Halloween Sweets & Treats

Sweet tooth fanatics, rejoice! We've rounded up some of our favorite Halloween goodies for kids and adults alike. Put on some spooky music and start cooking up a storm!

Pumpkin Bread Truffles

Pumpkin bread and truffles?! Two of my favorite things in one! Plus, you really can't just get over how adorable they look. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

Spiderweb Cheesecake

Image via  Epicurean Mom

Image via Epicurean Mom

Besides looking absolutely gorgeous, this cheesecake is no-bake! Worry about what you'll wear to that fabulous spooky soiree instead. (via Epicurean Mom)

Frozen Banana Pops

Image via  Skinny Taste

Image via Skinny Taste

For those looking for something a bit healthier but still adorable, look no further than these frozen "boo-nana" pops. Substitute the white chocolate with vanilla greek yogurt for an even healthier version. A great option for people with gluten intolerance! (via Skinny Taste)

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Pretzel Bark

Image via  Something Swanky

Your sweet and salty fix all in one! Impress guests at the next party, or give as a hostess gift! Put it in a glass mason jar and tie with a bit of twine for a personal feel. (via Something Swanky)

Chocolate and Vanilla Mummy Cupcakes

Image via  Sugar and Charm

Image via Sugar and Charm

So simple to make, kids will want to help too! They're sure to be a crowd-pleaser for any age group. Yummmm. (via Sugar and Charm)

-Amanda

Pumpkinhead: 7 Recipes Using Pumpkin!

There truly needs to be an intervention on the whole PSL phenomenon - that is Pumpkin Spice Latte for those of who have somehow missed this absolute pumpkin fueled hysteria. Truth be told, pumpkin is not the boldest flavor but when combined with spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika - or dressed with sage, this squash plant truly sings! So yes, the pumpkin spice lattes are great but there are other ways to enjoy this magnificent seasonal treat and here are a few of our favorite recipes ranging from sweet to savory and in between. Oh, and if you are truly addicted, there is even a homemade PSL to try out too. As we all know, sometimes the guiltiest pleasures are the tastiest!

Double Stuffed Pumpkin Pie Oreos

Image via  Half Baked Harvest    For the resident cookie monster in your house, these homemade  double stuffed Oreos  with just a touch of pumpkin are sure to drive them wild. Entirely made from scratch, these cookies have a total prep/cook time of 2 and 1/2 hours but an afternoon spent in the kitchen making these bad boys will definitely be worth it after the first milk dunk.

Image via Half Baked Harvest 

For the resident cookie monster in your house, these homemade double stuffed Oreos with just a touch of pumpkin are sure to drive them wild. Entirely made from scratch, these cookies have a total prep/cook time of 2 and 1/2 hours but an afternoon spent in the kitchen making these bad boys will definitely be worth it after the first milk dunk.

Ravioli with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

Image via  Taste and Tell    Never has there been a culinary match quite like pumpkin and sage. Add nutmeg, cheese and raviolis to the mix and well, you have the prime makings for a food-induced coma. This  quickie recipe  - using pre-made pasta - is ready to go in a half hour and tastes like a four star classic. Rich and hearty flavors make this dish a truly rewarding comfort meal for any fall eve.

Image via Taste and Tell 

Never has there been a culinary match quite like pumpkin and sage. Add nutmeg, cheese and raviolis to the mix and well, you have the prime makings for a food-induced coma. This quickie recipe - using pre-made pasta - is ready to go in a half hour and tastes like a four star classic. Rich and hearty flavors make this dish a truly rewarding comfort meal for any fall eve.

Pumpkin Pie Crescents 

Image via  Spend with Pennies    Quite possibly one of the easiest recipes around, these Pumpkin Pie Crescents are sure to be a hit at any fall get-together -  anyone thinking about Thanksgiving yet? Hint, hint . Made from six ingredients, Spend with Pennies uses Pillsbury crescents but if you want to level up, here is a  homemade recipe  for the buttery treats. Though if you decide to keep things simple with the dough boy, we won't tell!

Image via Spend with Pennies 

Quite possibly one of the easiest recipes around, these Pumpkin Pie Crescents are sure to be a hit at any fall get-together - anyone thinking about Thanksgiving yet? Hint, hint. Made from six ingredients, Spend with Pennies uses Pillsbury crescents but if you want to level up, here is a homemade recipe for the buttery treats. Though if you decide to keep things simple with the dough boy, we won't tell!

Creamy Pumpkin Hummus

Image via  Leelalicious   For an unexpected use of pumpkin, try this  Creamy Pumpkin Hummus . With traditional lemon swapped out for lime, added to pumpkin puree and savory spices like cumin and paprika, this dip is flavorful and the epitome of smooth. With pumpkin to give the spread a seasonal flair, this hummus and its glowing hue were made for the likes of Instagram -  if you're into that sort of thing! 

Image via Leelalicious

For an unexpected use of pumpkin, try this Creamy Pumpkin Hummus. With traditional lemon swapped out for lime, added to pumpkin puree and savory spices like cumin and paprika, this dip is flavorful and the epitome of smooth. With pumpkin to give the spread a seasonal flair, this hummus and its glowing hue were made for the likes of Instagram - if you're into that sort of thing! 

Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread

Image via  Creme de la Crumb   Pumpkin bread is a guilty pleasure of mine and this  recipe  from Creme de la Crumb -  how cute is that blog name?!  - is no exception. With the addition of streusel -  yes please!  - and cinnamon -  yup!  - this pumpkin bread is well worth the hour prep/cook time. Great with a glass of milk or builder's tea, a pumpkin spice latte if you must, this pumpkin bread was made for early breakfast or a mid-day snack.

Image via Creme de la Crumb

Pumpkin bread is a guilty pleasure of mine and this recipe from Creme de la Crumb - how cute is that blog name?! - is no exception. With the addition of streusel - yes please! - and cinnamon - yup! - this pumpkin bread is well worth the hour prep/cook time. Great with a glass of milk or builder's tea, a pumpkin spice latte if you must, this pumpkin bread was made for early breakfast or a mid-day snack.

Curried Pumpkin and Coconut Soup

Image via  Naturally Ella    Truth be told, I'm obsessed with everything about this  Curried Pumpkin and Coconut Soup . With its silky texture and roasted pumpkin seed garnish, this fusion of curry powder with scallions and, of course, pumpkin is the perfect antidote for chilly fall nights. 

Image via Naturally Ella 

Truth be told, I'm obsessed with everything about this Curried Pumpkin and Coconut Soup. With its silky texture and roasted pumpkin seed garnish, this fusion of curry powder with scallions and, of course, pumpkin is the perfect antidote for chilly fall nights. 

At-Home Pumpkin Spice Latte

Image via  Inspired Taste    Like it or not, no pumpkin recipe list is complete without a nod to the PSL. This homemade  recipe  has all the makings to rival the Starbuck's version and, best of all, it may be enjoyed in the peace and quiet of your own home! A great use for any leftover pumpkin puree from the recipes above, this warming sipper, topped with whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin spice, is sure to bump up your Sunday enjoyment quotient.

Image via Inspired Taste 

Like it or not, no pumpkin recipe list is complete without a nod to the PSL. This homemade recipe has all the makings to rival the Starbuck's version and, best of all, it may be enjoyed in the peace and quiet of your own home! A great use for any leftover pumpkin puree from the recipes above, this warming sipper, topped with whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin spice, is sure to bump up your Sunday enjoyment quotient.

Cheers and enjoy! 'Til next time.

- KCH

Pumpkin Craft Roundup

Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. That means it's time to start your fall decorating if you haven't already! Here are 5 of our favorite pumpkin crafts to spruce up your home!

1. Glittered Pumpkins. Give your decor that instant glam factor with glitter! Easy to do with the kids, too. (via HGTV)

photo via  HGTV

photo via HGTV

2. Marbled Pumpkins. If you really want to go all out with color, try a nail polish marbled pumpkin! You can choose any colors you want to accent your decor! (via momdot)

image via  momdot

image via momdot

3. Fall Leaf Pumpkins. Beautiful for the entire season, use mod podge to apply fall leaf cutouts onto your pumpkins! (via Good Housekeeping)

image via  Good Housekeeping

4. Crepe Paper Pumpkins. Make as many as you want, in any size! Great for a table centerpiece, as well. (via Lia Griffith)

image via  Lia Griffith

image via Lia Griffith

5. Washi Tape and Animal Pumpkins. We are obsessed with washi tape - it has so many uses for decorating! Apply to the indentations of your pumpkins for a pop of pattern. Use patterned paper cutouts and pipe cleaners to make your own black cat or spooky bat! Glitter the stems and apply decorations with mod podge. 

via One Strange Bird

via One Strange Bird

Happy crafting!

-Amanda