Easy Spider Jello Shots with Black Jello

Our realtor told me that in his neighborhood, when you bring your kids trick or treating, some of the houses coordinate and make jello shots for the adults.  How cool is that???

While attempting something fun for our neighborhood, I came up with this one. 

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Because I always keep it real with you …. This recipe idea started off in a completely different place.

Caramel Apple Jello Shot Squares

In the past I have been iffy about caramel apple stuff with artificial green apple flavor instead of real apples. That’s why I made these.

But ever since I had caramel apple Twizzlers (OMG so good!) things are different! Caramel apple everything, is fine by me.  When I saw that Jolly Rancher makes green apple jello I knew I had to take my caramel jello recipe and mix the two and make little square bites.

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I’ve said this before but it’s not that often that a recipe turns out exactly the way I see it in my head. These were pretty darn close and they were super easy to make.

Pumpkin Pie Sangria

We have really been getting our “fall” on lately.

We made a fall bucket list the other night and one of the items was to make a fall sangria. When I was at the store getting my ingredients it hit me … don’t do apple …

Pumpkin pie sangria!

I wasn’t sure what would happen to the pumpkin pie filling when I mixed it in but it didn’t separate at all, it mixed up smooth and added the perfect amount of semi-savory spice to the sweet moscato.

Then I added some butter flavored maple syrup and OMG, seriously addicting. (Recipe further down)

We also made a fall activity tree this weekend (I saw the idea on one of my favorite blogs Steph’s Bite by Bite, check her out). It was fun for Austin to stick the leaves on the tree and I feel like will hold us accountable with our list.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pudding Shots

Admittedly, pumpkin spice isn’t my favorite flavor. I don’t get as jazzed up about pumpkin spice lattes as most women I know.

I do however love, love, love pumpkin pie.

When I was little my mom used to put wrapped up slices of pumpkin pie in my lunch box when it was in season. I didn’t even use a fork, I would just hold the pie and take a bite.

I love it super cold with a dollop of cool whip. I think it’s the thick chewy texture that I like so much.

These pudding shots are my childhood favorite all grown up!

Marco Island (Our First Flight and Resort Vacation with a Toddler)

We’ve been back almost a week now from our first trip to Marco Island, Florida. Nick and I haven’t been on a real vacation (one that requires a hotel stay or a flight) since after we got engaged.

I had some anxiety about flying with Austin but he did better than I thought he would. We had plenty of cartoons ready to go on our iPad and he even napped during our layover in Charlotte on the way there. I had a bloody mary on the way there and on the way back. That helped too 🙂

I did some research to find the right vacation for us this year. We needed a trip that wasn’t too kid based since Austin probably won’t remember anything but also something not too adult oriented either.

Marco Island on the Gulf coast on the Southern tip of Florida was perfect. We stayed at the Hilton. It was off season so it was pretty quiet which was exactly what I needed.

There weren’t any lines at any of the restaurants and there were always chairs at the pool. It was calm. We made a promise ahead of time that we would not rush anything.

We are constantly rushing. Wake up, rush to work, super hectic busy days, rush home for dinner, play a little bit and feed Austin and then rush through making his lunch and our dinner so I might be able to enjoy an hour of so of free time before we rinse and repeat.

This vacation couldn’t have come at a better time. We so, so, so desperately needed a break.