St. Patty’s Day Cupcakes! Super cute and tasty too!!



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Hey everyone!  FRIDAY, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day so it is time to get ready with this tasty treat!

When I was growing up, my mom always did something special on every holiday and one of the things that I remember was her DELICIOUS Mint Chocolate Cupcakes on St Patty’s Day!  I am not a big mint eater, but there is something really good about a moist chocolate cupcake with a light and fluff frosting with a touch of mint.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you should!  It is a tasty combination!!

I have never been one to make frosting from scratch, but this recipe makes it super simple and fun to do with the kids!  Pick up some glittery clover decorations at the dollar tree like shown in my photo above and everyone will feel Lucky as a Leprechaun!


(Makes up to 24 cupcakes)



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1 box of chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients called for on the box, i.e. eggs, oil & water)

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

4 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 bag of Andes mints (found at dollar tree)

Green food coloring




  1. Make cake batter according to box instructions. Evenly divide into cupcake liners.
  2. Bake cupcakes according to box instructions. Allow to cool in pans 15 minutes before frosting.
  3. To make frosting, use an electric mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Slowly add powdered sugar, scraping down sides of bowl between additions.
  5. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, and then mix in both peppermint and vanilla extracts.
  6. For mint green color, add 6-8 drops of green food coloring into the frosting until you reach your desired shade of green.
  7. Frost cupcakes and garnish with an Andes mint
BAM!  That’s it and you look like an expert baker!!

Let me know if you decide to try this recipe!
It is super easy and super fun to help celebrate St. Patty’s Day!!

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Cheesy Cajun Sausage & Tator Casserole! Yummy!!


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OH MY LAWD!  You are going to LOVE this dish!

Many of you have asked for recipes using the Eckrich Sausage that we just scored super cheap at Publix.  I have a really tasty option that is really easy to make that the whole family will love!

Smoked Sausage and Kielbasa is delicious when cooked together with potatoes.  There is something about the mix of flavors that is wonderful on the taste buds!  My mother is from Louisiana, so I have a lot of cajun influences in my cooking and I love my food well seasoned.  The combination of ingredients and seasoning in this dish are just perfect to me, it is not spicy, but extremely flavorful.

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Prep time:  10 minutes max

Preparing this dish was really easy for me.  In all fairness though, I want to mention that I use a Vidalia Chop Wizard for my potatoes and onions.  If you haven’t ever seen one of these, you should really check it out.  I have used mine for YEARS and can’t imagine having to chop up potatoes or veggies for soup or stews by hand.  Basically, you peel the veggies that you are going to use, put on the chopper and press down.  It quickly cuts the veggie into perfect size pieces.   I am not sure if it is designed for potatoes since it is called a “Vidalia Chopper” but I have used it for years on potatoes and every other kind of veggie out there.  I also use it for eggs when making egg salad and cheese for bite size chunks.  You can pick these up on Amazon for $19.50 with free prime shipping.  It is worth it to buy the original, the copy cat doesn’t get great reviews.  This is what mine looks like, you will see it in one of my prep photos as well:


  • FIVE Medium Size Potatoes
  • One Package of Eckrich Smoked or Kielbasa Sausage
  • One Medium Onion
  • Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning ($.15 at Publix now)
  • Olive Oil (or vegetable oil if necessary)
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese


Cheesy Cajun in process

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Peel Potatoes and cut into bite size pieces (not too big)
  • Peel onion and cut into similar size pieces
  • Slice Sausage into small bite size pieces.  I have found that if the sausage is almost frozen it is easiest to slice into small pieces.
  • For easy cleanup it is best to line your pan with aluminum foil or use a disposable pan, spray or rub bottom of pan with olive or vegetable oil (I use olive oil personally but either will work).
  • Mix all ingredients together by hand in pan and sprinkle generously with Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning.  I personally like to see the seasoning throughout the mixture like this:


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  • Place in oven and cook for 75 minutes uncovered, I stirred it once at about 40 minutes to make sure that it was cooking evenly.  We like ours to be well cooked with the onions cooked down and the potatoes nice and soft with a little crispy edge on the sausage and potatoes which is why I go 75 minutes.


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  • After 75 minutes, remove from the oven and turn the oven on HIGH BROIL.  Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and place back into the oven for an additional 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.  You can use more cheese, but I find that about a half of a cup to one cup is more than enough for this dish.

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Let cool for just a few minutes before serving to allow the cheese to settle and ENJOY!

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Holiday Treat Idea! Chocolate Dipped Gumdrops!!!


Kids love cooking and creating during the holidays just as much as adults do. If you are looking for the perfect kids treat that they can make themselves, look no further than these chocolate dipped gumdrops. Easy to make, these tiny bites of sugary goodness are sure to become a new holiday favorite. Take a look below at how simple it is to make your own!

Chocolate Dipped Gumdrops

Supplies needed:

  • Assorted gumdrops
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • Assorted candy sprinkles
  • Toothpicks

1. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave bowl. Heat on low for 30 seconds at a time until melted.
2. Remove the bowl and stir the chocolate well so it is nice and smooth.
3. Place a gumdrop on the end of a toothpick. Dip the bottom half of the toothpick into the chocolate mixture.
4. While the chocolate is still wet, quickly dip the gumdrop in candy sprinkles. They will stick and decorate the bottom quite nicely!
5. Set the gumdrop on wax paper or a cool plate to set.


After about 30 minutes, your gumdrops should be ready to eat! The chocolate will have hardened and you will have the perfect bite sized sweet treats. How simple was that?

Gather your own supplies and give this easy chocolate dipped gumdrops recipe a try! It is sure to become a new holiday tradition in your house.



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Who wants to win a $15 Publix Gift Card! Check this out! #simplesnacking


Who wants to win a $15.00 Publix Gift Card?!

Nature Valley has out a NEW PRODUCT called Simple Nut Bars, there are currently two flavors Almond Cashew Sea Salt and Roasted Peanut Honey bars.  They are both REALLY GOOD.  I personally prefer the Almond Cashew because I LOVE Cashews!  I was asked to do a product review on these and I was really impressed!

Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars are Gluten Free and have simple ingredients perfect for snacking!  I was SHOCKED at how fresh they taste and how all of the nuts are clearly visible in the bar!

I am always looking for a healthier snack and these really hit the spot.  They were crunchy AND chewy at the same time.  It wasn’t like a bar that you take a bite of and it is super hard.  It had the crunch from the nuts but had a chewy texture which was surprising to me!

Just look at this thing, doesn’t that look good?!  It is SO TASTY!

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I found these at Publix for $3.19 per box.  I am SUPER STOKED that there is a coupon for $.75/1 box of Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars.  Make sure you print your coupons NOW and hold it for a BOGO sale at Publix, you would pay about $.85 per box if they go BOGO!  Most of the time when we see a new product like this we will also see a sale pop up too!!

Here is a tasty snack that we made last night:

Nature Valley Simple Nuts promo ice cream

We used Edy’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (currently BOGO at Publix) and broke the Almond Cashew Sea Salt Bar over it.  The combination of flavors was DELICIOUS!!


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Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars are $3.19 at my Publix store.  If they end up going BOGO at Publix, you would buy TWO, use TWO $.75/1 box of Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars coupons and end up paying $.85 per box!  That would be a STEAL for sure! Make sure you print your coupons NOW while they are available and hold for a sale!!

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snap its giveaway time

HOW ABOUT A GIVEAWAY?!  ONE Lucky Winner (chosen by random draw) will receive a $15.00 Publix Gift Card!  Here’s how to enter:

1)  Go to the Nature Valley Website Here to check out Almond Cashew Sea Salt and Roasted Peanut Honey bars and see the two new products.

2) Head over here and print your $.75/1 box of Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars coupons

3)  Come back here to this post and enter the giveaway in the below box, make sure you comment on which product looks the best and which one you want to try as your official entry!!


Disclosure:  The information, product and Publix Gift Cards were General Mills through Liquia but all opinions were my own!

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Parmesan Panko Chicken, a Coupon and a GIVEAWAY!


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You are going to LOVE THIS easy recipe, it is SO GOOD!


My family has used Progresso Bread Crumbs for years and we love it.  It is the only brand in my opinion that cooks consistently well and has the best flavor.   I thought I would share one of my families favorite “chicken concoctions” that I make that I think you will really enjoy!

My husband loves the taste of my Parmesan Panko Chicken Breast so much, that he uses the left overs to make a yummy  toasted sandwich the day after having this for dinner!

Before we get started on the recipe, make SURE you
CLICK HERE and grab your coupon for $1.00 off two Progresso Bread Crumbs, you will need it for the recipe!
I picked up one box of Panko AND one box of Italian Crumbs at Publix, they are both super tasty!

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Parmesan Panko Chicken Breast

Parmesa Panko ingredients


  • You want to start out with your boneless skinless chicken breast.  For the best result you want a thin flat piece of chicken.   Cut off any excess fat or skin, then using a sharp knife, hold the breast down and cut it in half horizontally to give you two flatter pieces of chicken.


  • Now for the fun part, you get to beat out your frustrations!   Place two or three pieces of chicken in a big ziplock baggie and use a meat mallet (or hammer if you are country like me) and pound it until it is no more than 1/4 inch thick!  Chicken will break down pretty easily so you don’t have to whack it too hard to get the job done 😉

(Pounding it breaks down the meat / muscle fibers to make it super tender so it is  a must)

  • Season both sides of the chicken breast with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder (you can use other seasonings you like to taste.  The breading will hold in the flavors and make it delicious so season generously.

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Have your prep stations ready to go
(fancy way of saying plates with your stuff on it)

Parmesan Panko in progress

  • After seasoning both sides of each piece of chicken, dip each side in plain flour.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.  You might feel like you can skip this step, but don’t, the flour will give the egg something to stick to and will make sure that you have a complete crispy crust that is not falling off the chicken.  It is important and super easy to do.
    Just press each side of the seasoned chicken in the flour and keep on going!
  • Next, dip the floured chicken in the raw egg that has been beaten thoroughly.  I used two eggs for four large pieces, but you can add more egg if you need it.  Make sure that each side is covered in egg then immediately move to the next station.
  • Your last station should be a plate with Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs and Shredded Parmesan Cheese combined.  It won’t seem like it is coating evenly, but trust me, it will all come together when it starts to cook.   Press the chicken down on each side and make sure it is fully covered.  I pull some from the sides and smush into the top as I am coating it to make sure it is fully covered.

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Get ready to cook!

Have a large skillet ready with about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil (any type of oil will work, I prefer vegetable or canola for this recipe but have used others).   Your heat should be set between medium and high and already heated up before you start the process of coating your chicken.

  • When the oil is hot, carefully add each piece of chicken.  The oil should be hot enough that it immediately starts to sizzle when you place the chicken in the oil.   I like my food well seasoned, so I go ahead and sprinkle a little salt, pepper, garlic & onion on the top of it while cooking too!


  • Do not flip the chicken multiple times.  Carefully lift the chicken when you start to see browning around the edges to check and flip only once when the chicken breast is golden in color.  It should lift easily and the breading will stay with the chicken.  If it is browning too fast turn down the temperature of the oil just a bit.  If it cooks too fast the chicken will not be thoroughly cooked through and the outside will be over cooked, if the oil is not hot enough it will be too oily.  I found that on my stove it works best on level 7 or 8 for heat.


  • Once you have cooked both sides, remove from oil and drain on a plate with folded paper towels to absorb any excess oil.  By now your chicken should look like this:


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I paired mine with some broccoli, cauliflower and green beans and it was DELICIOUS!

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What about left overs??

My husband enjoyed his SO MUCH that he wanted to have a replay the following day.  Instead of just heating up the chicken, he toasted a piece of bread, then placed the chicken on the bread, covered it with some Sargento’s Tasting Cheese (remember that cheap coupon deal we got?) and broiled it on low in the oven for 5 minutes.  This was the result and it was SOOOO GOOD!

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I can honestly say that the Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs make all the difference in the world with this recipe.  Nothing else compares.  I do a similar recipe without the parmesan using the Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs and it is always a huge hit too.  I personally love the light crunchy breading of Panko though, if you haven’t ever tried it you are really missing out!

Make sure you CLICK HERE TO PRINT a $1.00/2 Progresso Bread Crumbs coupon before you head out to Publix to pick up your supplies to make this dish.  The small containers of bread crumbs are priced under $2 at Publix so this is a nice inexpensive but super flavorful way to cook chicken that you are going to LOVE!

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Who wants to win a $15 Paypal Cash Giveaway??

FIRST, grab your coupon now to save on Progresso Bread Crumbs.
You can Save $1.00 off any two Progresso Bread Crumb varieties.

Make sure you print your coupon above to save for the recipe then follow the instructions below:

Open to US residents only, 18 years or older, ends 5/31/15

Good Luck!!

Note: will notify randomly selected winner by email.  Facebook / Twitter / Instagram and other social media is not associated with this giveaway.  If you have any questions, please contact the host of this giveaway
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20 Fabulous French Toast Recipes


20 Fabulous French Toast Recipes

If you are looking for some quick breakfast ideas for your family, french toast is a great option! There are SO many delicious ways that you can make french toast that your family will never get sick of it! French Toast is a very simple thing to make and everyone loves it! I’ve got 20 Fabulous French Toast Recipes here for you to check out today! Check these out and let me know which one is your favorite!

Fabulous French Toast Recipes


1. Pumpkin French Toast | Source: The View from Great Island


2. Cranberry Apple French Toast | Source: Andrea’s Recipes


3. Overnight French Toast Casserole | Source: Sincerely Mindy


4. Cinnamon French Toast Casserole | Source: Today’s Creative Blog


5. French Toast Cups | Simply Stacie


6. Cinnamon French Toast Bake | Source: Oh My! Sugar High


7. Cream Cheese Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast | Source: Baby Loving Mama

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8. Overnight Praline French Toast | Source: The Kitchen is My Playground


9. Pumpkin Pie French Toast Casserole | Source: Just Us Four Blog


10. Baked Cinnamon Swirl French Toast | Source: Our Table for Seven


11. Berry Infused French Toast Casserole | Source: Baking Beauty


12. Caramel Apple French Toast Bake | Source: 365 Days of Baking and More


13. Overnight Vanilla Chai French Toast Bake | Source: Home Cooking Memories


14. Eggnog French Toast | Source: Living Better Together


15. Christmas Tree French Toast | Source: The Joy of Boys


16. Cranberry Orange French Toast Casserole | Source: Savvy Saving Couple


17. Make Ahead French Toast Casserole | Source: Really, Are You Serious?


18. Easy French Toast Casserole | Source: Future Expat


19. Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole | Source: Centsless Deals


20. Cinnamon Apple Bagel French Toast | Source: Nibbles by Nic

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Sweets and Drinks Crockpot Recipes




Sweets and Drinks Crockpot Recipes

Everyone knows that you can make so many delicious and filling recipes for your family in your crockpot. But did you know that you can also make sweet treats and delicious drinks for your family as well using the crockpot? I’ve got some yummy recipes for you to try out with your family! Check out these awesome Sweets and Drinks Crockpot Recipes and let me know which one is your new favorite!



1. Crockpot Pumpkin Rice Pudding | Source: Around My Family Table

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2. Crockpot Apple Pudding Cake | Source: The Kitchen Is My Playground


3. Crockpot Sugared Pecans | Source: Pip and Ebby


4. Crockpot Banana Coconut Foster | Source: Confessions of an Overworked Mom


5. Crockpot Fruit Crisp | Source: A Mom’s Take

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6. Crockpot Cheesecake | Source: Little B Cooks

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7. Crockpot Hot Fudge Brownies | Source: SusieQTpies Cafe


8. Crockpot Pumpkin Bread | Source: 52 Kitchen Adventures


9. Crockpot Nutella Crunch Cheesecakes | Source: Snappy Gourmet


10. Crockpot Pumpkin Cheesecake | Source: Canadian Family


11. Crockpot Candy | Source: Around My Family Table


12. Crockpot Cinnamon Rolls | Source: Penny Pincher Jenny


13. Crockpot Blueberry Brown Betty | Source: Baking Moment


14. Crockpot Caramel Apple Spice | Source: Practically Functional


15. Crockpot Skinny Hot Cocoa | Source: The Realistic Nutritionist

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15 Scrumptious Chili, Stew, and Soup Recipes for your Crockpot


15 Scrumptious Chili, Stew, and Soup Recipes for your Crockpot

As the Fall weather starts to get a little colder, I love to have a great warm and hearty dinner! Soup, Chili, and Stew are always a great idea to warm you up and keep you full! If you need some new scrumptious ideas to add to your menu, you are going to enjoy this! Check out these 15 Scrumptious Chili, Stew, and Soup Recipes for your crockpot! These are wonderful ways to save time and still keep your family happy! Drop by and let me know which one is your new family favorite!

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1. Crockpot Cheddar, Broccoli, and Cauliflower Soup | Source: Hot Eats and Cool Reads


2. Crockpot Potato Soup | Source: Juggling Act Mama


3. Crockpot Chunky Tomato Soup | Source: A Mom’s Take


4. Crockpot Beef Stew | Source: The Mom Creative

5. Hearty Crockpot Chili | Source: Grinning Like an Idiot


6. Crockpot Black Bean Chili | Source: Practically Functional


7. Crockpot Chicken Corn Chowder | Source: Kooky Carol’s Kitchen Concoctions

Octoberfest Pumpkin Crockpot Chili

8. Crockpot Octoberfest Pumpkin Chili | Source: Juggling Act Mama


9. Crockpot Lasagna Soup | Source: Food Done Light


10. Crockpot Veal Stew with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Rosemary | Source: The Harried Mom


11. Crockpot Cabbage Roll Soup | Simply Stacie


12. Crockpot French Onion Beef Stew | Source: One Creative Mommy


13. Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup | Source: Mom Vs The Boys


14. Crockpot Italian Vegetarian Bean Soup | Around My Family Table


15. Crockpot Italian Style Chicken Sausage Soup | Source: Juggling Act Mama

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15 Lip Smacking Crockpot Recipes with Chicken


15 Lip Smacking Crockpot Recipes with Chicken

Cooking healthy and delicious meals is essential to your daily life. Sometimes life gets very busy and fast food can be an option that you consider. On those super busy days, it is a wonderful idea to turn to the crockpot for your dinner! If your family loves chicken, you are going to love these recipes! I’ve got 15 Lip Smacking Crockpot Recipes with Chicken for you today! Check out these delicious recipes and add them into your meal planning for your family!


1. Crockpot Garlic Butter Chicken with Cream Cheese Sauce | Source: Our Small Hours


2. Crockpot Veggie and Chicken Stir-Fry | Source: A Mom’s Take


3. Crockpot Honey Chicken | Source: Juggling Act Mama

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4. Healthy Crockpot Chicken and Pasta | Source: Lavende & Lemonade


5. Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken | Source: The Neighborhood Moms


6. Crockpot Spicy Chicken Thighs | Source: Ann’s Entitled Life


7. Crockpot Pulled Chicken | Source: Flour on my Face


8. Crockpot Creamy Chicken Tacos | Source: From Calculus to Cupcakes


9. Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala | Source: A Family Feast


10. Crockpot Chicken Verde | Source: The Pinning Mama


11. Crockpot Greek Chicken | Source: A Mom’s Take


12. Crockpot Cranberry Chicken | Source: Newlywed Survival


13. Crockpot Chicken Ziti | Source: A Mom’s Take


14. Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas | Source: Grinning Like An Idiot


15. Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches | Source: Our Small Hours

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10 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

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10 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

Fall is such a fantastic season because there are so many fun family activities to do! You can complete any fun day with a delicious pumpkin treat and make it even more fun! Get the family together in the kitchen and try out one of these new recipes! I’ve got 10 different Delicious Pumpkin Recipes for you to try! After you try these out, let me know which one your family enjoyed the most! With so many different recipes, you could make one each week during the Fall!


1. The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcake | Source: Kirsten Oliphant



2. Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread | Source: Eclectic Momsense


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3. Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins | Source: The Kitchen Is My Playground



4. Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Brownies | Source: A Day in Candiland



5. Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake | Source: Love Bakes Good Cakes


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6. Apple Pumpkin Cake | Source: Architecture of a Mom



7. White Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle with Candy Corn M&M’s | Source: Up State Ramblings



8. Light & Healthy Pumpkin Sticky Buns | Source: Food Done Light



9. New England Pumpkin Pie | Source: Keep It Simple, Sweetie


10. Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies | Source: The Nerd’s Wife

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