Pumpkin Pop Tarts – A Fun, Easy Holiday Breakfast!

Have I mentioned that I love Pinterest? Well, I do because it brings me ideas like this one: Pumpkin Pop Tarts! Which is really just an excuse to eat something that tastes an awful lot like pumpkin pie but is way easier and faster to make for breakfast! Actually, I thought these were better than pumpkin pie. The filling was sweet with that cinnamon spice but didn’t have the denser texture of pumpkin pie. And the crust with the glaze on it was just yummy! We made them for breakfast on Thanksgiving. They were delicious and the perfect start to our holiday. But, I’m sure we will be making them again in the future. They’d be great for any holiday or even just a fun Saturday morning breakfast with your family.

Pumpkin Pop Tarts
Ingredients
1 cup Pumpkin Puree
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or you could do 1/4 tsp nutmeg & 1/4 tsp cinnamon if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice) or more/less to taste
1 box refrigerated pie crust such as Pillsbury

For Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, sugar, egg, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

Pumpkin Pop Tarts

Unroll your refrigerated pie crust and cut out your pop tart shapes. We used heart shaped cookie cutters for this because that’s what we had on hand, but pumpkins would be really cute, too. Or you can just use a knife to cut out rectangles to look like traditional pop tarts. Spoon a small amount of the filling into the center of each shape. Place another cutout of crust on top and use a fork to seal the edges of the pop tart together. Make two small cuts in the top crust of each tart to vent. Place the pop tarts on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until top crust is lightly browned and filling is bubbly.

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While the pop tarts are baking, mix together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add more milk if necessary to achieve desired consistency. Once finished baking, brush or drizzle glaze over warm pop tarts. Best served warm.

pop tarts

Salted Caramel Cookie Cups Recipe — Our New Favorite!

We have a new favorite cookie in our house. These yummy Salted Caramel Cookie Cups have replaced our previous favorite, the Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie, which I never thought would happen. But, they are sooooo good! They’re also super simple to make, which means my little helpers can lend a hand, which they LOVE!

Little Baking Helpers Salted Caramel Cookie Cups
Baking can be a really fun activity to do with your kiddos, even when they’re as young as mine. It helps develop math skills, motor skills, a sense of responsibility and helpfulness when it comes to contributing to the family. Donovan helps put the paper cups in the muffin tin, measure the ingredients and add them to the mixer, and, his favorite, turn the mixer on and off as we add more ingredients. He loves how it “spins really, really fast, Mommy!” Avery doesn’t really help with much yet, but he loves standing on a chair at the counter and banging the measuring cups around…or as in the picture above, adding the car keys to the muffin tin. He feels included, we all have a good time, and we end up with super yummy treats!

Salted Caramel Cookie Cups Recipe
I’ve already had several requests for this recipe from friends and family since I first made it for a cookie exchange before Christmas…and my husband has asked for them repeatedly. Trust me, this is one you will want to try…and then make again and again. SCROLL DOWN FOR RECIPE

 Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup caramel bits
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
Servings: Cookie Cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place paper liners in a standard size muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla extract until well blended. Add baking powder and egg and beat until well blended. Mix in flour a little at a time, beating until just combined.
  3. Scoop dough by rounded tablespoons into each muffin cup. Make a small indentation in the top of each cookie. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies start to brown a little.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and place the caramel pieces on top of each cookie, pressing down a bit to keep them in place. Bake again for an additional 5-6 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with coarse salt. Cool in pan for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Protein Packed PB&J Green Smoothie Recipe — Target Breakfast Twist

*This is a sponsored post. The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op and Target Breakfast Twist. I received a package of breakfast foods from Target for the purposes of this green smoothie recipe creation. All opinions are my own.

Breakfast is so important for getting your day off to the right start, but if you’re like me, then you end up feeding your kids a good breakfast and forget to feed yourself. I end up grabbing a granola bar as we run out the door to get to school because I’ve been so busy getting everyone else fed and ready to go that I ran out of time for me to eat. But, I love smoothies, and so do my boys. So on busy mornings these can be a great Target Breakfast Twist to get us off to a healthy, well balanced start. This PB&J Protein Green Smoothie recipe is one of our new favorites. It’s easy to make, can be eaten on the go, and is FULL of healthy stuff. There’s not actually any jelly in it, but it reminded me of peanut butter and jelly since it has PB and mixed berries. You can find the ingredients you need at Target.

My favorite thing about the PB&J Protein Green Smoothie is that it really is a well balanced meal in a glass. It has protein, fiber, whole grains, fruit, healthy fat, and veggies all in one. I especially like the veggies. It can be hard to get a veggie in that early in the morning, but this gets a whole serving of veggies in first thing! And it tastes good, too! My three year old gave it a try and told me “Yum! That’s a delicious smoothie, Mommy.” This particular recipe is really easy to customize, too. If you’re dairy free, substitute your favorite nut milk. Don’t like peanut butter? Try almond or cashew butter. Nut free? Try soy or rice milk with Sunbutter instead of peanut butter. Want to add even more superfood goodness? Add a tablespoon of chia seeds. Make the smoothie whatever you want it to be!

Sesame Place’s Halloween Spooktacular!

*Disclosure: I received a complementary ticket and a discount on additional tickets for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

Our family had such a Spooktacular time on our first trip to Sesame Place last week! Having recently moved to northern Virginia, we were very excited to be within driving distance of Sesame Place, located in Langhorne, PA just outside Philadelphia. It’s an entire amusement park geared toward families with young children. Donovan, at four years old, was big enough to ride all of the rides, and Avery, at two years old, was only too small for two of them! In the whole park!

The size of the park is great for small kids, too. It’s got plenty of things to keep them entertained all day, but it’s not so big that you feel like you’ve been dragged halfway across the world by the end of the day. Most of the lines weren’t terribly long, either. I think the longest we waited all day was about 15 minutes. And we had beautiful fall sunshine throughout the day—no melting in the hot summer sun!

Right now, they have The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular in full swing. The park is decorated for Halloween, and there are Trick or Treat stations set up throughout for the kids to collect some treats. They also have several special attractions for the event, including the Count’s Un-Haunted Halloween Maze. The boys loved the wonky mirrors and finding all the numbers and animals hidden throughout the twists and turns.

Donovan’s favorite ride was the swings. He was scared to get on it, but he was brave and ended up loving it. He asked to go on it again later that day.

Avery, as usual, liked the carousel best—that kid would literally ride a carousel all day long if we let him.

Unfortunately, nearly half the park is water rides which are closed for the season. But, they looked like so much fun! We are already planning a trip back next summer to check them out. The lazy river looked especially fun…it was really long! And Avery kept asking why we couldn’t go play on the water structures…he’s definitely a water bug. But, we had an amazing time, despite the closures.

If you live on the east coast and have small children, Sesame Place is definitely not to be missed. It was so nice to be in a place geared specifically toward little kids, where they could ride and participate in everything. They also have various opportunities to meet the Sesame Street characters, though we skipped those since our kids are not fans of costumed characters. Right now, Sesame Place is open only on weekends, and will reopen daily in summer of 2015. Check out their website for more information and ticketing: Sesame Place. We will definitely be going back!