Witch’s Broom Snacks – Fun for Halloween!

Witch’s Broom Snacks

These Witch’s Broom Snacks are a fun non-sweet treat for the Halloween season. They look so adorable, but are very easy to make and only need three ingredients! Put a few in an October lunchbox as a special surprise or serve them with the appetizers at your Halloween party. You can use any flavor of cheese stick, but the cheese stick swirls add a fun multi-color effect to the brooms.

You can eat theWitch’s Broom Snacks “as is” or serve them with dip. This green creamy avocado dip is a great choice. Serve it in a little black cauldron (find them in the party store or dollar store) and it will look like a tub of witch’s brew!

Witch’s Broom Snacks

3 String Cheese Sticks
9 Pretzel Sticks
Fresh Chives

Witch’s Broom Snacks Ingredients

Cut each cheese stick in thirds (about 1 1/2″ each).
Lengthwise, make cuts around the stick to about half way up.
Insert a pretzel stick in the uncut end of the cheese.
Wrap and tie with a chive and cut off excess.

Witch’s Broom Snacks How To


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Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe – Simple Dinners with Budget Recipes

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Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Dinner Under $20

I like budget recipes any day, but for many people those budget friendly meals become especially important around the 1st and the 15th of the month when times can be tight. The key to planning low budget meals is to combine foods you have on hand with foods you can find at a great sale price (and/or with a coupon) and use your imagination to create something with those ingredients.

I headed to Walmart where they have lots of KRAFT products on rollback right now, including KRAFT Barbecue Sauce, KRAFT Mayo, KRAFT Ranch Dressing, KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing, VELVEETA Cheesy Skillets Dinner Kit, VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinners, and VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner Cups.

VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner Recipe

I put my thinking cap on and came up with this Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe starting with the always yummy VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner. This fun meal can serve a family of 4-5 for under $20 – actually for under $15! The price would have actually been cheaper if I had used leftover cooked chicken and made my own pizza crust, which I will do next time with this easy homemade pizza dough recipe. With those changes, the total price would drop to under $10!

VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner

KRAFT Barbecue Sauce at Walmart

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe


1 pre-made pizza crust (or make your own)
2 tsp olive oil
VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner
7-8 oz cooked chicken (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup KRAFT Barbecue Sauce
3/4 cup VELVEETA Shreds, Cheddar
1 green onion (green part only), thinly sliced

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe Ingredients


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Prepare VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner according to package directions.
Dice the chicken and mix with KRAFT Barbecue Sauce.
Lightly brush pizza crust with olive oil.
Spread mac and cheese over crust.
Top with chicken, shredded cheese and green onion.
Bake 7-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starts to brown.

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe KRAFT

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe Assembly

My husband went nuts for this pizza! It is on the list of his favorites now and I’ll definitely have to make it again soon. I like that it is so filling and the combination of flavors leaves you feeling satisfied – - all at a budget price!

Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza Whole

So, the next time you’re facing a tight time of the month, or you just don’t want to spend more than you have to on dinner, raid your pantry and your freezer, check for good deals on additional ingredients and then put on your thinking cap!

What are some of your favorite budget meals?

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Mac and Cheese Barbecue Chicken Pizza

$.50 Sierra Mist 2-Liter Soda at Dollar General + Great Punch Recipes for Halloween!

sierra mist Dollar General has select 2-liter sodas on sale right now for only $1 each. You can combine that sale with an iBotta rebate for this great deal on Sierra Mist: Buy (1) Sierra Mist, 2 liter — $1.00
Submit for $.50 iBotta Rebate
Final Price: $.50! It’s a good time to grab this type of soda to use for holiday punch recipes! Check out this post for some really great punch recipes that are perfect for Halloween! halloween punch Also, check here for more Dollar General match-ups before you make your shopping trip! You can find more current printable coupons at Coupons.comRed Plum,SmartSource, and SavingStar. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links that help support our site with no additional cost to you. See our complete disclosure policy here.

Easy Homemade Caramel Apple Recipe

Easy Homemade Caramel Apple Recipe

One of my favorite parts of fall is apples and APPLE RECIPES! At the top of my list of snacks is a gooey, delicious caramel apple topped with nuts. I sometimes fall victim to temptation and pick one up at the grocery store and often am a little disappointed at the quality of the apple. If it’s not a fresh, firm, juicy apple it just doesn’t satisfy.

BUT, with this Easy Homemade Caramel Apple Recipe, you can choose your own apples and make sure that you use the best ones. The recipe includes a step for removing the wax from your apples, but if you pick your own or buy straight from a local apple orchard you’ll be able to skip that step.

This recipe uses real cream and is very creamy, which you can kind of tell from the light color of the caramel.

Easy Homemade Caramel Apple Recipe

6 Apples
6 Lollipop Sticks
3/4 cup Chopped Peanuts (optional)
1 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Corn Syrup
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

Easy Homemade Caramel Apple Recipe Ingredients

Heat water in a pot until hot (but not boiling).
Add 1 tsp of vinegar.
Insert a stick into the stem end of each apple.
Dip apples in water and swirl to melt and remove any wax.
Wipe with towel to dry and remove any remaining wax.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.
In a pan, add 3/4 cup cream, corn syrup, butter and sugar.
Cook to 245 (use a candy thermometer or look for firm ball stage).
Remove from heat and carefully stir in the remaining cream and the vanilla. Be careful as it is very hot and it may splatter.
Dip and twirl the apples in the caramel to coat. Let any excess drip off.
You can optionally roll the dipped apple in the chopped nuts.
Place apples on prepared cookie sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes to set caramel.

Easy Homemade Caramel Apple Recipe Sticks

Easy Homemade Caramel Apple Recipe Dipping

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Cinnamon Honey Butter Recipe

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Cinnamon Honey Butter Recipe

My husband loves going to Texas Roadhouse. I’m usually pretty agreeable about going, but for one main reason.  I cannot get enough of their rolls and honey butter! They are come to the table warm from the oven and are so soft and delicious that I can’t stop myself at one, or two, or usually even at three. Since that is my favorite part of the restaurant and it’s silly to make an extra visit and buy a pricey dinner just because I love the rolls so much, I am happy I can now make this Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Cinnamon Honey Butter Recipe at HOME and get that amazing taste any time I want!

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Honey Butter Recipe Ingredients

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Honey Butter Recipe

(makes 24 rolls)

2 1/4 tsp Yeast (or 1 packet)
1 1/4 cup Milk
1/4 cup Honey
4 tbsp melted Butter
1 large Egg
1 tsp Kosher Salt
4 cup Flour

1 stick Butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon

Scald milk by boiling and then allow to cool to warm temperature.
Add yeast, honey and milk to bowl and mix. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes (allow yeast to bloom).
Put yeast mixture, 3 tablespoons melted butter, egg and 2 cups of flour into bowl of stand mixer.
Mix on low using the bread hook until smooth.
Keep slowly adding flour until dough comes together.
Add salt and allow to mixer to knead for 8 minutes.
Flour work surface and turn out dough and knead for a few more minutes.
Spray bowl with cooking spray and place dough in bowl.

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Honey Butter Recipe Process 1

Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 hour).
Spray 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray.
Punch dough down and turn out onto a floured work surface.
Roll dough into a rectangle, about 1/2″ thick.
Fold over and gently roll to seal together.
Cut into 24 squares and place on prepared sheets about an inch apart.

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Honey Butter Recipe Process 2

Cover and let rise until almost doubled in size (about 40 minutes).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Brush with remaining melted butter.

Whip all ingredients for honey butter together until smooth. Spread on warm rolls to serve.

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Cinnamon Honey Butter Recipe 2

Captain America Bingo Fun and M&M Recipes

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Captain America Ice Cream Sandwiches

I am a big fan of Captain America, especially having had the chance to be on set with one of my favorite superheroes during the filming of Captain America: The Winter Soldier last year. I was so excited once the movie actually came to the theater and I was able to see the scene we witnessed come to life on the BIG screen! It’s amazing that hour and a half condensed to about 15 seconds.

Chris Evans with Bloggers on Set of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Now Captain America: The Winter Soldier is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, so I set about rounding up some fun M&Ms recipes and an activity to kick back and have an enjoyable Captain America party at home. To get started, I headed to Walmart to gather my supplies.
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Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe

The weather is turning cooler and that means it is time for fall and, better yet, fall-themed treats! This yummy Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe makes a great treat for lunch bags, late night snacks and party treats. It’s also a fun addition to fall parties for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Whip up a big batch and share the yumminess!

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe

8 cup Chex Cereal
12 oz White Melting Chips (White Chocolate)
1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
2 cup Powdered Sugar
3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup Fall Color M&M’s

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe Step 1

Melt candy chips by microwaving 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted.
Add Pumpkin and stir to combine.
Spread cereal on lined tray(s) and pour mixture over cereal.
In a bowl add spice to powdered sugar and mix well.
Sprinkle sugar mixture cereal and toss to coat well.
Leave on tray(s) to dry out for a while.
Add M&M’s when you transfer to a serving bowl.

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe Close-up




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50 Awesome Apple Recipes

50 Awesome Apple Recipes Collage

One of my favorite parts of fall is going to local farms for apple picking! It’s such a fun day enjoying the fresh air, grabbing a hay ride, maybe choosing a pumpkin and then the main event of apple picking. Even if you don’t pick your own, the fall is a great time to buy apples in larger quantities. They are in season so taste their best and usually you’ll find the best prices of the year too. If you need some inspiration for things to make with all your apples,  these 50 awesome apple recipes should help.  We have everything from breakfasts to breads to condiments to desserts.  Enjoy!

50 Awesome Apple Recipes


Apple Cinnamon Pancakes – A delicious way to start the day.

Apple Sugar Muffins – Grab one for breakfast on the go.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal – This one cooks overnight in the crockpot.

Caramel Apple Upside Down Muffins – A yummy treat baked on the bottom.

Apple Puff Pancake – A fluffy treat.

Apple Cherry Breakfast Risotto – Yes, risotto for breakfast!



Apple Banana Bread – Amp up banana bread with apples.

Buttery Caramel Apple Almond Quick Bread – Beautiful with an almond topping.

Overnight Apple Fritter Monkey Bread – Easy, delicious and addictive.

Apple Blueberry Quick Bread – Great for breakfast, snack, dessert or with a meal.

Savory Side Dishes:

Savory Sausage and Apple Bread Pudding – This one can serve as an entree.

Waldorf Chicken Salad with Apples – This one is timeless.

Apple Jicama Slaw – Sriracha sauce adds a kick to this salad.

Green Apple Turkey Sandwich – Add it to your lunchbox.

Apple Sandwiches – A healthy after-school snack.


Condiments and Cider:

Rolo Chocolate Caramel Apple Dip – Fun for a fall party.

Bourbon Apple Pumpkin Butter – A delicious fall condiment.

Apple BBQ Sauce – A unique twist on BBQ sauce.

Apple Spice Marmalade – Perk up your morning toast.

Apple Fig Chutney – Excellent compliment to Indian food.

Fallen Applesauce – Use up those less-than-perfect fallen apples.

Homemade Apple Cider – Drink it cold or hot.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples – Make your own at home!


Hand-Held Treats:

Apple Sandwiches – Fantastic after school snack.

Copycat McDonalds Apple Pie – Skip the drive-thru!

Apple and Cranberry Turnovers – Delicious as-is or with ice cream.

Personal-Sized Apple Pies – Fun individual desserts.

Apple Cider Caramel Cookies - Bet you can’t eat just one.

Mini Apple Dumplings - Dumplings are easier to make than you might think.

Apple Cider Spiced Doughnuts - Oven baked donuts with apple cider.


Baked Apples from the Microwave – A super quick and easy snack or dessert.

Microwave Apple Crisp – Another quick dessert from the microwave.

Microwave Cinnamon Apples – A quick treat for the kids.


Pies, Cakes and Crisps:

Easy Caramel Apple Pie – A delicious dessert that’s easy to make.

Apple Crisp Pie – Is it a pie or is it a crisp? It’s both!

Apple Spice Cake – Complete with a delicious caramel sauce.

Apple Butter Bread Pudding – Bread pudding made with challah bread.

Easy Apple Crisp – A favorite made easy.

Apple Streusel Pie – Gotta love streusel!

Apple Tarte Tatin – An easy, but sophisticated dessert.

Apple and Blackberry Crumble – The blackberries add a beautiful color!

Caramel Apple Streusel Tarts – Time to break out the ice cream to top these.

Creamy Apple Squares – Easy to make with a boxed cake mix.

Caramel Apple Bundt Cake – Break out your Bundt pan for this one!

French Apple Pie – Ooh la la!

Old Fashion Apple Pie – A classic like Grandma used to make.

Apple Biscoff Cookie Bars - Biscoff spread adds extra yum.

Apple Pie Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars – Snickerdoodle and apple makes an amazing combination.


Ice Cream:

Apple Cider Ice Cream – A special frozen treat.

Apple Pie Ice Cream – Includes a caramel sauce recipe.

Gluten Free:

Gluten-free Apple Crisp – A classic, but gluten free.

Gluten-free Applesauce Snack Cake – Another awesome gluten-free option.

B3G1 Free Pringles Coupon = $.50 Each at Walmart + Pringle Brownies Recipe!


There is a great coupon for Pringles chips available right now. Combine that with a gift card promotion at Walmart for this really great deal:

Buy (8) Pringles Chips — $1.50
Use (2) B3G1 Free Pringles Coupon
Submit for $5 Gift Card
Final Price: $.50 each!

You can use this great deal for this recipe to make brownies from the Pringles chips! These are adorable for Halloween!

ghoulish brownies

To submit for the gift card you have to purchase $10 in one transaction. Then take a photo of your receipt and email it to football@drvsusa.com to get the $5 gift card.

You may need to change your zip code to find this coupon. Head over here and click the upper right hand corner to “Sign In”. Then hover over your name in the upper right hand corner and click “Profile”. Then just scroll down to edit your zip code to 62946 – Illinois. Then come back to this post and click the link above and you’ll find it already clipped and ready to print.

Head over to print two of these per computer. Also, check here for more Walmart match-ups before you make your shopping trip! PLEASE NOTE: Walmart prices vary by region, so this scenario may be a bit different at your location. You can find more current printable coupons at Coupons.comRed Plum,SmartSource, and SavingStar.

Thanks, Growing Up on Coupons!

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FREE Superfood Breakfast E-Book from Abe’s Market


What are your go-to breakfasts? Are they healthy fuel to get you through the morning, or just something that will help hold off your hunger until you can grab a mid-morning snack? Abe’s Market has teamed up with Ksenia from superfood blog Breakfast Criminals to offer a FREE e-book about the Life-Changing Power of Superfood Breakfasts. It has recipes for smoothies, pancakes, granola, oatmeal and more. My favorite is CHOCOLATE BRAZIL NUT SUPERFOOD GRANOLA. It sounds (and looks) so good! You’ll also get a coupon code to save 15% on Ksenia’s favorites from Abe’s Market.

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