Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Appetizers


  • 4 (6-inch) pitas, each cut into 8 wedges
  • Cooking spray $
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame-seed paste)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil $
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin $
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped $
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkinseed kernels, toasted (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Place pita wedges on baking sheets; coat with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 6 minutes or until toasted.
  3. Place tahini and next 7 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor, and process until smooth. Add parsley; pulse until blended. Spoon hummus into a serving bowl; sprinkle with pumpkinseed kernels, if desired. Serve with pita wedges.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Twice Baked Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Twice Baked Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

On Sunday I headed to ShopRite bright and early thinking I would beat the rush and boy was I wrong!  The lines were so long, but I was thankful I was able to get some last minute supplies like water and of course I wanted to test some deals for the week before we get stormed in for a few days.  I was thrilled that the Kraft Fresh Take Money Maker deal for Sunday, 10/28 only worked for me!  I scored 4 Kraft Fresh Takes for FREE, plus made $2.00.  Love that!
I haven’t tried this Twice Baked Cheesy Potatoes Recipe yet, however I’m thinking I will totally give it a try this week.  They just look so yummy!  Definitely some good ole comfort food ;)

Twice Baked Cheesy Potatoes Recipe:

  • 6 baking potatoes baked (about 2 lbs)
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • chives for garnish
  • 1 pkg.  (6 oz.) FRESH TAKE Cheddar Jack & Bacon Recipe Cheese Breadcrumb Mix, mixed together
  1. HEAT oven to 375ºF.
  2. CUT potatoes lengthwise in half; scoop out centers into large bowl, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells. Place shells on baking sheet.
  3. ADD sour cream, onions and 3/4 cup cheese mixture to potato flesh; mix well. Spoon into shells; top with remaining cheese mixture.
  4. BAKE 25 min. or until heated through.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Owl Craft for preschoolers

I love to craft, and most know that the reason why I save money at the grocery store is so I can spend money on crafting- it's my addiction and I love it, so when I saw this amazingly cute owl in the Family Fun Magazine C and I had to make it with Little E trying to eat the cup cake wrapper (he's 9 months.) They turned out supper cute! Go here for the instructions, also found in October's issue of Family Fun Magazine.

C loved making these owls, my only notes for this craft that i did a bit differently are: for the ruffles/feathers I attached them with tape- not tacky glue to messy and you can't see the tape. for the eyes we used some stickers but you can use goggle eyes for those if don't have stickers for eyes (I don't know where you get them at- we got some from a friend. (Thanks SD)) 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Shake

Do you like Pumpkin Pie? Do you like milkshakes? Well, if so, you are gonna love this super easy and super delicious pumpkin pie shake recipe. This shake literally tastes like a piece of pumpkin pie… a cold and creamy piece! I made these shakes for the family last weekend and they were a huge hit!
2 cups vanilla ice cream (any kind you like!)
1 cup milk
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
frozen whipped topping, thawed
Pumpkin-pie spice
Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Pour ice cream mixture into 4 glasses. Top each with whipped topping and sprinkle with the additional pumpkin-pie spice, if desired.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Candy Corn Bark

Candy Corn Bark
15 min. 20 small servings.
10-12 oreos (I like the Halloween or the double stuff kind the best)
3/4 to a 1 cup crushed pretzels (any work well, I used the little ones)
12 oz white chocolate chips, or white almond bark
1 bag of Candy Corn

Crush up the Oreos and the pretzels while your melting your chocolate (I use the microwave and melt the white chocolate in 30 seconds intervals. Then mix the ingredients together saving some of the candy corn for a garnish at the top of the bark. Spread the mixture onto parchment paper in a 8x8 pan (I use a Pampered Chef Medium Bar pan that has been in the freezer to speed up the setting process.) Put on some candy corn and sprinkles at this time to make it look festive. Once the Bark is set break apart into small pieces.

Monday, October 15, 2012

20 Creative Ways to Decorate with Pumpkins!

It’s pumpkin season…and pumpkins can be used for many different decorating ideas throughout the fall season in more ways than you would think! If you love pumpkins but are bored with the traditional carving and lighting them, why not give one of these ideas a try!
All of these ideas are embedded into this post from Pinterest, so be sure to click on the picture(s) below that you like to repin the image to your Pinterest account so that people following you on Pinterest can go to the original source with the instructions!  :)
#1. White and Jute Pumpkins

#2. Mumkins!

#3. Thankful Pumpkins!

#4. Sweater Pumpkins

#5. Staircase Pumpkins!

#6. Pumpkin Candy Containers!

#7. Cinderella Pumpkins!

#8. Monogrammed Pumpkins!

#9. Designer Pumpkins!

#10. Nailhead Pumpkins!

#11. Stocking Pumpkins!

#12. Pumpkin Candlesticks!
Source: via Rachel @ on Pinterest

#13. Pumpkin Owls!
Source: via Rachel @ on Pinterest

#14. Mickey Pumpkins!

#15. Pumpkin Soup Tureen!

#16. Pumpkin Mantle Decorations!

#17. Pumpkin Pedestals!

#18. Pumpkin Place Cards!

#19. Pumpkin Candle Holders

#20. Pumpkin Coolers!

BONUS: Decorating A Pumpkin With Duct Tape!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Christmas versatile cookie dough

Save some time this holiday season by using the versatile cookie dough recipe found HERE. You can use it to make SIX different kinds of cookies.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Now's the time to start collecting baking coupons

I love October, in fact it's my 3rd favorite month- next to December and May. I love October for the beautiful colors the cooler nights, and of course all the creativity that Halloween brings.

One of the other fantastic things that this Beautiful month brings is coupons, Yep I have a system for the month of October, and it's pretty simple, Stock up on Coupons- save your money and spend in November and December!  It might sound extreme as I don't really grocery shop much in the month of October ( every one is gearing up for November and December and sales are not that impressive to me.) So I print, and collect coupons to use them in the coming months and stock pile lots of baking goods and other things that our family uses for the coming year.

Here are some of my favorite ways to collect coupons, as most of you know we have all the coupon saving blogs that we love on our website, I like to scour those websites and print to my heart's content. I even get family and friends to print these coupons for me if they are a great deal. Please leave a comment on this post if you want to more information on some of the good websites to print coupons and I will post back.

The other tricks that I have up my sleeve are simple but seem to be very effective. I contact the Manufacture to get coupons, I love contacting the manufacturer for coupons, last year I emailed the company that makes the Andie's mints and they sent me a bogo coupon just for saying that I love your product and asked if they had some coupons! Simple and it saved be about $3. I will also ask vendors at our local Iowa Falls Hy-Vee if they have coupons to give, usually Nabisco has decent ones that I like to use when they have a good sale.

To start I have a generic letter that I have saved on my computer and plug in product name into the letter I copy and paste the letter to their comment section under the contact us tab and see what happens. It truly is a great way to save some money on products that you will use.

So if you can hold off on buying baking good products for a couple more weeks you will be very happy you did as you can get most things at least 50%-75% off.  One of the best deals of the season will be chocolate chips and other baking chips, which reminds me I need to use some up so I can buy some more baking chips for next year.

Good luck collecting coupons - or Stock Piling coupons so you can build your stock pile.

- Lisa

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