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Here’s a fun little blast from the past…

the cartoon version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, narrated by Bing Crosby.

It’s an oldie, but a goodie!

ichabod crane

Ichabod Crane

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Since Halloween is this week, I thought I’d share some pins I liked from Pinterest.

Bearing in mind Halloween is my least favorite holiday and I hate to be scared, these are fun for any age…

halloween lawn dresseshand iceFill a clean glove with water, freeze. When ready to use, remove glove and put hand in punch bowl.

halloween gloveSpeaking of hands and gloves, this is a really cute party favor or treat bag.

cobweb pretzelAnd cute little pretzel spider webs.

halloween pretzel broomsOr pretzel brooms made with cheese.

halloween ghost poopAnd these cute little party favors. How clever and fun!

However you decide to celebrate the, be careful and be safe!

She Who Needs to Stock up on Candy (for the Trick-or-Treaters, of course)

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Monday

Just a little humor (and encouragement) this morning…

monday minionHave a fabulous day!

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Apple Pie Bites

I needed to make dessert for our monthly book club meeting and wanted something that had a taste of fall, could be easily transported, and tasted yummy.

So I decided to make my own version of Apple Pie Bites.

These scrumptious little tidbits use the same crust I make for Pecan Tassies with an apple pie filling and crumb topping.

They do take a little time to make, but nothing in the process is difficult.

And the effort is definitely worth it!

The cast of characters

The cast of characters

Start by making the crust, because it needs to chill. Combine cream cheese, butter and flour until if forms into a ball then chill for an hour (or overnight - or if you're in a huge hurry 30 minutes in the freezer).

Start by making the crust, because it needs to chill. Combine cream cheese, butter and flour until it forms into a ball then chill for an hour (or overnight. If you’re in a huge hurry 30 minutes in the freezer).

Make the crumb topping next by mixing softened butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, flour and oatmeal until crumbly. Set aside.

Make the crumb topping next by mixing softened butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, flour and oatmeal until crumbly. Set aside.

While the dough is chillin' in the fridge, peel, core and slice your apples into small pieces.

While the dough is chillin’ in the fridge, peel, core and slice your apples into small pieces.

Add cinnamon, flour and sugar to the apples and cook over medium heat in a heavy saucepan.

Add cinnamon, flour and sugar to the apples and cook over medium heat in a heavy saucepan.

It took about ten minutes for the apples to soften and the mixture to get that caramel look.

It took about ten minutes for the apples to soften and the mixture to get that caramel look.

While the apples are cooking, you can start filling your mini-cupcake cups with the chilled dough. Shape dough into calls about the size of walnuts.

While the apples are cooking, you can start filling your mini-muffin cups with the chilled dough. Shape dough into balls about the size of walnuts.

Use a tart tamper to press the dough into the cups.

Use a tart tamper to press the dough into the cups.

So they look like this when your done.

So they look like this when your done.

Using a teaspoon, spoon apple filling into cups.

Using a teaspoon, spoon apple filling into cups.

It takes just about a teaspoon to fill one.

It takes just about a teaspoon to fill one.

Then sprinkle on crumb topping. I pressed it down just a little into the cups so it stayed where I wanted it.

Then sprinkle on crumb topping. I pressed it down just a little into the cups so it stayed where I wanted it.

Bake in 350 oven for about 12 minutes, until filling bubbles and crumbly topping looks brown.

Bake in 350 oven for about 12 minutes, until filling bubbles and crumbly topping looks brown.

Drizzle with caramel sauce and devour!

Drizzle with caramel sauce and devour!

Apple Pie Bites

Crust

1/2 cup butter

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese

1 cup flour

Filling

3 large Granny Smith apples

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1/3 cup flour

2/3 cup sugar

Topping

1/3 cup butter

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup flour

3/4 cup quick oats

dash of salt

Caramel Sauce (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Crust: Soften butter and cream cheese. Combine until smooth then add in flour. Continue mixing until it forms a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and set in fridge for an hour or overnight (you can also stick it in the freezer for about 30 minutes if you are pressed for time but it works better in the fridge).

Topping: Soften butter then mix with cinnamon, dash of salt, flour and oats. Stir until crumbly. Set aside.

Filling: Peel, core and slice apples into small pieces. In a heavy saucepan, stir apples with cinnamon, sugar and flour and well coated. Cook over medium heat until apples soften and the filling looks a little like caramel. As it thickens, you’ll need to stir it more frequently. The reason for precooking the apples is because the crust cooks really fast and if you put the apples into the cups uncooked, they’ll still be crunchy when the crust is long past done.

To assemble, coat mini muffin-cups with non-stick cooking spray. Remove crust from fridge and form into balls about the size of a small walnut. Use a tart tamper (coated in flour) to push the crust into the bottom and up the sides of each cup. Fill each cup with about a teaspoon of the apple filling then top with the crumb topping, pressing it down gently.

Bake for about 12 minutes until the tops are brown and juice is bubbling. Remove and serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. You can also freeze these.

I served mine warm with a little caramel sauce over the top. You could also add a dollop of whipping cream or a scoop of ice cream (like dulce de leche).

She Who Loves Fall Desserts

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Have you ever eaten your  way down to the bottom of a bowl of yummy popcorn and discovered some partially popped kernels? You know, the crunchy, tasty tidbits that linger next to the old maids?

What if you could enjoy a whole bag of those delicious little bites?

Sounds pretty good, huh?

Captain Cavedweller discovered Pop’d Kerns a while back and I’m fairly certain he’s addicted. A whole case of them arrived at the front door yesterday, if that is any indication of his love for the crunchy corn treats.

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Pop’d KernsTM (formerly Glad Corn) were created quite by accident. A rural Minnesota farmer and his wife lived in a small, close-knit community where the man grew corn and soybeans on his family farm.  According to their website, this hardworking farmer also happened to be a dreamer and a problem solver. He had a desire to learn more about alternative energy sources, and this eventually led him to do some experimenting. One night he was in the kitchen working on a new ethanol fuel recipe while his wife was catching up on some reading in the living room. He stepped out of the kitchen for a moment while a batch heated up on the stove. Suddenly — KABOOM! They both came running immediately and found exploded corn all over the kitchen! Being the inquisitive type, the farmer was more interested in tasting the pop’d corn than cleaning up the mess. While it didn’t look like much, he discovered that it was about the best tasting stuff he’d ever eaten!

And the rest, as they say, is history. Today Pop’d Kerns are a crunch, salty, delicious wonderful snack. You can get the original flavor or others like BBQ, Ranch and Cheddar.

Although I initially resisted, CC talked me into trying them and now I wish I hadn’t because they are so, so good!

(NOTE: The nice people from Pop’d Kerns don’t know me from Adam’s off ox – we just like their product. A lot).

She Who Has a Case of Treats to Put Away

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As many of you know, I’m not so much into the whole Halloween thing.

It’s the avoidance of being scared. I hate (HATE) to be scared.

But I do love fall.

And the beautiful colors of the leaves.

And apples.

And cozy sweaters.

And popcorn cake.

And pumpkins.  Boy, do I love pumpkins. Especially white pumpkins.

Here are some fun pumpkin party ideas I pilfered from Pinterest!

Gorgeous white pumpkin flower arrangement. I'd like one of these for my dining room table, please!

Gorgeous white pumpkin flower arrangement. I’d like one of these for my dining room table, please!

pumpkin party floral pumpkinsHere’s some really awesome party ideas from StylishTrendy.com

Classic combo of mums and pumpkins - you can't go wrong, especially when you use a variety of colors with the mums.

Classic combo of mums and pumpkins – you can’t go wrong, especially when you use a variety of colors with the mums.

How much do I love a lace-covered white pumpkin? You don't even want to know!

How much do I love a lace-covered white pumpkin? You don’t even want to know!

This is such a clever and cute idea using mini pumpkins as table cloth weights.

This is such a clever and cute idea using mini pumpkins as table cloth weights. Look for more great ideas at Better Homes & Gardens.

Speaking of clever, this is a fabulous idea!

Speaking of clever, this is a fabulous idea!

And this little Oreo pumpkin on a stick from The Idea Room is so fun!

And this little Oreo pumpkin on a stick from The Idea Room is so fun!

Don’t you just want to go home and throw a pumpkin party?

She Who Needs To Plan a Party

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