Easy Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy Corn Cupcakes
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Seeing candy corn arrive in stores is one of the signals that Fall has arrived and it’s almost time for Halloween.  Try this easy Candy Corn Cupcakes Recipe for a fun treat.

You can even purchase cute candy corn cupcake liners like the ones shown in the picture above.  The Dollar Tree is a great place to purchase Fall/Halloween inspired cupcake liners without breaking the bank.

Candy Corn Cupcakes:

Spice Cupcake Ingredients:

1 (15.25) box yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Line your muffin tin with papers and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cake and pudding mixes with the sour cream oil, water, eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Stir in the spices.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin.
  6. Bake 18-22 minutes until a tester comes out clean.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool 10 minutes before removing them from the pan.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Ingredients:

8oz cream cheese
8oz butter
8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
Candy Corn Candies and Sprinkles for Decoration

Frosting Directions:

  1. Let the butter and cream cheese come to room temperature, before creaming together until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla. Alternating the milk and sugar, beat in the remaining ingredients until smooth and thick.
  3. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.
  4. Decorate with Candy Corn and sprinkles.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.

Makes about 24 cupcakes

Enjoy your Candy Corn Cupcakes!

You might also like Candy Corn Craft or Candy Corn Cookies Recipe or this fun Halloween Treat Round-Up

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Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Try this easy homemade sloppy Joes recipe for a tasty and delicious meal the kids will love.  It’s a nice sloppy Jose twist on a traditional sloppy Joes recipe.

Ingredients

1 lbs. Ground Beef
1 Bell Pepper, red, yellow or orange, chopped
1⁄2 Red onion, diced
2 cans Diced Tomatoes
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning
4-6 slices Texas Toast
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese
6-8 stems worth of Cilantro

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Homemade Donuts – Yum! {How to Make Homemade Glazed Donuts}

How to Make Homemade Glazed Donuts
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Homemade Donuts - Learn How to Make Homemade Glazed Donuts with this easy recipe

Everything is better when you make it yourself. Try these homemade donuts next time you have a craving for a sweet breakfast.

Ingredients

3⁄4 Cups Milk
3 Tbsp. Butter, softened
1 Pkg. Instant Yeast (.25 oz.)
3 Tbsp. Warm Water, 100 ̊± 5 ̊
2 1⁄2 Cups Flour plus additional for rolling
1 Egg
2 Tbsp. Sugar
3⁄4 teas. Salt

For the Glaze

1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1⁄2 teas. Vanilla
1⁄4 teas. Salt
2 Tbsp. Milk

Oil for Frying

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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Recipe

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Recipe
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If you are looking for a quick breakfast, boxed lunch treat, or afternoon pick-me-up, this Oatmeal Breakfast Bars recipe is the perfect solution. Sweet and tender, with just the right amount of crunch, they will be a family favorite as soon as the first batch comes out of the oven.

Fill the bars with jam, preserves, apple butter, or pie filling–whichever flavors are your family favorites. You can also sprinkle the bars with a little brown sugar and wheat bran before baking to add a sweet streusel-like topping. Enjoy them warm or cold, and don’t forget to freeze some to toss in lunches!

A food processor is used for this recipe, but if you prefer to mix the dough by hand, make sure to grind the oatmeal first. A blender or coffee grinder will work well for this.

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Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles

Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles
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I love a dinner made from just a few simple ingredients that can be tossed in the crock pot in 5 minutes!  This crock pot chicken and noodles is one of those easy recipes.

Toss everything in except noodles in the morning, then add them when its almost ready before serving.  Add a green veggie and you will be sitting down to a hot, hearty, delicious and filling meal within 45 minutes of walking in the door!

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Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe

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I love egg rolls, but it took me years before I actually enjoyed eating them.  I guess I was used to eating frozen egg rolls that frankly, weren’t that good.  Now I can make this Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe from home!  It’s simple to make and will be delish as is or dipped in duck sauce or soy sauce (my favorite.)

Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe:

Ingredients:

8- 4 inch egg roll wrappers
1 large can of white chicken breast (drained)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
3 cup carrots, shredded
1 onion, chopped
1 cup white bean sprouts
1 garlic clove chopped
bowl of water
vegetable oil for frying

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Weight Watchers Taco Soup Recipe

Weight Watchers Taco Soup
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Light and filling this version of taco soup is perfect for a hearty lunch or dinner. This weight watchers taco soup is roughly 6 points on the Weight Watchers scale, so it won’t break your healthy eating goals.

You can use a packet of low sodium taco seasoning or make it from scratch using the recipe below to add a fresher, brighter flavor. I love to add a dollop of cool sour cream to the top of a spicy soup to compliment the heat, nowadays I am substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream to save on fat and calories, boost the protein, and it really tastes the same. Add a sprig of fresh cilantro to brighten and you can sit down to a healthy and pretty bowl of soup.

I recommend using organic or natural, no salt added canned products.  You could also cook your own beans and skip the cans all together.  I make big batches of beans in the crock pot then throw them in the freezer. You can also use up garden fresh tomatoes if you have some on hand.

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How to Plan a Weekly Menu {Money and Time Saving Tips}

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It’s 5 o’clock. What’s for dinner?

Do you find yourself struggling for dinner ideas at the last minute or heading through the drive-through after work?  If you do, consider creating a menu plan to help take the stress out of mealtime.

Menu planning is preparing a written calendar of meals in advance. It can be as simple as writing down a dinner schedule for the week or as complex as including breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an entire month.  Whichever route you take, menu planning helps take the guesswork out of meals, which can be a huge time and money-saver.

Why should you plan a menu?

  • Eliminates the 5 pm, “what’s for dinner” question
  • Potential for more variety
  • Save money
  • Waste less

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Low Fat Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Low Fat Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe
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One of my all time favorite foods is fettuccine alfredo, but it definitely doesn’t fit with my healthy eating plan. That’s why this low fat fettuccine alfredo recipe is perfect. Get the same great taste with less fat than traditional fettuccine alfredo recipes.

This skinny version has 400 calories per serving and 14.2g of fat. The average fettuccine Alfredo has about 800 calories and Olive Garden’s dish will have you on the treadmill even longer with about 1,220 calories!

Low Fat Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe:

Makes 8 servings
Ingredients:

  1. 8 oz baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
  2. 1 head fresh or 1 package frozen broccoli florets
  3. 1 box of fettuccine
  1. 4 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese or neufatchel cheese (next to cream cheese)
  2. 2 cups skim milk
  3. 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1 TBS butter
  6. 2 TBS flour
  7. Non stick pan spray
  8. 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  9. black or white pepper (to taste) 

 


Directions:

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Quick Easy Biscuits

Quick Easy Biscuits
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Most biscuit recipes call for lard and that is something that I just don’t have on hand on a day to day basis.  If you need a quick easy biscuit recipe that you can whip up fast and tastes delicious, this version uses butter and is a great go-to recipe for simple biscuits.

The key to a great texture is to use ice cold butter, and handle the dough as little as possible. Flaky and buttery these biscuits go well with a variety of dishes from sausage gravy at breakfast to fried chicken at night.

Quick Easy Biscuits:

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
4 Tbsp. Butter, cold
½ tsp. Salt
¾ cup whole milk

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