Friday Favorites – Week 295 – With Pumpkin Desserts

Hello party goers! Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites. With Thanksgiving one week out, I figured this would be my last chance to share some fall recipes, so today I have another round of pumpkin recipes.  These are sure to be a hit at any Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert table!  Take a look!

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Maple Pumpkin Pie

Maple Pumpkin Pie from The Gracious Housewife [Read more…]

Game Day Oreo Balls

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Game Day Oreo Balls When the holiday season is in the air, I can hardly wait to make sweet treats like OREO Cookie Balls!  But why should these yummy treats only be made around the holidays?  I see no reason why OREO Cookie Balls shouldn’t be on our party menus year round.  Do you?

There are a number of ways you can transform OREO Balls to fit any holiday or occasion.  Last weekend I made a batch for game day.  In the past I’ve seen a lot of people mold their balls in to football shapes, and those always look so cute.  But for my recipe, I went in a slightly different direction.  I just happen to have this cute little snack stadium.  In the past I’ve used it to hold cupcakes, but I’ve been dying to use it to display homemade candies.

So I dressed my OREO Cookie Balls out with X’s and O’s, and they took the field!  Haha!  I even made a few striped ones! (Because every game needs to officials!) [Read more…]

Making Holiday Memories with Hallmark and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drop Cookies

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Making Holiday Memories with Hallmar and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drop Cookies

We all have our favorite childhood memories and traditions, and so many of these revolve around the holiday season.  One of my favorite memories and traditions has always been decorating our Christmas tree and collecting decorative ornaments.  My mom and I started collecting Hallmark ornaments about 20 years ago.  My mom has always been a huge collector of everything from antiques to Barbie dolls.

Most of her Hallmark ornaments are either Barbie (especially Holiday Barbie and any retro Barbie) and she also loves anything with Mickey Mouse!  In fact, I often get her a Hallmark ornament for Christmas, because I know she loves them, and it’s the best gift I can get for a collector who seems to have anything. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 294 – with Apple Recipes

Welcome! Happy Friday! And Happy Belated Veteran’s Day to all the vets out there!  This week’s Friday Favorites party is another great round of delicious looking fall recipes.  The star of the show is APPLE!  Hope you enjoy!

One more quick note before we get started….Currently I’m working on a lot of holiday content, including upcoming gift guide features and giveaways.  If you have a product or business that you’d like for me to feature here, please email me.  I’d be so happy to work with you and help you to promote your business!  I also have an Etsy shop of my own, so if anyone is looking to swap ad space or do a giveaway swap, I’d be happy to talk about that.   [Read more…]

Peanut Butter Pie and How to Make a Fall Porch and Photo Booth Scene

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Peanut Butter Pie 7

With fall festivities comes the opportunity to get creative on so many levels!  I love getting in the kitchen and making some yummy fall recipes for my family and outside events, and I also LOVE decorating our porch and living room for the fall season!  Today I’m sharing a little bit of my fall creativity.  I’ve got a delicious Peanut Butter Pie recipe, featuring yummy fall flavors, and I’m going to share a tutorial on how I create the fall scene on my porch.  The fall scene also doubles a fun photo booth for your trick or treaters and fall guests!

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Easy Homegating Ideas + Tailgate At Your Place Sweepstakes

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Easy Tailgating Ideas with Red Baron and Edwards Pies

The number one question I hear people ask on Saturdays in the fall is, “What time is the game?”  Almost everyone I know has a team they root for, a team they root against, and few teams they watch just for the fun of it!  Each week we have OUR teams that we watch as well, and good food is a key ingredient to making our football Saturday great!

Last week we were super busy working on various projects, but thanks to Red Baron Pizza and Edwards Pies, I still managed to put together a little spread for the big game. [Read more…]

Rocky Road S’mores Cheesecake – An Easy Fall Dessert Recipe

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Rocky Road Smores Cheesecake 2

The fall season is here, and holidays are just around the corner.  For me, this means the season of good eats and sweet treats is upon us!  But when you’re a wife and mom, you usually don’t get to just enjoy the treats around you, you also have to come up with your own dessert ideas to bring for functions.

Whenever it’s time for Thanksgiving and Christmas parties, I’m usually tasked with bringing desserts. (And I’m okay with this, because desserts are my favorite recipes to make!)  But if your family participates in a lot of activities, you may find yourself in a pinch for a quick dessert recipe!  School and church parties, fall festivals, and school fundraisers (like a bake sale or cake walk) are just a few events I can think of where you may need to bring a dessert, and I’m sure you can think of many more!

For these occasions, I find it’s easy and cost-effective to create a “semi-homemade dessert.”  For example, purchase a Sara Lee® cheesecake, pound cake, or other dessert, and then add Hershey’s® syrups and other ingredients to customize the dessert. [Read more…]

Hershey’s Halloween Scarecrow Pudding Cups

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Hersheys Halloween Scarecrow Pudding Cups

Fall is such a fun time!  Each year I look forward to seeing all the fun decor in stores and online, and I love breaking out my own decorations!  Fall also brings a lot of great opportunity to make great snacks and treats, from football food to Halloween goodies!  Today I’m excited to share a fun tutorial on how to make Scarecrow Pudding Cups using Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding.

These pudding cups are a great treat that you can make and serve at your child’s Halloween party or other fall events.  And it is also a great activity that moms can do with kids, or elementary teachers can do with their students.  Just give everyone a pudding cup and a plate of ingredients, and then let them go crazy! [Read more…]

Banana Pudding Go-Paks + Wicked Good Treat Bag Printable and Tutorial

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared a variety of back to school breakfast, lunch, & snack ideas.  Today we continue this topic with some snacks you can serve at home or on-the-go.  Plus I’m going to show you how I’ve taken a couple of simple products and created a fun Halloween treat bag that is a great alternative to your usual candy treat bags. (There’s also a cute printable and tutorial for you!)

On the Go Snacking Ideas [Read more…]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Waffles

Chocolate Chip Waffles with Cookie Dough Frosting

A few weeks ago I made Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes for Noah’s birthday.  The first time I made them was last year (also for his birthday).  At the time, I wasn’t sure if he’d like them or not.  (I don’t know what I was thinking….it’s cookie dough flavored frosting! How could he not like them?)  But just in case, I decided to only use the cookie dough frosting on half of the cupcakes.  For the other half, I used a milk chocolate frosting.

The good news is that this left me with half a bowl of delicious frosting to play with!  One thing I decided to do with the leftover was add them to a stack of waffles! [Read more…]