Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies

What do you do when you have a whole lot of this on November 1st?

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If you have children, you can tell them you ate all of their candy. (These NEVER get old)

Or, you can throw them in sugar and make a dessert… I say, do both.

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Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Leftover candy of choice (I used Reeses, Kit Kat’s, chocolate chips and some sprinkles –> because everyone loves sprinkles 😉 )

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees & grab an 8×8 baking pan. Line your baking pan with parchment paper and grease with vegetable oil spray.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, & kosher salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, melted butter, & vanilla extract.  Once these ingredients are well blended, add the egg & mix until everything is combined.
  • Add the flour mixture very slowly and mix until barely combined.  Using a spatula or large spoon, continue mixing ingredients until completely mixed.  Here is where I folded in the chocolate chips.
  • Line the bottom of your pan with the Kit-Kat’s. (I used 12 of the packages that have 2 in them)
  • Spread the batter into baking pan.  Don’t worry if it seems like there’s not much batter…it all works out!
  • Chop your Reese’s (about a cup) and place them on top of the batter. Shake some sprinkles on for pretty color!
  • Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely on a wire rack, then pull the parchment paper out of the pan.
  • Cut Blondies into squares & enjoy!

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Now you have an excuse to do more than just tear open those wrappers and indulge this Halloween season.

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Caramel Apples

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I can now officially cross “making homemade Caramel Apples” off of my bucket list. I’ve wanted to make these for years but the recipes online have always seemed so daunting. You can make the caramel from scratch, but it takes awhile. Martha Stewart has a good recipe, if you want to go that route. But truthfully, I’m all for the easiest way to make caramel by melting caramel candies. I prefer to spend my time putting together lots of fun goodies to roll the apples in, and making yummy drizzles for the top. They’re fast and easy; and taste seriously amazing. I used Granny Smith apples because I think the tart goes well with the sweet toppings — but feel free to use any apple you love.

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Caramel Apples

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • 10 popsicle sticks
  • 10 small Granny Smith Apples (or whatever apples you prefer)
  • Two 11-ounce bags of soft caramel candies (I used kraft)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • White Chocolate for melting/drizzling
  • Toppings: Chocolate Chips, Sprinkles, Colored Icing, Marshmallows, Candy etc

Directions

  • Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking pray.
  • Wash your apples really well to make sure there is no wax left on them. If you leave any wax, the caramel might not stick.
  • Dry the apples well and insert a popsicle stick into the stem end of each apple.
  • Combine the caramels and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the caramel is melted and smooth.
  • Holding them by the popsicle sticks, dip the apples in the caramel and roll them around to coat evenly. Lightly shake off excess caramel and set the apples stick-end up on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until the caramel is set, about 15 minutes.
  • Place the white chocolate in the microwave for 60 seconds. Dip or drizzle each caramel apple with the white chocolate. Lightly shake off excess and set the apple stick-end up on the wax paper.
  • Sprinkle on your choice of toppings.
  • Refrigerate for another 30 minutes to set the white chocolate.

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Painting Pumpkins

Nothing says Halloween like pumpkins! Pumpkin patches, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin recipes and of course pumpkin carving. To be honest, I think I am over the whole pumpkin carving thing… It’s always frustrating trying to make the perfect design and I’m not into cleaning up big messes these days so this year, I painted! Pinterest has a million and one ideas of crafting pumpkins but I tried to use what I had on hand.

It was gorgeous on Saturday so we headed to the patch bright and early to beat the crowds.

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While we were there we picked up 1 extremely large pumpkin, 3 plastic pumpkins and 2 miniature pumpkins for me to decorate. See below for what I did!

Monogram Pumpkin

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Pinterest has stencils you can print out for your monogram but I took the lazy route… This one is very simple, just white & black paint.

Chevron Pumpkin

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First, I spray painted the entire body of the pumpkin white. I then taped off 3 rows of chevron design and used a glitter paint, one section at a time. I finished the pumpkin off by sprinkling fine gold glitter in the glued area. It dries fast!

Polka Dot Pumpkin and Boo Pumpkin

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Just paint on the left and regular tacky glue (it was easier to make circles then using the glitter glue foam brush) with the same fine gold glitter I used above.

Studded Pumpkins

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For the left pumpkin I used sticker rhinestones…about 4 in each section. On the right pumpkin, I painted it a black satin color and used silver puffy paint for a “stud” lookalike.

How will you be decorating your pumpkins this year?

Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies

I haven’t wanted to be anywhere near food prep since June when I found out I was pregnant, but last weekend I got the urge to bake. What did I make? Cookies, of course! I still don’t want to cook meat (sorry Adam) but sweets, I can handle.  I usually only see the blossom cookies at Christmastime but I like breaking the rules. Have you seen these pumpkin spice kisses in your local store?

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I’ll confess that I didn’t love them on their own..but paired with a simple pumpkin spice cookie made them perfect. This recipe is extremely easy and makes about 36 cookies total.

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Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 package Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses
  • 1/3 cup granulated organic sugar, for rolling cookies in

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Unwrap pumpkin spice Kisses and place them in a small bowl in the freezer until ready to use. Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a bowl for rolling cookies in; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Gradually add in small batches to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined. If dough is crumbly and not coming together, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until dough forms.
  • Scoop dough into 1 tablespoon-sized balls, roll in sugar, and place on baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until done.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool three minutes.
  • Gently push a frozen pumpkin spice kiss into the center.
  • Let cool completely
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Spooky Pasta

Happy Halloween!!

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Isn’t my baby cousin the cutest!? She has multiple Halloween costumes today… such a princess already 🙂

Last night I made “Spooky Pasta” which used mainly healthy ingredients (minus the cheese!) and it was a big hit. It also includes Pumpkin and has a TON of protein… Good way to get your children to eat something different (or your husband).

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Spooky Pasta

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces pasta (I used mung bean pasta which is Gluten Free and has 20 grams of protein per serving)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cup rice milk (or whatever milk you use)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Cook the pasta as directed on the package.
  • Melt the butter in pan over medium heat, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  • Add the milk, broth, pumpkin puree, goat cheese, Parmesan and pumpkin pie spice and simmer until the cheese has melted.
  • Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
  • Poor sauce over cooked pasta and serve on a plate.
  • Add 2 goat cheese circles for eyes. I had to use chocolate chips for the eyeball but an olive would work best!

Enjoy!

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Hope everyone has a fun Halloween! If you get a chance, watch this 2 minute video my brother sent me about giving children healthy candy.

Work Appropriate Halloween Costumes

I’ve always liked Halloween. It’s not my favorite holiday, but it’s not my least favorite either. I like dressing up, I LOVE handing out candy to the kids as they parade around in their cute costumes and I always enjoy an excuse to eat Reese’s peanut butter cups.

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This was the first year I didn’t go to a Halloween party so I figured I’d dress up for work. As you can see, my recent costume choices are inappropriate for the workplace but I found plenty that weren’t!

 

Minnie Mouse

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Dwight from The Office

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Pregnant Mummy

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Popeye and Olive Oil

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Wonder Woman

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Audrey Hepburn

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Astronaut

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Dorothy

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Rosie the Riveter

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Leopard Kitty Cat

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Scarecrow

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Are you dressing up for Halloween? 

Halloween Friday Favorites

Can this year slowwww dowwwwn? I didn’t realize Halloween was next week until my little brother texted me asking what he should dress up as. I used to go out on Halloween and buy 3 outfits for the “events”. But now I’m much more of a homebody so I think I’ll just be me this year. I do however, like any excuse to decorate – so here are my Halloween favorites!

Favorite way to store drinks at a Halloween Party

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Favorite Halloween nails

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Favorite Spooky Drink (add champagne)

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Favorite no mess pumpkin design

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Favorite Halloween sweet treat

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Favorite creative couples costume (DIY)

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Favorite tablescape

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Favorite non-sweet Halloween treat

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Favorite Halloween party decor

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Favorite casual piece to wear to work on Halloween

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Favorite creative kids costume (DIY)

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Favorite Halloween centerpiece 

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