Candy Corn Marshmallow Pops

I thought that this month I had already reached my quota of being a crafty mom. After all, I’ve already made a reusable sandwich wrapper and hobo dance bags for the girls! When I saw these cute Halloween treats on Pinterest, however, I knew I had to make them! This recipe comes from Food Family Finds.

Some of the supplies you’ll need

I found cookie sticks, clear treat bags and white candy melts in the craft section at Walmart. Walmart’s selection wasn’t huge, and I had better luck finding the rest of my supplies in the candy-making section of Hobby Lobby. They had yellow candy melts and the candy coloring, along with the fancy twist ties. I bought regular sized marshmallows at Jewel. I was hoping to find the giant marshmallows I had seen this summer, they were no where to be found on this shopping trip!

Using the orange candy coloring to dye the white candy melts, I also added a tablespoon of Crisco for each 1/2 cup of candy melts. It melted very nicely in the microwave, and I dipped the marshmallows two thirds deep into the candy. I placed the marshmallows on parchment paper to dry. After the orange candy was completely hardened, I repeated the process with the yellow candy melts, dipping the bottom one-third of the marshmallow into the candy.

Candy corn marshmallow pops!

The unevenness of the candy screams “handmade with love.”

Bagged and tied for a cute Halloween treat!

I brought these treats to a Halloween luncheon one of my friends hosted for our preschool class and their moms. The treats were a huge hit! Plus, since I had put them in little bags, the kids could take one home with them. Such an easy treat to make!

What treats are you making this Halloween?

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Apple Picking

My kitchen smells like apples, and this time the scent isn’t coming from the hot apple pie candle on my stove.

Columbus Day is one of those strange holidays; the girls and I had no school, and yet Ed had to go to work. So we decided to have a girls’ day out. Where to go on a beautiful fall day? Why, the apple orchard, of course! I have one and a half pecks of apples in my kitchen as a result.

Emmy is too busy to stay still for a picture!

Going to the apple orchard is not just about picking apples anymore. There are slides and rides and animals to feed. We also spent time wandering around in a gigantic corn maze, carved right into the corn field.

Wait, where are we??

Running around haystacks

These haystacks remind me of the ones Claude Monet painted. I was about to look in my art books to see if I could find some photos of his haystacks, but then remembered I lost them all in my flooded basement this summer. *sigh*

Claude Monet, Meules, milieu du jour
[Haystacks, midday]
Apple cheeseburger for lunch…yum!

After lunch, we finally headed for the main attraction: the apple orchard! We got onto a wagon for a ride, and walked along the aisles of apples trees, picking and eating apples to our hearts’ content. (Our guide told us we were required to eat apples!)


Before we left the orchard, there was one last thing the girls wanted to do: ride the cow train. Fortunately, Lily and Emmy are old enough to ride by themselves. I was not required to squeeze into a barrel cow, with my knees up to my chin, holding a child on my lap, as some unfortunate mamas and daddys.

Emmy riding Susie Q and Lily riding Jelly Bean.

Hooray for apple picking!

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