Rice Krispie Treats

Stay-Soft BEST Ever Rice Krispie Treats and Pops

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Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

One of the BEST things in life is a GOOD soft, tasty Rice Krispie treat! 

But it has to be soft.

Yummy marshmellowy.

A little gooey, but not real sticky or that’s just a mess.

Most important it needs to have great flavor and not be bland and tasteless.

Do these sound like your kind of perfection in a Rice Krispie Treat?

If it does, and you love them like I enjoy a really good one, then I have the perfect recipe for you!

Making these soft delicious treats in a pan to cut into the usual bar, which is great. But I have a something special for you!  It’s a simple and clever way to have fun eating them, and of course, sharing them too.

These stay-soft best ever rice krispie treats and pops are  a family favorite.  Not only because they are very inexpensive to make, they are so simple, you’ll make them up often with the kids or grand kids as a quick and easy dessert and special treat.

 

 

Stay-Soft BEST Ever Rice Krispie Treats and Pops

Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)

10 oz. mini marshmellows (or large ones in a 10 oz. bag)

5  1/3 cup of rice krispie dry cereal

*Additional 1-4 Tablespoons of additional butter

Optional:  Biscuit cutter, melting chocolate buttons or chocolate chips, sprinkles, parchment paper, cellophane bags, -use the right sized cutter with the bag:), ribbon

 

Directions:

Using some of the additional butter (1-2 Tablespoons), lightly butter either a 9″ x 13″ cake pan or a jelly roll pan that has sides; depending on how thick you want to make your treats.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Pre-measure your rice krispie dry cereal into a bowl.

Set it aside. 

If making Pop’s lay a piece of parchment out near you, but not in your way of working.  

In a large saucepan, melt the 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) over low heat.  

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Add in the marshmallows and stir continually.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Keep stirring until they are completely melted – being careful not to burn them.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Remove the pan from the heat and gently stir in the rice krispie cereal.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Folding in until it is completely covered

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Spread the mixture into the buttered pan of your choice.  Using buttered hands (with the rest of the butter), pack it down firmly if you are going to cut out shapes.

Allow the mixture to cool completely in the pan.

Cut them into bars for the original treat.

 Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Store in an airtight container to keep them soft and perfect.

 

 

To make the POP’S, using a muffin or biscuit cutter (or anything that is round and will go through the depth of the mixture and cut)

push through to the bottom, using a firm pushing down motion.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Take your circle out and push a craft stick into the center of one end to make a POP.

Do this with all of your POP’s until you cannot cut anymore shapes out.  

Put your melting buttons or chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl.  Heat for 30 seconds and stir.  Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely smooth and warmed through, but not hot.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Dip one of the POP’s into the chocolate, helping with a spatula, spoon, or another utensil to cover up as far as you desire, and also to help scrap off the backside and make the chocolate layer more even all around.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Cover with sprinkles (or heath bits as shown) while with chocolate is still wet on the POP. Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Lay on the prepared parchment paper and allow the POPs to set up. Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

To make them even more presentable for gifts, etc.  have cellophane bags that are larger than the POPs.   

Put the POP end into the bag first so the stick may sticking out of the bag; depending on the length.

Now tie with ribbons, or whatever you desire. 

Makes a great gift, take-home treat, oh there are so many uses for this scrumptious treat.  

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019

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A nice plate with a moist flavorful gluten free chocolate cake. A decadent glaze of melted chocolate drizzled over the cake with chocolate chips sprinkled on top

Best Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake

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A nice plate with a moist flavorful gluten free chocolate cake. A decadent glaze of melted chocolate drizzled over the cake with chocolate chips sprinkled on top

Best Gluten Free Flavorful Chocolate Moist Cake

This really is THE Best Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake.

Can a  Gluten Free chocolate cake be moist, flavorful and really good?

YES!

For health reasons, or as a lifestyle choice, do you eat Gluten Free, but then feel cheated in taste?

You won’t with this BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake.  A piece of this will take you to the moon and back on a CHOCOLATE carpet ride!

I asked my friend Dorthy for a great recipe, who must eat gluten free, and that girl loves chocolate.

She didn’t disappoint.

I’m telling you, talk about decadent! I would describe this Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake somewhere between a molten lava cake, a brownie and a really good piece of chocolate all rolled into one.

You can serve this BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake with confidence for those who needed gluten free foods so they won’t feel separated as guests in your home, and even to those who don’t eat gluten free because EVERYONE will enjoy this delicious dessert.

Thank you Dorthy for this luscious recipe!!!

For another yummy gluten free treat check out my BEST and EASY White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs 

 

 

Best Gluten Free Chocolate Lovers Dream Cake

Ingredients:

22 oz. gluten free chocolate cake mix (King Arthur is preferred)

1/2 cup chocolate milk

1/3 cup melted butter

12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips, Guittard gold & red bag are gluten free, Non GMO and Peanut Free (and very reasonably priced)

16 oz. sour cream

small package (4 serving box) of KRAFT chocolate fudge instant pudding

3 eggs

 

GF Chocolate Cake

Directions:

Generously grease a 12 cup bundt pan with cooking spray.

Mix all the ingredients together except the chocolate chips until well blended. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

The batter will be very thick.

Mix in the chocolate chips.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Pour into the bundt pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until it tests done with a toothpick (mine cooked about 15 minutes longer), and the top springs back when touched lightly in the center.

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Turn the cake onto a serving plate and let cool completely.

 

To make the glaze.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, Guittard gold & red bag are gluten free, Non GMO and Peanut Free (and very reasonably priced)

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons corn syrup

1 teaspoon water

Combine all the ingredients together in a pan over low heat.GF Chocolate Cake

Stir frequently until mixture is smooth and the chocolate chips are melted.GF Chocolate Cake

Directions:

Drizzle the glaze over the cake.

Serve.A nice plate with a moist flavorful gluten free chocolate cake. A decadent glaze of melted chocolate drizzled over the cake with chocolate chips sprinkled on top

Adapted by Carrie, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

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Fresh Strawberry Angel Food Cake

Almost Trifle Stuffed Angel Cake


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Fresh Strawberry Angel Food Cake

Fresh Strawberries with Angel Food Cake make this a trifle and a dessert in one!

What do angels eat?  I dare say this would be it!

I mean seriously, look at this extraordinary dessert!!! It’s beautiful and don’t you want a slice…plate of it now?

Do you like Angel food cake?  It’s at the top of my favorite desserts list. It could only get better when you combine it with sweet strawberries and whipped cream.  Now THAT my friend’s is paradise, which is why I say angels ask for it:)

I’ll show you how to make this stunning cake.  You’ll look like a professional baker with my easy to follow, step-by-step tutorial pictures on the following pages, so let’s make one together!

Stuffed Angel Cake Delight

Ingredients:

1 store bought angel food cake  *I used a large one, about 22-26 oz.

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk *can use low fat or fat free

3 Tbl. lemon juice

2 tsp. almond extract

1 Tbl. vanilla extract

16 oz. prepared topping, such as Cool Whip *can use low fat or fat free   – I normally prefer fresh whipped cream, however prepared whipped cream such as cool whip holds up longer and performs better in this particular recipe

1 lb. fresh strawberries

3 oz. sliced almonds, optional

Directions:

Dry toast the almonds in a fry pan over medium heat.

Stir constantly, watching closely and take the pan off the heat as soon as the nuts begin to turn brown.Stuffed Angel Food DelightIn a medium mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, almond extract and vanilla extract.

Mix well.Stuffed Angel Food DelightStir in the prepared topping.Stuffed Angel Food DelightChill for 10-15 minutes.Stuffed Angel Food Delight

 

 

Meanwhile, using a serrated bread knife, cut 1-inch off from the top of the cake.Stuffed Angel Food DelightCarefully remove the top layer and set it aside.

Then, with the tip of the knife, cut into the cake along the inner and outer edges, leaving a 1-inch border of the cake intact; creating a tunnel.

Using your fingers, carefully hollow out the cake between the two cuts, using care not to remove the bottom of the cake.  

Tear the hollowed out pieces into a little larger than bite sized pieces and place into a medium bowl.Stuffed Angel Food DelightHull the stems off the tops of the strawberries; cut into bite sized pieces.  Stuffed Angel Food CakeSet aside. 

Pour approximately  1 – 1 1/4 cups) of the chilled whipped topping (such as cool whip) mixture into a bowl,

Leaving the rest in another bowl.Stuffed Angel Food DelightCombine together the angel food cake chunks, the cut up strawberries and the approximately one cup of the whipped cream mixture.Stuffed Angel Food Cake

 

Spoon the whipped topping and strawberry mixture into the tunnel of the cake, packing in as needed to make it level on the top.Stuffed Angel Food DelightOn a serving plate, put pieces of waxed paper that can be pulled out easily after the cake is decorated.

Place the cake on top of the waxed paper pieces.

Place the top of the angel food cake back in its place. 

Use the remaining whipped cream mixture to frost the entire cake.Stuffed Angel Food DelightSprinkle with the cooled toasted almonds.

Gingerly pull out the pieces of waxed paper for a clean area around the cake.Stuffed Angel Food DelightChill until ready to serve.

Make and serve the same day.   The reason to make and serve the same day is because fresh berries ‘weep’, meaning they release their own liquid; which will cause the cake to go soggy or break down.Stuffed Angel Food DelightRecipe adapted slightly from butterwithasideofbread.com. 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

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Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips

Pumpkin Bars loaded with Chocolate Chips

Do you like pumpkin?  How about chocolate?

Then you are in for a real treat if you do.

Because I found the PERFECT match…finally!

These really are the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars.

Not dry crumb in the batch, quicker than cookies and YUMMY.  

The spices make it flavorful, the butter makes it scrumptious and using canned pumpkin means they make up quick anytime of the year.

I found this recipe at Mels Kitchen Cafe and they are so good, that the pursuit for the perfect pumpkin bar is over; because these really are the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars!

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Ingredients:
2 1/3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
15 oz. pure pumpkin puree (do not use the canned pie filling)
11 – 12 oz. chocolate chips

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Coat a cake pan, 9×13, with cooking spray or line with parchment; cutting it so the parchment will go up the sides of the pan for easier removal.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl using a mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar on med-high speed until smooth.

Beat in egg and the vanilla.

 

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Add in the pumpkin puree and mix until well.

Mix in the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Now fold in the chocolate chips.

 

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Bake until the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

This will take about 35-40 minutes; depending on your oven. 

Cool completely in the pan before lifting the pars out of the pan, cutting into squares; serve.

Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips

Pumpkin Bars loaded with Chocolate Chips

TIP:  Put these BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars in the refrigerator for an hour or so before serving. 

Pumpkin bars with lots of chocolate chips

Pumpkin Bars loaded with Chocolate Chips

Recipe from Mels Kitchen Cafe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2014, 2018

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Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips

Best soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

 

These are just the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Seriously!

They are family proven to be the favorite, and made over and again, year after year.

Why?

Because this recipe for the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies stay soft, tender and moist, full of flavor, they scream of fall; and yet they are scrumptious anytime of the year.

They are an easy homemade from scratch cookie, you’ll make often and they freeze great too.

 




BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Ingredients:

2 2/3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter (the real thing) softened, not melted

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

15 oz  can solid pack pumpkin 

2 eggs

1  1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 – 1  1/4 cups chocolate chips  





Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. 

In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Into the butter and sugar creamed mixture, add in the eggs and mix well.To this same mixture, add in pumpkin and vanilla; beat until light and creamy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, add in the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and mix just until blended.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gently stir in chocolate chips.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment lined cookie sheet.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake for approx. 12 minutes or until touching the tops does not indent the cookie.

Let the cookies sit on the baking pan another 2-3 minutes, then carefully remove from pan and cool on racks.  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Store in tight sealing container.

Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips

Best soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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Caramel apples dipped in caramel and toppings and even in chocolate too!

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

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Caramel apples dipped in caramel and toppings and even in chocolate too!

Easy Caramel Apples

Are you looking for  SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples?

I have struggled with making caramel apples for years, actually decades. 

Have you?

I don’t like to bite into one and have the caramel peeling off, finding it is thick and hard.

And I don’t like it when the caramel runs off the apple either.

I want a nice layer of soft, yummy caramel covering the apple.

If that is how you like your caramel apple, then you are going to love this!  

I’ll show you how you can make SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples that taste and look amazing.


SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Ingredients:

5-6 medium apples

Craft sticks or wooden round sticks (usually found in the candy making section)

1 package 12-14 oz. wrapped caramel squares

1 Tbl. water 1 tsp. vanilla  

Toppings of your choice.

Suggestions:
crushed graham crackers, chopped nuts such as peanuts, small candies, chocolate chips or buttons: white, milk and dark if desired.
 





Directions:

PREPARE AHEAD  and please read entire recipe before beginning for best results.

Wash your apples, rubbing them with a clean cloth to get off the waxy residue.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

This is VERY IMPORTANT!Push the sticks into your apples, place in a cake pan or flat bottomed container and put in the freezer for 30 minutes. 

VERY CRITICAL step!  

Why? 

Because the cold apple helps the caramel coat perfectly and set up since the apple will be cold and the caramel will be warm.

Now, when the apples are nice and cold (not longer then 30-40 minutes though or you will have frozen apple pops!) line a cookie sheet, pan or plate large enough to hold the apples with tin foil and coat well with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

This will prevent the caramel from sticking so you can lift it to dip in chocolate or to eat.

When the apples have been in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes (remember not longer), begin making the caramel coating.

Unwrap the caramels and place in a saucepan. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Add in the water and vanilla. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the caramels are completely melted.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



Taking one apple at a time, roll it in the melted caramel sauce, using a spoon or spatula to help cover the apple.

 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Twirl the apple, turning upside down to allow the caramel to distribute evenly and coat evenly.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

If you want to dip your apple in coatings now, instead of dipping in melted chocolate, this is the time to do it.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



Coat all the apples in caramel and place them in the refrigerator to chill and set up while melting the chocolate. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

To melt the chocolate, whether using chips or buttons, place in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.

Microwave again for 20 seconds, stir and continue this process until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Be careful to cook in small intervals and stirring to prevent burning chocolate.

Take the apples out of the fridge.

BIG TRICK AND IMPORTANT! Spray your hand with cooking spray.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

  Mold the caramel back up onto the apple smoothing as needed.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



After molding any caramel that needs to be, now dip the caramel apple into the white/ dark or milk chocolate (you want the chocolate warm, but not hot so it can coat and set up). 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

You can coat the caramel covered apple completely in chocolate, or just the bottom part, or whatever your heart desires.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Dip into any of the coatings you choose; as above when just coated with caramel. 

Set the apples back onto the sprayed tin foil to help it setup while you finish all the apples.

With any excess chocolate (melt more if needed) have at just warm enough temperature to be smooth and creamy, but not so warm it will not stay on the apple when piped. 

Spoon the chocolate into a small ziplock baggie and cut the very tip off at the corner. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Now you can easily pipe the chocolate onto the top of the apples.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

 Place these apples into the fridge for at least 20 minutes, and keep for up to 3 days. 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2014, 2018

Adapted from JamieCooksItUp

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Halloween Family Friendly

It’s ALL About Halloween

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Halloween Family Friendly

Everything Halloween, food, crafts, fun and all family friendly!

It’s ALL About Halloween!

It’s ALL About Halloween and I have a fabulous round-up of recipes, crafts for you and the kids, easy to make unique gifts and so much more. 

Because It’s ALL About Halloween in a family-friendly way for the best Halloween FUN! 

Simply click on the title to go right to the post for easy navigation for ALL Halloween ideas such as:

  • food
  • crafts
  • activities
  • family-friendly drinks
  • how we celebrate
  • how to keep your pets safe
  • a post about traditions to keep and some to avoid

and so much more because It’s ALL About Halloween

 

 

Make Your Own Halloween Panini Bar
I love making soups and chili’s for Halloween, but this is a wonderful alternative so your family and guests can make their own food, to their liking while you visit and enjoy.

meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Panini Bar for guests to make their own hot sandwiches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Easy Caramel Apples

 

 

 

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn
You can’t go wrong with chocolate – ever.  So orange and green of course bring out the Halloween spirit and this is a quick and easy treat.
it's all about halloween

 

 

Halloween Sugar Cookies
Letting the kids get involved in making and decorating cookies is all about Halloween.  This is a great recipe I think you will enjoy.

Cut out sugar cookies in halloween shapes with a glaze and decorated with gel frosing

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

 

 

Halloween Pet Safety
Halloween can be a scary time  for pets, and not in a fun way.  You’ll find really good tips for keeping your pets comfortable and safe during this Halloween season.

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween

Pets need to be watched out for on holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Sugar Corn – Mother Goose Popcorn
Aawww the memories of sugar corn and Halloween, how sweet it is.  You’ll want to make up batches of this, and I’ll show you how with my step-by-step tutorial.
it's all about Halloween

 

 

DIY Spooky Halloween Garland
This fun garland is easy-peasy to make and customized to your decorations, or style because you choose your fabric!  You are going to want to make up a few extra to give away to your friends who are all about Halloween.

Halloween mini lights strung with fabric and netting

 

 

 

Kids Halloween Craft – T.P Scary Monsters
This is so simple and yet the kids and grand kids LOVE these!  I kid you not, they want to make them by the dozens!  But you’ll need to save up, lol.  Halloween T.P. Monsters are crazy cool. 

Cute monsters from toilet paper rolls or tubes

Halloween Kids Craft Monsters from Toilet Paper Rolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick & Easy Halloween Wreath
Looking for something to hang on your door, OR to use as a grave marker if you decorate for Halloween?  This is perfect because it will weather outside.  
it's all about Halloween

 

 

 

Halloween Mummies
Kids and teens will really enjoy making these fun Halloween treats to give away to their friends, or you can make them for gifts yourself.  Every MuMMy will want one!
it's all about Halloween

 

 

 

Halloween Candy Lei
It’s so hard to come up with an inexpensive Halloween special treat to give to your kids, teens, grand kids or maybe coworkers, but I’ve got you covered! Now if you want ideas of how to send this creative all about Halloween gift in the mail, click HERE
A candy lei to wear and give at Halloween

Lei made from candy, netting and in Halloween colors

 

 

WHY Avoid the DARK Side of Halloween
There are pro’s and con’s to everything.  A balance is always best.  Come read my post on Halloween and see what you think. 

How to have fun at Halloween while protecting your family

Halloween can be fun but it can be a time of evil if not watchful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly Spidery Web Frame
How fun is this Halloween quick and easy decoration to get everyone in the mood for celebrating.  A great girls-teens night/activity too. 
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Amazing Spidey Tacos
I wanted to have Halloween food that wasn’t just sweets, but still ‘all about Halloween’ and so Spidey Taco was created.  It’s simple, but festive and I’ll show you how to make them.

A taco with a spider made out of an olive on top to make it Halloween festive

A taco specially made for Halloween festivities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection
My friend Dorthy told me about some very special candy – with a little sweet, some pop and a little heat.  It is AWESOME!
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Eye See YOU Halloween Cupcakes
Halloween is …..well….creepy sometimes, so these cupcakes will fill that side if you are looking for ‘just the right’ spookiness, here you go!
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Spooky Halloween Layered Cake
Layers of purple, orange and chocolate cake decorated with purchased embellishments make it come together quickly. Great for all about Halloween desserts.
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Halloween Crunchy Bread Bones and Dipping Sauce
Here’s another Halloween food for your family and guests that’s not sweet. it’s super simple ‘bones’ made out of bread sticks and a dipping sauce from ranch sauce and food coloring!  Come see how easy.
it's all about Halloween

 

 

FRANKEN Pudding CUPS
These are Halloween fun in a cup with pudding and cookie crumbs on the top.  
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Monster Mouth Apples
Finally a healthy Halloween treat! Come see how this comes together for everyone to enjoy. 
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Boazone the Snake Calzone

A calzone or pizza formed like a snake for Halloween fun food

A stuffed pizza dough in the form of a snake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S’Mores Chocolate and Marshmallow Pops

A great treat to make as a family – no campfire needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attack of the Pumpkins and our Revenge 
Stan and I came home to 82 pumpkins!  WHAT? But we got our revenge, lol,  More Halloween fun at our house. 

 

 

Halloween Kids Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture
I love this picture my daughter-in-law Ashley made for me using the thumbprints of all the grandkids as the pumpkins in the Halloween picture.  It’s a keepsake I bring out every year.
Kids thumbprint made into a pumpkin in a Halloween picture

 

 

Carrie’s Cold Apple Cider
I wanted to bring you an apple cider that’s cold (link to a hot one also there) for Halloween family friendly drinks that are non-alcoholic.  Enjoy
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Halloween Buffet 
This link will show you all the goodies of all about Halloween food in the buffet.  Great ideas for your celebration!

Panini, treats, and food for Halloween

Carrie Groneman’s recipe Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017, 2018

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chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Orange Chocolate No Bake Cookies

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Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Do you like chocolate oranges, the kind you get during the holidays, then crave them during the rest of the year?

Well, I’ve solved that problem with extraordinary deliciousness for you! 

Chocolate, a slightly edgy taste of orange, rounds this out not-too-sweet cookie with texture and flavors that are off the charts.

And what gives it this amazing zest and wonderful taste?

It’s the addition of Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Really!  

You gotta try this one, I think it will be in your regular rotation of cookies.  Enjoy!

Orange Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Prep time:  approx. 30 min.

Total time:  approx. 40 min

 

Ingredients – 

8 oz. Paradise Candied Orange Peel

*1 cup orange juice or 8 oz.

 

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup real butter

*1/2 cup orange juice – this will be from the 1 cup above

1/2 cup cocoa

2 teaspoon vanilla

 

3 cups oatmeal (you may need a bit a more or less)

 

 

Directions –

In a bowl or cup, pour the Paradise Candied Orange Peel and 1 cup orange juice.  Allow to sit for 30-60 minutes.

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

When ready to make the Orange Chocolate No Bake Cookies –

Drain the Paradise Candied Orange Peel from the Orange Juice SAVING the Orange juice

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Then,

In a large saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, butter, 1/2 cup of the strained orange juice, 1/2 cup cocoa, vanilla and Paradise Candied Orange Peel

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Bring these ingredients to a full boil and cook 1 minute.

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Take off the heat and add in add in the oatmeal until it holds a form to your preference.

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Drop by teaspoons onto the prepared parchment paper.

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Allow the Orange Chocolate No Bake Cookies to set up for at least one hour. 

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Store in an air tight container.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Carrie Groneman’s Recipe.  Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018
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