A Ghost For All Your Boo-Boos

Putting Mama Sprinkles (fun food) and Addison Grace Designs (all things crocheting and sewing) in a room together is quite a hoot–case in point, the day these ghosts were made. While visiting Ms. Addison Grace Designs (aka my sister), I decided to whip up these fun treats. Mind you, I was visiting her at her home. While I embarked on my kitchen-destroying project, she decided she was going to make gymnastics hair bows for her daughter’s entire gymnastics team at her kitchen table. Between rice crispy madness and ribbon galore, we were quite the sight, flying around the room trying to complete our tasks and have time to go out for lunch and have time to Pinterest future projects and have time to pick up our littles from school on time. I am grateful my sister shares my ADHD madness creativity…so many projects and ideas floating around in those heads of ours, and so little time to bring them all to fruition! At least there was a little method to our madness this time, as both projects turned out boo-tiful! 



Pumpkins for my Pumpkins

If you blink during fall in Wisconsin you might miss it, so this weekend we celebrated it! We walked in our high school’s homecoming parade, visited pumpkin farms and apple orchards, and sampled delectable autumn goodies like apple cider and caramel apples. And yes, we also mourned the Packers loss. Fall is my favorite time to bake chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, even though they’re so darn delicious my kiddos (eldest, especially!) beg for them all year long. This recipe came from a former student’s mom while we lived in Oregon, and it’s been my fall go-to baking recipe ever since. It reminds me of two of my  absolute most favorite things–living in Oregon and autumn.


This recipe is almost too delicious to share. You’re lucky I’m nice!

Tina’s Pumpkin Muffins

 (You might as well just go ahead and double or even triple it from the get go, believe me!)

1 1/2 C flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 C sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 C canned pumpkin

1/2 C vegetable oil

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 C water

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp cloves

1 C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Sift together flour, salt, sugar and baking soda. In a separate bowl combine pumpkin, oil, eggs, water and spices. Pour into the bowl with dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into sprayed muffin cups. Bake until done in the middle, about 15-20 minutes. Devour.

Candy Corn Remix

One can only eat so many pieces of candy corn before the sickeningly sweet, tongue-covering film inside the mouth requires the need for something, anything even remotely close to healthy. When the littles have OD’d on too much fall and Halloween goodness, here’s a snack that adds a little more fruit and a tad less sugar to their diet. Whipped cream optional, but oh so good!


Make this version of candy corn using mandarin oranges, pineapple slices and a dollop of whipped cream–in candy corn color sequential order, of course!

Love It Or Leave It

Candy corn, the fall version of those blessed marshmallow Peeps, can bring forth some strong emotional reactions. Whether it be the greatest fall snack to enter our homes or the  most disgusting, sugar-filled creation that ever came to be, it’s certainly a love it or hate it kind of treat. Luckily (or not, depending how you look at it!), this household loves to grab it by the fistful and nibble away until the bowl (candy corn-shaped, of course!) is empty. For you haters out there feeling that part of your autumn existence isn’t quite complete without having an affinity for the aforementioned artificial goodness, there’s no need to despair–you can enjoy the same yellow, orange and white goodness without dipping into the Brach’s bag! I introduce to you Candy Corn Jello– a fall treat for all to love!


To make this kinda candy corn, combine 2/3 C boiling water with 3 oz package lemon Jello. Pour into desired cup and chill until hardened. Repeat with 3 oz orange Jello, cooling first before pouring over lemon. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

Mr. & Mrs.

This past weekend we celebrated the nuptials of my ‘lil bro and his beautiful wife Jolene. They have grown so much as a couple since their early going-out days, and it was wonderful reminiscing about what life was like during that stage in our lives. You know, the pre-kids, pre-soccer-mom-mini-van-driving-hoards-of-laundry-house-always-trashed-finger-foods-for-dinner-home-by-7 days. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change our daily chaos for anything, but it is nice to take a stroll down memory lane every now and again and be reminded of how few responsibilities we truly had ! The Diedrich/Prahl wedding was quite a party, and we have our invited kids to thank for the lack of hangovers and impromptu river dancing that did not commence as per usual. Best of luck to the happy couple, and best wishes for a long and happy marriage!


Rice Krispy treats all decked out for the Mr. & Mrs!


The leaves on our neighborhood trees are changing colors right before our very eyes. Packer season, pumpkin spice lattes and open windows have arrived! Running outside is finally tolerable without overheating, and the kiddos have to once again listen to nagging reminders about taking a coat with them before they leave the house. Shorter nights, soup suppers and everything orange are soon to come!


Q: What did the jack-o-lantern say to the pumpkin? A: Cut it out!

Fall is in the Air

The sunshine was so warm and gorgeous when I brought the kiddos home from school Tuesday that we didn’t even make it into the house before scootering, chalking, and even completing our nightly reading requirement. Hubby returned from work and  we decided to enjoy a cocktail on the front porch while the kiddos covered the driveway (and themselves!) with chalk. After three sips I needed to return inside for a jacket. I only got another three sips in before dusk and the mosquitoes were upon us. Gone are the 9 pm sunsets and lazy days of summer. Fall is here!


Chocolate covered pumpkin pretzels! I used orange Wilton melting chips to dip pretzel twists, chocolate chips for the stem (attach while orange chocolate is still wet to get them to stick), and green Wilton melting chips (applied with a toothpick) for the vines. Yum!