Pumpkin Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookies

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookies

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 stick margarine

2 tbl white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

Half a bag of chocolate chips

Pumpkin spice M&Ms

These cookies kind of came together on their own. I had some leftover pumpkin purée and had bought some pumpkin spice M&Ms that I was trying to figure out what to use with.  These cookies came out delish!

Preheat to 350 degrees. Let margarine come to room temperature.  Add sugars, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda and blend until creamy. Add egg and mix. Add pumpkin and mix. Add chocolate chips and mix. Spoon out  onto cookie sheet. Add M&Ms. Bake for 12.5 minutes. Makes 30 cookies. Enjoy!

DIY Glitter Pumpkins for Fun Fall Activity

Fall is my favorite season so most of my traditions are settled in fall time. I would say our absolute favorite activity is our yearly glitter pumpkins. This year was our 9th year. I’ve certainly done some “tweaks” to make it better each year. I saw it on Martha Stewart’s tv show in 2005, and she was just doing a simple gold glitter pumpkin. I had a 2 year old and 1 year old at the time so we got out a glass dish and tried to do a glitter craft indoors. Big mistake! I think I still was finding random glitter a year later.

Fast forward nine years and I’ve added two more kids to the mix, we now do about 20-25 glitter pumpkins with all kinds of designs and in every shade of glitter you could imagine. Every year the trick-or-treaters comment on how awesome our pumpkins are and ask me a host of questions. It’s all very simple. You need: pumpkins, elmers glue and glitter. That’s it. I always buy my glue when they’re doing the back to school sales because we typically use 4 full containers of it and maybe a couple glue sticks as well. I buy my glitter at Wal-Mart because it’s only $2.97 and you get a pretty large container of it so I can buy lots of glitter and not stress about my 3 year old dumping way more then she needs onto the driveway. I found a bunch of the mini glitter tubes in Target clearance bin for 20 cents this year so that was nice.

Step One: Glitter pumpkin day is usually around the first or second weekend in October, but it must be on a good day. No rain. We sit in the driveway where we can be as messy as we want and the glitter can be blown away later with a leaf blower.

Step Two: If you are doing an all over glitter then apply Elmers and spread with a brush or your finger. Some years I have brushes and this year I forgot. Oh well…maybe I’ll remember for our 10th year 🙂 But apply a good coat but not so thick it runs down the sides because then your glitter will shift.

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Step Three: Pick it up by the steam and rotate a good glittering all over and let it dry. That’s it. So simple and fun. Now you have a pumpkin that looks like an apple. We also do green steams too.

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In the Target clearance bin I also found tubes of glitter glue for 20 cents so I did a nod to Chanel for my couture pumpkin. Lol

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Some of our finished pumpkins. This year we did a chevron too – used a glue stick to draw on the chevron and then added glitter per stripe. They’re not perfect but I don’t do crafts with the purpose of it coming out flawless. I like fun and easy. If I’ve spending too much time for it to be perfect then it’s not fun. And really I want my kids to have fun and I don’t tell them how it should look. Tip: make sure your pumpkins are on a covered porch away from direct rain or the glitter will wash off in places.

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Keeping up with the “pumpkin everything” theme for October, here is my recipe for pumpkin Apple cinnamon pancakes. My kids just love these! And when they have sleepovers the kids staying love them too. I hear “what is in this?! It’s so good!” I make them every weekend and they’re super easy.

Here is everything I use:

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Krusteaz is my go to pancake mix. And because I have 4 kids, I buy the super large bag from Sam’s. So for 6 people I used 4 cups of pancake mix….I know it’s a lot, but I’d rather have too many pancakes then my kids still wanting more and I’m out.

I add about 1/2 can of pumpkin, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup of apple cider, 1.5 cups water, and mix. My favorite mixer is from William Sonoma. It really is the best hand mixer/whisk. The appearance  should be a hint of orange, not too much or it won’t cook all the way through and be mushy.

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Then I pour about 1/2 cup of mix for each pancake on a griddle set at 325

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Serve warm with maple syrup..yummy! I love the fall. Have I said that? Yeah, like 100 times already. Enjoy!

Yummy Caramel Apples!

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Happy fall y’all!!! This is my favorite time of the year! I love all things fall. Most of my recipes are centered around apples and pumpkin everything! Stay tuned for my easy cinnamon pumpkin pancakes recipe.

Here is an easy fall favorite that you can make – Caramel apples. I used Macintosh apples that we had picked from our local apple farm (but you could use whatever your favorite apple is), Wilton sticks and Brach’s caramels. One bag is good for about 6 apples. I made a dozen out of two bags. First stab each apple in the center.

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Then you’re going to unwrap a million caramels. It’s probably the most labor intensive part is just unwrapping the candy. Add about 3 tablespoons of water to the caramels. Place a bowl inside of another boil with boiling water (aka double boiler) so that it slowly melts the caramels. Takes about 15 minutes on medium to high heat. Stir occasionally to start to blend it together.

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Now just dip your apple and rotate it in the caramel and let it dry on wax paper. Super easy! It’s the perfect fall activity! What is your favorite fall activity or thing to make?