6 Fall Desserts Your Friends Will Love

Fall is a lovely time to host a get-together or party. Hopefully your family has some birthdays or baby showers planned for this season. If not, Halloween is right around the corner and the perfect excuse for a party. Desserts are fun to make, but I like to keep them relatively simple (nothing gourmet or over-the-top fancy) so that my kids can help out. Here are some fall desserts that your friends will love and your kids can help you make.

1. Pecan Caramel Apples

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Caramel apples are a great fall treat because they’re far different than the typical cakes and cookies we usually eat. Since apples are in season, you should have no trouble picking up some delicious specimens. You could even pick them yourself if you were so inclined. This recipe calls for a bit of candy and pecans.

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2. Candy Corn Treats

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Who says candy corn has to be small? Using colored Candy Melts, decorate cereal treats to look just like the traditional Halloween Candy. Simply make old fashioned Rice Crispy treats and drizzle them with melted candy.

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3. Ghost Cupcakes

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Every Halloween party needs a ghost! These cute little cupcakes are sure to be a conversation starter. They also look a lot more complicated than they are, which will impress your guests. Simply cover melted candy over a brownie pop and place on top of a cupcake.

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4. Witch’s Fingers Cookies

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I’ll admit, these are a bit spooky! You might have a hard time convincing your kids to eat a finger, but they’re definitely tasty. If you’re having a creepy party for older kids, these will be a hit. You’ll need a special pan to mold the cookie dough, but it’s worth it for the effect.

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5. Spider Web Cookies

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Cookies are an important dessert to have at any fall party for guests who don’t feel like eating a lot of dessert. They’re also super simple to make, so invite your kids along to give you a hand – they’ll love being a part of the festivities. The icing in these takes a few hours to dry, so prepare ahead of time.

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6. Spiced Pumpkin Cake

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There’s nothing better than the smell of cake baking to warm up your home. It’s also a staple of any fall of Halloween get-together. This cake is stuffed with buttercream icing. Fondant is used to make the leaves on top, but it can be a pain to work with so I skip that part myself.

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footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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Tips for Throwing Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash

first birthday party ideasYour child’s first birthday part is a huge occasion! Even though your little one won’t remember the event, it’s still important for everyone to celebrate. Invite your friends and family, buy a cake, and sing Happy Birthday! Make the occasion special by using some of these ideas.

1. Invite lots of babies. If your child doesn’t get to spend a lot time around other children, invite anyone you know who has a baby. Imagine the excitement your little one will experience when he/she gets to play with all the new faces! Plus, this distraction will give you a few moments to enjoy your family’s company.

2. Create a birthday keepsake. The first of anything is the perfect time to start a tradition. Pick up a scrapbook from a craft store and fill out the first couple pages with photos and memories of the first party.

3. Instead of a cake, serve a tower of cupcakes. We’re all about eating healthier these days, and that means skipping the large slices of cake. Choose instead to bake a batch of cupcakes that you can decorate and style differently. Also, your one-year-old will have an easier time handling a cupcake.

4. Create a play-place. Many babies around this age still on all fours or just starting to walk. Corral off an area of your house and stock it full of toys and games for little guests to play and interact.

5. Lots of balloons! Balloons are simple and babies love them. Rent a helium tank and fill up a room for of balloons for tossing and playing.

6. Planes, trains, and automobiles. Set up a craft station for your guests to make their own cardboard airplanes, cars, and trains. Add brush and finger paints so they can decorate their creations.

7. Custom invitations. Download a template and fill out personalized invitations for your guests. Make them fun and colorful. Add a construction paper background so they’re sturdy and strong enough to tack to a guest’s bedroom wall as a keepsake.

8. Decorate everything. At such a young age, your little one (and any little guests) will be enthralled by colors, lights, and interesting sights. Use streamers, candles, strung colored lights, wall stickers of favorite characters, and anything else you can think of to make the party rooms look different.

9. Story time! Ask a friend who can read dynamically (or hire a professional – they do exist!) to put on a show by reading a story. Work with the storyteller to set the room for the mood through the decorations and lighting.

no slip baby bowlGuest blog by Barbara Schantz of Baby Dipper Bowl

As a stay-at-home mom of 2 sets of twin babies, Barbara faced the daunting task of feeding them. Frustrated with the bowls she had already purchased, she researched and bought other bowls, but still remained disappointed. She needed a bowl that required only one hand to successfully feed a baby, but wasn’t able to find one on the market that satisfied this need. The vision for the Baby Dipper® bowl came to her when her twin girls were about 6 months old, not long after they started eating baby cereal and other pureed foods. After much learning and hard work, she was able to bring the Baby Dipper bowl to market so that others can enjoy true one-handed feeding.

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