Monster Munch

Monster Munch

Ok, I hope you guys are ready for a difficult recipe. This one is a doozy. You ready?!

So, to make Monster Munch, all you need to do is throw a bunch of stuff in a bowl and mix it together. I know. So complicated, but it’s oh so much fun for the kiddos and it’s really addictive and yummy! sI’m not going to lie, although this is really for little monsters, big monsters will love it too!

If you want to cut some of the sugar, then I would start with choosing a lower sugar cereal, such as plain Cherrios, Kix, or Chex. I would also omit or cut down on the candy corn. Although it totally rocks, let’s face it, it’s pure sugar deliciousness.

This recipe is so stupid easy, I’m just going to give you a list of ingredients that would work well. Whatever you decide to use, you really can’t go wrong because monsters will eat anything. Use your imagination and add any other ingredients you think would be fun. Serve it in a large bowl at your Halloween party or scoop some into cute treat bags or jars to give as party favors!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

There’s really only one word to describe the unpacking of my kitchen yesterday…EPIC! We stopped counting at about 20 boxes. As much as I hate packing and unpacking, I kind of love having a completely new, clean, and totally blank kitchen. I think one of my favorite things about our new place is the pantry. It’s HUGGEEE! And it has tons of storage for extra kitchen boxes that I had to store in the spare bedroom in our old place!

Although we still haven’t even unpacked our clothes yet and haven’t even hung up one picture, we did also put up our Halloween decorations…priorities, people, priorities.

While I continue to unpack the rest our boxes, I have another incredible blogger to introduce you to! Give a warm welcome to Emily from The Best of this Life. Emily was one of the first bloggers I met when I first started blogging and her blog is just beautiful! Not only does she share amazing gluten-free recipes, but she also writes about her family, entertaining, essentials, travel, and more! So after you check out the delicious muffins she has shared today, go check out her site and say hello!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Hi everyone! My name is Emily Smith, from The Best of this Life. When I discovered that food blogs
existed, Stephanie’s was one of the first that I came across. I’ve been following along ever since! She
such has a great sense of humor and a fantastic repertoire of recipes to choose from.

I’m thrilled to be here today to share one of my favorite Fall treats with you. I pretty much love
anything that involves pumpkin and these muffins are no exception! Rich, moist and truly satisfying,
they hit the spot every time. Enjoy one with a chai latte and you’ll be in Autumn heaven!

Skinny Bitch Tuesdays: Apple Pumpkin Soup

Apple Pumpkin Soup

Well, friends, we finally got to our new place in Arizona! We love it. It’s so much nicer than where we used to live. All of our stuff should be arriving in a day or two so we are busy getting the place ready and doing some shopping.

But first, today is our last Skinny Bitch Tuesday post! I know! I will miss these posts too. It’s been such a blast cooking out of the Skinny Bitch cookbook. I am not good with cookbooks. I tend to only try one or two recipes and then forget about the book, so this was a great experience for me to actually try more than a few recipes from one book.

For our last post, I chose the Curried Pumpkin soup. As always though, I changed up the recipe. One ingredient really stuck out to me and that was apples! I’m not usually a sweet soup person, but the thought of apples and pumpkin together just sounded so wonderful! So I swapped out the curry flavors and added more apple flavor. The soup was so comforting and delicious and not too sweet at all! I served it with some cheddar rolls, but serve it with any kind of nice, crusty bread and you have yourself the perfect fall dinner!!

OH! And since this is the last Skinny Bitch Tuesday post, we wanted to go out with a bang, so all four of us are giving away a copy of the Skinny Bitch cookbook! That is 4 opportunities to win your own copy! Scroll down after the recipe to enter the giveaway!

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

The first part of our moving journey is complete. Everything was loaded into our moving truck today. I hope it all makes it in one piece! Here’s a moving tip: Don’t bother using old boxes. They get too worn and cave in and your kitchen stuff will be smushed. Yup, true story. Even though we had movers to help with the labor, it was still an exhausting day. We are going to take today to tie up a few loose ends and then we are hitting the road on Saturday. I’ve done cross-country trips with my husband before and he usually does all most of the driving. I like to just sit there and take a nap and play Professor Layton on my DS. This time though, we must both drive our cars which means I have to actually drive and pay attention and stuff. I know. How awful.

Today I have another amazing guest poster for you all! Say hello to Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious! Chung-Ah is seriously one of the sweetest gals you will ever meet and her blog is absolutely fabulous! One visit and you will get sucked in by her delicious recipes and gorgeous photos! Some of my faves include: Bacon-Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dogs, Nutella Donuts, and Carnitas Avocado Pizza with Chipotle Avocado Mayonnaise Drizzle. Amazing, right?! Chung-Ah has made some homemade funfetti cupcakes today and they look incredible! I’ll let her take it from here!

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Stephanie is in the middle of a huge cross-country move to Arizona so I have the honor of guest-posting for her today. When she first asked me for a favor to guest-post, I could not be more thrilled. Her blog is one of the first ones I began to follow when I started my own blog, Damn Delicious, and her recipes and gorgeous photos were (and still are) such an inspiration to me.

Now what I have for you today is homemade funfetti cupcakes. Sure, you can get the box mix from your local grocery store but if you’re already going to have to add the eggs and the oil, why not just make it from scratch? You get to control all the ingredients that go into the batter, and you’re omitting so many preservatives that are included in the box mix.

Plus, nothing beats homemade right?

And truth be told, I was seriously amazed as to how so many people people were impressed that these cupcakes were made from scratch. Little do they know its actually so easy to make! So the next time you’re celebrating a friend or a co-workers birthday, I highly suggest making these cupcakes. You’ll be sure to wow everyone, and they’ll think you’re a professional baker! Plus, the sprinkles are just so pretty to look at!

Avocado Hummus

I think I might need one of you to send me a life jacket because I am drowning in boxes! Our movers are coming bright and early Thursday morning which leaves us with only two more days to finish packing up our place. It’s crazy just how many boxes we have packed so far. I think we have packed about 15 boxes just from my kitchen so far. Our kitchen is not big, yet I really stuffed things in! Luckily, my mom came to visit this weekend to help. It was hard to say goodbye. Even though I have not lived at home for a long time, it was nice only being a few hours away. I guess we will be taking a lot of plane rides in our future!

While I am working on packing up the rest of our things, I have a special guest with me here today to share a great recipe with you all! Please give a warm welcome to Erin from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts. If you haven’t been to Erin’s blog, you should go immediately! Erin’s blog is filled with a great variety of recipes like Brownie Batter Cookie Dough Pancakes)(I mean, what?!!), Baja Shrimp Tacos, Watermelon Fizz, and Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. Do you even need for me to continue?! Today, Erin is sharing her recipe for Avocado Hummus so take it away, Erin!

Avocado Hummus

Hi there! I am Erin, and I write over at Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts. I am happy to be filling in for Stephanie today. We recently moved cross country, so I can relate and am more than happy to help out!

Avocado Hummus

Stephanie always makes such tempting dishes that are often actually good for you! I figured I would try to do the same for you today :) I am new to the world of hummus. Let’s just get that out there right away. I have never been a fan of any kind of bean. Well, green beans, but that isn’t really a bean. So a dip made with pureed beans scared me off. Just in the last six months was I actually willing to give it a try. It was a spicy version they were sampling at Costco, and my husband kind of tricked me into trying it. It wasn’t half bad.

Fig Bars

Fig Bars

After making my fig, prosciutto, and arugula pizza last week, I had a lot of fresh figs to use up. Seeing all those fresh figs made me think about good ol’ Fig Newtons. I have not had one in forevvvverrr. This had to be fixed!

I kind of want to call these lazy Fig Newtons since I didn’t roll the dough and wrap it up around the figs like Fig Newtons. I just stuck it in between, but whatevs, it’s still pretty much the same thing! But, hey, I did make my own fig preserve so that counts for something, right?! Fig Newtons were a favorite cookie of mine growing up. I used to love eating them with a big glass of milk.

I might consider making a little more of the fig mixture next time as I felt there was a lot of cookie and not quite enough fig, so if you prefer it that way as well, you might want to prepare a little extra fig preserve or not use all of the cookie dough. These are tasty either way though and are perfect to make for the fall and the holidays!