Sunday, October 30, 2016

Monster Bark {Halloween Candy Bark}


As soon as I saw this Halloween Candy Bark on the front cover of Kroger's My Magazine, I knew we had to make it.  It just looks so silly and fun for little ones!  

So the kids and I dubbed it "Monster Bark" and had a blast making it together this Halloween!


Monster Bark (Halloween Candy Bark)
(Original recipe by Kroger)

Ingredients:

Chocolate candy coating (near the chocolate chips in the baking aisle)
Halloween candy of your choice, such as:
Gummy worms
Candy eyes
M&Ms
Candy corn
Pretzels
Sprinkles
Peanuts
Whatever you'd like!


Directions:

1.  Melt the chocolate in a covered saucepan on the lowest setting on your stove top.  Stir with a spatula and watch carefully.  Be patient!  Do not overheat or the chocolate will caramelize.

2.  Place parchment paper at the bottom of a 9x13.

3.  When chocolate is melted, pour onto the parchment paper.  Spread chocolate evenly (being careful not to make it too thin).

4.  Decorate with Halloween candy while the chocolate is still warm.

5.  Refrigerate until hardened.  Cut and serve!

Notes:

It took 20 minutes for 1/2 lb. of chocolate to melt on our stove.

In the magazine article, Kroger suggested putting the pieces in pudding cups.  It would look so cute in dirt pudding!


We absolutely loved making and eating this sweet and silly dessert!  So if you want a fun and cute treat to make with your kids this Halloween, you should definitely make this Monster Bark!

Happy Halloween!

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This post was NOT sponsored by Kroger - I just love their magazine and shopping there for our groceries!


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Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Favorites {The Cubs, Halloween, and the Saints}


Happy Halloween!

Here are our random favorites for this fun and tiring week!


The Cubs!
Jim has been a fan since he was a kid, but baseball isn't my thing, so I'm basically a fan by marriage.   I have watched almost every Cubs game during the playoffs though, and I can actually say that I've enjoyed it!  The Cubs are fun to watch this year!

It's been fun watching the kids get excited about the Cubs too.  I am so happy for my husband that they are finally in the World Series!  I sure hope they win!!!


Halloween
Our first night of trick-or-treating was last night - and we had a blast!  Elsa, Spiderman, and our little hobbit Samwise had a great time getting lots of treats!

Have you been trick-or-treating yet?  What are your kids for Halloween this year?


As you can see, our little hobbit loved examining his second dessert...


My little hobbits in 2012!

Memories
J and B were hobbits a few years ago - I loved breaking out their old costumes for L!  These are my all-time favorite costumes of theirs (and I made them too!)  Is there anything cuter than a curly-haired toddler dressed up like a hobbit?!

J's baptism in 2011

More Memories
Five years ago this week, we officially adopted J and she was baptized.  I can't believe it's been 5 years!  Our little girl isn't so little anymore!


Saints & Sayings Necklaces
My friend Maria (at Ave Maria Faith Crafts) released her new line of necklaces this week, and they are gorgeous!

Maria can make a necklace with pretty much any saint and their quote on it for you.  So I am getting matching necklaces for myself and my daughter that feature St. Thérèse of Lisieux (pictured below), but customized with my favorite quote of hers: My vocation is love.  I can't wait til it's ready!!!



They're only $15 with free shipping til the end of the month (with code ANNIVERSARYSALE15).  You can get one of her Saints & Sayings necklaces here.  (Email her at faithcrafts@hotmail.com for custom orders.)


Maria and I are also giving one away!  You can enter here or below.  Also check out my Facebook page and Instagram for extra entries!


The fine print:  Any necklace qualifies for the giveaway!  The winner may even choose a custom order as well, provided that the saint of their choosing is currently depicted on a medal.  If the winner is located outside of the United States, the winner will need to pay shipping.  Contest ends October 30th at midnight.  Winner will be announced here on November 1st.  Thanks and good luck!

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So what have you been up to this week?  

Have a beautiful weekend and a fun Halloween!

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"We shall find our little ones again up above." -St. Zélie Martin

This printable is only $2 for all of October (which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month) in remembrance of all the little souls lost. Please know our prayers are with you and your family!

One customer shared with me a little of her story and how she used her printable to remember her baby.  You can see it here.  It is beautiful!  My prayers are with all of you who have a lost a little one!

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Saints & Sayings Necklace Giveaway from Ave Maria Faith Crafts {Tuesday Talk #95}

 Saints & Sayings Necklaces by Ave Maria Faith Crafts

I'm so excited to share this brand new line of beautiful saints necklaces with you...and give you a chance to win one!

My friend Maria from Ave Maria Faith Crafts came up with her Saints & Sayings line as the result of her deep love for the saints and their legacy.  She wanted to create a wearable reminder that would inspire us to be the best versions of ourselves and to live our Catholic faithfully and boldly.

Aren't they so beautiful?! 

  Saints & Sayings Necklaces by Ave Maria Faith Crafts

My favorite part is that you can customize your necklace to feature just about any saint or quote attributed to them!

I am getting matching necklaces for myself and my daughter that feature St. Thérèse of Lisieux (pictured below), but customized with my favorite quote of hers: My vocation is love.

  Saints & Sayings Necklaces by Ave Maria Faith Crafts

The one-inch medal and quote are accompanied by a handmade charm showcasing either an item or colors associated with the saint.

  Saints & Sayings Necklaces by Ave Maria Faith Crafts

During the month of October, her Saints & Sayings necklaces are only $15!  

Use the promo code ANNIVERSARYSALE15 at checkout to get your necklace for only $15 (plus FREE shipping in the U.S.!)  The price will go up to $18 on November 1st so don't wait!

  Saints & Sayings Necklaces by Ave Maria Faith Crafts

You can order one of her Saints & Sayings necklaces for only $15 (with free shipping!) at Ave Maria Faith Crafts starting today (with the promo code ANNIVERSARYSALE15)!

If you would like a custom necklace, please contact Maria by email at faithcrafts@hotmail.com or by messaging her at Ave Maria Faith Crafts on Etsy(You can read all of the customization details below*.)

  Saints & Sayings Necklaces by Ave Maria Faith Crafts

Ok, on to the giveaway!

Maria and I have teamed up to give you a chance to win one of her Saints & Sayings necklaces!
Win one for yourself or give as the perfect gift to a loved one!

Enter below and good luck!

This giveaway will run from October 25 - October 30.
Winner will be announced on November 1 - All Saints' Day! 

  Saints & Sayings Necklaces by Ave Maria Faith Crafts

There will be more ways to enter on Facebook and Instagram this week so be sure to follow along and grab some extra entries there! 

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The fine print:  Any necklace qualifies for the giveaway!  The winner may even choose a custom order as well, provided that the saint of their choosing is currently depicted on a medal.  If the winner is located outside of the United States, the winner will need to pay shipping.  Thanks and good luck!
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Which one of the Saints and Sayings necklaces is your favorite?

Good luck and Happy Tuesday!

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*Customization details:  Your custom Saints & Sayings necklace can be customized to feature just about any saint and quote.  The quote may need to be shortened in order to fit. The stamped letters' color can be customized as well, with choices of black, red, blue, pink, and green. Each necklace is hand stamped and is about 20 inches long (but the length can be customized).  To order a custom necklace, please contact Maria by email at faithcrafts@hotmail.com or by messaging her at Ave Maria Faith Crafts on Etsy.


Ok, on to the party!

Welcome to Tuesday Talk #95!
Let's connect!

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