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Homemade Fall Candy & Popcorn Recipe

Kasey here, earlier this week my friend, Barbie, posted a pic of this amazing candy and popcorn that she and her husband made together. It was chock full of candy yumminess and I had to get the recipe!  It’s a family recipe that she has been making for years. In fact, she said her great aunt Glo taught her how to make it when she was just little in her kitchen at the beauty shop while her Grandma had her hair done. I love recipes like this, it’s such a great way to create memories that last a lifetime with your children. This is a perfect recipe to make with the kids, you can actually add any kind of candy you want (think left over Halloween candy). I have included Barbie’s instructions below.
  • First, I prep the candy I am going to put on top of the popcorn. I picked the blue M&M’s out of a couple bags of M&M’s and let the kids eat them while I crushed oreo cookies with a rolling pin in a gallon bag. I added candy corn as well.
  • Then, I popped popcorn. I use an air pop popcorn popper. If you don’t have an air popper you can pop popcorn in a paper bag in your microwave. It’s so easy and works great (how to here). Just be sure you pick out the kernels that didn’t pop either way. (I have heard of using regular microwave popcorn, but I’ve never tried it. I don’t know if the oils would cause an issue with the almond bark.
  • I think a pound of almond bark will cover about 15 quarts of popped popcorn. While it’s melting I cover a counter or my table with wax paper.
  • Once it’s melted I spoon it onto the popcorn and stir from the bottom up, adding more as I go. Once the popcorn is covered spread it out on the wax paper. Working quickly sprinkle the candy over the top and let the it sit until the it’s no longer tacky. It doesn’t take long, approx 20 minutes.
  • This is where my pictures stops, but this is really important. Melt some candy melts in a bag in the microwave, 15 seconds at a time on 50% power. Once it’s melted drizzle the candy melts over the top. It’s the glue that holds it all together. Let that sit up, break it up and turn it over and sprinkle with more candy and drizzle with candy melts again.
I love this pic of her precious babies waiting patiently for a bite. Do you have any family traditions that involve recipes that have been passed down to you? Making memories with our families is such a treasure. I personally hope my kids always remember us working in the kitchen together, creating our family’s favorite recipes.

10 Crockpot Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights (Perfect for Halloween)

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10 Busy Night Dinner Ideas

It’s fr-fr-freezing outside, which means your family will be craving some nice warm comfort food for dinner!  Put a few ingredients in the crockpot now and spend dinnertime snuggled on the couch watching a movie with the kids :) Make dinnertime easy on yourself by getting your slow cooker ready this afternoon so you can relax later!

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White Chili with Chicken Recipe


Until recently I had never made White Chili with Chicken before!  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make and how fast my family devoured it!!   I adapted this recipe from a Gooseberry Patch recipe I found online.  You could also prepare this White Chili with Chicken recipe in your Crock Pot, on low for 4-6 hours.  Check out my Turkey Chili recipe for a different twist on this recipe!

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Mom’s Best Meatloaf Recipe

Mom's best meatloaf Recipe

Kasey here, although we follow a clean eating lifestyle we do have a cheat meal or two at least once or twice a week. My kids absolutely LOVE meatloaf, it’s one of their favorite meals. This is my mom’s best meatloaf recipe that I thought I’d share with you. My favorite part is the yummy ketchup/brown sugar/vinegar topping. I often make two at a time and put one in the freezer for later.  I serve with mashed potatoes and broccoli for a delicious home cooked supper.

We post quite a bit of recipes around here! Check out other dinner recipes and clean eating recipes to help plan your weekly meals.

Mom’s Best Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chuck or ground round
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup oatmeal (instant or old fashioned is fine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • For topping:
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients except for ground chuck or ground round together well.
  3. Add meat; shape into a loaf and place in a greased pan.
  4. To make the topping mix together the brown sugar, ketchup, and vinegar then pour over loaf.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done.
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Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal

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My family loves all things pumpkin! I’m always looking for healthy breakfast recipes to try out, I thought pumpkin and oatmeal would make the perfect combination. You could even make pumpkin oatmeal in a slow cooker and wake up to yummy homemade goodness in the morning. I decided to make it this morning, so I’ll have to try using my slow cooker next time. [Read more...]

Boo Brownie Cupcakes Recipe

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Boo Brownie Cupcakes Recipe

 

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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe (with Streuselly Topping and Chocolate Chips)

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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe (w/ Streuselly Topping & Chocolate Chips!)

Jamie here, I grew up with a very frugal mom, and although I learned too much solid gold advice to ever put down in writing -  one of those little tips that stuck with me was this:

::  Always ALWAYS buy the cheap bags of bananas that are going ripe. 

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Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins Recipe

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Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins Recipe

Jamie here!  Fall is in the air and everything’s coming up Pumpkin… even rice krispie treats!  I was in charge of the classroom snack this week, so over the weekend I tested out this cute idea for Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins.  They turned out to be super-adorable (and super-easy!)  Here’s how to make these Rice-Krispie Treat Pumpkins:

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