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The Friday Five | Halloween Recipes

The Friday Five - Halloween Recipes | Squirrelly Minds

Candy Bar Surprise Cookies from Lulu the Baker | Candy Corn Cake in a Jar from The Sweetest Occasion | Halloween Candy Cheesecake Bars from Yummy Crumble | Salted Caramel Glazed Pumpkin Donuts from Diethood | Bat Oreo Truffles from One Sweet Appetite

Eeeee it’s almost here! Are you ready for tomorrow night? Whether you’re staying in, heading out to a party, or hosting a party yourself, you might want some halloween themed snacks and goodies hanging around. These 5 certainly have my eye!

You can also try out a couple of these from the Halloween Archives:

Halloween Recipes | Squirrelly Minds
Mixing popcorn with halloween’s finest treat – Poppin Candy Corn Clusters

Halloween Recipes | Squirrelly Minds
Mix pumpkin butter with ice cream to get, what else, Pumpkin Butter Ice Cream

What’s your go to halloween treat? (aside from candy bars of course)

Eat | Easy 3-Layer Cheesecake

While away with squirrelly baby, the incredible Melissa of Lulu the Baker is here with one of my favourite desserts

Easy 3-Layer Cheesecake by Lulu the Baker on Squirrelly Minds
Cheesecake is a pretty popular dessert, but I don’t think it gets made from scratch as often as it should because it kind of seems like a giant hassle to make. I don’t know if it’s the temperamental springform pan, the stressful bain-marie (water bath), or the lengthy baking time, but it has that air of a high maintenance dessert about it.But cheesecake lovers–rejoice!! I have a cheesecake recipe for you today that is as simple as it is delicious. You are welcome, friends!

Easy 3-Layer Cheesecake

Easy 3-Layer Cheesecake


    For the crust:
  • 10 graham crackers (the big rectangles)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • For the filling:
  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • For the topping:
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Process the graham crackers in a food processor until they are finely crushed. Add the melted butter and sugar, and pulse until combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9" pie plate. Bake at 350°F for 5 minutes, then set aside.
  2. While the crust cools, beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla, beating again until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each until smooth. Pour the filling over the crust and bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. Turn the oven temperature down to 300°F. While the cheesecake cools, prepare the topping my beating the sour cream, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the cheesecake. Bake the cheesecake for 5 minutes, then turn the oven off but continue baking the cheesecake until the topping looks set, about 15 minute more. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving.
Easy 3-Layer Cheesecake by Lulu the Baker on Squirrelly Minds

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Eat | Pumpkin Spice Recipes

It’s autumn! And PJ from A Girl Named PJ is here to share the best recipes while I snuggle with baby

Pumpkin Spice Round Up | A Girl Named PJ on Squirrelly Minds
Hi, Squirrelly Minds readers! I’m PJ from A Girl Named PJ, a lifestyle blog covering style, wellbeing, and motherhood. I have two young boys at home and can remember those first few wonderfully exhausting weeks with a newborn, so I’m happy to be here today while Tan enjoys lots of Rhys snuggles and some earned time away from her blog.

When Tan suggested a recipe post, I almost panicked because I’m not much of a cook. (Just ask my kids!) But then I remembered how much I love to eat — and this time of year, I’m partial to anything pumpkin-flavored. So I rounded up eight of the yummiest looking pumpkin spice recipes, which, not surprisingly, are mostly desserts.

1. Not only do these pumpkin muffins from Sarah Hearts have a super moist texture similar to pumpkin bread, but there’s cream cheese filling hiding inside.
2. For a deliciously seasonal grab-and-go breakfast, bake a batch of these chewy oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip muffins from Avery Cooks.
3. Described as a cross between fudge and bark, The Kitchen Prep’s pumpkin spice latte bark would be the perfect complement to an afternoon cuppa.
4. If you prefer to go full fudge, this white chocolate pumpkin spice fudge recipe from Mom on Time Out would be my recommendation.
5. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there’s no actual pumpkin in a Starbucks PSL! On the other hand, the pumpkin spice coffee creamer recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction includes flavorful pumpkin puree.
6. Make The Cake Blog’s pumpkin cupcakes the day before and top them with homemade cinnamon-flecked cream cheese frosting before you serve them.
7. I won’t judge if you want to eat an actual dessert like leftover pumpkin cupcakes for breakfast. Or you can whip up Skinnytaste’s pumpkin spice cream cheese to enjoy on a bagel as a healthier option.
8. Because you can’t go wrong with a classic pumpkin roll. Plus, Gimme Some Oven’s trick for cutting perfect slices is genius.

Which pumpkin spice recipe looks the most delicious to you?

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The Friday Five | Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The Friday Five - Thanksgiving Side Dishes | Squirrelly Minds

Grandma’s Cream Potatoes from Lulu the Baker | Blistered Green Beans with Crushed Almonds from Heart Beet Kitchen | Vegan Whole Wheat Drop Biscuits from I Food Real | Balsamic Brown Sugar Brussels Sprouts from Sweetpea Lifestyle | Moroccan Spiced Roasted Carrots from The Brook Cook

Okay fellow Canadians, September is over, which means it’s time to gear up for Thanksgiving. I know I know, so soon right? To help you kick off your menu planning, here are 5 side dish recipes to consider, because while Turkey is the main star, it would be nowhere without its supporting cast. Yep, veggies and bread are a must!

And for a little dessert, how about some pumpkin butter ice cream?

Pumpkin Butter Ice Cream | Squirrelly Minds

From The Thanksgiving Archives


What’s your favourite Thanksgiving dish?

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