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Thanksgiving Potluck Appetizer

We are only days away from our Thanksgiving vacation at my kids’ school. This year the lower grades are having a potluck to celebrate and learn about the first Thanksgiving. I have to bring an appetizer for my children to share. I usually bring something like a veggie tray, but that has already been promised by another family. Instead I decided to branch out and try something fun.

Thank you to Crafts A La Mode for this fun twist on the cheeseball. This Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball will impress all of those elementary schoolers. It works because my kids and their friends are obsessed with cheese and crackers, the fact that it looks like a little turkey will make it even more of a hit!

Head on over to Crafts A La Mode for the full recipe and tutorial. I really like this idea because it makes it look like I have really tried hard to do something for the potluck, when in reality I am very behind this year and I have only just started planning for the potluck which is tomorrow afternoon. Sometimes simple and fun appetizers like this one work out perfectly. It has very little prep, and comes with a lot pizazz! What are some go to things you bring for potlucks? Do you have a recipe that is simple and impressive?

Spooky Cookies: Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies

It is officially October which means that I can officially post Halloween ideas without angering other people. Yes, my favorite holidays are Christmas, Halloween, and Easter. Yes, those holidays last longer than just one month in my house. Yes, I decorate, and yes my Halloween decorations have been up for three weeks already. No, I will not apologize for it. Now that the rest of the world has caught up we can begin celebrating in earnest.

First on the agenda is food. Because food is life, and treats are the best. We do a lot of baking in the fall and winter. It all starts during the Halloween season. My kids and I just did a whole batch of Star Wars Sugar Cookies to share with the kindergarten class. But next on my agenda is Halloween cookies. Since we just did roll out sugar cookies I am not so sure I want to spend my day rolling out, cutting, and decorating again so soon. But I do want some fun Halloween treats on hand. So after doing a little looking, I found something that will be simple to make, be fun, look great, and give me that sweet treat I am looking for.

Spooky Cookies

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies are the way to go this year. This amazing little recipe and tutorial from Tastes Better From Scratch is perfect for the spooky season. Lauren from Tastes Better From Scratch has a great and simple recipe that will knock your socks off. Sometimes we make the mistake of trying to impress at holiday time with fantastic out of this world recipes, meals, desserts, and decor. But with so much going on in my life I discovered it is best to do what I enjoy, make myself happy, and just live my best life possible. So I make treats because I want them, and I decorate them because I want something fun to brighten my day. But, I know my limits, and with so much going on right now this fun and simple dessert is right up my alley. So thank you, Lauren, for reminding me that simple is great!

Head on over to  Tastes Better From Scratch to get the full recipe and tutorial now. And check out some of Lauren’s other great ideas when you are there. You will not be disappointed.

Fall Treats: chocolate Turtle Apple Slices

I love a good fall treat. Candied apples are my FAVORITE. But they can be difficult to perfect, and take a long time to create, and eat. I have been on the lookout for a sweet alternative that didn’t  take as much care to perfect. I stumbled upon this great alternative, turtle apple slices!

The whole apple can be difficult to coat in caramel and chocolate, but the slices are perfect for coating quickly. Bonus, they are easier to eat and won’t be nearly as sugary and calorie filled! It is the perfect little serving of goodness.

Turtle Apple Slices

This easy to follow recipe (with an awesome video tutorial) is from Mom Loves Baking. Lise at Mom Loves Baking gives excellent how-to videos and written instructions for people like me who just have not been able to perfect the candied apple. It is so easy I am SURE I can do it. I may even let the kids help me.

To check out the simple video tutorial head on over to Mom Loves Baking now. Be sure to check out the other great recipes featured!

Now if you will excuse me I am going to go eat some Turtle Apple Slices!