All Things Pumpkin

Who loves all things pumpkin? Me! And I know lots of you do, too. I recently reached out to my blog friends and asked for sweet and savory pumpkin recipes to add to my pumpkin roundup. They did not disappoint!

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Lots of recipes that you have to try this pumpkin season! Click on the picture above or click here to check out all these tasty pumpkin recipes!

for even more pumpkin, check out my For the Love of Pumpkin board on Pinterest.

Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe to share? I’d love to add more recipes to my roundup (especially savory recipes!) Leave a link in the comment section if you’ve got a must-try pumpkin recipe.

Happy National Homemade Cookies Day!

October 1st is National Homemade Cookies Day, so let’s celebrate! Here are some ideas to get you going…

October 1st is National Homemade Cookies Day, and I'm celebrating by sharing over 20 homemade cookie recipes, including a few no-bake and two-ingredient recipes!

Recipes for National Homemade Cookies Day

How about Potato Chip Cookies? They’re a sweet and salty treat! So are these super easy to make Pretzel Cookies (they’re also a great way to use up Halloween candy).

This recipe for Butter Cookies with Jelly is one of my favorites. The kids like picking their own flavors of jelly for their cookies.

These Carmelitas are more like a cookie bar, but they are an indulgent treat, and Jason’s favorite recipe handed down from his mom.

This recipe for two ingredient, no bake Oreo Truffles is loved by my entire family, and my niece makes them for every special occasion. And these Amaretto Truffles make the perfect gift during the holidays.

These Cream Cheese Mints are my favorite, and also a family tradition.

And just in time for fall, here’s a two ingredient recipe for Pumpkin Cookies.

Back in May, we celebrated National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and I shared a ton of chocolate chip cookie recipes (even a few make your own Easy Bake Oven cookie recipes!)

Now that you’re ready to get baking, don’t miss my tips on how to soften butter quickly which is a neccesity for making the perfect cookie!

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Looking for more sweet ideas? Check out my board Desserts & Sweet Treats on Pinterest.

We will be making good old Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies this evening. How will you celebrate National Homemade Cookies Day?

Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe, But Better: Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

Just in time for Fall and Thanksgiving, I’m sharing my favorite easy pumpkin pie recipe. It’s my Upside Down Pumpkin Cake recipe; an easy pumpkin pie recipe only so much better.

This easy pumpkin pie recipe is SO GOOD that even Scary Mommy loved it and featured it in her book Scary Mommy’s Guide To Surviving the Holidays!

This recipe is featured in Scary Mommy's Guide To Surviving the Holidays!

Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe, But Better: Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

If you're looking for an easy pumpkin pie recipe, this is it. It's actually an upside down pumpkin cake and even more delicious than regular pumpkin pie!

Upside Down Pumpkin Cake: My Claim To Fame
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Ingredients

  • 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix with pudding
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • 1 cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Line a 13X9 inch baking dish with parchment paper (make sure that it overlaps on all sides because you need to flip the cake after it cools).
  4. In a mixing bowl, blend pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, salt, sugar, eggs and milk. Pour mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix and nuts over the batter. Pour melted butter over the cake.
  5. Bake for 60 minutes and let cool. The cake will be "liquidy" at first, but will solidify as it cools. Once it cools, place a serving platter on top of the baking dish and flip it over so that the "crust" is on bottom. Serve with whipped cream.
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Usually I make this cake without nuts because Jason doesn’t like them. It tastes good either way.

I swear, once you serve this, you will never have to make any other easy pumpkin pie recipes ever again! People will be begging for this pumpkin cake every Thanksgiving, it’s really that good.

If you decide to try it, let me know how it turns out and what you think. And if you love pumpkin, try my two ingredient pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bars, and make sure to check out my Pumpkin Recipe Roundup. Still want more? Check out my For the Love of Pumpkin board on Pinterest.

Do you have an easy pumpkin pie recipe with a twist or a pumpkin recipe that people love? I’d love to feature it in my next Pumpkin Recipe Roundup!

Celebrate National Shake Month At Johnny Rockets!

Disclaimer: Thank you Giggasavvy for the invite to celebrate National Shake Month at Johnny Rockets! All opinions are my own.

Celebrate National Shake Month at Johnny Rockets and enjoy their newest shake the Goosebumps Shake in honor of the new Goosebumps movie coming out in October!

Not gonna lie…I LOVE Johnny Rockets. I love the old-school diner vibe, the great customer service, and of course the food! My favorite being the onion rings; I’m pretty sure I could live on them!

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Last weekend the kids and I were invited to celebrate National Shake Month at Johnny Rockets located in Knott’s Berry Farm. Since we are already huge fans of Johnny Rockets, of course we were excited to go and to get to preview their newest shakes!

Celebrate National Shake Month at Johnny Rockets and enjoy their newest shake the Goosebumps Shake in honor of the new Goosebumps movie coming out in October!

Founded in 1986, Johnny Rockets has been serving up the creamiest milk shakes since their declaration of the month of September as “Shake Month” since 2009. National Shake Month is a delicious way to celebrate all that is fabulous about milk shakes. All of Johnny Rockets milk shakes are hand-dipped and hand-spun,  and made with the finest USDA certified premium vanilla ice cream, whole milk, quality ingredients and real whipped cream. They are seriously the best milkshakes, and I’m not exaggerating! The kids agree, too.

Celebrate National Shake Month at Johnny Rockets and enjoy their newest shake the Goosebumps Shake in honor of the new Goosebumps movie coming out in October!

We were lucky enough to get to try Johnny Rockets newest shake, the Goosebumps Shake. It was created for the new Goosebumps movie coming out in October that the kids are excited to see. The Goosebumps shake is made with premium vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, milk, and mixed with Oreo pieces and topped with whipped cream, an Oreo garnish and colorful gummy worms. You’ll be able to enjoy it in select restaurants starting on September 21st!

We also got to try the Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake. I could drink gallons of it in one sitting! It’s so tasty because it’s made with real Reese’s ® Peanut Butter and chocolate, and topped with a Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cup and Reese’s ® Pieces® Mini Candies. If you love Reese’s, this shake is for you!

We can’t wait to go back soon for another Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake. If you like shakes as much as we all do, celebrate National Shake Month at a Johnny Rockets near you!

Celebrate National Shake Month at Johnny Rockets and enjoy their newest shake the Goosebumps Shake in honor of the new Goosebumps movie coming out in October!

How To Make Candy Bracelets for Halloween!

I’ll admit it: like a lot of kids, my kids LOVE candy. They would eat it all day long, every day if I’d let them. I try to be careful with the candy I buy them, but sometimes they want the sugary, sweet candy from the store. And when that happens (read: when I give in), I try to limit their intake. One way I do that is by making them these cute little candy bracelets. Remember those candy necklaces we got as kids? These are the same thing, but with a little twist.

Candy Bracelets for Halloween

Looking for a fun Halloween craft project to do with the kids? How about candy bracelets! Make them with cereal, candy, or leave them as it. The kids will love helping to make them! They are so easy to make! All you have to do is take any kind of long string candy (think licorice strings) and thread Cheerios or other round shaped cereal onto the candy bracelet.

No string candy? No problem. You could also use yarn…just make sure that you tell the kids not to try to eat that! In fact, yarn works even better because you can cut it to whatever length you would like.

This is easy enough for the kids to do, but because they need to get the holes of the cereal to fit on the string, it takes a little patience – something my 3 year old twins didn’t have when we started making them. At that age, they were happy to watch me string it on for them, but now they have to do it on their own.

You could make these cute bracelets even more fancy by getting creative. Why not cut up some apples into small pieces and poke a whole in the middle to add to your bracelet. Fruit leather would work too. Or let the kids “paint” the Cheerios with some food coloring drops mixed in water. Or make some frosting (one part powdered sugar to one part water) and frost the cereal, adding sprinkles or cinnamon for an even yummier treat. Options are endless!

Looking for a fun Halloween craft project to do with the kids? How about candy bracelets! Make them with cereal, candy, or leave them as it. The kids will love helping to make them!

This time instead of licorice, I used these Sour Twists. These are those candies I hate buying but that the kids love. I break down and buy them occasionally.

Looking for a fun Halloween craft project to do with the kids? How about candy bracelets! Make them with cereal, candy, or leave them as it. The kids will love helping to make them!

The sour twists come out of the package looking like this.

Looking for a fun Halloween craft project to do with the kids? How about candy bracelets! Make them with cereal, candy, or leave them as it. The kids will love helping to make them!

But I untwist them so that one. 3 sour twists are long enough each to make 3 big candy bracelets.

Looking for a fun Halloween craft project to do with the kids? How about candy bracelets! Make them with cereal, candy, or leave them as it. The kids will love helping to make them!

You can fill up the bracelt with Cherrios, Fruit Loops, or other round cereals (or even those little yogurt bite snacks for babies – just poke a hole in the middle of each one!) or you can leave them as-is, which is how my kids like them.

Do you have any fun candy crafts like these candy bracelets that you do with your kids?

For even more Halloween snacks, recipes, ideas, and more, visit my Halloween board on Pinterest, and my Fall In Love With Fall board if you’re a fan of autumn! And if you love all things pumpkin, don’t miss my For The Love of Pumpkin board on Pinterest.