Christmas Holiday Cocktails and Mocktails + HM #261

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Christmas Holiday Cocktails and Mocktails + HM #261

Be festive! Celebrate! Enjoy some Christmas holiday cocktails and mocktails this season with all those you hold dear. The gals of Home Matters have got something for everyone from the wee little kiddies to those of a hundred and two (or more). Have a Merry Christmas!

 

 

Christmas Ice Mold from  Julie @ Frugally Blonde

 

Cranberry Kringle Cocktail Lori @ Who Needs a Cape?

 

Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate from Brandie @ Home Cooking Memories

 

Holiday Drinks Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic from Liz @ Pocket Change Gourmet

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Christmas Treat Bag Ideas from Simple Living

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DIY Map Seashell Gift from Claire @ Picture Box Blue

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Simple Christmas Bedroom Decor from Jamie @ So Much Better With Age

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Homemade Chocolate Turtle Candy from Stephanie @ Spaceships and Laser Beams

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101 Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Leslie @ Lamberts Lately

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Printables – Download or Create Your Own + HM #249

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Printables – Download or Create Your Own + HM #249

Printables are a fun way to add seasonal decor to your home or any event.  They are also fantastic ways to keep on track and organized. Check out the awesome selection from the gals of Home Matters in this week’s themed roundup!

 

25 Free FALL Decor Printables from Caroline @ Caroline Vencil

 

70 Spooktacular Halloween Printables from April and AJ  @ DIY Bunker

 

160+ Printables to Organize Your Entire Life from Emily @ Happy Organized Life

 

5 Reasons to Love Coffee & Free Printables from LorelaiLife With Lorelai

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Cinnamon Poke Autumn Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting from Kristie @ Love My Cottage

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3 Effective Ways to Clear Out the Clutter from Kathryn @ The Dedicated House

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DIY Upcycled Light Up Pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern from Claire @ Pillar Box Blue

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Sunflowers in the Kitchen from Fabby @ Fabby’s Living

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Easy Trendy Home Sign DIY from Chas @ Chas’ Crazy Creations

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Orange Mint Ricotta Cookies Recipe

A delicious cookie full of the bright flavors of orange and a hint of mint. Orange Mint Ricotta Cookies delight and tickle your taste buds. #Cookies #Recipe

 

Orange Mint Ricotta Cookies Recipe

A deliciously aromatic soft-style cookie

 

This easy to make cookie is a must add to your recipe box. Orange Mint Ricotta Cookies are perfect all year round. Citrus with a hint of mint is deliciously paired with ricotta cheese for a soft-style cookie. My family gobbles them up!

Are you looking for a new and refreshing recipe for a cookie exchange party this coming holiday season? Orange Mint Ricotta Cookies are a tasty option. Plus, the aromas from baking these cookies makes your home smell fantastic!

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Let’s get baking!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups – Granulated Sugar
  • 2 – 3 – fresh Oranges (for 6 Tablespoons Juice and 3 – 4 Tablespoons Zest)
  • Fresh Mint (for 1 – 2 Tablespoons finely chopped)
  • 2-1/2 Cups – All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon – Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon – Salt
  • 2 – large Eggs
  • 1 Stick – Butter (softened)
  • 15 Ounces (one container) – Ricotta Cheese
  • 1-1/2 Cups – Powdered Sugar.

 

Directions:

for the cookies…

  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Line baking sheets with Parchment Paper.
  • Zest the rinds of 2-3 Oranges (enough to get 3 – 4 tablespoons of zest).
  • Finely Chop Mint (enough to get 1 – 2 tablespoons).
  • In a medium bowl, pour 2-Cups Granulated Sugar.
  • Add 2 – 3 Tablespoons Orange Zest and all of the Chopped Mint to sugar, and mix well with your fingertips.

  • Set aside and stir occasionally with fingertips. Allow sugar to become very fragrant.
  • Whisk together 2 1/2 Cups Flour, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder, and 1 teaspoon Salt in a medium bowl.
  • In a large bowl (or stand mixer), combine 1 stick Butter and the prepared Orange Sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add 2 Eggs, one at a time, mixing slightly after each addition.
  • Mix in 15 ounces (1 container) Ricotta Cheese and 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice until incorporated.
  • Stir in dry ingredients a little at a time, until just combined.
  • Spoon dough onto prepared baking sheets (about 1 1/2 – 2 Tablespoons for each cookie).
  • Bake for 13 – 15 minutes, until just slightly turning golden at the edges.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to wire racks (placed on top of the wax paper), and allow to cool completely.
  • Prepare the Orange Glaze/Icing.

for the Glaze/Icing…

  • Sift 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar into a small to medium bowl.
  • Add 2 – 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice, and 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest.
  • Mix well.
  • Adjust Powdered Sugar for the thickness of the glaze/icing.

 

A Printable Recipe for you.

5 from 1 reviews
Orange Mint Ricotta Cookies Recipe
 
A delicious cookie full of the bright flavors of orange and a hint of mint. Orange Mint Ricotta Cookies delight and tickle your taste buds.
from:
Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 40 cookies
Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups - Granulated Sugar
  • 2 - 3 - fresh Oranges (for 6 Tablespoons Juice and 3 - 4 Tablespoons Zest)
  • Fresh Mint (for 1 - 2 Tablespoons finely chopped)
  • 2-1/2 Cups - All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon - Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon - Salt
  • 2 - large Eggs
  • 1 Stick - Butter (softened)
  • 15 Ounces (one container) - Ricotta Cheese
  • 1-1/2 Cups - Powdered Sugar.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Line baking sheets with Parchment Paper.
  3. Zest the rinds of 2-3 Oranges (enough to get 3 - 4 tablespoons of zest).
  4. Finely Chop Mint (enough to get 1 - 2 tablespoons).
  5. In a medium bowl, pour 2-Cups Granulated Sugar.
  6. Add 2 - 3 Tablespoons Orange Zest and all of the Chopped Mint to sugar, and mix well with your fingertips.
  7. Set aside and stir occasionally with fingertips. Allow sugar to become very fragrant.
  8. Whisk together 2 1/2 Cups Flour, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder, and 1 teaspoon Salt in a medium bowl.
  9. In a large bowl (or stand mixer), combine 1 stick Butter and the prepared Orange Sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  10. Add 2 Eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  11. Mix in 15 ounces (1 container) Ricotta Cheese and 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice until incorporated.
  12. Stir in dry ingredients a little at a time, until just combined.
  13. Spoon dough onto prepared baking sheets (about 1 1/2 - 2 Tablespoons for each cookie).
  14. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes, until just slightly turning golden at the edges.
  15. Remove from the oven, let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes.
  16. Transfer to wire racks (placed on top of the wax paper), and allow to cool completely.
  17. Prepare the Orange Glaze/Icing.

    For the Glaze/Icing:

  18. Sift 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar into a small to medium bowl.
  19. Add 2 - 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice, and 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest.
  20. Mix well.
  21. Adjust Powdered Sugar for the thickness of the glaze/icing.
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More Cookies!

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Easter Celebrations and Decorations + HM #176

What do you have planned for your Easter celebrations? Let us help you with some great food and decoration ideas for your parties, fun traditions for kids and adults. Find everything you need for Easter. Plus link up at Home Matters with recipes, DIY, crafts, decor. #EasterCelebrations #HomeMattersParty

Easter Celebrations and Decorations + HM # 176

Spring is here and the Easter bunny is on his way! The gals of Home Matters have pulled together some fabulous and fun ideas to help you celebrate Easter with great food, decorations, traditions and more. Enjoy!

Carrot Crescent Rolls Filled with Egg Salad for Easter Brunch or Lunch from Beth @ Hungry Happenings

 

Easter Egg Fruit Pizza from Elizabeth @ Sugar Hero

 

Easter No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes from Elizabeth @ Sugar Hero

 

9 Easter Cocktails Every Bunny Will Love from Lorelai @ Life With Lorleai

 

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Spring Pastel Meringue Cookies from Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground

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Quilled Topiaries Tutorial from Suzy @ Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom

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Strawberry Souffles with Fresh Strawberries from Liz @ That Skinny Chick Can Bake

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DIY Emoji Squishy Stress Balls Filled with Slime from Crystal @ Hello Creative Family

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Basil In Eggs from Heidi @ My Sweet Cottage

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Winter Trail Mix Recipe Party Snack Or On-the-Go Treat

This Winter Trail Mix recipe is great not just during the holidays but all year long. Use it as a party snack or take it on-the-go. Nuts, dried fruit. #WinterTrailMix #Recipe

Some of the products in this post were provided by Oriental Trading Company.

 

Winter Trail Mix Recipe

Party Snack or On-the-Go Treat

 

I love this time of year with all the parties and fun activities that surround the holidays — Christmas Caroling, Holiday Boat Parades, taking a ride or walk to see the Christmas lights and decorations. Sometimes you just need a quick little snack to take on-the-go.

This Winter Trail Mix recipe is super quick and easy. You can literally whip it together in a minute. The trail mix is not too sweet and not too salty and loaded with the wonderful flavors of the season. It’s perfect for snacking or it makes a fabulous party nibble that both kids and adults will love.

Take Winter Trail Mix on all your holiday outings! Great for parties too. Get the Recipe. #TrailMix #recipe #snack Click To Tweet

So, let’s get to the recipe!

Winter Trail Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup – Roasted Salted Whole Cashews
  • 1 Cup – Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup – Candied Pecans
  • 1 Cup – Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup – Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup – Mini Marshmallows

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all the above ingredients.
  2. Mix until well blended.

How easy is that? It does not get any easier, right? Yes, you will thank me. This is so yummy and packed with the delicious flavors of cashews, almonds, pecans, cranberries, cinnamon, and even some chocolate.

Printable Recipe – Winter Trail Mix

5 from 1 reviews
Winter Trail Mix Recipe
 
This Winter Trail Mix recipe is great not just during the holidays but all year long. Use it as a party snack or take it on-the-go.
from:
Type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup - Roasted Salted Whole Cashews
  • 1 Cup - Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup - Candied Pecans
  • 1 Cup - Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup - Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup - Mini Marshmallows
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, add all the above ingredients.
  2. Mix until well blended.
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Oriental Trading has the cutest Buffalo Plaid line available right now. I like to package my Winter Trail Mix in these adorable Buffalo Plaid Snack Bowls with Lids. They are so festive and fun for those holiday outings. Take thermoses or stop and pick-up a couple boxes of coffee or hot cocoa and fill up your Buffalo Plaid insulated coffee cups with lids. It is a perfect treat combo.

I even keep a snack bowl filled with my Winter Trail Mix on our Wooden Buffalo Plaid Serving Tray in the den for evening snacking while we watch TV.

 

I know you will enjoy this snack, and I wish you the happiest of holidays.

If you are looking for other tasty winter snack ideas, check out my Sugared Cranberries.

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Simple Elegance

At the busy holiday season, it’s nice to have some simple elegance. I’m sharing how to put together a gorgeous and easy Thanksgiving tablescape with the help of Oriental Trading Company who provided some of the items for my table decor. AD #ThanksgivingTablescape

 

Thanksgiving Tablescape Simple Elegance

Helping to make the busy holidays easy and beautiful

 

There is no escape. You can’t turn back now. The holidays are upon us. So, let Oriental Trading help you make this busy season simple and elegant, fun and easy, or whatever sparks your fancy. There is something for every decor style, craft idea, or DIY project.

This year, my Thanksgiving tablescape style is simple elegance with a rustic touch. Autumn is such a lovely season full of fall colors, delicious flavors, cozy moments, and family memories. Let’s celebrate!

The first thing I did was gather my supplies:

  • Ceramic White Pumpkin
  • 1 – Wood Large Round Centerpiece (wood slice)
  • 1 – Wood Medium Round Centerpiece (wood slice)
  • Silk Fall Leaves
  • Fall Burlap Pumpkins
  • 2 – Battery-Operated Round Flameless Candles
  • Raffia Ribbon
  • Tape

Prep the Candles:

Candles

  1. Lay individual leaves in a line, right side up. Make the line of leaves long enough to go around the candle.
  2. Place a strip of Tape across the line of leaves to hold them in position.
  3. Wrap the leaves around the candle and secure with an additional piece of tape.
  4. Tie Raffia Ribbon around the leaves. I used two pieces of raffia ribbon for each candle.
  5. Carefully remove the tape.

Building the centerpiece:

  1. Stack the two Wood Slices (large and medium) in the center of the table. I turned mine so they didn’t lay exactly the same.
  2. Then tuck some of the Fall Leaves under the edges of the wood slices. Add extra leaves to spill out across the table as desired.
  3. Place the Burlap Pumpkins around the wood slices.
  4. The showcase of my centerpiece is the gorgeous Ceramic White Pumpkin. It has a white glaze and a little gold detailing to make this pumpkin absolutely stunning. Place it on the wood slices.
  5. Set the Candles on opposite sides of the centerpiece.

Tie your place settings in with your centerpiece:

Napkins

  1. Fold napkins however you wish.
  2. Lay a couple of leaves on the napkin.
  3. Tie with raffia ribbon.

Water Goblets or Wine Glasses

  1. Tie raffia ribbon to the glass stem.

So, what do you think of my Thanksgiving tablescape? It’s simple and elegant, right? And it certainly was quick and easy to create.

If you are looking for more ideas and inspiration, check out Oriental Trading for all your everyday and holiday needs.

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Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017

Calling all holiday foodies to enter the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017. Prizes and Giveaway. Find tasty recipes for the holiday season. #Recipe #Contest #Giveaway #MTCRC

Tis the season to indulge in great food for every occasion. With all the end-of-year celebrations and festivities, we are always being asked to bring a dish or goodie of some kind. So, why not share your recipes and be inspired by others? And even better, you can put on your competitive cap and have a chance at winning the recipe contest.

We have three prizes, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, so, bloggers, enter as many recipes as you would like among the various categories. You will find everything you need to celebrate the holidays with great taste.

EVERYONE is welcome to enter the GIVEAWAY! We have a $100 CASH Prize for the giveaway. That is above and beyond our recipe contest prizes. So, let’s have some holiday fun!

 

Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Syrup Recipe

A Sweet and Tangy Recipe for the Holiday Season

 

To start off this yummy event, I am sharing my Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Syrup. One recipe, two sweet and tangy holiday treats. This super easy Sugared Cranberries recipe also makes a delicious Cranberry Syrup. They are perfect for snacking, light and refreshing. They make a great takeaway gift for guests and are a fabulous addition to a holiday cookies and goodies exchange. Find the full RECIPE HERE!

Now, onto the contest and giveaway!

 

Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017

 

A big Thank You! to the co-hosts for supporting the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017, and making this event possible. Please check out their blogs and follow them on social media!

 

LorelaiLife With LorelaiFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

AlliAn Alli EventFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

EmilyDomestic DeadlinePinterest / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

LeannaOf Faeries & Fauna Craft Co.Pinterest / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

AudreyThat RecipeFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

JenniferSatsuma DesignsPinterest / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

AshleySweetpea LifestyleInstagram / Pinterest / Facebook

JeanneeCentsably CreativeFacebook / Instagram / Twitter

KristenThe Road To DomesticationFacebook / Twitter

LynnBack To The SouthPinterest / Instagram

 

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this delicious recipe contest. With 548 recipes entered, this is a fantastic resource for your holiday cooking, as well as all year long. So, now, it is our pleasure to announce…

The WINNERS

3rd Place: $50 Prize

Mulled Apple Cider Recipe from Jenna @ The Urben Life

 

2nd Place: $75 Prize

Sour Cream Cookies Recipe from Kris @ Big Rigs ‘n Lil’ Cookies

 

…and drum roll please…

1st Place: $150 Prize

White Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle with Spiced Pears Recipe from Deb @ Just Short of Crazy

 

 

Our GIVEAWAY WINNER is Michael Hurt — $100 PayPal CASH

Congratulations to ALL of our winners!

 

Recipe Contest Details:

  • Contest OPEN for Entries – October 15, 2017, through November 8, 2017.
  • One recipe from each category will be selected as a Finalist.
  • Finalists will be announced on November 10, 2017.
  • Winners (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place) will be announced November 15, 2017.

Prizes:

  • All prizes paid USD via PayPal.
  • 1st Place – $150
  • 2nd Place – $75
  • 3rd Place – $50

Rules for Recipe Entries:

  • Must be a Blogger to Enter.
  • Recipe must be linked to the direct blog post where the full recipe is published.
  • You may enter as many Recipes as you like.
  • You may enter in various categories. Be sure the recipe fits the category.
  • You must include your Email when linking recipes. Winners will be notified via Email.
  • If you are a winner, you must be able to accept prize via PayPal.
  • Recipe photos may be used for promotional purposes. All credits will be given to the original source.

Giveaway:

  • No Blog necessary to enter the Giveaway!
  • ENTER the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post!
  • Chance to WIN $100 USD PayPal CASH!!!

The Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists! One recipe was chosen from each category. These recipes have the chance of winning the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prize! Good luck. The Winners will be announced on November 15, 2017.

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Look below to see all the recipes entered in the contest and be inspired for your holiday celebrating!

APPETIZERS

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Halloween Candy Baskets DIY Craft To BOO It Forward

This shop, Halloween Candy Baskets DIY Craft To BOO It Forward, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #BOOItForward #CollectiveBias

BOO it forward with these DIY Halloween Candy Baskets in eight fun Halloween-themed shapes. Craft your own using the free printables.

 

Halloween-Themed Shaped Candy Baskets

DIY Craft To BOO It Forward with FREE Printables!

 

Hooray, it’s October! I love Halloween, and I am always trying to think of fun things to make it special for those around me. So, today, I am sharing this easy DIY craft that is perfect for spreading some spooky cheer! Let’s do Some Friendly Neighborhood BOO’ing.

Who to BOO

We always love to BOO the neighborhood kids, but we also plan to BOO Luke’s 86-year-old dad and his friends down at the donut shop. They have been meeting there each morning for decades.

These Halloween candy baskets are great for a classroom party, any group get-together, you name it. BOO your local fire department, police station, or hospital. BOO It Forward and get everyone in the Halloween spirit. The FREE Printables make them a snap and come in pre-colored or color-your-own options.

 

It’s easy to purchase the MARS® Variety bag for your BOO Kit. Just hover over the shoppable image above to click through to Walmart.com and buy it!
Now, what good would a candy basket be without some candy to fill it? My choice is the 400 piece MARS® Spider-Man Chocolate/Sugar Variety Bag! This bag is loaded with SNICKERS®, Skittles®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, Starburst®, and 3 MUSKETEERS® — can we all say, YUM?! You can find some cute stickers, tissue paper, bags, and cards from American Greetings too.

Let’s get crafting!

Halloween Candy Baskets

Supplies:

  • Free Printables – Download Here: Pre-Colored Shapes or Color-Your-Own Shapes
  • Cardstock
  • Glue Stick
  • Colored Pencils, Markers, Crayons, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone Folder (or another flat edge)
  • Paper Cutter (helpful, but optional)

Directions:

  1. Print your choice of pre-colored or color-your-own Halloween shapes.
  2. Cut out the shapes leaving a flat edge at the bottom, and an edging around the shape. These shapes will be the sides of your candy basket.

  1. Measure and mark cardstock. You will need two pieces cut for each basket — one for the basket (3-1/2 inches x 7 inches) and one for the handle (7 inches x 1 inch).
  2. Cut the cardstock for all the baskets you will be making.

  1. On the cut out Basket card stock, measure in 1/2 inch from the long edges on each side. Draw a line with a pencil, then score each pencil line with a bone folder or other flat-edge.
  2. Fold the scored long edges inward.

  1. Cut notches into the 1/2 inch folded edges to make it easier to fit the basket onto the shapes.
  2. Lay the notched basket cardstock flat and place glue on notches, both edges.
  3. Fold the notches to a right angle so the glued sides are on the outside of the basket.
  4. Attached glued notches to a pair of matching Halloween-themed shapes in a U-type shape, so there is an opening at the top. You will be able to move and adjust the notches to fit each shape as needed. Make sure that your shapes are turned the same way with the flat edge at the bottom.
  5. Let glue set.
  6. Dab glue on both ends of the handle, and attach to the top inside of the basket cardstock. Let glue set.

  1. Print a BOO Card for your basket.

BOO It Forward

Voila! You now have a spooktacular Halloween Candy Basket! Now, throw a party or BOO a friend and share your Halloween spirit.

Don’t forget you can get the Spider-Man Homecoming DVD & Blu-Ray on October 17th at Walmart.

Want to send some Halloween spirit to loved ones across the country? No problem, Create your own BOO Kit online and have it sent to them. Then, they can BOO It Forward too!

You can only find this product at Walmart!

Follow @snickers, @skittles, and @AmericanGreetings on Facebook.

Enjoy making the Halloween Candy Baskets!

 

You may like these other Halloween DIY craft ideas: Haunted Mirror – An Eerie Halloween DIY Decor and DIY Creepy Spider Candles.

 

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Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll Recipe Easy As 1-2-3

This shop, Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll Recipe Easy As 1-2-3, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Conagra Brands. All opinions are mine alone. #ReddiForFall #CollectiveBias

Autumn is a warm time for family and friends. Serve something special with this easy Caramel Pecan Sauce Recipe over a scrumptious pumpkiny dessert.

 

Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Easy as 1-2-3 and 100% Delicious!

 

Autumn has arrived! And with it comes good times, family fun, and great food. If you are looking for an easy dessert that packs a flavorful punch, you’ve got to try The Bakery at Walmart Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling and give it a homemade twist with the Caramel Pecan Sauce and a cold dollop of Reddi-wip® for something a little extra special.

You will love this Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll dessert. The caramel pecan sauce is quick and easy, so you can whip it up spur of the moment. You can also double or triple the recipe for large gatherings or gift giving — tis the season.

 

Interested in trying this recipe? To shop these products, hover over the image above and click through to the Walmart Grocery — easy peasy!

 

Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Making the Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Cup – Chopped Pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons – Butter
  • 1/2 Cup – Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 Cup – Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon – Salt
  • 3/4 Cup – Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 Cup – Water

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt Butter and toast Pecans over Medium-Low heat.
  2. Once pecans are toasted, remove saucepan from heat.
  3. Separate the toasted pecans from the butter and set aside.
  4. Add Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, and Salt to the saucepan and return to a medium-low heat.
  5. Sugar mixture will begin to melt. Stir frequently and watch carefully.
  6. Bring to a rolling boil.
  7. The sugars will turn to liquid and become an amber color. Do not burn.
  8. Once the sugars have reached the desired color, turn heat to Low and pour in Heavy Cream and Water. The sugar mixture may harden, but it will liquify quickly again.
  9. Mix in Toasted Pecans.
  10. Stir constantly until caramel sauce thickens a bit. Be careful not to burn.
  11. Remove from heat.

Notes:

  1. If pouring hot Caramel Pecan Sauce into a glass jar, be sure to heat the jar first.
  2. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  3. Keep unused sauce in the refrigerator.
  4. Recipe may be doubled or tripled for parties or gift giving.

To Serve:

Spoon the Caramel Pecan Sauce over the Pumpkin Roll. Slice the cake and serve with a cold dollop of Reddi-wip The Original or Extra Creamy.

Grab your Printable Recipe!

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Caramel Pecan Sauce
 
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This quick and easy Caramel Pecan Sauce is perfect for family desserts, entertaining guests, or gift giving. It is delicious spooned over cakes, ice cream, rolls, and more.
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Type: Dessert Sauce
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1/3 Cup - Chopped Pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons - Butter
  • 1/2 Cup - Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 Cup - Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 3/4 Cup - Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 Cup - Water
Directions:
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt Butter and toast Pecans over Medium-Low heat.
  2. Once pecans are toasted, remove saucepan from heat.
  3. Separate the toasted pecans from the butter and set aside.
  4. Add Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, and Salt to the saucepan and return to a medium-low heat.
  5. Sugar mixture will begin to melt. Stir frequently and watch carefully.
  6. Bring to a rolling boil.
  7. The sugars will turn to liquid and become an amber color. Do not burn.
  8. Once the sugars have reached the desired color, turn heat to Low and pour in Heavy Cream and Water. The sugar mixture may harden, but it will liquify quickly again.
  9. Mix in Toasted Pecans.
  10. Stir constantly until caramel sauce thickens a bit. Be careful not to burn.
  11. Remove from heat.
Notes
1.) If pouring hot Caramel Pecan Sauce into a glass jar, be sure to heat the jar first.
2.) The sauce will thicken as it cools.
3.) Keep unused sauce in the refrigerator.
4.) Recipe may be doubled or tripled for parties or gift giving.
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I know you will enjoy this delicious and simple Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll. Don’t forget to stock up on your holiday needs like Reddi-wip and Pumpkin Rolls at Walmart.

You can find more fall recipe inspiration here, or check out my 21 Mason Jar Recipes for Autumn.

 

 

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German Pancakes A Traditional Family Recipe

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Here is a tasty recipe that is great for busy school days, leisurely weekends, or special holiday brunches — German Pancakes! Make them a tradition in your family.

 

German Pancakes Recipe

Capturing a Family Tradition

 

When I was a kid, it was always a great morning when you woke up and smelled German Pancakes cooking. Mmm, I’m getting hungry already.  Why is that? Because we are making German Pancakes today. This recipe is easy, versatile, and delicious! That is why it has been a family tradition for generations.

German Pancakes are a crepe-like pancake, they are large and thin. You brush them with Gold’n Soft spreadable butter and add cinnamon and sugar, or jellies, jams, fresh fruit, or whatever you like. Roll the pancake, sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired and serve. They are perfect for a family with differing tastes because you make them individually. Have all one flavor (like me, cinnamon and sugar – yum!), or mix it up.

These pancakes are quick and easy, so they are a perfect choice for fueling the kids up before school, a leisurely weekend breakfast, or a holiday brunch.

 

German Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 Cup – Milk
  • 4 – Eggs
  • 1 Cup – Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • Gold’n Soft Spreadable Butter
  • Fillings of Choice: Cinnamon and Sugar; Jams; Jellies, Fruit, etc.
  • Powdered Sugar (Optional)
  • Syrup (optional)

Directions:

  1. Crack open the Eggs into a bowl.
  2. Add Milk to eggs, beat well.
  3. Mix Flour and Salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Stir flour and salt mixture into the milk and eggs gradually, until smooth.
  5. The batter will be thin.
  6. Heat a heavy 8-inch to 10-inch skillet and grease lightly with butter or oil.
  7. Pour only enough batter to make a very thin pancake. Tip the skillet from side to side and around to help spread the pancake batter as needed.
  8. Cook on one side (without flipping) until the pancake begins to blister or bubble. Flip the pancake and cook the other side until a light golden color. Do not over cook. You do not want them to get hard or crispy. NOTE: Pancakes cook very quickly, pay attention.
  9. Remove from skillet and place on a board.
  10. Once you have several pancakes stacked on the board, you can begin filling one at a time.
  11. Brush one side only with Gold’n Soft butter.
  12. Add about 1 to 2 Tablespoon(s) of your desired filling: Cinnamon and Sugar; Jam; Jelly; Fruit; etc. to the buttered side.
  13. Roll pancake from one edge all the way across to the other side.
  14. Place rolled pancake (or two) on a plate and dust with Powdered Sugar.

NOTE: If you have two cooks, one can be cooking the pancakes while the other fills and rolls them. Kids love to help with these pancakes.

 

You can see above how I butter a pancake and sprinkled it with cinnamon and sugar before rolling it — that’s my favorite! Below is a slideshow of how to roll a German pancake with fresh fruit.

Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 1
Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 2
Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 3
Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 4
Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 5
Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 6

 

Printable Recipe – German Pancakes

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German Pancakes Recipe
 
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Here is a tasty recipe that is great for busy school days, leisurely weekends, or special holiday brunches -- German Pancakes! Make them a tradition in your family.
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Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: German
Ingredients:
  • 1-1/4 Cup - Milk
  • 4 - Eggs
  • 1 Cup - Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • Butter
  • Fillings of Choice: Cinnamon and Sugar; Jams; Jellies, Fruit, etc.
  • Powdered Sugar (Optional)
  • Syrup (optional).
Directions:
  1. Crack open the Eggs into a bowl.
  2. Add Milk to eggs, beat well.
  3. Mix Flour and Salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Stir flour and salt mixture into the milk and eggs gradually, until smooth.
  5. The batter will be thin.
  6. Heat a heavy 8-inch to 10-inch skillet and grease lightly with butter or oil.
  7. Pour only enough batter to make a very thin pancake. Tip the skillet from side to side and around to help spread the pancake batter as needed.
  8. Cook on one side (without flipping) until the pancake begins to blister or bubble. Flip the pancake and cook the other side until a light golden color. Do not over cook. You do not want them to get hard or crispy. NOTE: Pancakes cook very quickly, pay attention.
  9. Remove from skillet and place on a board.
  10. Once you have several pancakes stacked on the board, you can begin filling one at a time.
  11. Brush one side only with butter.
  12. Add about 1 to 2 Tablespoon(s) of your desired filling: Cinnamon and Sugar; Jam; Jelly; Fruit; etc. to the buttered side.
  13. Roll pancake from one edge all the way across to the other side.
  14. Place rolled pancake (or two) on a plate and dust with Powdered Sugar
Notes
If you have two cooks, one can be cooking the pancakes while the other fills and rolls them. Kids love to help with these pancakes.
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You can feel good about serving your family Gold’n Soft. It is made with simple ingredients offering a great buttery taste with no cholesterol or hydrogenated oils, ZERO trans fats per serving, and is easily spreadable. It comes in convenient sizes — 15 ounces (great for smaller households) and 45-ounce packages. This great value gets even better with this 50¢ COUPON.

FIND a Store near you! We picked ours up from the refrigerated Fresh Dairy section at our local Smart & Final.

 

As you can tell, German Pancakes are still one of my all time favorite breakfasts. So much so that we sometimes have them for dinner. Who says pancakes are only for breakfast? LOL You can even fill these pancakes with savory items such as chicken, asparagus, and more. The sky is the limit.

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I have other breakfast ideas for you as well, Perhaps you’d enjoy my Breakfast BLT – A Twist on a Favorite or Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast

Make German Pancakes with Gold’n Soft spreadable butter for your family and start a new tradition. #CapturingTraditions Enjoy!

 

 

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