Monday, November 30, 2015

Irish Fairy Door - Review and GIveaway

I received product for review from The Irish Fairy Door Company.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Full of wonder and imagination, The Irish Fairy Door Company helps fairies relocate into homes and gardens all over the world.  Handcrafted fairy doors help the magical creatures go between our world and Fairyland.
 
If you know a child who is in awe of fairies, The Irish Fairy Door Company is a wonderful online shop that creates doors and accessories to build upon the magic of fairies.
 
I received the Blue Arched Irish Fairy Door for review.  It came with a magic key in a bottle, three stepping stones, the Family / Fairy Lease Agreement, a notepad for your fairy and the Fairy Welcome Guide.  The lease agreement was rolled up into a scroll, and contains rules that the humans and fairies should abide by.  The Welcome Guide tells a story and gives info on how to use the Fairy Door. Some of the pieces in the kit are small and not suitable for younger children.

 
The premise of a fairy door is to pick a special place to put your fairy door and stepping stones, and leave the magic key beside it.  If your magic key is gone in the morning, your fairy has arrived!
 
Once you have ownership of an Irish Fairy Door, you can register your fairy's name on The Fairy Workplace Log on the website.  Once that's done, your child can read exclusive stories, see how many other fairies are registered with the same name, and receive fun ideas delivered direct from Fairy Valley on a weekly basis.
 
The Irish Fairy Door I own is set upon a ledge in my living room.  My nieces love coming over and writing a note to the fairy (who's been named Gemstone), then later checking to see if the magical key is gone.  It's sparked imagination, brought forth creativity, and has even helped with behavior. 
 
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Fall Party Supplies at Wholesale Party Supplies - Review

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
 
This year, mine was the host home for Thanksgiving.  With almost thirty people in attendance, there was a lot of noise and camaraderie.  I have to say this was one of the best Thanksgivings I've ever had and that was in part due to Wholesale Party Supplies.  Rather than fret and stress about matching partyware, I was able to get a entire kit that coordinated perfectly.
 
I received the Rustic Fall Ultimate Kit and it went well with the theme for the day.  The kit has supplies for a party of eight.  Items included in the kit are:
 
◦8 Rustic Fall Dessert Plates
◦16 Rustic Fall Lunch Napkins
◦8 Rustic Fall 9oz Cups
◦8 Forks / Spoons / Knives
◦1 Rustic Fall Plastic Tablecover
◦24 Rustic Fall Beverage Napkins
◦8 Rustic Fall 9" Large Plates
◦16 Rustic Fall Guest Towels
◦1 Happy Scarecrow 38" Fall Balloon
◦2 Orange Metallic Round 18" Balloons
◦2 Yellow Mylar Star Balloons
◦Orange Foil Balloon Weight
◦Solid Curling Ribbon
◦Fall Leaves Foil Spray Centerpiece
◦2 Solid Color Streamers
 
I set up the partyware in my kitchen and living room for a festive atmosphere.  I took the helium balloons in to a local store and purchased helium for them to be blown up.  The scarecrow balloon, especially, was super adorable.  The plastic utensils were not cheaply made, and the napkins and plates held up when food was put on them.

Although I had more than eight people who attended the Thanksgiving dinner, the Ultimate Kit was a nice addition to the other supplies I had on hand.  Guests loved the overall look and how it went well with the holiday.
 
 
I know that Thanksgiving is over, but I will not hesitate to use Wholesale Party Supplies for other holidays and events.  They have a wonderful selection of merchandise for Christmas that would add a jubilant mood to any space. 
 
Wholesale Party Supplies also has a Facebook page with adorable craft ideas to liven any party.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sausage and Sage Stuffing - Recipe

A few weeks ago we attended a dinner where a friend made stuffing.  It was one of the best stuffing recipes I've ever tried and she was kind enough to give me the recipe.  My son re-created the recipe at Thanksgiving and it went over well.
 
 
Sausage and Sage Stuffing
 
Brown 1 lb. Bob Evans Sage Sausage in skillet.  Drain sausage.  Place one stick of butter in same frying pan with 1 medium diced onion and 2-3 stalks of diced celery.  Sautee for approximately 8-10 minutes.  Add 1 tsp. thyme and 1 1/2 tsp. sage.  Add sausage back in and sauté for 2 minutes.
 
In large bowl, tear Italian or French bread into bite size pieces.  Add sausage mixture.  Pour in one 32 oz. box of chicken stock or broth.  Then mix in one beaten egg.
 
Spread everything out in a 13x9 greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, 10 minutes.
 
Enjoy!

Accentuate - Card Game Review and Giveaway

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I grew up playing games with my family and passed that tradition on when I had kids of my own.  We still get together from time to time and spend hours playing board and card games.  A new one that we've played a few times is Accentuate.  It's a game that boasts a simple yet humiliating premise: repeat a given quotation aloud in a randomly selected accent and see if teammates can guess what it is.

 This card game features 30 different drawls from around the globe, a third of which are British dialects.  Some others include German, Australian, newsboy, and ape accents.  Players have just 30 seconds to give out one of the 90 quotations in their allotted accent.  To further add challenge to the game, there is a dice to roll that gives you different options.  For instance, you can swap or pass if your dice rolls on that option.  The winning team is the one with the most points, meaning the person who can best guess the accents.

Accentuate is simple to play yet hard to do!  I don't do well with accents and obviously can't talk some accents to save my soul.  It is fun, though, to see everyone try to do their best or even figure out how they are to convey what they want to say.

Accentuate comes complete with 90 Accent Cards featuring 30 different accents from around the globe (each repeated three times), 90 different Quotation Cards, a timer and a dice to select game‐play options. This game is  ideal for livening up festive visits to family and friends this Christmas.

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Limited Edition Star Wars: The Force Awakens™ popchips® - Review

 I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
 
I won't purchase merchandise or food based mainly on a character or celebrity endorsement. I don't have a lot of purchasing sway that way. But I know kids tend to gravitate towards edibles that feature popular characters and colorful graphics. I have no problem buying such food products as long as I believe in the actual food or drink itself, not just the packaging.
 
One snack option that is sometimes available at my house are popchips® , crunchy potato snacks that are heated in a pressurized chamber and then quickly released.  They're flavorful and airy with a crunch.

popchips®, the innovative popped snack company, will offer unique, Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed product at retailers nationwide for a limited time. They are available in three of its most popular flavors including Barbeque Potato, Crazy Hot and Sea Salt. The product packaging features characters from the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, giving fans and moviegoers an exciting snack option prior to the film’s debut.

While my kids are older, they still enjoyed these limited-edition popchips.  My teen boys are excited about the new Star Wars movie coming out and liked the packaging of the popchips with characters from the film.  Although we like all three available flavors, most of us voted Sea Salt as our favorite.

Chocolate Text Cyberweek Deal

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A couple of weeks ago I did a review for ChocolateText.com.  The company specializes in personalized messages with letters, numbers and symbols.  You can either create your own message or choose from their pre-made selection. 

Cyberweek is going on starting tomorrow Chocolate Text!

Receive 10% off at checkout by using code CYBERWEEK. This deal runs 11/30-12/6.

HomeAway™ Travel Organizer Kit - Review

I received product for review from Solvit.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Today just happens to be my dog's 2nd birthday!  Happy birthday to Helen Harley Heck!  We've had her since she was a wee pup and to say she's spoiled is an understatement.   Once in a while we take Helen with us on nature walks or to overnight stays when we go somewhere.  The HomeAway™ Travel Organizer Kit works well for those occasions.
 
Brown in color with black trim, the kit comes with an Organizer Bag, a 1-liter Water Bottle, a 10-cup Food Storage Bag, and two collapsible Travel Bowls.  And there's still plenty of room left to add other supplies like medications, toys, and "poopy" bags. 

water bottle, collapsible bowls and food storage bag
 
The Organizer Bag itself is quite roomy and has carrying handle and straps.  There are zippered pockets on the outside and a couple ventilated pockets to store damp items.  One feature that I found to be quite useful with the bag is that there's a "poopy bag" dispenser on the front.  It makes it easier to just grab one and tear it off when the dog does its business. 
 
The Food Storage Bag holds enough dry food to last a medium-size dog for a handful of days.  It is fully lined, so the bag is easy to clean. Plus, it includes a convenient carry handle. The Water Bottle is made from crystal polycarbonate, and is BPA-free. 
inside of bag with included contents
 
I've had the occasion to use this bag three times.  I like that Helen has her own bag for her own essentials and I don't have to mix her stuff in with mine.  The materials of the products make it easy to clean up after any spills that are made.  I liken it to a diaper bag for dogs.  It holds what they need when on-the-go.
 

The Runaway Santa - Children's Book Review

I received book for review from Sky Pony Press.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
 
Once there was a jolly Santa who wanted to leave the North Pole on a worldwide vacation! He decides he wants to visit Mount Rushmore and see the stone faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Then he’ll ski the silky slopes of the Swiss Alps. And after that, he’ll ride an elephant in South Africa on a safari. Santa is eager for a new adventure, but Mrs. Claus isn’t so sure he’s ready just yet. Before he takes off, she’s going to make sure he’s got his rock climbing gear. And his skis, and his hat. He must be ready!

It isn’t long before Santa realizes that maybe his adventure would be more fun with a friend. Mrs. Claus is clearly an expert adventurer herself, and so the two take off together on a runaway adventure. They have a little time before Christmas, after all, and everybody needs a break sometimes!
My Review:

A hardcover book that's perfect to read with children during the Christmas season, The Runaway Santa tells of how Santa Claus feels he needs to go on vacation.  With much patience, Mrs. Claus listens as Santa tells all the places he's going to go.  He describes what he'll do in Australia, South Africa, China, and other far-away places.  Mrs. Claus is cooperative the whole time, explaining what he will need to take and agreeing that she just wants him to be jolly on whatever vacation he chooses.  Santa decides in the end that it's better to be on vacation with Mrs. Claus, rather than go out on his own.
 
This book is geared for younger children, from Preschool to Kindergarten.  The illustrations are charming, and children will get glimpses of some activities that go on in different countries.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fill Your Stockings with Colgate Total - Giveaway

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Colgate is an oral hygiene brand that is frequently used in our household. I trust the brand and its products have been used in our daily routines because we know our teeth and gums come out at their best.  Colgate Total toothpaste, mouthwash, and toothbrushes will be going in each of my kids' stockings this year. 
 
Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste contains a multi-active formula that helps repair early teeth and gum damage before you may know it even exists. Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste also helps remineralize weakened enamel to help prevent cavities and strengthen teeth, and help improve gum health by killing bacteria that cause gingivitis.

Colgate Total® Gum Health Mouthwash has an advanced germ-fighting formula that forms a protective shield along the gum line and protects against bacteria. With twice-daily use, it’s clinically proven to deliver 45% stronger, healthier gums.

Colgate Total® offers a broad portfolio of products that provide a range of oral care benefits. Each product has a formula that helps improve the health of your mouth.  Take charge of your oral health with confidence. For more information, visit www.colgatetotal.com/dailyrepair
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Two people will each win a Colgate Total prize pack that includes Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste, Colgate Total Gum Health Mouthwash, and a Colgate® 360°® Total® Advanced Floss-Tip Bristles Toothbrush.
 
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"Paw It Forward" with Morris the Cat This Holiday Season

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Hey Heck of a Bunch readers! Morris the Cat, from 9Lives cat food, here. (You may have thought that a cat's only computer skills involve laying on the keyboard while others are trying to use it, but in fact, we are very tech savvy.)

For those of you who don't know me, I've starred in over fifty 9Lives cat food commercials, am an advo-cat for kitty rescue, and was even crowned one of Advertising's Greatest Icons by the Museum of Broadcast Communications. (But I must say, I took issue with this honor. I didn't know I was *advertising* **all those years... I just really love 9Lives!)

In case you couldn't guess, I'm purr-ty much an expert when it comes to eating, and that's the subject of my next venture. I know we just had Thanksgiving and you may have promised yourself you were never going to eat again. But trust me, your appetite will come around like a good old friend and when it does, I want you to be ready!

I also thought since we just had a day to give thanks, we should now take a moment to give back. After all, December 1st is Giving Tuesday, a day people all around the world have dedicated to affecting 'pawsitive' change. Lucky for you, giving back is as easy as using your opposable thumbs. With those two bad boys – and the rest of your fingers – you can help feed a kitty in need. Watch this video to find out how. (Spoiler Alert: It's totally FREE!)



I don't know about you but all this meowing about food has gotten me hungry.

I've made it my mission to help cats and humans eat well – and by extension – live well. (I've often said the key to life can be found in your food dish.) With that in mind, I invite you to check out my Official Guide to Eating, Munching, Snacking and More (http://prospurr.9lives.com/). If you've ever caught yourself inhaling your food between errands or carting your human kittens around... or if you mindlessly shovel in your dinner while catching up on the latest episode of "Meownton Abbey" or "Silicon Alleycat"... then this guide is for you!

In it, you'll learn how to eat like the true foodie you were meant to be. On my site Prospurr.9Lives.com (http://prospurr.9lives.com/), you can also enter to win a customized drivable cooler, so if you do have to eat on the go, you can do so in style. And don't forget to tweet #MorrisFeeds to give hungry kitties the gift of a tasty hearty 9Lives meal.

On that note, my stomach is starting to rumble. What's on the menu tonight, you ask? 9Lives Lean & Tasty and a side of Meaty Paté with Real Chicken. For a beverage I'll be enjoying some delicious tap water. How about you?

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs - Review and Giveaway

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Founded in 1999, Calendars.com brings together the latest Internet technology with the world's largest calendar inventory to create the Web's biggest and best calendar store. Calendars.com also has a great selection of games, puzzles and gifts. Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters in December. The Star Wars merchandise available at Calendars.com would make nice gifts for fans of the movie.

My husband isn't exactly Star Wars crazed.  He couldn't quote any lines from the movie if his life depended on it.  But, in his defense, he has watched the movies a few times and likes them in general.  What he likes more than Star Wars is grilling out.  He's a meat-flippin' machine.  And he's got an arsenal of grilling tools.  Which is why he was super stoked to receive the Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs.

The Darth Vader-inspired barbeque tongs are shaped just like his famous weapon. Functional and fun, the tongs also feature classic Lightsaber sound effects.  The tongs require batteries for sound, and they have a locking mechanism to lock them closed when not in use.  The handles are plastic and heatproof, while the tongs are made of metal.  A red circular tube can be used for storage, and to make it look even more like a Lightsaber.   

Jason is a goofball and gets a kick out of using these BBQ tongs while he's grilling.  I'm not so sure what Star Wars character he thinks he is, but he swears he's fighting the bad guys while cooking the food.  The BBQ tongs keep him entertained while he's busy cooking up the grub.  It's a fun novelty item/grilling tool.

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Several Sweet Deals from Zak Designs

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Zak Designs makes everyday meals a little more special by creating safe, innovative and fashionable products that add a touch of color and an element of fun to tables around the world.  Right now they are offering several promotions.

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Six More November Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The new winner of the Green Toys Sport Boat giveaway is #44, Burning Moon.

The winner of the Star Wars Stormtrooper Mug giveaway is #52, Charlene S.

The winner of the Zest Fruitboost Body Wash giveaway is #16, Kathleen.

The winner of the ESV Journaling Bible giveaway is #12, Pam C.

The winner of the Carved Creations giveaway is #9, tat2gurlzrock.

The winner of the Classic Etch A Sketch giveaway is #72, Amanda W.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out and enter my currently active giveaways.  They're all listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Things I'm Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Later today I will be committing gluttony.  And my stomach will hate me for it.  I'm hosting a feast in my home for family.  About 30 people will be crowded in the living room and kitchen.  Fingers crossed that all goes well.

I have a lot to be thankful for, and here are just a few of those things:

1.  God's grace and mercy - Call me what you will but I'm proud to be a Christian and know I have hope and an eternal home.  Just because I claim Jesus as my Lord and Savior doesn't make my life any better or any easier than anyone else.  But it makes it worthwhile. 

2.  A secure job - I've been a 911 Dispatcher for eleven years.  People fighting and having heart attacks are my job security. 

3.  An amazing husband - Jason isn't perfect, but he's the perfect one for me.  I'm amazed at how much he will put up with from me.  He knows my Ins and Outs, and does everything possible to make sure my life is easier.  I couldn't imagine a more perfect husband.

4.  Six well-adjusted kids - I know that most all moms think their kids are the best.  And for them, they probably are.  I came into the relationship with three kids and Jason did the same.  For being a blended family of six kids, I absolutely can't complain with how well they've turned out.  All of them are teens and above now.  None have gotten arrested, afflicted, or addicted.  That's gotta count for something. 

5.  A super kind and helpful son - Not to play favorites (because I love all the kids) but Adam has went above and beyond with helping me take care of my mother while she's ill.  He's the 16 year-old and should have better things to worry about than whether or not his grandma is going to be okay.  He's been by my side through all of her illness.  He's watched me cry, he's drove me to the hospital more than anyone should have to, and he's spent many an hour in the Emergency Room with me.  It's not a burden a teenager should bear, but he does it.  Even when I tell him he can take a break and be a normal kid, he declines.  It's second nature to him, and I honestly don't think he'd have it any other way.

6.  A supportive church family - I'm not much of an extrovert.  In fact, I've been called intimidating.  I have no room for drama or fake friendships.  I have a wall over my heart that takes a mighty sledgehammer to break.  Since being active in the church and being with a group of people with the same beliefs, I've learned that it's okay to let people in and that people can and do genuinely care.  My Small Group has literally dropped everything they were doing (including supper at Applebee's) and have showed up at the hospital to pray over my mom.  Without question or hesitation. 

7. White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino - I know it's minor but the Heavens parted when I discovered this amazing drink at the gas station.  I've never stepped foot inside a Starbucks (and doubt I ever do) but I recently came across this amazing drink.  It's liquid gold to my mouth.

What are you thankful for this year?  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser Gift Set - Review

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I've been hearing a lot about essential oils and know a few people that swear by them.  I've had interest in essential oils but found that a lot of the oils or diffusers are somewhat expensive.  

I recently had the opportunity to try a diffuser gift set that includes two essential oils, and it's very affordable.  The GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser Gift Set is available for purchase at Walmart and it costs a low price of $19.99.  

The GuruNanda diffuser included in the gift set uses ultrasonic waves to work with water and natural essential oils, and produces mist for aromatherapy, humidifying and purifying the space. When the included natural essential oils are used with the diffuser, they are very relaxing, calming, and soothing.  The two essential oils included are peppermint and lavender.  Peppermint is known to be energizing and refreshing, while lavender works to calm and soothe.
The diffuser itself is white in color and features a color-changing LED light.  The light can be set to run continuously or intermittently, and the colors come out the top portion.  A push button on the diffuser turns it on and gives you the option to choose the color change.  The diffuser includes an adapter to plug into an outlet.  It is run by electricity, not by batteries.  

The diffuser works by filling water at the top reservoir to the red line.  You then add in three to four drops of either peppermint or lavender essential oil.  Plug it in to an outlet and turn the power on for an enjoyable spa experience.  Water mists come out of the top of the diffuser with fragrant hints of peppermint or lavender.  Instructions are included with the gift set, and they're easy to understand.

I am definitely sold on the GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser Gift Set.  I like it both for the looks of it and the benefits of it.  I will be purchasing more to give as gifts this holiday season, and recommend you do too.  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Brush Buddies Soniclean Pro One Toothbrush - Review and Giveaway

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Just as with other parts of our body, we only have one set of teeth.  Once they're gone, they're gone.  That's why it's important to have proper dental hygiene and use oral care products that are effective in protecting teeth.
 
I think any toothbrush is better than none, but some just work better than others.  Brush Buddies, the world’s leading provider of entertaining and educational oral care products, has introduced the Soniclean Pro One toothbrush.
This particular toothbrush is quite affordable yet does more work than your ordinary manual toothbrush.  It features sonictechnology that offers 30,000 vibrations per minute and a deep cleaning that users will love.  It is run by batteries, and there's a button to push and turn it on.  Batteries are included.  Red and black in color, this toothbrush has raised bristles for a deep clean.  Logan, the 17 yoa, has been using this toothbrush.  He's mentioned that he feels like his teeth are getting clean and the vibrations help break away food and plaque.   Replacement heads are available for additional purchase.  Because the toothbrush is so affordable, I'll more than likely just purchase another unit altogether rather than just the heads.   
 
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One person will win a Brush Buddies Soniclean Pro One Toothbrush.
 
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Snappers - Gourmet Pretzel Snacks Review

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The combination of salty and sweet can't be beat! 
 
Usually around Christmas time I make treats and candies that include pretzels topped with chocolate and caramel.  They go over quite well.  Snappers reminds me of those.  
 
Snappers® snacks combine 100-year old family recipes for caramel, specialty peanut butter, proprietary pretzels and signature chocolate blends to create delicious, classic treats designed to be shared with family and friends. Crafted in small batches using only the finest ingredients, Snappers® treats evoke nostalgic memories of home baking. The current family of Snappers® includes Original Milk Chocolate Snappers®, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Snappers®, Milk Chocolate Peanut Pretzel Snappers®, and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Snappers®.
I had the privilege of trying the Original Milk Chocolate Snappers and the Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Snappers.  They are packaged in a re-sealable bag for freshness.  The Snappers were super tasty, and even had the gourmet snack appearance.  Most pretzel pieces were whole, with just a couple of broken ones in each bag.  The Original Milk Chocolate Snappers are pretzels topped with chocolate and caramel.  The Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Snappers are topped with peanut butter and chocolate.  The pretzels have a lattice shape to them.
 
Although I will still make my own pretzel confections for the holidays, I really like the taste of Snappers and would purchase them for any time of the year.  I haven't tried them yet, but Snappers also has two flavors available during the holidays - Dark Chocolate Peppermint Snappers and Dark Chocolate Caramel Fudge Snappers. 
 
Snappers calls themselves a gourmet snack, and I absolutely agree!
 
 

Pumpkin Marshmallow Pillows - Recipe

I've been a long-time reader of Running Away? I'll Help You Pack.  She's a maven of creativity.  Almost every day she amazes me with her recipe and craft posts.  Recently she posted a recipe for Pumpkin Marshmallow Pillows, and I knew I had to make them myself.

What you Need:

Crescent Rolls

Large Marshmallows

Melted Butter

Cinnamon & Sugar

Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Puree

Unroll the crescent rolls and lay each individual one flat.  Add a tablespoon of pumpkin puree to each cresent by spreading it on with a knife. 

Take a large marshmallow and coat it in the melted butter, then roll it in cinnamon & sugar. Place the marshmallow on crescent roll. Wrap up the crescent roll around the marshmallow, securing all openings.

Dip the whole "pillow" into the melted butter.  Add a pinch of pumpkin spice on top of each pillow. Place into the oven and follow instructions of the crescent rolls for bake time.
Crescent rolls w/ marshmallow in middle before and after being rolled
 
My son and I made some of these last night for a family dinner.  They were super easy to make (although messy) and amazingly delicious.
 
Thanks to Alexis for the recipe!

finished product