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What child does not like marshmallows-even more- cupcakes!  
Add a movie and you have a fun night with the whole family,
while eating these adorable popcorn cupcakes!

Cake mix
White Frosting
Cupcake holders
Red Marker
Bake Cup cakes and let cool.
Frost cupcakes once they are cooled.
Apply the marshmallows on the top.
My 7 year old put them on the top-there is no specific way to make them look.
Make the striped muffin cups.
I drew out a pattern like this.
They have them online for free, but I decided to free hand mine.
5thI cut out the pattern and added stripes.  The stripes are 3 lines thick.
Meaning when I ran the marker across to make a stripe, I did so 3 different times to make a wider stripe.
I connected the two sides together with tape, which then formed a cup.
I dropped the cupcake into the cup.

Frosting will melt.  I tried this to see what would happen and I had   marshmallows and melted frosting everywhere. ha ha!
You can use a longer lighter and lightly toast the marshmallows, or a blow torch.  I chose to leave them plane.

They made my heart giggle when I saw them the first time.  My daughter and I had so much fun putting them together.
Perfect for a Circus Theme party too!

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Banana Ghost Pop, Healthy Halloween Treat Ideas, Halloween snacksI made these Banana Ghost Pops for my kids yesterday, there where a total hit. The kids loved them. They were fast and easy to make too! All you do is peel the banana, cut it in half.  Stick a straw in the bottom.  Cover with Wilton Icing to make it look like a ghost… or just make strips to make them look like a mummy.  Add Wilton Candy Eyeballs and you are done :)

Banana Ghost Pop, Healthy Halloween Treat Ideas, Halloween snacks

More Halloween Ideas:Candy Corn Pumpkin, easy way to decorate a pumpkin without carving it #PumpkinIdeas, Perfect for Kids, #Halloween, #CandyCorn

Candy Corn Pumpkinspretzel skeletons, halloween snack, #Halloween, #halloweensnack,#Halloweengoodies,#halloweenparty, #thriftyhalloweensnacks, #thriftysnackideas, #pretzels, #candycoating, #halloweencandy, #falltreatideas, #halloweentreatsPretzel Skeletons 

witch cupcakes, #Halloween, #witch, #witchcupcakes, #cupcakes, #Halloweentreats, #trickortreat, #paperstrawcraftsWitch Feet Cupcakes 

Halloween Food Ideas, Spooky Grape Eyeballs,Easy Halloween recipes, #grapeEyes, #Halloween, #HacksMonster Eyes ~ Healthy Halloween treatscute bat banner, #Halloweendecorations, #Halloween, #cutehalloweendecorations. #bats, #black, #bakerstwine, #googlyeyes, #thriftyHalloweendecorations, #thriftycrafts, #crafts, #thriftyHalloweendecorBat Banner~ quick,easy and low cost

vanpire donuts, such a FUN but SIMPLE treat idea that is sure to make your kids smile #Halloween #TreatIdeasVampire Donuts

Quick and easy Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Pretzel Pumpkins

FREE Printable Halloween Owl Cupcake Toppers

FREE Halloween Printable Cupcake Toppers

Hootie Owl Cupcakes

Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books 

Candy Corn Marshmallows  

Finger Print Spider Card

Fall Crafts and Decor Ideas, Soup Can Upcycle, Low cost Fall decorations #Fall, #Crafts, Things to make out of a soup can

Soup Can Upcycle ~ Frugal Fall Utensil Holder


Easy Minecraft Inspired Costumes, #easy, #diy, #halloweencostumes, #quick costumes

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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe, Copy Cat recipe that you can make at home for a fraction of the price #Soup, #CopyCatRecipe, #OliveGarden, #Kale
One of my favorite things to do is go out to eat, someone else cooks it, cleans up and all I have to do is enjoy it!  But, I always feel sick once the bill comes and I realize I have paid as much for one meal as a whole cart of grocery’s .   In order for me to stay home and raise my kids, eating out is one of the things we have cut out.  We try to fit it in our budget at least once a month.  So instead I have learned to make some of our favorite restaurant meals at home.   One of our favorites is the wonderful zuppa toscana sausage, potato soup at Olive Garden.  I made it this weekend for my family, and I thought I would pass this thrifty recipe on to you! This recipe will make a LARGE pot of soup and normal feeds my family a few meals. Or we share with friends!

Start out  with  1.5 lb of  your favorite brand of Italian sausage.  I always buy the mild, but if you like it a little spicy get the hot. This is my family’s favorite, we find it at Walmart.

009Put the sausage and one medium onion (diced) into a large soup pot.  On Medium heat brown the sausage and onion.

012I like to let mine get a little “crisp” around the edges, it seems to hold together better in the soup.

013Once the meat is cooked you will need to drain it, because it will  have a lot of grease on it. You can even rinse it if you want, but I just normally drain it.  I like to have a little bit to help flavor the soup.  ( One time I did not drain it and the soup was really oily…did not work so well)

011You will need 6-8 medium potatoes.  Wash them really well, and then dice with the skin on.

014To the pot you just cooked the Sausage in add

  • 6-8 cups chicken broth ( if you do not have it you can substitute water, but broth tastes MUCH better)
  • the diced potatoes with skin on
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon black pepper ( if you want to spice up ad some red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon)

015While the pan is still cool add in 3 cups of  heavy cream ( you can substitute with whole milk or half and half , but the cream is best)

It is important to add this while the broth is still cool, if you add it to a boiling pot the cream will curdle

UPDATE*** I have now found I like to add the cream at the VERY END just before serving. You might try this option as well. 


Now add the drained, cook sausage back to the pot, and turn on medium heat.

019Slowing bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring every few minutes so you do not scald the cream.

Once it comes to a boil turn down to medium / low heat so it can simmer for 20 minutes

017While your soup in simmering, wash your Kale very well, it has lots of green leaves for dirt to hide in.

I had never eaten or heard of kale before this recipe, but we LOVE it now!

018Once you have washed it, take off the stock, it is not very good for eating.  You just want the Kale leaf.  Then chop the kale into small bite sized pieces.

You will need about 6 cups, uncooked.

020Once the soup has been simmering for 20  min, add the  6 cups of chopped kale, cover again and simmer another 30 mins.

You will see the soup has a orange look to it, that is from the little bit of grease left from cooking the sausage, it is just a light layer but stays on top the pot.  If  you rinse the meat you will not get that thin layer, it is personal choice, taste fine either way.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe, Copy Cat recipe that you can make at home for a fraction of the price #Soup, #CopyCatRecipe, #OliveGarden, #Kale
You can top with a little bit of grated cheese, and enjoy!  My whole family loves this and I hope you enjoy this recipe too!

Other Copy Cat Recipes you might enjoy:

Panda Express Chow Mein Recipe, Copy Cat Recipe for Panda Express Chow Mein #PandaExpress, #ChowMein, #recipePanda Express Chow Mein Noodles ~Copy Cat Recipe

Peanut Butter Moo'd Smoothie, Copy Cat Recipe for Jamba Juice.  Peanutbutter chocolate and bananas #CopyCatRecipe, #JambaJuice, #Peanut Butter Moo'd SmoothiePeanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie ~ Copy Cat Jamba Juice Recipe

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Recipe box week 21

List of the recipes shared this week ~ add those you like to your weekly menu
or just pin those you want to find later.

pretzel skeletons, halloween snack, #Halloween, #halloweensnack,#Halloweengoodies,#halloweenparty, #thriftyhalloweensnacks, #thriftysnackideas, #pretzels, #candycoating, #halloweencandy, #falltreatideas, #halloweentreatsPretzel Skeletons, cute Halloween snack

Apple Butter Recipe,  How to make apple butter,Quick and Easy Apple Butter, #Apples, #FallRecipesFAST Apple Butter recipe

Fall Recipes, Cookie Pizza Recipe, Money Saving RecipesFall-Tastic cookie pizza

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Making food for my family to eat has become the chore of my world!
The hard part is the decision for something delicious and appealing to the multiple senses.
I know I am not alone in this daily struggle.
Here are a collection of ideas for us all


IMG_1073Breakfast Enchiladas

Main Dish/Entree

Cashew Chicken & Broccoli 

Homemade Alfredo sauce


Cafe Rio Sweet shredded Pork copycat recipe & Homemade flour tortilla with Cilantro Ranch dressing

Chicken taco meat

Stuffed shells or Lasagna roll-ups

Ham rolls

chickenApricot Almond Chicken

Side dish

Yellow squash with Bacon

Steak fries

Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon, a quick and easy dip that is warm  and cheesy and will have your party guest asking for MORE, #PoppersDip, #JalapenoDip, #Party, #RecipeJalapeno Popper dip with Bacon

homemade caramel popcornCaramel popcorn

Better than Megan Fox cake

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Fall-Tastic Cookie Pizza

I love cookie pizzas! I have to admit my all time favorite is a sugar cookie dough with a cream cheese base, topped with fruit. But, my kids went ape over this large sugar cookie covered in creamy peanut butter, drizzled with a homemade milk chocolate ganache and topped with a variety of goodies, then drizzled with melted frosting. We officially welcomed fall with this tasty pizza. Using store bought cookie dough and most of the ingredients I had on hand, made this a snap to throw together. This is a great recipe to get your littles involved too. Change it up by adding your favorite toppings and watch the excitement on your kids’ faces as you make this giant sized cookie pizza.  :)

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  • 2 (16.5 oz.) sugar cookie cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup Jiff creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • approx. 1/4 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter candies
  • approx. 20 red colored M&M’s
  • approx. 1/4 cup candy corn
  • approx. 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • approx. handful of pretzels
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla frosting, melted ( I used Pillsbury brand)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 16 inch pizza pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray.

Cut dough into approx. 1/2 inch slices; press slices to the bottom of the foil-lined pan to form a crust.

Bake cookie for 25 minutes or until cookie reaches a light golden brown color. Remove cookie from oven and let cool completely.

While cookie is cooling, make ganache by heating 1 cup heavy cream over medium high heat; whisky continually until you start to see a slight boil. Reduce heat to low and whisk in the 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Continue whisking until chips are melted. Cook a couple minutes longer, remove from heat; set aside.

Gently and carefully remove the foil from the bottom of the cookie. Place cookie onto desired serving plate. (I just put it back on the pizza pan.)

Spread cookie with peanut butter. Give that ganache a whisk and drizzle it over the peanut butter, don’t be shy, drizzle with love.

Next, top the pizza with Reese’s candies, candy corn, white chocolate chips and pretzels. Melt three tablespoon of frosting in your microwave; drizzle frosting on top of all the goodies. Drizzle with more ganache if desired.

Place cookie in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Bring to room temp before serving.


You will have approx. 1 1/2 cups chocolate ganache left over. Store ganache in a sealed container and place in your refridgerator. Ganache will set and become thicker as it cools. Uses for ganache are endless. You  can eat it straight from the container, fill the middle of a cake or frost it, dip sliced apples in it, etc. The uses are up to you, but you won’t be sorry you have extra left over.

I also used red M&M’s to bring some color for the photo. I bought a small bag, you know, the ones by the check out counter,  picked out the red ones and ate the rest so they wouldn’t go to waste. ;)

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