Shan

Published on Huffington Post, Okefenokee Living Magazine, multiple sites and her local newspaper, Shan Walker is a Family Travel Journalist and adoring Wife to Superman and Mom to older kiddos. She shares "How-To" plan the BEST family vacations in the South with travel reviews and insider travel secrets that Women REALLY want to know!

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How To Make Your Home Cozy For Fall – 5 Easy Comforts You’ll Never Want To Leave

You want to know how to make your home cozy and inviting this fall but don’t have extra time to spare. Never fear! With these quick tricks, you can create a cozy haven of warmth and comfort and know how to make your home cozy on a budget as well. Let make our haven enjoyable and memorable for fall with these 5 quick home hacks – done in a jif!

cozy living room with fireplace & how to make your home cozy

 




How to make your home cozy at any time

How to make your home cozy and calm this fall (and for every season) is really pretty simple when you break it down.  The following home hacks will help welcome everyone who walks through its doors.  We can prepare our hearts too. But beware, when you know how to make your house cozy and warm, you may have trouble getting folks to leave!

1.  Add Darkness & Light

Most days, I want the sun to pour in but when we want to cozy up on the couch with movies, I enjoy heavy window treatments that shut out the light and adding my own soft lighting inside.  The flickering light of candles and other soft light sources are so calming.

This year, I’ve been obsessed with those flameless, faux candles that flicker just like the real thing.  I have a few but can’t get enough of them! These are in my shopping cart right this very minute because they also come with a remote and can be used outside as well…

Flameless Candles, Set of 7
The other way I know how to make your home cozy is by adding the soft warm white LED lights provided by this lighted cherry blossom tree or something similar.  I love the contrast of the soft brown branch and soft, clear lighted flower blooms.  This one is my fave…

Lightshare LED Blossom Tree

2.  Add softness

One of the quickest, cheapest, and easiest ways to cozy up your home is by simply adding blankets, throws, and pillows in a variety of heavier materials.  Don’t have new fall pillows or throws?  Just tie a piece of remnant burlap around the center of one of your pillows or hot glue some fall fabric around it like this…

You can also bring out that old fuzzy rug that you have hiding in the closet to immediately add dimension and warmth to that living space.

3.  Add nostalgic scents

Of course, nothing says cozy like yummy smells in the home.  Whether you are into candle, meltable wax, or essential oils, I suggest putting one of them in a pretty container that you love and burning when you walk in the door.  Nothing calms my stress away like a fall-scented candle or gluten free banana bread or pumpkin cupcakes baking in the oven.

4.  Add warmth

One home hack I’ve had to learn when figuring out how to make your home cozy is to add different textures to a room.  Walk into your non-cozy space right now and tell me what textures are there already?  Do you already have wood, galvanized metal, fabric like burlap, or any fuzzy materials?  If you had a hard time finding a variety of textures in your room, my advice is to just add a little bit of what you are missing.

I believe that’s why the farmhouse living craze has been so popular.  We are drawn to spaces that have a mixture of woods, chalkboard, greenery, burlap, metal, etc.  Doesn’t that last sentence make you think of THE farmhouse?  It’s really pretty simple really.

5. Add plants or small furniture

Fill those empty corners and empty spaces economically with plants and small pieces of decor. This doesn’t have to be expensive.  Simply add baskets with cozy blankets in them to the corners of the room.  Add a stack of old books on a shelf.  Put a container of flowers (real or faux) in a container on the coffee table.

Easy Peasy!

How to make your home cozy for fall

To specially know how to make your home cozy for fall, I would just add elements mentioned above, but with a fall theme when possible.  Lots of warm-colored candles and fall decor, burlap, wood, flannel, and of course, mums.

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As you can tell, I’m pretty passionate about cozying up the homestead AND about fall decor in our homes.  It all just makes my heart sing and my face smile.  Have fun with all this, friend, and know that you can cozy up your home on a budget and in a jiffy if you put your mind to it!  Let me know how it goes!


Already know how to make your home cozy for fall?  Share with us your cozy knowledge in the comments below you best tips!





 

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Published on Huffington Post, Okefenokee Living Magazine, multiple sites and her local newspaper, Shan Walker is a Family Travel Journalist and adoring Wife to Superman and Mom to older kiddos. She shares “How-To” plan the BEST family vacations in the South with travel reviews and insider travel secrets that Women REALLY want to know!

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Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe For Fall: Easy + Normal Ingredients

Yesterday, I was standing in my kitchen craving the smell of fall desserts when I noticed four very ripe bananas. An unplanned Gluten Free banana bread recipe experiment began and a heavenly aroma wafted throughout the house.  The result of this “test kitchen” recipe was a moist, naturally sweet banana bread that just happens to be gluten free and dairy free (I only had to add a tiny bit of sweetness).  You don’t want to miss this incredible fall dessert that will bring all the fall feels.

close up of gluten free banana bread

 


Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread

Most gluten free recipes require expensive, specialty flours that must be mixed together in order to make the baked goods have the correct consistency.  That’s not the case in this recipe.  The star of the show here is Great Value Gluten Free flour that is convenient, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free!

I call my favorite days at home “test kitchen” days where I experiment with EASY recipes until I come up with ones to die for.  This gluten free banana bread recipe is so good that I couldn’t possibly keep it to myself.

GLUTEN FREE BANANA BREAD INGREDIENTS

All the exact measurements are on the printable recipe card below, but here are the ingredients at a glance.

  • GF flour
  • ripe bananas
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • butter (I used smart butter) that’s dairy free & made with olive oil)
  • eggs
  • milk (I use almond milk)
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • nuts or chocolate chips are optional

GLUTEN FREE BANANA BREAD INSTRUCTIONS

There’s a gluten free banana bread printable recipe card below, but here’s the basic idea –>

After preheating the oven and greasing a 9×5 loaf pan, you’ll be combining the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Then, cream together the butter and sugar with mixer.  Stir in eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas.  Don’t overmix but just stir until incorporated.

Sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon over the top of the mix in the loaf pan and use a knife to swirl.  Bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry and top is golden brown.

Easy Peasy!

Here’s your printable recipe card for my gluten free banana bread:

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Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups GF flour
  • 4 mashed, ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup & a pinch of brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup softened butter (I used smart butter) that’s dairy free & made with olive oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (I use almond)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup nuts or chocolate chips are optional
Instructions
  1. Preheating oven at 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar with mixer.
  5. Stir in eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas.
  6. Don’t overmix
  7. Stir in optional nuts or chocolate chips now
  8. Sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon over the top of the mix in the loaf pan and use a knife to swirl.
  9. Bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick is dry and top is golden brown.
 

Since this recipe turned out so moist and tasty, there will be many more gluten free, dairy free, soy free recipes this season – and I’ll tell you all about it when I do!

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Another idea is to use this gluten free banana bread recipe as an easy gift for friends and loved ones.  Who wouldn’t love to receive a warm bundle of goodness like this?!


READY TO BAKE YOUR GLUTEN FREE BANANA BREAD RECIPE? TELL ME WHEN YOU DO AND LIST ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE IN THE COMMENTS



 

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Published on Huffington Post, Okefenokee Living Magazine, multiple sites and her local newspaper, Shan Walker is a Family Travel Journalist and adoring Wife to Superman and Mom to older kiddos. She shares “How-To” plan the BEST family vacations in the South with travel reviews and insider travel secrets that Women REALLY want to know!

☕️ It’s THE REAL DEAL around here ☕️

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Disney World Hacks: 5 Ways To Rock A Disney Trip Without Going Broke

Disney World hacks are needed to do Disney World on a dime because that’s the only way a family vacation in Orlando is going to happen for most folks. For others, doing Disney World on a budget will help to extend the trip or afford a few extras. There are many Disney World hacks to help you enjoy that family vacay with Mickey without losing your mind or all your dollars, but here are the easiest ones!

Disney World Castle Fireworks for Disney World Hacks

 




5 Disney World Hacks

These five Disney World hacks will save you a few of those dollars to really relax and enjoy yourself on that upcoming Disney vacation.

1.  CHOOSE OFF-SEASON VISITS

As mentioned on the Disney World tips and secrets, the time frame matters if you really want to do Disney World on a budget.  Not only will the crowds be lower at non-peak seasons, but the prices are also generally lower on tickets and resorts as well!  Check out that link for suggestions of the best times to kill two birds with one stone.

2. STAY AT A VALUE RESORT OR CAMPGROUND

Have you considered staying in one of Disney World’s value resorts?  I think these Disney resorts have a lot going for them with the lower price point by appealing to kids of all ages and offering great pools, food options, and bus transportation. For most, the smaller size and noisier locations are a small sacrifice for saving so much money on accommodations. 

Art of Animation is the newest and most expensive of the Disney value resort hotels but has options for larger families.  The choices are:

  • Pop Century Resort
  • All Star Music Resort
  • All Star Movies Resort
  • All Star Sports Resort
  • Art of Animation Resort

Another idea is to stay at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Don’t have an RV? That’s OK because there are tent sites as well as you can get a spot for as low as $55 during off-peak seasons (refer back to #1).

3.  SOUVENIRS

All parents typically cringe at the thought of wasting spending tons of money on Disney World souvenirs that may or may not live for another year.  Disney World hacks that we discovered last year were to (a.) buy apparel and souvenirs at non-Disney stores outside of the park, (b) have fun with Disney Pin Trading, and explore the parks for Disney Pressed Pennies that can be collected in a book and a valuable memento for generations to come.

4.  LIMITED DISNEY MEALS

One of the Disney hacks that helped us save A LOT of money was to plan our meals a bit ahead of time.  My advice is to only buy one meal inside the Disney parks each day if at all possible – and preferably buy only breakfast or lunch within the parks.  These are the cheapest meals that are served compared to the more expensive dinner entrees which can get very pricey.

A perfect scenario for families with kids is to eat a big breakfast before entering the parks and bring snacks to fill in the gaps before and after lunch.  Purchase lunch at a Disney restaurant.  Eat dinner at your hotel or at a restaurant outside of the parks.  You can save so much money with this Disney World hack if you simply adjust it according to your family’s needs.

5.  OUTSIDE DISNEY

Now you know how much I love the official Disney parks, but there are so many other low cost and free things to do in Orlando as well that can help you extend your Disney family vacation.  Activities, like spending time at your resort and visiting FREE Orlando attractions, are a couple of the big ones that would add life (without spending) to the life of your vacay.

I would venture to say that almost EVERYONE could benefit from a “chill day” spent completely at your Orlando resort.  Especially if you stay at a Disney resort, there will be plenty to do and see.

Have you been to Disney Springs?

We fell in love and ended up spending two full days there on our last Disney vacay because it’s wonderful and can be completely free (unless you shop or buy food).  It’s free to park at Disney Springs and you can get samples at times at different stores.  It’s a lot of fun to hang out there as a family at this beautiful Disney destination.


watch “Happy Hints” at Disney’s Haunted Mansion
Some FREE things to do in Orlando, Florida are:

*BONUS DISNEY HACK*

You get a bonus one -> One of the Disney World hacks I haven’t mentioned that we enjoy is to ride the monorail around to the deluxe resort hotels.  If you are visiting Disney World during a holiday, it’s a must to see the decorations in each of these fabulous accommodations.  Not only does riding the monorail give your feet a break, but it’s also such a fun family sightseeing experience!

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Which of these Disney hacks do you plan to implement?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


I hope these Disney World hacks were helpful to hang on to as much of your hard-earned dollars as possible.  Let me know if I can help in any other way!

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Published on Huffington Post, Okefenokee Living Magazine, multiple sites and her local newspaper, Shan Walker is a Family Travel Journalist and adoring Wife to Superman and Mom to older kiddos. She shares “How-To” plan the BEST family vacations in the South with travel reviews and insider travel secrets that Women REALLY want to know!

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Best Places To Travel In October For Fall Break Or Weekend Getaways

Whether your family has a fall break from school or you’re simply dreaming about a cozy fall destination for the weekend, I’ve got the best places to travel in October, friend!  Admit it, you’ve been dreaming about colorful fall leaves in the crisp autumn air and then settling down with hot apple cider in front of a cozy fireplace at one of the best October vacation destinations!  Me too.  Oh, do I have some fall family vacation ideas for you…..

best places to travel in october image of lake, fall tree, & bench




Best places to travel in October

You want ideal travel spots for fall where the entire family can enjoy foliage and autumn activities together.  I get it, so that’s why I’m showing you the best places to travel in October in the South. Whether you are hunting a cabin in the woods, foliage, comfort food, or pumpkins in the patch, this fall travel list is extraordinary. 

COZY CABINS

Hike part of the 80 miles of the Appalachian Trail before settling into your Blairsville, Georgia cabin in the woods with a view of the amazing North Georgia Mountains!  Be sure to catch the Blairsville Sorghum Festival if you are visiting during the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October.  Drive just 20 minutes westward and visit another quaint Georgia town full of fall family activities and shopping, Blue Ridge, Georgia.
(NEARBY HOTELS)

Want to truly immerse yourself and your family into the “big” things to do in Texas this fall?  Oh sure, you’ll want to visit Magnolia Farms, but there’s also no better time to visit the State Fair of Texas and the Pumpkin Village at Autumn at the Arboretum in nearby Dallas.  Small families can stay for a while in this Bed & Breakfast for under $100 a night.  If you need a whole house and want to splurge, you can stay at Magnolia House for $695 a night.
(WACO ACCOMMODATIONS)

cozy cabin kitchen for best places to travel in October

CREEPY TRAILS & TOURS

From October 9th through November 4th, experience 5,000 carved pumpkins that line an illuminated trail stretching one-fourth of a mile.  The Louisville Kentucky  Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is delighting families with this “art show” fall activity as one of the newest and best places to travel in October and November!  Hang around as Downtown Louisville as it’s taken over by the Belknap Fall Festival.
(NEARBY HOTELS)

I’ve mentioned Wormsloe Historic Site to you before because of the beauty of this Savannah, Georgia plantation with the oldest tabby ruins in the city and 400 huge oak trees that canopy over the driveway.  But did you know that this year Wormsloe is hosting a Colonial Haunted Trail Tour?!  Yep, a park ranger will guide your family back to the old home site of colonist Nobel Jones on the Wormsloe Colonial Haunted Trail tour and who knows who may visit you on the trail under the Spanish moss looming over you!

Don’t miss the chance to walk the breathtaking city squares of Savannah, Georgia while the weather is mild.  Savannah is known for its legends and lore, so check out the Spooky Savannah tours mentioned HERE.  Also, don’t miss the Wag O Ween fun in Downtown Savannah where there will be costume contests and treats for you and your pup or head to nearby Skidaway Island for the Fall Family Fun Festival.
(SAVANNAH BED & BREAKFAST INN)

FALL FESTIVALS

There’s nothing like the Smoky Mountains in the fall.  Visit Great Pumpkin Luminights at Dollywood (thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns, as well as sculptures, whimsical scenes, entertainment, and pumpkin-themed food) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  While you are near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, visit the 407-foot view of the Smoky Mountains on The Gatlinburg Space Needle. 

FALL FOLIAGE SCENIC DRIVES

For some of the most beautiful scenery this fall, take a drive along North Carolina’s winding roads, but don’t forget your camera!  Along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, you’ll see iconic places like Pisgah National Forest, Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls, and Looking Glass Rock.  Stick close to Asheville, North Carolina and take a super-scenic view of the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy shopping, jaw-dropping mountains, and waterfalls.  Visit Downtown Ashville, North Carolina and ride the Ghost Train or experience Oktoberfest.

image of Tennessee fall foliage for best places to travel in October

The Cherohala Skyway, Dzmitry (Dima) Parul, cc

When you want to be blown away with amazing scenic views, The Cherohala Skyway is one of the best places to travel in October because it crosses through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee into the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. This byway is a two-lane road that connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina, and stretches along forty miles from one end the other.
(HOTELS NEAR GATLINBURG SPACE NEEDLE TOWER)

FALL HOME & GARDEN TOURS

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to see how other people decorate their homes during the holidays.  I also love the historical home of South Carolina.  If you do too, check out Charleston’s Annual Fall House and Garden Tours and the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens in Beaufort, South Carolina.  Both of these tours allow you to stroll around the grounds of the these city’s oldest homes and spectacular gardens at your leisure.

Charleston home for best places to travel in October

Historic Charleston home of Dr. Peter Fayssoux, Surgeon General of the Continental ArmySpencer Means, cc

FALL FAIRS

Many of the best places to travel in October for fun carnivals in the South have been listed HERE, you also don’t want to miss the traditional Greater Gulf State Fair that has a midway, entertainment, animals, games, and “The Chomping Grounds,” where you’ll find more fair food than you can shake a stick at!

FALL PARTY

Can you imagine how excited the fam would be to show up to the after-dark special event in Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?!  It’s a Halloween celebration – Disney-style in Orlando, Florida.  Get those costumes ready and trick or treat throughout the park with special treats and entertainment.  No dull moments allowed during this fall party in the South!
(DISNEY’S VALUE RESORT)

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There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in October in the South this year.


What are your best places to travel in October in the South?  I’d love to hear your ideas below!




 

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Pumpkin Muffins Recipe & 10 Fabulous Pumpkin Spice Desserts & Soups

You knew a pumpkin-crazed day with the best pumpkin muffins recipe and pumpkin spice everything dishes would be coming, now didn’t you?  I couldn’t resist.  You know I’m all about easy delicious recipes, so call me happy and let’s add these recipes to our arsenal, shall we?! I’m in heaven with these fast dessert and soup ideas and you will be too!

Pumpkin muffins recipe image with other pumpkin desserts too

Boom chocka locka!  Your mouth is watering already, isn’t it?  Yeah, mine too.  I have not one, not two, not four scrumptious pumpkin recipes for you.  Nope, I’ve got eleven!   You don’t have to thank me – just send gift cards.  (Wink)  In my humble opinion, here are the best pumpkin recipes around …..

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe + Pumpkin Soup Recipes + Pumpkin Spice Desserts

There’s not much better than the feeling you get when you know that fall is coming.  I don’t know about you, but just the thought of fall makes me want to bake in the kitchen all day!  The pumpkin muffins recipe below AND the other pumpkin recipes will literally knock your socks off.  Haven’t heard of them, that’s OK, you can live a little – I won’t tell!

Here’s a roundup of the best pumpkin and pumpkin spice recipes from blogger friends.  Enjoy!

Two pumpkin desserts pictured - Pumpkin Muffins recipe

Two pumpkin desserts pictured - pumpkin muffins recipe


Which are your favorites – the pumpkin muffins recipe, soups, or desserts?


Look, we can even get matching shirts….. 😉

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These scrumptious recipes were originally added to the delicious easy recipes series.  Here are all the recipes in entirety or you can see the post that includes them all HERE.

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Day 1: Protein Energy Bites

Day 2: Baked Potato Bar

Day 3: Crockpot Chicken

Day 4: Stir Fry

Day 5: Slow Cooker Soups

Day 6: Quick Red Beans and Rice

Day 7: Jalapeno Cornbread

Day 8: Quick Meatloaf Recipe

Day 9: Homemade Hamburger Helper

Day 10: Best Lasagna Recipe

Day 11: Easiest Pound Cake Recipe

Day 12: Breakfast Burrito

Day 13: How to Make Popcorn

Day 14: Fluffy Pancake Recipe

Day 15: Best spaghetti Recipe

Day 16: How to Cook Asparagus that Tastes GREAT!

Day 17: Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Day 18:  Chicken and Rice

Day 19:  Low Carb Cheeseburger Pie

Day 20:  5 Minute Fudge Secrets!

Day 21:  Smokey Tuna Dip

Day 22:  Pumpkin muffins recipe

Day 23:  How to cook rice

Day 24:  Wacky Cake

Day 25:  How to cook green beans 




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Published on Huffington Post, Okefenokee Living Magazine, multiple sites and her local newspaper, Shan Walker is a Family Travel Journalist and adoring Wife to Superman and Mom to older kiddos. She shares “How-To” plan the BEST family vacations in the South with travel reviews and insider travel secrets that Women REALLY want to know!

☕️ It’s THE REAL DEAL around here ☕️

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Best Halloween Movies: Ultimate Movie Night List With Mom Reviews & Previews

Y’all. I can’t get over that I couldn’t find a family-friendly Halloween movies list. Oh sure, there were lists alright, but not for this conservative Mama. Um, no. So I created an Ultimate family friendly Halloween movies list of a few that you won’t be scared to watch with your family (see what I did there?)!  Enjoy the movie trailers and my Mom reviews of each one of the movies below.

Halloween Movies scene of foggy wilderness person walking



Best Halloween Movies

These days, my family likes to be spooked a little – on the light side and it’s hard to find Halloween movies that aren’t gory or full of inappropriate nonsense. We love cool movies, so of course, I’ll be checking out the appropriate ones on the Official 31 Nights Of Halloween 2018 Schedule on ABC Family/Freeform like everyone else.  To be honest, the Halloween movies schedule is a little odd this year and there are only a few we’ll watch.

BEST HALLOWEEN FAMILY MOVIES THAT ARE ANIMATED

I’m sharing the best animated Halloween movies for the slightly older kids. I was very disappointed that the two new (to me) Halloween movies for kids that I was excited to check out for were not good choices at all.  A “groping” boyfriend on top of a young girl that he calls a prude when she pushes him off in one kid’s animated movie and homosexuality jokes in another is not something I’m going to support (Monster House and Paranorman), animated or not.  Everyone is different, so it’s up to you to know which Halloween movies are best suited for your family.

This is why I do what I do, friend, to save you the time, money, and headache if you care about these things as I do.

The Halloween Tree –  After digging very hard to find this one that I’d never heard of, it’s a book-to-movie Ray Bradbury classic adventure about four youths who try to save their friend from the ghosts of Halloween past. They take a journey that sweeps them back as far as 4,000 years and teaches them the meaning of Halloween and friendship.

The Halloween Tree movie trailer 
The opening credits and pretty much the whole The Halloween Tree movie’s style took me back to my childhood of watching Saturday morning cartoons.  That’s due to it being a Hannah Barbera film and great old-fashioned storytelling.  I loved this cute retelling of the original book and loved that it went through the history of Halloween in such an interesting way.  Don’t tell the kids that it’s slightly educational though and they won’t notice!

date: 2012

cast: Ray Bradbury, Leonard Nimoy, Annie Barker

runtime:  69 minutes

rating: NR

rating explanation: not rated

available to watch: DVD Amazon Prime Video

Hotel Transylvania 1 This movie is about a single Dad, Count Dracula, who does what he has to do to protect his only daughter from his most feared opponent… humans.  His solution is to build a hidden monstrous (get it?) castle hotel where all monsters and goblins can feel safe from the outside world.  His problems begin when a human young man accidentally walks through the door and catches the eye of his daughter.

Hotel Transylvania movie trailer
I know this is an old movie but I had not seen it.  Although not my favorite animated film, it’s a silly one to sit around and watch with the fam during the fall season.  It plays out similar to Scooby Doo cartoons with spooky but silly characters.  There’s also the gross stuff that’s supposed to be funny like bodily functions and bug-crawling sandwiches that aren’t awesome to me, but tolerable.

What I did love was the ‘human’ character, a millennial backpacker dude, that shows up with his hilarious dialogue.  That was my favorite part.  All in all, it’s super cute and a good way to bond with the fam.

date: 2012

cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

runtime: 91 minutes

rating: PG

rating explanation: Parental Guidance Suggested

available to watch: DVD, Blu-ray & Amazon Prime Video

BEST HALLOWEEN MOVIES TO WATCH WITH OLDER KIDS/TWEENS

Halloween movies for tweens can be really fun to watch with them.  Because they are a little more mature, the topics don’t have to be kiddie.  Even still, this one choice, though outdated, can be a fun tradition they’ll look forward to when they are even older.

Double Double Toil and Trouble  – This cute little movie stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Owen, back in their little girl heyday.  They win a magic wand at a birthday party and then meet a goofy gravedigger who tells them that their grouchy, old Aunt Agatha is a bad witch. The girls, with friends in tow, try to save their own house and their Aunt Agatha’s sweet twin sister, Sophia, that Aunt Agatha has put under a wicked spell they race.  They also learn lessons about the importance of sisterly love that knows no bounds.

Double Double Toil and Trouble movie trailer
Ten minutes into the movie a nervous gravedigger tells the twins about the annual  “All Hallows Eve” gathering where witches summon ghosts and goblins to do their bidding and that the dead rise from their graves.  He goes on to tell them about a legend 200 years ago about a moonstone that belonged to a witch that was burned at the stake. The bad witch is pretty intense with her threats and meanness, but as a tween, teen or adult, she’s pretty ridiculous, not scary.

To be honest, I was pretty bored with this one midway through it, but my daughter seemed to enjoy it.  There’s a good message at the end about friends and family sticking together.  Even though it’s very outdated and a little slow, I have a feeling that this is one that we’ll be watching every year together from here on out!

date: 2009

cast: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Cloris Leachman, Meshach Taylor

runtime: 91 minutes

rating: NR

rating explanation: not rated

available to watch: DVD & Amazon Prime Video

Halloweentown – A single Mom and her kids are surprised when their unusual Grandma shows up to visit, and the kids are even more shocked when they follow Grandma home.  Halloweentown is a haven for ghosts, goblins, and witches to live a normal life in their own society.  They shortly realize that they have to help save the town from an evil one trying to take over the world.

Halloweentown movie trailer
This is one of my favorite Halloween movies to watch with the fam and I know it will be a tradition now.  The kids in this movie are very disrespectful at the start of the movie but have a change of heart at the end.  The fact that this film is outdated is part of its charm for me.  Tell the kids to hang in there and they’ll fall in love with it too.

There are four Halloween Town movies…

  • Halloweentown
  • Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
  • Halloweentown High
  • Return to Halloweentown

I have only watched the first Halloweentown movie, but will give you reviews of the others when I watch them!

date: 1998

cast:   Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag

runtime: 84 minutes

rating: G

rating explanation: general audiences

available to watch: DVD & Amazon Prime Video

FAMILY FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN MOVIES FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Here’s the deal:  your older kids/teens/grandkids have probably already watched the movies that I am listing below.

You could score major brownie points when you have a movie night and watch one of these cool Disney movies with that older kid!

Disney’s Channel’s Original movie, Girl vs. Monster – The main character is a confident girl who finds out that her parents have been leading a secret life of monster hunting.  When she realizes that she’s a 5th generation monster hunter, she fearlessly goes where she’s forbidden to deal with it with her friends in tow (including her fearful bestie).  There are pretty catchy tunes you’ll be singing for days after this cute film.

Disney Channel’s Girl vs. Monster
When the subject matter gets intense in this family-friendly Halloween movie, like the monsters coming to steal souls, it’s presented in a lighthearted way that’s not creepy or scary at all.

My least favorite part is when the mean girl and main boy appear possessed and have red eyes (it’s not bad though). It’s a good movie to watch with older ones because it’s refreshingly clean with no bad language, romance, or any other inappropriate stuff.  I think you’ll fall in love with it whether you want to or not. We’ll definitely have this clean one to watch every single year at Halloween time.  Hallelujah!

date: 2012

cast: Brendan Meyer, Luke Benward, Olivia Holt

runtime: 89 minutes

rating: G

rating explanation: general audiences

available to watch:  Amazon Prime Video

Disney Channel’s Zombies – This is another Disney Channel musical-style movie, but for Halloween.  In a perfect, cookie-cutter society of traditions and pep rallies, a chemical explosion causes one side of the town to be changed into zombies with the green haze.  Humans and zombies live separately in Seabrook, until this year, when the zombies are allowed into the human high school and two brave teens, a cheerleader and a zombie boy, form a special friendship.

Zombies movies trailer
When I first heard about this one, I fought the idea of watching a zombie movie.  I mean, yuck!  What I didn’t realize was this wasn’t a typical movie about gross zombie life, it was a silly, but fun musical by Disney Channel.  I dare you to watch and not fall in love with the characters and the catchy tunes!  You may even learn some new dance movies.  It’s actually a really good movie – I enjoyed it more than I’d like to admit to the kiddos!

date: 2018

cast: Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly, Trevor Tordjman

runtime: 94 minutes

rating: NR

rating explanation: not rated

available to watch: DVD & Amazon Prime Video

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow –  You know that the short story published by Washington Irving in 1820, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, of a Hessian mercenary, wounded in the Revolutionary War that tormented the town of Sleepy Hollow, right?  Stoic Ichabod Crane arrives on the scene to become the new headmaster of the school and wants to court Katrina, who has another beau sweet on her as well, Brom Bones.  Ichabod faces the headless horseman on the trail – or was it Brom Bones in disguise?

a deleted scene from 1980 Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Since the latest movie starring Johnny Depp is rated R is not an option at my house, I started looking for other options.  Disney has an animated version HERE that I haven’t seen yet.  There are two other ‘real’ versions on YouTube, but this one is the shortest and best of the two.  While it’s grainy and displayed in black and white, it’s worth every second. Come on, live a little!

Here is the link to the actual movie.  You can watch on YouTube on any device and even stream through your TV by connecting your device to the TV with a hdmi cord or by doing what we do…streaming it through a YouTube app with our Roku device.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow movie
date: 1980

cast: Jeff Goldbloom, Paul Sand, Meg Foster

runtime: 104 minutes

rating: PG

rating explanation: parental guidance

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I hope you enjoy these suggestions of super clean Halloween movies to watch with your family.  Apparently, Hulu heard that we watch everything including sports without cable and offered me a free trial link. I just signed up for a free month so I can check out the Season #1 Episode #1 S1 Pilot of the TV series of Sleepy Hollow.  It is different than the rated R movie and a modern tale full of incredible full of American history by the looks of the trailer.  Slightly scary + historical fiction = I’m all in.

Wish me luck because you know what a wimp I am with scary stuff.  Also, if I find that it has bad language or vulgar stuff as I’m screening it ahead of time for the fam, I’ll be gone.  Until next time, Happy Halloween, Y’all!


I’D LOVE YOU TO TELL ME WHICH ‘SQUEAKY CLEAN’ HALLOWEEN MOVIES I MISSED IN THE COMMENTS!





 

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Oktoberfest 2018: Best Places To Go & Family Friendly Things To Do

Want to experience Oktoberfest 2018 in the states while enjoying these fall festivals for the family fun – not the beer?! Oktoberfest celebrations can be about so much more than filling those steins – the parades, music, dancing, beautiful outdoor surroundings, yummy food, corn mazes, and contests that the whole family can enjoy. Not all Oktoberfests are kid-friendly, so check out this Southern guide to the best Oktoberfest 2018 places and things to do with the fam in tow.

Oktoberfest 2018 Girls dressed in German traditional costumes




Best Oktoberfest 2018 festivals

The very first time we traveled to Helen, Georgia in the fall, our son was young and all about discovering the great outdoors. He’s married and in his twenties now, but the Oktoberfest festival that we stumbled upon in that quaint little town about twenty years ago is still one of my fondest family vacation memories of his childhood.  Even though we weren’t drinkers (and still aren’t), there are ways to make the most of the autumn season with the best fall festivals around.

FAMILY FRIENDLY OKTOBERFEST IN GEORGIA 

Helen, Georgia is the alpine-style village that’s an adorable adaptation to Munich, Germany’s love for fun, music, and fall festivals with friends and family.  Here you can walk the quaint city streets, eating and shopping to your hearts desire while German music wafts in the background.  At this 48th Annual Oktoberfest, watch the parade, learn to polka, ride on a horse-drawn carriage, or visit the “Oompah-central,” a music and dancing hall with traditional German music and the most genuine German wursts and sausages you’ll ever put in your mouth.

ALABAMA OKTOBERFEST 2018

Head on over to Cullman, Alabama for a free event for the whole family at their 37th Annual Cullman Oktoberfest 2018!  At this fall festival that celebrates their German heritage, you’ll find German music and food vendors, families can enjoy unique crafts, talented artisans, a car show, jumpy house, kid contests, dancing, a dog show, farmer’s market, and more.

TWO-DAY OKTOBERFEST IN TENNESSEE

Don’t miss Chattanooga, Tennessee’s two-day fall festival in its 14th year!  Enjoy the sounds, sights, and yummy smells of German fare.  There will be entertainment, shopping, dancing, culinary delights, Oompah bands and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Chattanooga Oktoberfest.  This annual event is family-friendly fun for all.

SOUTH CAROLINA OKTOBERFEST

One of the most unique Oktoberfest celebrations in the South, the 12th Annual Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest is sure to bring a smile to all family members.  With over 50 vendors, kid activities, pony rides, live music, face painting, inflatables, and a fabulous pumpkin patch.  So. much. fun.

NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN OKTOBERFEST

The 28th Annual Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort is designed with bringing the whole family in mind.  As a matter of fact, the Valle Crucis Middle School band will remind you that you’re still in the good Ole USA.  On the schedule are arts and craft vendors, Bavarian food and drinks, costume contest, chairlift rides, a children’s fun center, and more.  Admission, parking, and even the shuttle service to and from the festival are all free.

COOLEST OKTOBERFEST IN FLORIDA

Those in Celebration, Florida claim that their Oktoberfest 2018 is the coolest family-friendly Oktoberfest in the Southeast.  It’s no wonder, because the Celebration Town Center transforms into a fall festival to remember.  Hop on a hayride, stroll the grounds, listen to incredible live music like America’s Got Talent finalist, Carly Jo Jackson, and participate in the fun of yodeling and crowd sing-a-longs.

I bet you don’t know how Oktoberfest started – Watch this!
I hope this Oktoberfest 2018 celebrations list is helpful.  I’d love to hear from you about it.

Know before you go to Oktoberfest 2018

Helen Oktoberfest: Sep 9th – Oct 28th – 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen, GA

Cullman Oktoberfest:  Oct. 3rd – Oct. 6th – Festhalle Platz, 209 1st Ave. NE., Cullman, AL

Chattanooga Oktoberfest:  Oct. 13th – Oct. 14th – 1801 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN

Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest:  Oct. 12th – 13th – 1150 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC

Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest:  Oct. 13th – Oct. 14th – 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Village of Sugar Mountain, NC

Oktoberfest Street Celebration:  Oct. 19th – 20th – 610-Sycamore St. Suite 220, Celebration, FL


Which of these Oktoberfest 2018 celebrations are you the most excited about?  Do you have any more in the South we should know about?  Tell us about it in the comments!




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Best East Coast Beaches: Our Pick For Florida’s Best Beach Sand + Water

You know that our family was on a quest for the best East Coast beaches for families this year and I promised that we’d share our results after our long Florida beaches tour.  We traveled from Northeast Florida all the way to Key West to compare beaches of Jensen, Jupiter, West Palm, Miami, Islamorada, Marathon, and Key West, Florida beaches. Whew! Which do you think we chose as the best East Coast beaches???
Key West Beach with hammock and palm trees for best east coast beaches




Best East Coast beaches

We were curious to discover the differences between the beach sand, atmosphere, shells, and water from one end of Florida to the other (Florida Gulf beaches, we’re coming for you next)! Our judging scale took into consideration the seclusion, sand, atmosphere, water clarity, and water color to choose the best East Coast beaches in Florida.  More details about each beach will be at the very end!

After a couple family discussions, we’ve narrowed down the results of our best East Coast beaches contest:

MIAMI BEACH 

It’s still incredibly surprising to us that Miami Beach was so unbelievably gorgeous and a place we are dying to revisit and spend more time.  Our Miami beach time was cut very short because we were on a mission to arrive at our first Florida Keys resort that day.  If we didn’t already have reservations further south, we could have definitely gotten lost on those white sandy beaches.  Don’t worry, we’ll return for a longer Miami family vacation and let you know why families should definitely take a vacation to Miami Beach with kids.

Miami beach with visitors, sand, and ocean for best East Coast beaches

Miami Beach

Miami Beach with Kids?!

JENSEN BEACH 

I wasn’t sure Jensen Beach would be worth driving a few miles off the interstate to Hutchinson Island.  We’d left the Florida Keys bright and early and were desperately searching for a great beach for the day.

We had already tried two beaches that ended in disappointment.  Bahia Honda State Park (in between Key West and Marathon) had no beach access due to lingering hurricane damage.  Jupiter Beach was had a rocky coastline covered in algae.  Ewww!

Apparently it makes a huge difference which beach access you choose on Hutchinson Island.  We weren’t technically at Jensen Beach Park but were just South of it – which was perfect!  It was secluded, had a huge free parking lot, bathrooms, volleyball, picnic pavilions, and a lifeguard.  As you can see from the image below, the sand was gorgeous and the water was crystal clear and the prettiest shade of blue.  WooHoo! We parked at the Jensen Beach parking lot at about this address -> 4065 Ocean Blvd.

Girl in Jensen Beach - Hutchinson Island Florida ocean for best East Coast beaches

The crystal clear ocean of Jensen Beach and Hutchinson Island

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KEY WEST BEACHES

Here’s the deal: one of the most amazing draws to the Florida Keys is the enormous coral reef that is world renown for diving and sportfishing.  This incredible barrier is also what protects the Keys but makes waves and the culmination of sand almost impossible.  It also creates a rocky bed along the seashore of the Keys and Key West.

I was determined to find white sandy beaches without a rocky seawall to access the beautiful turquoise waters of Key West.  Like I talked about in Key West Vacation Ideas, Higgs Beach and Fort Zachary have good beaches – they just may be different than what you are picturing.

However, Smathers Beach (public) and the private beach behind Casa Marina Resort, although manmade, had stunning white sand and beautiful turquoise waters.  We didn’t get to spend time at Smathers and I was so sad.  It was gorgeous.

The stunning, private beach behind the Casa Marina resort was the destination to begin the Barefoot Billy’s Jet Ski Adventure.  You’ll see in the footage below that the over 1,000 feet of private beach is full of swaying palm trees and luxury hammocks, as well as jet skis and other recreation.  Closer to the resort has quiet lounge chairs and massage opportunities – even for those that are not guests.

Key West beach with sign and jet skis for best East Coast beaches

Key West Private Beach at Casa Marina Resort

One of our favorite east coast beaches

It was a little hot and exhausting as we searched for the best beaches that Florida has to offer on the East Coast. It was all worth it though when we did find the white, fluffy sand and crystal blue waters. There’s nothing like a beautiful beach!


Which one of these on our family’s Best East Coast Beaches list will you visit first?  Share your experience with these beaches in the comments as well!


Know before you go

Miami Beach:  6261 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Jensen Beach:   4065 Ocean Blvd, Hutchinson Island, FL

Smathers Beach:  2601 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL

Casa Marina Beach:  1500 Reynolds St, Key West, FL




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Best Way To Clean Blinds Fast + Easy + Without Taking Them Down

The best way to clean blinds is what I wanted to figure out so that I could get it done fast and in the easiest way.  Amen?  I love sharing new cleaning hacks and easy recipes that I’m excited about with y’all so we can all get on to the fun stuff in life.  You may be surprised at what I found was the best way to clean blinds without taking them down.  I mean, who wants to take those suckers down? 

image of bedroom blinds and the best way to clean blinds




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Best Way to Clean Blinds Fast & Easy

Overwhelmed women have asked me how to clean blinds without taking them down because nobody has time for that!  AmIright?  With the following cleaning blinds hack, you could literally learn how to clean blinds correctly and be done in seconds.  I break down ideas on the best way to clean blinds depending on what you are starting with – no matter whether they are fabric or not.  This includes:

  • how to clean aluminum blinds
  • how to clean vinyl blinds
  • the best way to clean wood blinds
  • the best way to clean plantation shutters

#1 BEST WAY TO CLEAN BLINDS IF THE DUST IS THICK

Part A:  Swiping across the blinds quickly with a dustbuster does the job the best to remove thick layers of dust so that it doesn’t fly everywhere or make a huge mess.  If you do not own one of those, use the upholstery tool of your vacuum cleaner to perform the same action.

My favorite quick dusting tool
Part B:  Then dip two long socks into a bowl of hot water soapy with Dawn detergent and them wring out the water. Put the damp socks on your hands and forearms and run your left thumb and pointer finger along the top blind, touching the top and bottom at the same time.  Do the same with your right hand on the second blind at the same time.  The idea is to act like you are performing a puppet show with those hands and clean two blinds at a time – top and bottom.

OR…

Take two dry socks on your arms and dip them in soapy (Dawn) water and then use one hand to lay blinds flat while the other hand swipes from left to right along the blinds or shutters.  Don’t forget to turn the blinds the opposite way and do the other side as well!

#2 BEST WAY TO CLEAN BLINDS IF THE DUST IS NOT THICK

If there isn’t much dust on your blinds or you are performing maintenance on cleaning your blinds, then your method is simple.  Follow the direction given in Part B in the previous paragraph.  When you are done, simply wash the socks and save them for next time.

Socks as your dusting tool are the quick and cheap way to go.  If you prefer to have a real dusting tool, try the duster brush with microfiber sleeves. I also highly recommend having an air purifier or two in your home as I mentioned in my how to dust post.

brush with microfiber sleeves
 

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Getting to the point where you are just “touching up” a couple times a month, as in example #2 above, is ideally where you want to be. Depending on whether you live in suburbia, a big city full of smog, or on a rural dirt road, your timetable will be different from other people.

My suggestion is to set a reminder on your phone (yes, I’m serious) for a week from now and see if your blinds need to be cleaned weekly.  If not, set it to every other week.

Don’t put it off – go set a timer and get it done, friend.  You’ll be amazed how quickly you can really know this cleaning hack out!


I’d love you to add to this with your best way to clean blinds tips below in the comments!


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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes: Easy + Moist + Delicious + Dairy Free

My gluten free pumpkin cupcakes recipe began as a kitchen experiment for the season. My (VERY PICKY) family went so crazy over these sweet, light, and fluffy pumpkin spice cupcakes that I don’t have to add icing to them.  They’re just that good and they disappear fast – true story!  Yep, you’ll want to check out this super easy recipe with normal ingredients that results in moist and delicious gluten free pumpkin cupcakes (shhh – that no one will ever know are gluten free and dairy free too)!

Gluten-free Pumpkin Cupcakes on wood table


 

Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes

That’s the way our easy, delicious recipes roll around here these days – without gluten or dairy, but trust me, no one will taste the difference! This recipe is so easy because you start with a cake mix, and a couple normal ingredients, and poof, you’ve got incredibly tasty cupcakes that would even be perfect for cozy fall mornings with a cup o’ joe.

GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN CUPCAKES INGREDIENTS

1 (15 oz) Great Value Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix (gluten, dairy, and soy free)
6 Tbsp. butter, soft (I use Smart Balance dairy free butter)
3 eggs (room temperature, if possible)
3/4 cup milk (I used Silk Almond Milk)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 heaping Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
3 Tbsp. maple syrup

GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN CUPCAKES INSTRUCTIONS

There’s a printable recipe card below, but here’s the basic idea –>

After following instructions on the back of this specific gluten free cake mix, add pumpkin, syrup, and pumpkin pie spice, mix and pour into cupcake tins. Bake for about 25 minutes and you are done.

Easy Peasy!

Here’s your printable recipe card for my gluten free pumpkin cupcakes:

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes: Easy + Moist + Delicious + Dairy Free
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz) Great Value Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix (gluten, dairy, and soy free)
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, soft (I use Smart Balance dairy free butter)
  • 3 eggs (room temperature, if possible)
  • ¾ cup milk (I used Silk Almond Milk)
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Follow directions on the back of Gluten Free cake mix
  2. Add canned pumpkin.
  3. Add maple syrup.
  4. Add Pumpkin Pie Spice.
  5. Stir well until there aren't any lumps.
  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Do not overcook.
  8. *optional - frost with your favorite icing.
  9. Our cupcakes never last long enough to get icing! 😉
 

Since this recipe turned out so moist and tasty, I plan to test out more gluten free, dairy free pumpkin recipes this season – and I’ll tell you all about it when I do!  Just so you know, these gluten free pumpkin spice cupcakes are addictive – proceed with caution!

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I hope you trust me on this one, these babies are amazing! You might better plan to make two batches because the first one will be gone in a jiffy!


READY TO BAKE YOUR GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN CUPCAKES RECIPE? TELL ME WHEN YOU DO AND LIST ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE IN THE COMMENTS



 

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