Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter. It is so expensive to buy, yet so inexpensive to make! Tastes divine and makes a wonderful holiday gift! Just let your crock pot do the work, and then tuck a jar in a basket with some biscuits or bagels. YUM!  This is a perfect "make ahead" gift. Do it in November, store in the freezer till you are ready to hand out your gifts! Stress free!
Bonus canning jar label for gift giving at bottom of post.
I do make my own pumpkin puree every year, but today I am sharing the recipe using canned commercial pumpkin puree. Feel free to chop up a pie pumpkin or use your own puree for this if you'd rather!
For the rest of you busy people, grab some can's of pumpkin from the store and let's get started!
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Autumn Party Mix

This Autumn Party Mix is the perfect recipe to throw together when you want to make something seasonal without spending a lot of time baking! Everyone will not be able to stop munching when you show up to the party with treat bags filled with this delicious mix!

My kids say that eating candy corns and peanuts at the same time tastes just like eating a Baby Ruth candy bar. Since this recipe also drizzles a bit of white chocolate over the mix, it really should be named: Baby Ruth Popcorn Mix! In our family Baby Ruths brings back memories of Nana Kelley, whom we lost this year and so this mix is in memory of her.

Autumn Party Mix:


2 bags Microwave Popcorn
1 bag Candy Corns
1  cup salted peanuts
1 (16 oz) bag white chocolate chips
1 cup orange candy melts
Optional: Fall Candy Sprinkles

Put wax paper on 2 large baking pans.
Pop the popcorn and remove the unpopped kernals
Divide popcorn evenly among both baking pans
Sprinkle the candy corn and peanuts evenly into the popcorn, dividing equally between both pans.
Melt white chocolate chips according to package directions.
Drizzle white chocolate all over the popcorn mixture between both pans.
Melt Orange Candy Melts according to package directions.
Drizzle Orange over popcorn mixture on both pans.
While Chocolate/Orange is still wet sprinkle candy sprinkles over the popcorn mixture.
Place pans in fridge to speed up the chocolate setting firm.
Break popcorn mix into pieces and store in airtight bags/containers
(and for heavens sake, sneak a taste or two!)

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