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Pumpkin Pie Bars with Gingerbread Crust

The weather is cold and crisp. Spooky decor and pumpkins are everywhere, and we have started considering our options for the holidays. It’s nearly Halloween! Will you be going to a party to celebrate? We will be, and I think we’ll be taking this recipe to share.

Not more than a week ago, we were grocery shopping at Wegmans and a box of Krusteaz Pumpkin Pie Bar Mix caught our attention. Brent loves pie—we made a pumpkin coconut pie last year—but we rarely make it. When he asked me if I could make pumpkin pie bars, I agreed. Instead of the graham cracker crust, he requested I use a gingerbread crust (something I’ve played around with, but haven’t quite perfected).

This is more of a savory than a sweet dessert, but you can easily top these bars with a little drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of coconut whipped cream for a little extra sweetness for your resident sweet tooth. We know you will enjoy it!

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Tangy Halloween Brains

This post is just-in-time for Halloween, but might still be a great addition to any of your fun zombie themed show parties or birthday celebrations as well.  Jello was definitely a favorite thing of mine growing up, but I’m fairly sure the impetus was because of the bright colors and abundance of sugar (the jiggling didn’t hurt, either).  This combination of blood orange juice and apple cider mixes just the right amount of tart and sweet, without any added, concentrated sugar.

We wanted to bring along something fun to the Paleo Parent’s Halloween party, as we had been warned they do not mess around.  The rumors were true, and you can read more about the fun we had with many like-minded foodies, authors, and bloggers.  This brain was a pretty big hit, and we sent home leftovers with a few friends.  We love brains, but even this is a treat we don’t want to overindulge!
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