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Halloween Treats Round-Up

Good morning!  Yesterday was spent perusing spooktacular Halloween tablescapes and I do hope that you enjoyed it.  One of my favorite things to do when there is a holiday coming up is spend time in my kitchen.  I love to bake and create fun treats for my friends, family, neighbors…  Just like yesterday, I pulled inspiration from my Pinterest boards in order to create a fun round-up of scaaaary (not really) Halloween treats for you today!  If you would like to Pin these recipes to your own boards, please follow the links to their respective sites and do so from there!  ;-)

Halloween Treats Round-Up  - A round-up of over a dozen Halloween treats for you to enjoy this season! {Inspiration Affirmation}

Halloween Treats Round-Up {Inspiration Affirmation}Halloween Cheesecake Truffles via Chocolate Moosey

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Monster Munch Muddy Buddies via Sweet C’s Designs

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies via Averie Cooks

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Candy Corn Oreo Truffles via Shugary Sweets

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M Blondies via Averie Cooks

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Pretzel Rod Monsters via Jenny On the Spot

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Halloween Fudge via Crazy For Crust

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Halloween Brownie Truffles via This Gal Cooks

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Oreo Mummy Pops via iFood

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Cocoa Crackle Cookie Monsters via The Decorated Cookie

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Pumpkin Pretzels via Butter With a Side of Bread

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Peep Baked S’mores via Home Is Where the Boat Is

Halloween Treats Round-Up  {Inspiration Affirmation}Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse via Glorious Treats

How cute are all of these ideas, right?  I don’t know how I am going to choose which treat I am going to bring to my parents’ house tomorrow night for Halloween.  I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your Halloween Eve.  I’ll see you back here tomorrow bright and early, wrapping up my Halloween fun this week on the blog.

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Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

During the Fall months, I love anything apple cinnamon-flavored — and I know I’m not alone!  I also really like having a hot breakfast during these colder months in lieu of my usual spring/summertime fruit + yogurt.  And having my breakfast ready for me as soon as I get home from the gym, with all of the preparation having been completed the night before?  Well, that’s just perfection in my book.  :-)

This recipe is super simple to make (as most crock pot recipes are), and I’m betting you have all of the ingredients right inside of your kitchen!  This is most definitely an overnight recipe, as it needs to cook on Low for several hours.

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INGREDIENTS

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2 sliced apples, peeled (I used Honeycrisp)

1/3 cup brown sugar (use a little more if you want it sweeter, or if your apples are tart)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups oats

4 cups water

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Spread your apples onto the bottom of the crock pot.  Then, pour the brown sugar and the cinnamon over the top.

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Next, pour the oats.

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And finally, add your water.  Resist the urge to stir!  It’ll all get nice and mixed together overnight.  Cook on Low for 8-9 hours.  When I opened my crock pot after 9 hours, the oats were on the soupy side.  I changed my heat setting to Warm, went to the gym for a couple of hours, and when I came home the oats were perfect!

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Serve with a little bit of maple syrup, some dried berries, and enjoy!

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Happy Friday!

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Butternut Squash Skillet Mac & Cheese

Yesterday was the first day since Fall has begun that it was actually pretty chilly!  I found myself layering my clothes, burning my favorite pumpkin candle, and feeling the urge to make a heavy Fall meal for my hubby and I.  So, to my Pinterest boards I went, and I found this recipe for a Butternut Squash Skillet Mac and Cheese that did not disappoint.

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Thankfully, my husband did all of the butternut squash prep for me while I took care of the other ingredients for this recipe.  Cutting, peeling, cubing — I was lucky to have him around because, sheesh, the toughness of a butternut squash is no joke!

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This particular recipe that we followed is supposed to be a “lightened up” version.  But ours was not so light.  I added quite a bit more of the fontina cheese, a tad more Parmesan, and double the breadcrumbs.  We try to eat healthily most nights of the week so we splurged a bit last night.  ;-)  And you know what?  It was worth it.  The base of the sauce is the butternut squash that is simmered in the pan and then mashed.  I was pleasantly surprised that the taste was not sweet, but nutty and full-bodied.

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At the very end of the sauce preparation, a drizzle of a couple tablespoons of browned butter adds so much flavor!  This was my first time making browned butter, and I loved watching the frothy color change from light yellow to golden.  Like magic!  :-)

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Topped with a little extra cheese and the breadcrumbs, baked for 15 minutes, and broiled for 2, this was positively delicious.  I served my husband those extra crispy parts — he loves crunchy cheese.  ;-)  Happy Friday!

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Hostess Gift: White Chocolate Oreos

Last week on Thanksgiving, my husband and I ate our feast at my Aunties’ house with a bunch of other family.  They are wonderful hosts, and we had such a great time.  They didn’t need any help with meal preparation, but I knew that I couldn’t go over there empty-handed!  ;-)  I decided to whip up some White Chocolate-Covered Oreos for them and dress them up in a pretty tin with some muffin liners.

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This is so simple, it really doesn’t even need a tutorial.  You need Oreo’s, Baker’s White Chocolate, and edible glitter (mine is from Williams-Sonoma).

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Simply heat the chocolate according to the package directions, then dye with food coloring (or don’t, whatever!) and dip away!  I found the best way to do the ones that are completely covered was to place them in the chocolate, stir them around gently with a wooden spoon, and then lift them out of the chocolate with a fork and shake off the excess chocolate.

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Place on waxed paper on a cookie sheet, and stick ’em in the refrigerator for a bit if you want to speed up the drying process.

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I needed about 2 1/2 packages of chocolate for my cookies.  Depending on how you decorate them, you may need more, or you may need less.

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The tin is a simple one that I bought from Target — I think it was $5?  I know that I could have gotten something for a bit cheaper at the Dollar Store, but I didn’t want to make the extra trip.

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I customized a simple brown tag from Hobby Lobby with a couple strips of Martha Stewart brand washi tape and my very own chicken scratch (yeah, my handwriting isn’t all that pretty).  The bow is from my stash…I’m obsessed with bows.  ;-)

cookies in tin side
Very easy little gift, and cute, too!  I think in all it took me about an hour or so?  Plus, they are deeeelicious.  I may or may not have saved a few for Greyson and myself.  ;-)

What other ways could you customize these for different holidays?  Give me some ideas!  The options are endless, I’m sure!

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Reindeer Mix

I had a little bit of time on my hands the other day while my husband was at work, so I thought I would make a fun treat to bring him and his workies!  :-)  Enter…Reindeer Mix.  Like Puppy Chow — but peppermint.  Thus, Reindeer Mix.  You dig?  Some of you are yelling at me through the computer — too EARLY for the Christmas “stuff.”  To you, I say — I know.  BUT, it was an especially cool and overcast day, I was playing Christmas music in our apartment, and I thought — why not?  

Reindeer Mix
Serves: Lots of hungry men (or just a lot of peeps in general)

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Ingredients

1 regular-sized box Rice Chex cereal
1 cup Peppermint Hershey’s Kisses
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Method

1. Melt the Hershey’s Kisses and butter in a *large* microwave-safe bowl.  Do this in 30-second increments, and stir in between each session.  When melted, stir in the vanilla.

2. Pour the Rice Chex cereal into the very melty chocolate-butter mixture, a little bit at a time — and stir gently, coating.

3. In a Zip-Lock bag, add half of the powdered sugar, and half of the Chex mixture.  Zip up the bag and shake what yo momma gave ya!  Empty the bag into an airtight container, and repeat the process with the remaining powdered sugar and Chex mixture.

4. Enjoy!  But not too much, otherwise you will get heartburn.  I’m not kidding.

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What is your favorite Christmas-y treat?

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