Simple Halloween Treats

I love all holidays and preparing cute treats for the festivities.  I love sharing ideas with you especially ones that are simple to recreate; so today I have 3 recipes to share.  As most of you know I have a huge sweet tooth so Halloween is a blessing and a curse.  I get to indulge unlike any other time of the year but that's not exactly great for my waist line.  One of my fave sweet treats is Butterfinger and that's why two of my recipes included here feature the ever delish Butterfinger and one of their new treats this year.  Also you know how much I love a good deal so I'm excited that I get to share a $1.00 off offer with you perfect for these recipes.

Butterfinger Dirt Cups

  • 4 Oreo's-Crushed
  • 1 Package of Instant Chocolate Pudding (2 cups of milk needed)
  • 4 Butterfinger Skull Cups

Make pudding according to package directions.  Fill serving cup half full with pudding then sprinkle crushed Oreo's on top.  Finish with another layer of pudding.  Top with more crushed Oreo and 1 Butterfinger Skull cup.

I used these Halloween Snack Stacks from Re-Play which as so perfect for treats like this.  Not only are they festive and fun but I love that if my girls don't finish completely I can screw on the lid and toss in the fridge.

Goosebumps Punch

  • Lemon Lime Soda
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Rainbow Sherbert
  • Gummy Worms

Fill cup 2/3 of the way with Lemon Lime Soda, add 1-2 drops of food coloring, 1 scoop of Sherbert and garnish with 1 gummy worm.

Butterfinger Brownies

  • 1 Package of Brownie Mix
  • 10 Butterfinger Fun Size Bars-Crushed
  • Butterfinger Skull Cups

Make brownies according to package directions (I always add chocolate chips to my brownie mix).  Top with crushed Butterfingers and bake according to directions.  Once cool top with Butterfinger Skull Cups.

Here's also the option of not topping with the Skull Cup.
Walmart is basically the only place I do my grocery shopping and it's where I was able to find everything for these recipes.  I wanted to mention that I found both Butterfinger Fun Size Bars and Butterfinger Skulls in the seasonal aisle.

Don't forget your coupon from Ibotta.  If you're not using Ibotta you're missing out.  I was introduced to it not that long ago and I've already received nearly $50 in cash back.  You do your shopping as you would then after shopping you check to see if any of your purchases are offering cash back in the Ibotta app.  If they are you upload your receipt and redeem the cash back.

Step up your treats with this festive Halloween tableware.

Breakfast Options for On-the-Go

Now that I two girls in school (at two different places) my mornings are even crazier.  I do major prep the night before but no matter how much I accomplish the night before the mornings are still pretty chaotic.  I've had to set the alarm earlier in the morning just to get it all done and out the door on time.  Since the mornings are rushed it's hard to fit in breakfast but I am NOT one of those people who can skip breakfast.  I literally wake up hungry and feel sick if I don't eat within a short amount of time.  I wanted to share some healthy and fast breakfast options with you because I know most people are just as rushed in the morning as I am.

Danon Light & Fit Nonfat Yogurt Drink

Each drink is 90 calories, 0 added sugar and 9 grams of protein.  For me I have to get some protein in with breakfast to hold me over until lunch.  This is seriously the easiest option for breakfast on the go.  I have nothing to prepare and I can drink it at home or even in the car on the way to school.  Best part is that it tastes great!

Here's another reason to try Danon's Light & Fit Yogurt Drinks...$1.00 off offer though Ibotta.

Zucchini Muffins

  • 3 cups grated fresh zucchini
  • 2/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup walnuts, raisins or cranberries (optional)

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl combine the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the grated zucchini and then the melted butter.
2 In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Stir these dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture. (Do not over-mix!) Stir in walnuts, raisins or cranberries if using.
3 Coat each muffin cup in your muffin pan with a little butter or vegetable oil spray. Use a spoon to distribute the muffin dough equally among the cups, filling the cups up completely.
4 Bake on the middle rack until muffins are golden brown, and the top of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 20 to 25 minutes. Test with a long toothpick to make sure the center of the muffins are done.

Avocado Toast

  • Bread of Choice
  • Butter
  • Sliced Avocado

It doesn't get much easier than this...toast your bread, lightly butter and top with sliced avocado.

Another tip I want to share with you is Walmart Grocery Pickup.  I just used it for the first time and it was life changing!  You can order online or with the app, pay and then they give you a pickup time.  I've only used the service once and I ordered just before noon and the pickup time I was given was between 7 and 8 pm.  Once your order is ready you get an email.  On your way to pickup you check in with the app, you park in designated parking on the side of Walmart.  A service person came out within 1 minute to deliver my groceries.  If they are out of any of the items they offer you an alternative but you're not obligated to keep it.  They were out of the sour cream size I ordered and they gave me the bigger container but charged me for the smaller container.  I was so impressed with the efficiency, the ease and how helpful the clerk was.  I think this will be my new way of shopping!!!  By the way they can not accept tips.

If you want $10 off your first Walmart Grocery order click HERE.

Friday Favorites 9/22

I've been trying to pretend that September is still Summer but just this week the weather totally changed and today is officially Fall; Happy Fall! I'm one of the very few who is thrilled that it's supposed to warm up next week; give me Summer all year long!!! We continue to be busy as ever and I'm pretty sure things just won't slow down.  Here is our fun over the past few weeks:

I am a Realtor and belong to the Fresno Association of Realtors (FAR) and last week was their 3rd annual Dancing with the FARs.  I was asked to be one of the "celebrities" and I was paired with a professional dancer.  We practiced for several weeks and last week was our performance to an audience of over 400 people.  I LOVE to dance but I've never performed so I was quite nervous.  It didn't go as well as I would have hoped but I'm glad that I did it.  The best part was I had my best friends and family there to support me.  I felt like the biggest winner when my girls came on stage to give me flowers.  They made my day!

Thank you to my dear friend Rema who did my hair.  It was AMAZING!

A girl couldn't ask for better girlfriends!

We went to the opening FSU game and I'm quite positive I've never been so hot in my life.  It was crazy humid and when you're packed like sardines in the stadium with no breeze it's unbearable.  We lasted until the Derek Carr ceremony and then fled fast!  It was cool to see FSU retire Derek Carr's #4 jersey despite the sticky heat.

Both girls are doing great at school and Madi wishes she was going everyday.  She's up early everyday ready to go!

My girlfriends and I try to get together often for a girls night which helps keep me sane.  Recently we went to the Lime Lite for a girls night and a good cause.  Now until the end of the year the Lime Lite is donating all their corkage fees to Terry's House. You should check it out.

My mom and I were able to sneak away for a weekend away just the two of us.  We stayed with a family friend who lives in Rolling Hills.  Staying with her is like staying at a resort where you lay by the pool overlooking all of LA.  We did almost nothing but it was exactly what I wanted to do.  I laid in bed without being poked by a little one, I read by the pool, I didn't have to feed or bathe anyone besides myself... you get the picture!

One of our only outings was to Terranea for dinner.  It's a gorgeous resort on the coast with amazing views and cuisine.  If you're ever in the SoCal area you have to check it out.

Emily started Kinder-Soccer a couple of weeks ago and Kevin is the coach!  Emily couldn't be more excited that her daddy is the coach and that her teammates are her friends from class.  The first game was so much fun to watch; it was lots of laughs watching Kevin try to herd cats.  Emily got the concept and kept up so we were very proud of her.

We're squeezing in as much lake time as possible.  The girls can't get enough of the boat flying on the water and doing tricks on the jet skis.  Why can't it be Summer forever?!?!?

Although my season of choice is Summer I am having to think about cooler weather wear.  Silver lining to the changing of the!!!  I'm adding sweaters, booties, and new jeans to my online shopping carts and wanted to share my favorites with you.

OMG if you need a good laugh please watch this!  I've only seen this a dozen times and I laugh so hard each time.  Steve Harvey is just too funny; I love this show!

Fall Floral Dress

I'm seeing all of these posts about Fall and the stores have exploded with Fall but it's nearly 100 degrees here so I'm not feeling very Fall!  This outfit is how I'm transitioning for Fall in Fresno.  The colors have changed but the lightweight material and flowy cut has not.  It's definitely not jeans, boots, and a lightweight sweater but this is what a Fall transition looks like around here, lol.

I love the colors of this dress as well as the feel.  I swoon over a floral print but appreciate the mixture of patterns.  It fits true to size but I'm obsessed with any clothing that is adjustable.  I'm very petite so I have to alter most of my clothing.  The straps on this dress are adjustable so no sewing required here.  

These perforated mules are my go-to shoes; they've already walked many miles.  They are beyond comfortable and so cute.  I literally toured Washington D.C. in them for over 12 hours and was totally okay.  My other accessories you've seen before because they are on repeat.  One way I try to save money is to repeat accessories but just change the main piece.  Lastly when it's hot and I'm running around my hair frequently goes up in a ponytail.

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