Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Party Treats: Candy Corn Dusted Cupcakes and Low-Calorie Witches Brew!

If you haven't given any thought to what you will be making for this year's Halloween party, you are not alone. Sadly, I wait until almost the last minute every year, and would have this year, if it weren't for Walmart asking me to come up with a few treat ideas from some of their favorite branded items.  Really, I love all the Halloween goodies, from the Brach's Candy Corn, to the Peeps Pumpkins, to the new Pillsbury Orange All-Star! Cake Mix.  (And you can find all of your favorite ingredients for fun Halloween foods in the special holiday sections and the center of the aisles in your local Walmart!)

Seriously, if it's orange, I'm trying.  So, we put together this fun cupcake featuring, of all things, candy corn crumble!  Here's how we did it:

1. Prepare the cupcakes as instructed on the package.

2. Make up a marshmallow frosting, like this one we used here from Martha Stewart.  Top the cooled cupcakes with the frosting.

3. Crumble up about 2/3 cup of candy corn in a blender (we used my Ninja) and top the cupcakes right away with the crumbles!

If you wait to use the candy corn crumble, it will all stick together into one horrible blob.  You can try blending it up once or twice to free the crumbs again, but you can't do this more than a time or two or you end up with one giant candy corn blob.

This was a deliciously simple way to use candy corn on a cupcake in a way that's a bit less obvious.  They turned out very pretty and colorful! You could also add one of the Peeps pumpkins for a fun kid's party treat!

We served these cupcakes with some low-calorie "Witches Brew", which is ironic, since the cupcakes are obviously NOT low calorie.

To make the brew, we put 1/4 cup or more whole fresh frozen cherries in the bottom of a plastic Aladdin Mason tumbler.  Add 1-2 drops of food-grade blue coloring and fill to the top with Sparkling ICE Flavored Water (Black Raspberry).

This was yummy and fruity and bubbly -- like a cauldron!

What snacks will you be serving this year? We have some other goodies you might want to try from my fellow Walmart Moms:

Halloween Party Floral Table Centerpiece 

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Enter our "The Best of Me" Giveaway

Are you a big Nicholas Sparks fan? Then you should already know about the new movie "The Best of Me" that came out today in theaters!  In addition to a fun giveaway we are doing at the end of this post, you'll want to know about an amazing book club promotion:

Want Nicholas Sparks to join your Book Club? You and your club could win a visit from a professional moderator & special guest appearance from Nicholas Sparks via Skype. All you have to do is tweet a question you'd like answered using #BestOfMeBookSweeps!


More about the film:
Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they've never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances. The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.
Learn more about this movie -- now in theaters -- via Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.  

Wanna Win? We are giving one lucky reader a "The Best of Me" prize pack.

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters  
  • Movie tie-in book 
  • Mug 
To be entered to win, just comment on this post with who you would take to see this film!  You have until October 28th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in. One entry per person.  Prizing Courtesy of Relativity Media. Open to US mailing addresses only.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

For Itchy, Crawly, Nasty Things... Zim's!

This year was the year of the bug. We had NEVER seen so many mosquitos, chiggers, gnats, or flies in our area!  It was a combination of the weather and other factors, but I scratched and cursed my way through the summer and start of the fall, wondering why these creatures were ever created.

The thing that bothered me most was seeing my little ones with bug bites.  Having a spider bite on a child is horrible, especially when there isn't much you can do to ease the itching.  I am careful to not put just any product on my kids -- or myself, so I was thrilled to hear about Zim's line of bug-bite battling solutions.  Their Advanced Crack Creme with Aloe, Arnica, and Hydrocortisone was some of the quickest-acting stuff I've used to soothe itchy, burning bites.  It's also great for eczema, psoriasis, and general skin irritation.  It is seriously the only way we got through this awful summer, and it's coming in handy now that the "fall" bugs likes Asian beetles and fungus gnats are out in full force! This product is safe to use on kids ages 2 and up!

For feet, we were super impressed with the Max-Freeze for Feet Continuous spray, which is developed to help give feet a cool burst of relief for dealing with painful inflammation, muscle strains and sprains, and all-over achiness.  This is for use on adults, only, but I'm so glad to have it in my "I shouldn't have worn those shoes" arsenal.

These are just two of five wonderful products we have used almost daily at our home.  I also highly recommend:
For more information on all the products made by Zim's, be sure to visit their website!

*Samples received to try. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Enter the Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock-Star Contest for a Chance to win $5,000!

Anyone who has visited my home knows that I love using my Crock-Pot slow cooker.  It helps me make at least 4 meals a week -- even more if I plan ahead.  And while I have traditionally used it for main dishes on the fly, it comes in handy for cooking desserts and veggies, too!

My favorite easy recipe is a simple green bean dish I shared earlier this year.  It's a family favorite, and is good enough to take to potlucks and family events.

Here is a quick video showing how it's done, along with an introduction to a special competition being sponsored by Crock-Pot!

To be eligible to win $5,000, the title of Crock-Star AND your recipe featured on the Crock-Pot website, just follow all the entry details at  You'll need to create a 1-minute video featuring an original recipe, as well as text your recipe to the number provided.  You only have until October 31st to get your entries in, so don't dilly-dally!

Need a Crock-Pot?  I have good news for you. Walmart has a wide selection of Crock-Pots available both in-store and online.  The one featured in my video is the 7-quart size, perfect for large families (like mine) or for entertaining.

It's also on rollback for just $19.94!  Like all their products, it washes up easily and ensures even heating throughout! I own 2 of these!

What recipe will you feature?  We'd love to hear if you decided to enter.  Good luck!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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