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Halloween Decorating & Recipes for 2020

Hey guys! The last few weeks on my YouTube Channel, I've been decorating & cooking for FALL! I love this season -- especially the decor, candle scents & cozy RECIPES! In today's YouTube video, I shared some Halloween decorating ideas, as well as delicious fall & Halloween recipes! The delicious cozy fall recipes I shared in my video today, will also be here in the blog down below in case you want to pin them to Pinterest! Some of these recipes are great for family dinners, but there are also a few recipes perfect for involving your kids & celebrating for the season!

Click video above to watch my Halloween Clean & Decorate!!




  • Square pretzels

  • Hugs (white chocolate kisses)

  • Candy corn

This recipe is so easy & kid friendly! All you have to do is lay out the pretzels in a single layer (as many as you'd like) on a baking tray. Next, add Hug chocolate on top of each pretzel. Bake at 250 in the oven for 4-5 minutes, until the chocolate is soft! Last, add a candy corn to the top one each pretzel & chocolate bite, and push down. Let it cool in the fridge or on the counter until the white chocolate has cooled & set up completely. Store in a tight container & ENJOY!!



  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken (fresh or frozen)

  • 1 1/2 C salsa (use 1/2 C salsa for 1/2 lb chicken)

  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp fajita seasoning

Add your chicken, salsa, & preferred spices (we use taco & fajita) into your slow cooker OR instant pot. Next, just mix up all of your ingredients & cook in the slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours -OR- in your instant pot (my favorite method) for 15 minutes with a 10 minute natural release. Last, shred your chicken, and use it on a salad, burritos, quesadillas, tacos, on top of rice.. etc. the list goes on and on!

*TIP :: Make sure you use the salsa that you LOVE the flavor of, because that will be the flavor that the chicken takes on! I personally love getting a refrigerated salsa for this that has a more "fresh" taste.



  • 1 C uncooked white rice

  • 1/2 C Rotel

  • 2 C Chicken stock

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp taco seasoning

R I C E C O O K E R ::

Add everything into the rice cooker, stir to combine, then cook according to the white rice setting. Once down cooking, fluff with a fork.

S T O V E T O P ::

Add rice to pot along with the seasonings, Rotel, & chicken stock. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Cover & reduce heat to low (make sure a simmer is still maintained) and cook for 20-25 minutes until rice is tender. Mix & fluff with a fork.



  • 4 Orange Bell Peppers

  • 2 C Mexican rice (recipe shared above)

  • 3-4 C Salsa Chicken (recipe shared above)

  • Shredded Chicken (optional)

  • Shredded cheese (optional)

  • 1 can Black Beans (rinsed & drained)

Bring large pot of water to boil. While you wait for the water to boil, rinse peppers, slice off the tops and hollow out the insides -- being sure to remove any seeds & white part of the peppers. To make this Halloween themed, use a small paring knife to cut out a jack-o-lantern face. Once the water is boiling, put the peppers & tops in the water and cook for about 4 minutes until peppers are tender. Remove from the water & set aside to cool. Then, mix the cooked rice, shredded chicken, black beans, & shredded cheese (optional), together in a large bowl. Fill each pepper with the chicken & rice mixture and top with extra cheese (optional). Add the pepper tops back on. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until cheese is melted and pepper is cooked to desired tenderness. ENJOY!!



  • 2 1/2 C rolled oats

  • 1 C pumpkin puree

  • 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup

  • 1/2 C chocolate chips

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Add all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. Mix well, until completely combined. Form into balls & smash down to form cookie (** note that these will not "melt" into cookie shape, so you have to form them prior to baking **). Bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let cool & ENJOY!!

**These are a "cakey" type cookie, not crunchy.

It was so much fun decorating for Halloween this year for the first time ever!! I hope you enjoyed the recipes I shared, along with the real life moments & Halloween decorating ideas!

Be sure to tag me over on Instagram if you tried any of these recipes to let me know how you liked them!

Love you guys!!

XO, Amanda

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