Candy Corn Decor

Candy Corn Decor – Reuse Food Jars

Create this fun Candy Corn Decor by reusing your glass food jars!

Candy Corn Decor

Here is fun Candy Corn Decoration to celebrate National Candy Corn Day (yes, it’s a thing). Warning: I kept this super simple. I started with gathering my White House Foods® applesauce and apple butter jars. I washed and removed the label glue by soaking the jars in hot water, dish soap, and White House Foods® White Distilled Vinegar. Once they soaked for at least 15 minutes, I scrubbed the glue with a dish brush.

Candy Corn Decor

For this craft, I kept it simple. I used candy corn and pumpkins. I filled the jars to desired height, placed a tea light inside, and done! You could easily add decorative ribbon around the outside or mod podge for a foggy effect.

For a fun tutorial video, click here!

 

As always, thanks for following! Be sure to check out some other fun Fall activities here!

 

Happy crafting!

xoxo,

Brittany

 

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White House Foods, serving families since 1908. Visit them online at www.whitehousefoods.com to find your favorite applesauce, juice, cider, butter, organic apple cider vinegar with mother, and much more! Proudly growing their own apples, here in the USA!

Apple Butter Cheesecake Bars

Apple Butter Cheesecake Bar Recipe

White House Foods® Apple Butter + Cheesecake Bar = A heavenly combination

This recipe is perfect for Fall. Thanksgiving? Halloween Party? Sunday Dessert? Office Party? This is a sure hit recipe!

If you are an apple butter fan, you’re going to need this recipe. As always, it’s simple… (a must for me) and it’s also delicious (also a must)!

The recipe is below, but be sure to refrigerate overnight before serving. This is crucial for texture and flavor. Also, I highly recommend White House Foods® Apple Butter. It is made in Winchester, Virginia with American grown apples. You can find it at your local Wal-Mart, Food Lion, or online here! 

What you’ll need:

For the crust:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the cheesecake layer:
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg at room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
For topping:
How to make it:
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • First the crust: Cut butter into small pieces. Beat together the butter and flour until it is thoroughly combined into crumbly pieces. Place the crust mixture into an ungreased 13×9 baking dish. Pat the crust evenly into the dish with your hands. Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove and cool. I placed mine into the fridge to speed up this process.
  • Next the cheesecake mixture: Beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth then add in the egg and vanilla. Beat on medium until evenly combined. Set this mixture to the side.
  • Then the topping: Cut butter into small pieces. In a bowl, use a fork to mix the flour, confectioners’ sugar, butter pieces, pecans, and salt. This mixture will not be smooth. You should have a crumbly/coarse texture. Set to the side.
  • Make the magic happen: Take the cooled crusted and spread the cream cheese mixture on top evenly. Leave an edge around the outside perimeter to from “crust.” Next, spread a thin layer for White House Foods® Apple Butter over the cream cheese layer. Last, sprinkle the crumb topping over the top evenly.
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Remove and cool. Cover and store in refrigerator overnight before cutting into square bars.

Let me know if you try them! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

xoxo,

Brittany

 

Check out my easy print and decorate Fall Decor idea here: DIY Fall Decor – Free Printable

 

Post Sponsored By: 

White House Foods, serving families since 1908. Visit them online at www.whitehousefoods.com to find your favorite applesauce, juice, cider, butter, organic apple cider vinegar with mother, and much more! Proudly growing their own apples, here in the USA!

Halloween Goodie Bag Tie DIY

Halloween Safety Tips & Goodie Bag Tags

Let’s talk about Halloween Safety

Halloween Goodie Bag Tie DIY

Here are some trick-or-treat safety tips with a fun printable Halloween Goodie Bag Printable.

Whether you and you’re family are out and about trick-or-treating OR spend the evening handing out candy, here are 5 tips for staying safe!

  1. If you hand out candy, consider making individual goodie bags to avoid multiple hands going into a candy bowl. I created this fun Halloween Goodie Bag Printable you can easily print and attach to your bags to make them special and festive! Click the link for the free printable.
  2. Offer an allergy friendly option! Here are some ideas: White House Foods® apple sauce cups, glow sticks, pencils, etc. You can order apple sauce cups here.
  3. Make sure costumes are sized properly to avoid tripping. Walk. Don’t run, like ever. Stay on the sidewalk. Only cross the street when it is necessary, look both ways, AND do not assume you have the right of way.
  4. Stick to neighborhoods you know. Accept candy from the step or porch. Never, ever enter a home. If you are unsure about the neighborhoods in your area, check out local trunk or treat events. Typically, churches, businesses, schools, etc. put these on for a safe trick or treating experience!
  5. If you are handing out candy, offer a sanitizing station. If you are trick or treating, bring sanitizer with you.

 

It’s never too early to start prepping for a FUN, and spooky SAFE Halloween!

Go to the link here to print these cute tags: Click here!

For more Fall Printables: Click here!

As always, thanks for reading and following along! Have a happy & safe Halloween.

xoxo,

Brittany

 

Post Sponsored By: 

White House Foods, serving families since 1908. Visit them online at www.whitehousefoods.com to find your favorite applesauce, juice, cider, butter, organic apple cider vinegar with mother, and much more! Proudly growing their own apples, here in the USA!

DIY Fall Decor – Free Printable

I LOVE a simple DIY décor idea…even more than that, I love an inexpensive decorating idea– FREE PRINTABLE! Just print, frame, and decorate! These are great for a kitchen counter, book shelf, or end table. If these are popular, I’ll share more for the next season!

Let me know in the comments your favorite style!

  1. Broom Parking Only (click the title to download)

Free Printable

2. Hello, Fall!

Fall Decor Free Printable

3. Fresh Baked Pie

Thanksgiving Decor Free Printable

4. Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Decor Free Printable

Show me how you decorate by tagging me on social media @coldcoffeegrind !

Happy Decorating!

 

xoxo,

Brittany

 

Post Sponsored By:

White House Foods, serving families since 1908. Visit them online at www.whitehousefoods.com to find your favorite applesauce, juice, cider, butter, organic apple cider vinegar with mother, and much more! Proudly growing their own apples, here in the USA!

5 Ways to Care for Pets

5 Ways to Care For Your Pet with White Distilled Vinegar

Here’s 5 simple ways to use White House Vinegar to care for your pets.
Pet care should be simple right? It should also be safe! Here are 5 natural ways to care for your pets using non-toxic White Distilled Vinegar.
 
1. Fleas & Ticks – Add a teaspoon of White House White Distilled Vinegar for each quart bowl of drinking water. This helps keep your pet free of fleas and ticks. (The ratio of one teaspoon to one quart is for a 40 pound animal, so adjust accordingly.)
 
2. Yeast or Bacteria – Vinegar can be used to cats, dogs, or rabbits ears to keep them healthy and clean as well as treating for yeast or bacteria. Dilute White House White Distilled Vinegar with water. Use cotton swabs.
 
3. Pet Arthritis – Pour White House White Distilled Vinegar on compress and soak joints.
 
4. After “Accidents” – Spray White House White Distilled Vinegar over fresh doggie accidents on carpets. Wait a few minutes, then sponge form the center out. Blot up with dry cloth. Repeat for stubborn stains. First be sure to test the carpet for color fastness with vinegar in an inconspicuous place.
 
5. In the unfortunate event of.. Skunk Smell – If the dog is sprayed by a skunk, wash pet in solution of equal amounts of White House White Distilled Vinegar and water. Rinse with clear water, followed by another dousing of water/vinegar solution. For second rinse, make the solution a tad weaker.
I hope you found these helpful! If you have any questions, send me a message here or find me on social @coldcoffeegrind
xoxo,
Brittany
For a fun pet-friendly cake recipe, go here: Dog Birthday Cake Recipe!

Dog Birthday Cake Recipe!

Do you celebrate your dog’s birthdays? If you don’t. this recipe may give you a reason to start!

This recipe is simple, yet your dogs will  L O V E  it!

Not into making it a cake? You could easily use the same recipe but shape into dog treats!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (half for cake, half for icing)
  • 1/2 cup White House Foods® Applesauce (we used chunky but you could also use Original)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (be sure this is plain)
  • dog treats for decoration (optional)

Here’s how you do it:

 

For the cake- Preheat your oven to 350 degree F. Prepare an 8 inch round pan with by greasing with oil. In a bowl, mix flour and baking soda then set aside. In another bowl, mix vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of the peanut butter, White House Foods® Applesauce, and the canned pumpkin puree. Mix the wet ingredients then add egg and stir. Once all the wet ingredients are combined, slowly add in the dry ingredients. Stir until mixture is evenly distributed. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Test the center with a toothpick or knife. Let the cake cool before removing from the pan. While the cake is cooling, mix together the other half (1/4 cup) of peanut butter and plain Greek yogurt. Once the cake is cool, top the cake with icing and dog treats. Serve to happy dogs!

For other recipes (for people too), click here!

 

Thanksgiving Pouch Printable

How fun are these Thankful Turkey Pouch Printables? Just print, cut, and tape around your kiddos’ favorite pouches! I use White House Foods Natural Applesauce Pouches. I love that they are transparent, so you know exactly what your kids are getting!

thanksgiving main pic

Whether you want a fun treat on your Thanksgiving table or your kid’s need a healthy snack for a school party, these printables make for a festive treat! On the back, you could write names or have your kid’s fill in something they are thankful for on the line!

thanksgiving pouch pic

Get the printable by clicking here: Thankful Turkey Pouch Printables

As always, thanks for checking out my printables!

I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving with friends and family!

 

Wishing you SO much love & happiness…

xoxo,

Brittany

Easy Recipes: Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Easy Recipes: Chocolate Applesauce Cake

I am the QUEEN of Easy Recipes, and this one is 100% one of my favorites!

You may be thinking, Chocolate, applesauce, and cake is a questionable trio….. BUT trust me the trio was meant to be!close pic

I was skeptical but after tasting, this is going

to be my holiday dessert go-to. First of all, it was super simple. You do not need to be a fancy baker to pull this off. Second, I typically have all of the ingredients in my pantry… perfect for those last minute holiday parties or guests. 

I took this cake into the office break-room and it was gone within minutes. IT’s a must try…and then try again!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine (melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups White House Foods® Original Applesauce
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9×13 pan.
  • Combine all the listed ingredients EXCEPT– 2 tablespoons of sugar and the chocolate chips—in a large mixing bowl. Stir until everything is evenly combined.
  • Pour the batter into greased pan.
  • Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of sugar over top of batter in pan. Then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of batter and sugar.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.
  • Let cool of 10 minutes then sprinkle powdered sugar over top of cake.
  • Serve warm & enjoy!

 

Try it for your next Sunday dessert or upcoming holiday festivities and let me know what you thought! Comment below or tag me on social @coldcoffeegrind 

piece with jar

 

For other easy, recipes, click here!

As always, thanks for reading and happy baking!

 

xoxo,

 

Brittany

The Perfect “Cozy Night” Beef Stew Recipe!

Is there anything better than coming home on a chilly day and cuddling up with a family movie night with some warm soup?

I love trying out new soups. To be honest, I usually go for a chicken noodle or gnocchi soup with a creamy base, BUT this Apple Cider Beef Stew is a NEW favorite for sure!

This soup is the perfect mix of hearty and sweet with a little tang. It’s a MUST try!

Check out the recipe below. To customize the recipe to your flavor preference, add more White House Foods Apple Cider for sweetness, Beef broth for heartiness, or White House Foods Apple Cider Vinegar for more of a tangy taste!

 

Homemade Beef Stew with White House Foods Apple Cider

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: about 2 hours

8 servings

What you’ll need:

  • 5 pounds beef stew meat cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil (or oil of choice)
  • 4 cups of White House Foods Apple Cider (or juice)
  • 2 cans reduced-sodium beef broth (14.5 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons of White House Foods Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 medium carrots sliced
  • 3 celery stalks sliced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Make it:

  • Brown beef on all sides in the oil over medium-high heat. Once meat is browned, drain.
  • Add beef to the White House Foods Apple Cider, broth, White House Foods Apple Cider Vinegar, salt, thyme, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions. Bring soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 45 minutes (or until beef and vegetables are tender.
  • If you would like a soup with more broth, add additional White House Foods Apple Cider and beef broth in proportions to your taste. Extra White House Foods Apple Cider Vinegar may also be added.
  • Once the broth consistency is to your liking, combine flour and water in a mixing bowl. Stir to a smooth consistency. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the soup. Bring soup to a boil. Stir soup for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Serve & enjoy!

 

As always, thanks for reading. I hope you and your family LOVE this stew. Please tag me if you try and let me know what you thought!

 

Happy Fall!

 

xoxo,

 

Brittany