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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Taffy Apple Pizza

 Hi Everyone! It's Jenn from Deliciously Sprinkled and I'm so excited to be back this year to share another delicious recipe for Christine's Halloween Extravaganza! Last year, I shared my super easy Halloween Oreo Popcorn, so I thought this year I would share my famous Taffy Apple Pizza recipe, don't worry it's super simple to make. This Taffy Apple Pizza starts out with a sugar cookie crust topped with a creamy peanut butter mixture, apples, peanuts and drizzled with caramel. It's the perfect fall dessert for all the upcoming holiday parties, especially when you don't have time to make an apple pie from scratch. Enjoy! Taffy Apple Pizza-1     RECIPE: Prep: 10 min Bake: 15 min Serves 10-12 

1 (16.5 oz.) tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough
 1 package cream cheese, softened
 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
 4 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
 2-3 tart apples, thinly sliced
 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans
 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
 2 Tablespoons caramel topping

 Directions: 1. Press cookie dough onto a 14 in. pizza pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool.
 2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla. Spread over crust. arrange apple slices on top. Sprinkle with pecans and cinnamon; drizzle with caramel topping.

I think I'll have this for lunch today, Jenn!  :)  Seriously, though, this looks AMAZING!  Thanks so much for being our guest today!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Candy Corn Donuts

 Hi everyone! I'm Cate from Chez CateyLou and I am so excited to be helping Christine celebrate her Halloween Extravaganza! Nothing says Halloween to me more than Candy Corn. The second those festive yellow, orange, and white nuggets hit the store shelves, I know that fall and Halloween are just around the corner! Since candy corn is probably not an appropriate breakfast food, I decided to make some baked donuts that are decorated to look just like candy corn!
  Candy Corn Donuts - the perfect breakfast treat to make for Halloween! |ChezCateyLou.comCandy Corn Donuts - the perfect breakfast treat to make for Halloween! |ChezCateyLou.com
 These are the perfect donuts to make for Halloween breakfast. They are so fun and festive, and your kids will have a blast decorating them! But donuts don't have to be only for breakfast - these would be a great addition to any Halloween party spread. Candy Corn Donuts - the perfect breakfast treat to make for Halloween! |ChezCateyLou.com

Candy Corn Donuts - the perfect breakfast treat to make for Halloween! |ChezCateyLou.com



For the Donuts

1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash nutmeg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
!For the Glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
dash salt
orange food coloring
yellow food coloring


For the Donuts

Preheat oven to 325 degreesF.  Grease two 6-cavity donut pans with nonstick cooking spray.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg, milk, yogurt, and vanilla until very well combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Spoon the batter into the donut cavities, filling each one just over half full (this makes about 10 donuts).  Bake the donuts for 8 - 10 minutes.  Allow them to cool in the pan for a minute, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

For the Glaze:

Whisk together powdered sugar, butter, cream, salt and 1 T heavy cream. Keep adding heavy cream until desired consistency is reached.  Divide the glaze into three bowls.  Keep one white, color one orange, and color one yellow.

Once the donuts are cooled, spread the icing on the donuts in three stripes - white on the top, orange in the middle, and yellow on the bottom.  Allow the glaze to set, then serve. 

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Imagination Potion and Our Favorite Halloween Kids' Books

When Halloween time rolls around each year, it presents a perfect opportunity to create spookily-tasty concoctions in the kitchen with the kids, like today's Imagination Potion drink made with SunnyD!  It's fizzy and orange with a cloud of delightful foam on top.  I dare you to take a drink!
As my kids and I made this "brew", we pictured a green-faced, warty-nosed witch stirring her bubbly cauldron of orange, while chanting her spell.  The kids insisted that she was a good witch, however, because she was wanting to bring about positive things with her magic.  :)

This drink should come with a warning, "Poisonous, this drink is not!  Exciting things will happen when sipped."

Halloween is such an imaginative time of the year, don't you think?!  From clever desserts to dress-ups to making spook alleys, to BOOing your neighbors and carving the perfect pumpkin, the opportunities to "get those wheels turning" are endless! 

And speaking of imagination, my kids and I have a favorite pastime of reading together.  It's incredible the places a good book can take you!
I have a favorite quote by Katrina Mayer that says, "A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair." 

Who needs to plan and pay for an elaborate, dreamy vacation when you can open a book and have the same experience? :)

 I encourage my kids to read every day, and as a result, they get so excited to unveil the adventures that await on the pages.  I've seen so much growth in their creativity and ability to "think outside the box" as a result.  Books are amazing!

We've already pulled out the Halloween literature, so I wanted to share the titles of a few of our favorites with you.  We tend to wear these books out during the month of October.  The kids can recite them by heart, but we still can't stop reading them!

  • The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
  • Wee Witches' Halloween by Jerry Smath
  • Olivia and the Haunted Hotel by Jodie Shepherd
  • There Was an old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro
  • Trick or Treat Marley! by John Grogan
This orange Halloween drink may appear daunting, but it's sure to further spark those creative juices, if getting sucked into a good book doesn't do the job! 

Don't be afraid...give it a go and see what happens. :)

All it takes are a few components to create this spooky, yet intriguing beverage that's perfect for Halloween parties!  At our house we love SunnyD anytime of the day, but it's especially perfect for today's festive refreshment.

 I picked up all the supplies at Walmart and then got busy in "the lab" with my kiddos!

You'll just need some SunnyD in the orange flavor, some orange sherbet, and lemon lime soda.  Be sure to chill the SunnyD and soda in the refrigerator for the yummiest results.  Grab some apothecary jars, print and attach the labels at the end of this post for an enticing, fun Halloween treat that promises to take your mind on an adventure!
I love that SunnyD is encouraging imagination in kids with their Book Spree Program.  Help earn books (up to 20) for your kids' classrooms (ages K-7th grade) by purchasing participating SunnyD products. Even home educators are eligible!  To participate in this program:

  • Step 1: Parents clip and collect eligible SunnyD UPC labels.
  • Step 2: Parents send UPC labels with their child to a participating teacher.
  • Step 3: Teachers collect UPCs, fill out the entry form and mail both to SunnyD. One redemption per teacher.
  • Step 4 - SunnyD sends books to participating classrooms (limit of 20 books/classroom). Don’t Delay - Book Spree ends 11/30/2015.

In a nutshell, just collect SunnyD labels and send to your child’s teacher. Teachers will then send the labels into SunnyD to get free books. For every 20 labels received, SunnyD will donate 20 free books. (expires on 11/30/15 or while supplies last).  

How exciting is that?! I know my kids' teachers will love to add a few new books to their classroom collection.


16 oz. SunnyD orange, chilled
4 cups lemon lime soda, chilled
3 big scoops orange sherbet
Orange slices for garnish, optional

For serving:
Halloween Straws
Apothecary Jars
Potion Labels (print below)

In a large bowl or pitcher, stir together SunnyD and lemon lime soda.  Add sherbet scoops and use a potato masher to completely incorporate it into the mix.  When all the sherbet chunks are melted, use a funnel to pour the drink into mini apothecary jars, attach the potion labels with double sided tape and insert a fun Halloween paper straw.  Then, drink at your own risk pleasure and wait for good things to happen!

Such a fun way to celebrate the spooky day!  All the party guests will want to take a risk and go "bottoms-up" with this drink!  Who knows, afterwards they might start having magical visions about their glorious future.

Download and print your free potion labels HERE.

Drink this potion and then let your imagination take you places while you immerse yourself in a good book!

Happy reading and Happy Halloween!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and SunnyD, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #keepitsunny http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Halloween Snack Cups

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackAndGo #CollectiveBias

These fun, treat-filled Frankenstein Halloween Snack Cups made with NABISCO Go-Paks! are sure to be a hit at your party or just as an after-school treat!
It's no secret how much I love Halloween.  In fact, I'd go so far as to call it an obsession.  But I'd like to think it's a good obsession, because it leads me to create adorable things like today's Frankenstein snack-on-the-go cup.  

Because Frankie was lonely, I made him some friends, Mr. Pumpkin and Mrs. Ghost.  They're pals now.
They're also about the easiest (and tastiest, I might add) things you'll ever make.  Even if there's not a crafty bone in your skeleton body, you'll be able to pull these off and wow the ghoulish party peeps or your little goblins after they trudge in the door from school.

Oh, the goodness that's inside these mini cups.  Let's take a minute to talk about it.  

Graveyard dirt and mud (Mini OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies and Chocolate Snack Pack® pudding) mingle spookily with ghost poop (mini marshmallows), fog (Reddi-Wip) and earthworms (gummy worms), to form a concoction so yummy it's deadly!

Seriously, you'll howl in delight at bite one.  :)

I love that the OREOs and pumpkins together look like a graveyard!
To formulate this blood-curdling-tasty "brew" of sorts, you'll need some NABISCO Go-Paks!, Chocolate Snack Pack® Pudding, some Reddi-Wip and a few mix-ins like marshmallows and candy pumpkins. 

I love that the cups are plastic, so they won't leak when we place our wet ingredients inside. And, they're not filled completely to the top, so adding in a few other creepy components is no biggie! 
 I snagged all of these items when I made an eerie appearance at Walmart with my little monsters not long ago.

It's a no-brainer to stock up on these spooky snack items, available in terribly tremendous variety, because they're only $1!

With THIS creepy coupon, you can BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE NABISCO Go-Paks! Buy ONE (1) Snack Pack® Pudding and get ONE (1) FREE (up to $1.00) NABISCO Go-Paks! (2.25 oz. or larger).  

How bone-chillingly cool is that?
To make the "Graveyard Grub", begin by removing about half of your mini OREOs and placing them aside in a bowl.  Don't worry, we'll use them later.

Place a few pieces of ghost poop (a.k.a. mini marshmallows) on top of the OREOs.  Spread one cup of graveyard mud (a.k.a. Chocolate Snack Pack® Pudding) on top.  Reserve a few mini OREOs for the topping and place the rest on top of the pudding.  Now bring on the graveyard fog (a.k.a. Reddi-Wip), because I'm not afraid, are you?

Top with reserved mini OREOs, candy pumpkins, and gummy worms (a.k.a. earthworms), not shown.  
Now, because Frankenstein just has to make his frightening appearance in full costume, we're going to create his ghastly get-up with a few items that you probably already have in your dark and dreary craft closet.  You'll want to do this before you fill the cups, of course.

Simply wrap a piece of green paper around the cup, make a mark where the bottom of the cup is, and cut.  Now, wrap the paper around and secure with double-sided tape.  Because the cups aren't perfectly round, the paper will not be completely even in the back, but it's ok because everyone will be so distracted by the adorable front, that they won't even notice.

Next, attach your large googly eyes with hot glue and draw on a face, hair and stitches with black permanent marker.  Cut two black bolts out of cardstock or construction paper, fold some small tabs, and attach to the sides with hot glue.
The steps are very similar for Mrs. Ghost and Mr. Pumpkin.  Measure the paper around the cup, cut, and draw on a spooky expression with black permanent marker.
Except with the pumpkin, you can glue a little piece of twig on top for the stem, as shown in the image below.
That's it!  Super easy, huh?  I told you!
Now call all the little ghosts and goblins to gather 'round and enjoy this gruesome grub that's totally NOT poisonous.  In fact, it's so delightful, it's magical!

Thanks for enduring my painful and plentiful puns of the Halloween sort.  I simply couldn't help myself!  :)

What is your favorite Halloween-time snack?  I'd love to hear in the comments section below!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Slice 'n' Bake Halloween Cookies

A homemade butter cookie with a surprise inside pumpkin.
Is it too early for Slice 'n' Bake Halloween cookies? I don't think so! Halloween is such a fun holiday to bake for. I just love it! We have a party at our house every year and this is a recipe I thought would be so cute. Just wanted to try it first to make sure it would work. And boy did it ever! Are these adorable or what? I made Christmas themed Slice 'n' Bake cookies last year and they came out great. They were easier than I thought. So creating a Halloween themed cookie was no problem. 
 And don't they look professional? When the kids came home from school, they saw the cookies and thought I bought them at the grocery store. They were so impressed when I said that I made them myself. Yay! But these cookies taste so much better than store bought. A delicate, butter cookie with a hint of almond and vanilla.
 To make the cookies, start by making a basic sugar cookie dough. Divide dough into thirds. Keep two thirds plain. From the remaining third, take a small piece out to color green. Color the rest orange.
 Roll out orange dough to about a 1/2-inch thickness. Add a small strip of green dough. Cut pumpkins.
Create three stacks of pumpkins.
 Roll remaining dough into small snake-like strips and place around the pumpkins. Refrigerate 
 Gently roll in sprinkles. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. SLICE-n-BAKE-Halloween-3 
 Cut 1/4-inch slices, place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350°F. SLICE-n-BAKE-Halloween-4 
 Let cool and serve.

 Slice 'n' Bake Halloween Cookies are perfect for your next party!

{Slice ‘n’ Bake Halloween Cookies}

3 cups (415g) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons (10g) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (210g) granulated sugar
8 ounces (226g) unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Orange and green food coloring (I used Wilton brand)

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl. With an electric mixer, beat on medium for 3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla and almond. Mix until combined. With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients. Mix on medium until a dough forms. Divide dough into thirds. Keep two thirds plain. Of the remaining dough, color a small piece green and the rest orange. I found it easiest to incorporate the color by kneading the dough with my hands.

Roll the orange dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Roll out a long narrow piece of green and attach it to the orange dough. Using a 1-inch pumpkin cookie cutter, cut as many pumpkins as you can (making sure that the stem part is on the green dough). Combine the scraps and roll again. Cut more pumkins. Repeat. Stack the pumpkins together in 3 rows.

Take the remaining plain dough and divide into thirds. Divide each third into smaller pieces that you roll out into narrow ropes of dough. Place the ropes around the pumpkin stacks. Gently roll to smooth edges. You will end up with 3 logs of dough. Roll each log in sprinkles, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for two hours or overnight.

Once chilled, slice 1/4-inch thick cookies and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350°F. for 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake. Let cool. Serve immediately or store covered for up to 1 week. They will also freeze well for longer life.

Makes about 30 cookies.


Lise is the mom, baker and recipe developer behind the blog, MomLovesBaking.com. She loves creating sweet treats, taking lots of pictures and sharing the step-by-step photo instructions with you. She shares all kinds of desserts which include some healthy choices. Some gluten-free recipes,  some skinny recipes and a savory recipe here and there. She especially loves easy recipes!

These cookies are SO fun and clever, Lise! Talk about impressive! They look totally do-able too, and I know my kids will love to help make a bunch very soon!
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Perfect Linens Plus $200 Cash Giveaway!

It's time for another fantastic giveaway!  Since I love my readers so much, I've joined up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you the chance to win some fun things, including some extra cash!  Best of luck to you!

One winner will receive-

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Butterbeer Brownie Brittle

Butterbeer Brownie Brittle recipe is chocolatey, decadent and crispy. It's the perfect snack to serve at your Halloween parties! A simple brownie brittle batter is made with the essentials, but is laced with the aroma and sweetness from butterbeer. The butterbeer brownie brittle is spread into a thin layer of chocolatey goodness on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. After it is baked to a crispy perfection, the brittle is cut into equal-sized pieces and cooled completely. Serve with a glass of warm butterbeer and this butterbeer brownie brittle will be gone in minutes!
Hello there, I Dig Pinterest readers! Justine from Cooking and Beer here to join in the Halloween Extravaganza fun! I was super excited to be bundled with a bunch of other great bloggers who are posting Halloween recipes, crafts and other fun things this month! Now I know you guys don't know me well, but we are seriously going to change that with this one little post. I love that holidays are surrounded by parties, themes, and FOOD. For more reasons than I can count, food is my favorite part about celebrating holidays. I love that you can make just the slightest little changes to your favorite recipes so that they encompass the theme of that holiday. Like making cupcakes with red, white and blue frosting for the 4th of July and adding snowflakes to your favorite sugar cookie recipe for the winter holiday
s. Butterbeer Brownie Brittle recipe is chocolatey, decadent and crispy. It's the perfect snack to serve at your Halloween parties! 
 This happens to be the same case with this butterbeer brownie brittle. Now there is really only one thing you need to know about me, to really know me. I am obsessed with a little movie series that is about a boy whose first name may go by "Harry" and whose last name quite possibly could be "Potter." I won't go into specifics, but I think you all are picking up what I'm throwing down. The day that I discovered butterbeer was basically the best day of my life. I mean what's not to love? It's like taking a big gulp of sugary sweetness that can either be served hot or cold! The day that I discovered brownie brittle was basically the second best day of my life (next to discovering butterbeer of course). I knew that I had to combine the two into one delicious, tasty snack. Butterbeer Brownie Brittle recipe is chocolatey, decadent and crispy. It's the perfect snack to serve at your Halloween parties!
I had to do some major recipe testing with this recipe, and some patience is definitely required, but it's 100% worth it. This recipe can be super finicky with oven temps, and can quickly go from slightly chewy to burnt to a crisp. A word of advice before giving this recipe go, keep a close eye on it! Recipe for this butterbeer brownie brittle is below! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do!

  Butterbeer Brownie Brittle Yield: 20-24 pieces Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 35 min Total Time: 50 min 

For the Butterbeer: 
 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk 
1/4 cup butterscotch sauce (store-bought) 
3 tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter 
2 cups vanilla cream soda 
For the Butterbeer Brownie Brittle: 
 1/2 cup granulated sugar 
1/2 cup light brown sugar 
2/3 cup all-purpose flour 
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
1/4 cup dry milk powder 
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
3 large eggs whites 
1/4 cup butterbeer 
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  For the Butterbeer: 1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the condensed milk, butterscotch sauce and unsalted butter. Heat in the microwave for about a minute, or until the butter is almost melted. Whisk to melt fully. 2. In another microwave-safe bowl, add the vanilla cream soda. Heat in the microwave for about 2 minutes. 3. Combine both the condensed milk mixture and the warm vanilla cream soda in a pitcher and stir thoroughly. 4. Store the butterbeer in the fridge until you are ready to use, or enjoy a glass warm! 
For the Butterbeer Brownie Brittle: 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, flour, cocoa powder, dry milk powder, salt and baking soda. 3. In a medium bowl, add the egg whites. 4. Add the eggs, butterbeer, butter and vanilla extract to the bowl with the dry ingredients and fold the ingredients together until just moistened. DO not over mix. 5. Pour the brownie brittle batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread the mixture into a very thin even layer. 6. Bake the butterbeer brownie brittle for 25-30 minutes or until crispy. There will be a fine line between the brittle coming out a tad on the chewy side and too crispy. Keep a close eye on the brittle and pull it from the oven when it's done to your liking. 7. Once the butterbeer brownie brittle is out of the oven, transfer the parchment paper to a cutting board. Cut equal pieces out of the brittle while it's still piping hot, and then let it cool completely. 8. Butterbeer brownie brittle will store in a cool dry place for about a week.

Butterbeer Brownie Brittle recipe is chocolatey, decadent and crispy. It's the perfect snack to serve at your Halloween parties! A simple brownie brittle batter is made with the essentials, but is laced with the aroma and sweetness from butterbeer. The butterbeer brownie brittle is spread into a thin layer of chocolatey goodness on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. After it is baked to a crispy perfection, the brittle is cut into equal-sized pieces and cooled completely. Serve with a glass of warm butterbeer and this butterbeer brownie brittle will be gone in minutes!
Butterbeer Brownie Brittle recipe is chocolatey, decadent and crispy. It's the perfect snack to serve at your Halloween parties! 

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Butterbeer Brownie Brittle recipe is chocolatey, decadent and crispy. It's the perfect snack to serve at your Halloween parties!

You've got me drooling on my keyboard, Justine!  This brittle looks AMAZING!  Thanks SO much for being our guest today!

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