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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 PartyPinching.com, 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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    If your weekends are super busy but you still want to whip up some tasty treats for your family--especially your sports fans who enjoy a snack while watching the big game--we've found some Crock-Pot appetizer recipes that are as easy as they are delicious. 

    Pull out your slow cooker and prepare to score a touchdown with guests. These apps aren't just great during football season, either: They're yummy all year round. And you won't heat up the house or be stuck in the kitchen for hours missing all the fun.

    From traditional favorites like ribs and wings to more unique but just as flavorful dips, there's something for everyone! And don't forget to bookmark this one for Super Bowl Sunday!

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    Halloween is almost here! It's candy galore at every store so you can get started on your OMG-how-does-she-do-it Halloween candy giveaways for trick or treaters.

    It's either thinking of the candy surge that way or the other way (how much of it we will actually consume by the end of the month?). Yup ... we prefer the cool candy crafts angle, too.

    If you want to deliver some seriously spooky, out-of-the-box Halloween treats that the kids will go gaga for, we've got 10 delicious ideas coming your way. All you have to do is try to save some candy for the trick or treaters during the creative process. You can do 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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    It’s cheeseburger night for the entire family, but you don’t even have to fire up the grill. This easy cheeseburger pie recipe from CherylStyle.com is pure comfort food and a main meal that’ll earn you the kudos you deserve.

    This dinner is fast, simple, and tasty. Making modifications to suit your taste buds is a breeze! Experiment with fun twists like bacon cheeseburger pie or mushroom Swiss -- you get the idea.

    This super quick, super delicious dinner is good enough to serve alone, or with all your favorite cheeseburger toppings like sliced tomatoes, fresh lettuce, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. Yum!

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    Let's face it; what makes us crave pizza isn’t the toppings or the crust. It's that delicious interplay between warm, tangy sauce and creamy, melted cheese. That's what you get in this dip; plus, you can use an oven bag to eliminate cleanup hassles, which is great when you just absolutely have to have pizza NOW but don’t want to deal with the mess of making it yourself.

    You can serve this with the parmesan breadsticks recipe included below, but if you're avoiding carbs or entertaining people who avoid gluten, pepper strips or zucchini slices would make yummy dippers as well. This would be a great hot dip to bring to a party or office potluck as well, since you can bring everything already mixed in the bag, carried in the dish you'll use to serve. Just heat it up when you get there and you have a no-hassle appetizer.

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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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    I confess, I don't bake very often. Don't get me wrong -- I love cookies, pie, cupcakes, and what-have-you. I just never want a WHOLE batch of them. I just want one little treat for me, maybe two if my son is home with me. That's all!

    So it's a darn good thing someone invented desserts in a mug. That's a dessert you cook right inside a mug or cup, usually in your microwave. And they take just a few, short minutes to make! How much do we love desserts-in-a-mug? Oh, about 13 ways, to be exact! Here are 13 of our favorite dessert-in-a-mug recipes for you to try your own sweet self. Indulgence is just a stir and a zap away ... and the kids' reaction is the icing on the cake. So to speak.

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    Mission Impossible: Feed your family dinner for under $5. Do you accept this mission? We actually think this mission is completely possible! That's why we pulled together this list of easy, inexpensive dinners your kids will want to eat. Because that's the real trick, right? We like saving money, but we LOVE it when our kids actually eat what we cook for them.

    Here are six kid-friendly recipes that should cost around $5 or less. You can put your own spin on each of them, too. And we have to tell you, just looking at these dishes is making us hungry!

    Images ©iStock.com/tanukiphoto; ©iStock.com/TatyanaGl

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