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    Spook-tacular Kid Friendly Halloween Recipes

    There’s only six days left until the streets are filled with the sounds of kid giggles, doorbells and “Trick-or-Treat”, and the scariest to most beautiful costumes around. Autumn sure is a time for fun, for treats and for great kid friendly Halloween recipes. We’ve recently added two Pinterest Boards with a bunch of great ideas for Halloween-time treats and recipes, here are a few of our favorites.


    Halloween Caramel Apple Bar

    Kid fun activity for sure! Fill plastic bowls with chocolate chips, candy corn, mini marshmallows, Halloween-colored sprinkles and maybe even some gummy worms. Have a parent melt a bag of caramels on low and pour into a safe bowl.  Slice granny smith apples into quarters or bite-size chunks and insert a stick. The rest is pretty much up to you and your kid’s imagination! See pinned recipe.


    Cheese-ball Goblin

    Make sure the kids are filled up before trick-or-treating with a little appetizer they can gobble-in right up! Here’s an easy cheese ball recipe from Food Network.




    Slithery “Snake Bites”

    Here’s another simple to make kid friendly recipe for Halloween parties. Watch Paula Dean prepare Snake Bites in her video on Food Network. Looks pretty easy to make and kids are sure to enjoy.



    Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Fingers

    These spooky treats won’t last long so be sure to make enough to enjoy. Simple and quick to make:

    Ingredients: caramel, milk chocolate, slivered almonds, pretzel sticks
    Melt caramel on low, dip pretzel in caramel, set on waxed paper to cool. Next, melt milk chocolate on low and dip cooled caramel pretzel stick in chocolate, apply one slivered almond to the tip. Let cool. Enjoy the creepiness!


    What are some of your favorite kid friendly Halloween recipes? Leave a comment for others to enjoy!

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    20 Snack Ideas for School & Home | Save 20% on Back to School Essentials from Organize.com

    Many people are jumping on the ‘healthy band wagon.’ For some it’s in an attempt to live a healthier lifestyle and for others it’s because they have children with allergies and strict dietary concerns. Regardless of the reason, parents have started to make a conscious effort when it comes to preparing snacks for their kids’ school lunches and celebrations. With that in mind, we have handpicked the most creative, delicious, and nutritious treats that your kids will love.

    Check out our list below, and for corresponding recipes head to our Pinterest board.

    1. Fruit: fruit is a great snack/dessert choice for children. There are so many different options. Get creative by using a hollowed out watermelon as a bowl.
    2. Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Snack Mix and grapes in a ziplock bag closed in the middle with a clothespin to resemble butterfly.
    3. Popcorn: sometimes we forget how easy and healthy natural popcorn can be. Get creative and put popcorn on skewers with fruit or nuts (if your school allows).
    4. Mini marshmallows (or cheese bits) stuck between two apple slices to create a silly smile.
    5. No bake energy bites (oatmeal, nut-butter, honey, coconut) formed into balls to provide an extra kick of energy in the afternoon. Note: if there are any nut allergies in your child’s classroom you can replace with seed butter such as sunflower butter.
    6.  If there are no nut allergies, these PB&J sushi rollups with fruit are adorable and delectable!
    7. Honeydew, raspberry popsicles for warmer days.
    8. Scooter snacks! This is a scooter made out of string cheese, veggies, and pretzels. This would be best if your child has a small class or if you and your child want to make something fun and delicious together.
    9. Frozen yogurt stuffed raspberries. A cool and delicious treat!
    10. Hard-boiled egg and cheese boat. Perfect for a mid-morning snack.
    11. Apple chips! Crispy apples with a small amount of oil and sugar.
    12. Banana pops: bananas, yogurt, granola, and a few chocolate chips (or raisins) on a stick!
    13. A super healthy cake batter pizza! Throw in a few colorful sprinkles and it will be a birthday celebration to remember!
    14. Healthy snack cones: ice-cream cones filled with Cheerios, raisins, popcorn, dried fruit, and any other healthy treat that will fit.
    15. Create a school of fish with pretzels, mini apricots, a little bit of cream cheese, and mini chocolate chips.
    16. Frozen yogurt dots. Make in tons of colors or throw in frozen chocolate chips. Arrange in ice-cream cones, zip lock bags, or an empty ice cream box.
    17. Oatmeal banana flax muffins.
    18. Sliced apples with do-it-yourself toppings such as nut butters, coconut, raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
    19. Delicious and healthy banana chocolate chip bread. Can be made gluten-free and vegan!
    20. Don’t underestimate the power of whole grain chips or crackers with some fresh salsa or homemade guacamole. The healthy fats in the avocado will definitely keep the kids full for a few good hours!

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    Guest Post | Summer Smoothies Recipe

    We are pleased to welcome our Guest Blogger, Merissa, who blogs about healthy, frugal, and simple living over at Little House Living.

    We love smoothies here and the recipe below has become one of our all time favorite combos. There are only a few ingredients but it’s so good and a great way to fit in some extra fruit and healthy bacteria! Start with just a few pieces of fruit and then add more depending on your personal taste. Most of the time we stick with around 4 or 5 oranges for 2 smoothies and about 1 cup of strawberries.

    Strawberry Orange Smoothies

    What you need:


    Strawberries (frozen or fresh)

    Yogurt or Milk

    Honey or Sugar

    Juice those oranges!  This is quite simple to do in a $5 hand citrus juicer if you don’t have a big one. I use about 4 oranges for 2 smoothies, depending on how juicy they are. Add in frozen or fresh strawberries. If using fresh strawberries, make sure to add some ice. I add about 1 cup frozen strawberries for 2 smoothies. Add in yogurt or milk. Add more or less liquid depending on how thick you like your smoothies. Then add in a little honey, raw agave, stevia, or turbinado sugar. I add a little more if we are using greek yogurt and a little less when we are using European yogurt or raw milk. How much you add depends on your tastes. Let your blender do it’s job, and enjoy! I like to make extras and stick the whole cup in the freezer. Then when I want a smoothie I just grab one out of the freezer, let it thaw a bit, and eat! Be aware that frozen smoothies that are not in an airtight container may lose nutritional value the longer they are in there.

    Looking to make this smoothie a bit healthier? Add some spinach and chia or flax seeds for added nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are crucial for your body on a warm summer day.

    Photo credit: Little House Living





    Fire Up the Grill with Great Homemade BBQ Recipes + Get $25 off $200 at CHEFS

    Cola BBQ Sauce Recipe from FoodNetwork.comFire up the grill, it’s time to invite the neighbors over and welcome the season with an outdoor soiree!  Summertime means relaxed and carefree get-togethers coupled with sunny days and balmy nights, the perfect combination for laid-back meals outdoors.

    Whether you’re grilling on the deck, prepping for a pool party, or gathering friends for an outdoor dinner party, figuring out what recipes to mix and match to create the perfect menu can be a challenge. However, one staple for every All-American cookout that no serious griller should go without is a flavor- infusing, homemade BBQ sauce that can turn any chicken, pork or beef dish into a mouthwatering meal.

    Using a BBQ sauce when grilling infuses flavor into the meat, ensuring a delicious meal that will leave everyone wanting more. From cola to coffee and molasses to mustard, these recipes contain ingredients that you might already have stocked in your pantry or cabinets.

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    Cola Barbecue Sauce Recipe

    From: FoodNetwork.com
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    • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus a generous pinch for the garlic
    • 3 cups cola
    • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
    • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 slightly heaping tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, plus additional for seasoning
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice


    Smash the garlic cloves, sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt, and, with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear mixture to a coarse paste.

    Stir garlic paste, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, cola, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, chili powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, and allspice together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until thickened, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, stir in the lime juice, and season with black pepper and hot sauce, to taste.



    Photo Credit: FoodNetwork