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Halloween Time

I had such a fun time making a few Halloween cards this year for my out-of-town nephews. I even made one for my grandma! Here they are:

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Here’s to a safe and fun Halloween!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Mama Elephant
Dies: Mama Elephant
Ink: Distress Inks, Distress Markers
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Dose of Sunshine Monday: Happiness is…

“Happiness is not so much in having as in sharing.”

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I agree with that statement. Do you?

I had such a great time handing out my Halloween Treat Sacks to my neighbor kids and my nephews over the weekend. In no time flat, they had those things torn apart and the candy devoured! But it was all worth it because I had a great time and I sure do love those kids. :)

For this Monday, ponder on that statement and see if sharing something DOES make you happy.

Tonight, I’m off to share some {Halloween} Peach jam! See you next time.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

I love Fall baking! These are some of my favorite pumpkin cookies…the frosting is SO good. I’m sharing the recipe over on Mom Endeavors…and I think you’re going to love it! Check it out here.

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While you’re there, leave a comment and let Sara know just how fantastic these look. 😉 Thanks friends!

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Halloween Treat Sacks — A tutorial (and a free printable!)

I have Halloween on my mind. I know, I know…it’s only September! First, mini pumpkin pies and now Halloween in September! But these little DIY Treat Sacks are so fun to make and share, that I HAD to show you how to make them.

These little sacks are made from 1 sheet of paper and really can be used for ANY occasion. But filling them and decorating them with Halloween is super-fun. :)

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All you have to do is take 1 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper and fold it up. It’s kinda like folding up an awesome note to pass around in jr. high, only this time it turns into the best little treat sack (and that’s better than a folded up note, right?!)

I made a video of just how to do this.  Check it out:

And for those of you who like simple, I created a printable Halloween tag you can use to dress up your treat sacks! It’s a chalkboard printable with a Halloween bat…a nice little combo. My nephew always says “Spoo-oooky” at this time of year, and that’s just the word I used for this printable! (Hi, Porter!)

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To download this tag, first like my page here

Then download the pdf here: halloween tag 6 up

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For a little added fun, take a spider ring and cut off the ring part. Attach it to a paperclip with a glue dot or hot glue, and sparkle it up with a little glitter glue on the body of the spider (see picture below). These work perfect to attach the tag to the treat sack. You can also punch a hole in the top of the sack and tie it together with ribbon.

So try your hand at making these little sacks. They would be perfect for a party favor, or to dress up a Halloween themed dinner table. I’m making some for my neighbor kids.

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Happy Haunting!

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Trick or Treat Money Card

My college-aged son is not a fan of my crafting. So I thought…if I combined MONEY with my love of card making and send it along to him at college he just *might* change his mind about that. Ha! So we are going to give this a try.

I learned this card technique from Laura Bassen at the Insider Card Class. I am LOVING this class…have I mentioned that?

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Laura inspired me to create a card that had a “window” to see through to a money-containing envelope. I thought I’d make a Halloween card for this one:

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That trick or treat stamp is a new favorite from Teresa Collins. When he opens the card….there is the envelope.

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…filled with a bunch of money!!

Ok, tell me who wouldn’t LOVE a card filled with money? So we shall see if I make a fan out of him with this card. :)

That’s all for today! I’ll see you soon with a Halloween Treat Sack made out of one sheet of paper! (I love these little treat sacks!)

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Mini Pumpkin Pies

I usually don’t start making pumpkin treats until October or November, but here it is early September and I’ve already made my favorite mini pumpkin pies. But I have a good reason! My daughter is pregnant and she was craving pumpkin pie. How can I say no to that?

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These are so fun to make, and even more fun to eat! But they are dangerous…you can pop a whole pan of these into your mouth before you even realize it. (don’t ask me how I know this)

But of course, I did take the majority of them to my daughter, who is in the hospital with complications. She NEEDED them!

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I bought pre-made dough to hurry this process along, and used a 2″ circle biscuit cutter to make the perfect sized dough circles for the mini muffin pan. (Don’t mind my saran wrap on the dough plunger…I’m a little conscientious that way…ha!)

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I used two pie crusts, but I could have used more since I was a little short and had PLENTY of pie filling. This is my grandmother’s pie recipe that I grew up on and just LOVE.

Use a Tablespoon to spoon just the right amount of filling into each mini pie crust.

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They come out looking all delicious like this! Try to remain calm as you wait for them to fully cool before adding a bit of whipped cream. But, really…they are still good with melted whipped cream on top, but they don’t LOOK as pretty! (Use the real cream here and whip it up with a little sugar. It’s SO much better!)

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Then a little sprinkle of nutmeg (or cinnamon) on top adds just the right amount of yum!

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Oh these are so good! But be prepared…this recipe makes about 100 mini pies. Which is perfect for a party, or a girls lunch, but not so good if you are just at home waiting for the rain to pass. (Remind me to go for a walk later…)

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Aren’t they so cute? If you are looking for the recipe, come back by end of the day…I just have to go dig it out to share with you! It’s live now! Here it is:

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. canned pumpkin
  • 6 T. brown sugar
  • 2 T. white sugar
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1/8 t. ginger
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/3 c. evaporated milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • Refrigerated pie dough, pre-rolled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare the dough by cutting it into 2" circles with a cookie or biscuit cutter. Press into mini muffin tins.
  3. Combine pumpkin, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg & ginger in mixer until well incorporated.
  4. Add 2 slightly beaten eggs, milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
  5. Use a tablespoon to spoon the pumpkin mixture into the pie crusts. Bake for 6 minutes at 425 degrees, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 13-15 minutes.
  6. Allow the mini pies to cool completely before topping with fresh whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg.
http://www.sunshineinmypocket.com/mini-pumpkin-pies/

So now I am completely ready for fall. And Halloween. And Thanksgiving. :)

And if you like pecan pie, you’ll love these Pecan Tassies!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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