakes you're going to need a boxed cake mix, a can of chocolate frosting, an edible marker, round Nutter Butter cookies, red icing (store bought), and a candy corn for the nose. These are all super accessible items that you can gather from your local grocery store, or online on amazon. If you have a hard time finding an edible marker, you can purchase one here.

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How to Make Turkey Cupcakes:

To make the turkey cupcakes start by making your cupcakes according to the box directions. Once the cupcakes are baked and completely cool, frost them with your chocolate frosting. Next, stick your round nutter butter cookie into the center of the cupcake, use your edible marker to draw two eyes, use the red icing for the nose, and then stick a candy corn onto the red icing. Finally, wedge some candy corn pieces into the sandwich cookie to look like the turkey's feathers. 



Yield: 12
Author: Paige Flamm
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Turkey Cupcakes

Turkey Cupcakes

Turkey cupcakes are the perfect Thanksgiving treat for kids who want to enjoy a holiday treat. These turkey cupcakes are made with a boxed cake mix, nutter butter cookies, candy corn, and some creativity.
Prep time: 1 HourCook time: 20 HourTotal time: 21 Hour

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Cupcakes (I used boxed mix)
  • Round Nutter Butters (or other light colored sandwhich cookie)
  • Black Edible Marker
  • Red Cookie Icing
  • Candy Corn

Instructions

  1. Make and frost your cupcakes according to the package instructions. Then wedge 4-5 candy corn pieces in between the two cookies to make the feathers of the turkey. Using your edible marker, draw two dots on the cookie for the eyes. Using a butter knife, cut the tip off of a candy corn. Then place a small dot of red icing onto the cookie and place your candy corn onto the icing to adhere it to the cookie . Once the nose it attached, gently press the cookie into the cupcake, and you're done!



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Easy St Patrick's Bento Box Idea

I am not the mom that makes Pinterest worthy, super cute bento box creations for their child's lunches everyday of the week. Up until last week, Kyle primarily bought his lunch at school, but he's actually switched schools in the last week and lunch at the new school is super expensive, so he's now packing a lunch each day. 

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Even though I'm making school lunches, I have zero intentions of making it super fancy all the time. But a holiday is a fun excuse to go a little bit extra with a lunch right? This St Patrick's themed bento box is super easy to make, and you can easily recreate it to fit your child's preferences. 

I started it off by tossing in one of these super yummy St Patrick's Rice Krispie Treats, and then made a simple sandwich. The only super extra thing I did was buy these letter cookie cutters, and cut a slice of cheese to make the word "lucky" that I placed on top of the sandwich. 

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For the veggies, I just chopped up a few peppers I had on hand, and tossed in some carrots to make a little rainbow in one of the compartments of our bento box. You could easily do this with whatever fruits and veggies you have on hand that your kids would enjoy. 

Finally, I wanted to make a little pot of gold, so I threw in some goldfish and some golden raisins to pull this off. 

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Do you like to make fun holiday themed meals for your kids lunches? I'm in new lunch making territory over here, so I'd love to hear what fun things you do to make their lunches a little extra special in the comments below!


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St. Patrick's Rice Krispies

I'm super excited to do something a little different on the blog this week. I'm dedicating the entire week to different St Patrick's Day themed posts. Today I'm sharing this fun treat idea, but come back the rest of the week for fun a fun St Patrick's Sensory Activity, book recommendations, a home decor DIY,  and a super easy bento box you can pack your kid's for lunch on St Patrick's Day. 

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I've never done anything like this before, and I definitely don't think you need to do every activity that I'm throwing at you this week, but hopefully you can take away something that you love that you want to do with your kids in your home. 

I found this bag of Lucky Charms Marshmallows at the store this weekend, and knew that they needed to be transformed into some rice crispies ASAP. I was originally hoping they would have more of a rainbow effect, but they turned out green with a hint of rainbow which worked out well.

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These marshmallows were actually super soft and the kids loved snacking on them too, if you need a fun little treat idea for St Patrick's the marshmallows themselves would be super fun. I think it would also be fun to make normal rice crispy treats, and then stir in some of these crunchy Lucky Charm's marshmallows you can get on Amazon. 

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A final variation would be to just make rice crispy treats as normal, and then add green coloring into the marshmallow mixture. Super simple, and no shopping for extra ingredients. 

Ingredients:
3 tbsp butter
6 cups Rice Krispy Cereal

Directions:
Lightly spray a 9x13 dish with cooking spray. 

Microwave the marshmallows and the butter together for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Stir the marshmallow mixture into your cereal until well combined, and then press into the baking pan. 

Allow to set for about 10 minutes before serving. 

For best cutting results, spray a knife with cooking spray so that you get clean cuts.



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The Best Sugar Cookies

Every year around Christmas we make lots and lots of cookies. Sometimes we give them to friends, or Derek will bring them to work, and other times we just keep them and eat them for ourselves. This year Jay has been really into making lots and lots of cookies each day, and so we're working through a lot of different recipes. We've already made my favorite chocolate chip cookies, these gingerbread cookies, and just a few days ago, we made these sugar cookies. The dough is really easy to make and I felt like they held their shape really well, which is an automatic win for me every time. 


Ingredients: 
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool on cookie sheets for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack (or wax paper on the counter like we do). Once completely cooled, decorate as desired. 

Chocolate Cracker Toffee (Christmas Crack)

My family didn't have a lot of traditions around the holidays. Growing up we usually did one of those chocolate advent calendars, we got to open one gift on Christmas Eve, and we would go to church on Christmas morning, but other than that, there really were no set in traditions of things we ALWAYS did. One thing that I didn't really know existed until I'd moved out of my own house was the concept of neighbor gifts. We'd never done them for our neighbors growing up, and I don't really remember people bringing anything to our house either.


The Christmas before I left for college in January of 2011, I'd been living with my friend's family for a few months, and it was fun to see how other families did the holiday season. Their Christmas wasn't really that different than what we had growing up, except it was a tradition in their house each year that my friend's mom would make large batches of this chocolate cracker toffee, and then give tins of it to what I can only assume was every single family at church. 


This recipe isn't the exact same as the one she makes, although she did give it to me at one point, and I lost it. But I'm pretty sure it has to be fairly similar to this one, and it tastes amazing! This is a fun recipe because you can top it with so many different things. I opted for Christmas colored sprinkles, but you could easily do nuts, sea salt, m&ms, etc... and totally make it your own. 


This year I'm planning on making a couple batches of this and actually hand it out to our neighbors. It's so fun to live in such a friendly neighborhood where we actually know two families on our street, and another family one street over. Since I'm pretty minimal when it comes to wrapping things up, I'll just be stashing these away into some Hefty Quart Size Zipper bags (which are actually cheaper and more durable than Ziploc), and then putting these little bag labels on top, and calling it a day.



Ingredients:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 sleeves saltine crackers
optional: sprinkles, nuts, candy for topping

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350°. Line a large 11x17 cookie sheet with parchment paper, or a silicone baking sheet, and then line it with saltine crackers. My pan took about 1 1/2 sleeves, and I had to break some crackers in half to fill in the final edge. 

In a small pot, melt together the butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Bring it up to a boil, and then set the timer for three minutes, and stir the mixture constantly so it does not burn. Remove the butter and sugar mixture after three minutes, add the vanilla, and then pour it on top of the crackers, and spread it out evenly with a rubber spatula. 

Place the crackers in the oven for 10 minutes, and then sprinkle the two cups of chocolate chips on top. After 3-5 minutes, the chocolate chips should have melted, and then using your rubber spatula again, spread the chocolate evenly on top of the caramel and cracker mixture. If you're topping your toffee with something, now is the time to sprinkle it on top. 

Place the tray in the fridge for at least one hour for the chocolate to harden, and then break into pieces and place in bags or tins to give as gifts, or just eat it all for yourself. 

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Sugar Cookie Hot Chocolate

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We're officially at the beginning of the holiday season. Halloween is officially over, and everyone if full steam ahead toward Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love trying and making new recipes with my family during this time, because that's the number one way that I love to celebrate the holidays, through treats. I love hot chocolate, but have only had a white hot chocolate a handful of times. I thought I would be fun to make a sugar cookie white hot chocolate using the International Delight® Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer. I'm told that International Delight is a wonderful addition to a morning cup of coffee, but since I don't actually drink coffee, I can only testify of it's hot chocolate benefits.




This recipe was super easy to make, and I love how versatile it can be. All you need is one cup of white chocolate chips, three cups of milk, and then one cup of the International Delight creamer of your choice. I used the sugar cookie flavor, but this would also be amazing with the pumpkin spice flavor, or even the peppermint mocha. Since there is such a wide variety flavors, you can easily just swap out one to fit your needs.

I was able to get my International Delight Coffee Creamers in the dairy section at Walmart. Most stores have it in the big refrigerated bins in the middle of the isle, but mine was over behind the glass doors where the milk is kept. 



Ingredients:
3 cups whole milk
1 cup good quality chocolate chips

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a pot over medium-low heat until all the chocolate is melted and everything is heated through all the way. Serve warm, and top with whipped cream and sprinkles!

What is your favorite way to make hot chocolate? Have you ever tried making it with International Delight Coffee Creamers? If not, you should totally give it a try!



Valentine's Muddy Buddies

I remember in high school, every year around Halloween my best friend and I would go to this pumpkin carving festival where all the proceeds went to Alzheimer's research. They also had a huge bake sale there, and I remember one year I bought muddy buddies, and it was my first time eating them, and as you can imagine, it was one of the better moments in my 16-year-old life. I never tried making them on my own after that first introduction, but then I watched a youtube video last week of someone making them, and I realized it wasn't an insanely hard thing to master.

I made these ones red, and white, and then added in some Valentine's colored M&Ms to make them fun and festive for this upcoming week. The best part was that we had most of the things to make these in our house already, which is always a huge bonus.




Ingredients: 
5oz white chocolate chips
5oz red candy melts
1 tbsp vegetable oil
5 cups corn chex cereal
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup strawberry cake mix
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 bag Valentine's M&Ms
2 gallon size ziplock bags

Directions:
Start by dividing the chex mix into two bowls. (2½ cup in each)

In microwave safe dish, melt the 5 ounces white almond bark or white chocolate chips. Add ½ teaspoon shortening so that the almond bark will spread evenly. Microwave 30 seconds at a time and be careful not to burn the almond bark. Dump this in the first bowl of chex and mix evenly to coat all of the chex cereal.

Melt the red candy melts next also checking and stirring the candy melts 30 seconds at a time. Once this is melted, pour this over the second bowl of divided chex and mix until coated.

In two gallon size ziplock bags, put ½ cup strawberry cake mix and ¼ cup powdered sugar in each bag. Dump each bowl of chex mix in each bag and shake until coated with the powdered sugar and strawberry powdered cake mix.


Gingerbread Cookies - 2015 Thu, Dec 17

Derek doesn't have favorites for anything. In his opinion he doesn't feel like one should be restricted by favorites because as soon as you tell someone your favorite color, candy, anything, that's all your going to get for the rest of your life. It's kind of true, and a good theory. One thing that Derek does have a favorite with though is cookies. When we were first married he told me his favorite cookies were gingerbread, and as much as I tried, they never came out right. 

For our #FlammilyAdvent one of our daily activities were to make gingerbread cookies. I looked up a recipe and tweaked it a little bit to fit with the ingredients we had in our pantry and you guys, these cookies are amazing. They're chewy, they taste like gingerbread, but not in a way that's overwhelmingly spicy like some recipes. They hold they're shape and don't spread at all in the oven. They're perfection. I even got a little risky and tried my hand at royal icing and that came our great too. Now if only I had better cookie decorating skills. 


Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
6 tbsp unsalted, room temperature butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses 
2 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375°. In a bowl, whisk together the four, salt, cinnamon, and cloves, then set aside. In a bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar until just combined. Then beat in the egg. Then add in your vanilla and molasses and beat until it's all incorporated. Slowly mix in the flour mixture until it all comes together in a dough. 

On a floured surface, with a floured rolling pin, sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough and then roll it out until it's 1/8in thick. Cut out desired shapes with your cookie cutters, and then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack. After 8 minutes of baking, they're not going to look done, but trust me, they're done!


A Thanksgiving Dessert Bar + Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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As I've mentioned before, interior design, home decorating, and party setups have all become a major passion of mine within the last year. I'm not a very artistic person, I don't sew well, and my husband has a list a mile long of Pinterest fails that I've tried over the years, but there is just something about interior design and  I that just click really well together. It's that one time for me where I can really feel my creative juices flowing, and when I step back and see the space, or table that I've created, I really feel proud of my work. It's a feeling of accomplishment that I've never had in a creative setting before, and it definitely motivates me to do it more in the future. 

Today I'm sharing a Thanksgiving Dessert Bar setup (and a recipe for mini pumpkin pies at the bottom of the post!). This definitely isn't something that you need to have to make your Thanksgiving dinner complete, but if you're eating in your formal dining room, and have a table in your kitchen that isn't doing anything else, I think this dessert bar would be a perfect use for it! There is a good chance that you already have a lot of these items in your home, and if your Thanksgiving guests bring a treat to share, it's a fun way to display everyone's creations. 

When I'm designing a tablescape, or a room in my house to decorate, the first thing that I do is sketch out the idea in my head on a piece of paper. That may sounds really weird, but it helps me to know exactly what I want to do, and then I can start digging around my house for pieces that will make it work, and then I can make a list of things that I can pick up at a craft store, or Walmart to fill in the gaps. 

Once I have everything together that I need, I start by putting the big things out on the table. I think a symmetrical table with varying heights always look great and so I setup all the big pieces first to create a good base, and then I can go in and fill the gaps with everything else.



After that, I hang my banner on the wall to fill in all the white space, and to give more texture and interest to the entire space. I was really excited when I found this paper banner at my local craft store and then I used black paint and stencils for the lettering. Also, lets talk about how lucky I was that there were ten triangles, and that "Give Thanks", has ten letters in it. 

When those first steps are finished I add all the food to the table. This will not only allow me to see how all the food looks, but it will give me a better idea of where the blank spaces are, and where I need to add things.




I made these cookies with regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, but if you swapped them out for the Nestle Tollhouse Pumpkin Spice Morsels, they would be another fabulous fall themed treat. 
All of these treats were incredibly easy to make. My favorite one was the mini pumpkin pies. Growing up  I remember making the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie with my grandmother and she always used the recipe off of the Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin, 15oz can. It's a classic recipe that has been used by families (including my own), since 1950. I figured, if it's not broke, don't fix it, right? I love that the recipe only includes a few ingredients like sugar, spices, eggs, and one can Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk, 15oz. There is nothing better then recipes where you just have to dump, stir, and bake. (I'll have the exact directions to how I made these mini pies at the bottom of the post).


In my initial drawing, I didn't have that much detail, and when I needed more things to fill in the gaps, I just pulled things together from around the house. Those gourds were purchased at the grocery store a few weeks ago for $.69 each and were just sitting in my office, so I threw those on. I needed something to add height for the desserts, so I used a basket we had in the living room. The sides of the basket seemed bare so I grabbed the pumpkin from my porch, and then a vase from our book shelf. They were all really simple additions that made a big impact.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Ingredients: 
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 eggs
1 can Libby's 100% pure pumpkin, 15 oz
1 can Nestle Carnation Evaportated Milk, 15oz
1 unbaked deep dish pie crust (I did store bought)
whipped cream (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425°. Mix together the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves and set aside. In another bowl beat the eggs, then add the pumpkin and mix together. Slowly incorporate the evaporated milk.

Grease the inside of a standard muffin thin with cooking spray. Roll your dough out on the table and with the mouth of a glass, cut circles out into the dough. Press each circle cutout into one of the holes in the muffin tin, and then pour the pumpkin pie mixture into each pie shell.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. When the time is up, reduce the temperature to 350° and then bake for an additional 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for five minutes. Carefully remove each pie from the muffin tin, and then cool on a wire rack for one hour.


How will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Are you hostings? Or are you in charge of bringing dessert? If so, be sure to check out the Nestle Tollhouse Pinterest page for some great dessert inspiration!

Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Frosting

This isn't going to be one of those Monday afternoons where I sit down and write a post telling you about the glorious, instagram/pinterest/blog-worthy weekend we had. In fact, I spent most of the weekend in bed with a fever and a migraine. I had lost about eight pounds in three days from only being able to take Advil and drink orange juice for the majority of that time. Finally last night I felt like I was really on the med and decided to do something about all that lost weight and decided donuts was the perfect solution. If you're looking to add some weight back onto your hips this is a great way to do it, but you'll need to wash it down with some whole milk too. It's the only way. 

I saw these donuts a few weeks ago on my friend Melanie's blog, Garnish and Glaze. Her recipes are amazing. I've made a few of them now and they've never disappointed. I hesitated sharing this recipe because I didn't want to feel like I was taking credit for something that she did, but we did make quite a few changes to the recipe because it was late on a Sunday night and sometimes you have to adapt to what you've got on hand, but these were delicious, and I'm super grateful to Melanie for providing us with a great base for this recipe. Also, definitely check out and make her actual recipe because I'm sure the real deal is even better than these!



Recipe adapted from Garnish and Glaze
Yields 12 donuts
Ingredients:
For the Donuts:
1 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp clove
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Frosting:
4 tbsp butter
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp dark corn syrup
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp vanilla 
1 cup powdered sugar
sprinkles

Directions: 
For the Donuts:
Preheat oven to 350° and light grease a donut pan with non stick cooking spray. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove together in a bowl and set aside. Whisk together the white sugar, brown sugar, oil. eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla until combined. The pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined.

Fill a large ziplock bag with the batter and then pipe it into the donut pan until each one is about 2/3 full. I used a quart size freezer bag and put about two cups of batter into it before pipping. I then used a new bag, with another two cups of batter before putting the donuts in the oven again for batch number two. 

Bake in the oven for 13-16 minutes or until baked, and allow to cool for 5 minutes before frosting.

For the Frosting:
Heat butter, milk, and corn syrup together over medium heat until the butter melts, remove from heat and whisk in the chocolate chips, and then whisk in the powdered sugar until their are no more clumps. Allow to cool and set for a few minutes before dipping in the donuts. Once donuts are dipped, sprinkle with sprinkles if desired. 


Halloween Mini Pudding Pies

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I'm back for round two today of Halloween ideas for your Snack Pack chocolate pudding cups. This one might be my favorite because it's a little nostalgic of when  I had "cemetery cake" for the first time in elementary school. I don't know what it is about chocolate pudding, cookie crumbs, and gummy worms that I find so absolutely thrilling at this time of year, but it's seriously so fun, and I can't get enough of it. 

These are the perfect treat for a little Halloween party or play date. I think most kids will enjoy getting their own little pie, and it would even be more fun to let them construct them on their own. The plus side is that they can't really mess them up too badly because it's Halloween and I think a little destruction is all in the nature of the holiday right? You can make these right in the pudding cups, or transfer the pudding into Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust like I did.

I grabbed everything that I needed for this project at Walmart which made everything super easy. The gravestones are made out of Nutter Butters dipped in black and white candy melts melted and stirred together, the dirt is made from crushed Oreo's and the worms are well, gummy worms. Super simple and easy to make! Also right now at Walmart look for $1 off your purchase of Snack Pack Pudding when you purchase 14.3oz or Oreos!









Supplies:
Snack Pack Pudding
Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust
Oreo Cookies
Nutter Butters
White and Black Candy Melts
Gummy Worms

Directions:
Spoon Snack Pack Pudding into Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crusts until they're full. Then crush the Oreo cookies by putting them into a bag and crushing them with a rolling pin. Then sprinkle them on top of the pudding in the pies.

Melt equal parts white nad black candy melts in the microwave in 30 second incraments until smooth. Dip the Nutter Butters into the grey candy melts and then set on a flat plate in the freezer until hardened. Once they're cool and hardened insert them into the middle of each pie. Place gummy worms around the Nutter Butters to finish them off.

How are you celebrating Halloween this year? What are your favorite mix-ins for your Snack Packs?

Halloween Pudding Cups

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If you want the truth about these pudding cups it goes a little bit like this: Over the weekend we stayed home and watched an eight hour church conference called General Conference. I'm sure you saw friends all over social media using the hashtag #LDSConf, and that's why. If you ever tried watching eight hours of church with a one-year-old and a three-year-old you probably know where this is going.

Saturday afternoon during the first session Jay decided that it was a good time at the age of three and two months to figure out how to climb out of his crib and nap times are officially over in this house. If you have a toddler who doesn't nap anymore, then you know the tantrums and illogical thinking that comes from a small person not getting their nap.

So we dealt with that all day Saturday, and then he slept great Saturday night. Sunday it was the same thing, but his attitude was terrible all the day long. At some point in the afternoon I remembered that I had to make this post for today so I got everything out to do it, and then all heck broke out in our house. The internet went out while Derek was trying to get General Conference to work on our computer, and Jay had hit the cranky wall and was getting into everything for this post. I found great therapy when it was time to crush the sandwich cookies with the rolling pin and really went to town on that because as a mother you never want to hit your children, but when you're tired and cranky and you get to go to town with a rolling pin on a bag of sandwich cookies? Best three minutes ever.

Anyways, onto the pudding cups. since I made similar Snack Pack pudding cups like this for Easter, I thought it would be fun to try my hand at Halloween. My original plan was to make a pumpkin patch and dip sandwich cookies cookies into orange candy melts and then draw the face onto the candy melts for the jack-o-lantern with an edible marker, but then the edible marker wouldn't write on the candy melts... and every marker in our house wouldn't write on the candy melts. Luckily I found these Halloween themed candies last week when I was at Meijer so they were the perfect thing to swap out the sandwich cookie pumpkins for.

Snack Pack comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities that the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-oz glass of milk, so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack. For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack on Pinterest  and Facebook.


Right now at Meijer through 10/31 when you use your mperks coupon you can save $1 off when you purchase four 4-packs of snack pack pudding. (More details here) We'll be heading to Bowling Green store location in Tennessee this weekend for a family trip we're taking and are excited about the Ready For You demos that will be going on in store from 12-6pm!


halloween pudding cups






Supplies:
Snack Pack Pudding
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Halloween Candies

Directions:
Crush the chocolate sandwich cookies in a resealable baggie with a rolling pin. Distribute the cookie crumbs into each pudding cup, and then top with desired Halloween candies!

What are your favorite things to mix into your Snack Pack pudding? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

8 Easy Recipes for Your First Thanksgiving

Last year I wanted to host my first Thanksgiving dinner, I also wanted to be a champion and cook everything myself. Luckily our friends that we were having over talked some sense into me, and they brought the mashed potatoes, rolls, salad, and a pie or two. My kitchen did still get quite a bit of use though over the course of two days. And I think that should I have any desire to cook a Thanksgiving dinner ever again, I should be pretty well set with this arsenal of recipes that I've acquired. These recipes have all been approved by two husbands, wives, and toddlers.

Just looking at all these recipes is making me especially thankful that we'll be spending Thanksgiving this year with our newly found NC cousins, Missy, and Sue, and their families. So instead of turning my kitchen into a disaster area, I'll be making stuffing, rolls, and one pie and calling it a day! Pot luck Thanksgivings are just one of my many love languages. 



  1. Oven Baked Stuffing
  2. Slow Cooked Cranberry Sauce
  3. Orange Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole
  4. Cinnamon Rolls
  5. Dutch Apple Pie
  6. Pecan Pie
  7. Pumpkin Pie
  8. 30 Minute Dinner Rolls