Halloween Pudding Ghost Cups

This year I was out of town when the sign up sheets for the preschool Halloween party was set out.  I was hoping to snag the juice boxes because I wanted to make the very easy, but still pretty dang cute Mummy Juice Boxes that I made last year.  Sadly, by the time I saw the sign up, the only slots left were for table cloths and 'other snack'.  I grabbed the other slot and made a snack that turned out even easier than the mummy juice boxes.  Halloween Ghost Pudding Cups.

I actually went to the store with the intention of buying green lemon lime Jello cups to make something similar to these Frankenstein Jello cups from Craft Penguin, but they didn't have any left at my store.

If they had, I probably would have ended up making Jello blob monsters instead like these from Home. Made. Interest.

But alas, no green Jello cups meant cute little ghost pudding cups.  A black permanent marker, googley eyes, and a little glue is all you need to transform your vanilla pudding cups into cute Halloween treats.

But if you did get to the sign up sheet early enough to get juice boxes, wrap the juice box with white crepe paper streamers and secure it with tape, then glue on some large goggly eyes and you will be all set.  Halloween Mummy Juice Boxes:

How to upload photos from Canon to MacOS Sierra

Yesterday I tried to upload photos from my Canon camera to my Mac that I had just updated to OS Sierra.  After a half dozen unsuccessful attempts at getting the computer to even recognize that my Canon DSL was connected, I assumed there was an issue with my cord.  I then wasted an hour looking for another cord I could use to transfer my image files to my computer.

Luckily, right before I gave up and ordered a new Canon interface cable, I decided to do a little searching online and found out that I am not the only that couldn't import photos from my Canon DSL camera to my Mac.   It is an issue caused by the latest Mac OS update.  If you have updated to OS Sierra then it is likely that your computer is not recognizing your camera.  (I am running 10.12.1 but I have read that there are issues with all version 10.0 updates)

Thanks to the internet I found an easy work around.  You need to head into your camera settings and change your communication settings from PC Connection (or Normal) to PTP/Print.

Just like that your computer and camera will get along again and your photographs will appear, ready to import, in the Photos app on your Mac.

Autumn Snack Mix [Fun Fall Treat]

I had forgotten all about this fun Fall treat until one sister-in-law asked another sister-in-law for the recipe via a group text.  This recipe might be the best thing to ever come out of a group text message!

Erin, the sister-in-law responsible for introducing us to this yummy goodness calls it Autumn Corn Munch. It doesn't matter what you call it though , as long as you make it.  Immediately! You will LOVE IT! It is Crunchy Autumnal Goodness.

Here is what you need:
2 T butter
3 c Corn Chex
1/2 t salt
3 c cheese popcorn (I think regular old butter popcorn would be good too)
1 package of M&Ms (14 oz) Make sure to get the fun Halloween of Fall colored ones!!
2 packages of Corn Nuts(4 oz each)
1 package of Cracker Jack (6oz)

The recipe also calls for a package of candy corn (18 oz) and a cup of raisins. I am not a big fan of candy corn, but I could see how it would add a nice element to the mix. And I do like raisins...but I am just not feeling them in this yummy bowl of buttery yum! But to each his own!

What you do:
In a large skillet, melt butter; add Corn Chex and toss to coat. Cook on medium heat (continually stirring) until cereal is lightly browned (about 5 minutes) Sprinkle with salt and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add Corn Chex and toss!

Easy peasy! Even easier if you have a fabulous sister-in-law that does it for you and all you have to do is sit on the couch and eat half the bowl!

If you are making it yourself, pick up some G.H. Cretors Popcorn Chicago Mix and substitute that for the cracker jacks and cheese popcorn!  It will make the recipe even easier and mix even yummier!

Happy Munching!

The Best Banana Muffin Recipe

I have baked a batch of banana muffins every week since school started.  It is a combination of just having a lot of bananas turning too quickly and trying to have something for my teenage son to pack in his post cross country practice breakfast.  I have tried a bunch of different recipes and combined a few and I think I have found my families all time favorite.

Banana Muffin Recipe

What you need:

4 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

optional: 2 cups chocolate chips or  cinnamon chips

What you do:

Line muffin tins with paper baking cups.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine dry ingredients and set aside.
2 1/2 c. flour
2 t baking powerd
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon

In a second bowl, mix together softened butter and sugars.
1/2 c butter
 1/3 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar

Once combined, add the eggs, vanilla, and mashed bananas and mix.
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas (approx 1 1/2 cups)

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir.

Add chips or nuts if desired.

Fill each muffin tin 2/3 of the way with batter.

Bake for 18-20 minutes

Immediately remove from muffin tin and allow to cool on a wire rack

Makes approximately 24 muffins.

How To Save Time Grocery Shopping [Walmart Free Online Grocery Pick Up]

I am not someone who dislikes grocery shopping and I don't even mind taking my 3-year-old son with me.  Grocery shopping is a great way to teach colors and shapes and practice counting.  But grocery shopping without kids is a different story.  My youngest only goes to preschool a few hours a week and I can think of a million other things I would rather do with that kid free time.  So recently, while my four kids were all at school, I tried something new.  After I dropped Owen off at preschool I went to Walmart to pick up my first Online Grocery order.  Not only did I get to stay in my car, but the team member loaded my car for me.  Then I drove home, put the groceries away, and just like that I had an extra hour in my day.  It was more than just time saving, it was time transforming!!   I used that hour to catch up with some friends!  Definitely more fun than standing in line to check out.

If you have kids that hate being in the grocery store, you need to try free grocery pickup from Walmart's Online Grocery.  If you dread heading to the grocery store after a long day at work, you need to try free grocery pickup from Walmart's Online Grocery.  Have a husband who offers to do the grocery shopping for you but comes back missing half of the stuff from your list?   Stuck at home with sick kids?  Just hate grocery shopping with the burning passion of a thousand suns?   Walmart's Online Grocery Pickup is your solution.