How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Our very favorite Christmas tradition, our North Pole Breakfast!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Elf on The Shelf

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last several years, you’ve probably heard of The Elf on The Shelf! Our Elf’s name is Elfie. Original, right? ha! He arrives each year sometime between the day after Thanksgiving and December 2nd. In other words, he arrives when mom gets around to finding him, and mentally preparing myself for hiding him in fun and creative places night after night. I know some of you mamas relate with me on that one?! haha!

The thing we look forward to most with our Elfie, is the North Pole breakfast that he arrives with! Now each year is different. If you are very organized with your Elf’s arrival, then you can have your Elf arrive with it each year. As I mentioned before, I’m not very organized with our Elf, so some years he arrives with it, and others he brings the special North Pole Breakfast a week later. My kids don’t seem to mind.

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

What exactly is a North Pole Breakfast?

 A North Pole Breakfast is a a breakfast that our Elf on the Shelf brings with him, sets up himself and brings/ makes, a decadent breakfast primarily consisting of sugary treats and lots of Christmas decorations. Now, I know what you’re thinking, why should the Elf get all the credit? If this is your mindset, by all means, start this tradition as something that YOU create! You will receive  all the praise and your kiddos will not enjoy it any less! OR this can be a tradition sent from the big guy himself, Santa! Whatever you decide on, start this tradition this year! Your kiddos will LOVE it and have these memories forever!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

What to Serve

Last year I bought Kellogg French toast sticks and this year I went with their mini pancakes. They’re super convenient for this kind of thing because all you need to do is warm them up in the microwave. I found the little Santa picks at Target & made cute little pancake stacks!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

One thing we always make sure to have is these powdered sugar donuts.

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Another favorite was this strawberry jello with whipped cream & sprinkles!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

MY personal favorite is the hot cocoa bar that Elfie sets up!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

I picked up the cute little Christmas mugs at Target last year. Made some hot cocoa spoons simply by melted semi sweet chocolate chips, dipping a white plastic spoon in it, topping each with broken candy cane or sprinkles, and letting them lay flat to dry. Then you can use them to stir your cocoa! Also included in the hot cocoa bar, marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and candy cane sticks! The kiddos grabbed their mugs, I poured warm water in each, the emptied their cocoa packets and added their desired toppings. Now is that fun or what?!

I also like to serve some sort of fruit variation. Last year I made a fruit “Christmas tree” with apples & raspberries, using raisins for the trunk, then a cheese, star, tree topper!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

The year before last I served these little fruit cups in Christmas cupcake liners. Ultimately, think of items you can prepare the night before or quietly the morning of. Go with easy finger type foods that won’t take a lot of work or make a lot of noice to whip up. After all, you don’t want to go to all of this trouble then ruin the surprise!

Extra Special

A few of the details that helped make this North Pole Breakfast so special..

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

We have a small collection of Christmas books so it’s awfully special that our Elf always bring a little present with him and what is it you ask? Well, a Christmas book to add to our collection, of course!

These Christmas plates were found at Target. They match the hot cocoa mugs.

The “tablecloth” is actually just two yards of fabric that I picked up at Joann’s Crafts and folded in half.

The pretty decorative stars that I have hanging from my chandelier were a Target dollar spot find.

Chair covers, food platters & napkins were found at the Dollar Tree.

For quick & easy shopping, I found some very similar options to help you plan your very own North Pole Breakfast!


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Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries & Pecans

The Holidays have arrived and entertaining season is in full swing! The last few years I have found myself looking for the quickest, easiest dishes with the least amount of ingredients. However often those requirements don’t always produce the prettiest never mind the tastiest, of dishes. This Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries and Pecans is not only quick & easy, it’s decadent and sooo delicious!


Isn’t it gorgeous?!

This holiday cheeseball with cranberries & pecans can be served with your favorite crackers, thinly slices apples or toasted baguette! And get this..4 ingredients is all you’ll need!!

You’ll notice I surrounded my cheeseball with the leftover cranberries & pecans for extra goodness with each bite! Totally optional..but highly suggested, haha!

Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries & Pecans
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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The perfect Holiday appetizer sure to impress your guests!
Ingredients
  • 1 8 oz. brick of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 T. chopped green onion
  • 1¼ C. raisins, divided between 1 cup & ¼ cup
  • ½ C. chopped pecans, divided between 2¼ cups
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mix together your room temperature cream cheese, green onions, ¼ cup craisins, ¼ cup of chopped pecans
  2. Roll your mixture into a ball
  3. Mix together your remaining 1 cup of craisins & ¼ cup chopped pecans
  4. You can either roll your cheeseball into the mixture or gently push the mixture into the cheeseball, covering the entire ball
  5. Serve with your favorite crackers, thinly sliced apples or sliced baguette!
 

 

5 Easy Tips to a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

If there’s one thing that you should know about me, it’s that I love to entertain. Like, we’re talking, love everything about it! I love having my home filled with loved ones. I love preparing delicious food for my guests. And most importantly, I loveee setting a beautiful table!

Thanksgiving is next week (how did that happen?) So I am here to help you with 5 Easy Tips to a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table! This post will help you do one of two things: 1. Create a table scape with what you’ve got using the tips that I’m sharing with YOU! or 2. You can purchase very similar items to create your own thanksgiving table, with the items i’ll be linking below! Whichever you choose, I hope you enjoy..Let’s get started!

1. Choosing your color scheme

Before you do anything else, decide on your color scheme. This year blue tones during the Autumn months are all the rage! My Thanksgiving color palette always consists of lots of gold and brown tones and then I add to it from there. The last few years I’ve used the same salad plates, and then added different pieces along the way. I purchased these salad plates at Homegoods 3 or 4 years ago and decided they were a great investment for years to come! Although I haven’t seen any since, I did find these on Amazon, that are very similar.

I went with a very classic salad plate that has multiple colors in the design that way I can change it up each year. There’s blush, orange, yellow, blues, and even green tones! See what I mean? By choosing a staple item with multiple colors i.e. salad plate, my options for accent colors are endless. A few years back I went with brown accents. This year I’m really excited about incorporating lots of blue! I found these beautiful napkins and the placemat that I used for my centerpiece, at Pier1.

2. Layers, Layers, Layers

You’ll notice that I didn’t use a tablecloth. Personally, I prefer the look of the polished wood to the cloth for Thanksgiving table-scapes. With that being said, I’m using large, round, gold placemats instead. If you’re more traditional and prefer a tablecloth, have at it. Start there. I also had some light blue placemats that were a bit smaller than my gold, round ones but a bit larger than my gold chargers, SCORE!! See how easily I added a whole extra layer to my place setting. And I didn’t have to spend a dime!  I always use chargers when hosting a dinner. I have a small collection and use them often for company. It’s so fun layering different shapes and colors to create a beautiful luxurious looking place setting. Another money saving tip is that I always always use my white dinner plates. There just simple white plates but by adding other layers below and above them, we’re really dressing them up!

3. Centerpiece

The centerpiece is very important because as you know, this will be your tables focal point. It’s important that whatever you choose, you keep it at eye level so that you’re able to see over it. You want to be able to talk to and enjoy each of your guests! Check around your house before you make a purchase. You’d be surprised  at what your already have laying around. This year I decided to showcase my pecan pie. {Recipe HERE!} And surprise! I already had this beautiful cake stand . In years past I’ve used various sized white pumpkins, candles from around the house with pinecones. Another idea..If your table is large enough, lay down a table runner and then place all of your Thanksgiving side dishes along it! This way no one has to get up from the table  for seconds and everyone can enjoy the beautiful food y’all worked so hard to prepare!

4. Place Setting Trinket

I’m all about leaving your guests with something to remember the day/ evening by. An individual, maybe even personal, place setting trinket for your guests to take home with them. Not only is it a super sweet gesture but it also adds more personality to your table! Maybe a small baked good, a little pumpkin, a personalized note or photo. Get creative with it! This year I typed out this ‘Thanksgiving Prayer’ onto pretty gold metallic paper. I cut each poem out, used my hole punch to make a little hole then attached a pretty ribbon that matched my color scheme. I found these cute little gold pinecones at Hobby Lobby and tied each poem to it.

Isn’t that special?!

A few years ago I made mini chocolate chip pumpkin breads in these cute little ramekins that I found in the dollar bin at target! I packed each one in a cellophane bag and tied raffia around it.

 

5. Finishing Touches

By finishing touches I mean stemware and napkins. Napkins are fun because you can do so much with them! If you’re working with neutral plates & chargers, I’d recommend using a bolder, livelier napkin. As you can see my salad plates are the main attraction for my settings so I went with a solid napkin. You can fold your napkins and place them under your salad plates, like I did this year. Place them to the left of your settings (traditional table protocal), or tie a decorative ribbon around them and place them in your water glasses!

As for your stemware. I like to have both a water glass and a wine glass at each setting. Not only does it give your table a very polished look, it’s a functional addition. I know that almost everyone at our gathering will have water or iced tea and a glass of wine. If you’re serving a certain beverage of the evening, by all means, use the appropriate glasses.

Here are some products that I recommend to create your own Thanksgiving table scape! Almost all of these items are Amazon Prime, therefor they’ll ship within 2 days!

I hope that you enjoyed my 5 Easy Tips to a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of yummy goodness and loved ones!


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Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Tis’ the season of all things pumpkin and what better way to celebrate than with pumpkin recipes galore! I am not a pumpkin fanatic by any means, but this Pumpkin French Toast Bake is just the right amount of pumpkin, cinnamon, fluffy, creamy & sweet! Can you think of anything better? I can’t either..

Quick & Easy

My favorite part about this Pumpkin French Toast Recipe is that it’s so quick & easy! Convenience is key, am I right?! If you’ve read my Blueberry French Toast Bake post, then you know that my hubby is our weekend breakfast chef around here. After preparing lunches and cooking dinner all week, I would rather do anything than wake up on Saturday morning and make breakfast. But… I said it before and I’ll say it again, I love love love a good breakfast bake. The beauty of this recipe is that you can put it together the evening before. Simply toss it in the fridge and forget about it until you’re ready to bake it. You see, the longer it sits before baking, the more time all that yummy pumpkin custard has to soak into the bread, therefore the better it tastes!

Look at that yummy cinnamon & brown sugar topping!!


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Pumpkin French Toast Bake
Whether you make this the night before or the morning of, you will certainly LOVE this
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13 casserole dish
  2. Cut your French bread into cubes and place them In your greased casserole dish, set aside
  3. In a large bowl, crack and whisk your eggs. Add in your milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice, combine and set side
  4. In a small bowl, combine your brown sugar and cinnamon. Reserve half for later, and sprinkle the other half over your bread cubes
  5. Pour your pumpkin mixture over your bread crumbs
  6. Cover your french toast bake and let sit for 1 hour-over night. The longer your bake has time to soak up all that yummy custard, the better It will be!
  7. Bake at 350, covered 20 minutes, remove foil and sprinkle your remaining brown sugar cinnamon mixture and cook for an additional 25 minutes
  8. Serve warm with maple syrup!
Recipe Notes

If you don't have the luxury of making this the night before, allow at least an hour for your Pumpkin French Toast Bake to sit before baking.

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Grandma’s Pecan Pie

Grandma’s Pecan Pie is just that! My husband’s grandma Gloria’s delicious pecan pie recipe. To be completely honest, I had never been much of a pecan pie fan until I married my husband and tried his grandma’s pie. It is the perfect amount of chewy & gooey and also that little crunch from the whole pecans! My husband adores this recipe so it didn’t take long once we were married for me to realize that this pie was the key to his ‘holiday heart’! hehe.

The perfect Crust

Grandma Gloria doesn’t specify what kind of crust you should use but personally I usually go with the store bought-2 pack of roll-out crust and I’ve never had any complaints! I purchased these adorable little pastry cutters from Amazon and use them every year for my pies! I highly recommend purchasing your own if you plan on baking for Thanksgiving.

The trick is to make an egg wash and lightly brush each leaf bottom with your mixture then gently place your leaves around the border of your pie. The egg wash will act as a glue.

Isn’t that absolutely gorgeous?!

Once you’ve placed your leaves just how you like them, brush your leaves with the remaining egg wash to result in a beautiful golden border.

Also, I highly recommend chilling your pie once it’s completely cooled. The first time I made this pie I was so disappointed to find it mushy and almost soggy. I called Grandma Gloria right away and she explained to me that I needed to let it chill. She suggested that I lightly cover it and let it set in our garage (some place cool) over night. Sure enough, the next time I made her pie I used her tip and it was perfection!  If you don’t want to place it in your garage, the refrigerator will do the trick.

Here are the items that I used In this post to achieve a beautiful version of Grandma’s Pecan Pie!

Autumn Pastry Cutters

 

Emile Henry Pie Dish

 

Pastry Brush

 

Marble Rollin Pin

 

 

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Grandma's Pecan Pie
The most delicious and decorative pecan pie you will ever enjoy!
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Instructions
  1. Place one of your pie crusts in your greased pie dish, and the other on a floured surface
  2. Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of either milk water to create an egg wash and set aside
  3. Use your leaf pastry cutters to cut out your leaves and place them around your pie crust border, using a pastry brush & your egg wash, brush a little of you egg wash on the bottom of your leaf to act as a glue
  4. When you've created your border with all of your cut out leaves, set your pie aside
  5. In a large bowl combine your pecans, 5 eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract and melted butter
  6. Add your pecan mixture to your pie crust and use remaining egg wash to brush your leaves to achieve a golden color
  7. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes ten minutes then reduce heat to 325 and bake for an additional 40-45 minutes or until your pie is set
  8. Give your pie several hours if not over night to set, otherwise you will have gooey pie slices!
Recipe Notes

After 20 minutes of baking, check your pie for golden leaves. If they're starting to crisp and turn color, I suggest covering the edges with some foil to prevent a burnt border! Just tear small rectangles of foil and place them gently around the edge of your border.

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My October Book Review

My October Book Review!!

whew! How is it already November?? It feels as though wee barely made it through October, not to mention Halloween! Anyone else with me on that one? As the kiddos get older these Holidays are becoming a little more challenging what with trying to keep up with our family traditions and creating new ones as well! This year we decided that next year we will NOT be carving pumpkins. I’m thinking of a much less stressful technique.. Maybe we will paint them!? Has anyone else given up on that tradition? Any other suggestions are welcome!

Octobers books were-with the exception of one book-exceptional! I love when that happens! They were all very different, and I like that! It’s hard for me to read 3 or 4 books consecutively when they’re very similar because I often get the characters & story lines mixed up. Maybe that’s just the busy, distracted mama in me. ha!  I started the month with..

Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty
I was very excited to dive in to this one but found myself extremely disappointed. Liane Moriarty is the author of two of my favorite reads from last month, Big Little Lies & What Alice Forgot. So I had very high hopes here! This novel is about a group of old friends that get together for a last minute BBQ at a neighbors house. At this BBQ something happens that will change their lives forever! Personally, I felt like the event that had taken place wasn’t substantial enough to permit such a heavy build up. I was expecting something catastrophic and that- it was not. I also felt like at 517 pages, the book was entirely too long! But, as I said before, I absolutely loved her other two that I’ve read so I will definitely give her another chance!

 

The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne
This book has been around for a good ten years or so and was all the rage for quite a while! This was actually my third time reading it so I thought it would be a good one to review! I’d suggest this book for many reasons. The Secrets whole belief system  revolves around the law of attraction and the manifestation of your thoughts. It’s actually a very powerful, not to mention helpful, book that most anyone could benefit from!

 

The Third Wife, by Lisa Jewel
Ahh! This one! It was so good! I read this book in 3 sittings and could’ve easily read it in 1 if the time permitted. The main character Adrian Wolfe has been married three times (hence the title). He can’t seem to get this marriage deal figured out. He’s made some mistakes but he’s still such a likable guy! What happens to his third wife and the leading up to it, are not what you’ll expect and I think you’ll enjoy every twists & turns throughout!

 

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
Another book that I really enjoyed this month! This book has been circling around on all my favorite reading blogs lately so I was very excited to check it out. Its about a mother & daughter who move around often. The mother is an artist and gets the itch to pick up and move every time she finishes a project. But why is she moving so often and why can’t she stay put? This read was suspenseful and offered a depth that I wasn’t expecting. I loved it!!

 

 

I hope you’ll at least read one, if not all three of this months recommendations! And please, let me know what you think of them! What are some books you’re enjoying right now? Please share!!

 

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Skinny Crockpot Chicken Chili

Fall is here and the weather finally got the memo which means it’s time to bust out the crock pot and make your favorite comfort foods. We love soups & even more so chili this time of year but they can be so incredibly heavy and high in calories. Which is why when I put together this Skinny Crockpot Chicken Chili, I knew I had a winning recipe!

Now this particular chili is a bit soupy. If you prefer yours on the thicker, heartier side you can do one of three things. I’d suggest either 1) throwing in an extra can of beans, 2) adding 3 (instead of 4) cups of chicken broth, or 3) puree 1 of your cans of beans before adding to your crockpot to use as a thickening agent. But if you ask me, this chili is so tasty just the way it is!

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Skinny Crockpot Chicken Chili
This Crockpot Skinny Chicken Chili is so delicious and comforting that you'll never miss the extra calories!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4-6 hours
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4-6 hours
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rinse your chicken breasts
  2. drain & rinse your beans
  3. rough chop your chilis & onion
  4. mince your garlic
  5. add all ingredients into your crockpot adding your chicken breasts on the very top
  6. cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours, then break apart your chicken
  7. Serve with a few (or all of) these suggested toppings.. Dollop low fat greek yogurt, (or sour cream) cilantro, green onion, sliced avocado, shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese & tortilla strips.
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How to throw a memorable Halloween Movie Bash

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram, then you know by now that I LOVE to throw a party! Any excuse to craft, create and decorate, I am all for! Im especially fond of throwing kids parties. I love creating these special memories for my kiddos through the friends they have over, the decorations I create and the yummy themed treats they’ll enjoy!

This year for Halloween, I thought it would be a great idea to have an outdoor Halloween movie party! We have an amazon prime account, and purchased a very reasonably priced projector & projection screen earlier this year, so any chance to have an outdoor movie, we jump on! This particular screen that we went with comes with a stand (not all of them do) and is SUPER easy to set up. It also folds together nicely to store when were not using it. It’s quickly become my favorite purchase of the year! By the way if you don’t have an amazon prime account, do yourself a favor and sign up, like yesterday! Almost everything I used for this party, and ALL my parties, I purchased there. Everything is priced right, and delivered within 2 days, as long as it has the blue prime icon next to it.

Choosing your Movie

The first step to planning your outdoor movie is choosing your feature. Our party was geared towards kids between 6-10. We wanted something fun, a bit spooky but NOT scary! Here are the movie choices we narrowed it down to..

Hotel Transylvania

 

Hocus Pocus

 

 

Casper

 

 

Goosebumps

 

Our boys ultimately decided on Goosebumps! Once you’ve decided on your movie, start planning your menu. Sometimes it can be really fun to coordinate your food with your feature. I didn’t this time. Halloween is so easy to decorate for that I just kinda went  with easy spooky goodies. Heres what I mean..

 

Hydration Station

Every Halloween Party needs a ‘Witches Brew’! Ours was super easy and so yummy! In a large bowl I emptied an entire 2 liter bottle of Sierra Mist, 1 can of Minute Maid frozen lime aid (along with the suggested amount of water on the can) and topped it with 8-10 scoops of pineapple ice-cream! The ice cream combined with the effervescence of the soda, creates the fizzy, frothy looking top. It’s a fun extra touch. I found the plastic eyeballs on amazon and threw them in after the ice cream. The kiddos loved them!

The options for this punch are endless. You can go for an orange punch with orange soda and orange ice cream. You could do a true green punch, by using lime ice cream. Whatever flavor combinations & colors you desire. To make your own punch concoction you’ll need the following:

  • 1 2 liter bottle of soda
  • frozen Minute Maid juice of choice
  • sorbet or sherbet ice cream

 

With all the sugary treats, I always be sure to have lots of water bottles accessible. Believe it or not, the kids are so much more likely to grab one when they’re dressed up in a cute label like these!! I always purchase my party labels on Etsy.

 

Cupcakes

I try and cut corners while having these little parties because if I don’t, I will burn out, and when mama burns out, no one is happy! So I picked these up at our local Save Mart bakery. They just so happened to have the exact colors of our party but If they don’t, they’re always wonderful at accommodating exactly what ya need! These had sprinkles on them. To give them a special touch I just added some plastic spider rings on top and placed them on my cupcake stand.

Spider Nests & Worm Slime

For a few extra fun treats, I used these plastic cups that I always keep on hand, and filled them with our boys’ favorite snacks, cheeto puffs then added a few black spiders in each. The worm slime is simply green jello, that I added sour worms to once the jello was about half way set. The boys LOVED these!!

If you’d like to make the Worm Slime, you’ll need:

  • Plastic cups, linked above
  • green jello
  • sour gummy worms

 

Infested Popcorn

It’s a Halloween movie party so we’ve gotta have popcorn!! I like to make home made popcorn on the stovetop by pouring 3 T. of coconut or veggie oil in a large pot on medium heat. Once the oil is HOT, say a minute or so, pour 1/2 C. of popcorn kernels into the pot and place the lid over the top. Leave it unhinged slightly on one side to allow the steam to escape. Let the popcorn pop for a few minutes until the kernels start to slow to about 10-15 seconds apart. Remove from heat, remove lid and season with melted butter & salt! It’s sooo good! you’ll never go back to the microwavable bag.

For fun festive Halloween popcorn, throw in some more plastic ring spiders and serve it in a witches cauldron! So cute!

 

Venomous Chocolate Apples

These may have been the kiddos favorite treat! They are so vibrant and super tasty! First, place a candy stick into each washed and dried apple. Then melt an entire bag of semi sweet chocolate chips in the microwave, and dip your apples into the chocolate one at a time. Set them in the fridge on a wire rack, over a cookie sheet, until set, say 20-30 minutes. I recommend the wire rack over the cookie sheet because the chocolate will continue to drip from the apples for a few minutes after dipping them. If you don’t have a place for the chocolate to go, it was create a chocolate puddle under your apples and make for a ‘not very cute’ treat. Once they’re chilled and set, melt an entire bag of white chocolate chips, separate in two bowls and color the white chocolate into desired colors, drizzle your colored chocolate over your apples with a fork. And place back on your rack, in the fridge until set!

To make these venomous chocolate apples you’ll need:

  • 6 apples
  • candy sticks
  • 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
  • food coloring of your choice

 

Take Home Treats

The best parties always have take-home treats!! With every party it’s the very last thing I do, think: the night before the party-ha! But I make sure I do it and I’m always happy that I did! For this party, I made Halloween popcorn balls. To make your own, simply make your popcorn either the good ‘ol microwavable bag, or my mentioned suggestion above. You’ll need 6 cups. Next melt 3 T. of butter in a saucepan, then add an 8 oz. bag of mini marshmallows and stir until melted. Pour over your popcorn and add desired candies! I went with candy corn M&M’scandy eyes, & huge sprinkles. Now let cool. Once cooled, mold your popcorn into balls. I made ours about tennis ball sized and was able to get 8! Place each ball in a Halloween cupcake liner, drop ’em in a cellophane baggy and wrap it up with ribbon and a printable tag if you really wanna get down!  And there ya go! A cute and yummy treat for your little guests to enjoy the next day.

To make Halloween popcorn balls you’ll need:

  • 6 C. popped popcorn
  • 1 8oz.  bag of mini marshmallows
  • 3 T. of butter
  • desired Halloween candies

 

Decorations

The decorations..ah yes, always my favorite part. Once I decided on my color scheme, decorating was a walk in the park. I will link below, a ton of decor & props that I purchased with my amazon prime account so that you too, can throw a fun & spooky, but not scary Halloween bash for your kiddos!

Our boys had the best time decorating their trampoline with orange caution tape! We had all the guests bring their own pillow & blanket and we crammed 11 kiddos in their! They had the best time!

What’s your favorite Halloween tradition?

 

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Easy Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Easy Spaghetti Squash Bolognese is our current favorite when it comes to Fall suppers! It’s light, healthy, quick & easy, and only requires a handful of kitchen staples. All the best qualities in a favorite meal!

To me spaghetti is one of those classic, tastes like home, nothing beats it, comfort foods. I could eat it every night of the week and coincidentally its my boys’ favorite dinner too! But we live in a day in age where health conscious, figure friendly foods rule the roost, as they say. And hey! Im always down to shed a few pounds. haha! So thats where the spaghetti squash comes in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not claiming that this tastes like spaghetti, because it doesn’t. I am however, claiming that this is a much healthier alternative to spaghetti, that will leave you satisfied!

{We enjoy ours with ground turkey but you can definitely use ground beef as well.}


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Easy Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
A guilt free alternative to spaghetti bolognese!
Prep Time 10
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Prep Time 10
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Start by scoring your spaghetti squash with a smaller knife, around the entire squash
  3. Carefully use a larger, sharper knife to cut your spaghetti squash in half
  4. Scoop all of the pulp & seeds out of the center, much like a pumpkin
  5. Rub the inside of the squash with a tablespoon of olive oil, salt & pepper
  6. Place on a baking sheet, flesh side up and roast for 40-45 minutes
  7. While your squash is roasting, cook your ground meet in 1 T. of olive oil until no longer pink
  8. When meat is almost done add Italian seasoning, salt & pepper to taste, then add your onions & mushrooms (if using them)
  9. Once the meat mixture is cooked throughout, add your tomato sauce of choice, let simmer on low until ready to use
  10. When your spaghetti squash is done, allow to cool for 5-10 minutes
  11. With a fork, scrape out the inside of the squash, it will be stringy, in resemblance to spaghetti, hence the name "spaghetti squash"
  12. Place spaghetti squash strings in a large bowl and top with meat sauce
  13. Enjoy garnished with parmesan cheese & fresh basil!
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Creating a Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape

I love love love dressing up my dining room for Halloween! I started doing this about 3 years ago and each year I add a few things here & there. One year I will change it up and do an entirely different theme but for now, I am obsessed with this Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape! Black & white is so chic and timeless, It’s hard to get tired of it!

Start with your canvas

I started by purchasing a few yards of fabric at Joanns Fabric store. I was drawn to the black & white stripe and then I created the rest based on that pattern. My table was too long for the 2 yards to cover it entirely, so I strategically placed the fabric down at an angle. From there it’s all about layers! I decided I’d either go with black chargers or large black, plastic plates, when low and behold I found these ADORABLE spider web placemats at Hobby Lobby.

Place settings

I have white plates so that was a no brainer. If you don’t, the dollar store has solid white plates that will work just fine. My salad plates are Royal Stafford. I found them at Home Goods a few years back and they are by far, my favorite piece of this tabelscape!! They add the perfect touch of elegance. I haven’t been able to find them since, but I will link some others that are very similar below.


 


Layering is key

Remember I mentioned ‘layers’ above? The Black Ramekins were purchased on amazon, where I get everything else in my life, ha! I thought they would be the perfect addition to the place setting. I found these cute little black skeletons at the Dollar Tree but you could also fill the ramekins with candy, black & white confetti, ghost peeps, the options are endless!


 

I found these sparkly crows and owls at the Dollar Tree last year and happened to spot them again this year. I set a few on the table and a couple in my chandelier.


Other than that I just threw some black leaves, confetti and an old black frame lying around, and called it good! I think when it comes to Halloween, more is more! haha. In other words, don’t be afraid to layer, layer, layer! Choose your color scheme and have fun with it!

OH! and aren’t these Mummy Apples so fun??

https://www.keepingupwithkaci.com/recipe/3-ingredient-mummy-apples/They’re easy to make as well. Click here for the recipe!

 


And finally, linked below are all the items that I picked out for you, to create your own Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape.

Elegant Halloween Chargers.                      

 

Skull Salad plates

 

Black Ramekins

 

 

 Skeleton Hand Goblets

 

 

Skull Goblets with Pitcher

 

 

Black Metal 5 light candle holder

 

 

Black & White Glitter “Spooky” CandleBlack Cloth Napkins

 

Black & White cotton napkins

 

Gingham Dinner Napkins

 

 

Spider Web Treat Stand

 

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