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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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    Mornings can be a challenge, especially when school is in session. You have kids that need to get out of bed, get dressed, and most importantly eat breakfast. At least that's how it all plays out in my house. Until I started making these magnificent muffins! A bright lemon flavor and juicy blueberries make these hearty muffins the perfect thing for a great on-the-go breakfast. Make a bunch and freeze for future eats. Here's how you make them.

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    Football season is upon us, which means that our family is again on the hunt for the perfect wing recipe. We've tried them fried, seasoned, sweet and sour. You name it; we gave it a try in our test kitchen (which means I'm cooking and the kids are eating).

    But this recipe for peanut sesame chicken wings gave us something new -- a Thai-inspired flavor with a bit of a kick. They were a hit! Thank goodness, because our team lost last weekend. At least we had the wings. Here's how you make them.

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    Pizza is one of the most crowd-pleasing meals there is; you can customize it to deal with almost any diet restriction, individual preference, or degree of difficulty. However, it’s not especially impressive looking, but this twist on the pizza roll is.

    This recipe takes pizza ingredients like sausage, spinach, and cheese and wraps them in refrigerated dough, which you slice into pinwheels after baking. It makes a great-looking, simple appetizer or party nibble, or a fun family dinner (what kid doesn't like to dip?). It's as easy as making a traditional pizza, but with a fun visual twist.

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