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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

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




A pumpkin shake

Creamy Pumpkin Shake

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A pumpkin shake

Pumpkin pie shake

Pumpkin Shakes are all the rage, and this is the BEST Creamy Pumpkin Shake around!

It’s imple to make and has all the flavors of the season. 

This is like having pumpkin pie in a shake:)  

Make this Creamy Pumpkin Shake for yourself, your family, or friends that stop in; everyone will love this one. 





Creamy Pumpkin Shake

 Ingredients:

2 cups vanilla ice cream

2/3 cup canned pumpkin puree(not pumpkin pie mix)

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons brown sugar; to your desired sweetness

1/2 cup milk

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, to taste

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and combine well.

A pumpkin shake

Pumpkin pie shake

Serve immediately.

A pumpkin shake

Pumpkin pie shake

Looking for a healthier version?  I have a Pumpkin Smoothie recipe HERE





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

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




 

Peep Pops for Easter

Easy Easter Peep Pops

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Easter treat made from colored marshmallow peep pops

Easy Easter Peep Pops

My friend Dorthy is sharing with us her simple, NO COOK Easter treat! 

These Easter Peep Pops On A Stick are great gifts for kids and teens to make for their friends, I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t love one of these.  Simply string colorful Chick Peeps on skewers, put in a cellophane bag, tie and there you have a fabulous inexpensive treat for all ages to enjoy!

They come together to quickly, are a colorful sweet treat, can be made ahead, then delivered to friends, family, coworkers or best yet sent in the mail (see my post HERE for fun tips on this),




Easy Easter Peep Pops

Supplies:

Packages of different colored Peep Chicks HERE

Bamboo skewers HERE

5 X 11 cellophane bags HERE

Curling Ribbon for tying up bags HERE

Plastic disposable tablecloth (opt but worth it) HEREPeep Pops




Directions:

Each package of peeps chicks has four chicks that have good ends.

When you separate the chicks it will leave white marshmallow edges.

Use the good edges for the top and the bottom of each pop and put the ones with white edges in the middle.

You will need to plan a little bit to make each one come out with two good ends and all five colors.

Peep PopsSeparate the peeps from each other and place in groups of five (one of each color) making sure each group has two Peeps with good ends on the opposite side.

Line up all the peeps so that each POP will have BOTH ends of the POP has a peep with only one white sticky side; which will face inward.Peep PopsSlide the Peep chicks on to the bamboo skewer making sure the good edges show (not the white marshmallow edges) on the top and bottom.

Make sure the skewer doesn’t stick out past the last chick.  After a few pops you will be able to gauge how far to push the chicks on.Peep PopsLine them up nicely like this!Peep Pops



Place the Peep Pop into the cellophane bag Peep PopAnd tie with one ribbon.Peep PopTie remaining ribbons onto the first one.Peep PopsTo add dimension and more interest, take a few of the ribbons and cut a slit with scissors.Peep Pop Pull the ribbon in half to the knot.Peep PopSee how fabulous!Peep Pops



Easter treat made from colored marshmallow peep pops

Easy Easter Peep Pops

Make a basket of Peep Pops for a gift or treats to take home on Easter!

Thank you again Dorthy for sharing with us your creation and for spending time with me to make these and allow me to take pictures!  You’re the BEST!

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

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Really fun and cute card with the front decorated with a bunny face. The face is made from the child's hand-print. Then embellished with wiggly eyes, markers and cotton ball to make it come alive. A clear cellophane bag holds chocolate dipped pretzel rods that have been rolled in sprinkles.

Easy Kids Easter Craft

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Easy Kids Easter Craft

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Easy Kids Easter Craft

 

This Easy Kids Easter Craft is a wonderful way to help your children remember others and not just what they are getting from the Easter Bunny.

What makes this Bunny Card so sweet and extraordinary, is that it captures a moment in time as the Bunny’s face is made from your child’s hand print. You can help them write, or they can draw a picture, to a loved one, or a person who could use a little special attention.  It will surely brighten everyone’s day.

The pretzel rods are a scrumptious treat!  

The pretzels can be covered in white, milk or dark chocolate, then in a so many options of toppings it would be hard to stop.  Your family, coworkers, neighbors, everyone will want to receive these treats….without, or without, a Bunny note:)




Easy Kids Easter Craft

 Chocolate and Sprinkle Covered Pretzels

 Bunny Handprint Card

Supplies:

Pretzel Rods  HERE

Chocolate Buttons  DARK HERE     WHITE HERE     MILK HERE

Sprinkles    HERE

Cellophane Bags    HERE

Curling Ribbon       HERE

Waxed paper or parchment      HERE

Kid’s Washable Paint          HERE

White card stock      HERE

Wiggle Eyes      HERE

Pom Poms for nose     HERE

A Black Sharpie to draw bunny face

Washable markers, crayons or whatever you prefer for the kids to write or draw inside the card with.




Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Sprinkles

Directions:

Give each child a plate of sprinkles.

In a microwavable bowl, pour in as many of the chocolate buttons as desired.

Kids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Melt for 30 seconds and stir.Continue this process of heating in small increments and stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Kids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Use caution not to overheat and burn the chocolate.You or the child/teen dip the pretzel into the melted chocolate.  

Kids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Scrape of slightly on all sides. (You can see we are using small pretzel rods as well as long ones too!)Let the kids/teens roll their coated pretzel in candy sprinkles.  

Kids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

You could also use finely chopped nuts, other types of sprinkles, heath candy bits, so many options would be mighty tasty here!


Lay the coated rods onto the waxed paper or parchment; which I prefer actually, until the chocolate is set.

Place set pretzels in the cellophane bags, and tie up with the ribbon, or ribbons if you want to get extra creative.

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Easy Kids Easter Craft

A few must be taste tested first, of course – quality control you know:)

 

Now for the Easy Kids Craft Easter Card

 

Paint one hand of a child with the washable paint -painting the two middle fingers for small hands and the pointer and pinkie finger like they are making a ‘hang ten’ sign for the bunny ears of an older kid. 

This is because their hand would take up too much room on the card if fully extendedKids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

For small children help them press down their hand and fingers to create the head and ears.Kids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

When the paint is dry, attach the eyes. Easy Kids Easter Craft

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Use mini glue dots like these HERE. (love and have them on hand for so many uses)

To finish this treasured Kids Easter Craft , if the children can write, let them pen notes to loved ones or friends, or have them draw a picture if younger:)

This is a wonderful opportunity to  spend time as a family.  And to reach out and thinking of others….and not just what they are getting for Easter.

Attach the Easter Craft Bunny Card to a couple of the Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Sprinkles OR simply put it in the mail in an envelope.

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

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Green popcorn that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. This type is known as Mother Goose or Granny Corn or even Sugar Corn. It's unique and perfect for St. Patrick's!

St. Patrick's Green Pop Corn

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Green St Patty's popcorn treat

Granny Green St. Patricks PopCorn


St. Patrick’s Green Pop Corn is a fast, YUMMY green treat for friends or family that will make this holiday extra special. 
 Celebrate with this quick favorite St. Patrick’s Green Pop Corn also known as Granny Corn or Mother Goose Popcorn  
This scrumptious candy will bring back cherished memories of this old fashioned treat, or make new ones.  Every St. Patty’s Leprechaun will consider it a treasure, but one to share:) 




St. Patrick’s Green Granny, Sugar or Mother Goose Pop Corn

Ingredients:

5 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ tsp. salt
12 oz. (1 can) evaporated milk
4 drops green food coloring

32 cups popped popcorn, place into a large bowl discarding any kernels that did not popPop corn




Directions:

In a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, vanilla, salt, vanilla, evaporated milk and food coloring. 
Attach candy thermometer to the side of the pan. 
This is important and be sure it is working properly – buy a new one if you have a question. 
Be sure the end of the candy thermometer; meaning the bulb does NOT touch the bottom of the pan, but that the bulb is completely down inside the mixture.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 1
 
STIRRING CONSTANTLY cook over medium-high heat until the mixture boils. 
When the candy comes to a boil, turn it down to medium; and continue stirring until the thermometer reaches 235 degrees.
Pour the candy mixture over the popcorn and toss lightly until it is completely coated.
Now, stir gently, bringing the candy mixture from the bottom up to the top of the popcorn on the top, completely coat all the popcorn.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 2In the beginning the candy coating on the popcorn will be shiny like this.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 3Continue to stir gently; pulling from the bottom to the top and in about 2-3 minutes – POOF and MAGIC happens!
The candy coating sugars to look like this and becomes that wonderful throw-back candy we can still  enjoy today.

St. Patrick's Green Granny Pop Corn

Green Mother Goose Pop Corn or Granny Corn


Adapted by Carrie Groneman from Melinda Forbushs recipe.
Green popcorn that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. This type is known as Mother Goose or Granny Corn or even Sugar Corn. It's unique and perfect for St. Patrick's!

St. Patrick’s Green Mother Goose, Sugar or Granny Pop Corn


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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with MandM’s

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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popcorn with Pink and Red MandM Candy Snack Mix

oohhh, here’s a great recipe for you!  It’s Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M’s candy.

Do you like popcorn like I do to snack on? 

Then you’re with me looking for creative and delicious ways to eat it.  With Valentines it gave me the perfect opportunity to show off some creativity —and colors of the season.

It also meant it had to be easy.

Begin with popcorn. Then after a quick coating of white chocolate, you toss in some Valentine M&M’s, which basically yells to all your friends and family that you gift this to, how especially sweet they are.  

This Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M candy comes together so fast for a snack, a gift – really any reason is perfect for this delectable treat.  Try it and see it if its not slightly addicting for you too:) 

 

Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M’s

Ingredients:

1 cup popped popcorn, white variety if possible

12-16 oz white chocolate buttons or chocolate chips

1/2 – 1 package of Valentine M&M candy

 

Directions:

Pop the popcorn in an air popper if using, or the microwave or set aside if already popped.  Do not add in extra butter.

Spread a long piece of about 2-3 feet of parchment or waxed paper on your table or counter.

Next, in a microwavable bowl, place the white chocolate.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack MixHeat the chocolate in the microwave for 20 seconds; stir.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Continue this process PRed Cany Snack Mix

White chocolate melting about half way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until the chocolate is smooth and the temperature a little more than that of a baby bath.

It is important to warm the chocolate slowly so it does not burn.White chocolate melted all the way

White Covered Popcorn with PinCandy Snack Mix

Pour the smooth and melted chocolate over HALF of the popped popcorn and stir gently.

ADD in popcorn to your liking.  Some people like more chocolate on their popcorn than others.  I used about 3/4 of the popcorn when I made it. A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Stir the popcorn gently until it is all evenly coated.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Spread on the parchment or waxed paper.

Allow to set up until the chocolate is set.

***NOTE:  I like to LIGHTLY sprinkle a VERY LITTLE salt when I first spread out the popcorn to set up.  This is a personal choice and USE CAUTION not to use too much, and this is NOT necessary, but does give a bit of balance to the sweet.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

 

Breaking up the set up chocolate covered popcorn, put it into a bowl and add in the Valentine M&M’s.  Serve.

OR keep in an air-tight container and use within 2-3 days for best results.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popc

 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popcorn with Pink and Red MandM Candy Snack Mix

 

he white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark set up, broken into pieces and displayed in a glass bowl

Quick Valentine Bark

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he white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark set up, broken into pieces and displayed in a glass bowl

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Quick Valentine Bark is a great gift to send to anyone who might be away from their Sweetie, or need to know they are being thought of.

It’s also a delicious candy that is so easy to make and inexpensive too.

Bark is simply white chocolate (or any chocolate you prefer), pretzels and peanuts.  Melt the yummy chocolate in the microwave, pour it over the pretzels and peanuts. 

Mix it together, let it set up and there you have it –

Valentine Bark ready to share!

 




Quick Valentine Bark

Ingredients:

1 lb. white chocolate buttons/melts/chips  I prefer ‘bright white’ for this when I can find it over the regular white chocolate buttons or chips

1 cup roasted peanuts

3 – 3 1/2 cups of broken in half mini pretzels; this makes it so you can easily eat the candy

Candy sprinkles, if desired




Directions:

In a large bowl place the broken pretzels and pour in the peanuts

Bowl of Peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with waxed paper or parchment. 

In a microwavable bowl, place the white chocolate.White chocolate in a bowl

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Heat the chocolate in the microwave for 20 seconds; stir.White chocolate just beginning to melt

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Continue this processWhite chocolate melting about half way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Until the chocolate is smooth and the temperature a little more than that of a baby bath.

It is important to warm the chocolate slowly so it does not burn.White chocolate melted all the way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day


Pour the melted chocolate over the pretzel and peanut mixture.  Melted white chocolate over the peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Stir gently to coat the mixture evenly.Melted white chocolate mixed together with the peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Pour this onto the wax paper or parchment lined pan and spread to an even layer. The white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark, spread on waxed paper or parchment

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Top with any sprinkles your heart, or your Valentine desires!The white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark, spread on waxed paper or parchment with red and pink Valentine sprinkles on top

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Allow to completely cool and set up, then break into small pieces.

Store in an airtight container.

Yummy White Chocolate Valentine Bark which is white chocolate coating peanuts and pieces of Pretzels then topped withsprinkles of pink and red Valentine shaped sprinkles

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

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

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy with M&M red, pink and white candy

Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

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Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy with M&M red, pink and white candy

Classic Chex Mix made with peanut butter and Valentine red, pink and white M&M candy

Do you love the classic Muddy Buddy Mix you purchase in the store but want to make your own special version of this Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy Chex Mix?

Well, look no further!  This is easy, quick, so affordable and MUCH better than purchased – because homemade just is:) 

This would be a GREAT choice to use with: HOW YOUR FAMILY CAN EASILY SHARE A THOUGHTFUL VALENTINE KINDNESS Anyone would love to get this Muddy Buddy Valentine version of Chex Mix with the printable from you and your family!

 

 



Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

 Ingredients:

4 cups Rice Chex cereal 

1/2 cup vanilla baking chips 

1/2 cup peanut butter baking chips 

1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup red, white and pink M&M’s  


Directions:

Place cereal in a medium bowl.

In a small microwavable bowl place the vanilla chips and peanut butter chips. Microwave the chips for 20 seconds, stir, continue this process until the chips are smooth and completely melted and the temperature a bit warmer than a baby bath.Sweetheart Muddy Buddies 1Pour over the Rice Chex cereal and stir gently, until evenly coated.Sweetheart Muddy Buddies 2In a gallon sized zip lock bag, pour in the powdered sugar.Sweetheart Muddy Buddies 3Add in the coated cereal, seal the end and shake gently to coat all the cereal evenly.Sweetheart Muddy Buddies 4Pour out onto a piece of waxed paper or parchment to set up.Sweetheart Muddy Buddies 5Pour into a large bowl and add in the M&M’s, stirring very gently to distribute evenly.

Store in an air tight container.Valentines Sweetheart Muddy Buddy with M&M red, pink and white candy

Classic Chex Mix made with peanut butter and Valentine red, pink and white M&M candy

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

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.