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Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes

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Halloween is next week and that means lots and lots of candy! We always buy too much candy for our trick-or-treaters and our son always comes home with more than he can eat…or more than I will let him eat. I love using leftover Halloween candy to create delicious treats! The candy isn’t sweet enough so I have to make cookies, brownies, and popcorn:)

If you are looking for ways to use up your Halloween candy this year, make sure you try my favorite Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes! And if you don’t have any Halloween candy leftover, you can go buy new candy. I won’t tell:)

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In Season: Basil

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Basil is my all-time favorite herb and I am so excited it is in season. There is nothing like fresh basil!

There are several species of basil, but the most common is sweet basil. It is often used for caprese salad, pesto, tomato sauces, and to liven up Italian dishes.

To harvest fresh basil, clip the stem where it extends from a two-leaf joint. A new stem and leaf will grow from this point. Continuing to clip and use the basil while it is young and tender keeps the leaves and stems from maturing and forming buds and blooms. If the plant flowers, the basil will have a slightly bitter taste so try to keep basil plants trimmed!

If you harvest more than you can use, you can place the basil in a jar of water and store it on the counter for a few days. You can also freeze basil! To prevent the basil from wilting and turning brown, blanch the basil first.  Chill and pat the basil dry and put the leaves in a blender or food processor and puree, adding enough extra-virgin olive oil to make a smooth paste. Freeze the basil in ice cube trays for easy use! You can also make batches of pesto to freeze.

If you are looking for ways to use up your summer basil, here are a few of my favorite basil recipes!

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Sparkling Black Currant Punch

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I love to make special, non-alcoholic drinks for friends and family; not having a mini bar should not mean you are destined only to a glass of water all evening!  Start with pretty bottles (I purchased mine at IKEA; they are pictured above) and good ingredients and you’ll be on your way to a delightful evening.  Since black currant juice is a beautiful, deep color and boasts a tartness that cannot be beat, it’s a great base to this simple, but delicious drink.  Please note that each of these ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s.  Enjoy!

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15 No-Bake Desserts for Summer

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It is heating up outside and that means it is cooling down in our kitchen. I don’t like to turn the oven on during the hot summer months, but I still enjoy making delicious desserts. Today I am sharing 15 No-Bake Desserts that are perfect for summer. You don’t have to heat up the house to enjoy these tasty treats! Make one or make them all! Enjoy!

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Superfood Delight: Delicious Deconstructed!

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Summer time means longer days and tons of outdoor activities. It also brings along cravings for something light yet satisfying– the ideal summertime salad. We love a salad that tastes refreshing while still offering the perfect amount of pick-me-up. It’s just one of the reasons we created the Superfood Delight Salad.

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Big Batch Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

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Every time I make pancakes, I am blown away at how many pancakes my kids can pack down!  Unless they consume no less than 8 pancakes, they find themselves hungry.  So this type of mealtime mayhem motivated me to come up with a made-from-scratch buttermilk pancake recipe that satisfied our family of six.  Also,  I highly recommend using King Arthur’s White Whole Wheat Flour.  They will never ever suspect it’s anything but plain, white, all-purpose flour!

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