(Recipe) Warm Cream Cheese Marshmallow Pastry #TasteTheSeason

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For me, the best part of the holiday season is the gathering of family and friends and of course, the baking. The first step in Party Planning, is recipe planning and grocery list making. I love coming up with new ideas and recipes, but I always have to make sure to stay within budget. One of the ways I stay under budget is to buy products I'm familiar with and are already on my regular shopping list and build my recipe around them. Today I'm sharing a recipe for a Warm Cream Cheese- Marshmallow Pastry, oh yeah!
We do a lot of our grocery shopping at Walmart, not only for the convenience, but the prices are definitely budget friendly. We regularly buy and use Kraft products not just for baking, but for everyday use. I have always wanted to use puff pastry and on this shopping trip I found some in the freezer section right next to the cool whip.
For this recipe you will need:

Frozen Puff Pastry
Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Jet Puffed Marshmallows
Bakers Chocolate (Semi-Sweet)
Cool Whip
Kraft Caramel or Strawberries (optional)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Thaw and roll out puff pastry (follow instructions on the box), cut into even amount of squares and separate half. Set aside half of the puff pastry for the tops.  
Step 2: Spread a tablespoon of Philadelphia Cream Cheese in the center, add a Jet Puffed Marshmallow and add a piece of Semi-Sweet Bakers Chocolate. 
Step 3: Top with the other half of the puff pastry and press down along the edges to close. 
Step 4: Bake according to directions on the puff pastry box. For me, it was 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. Let stand for about a minute, the warmer the better.
Step 5: While the pastries are baking, melt Semi-Sweet Bakers Chocolate in a double boiler for the drizzle.
Step 6: Top with Cool Whip, sliced strawberries (optional) and drizzle with chocolate!
Step 7: Enjoy! 
If you have never tried cream cheese and marshmallow together, you will not be sorry. Trust me, it is such a treat together, during the Summer, I use melted marshmallows and cream cheese mixed together for a fruit dip. On this trip I accidentally grabbed the Unsweetened Chocolate, so I skipped it for the baking and sweetened and melted it for the drizzle.



One of the ways I have started to make my grocery shopping easier is having a shopping list for my girls to use. When we get the ads in the mail, I let them look through them and cut out what they would like along with the items they know we use all the time and then glue them on their own shopping list. I have created a blank shopping list for you to download and print available here.

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What to do with leftover Halloween candy?

Halloween is over! It's sad but true. In my house, we start decorating the first weekend in October, and tear down all the decorations by November 1st. The one thing that we have left over is a TON of candy. My littles are really little, so they might have 3 M&M's each or a Dum Dum after their nap, but other than that they don't eat much candy. Luckily for my husband and I, we have been ravaging... I mean sifting through the candies every night since Halloween. Unfortunately for me, it seems as though our neighbors were boycotting all of my favorite candies, because I only had like two sour candies out of the whole bunch, but whatever.
As I was scanning through Pinterest the other day, I stumbled upon Just a Taste's Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies Recipe. I have to admit, it's kind of genius. I will get up and bake any recipe as long as we have all the ingredients on hand. Luckily for us, we had all the basic ingredients for this Blondies recipe and tons of leftover Halloween candy.
So, first of all you should check out the recipe here and then you can get to the fun part. Like chopping up candy and adding it to the blondie batter. 
This is what it looked like as I was mixing in the leftover candy. 
Probably the best part of the recipe was placing the chopped up pieces of candy all over the top. 
And, how good does this look? All baked and crisp on the outside, but super moist with ooey gooey melted chocolate pieces on the inside.
Here it is all cooled down, chopped up and with a bite taken out of it of course! I am so glad I stumbled upon www.justataste.com there are so many amazing recipes over there.  
So, tell me what do you do with your leftover Halloween candy?