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    With fall now fully in the air and Halloween here before we know it, it's the perfect time of year to serve up some spooky little treats (and tricks, if you have them). It's even more fun when there's no baking to do -- yes, you read that right -- and you can get the kids involved!

    So what are you waiting for? Get into the "spirit" with a seasonal snack that won't take all day to make. (Let's face it: You need to save some time for pumpkin picking and carving!) 

    These gooey ghosts in a pudding cup graveyard, inspired by Norene Cox at, are fun to assemble and ready to eat in seconds -- which is great when you've got some hungry little goblins on your hands!

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    I don’t love chocolate. BLASPHEMY, I KNOW! It just doesn’t do it for me, what can I say? I do, however, love me some cinammon. And some crumbles. And some crumb-topping, if you will. Is anyone with me?

    But okay, I don’t always feel like making a giant coffee cake and eating it for three days straight until it’s gone. No, wait, that’s a lie. I do want to do that, but it’s really for the best if I can just make a single-serve coffee cake. Reduces temptation, right?

    So I messed around with ingredients, a measuring spoon, and a microwave to see if I could create a crumbly, cinnamony coffee cake in a cup that could be made in a microwave in about five minutes at 11 p.m. while I watched The Notebook for the 5,000th time (hey girl, don’t even try to pretend you don’t love Ryan Gosling, I won’t hear it).

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    We still have a few days left of summer, but this pumpkin roll monkey bread is already insanely popular and being shared like crazy among moms. And it's easy to see why: It's the perfect thing to bake for fall. This week, my daughter, son, and I rolled up our sleeves and baked it from scratch. So fun!

    This turned out to be a great recipe to make with older kids -- mine are 7 and 6 -- since it largely involves rolling dough, punching it, shaping it into balls, and dipping it in butter and sugar. Super fun. Ultra easy. And OMG YUM.

    But don't take my word for it. See for yourself ...

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    Because Halloween is the greatest time of the year and because the movie Ghostbusters is celebrating 30 years since it was first released (has it really been that long?!) and because donuts are ridiculously delicious, one of the greatest things to happen has happened. The three have mixed to create magic. Pure, sugary magic for the whole family to enjoy.

    Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes. The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together ... mass hysteria! And Ghostbusters-themed Krispy Kreme donuts! Move over Pumpkin Spice Latte, your competition has arrived!

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    There are so many things to love about autumn! One of my favorites is the abundance of apples. It's so much fun to pick them at your local orchard or grab a bag of the season's best at your grocery store. 

    But sometimes I have a tendency to overdo it. Rather than see the versatile fruit go to waste, I begin baking up a storm. 

    My ultimate go-to, never-fail apple recipe comes from my mom. Whenever we make these delicious apple cinnamon squares and share them, we're always asked for the recipe. Bonus: They can be ready in under 40 minutes! 

    Here's what you'll need: 

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    Ever since I picked up a jar of rose petal jam on my trip to Paris this summer, I've been obsessed with it. Rose petals have been used in sweet and savory cooking around the world for hundreds of years. They deliver a wildly romantic and unexpected taste sensation. I'm serious. 

    If you're not the type to eat flowers, we'd love to tempt you to try something new. If you're STILL not convinced, at least look at the stunningly beautiful photos and dream of what could be. And what woman doesn't love roses, anyway?

    Behold these 8 beautiful rose-petal recipes (pesticide-free, of course). Ooh la la!

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    Few things in this world say summer more than the ice cream truck. Just the music is enough to start a Pavlovian response in most children that usually involves squeals of delight and begging mom and dad for cash, pronto. To make matters more exciting, few parents can resist getting in on the fun themselves (hence summertime weight gain!), but let's face it: It's all part of the charm.

    So what kind of person are you? When you choose from the truck, are you the kind of person who goes for the classic red Popsicle? Or do you get more adventurous and go for the Drumstick?

    Here are six classic ice cream truck choices and what picking them says about YOU:

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    If you're anything like me then you might have some kids at home complaining about being hot and bored this summer! I'm always open to trying out new activities I see, and when "ice cream in a bag" pins started making their way through my Pinterest stream, I knew my children would love to try it!

    To start, I gathered heavy cream, vanilla, milk, and sugar. I added those ingredients to a small Ziploc bag, put that into a larger Ziploc bag, and covered it with ice and rock salt.

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    What is it about summertime making us always want ice cream? Even on days when it's not particularly hot, those cravings still seem to constantly sneak their way in. Or maybe I just want ice cream all the time. 

    Recently we sat down with Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams to talk about tips for making the perfect ice cream sundae. Jeni's sells ice cream online, in stores, and in scoop shops, so there's always somewhere for you to get those sweet treats. Jeni also has a cookbook, "Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts," so you can get all of those great flavors on your own right in your kitchen! 

    We love ice cream and Jeni's recipe ideas, we're giving away a gift package including a copy of "Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts" cookbook and a $75 gift card! The perfect summer treat. 

    To enter for a chance to win, let us know: 

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    As the dog days of summer approach, it's hard to justify heating up the house by turning on the oven to prepare a delicious dessert

    Still, there's no reason to skip the sweets -- especially when outrageously good no-bake options abound. 

    The following are five cool and tasty treats perfect for summertime ... no baking required! Enjoy!

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