By Amanda Jane Brown

Fall is finally in the air! What better way to celebrate than with fall recipes and a touch of the beautiful season in your home! As a busy mom, I am continuously looking for simple, affordable, seasonal décor and recipes that are uncomplicated, but still delicious.

Both recipes below can be prepared in just minutes! Caramel Apple Dip is always a crowd-pleaser, popular with kids to adults alike. Chocolate Chip Muffins start with a boxed muffin mix, making the perfect quick gift for teachers, office staff, or neighbors.
MCLOCT2014Easy Caramel Apple Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Kitchen Tune-Up

1 /2 cup brown sugar

1 /2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 oz. Almond Toffee bits (Bits ‘O Brickle)

Sliced apples—Granny Smith are a great pairing, but any apple will work.

Lemon juice

Using mixer, mix all ingredients well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with sliced apples.

MCLOCTMUFFINSQuick Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

1 box Duncan Hines Pumpkin Spice Cupcake mix (Limited Edition in stores now)
2 eggs
3 /4 cup water
1 /4 cup oil
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini size

Preheat oven to 350°. Blend cake mix, eggs, water, and oil with mixer on low speed until moistened. Scrape bowl and beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Grease 12 regular-sized muffin cups. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups.

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

MCLOCT2014-2Simple Fall Centerpiece

Oftentimes, the most beautiful things in your home are the easiest to create! Fall hurricane vases are perfect centerpieces, coffee table décor, or fall party decorations!

Fill any clear glass hurricane or vase with layers of your favorite-colored beans, peas, or corn. There are many other filler options at your local grocery store! Idea shown includes corn kernels, small red beans, and split green peas. If you add a candle, place candle in container immediately after adding bottom layer of filler, then fill in next layers around the candle.

For more easy recipes and decorative ideas like these, visit my blog,!

IMG_37acropped_3_2Amanda is a blogger and writer at and shares affordable and simple seasonal décor, everyday recipes, and family traditions. Amanda lives in Oxford with her husband and three children.

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