Guest Post — Halloween S’mores in a Jar & {my Birthday Giveaway}

24 Sep
{Birthday Bag Giveaway – more info at the bottom}

Hi Friends,

Thanks Jen for letting me guest post over here on your blog!  I’m Nancy Jacobs and I’m a busy married stay at home mother of three teenagers.  Yes, teenagers keep me hopping!  I blog at several places. 

How To Homemaker

Most of you may be interested in my How To Homemaker blog where I give all kinds of tips and tricks related to cooking, cleaning, organizing and more with a few crafts thrown in as well.

Basketmaster’s Weavings

My other blogs are Basketmaster’s Weavings where I share my love of basket weaving.  Also, My Fragrant Home is my newest blog which is a documentation of my life as being a new Scentsy independent consultant.  Between those three places I probably have something for everyone.  I guess one of my real hobbies is writing and spending way too much time on the computer!  I hope you will stop over at one of my sites to say “Hello.”

Today for you I want to share how to make those adorable S’mores In A Jar.  You may have seen some of these at craft fairs.  Let me tell you, they make a GREAT gift.
Look what the kids and I made! I actually saw this the first time at Easter with those little marshmallow bunny peep candies. What a great gift to give. Be sure when you give it to put it in a holiday basket filled with paper raffia or lined with a holiday napkin. Also, have patience and take your time when getting those little ghosts to stand upright in their place. They want to fall over.

Halloween Smores In A Jar
1 quart mason jar
1 sleeve graham crackers
1 package holiday marshmallow peeps
one bag of holiday M&Ms candies
1/3 cup of brown sugar

1. Crush 1 sleeve graham crackers to crumbs.
2. Layer 2/3 of the graham cracker crumbs in a 1 qt jar. Pack down the crumbs a bit.
3. Arrange 8 to 12 marshmallow holiday peeps standing up, facing out around the inside of the jar. Press them up against the glass, but don’t squash them.
4. Carefully spoon remaining cracker crumbs in the center of the jar to support the peeps, pressing down to keep it snug.
5. On top of this pour 1-1/4 cup M&M’s in holiday colors.
7. Spoon 1/3 cup brown sugar into center of M&M’s, gently pressing with a spoon. If you have any room left over, fill the jar to the top with M&Ms.

Cooking directions:
1. Empty the jar contents into a bowl.
Snip the peeps into bits with kitchen shears or cut up with a knife.
Return the peep bits to the mixture. Mix well.
2. Melt 1/2 cup butter; add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour this over the dry ingredients, mixing well. Pat into a greased 8″ or 9″ square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

Thanks Nancy!! What a great idea. Those are so cute – and what a great neighbor gift!! Nancy is a busy girl. Not only does she have her Basketmaster’s Weavings blog, but she has a wonderful site — How To Homemaker, which has tons of great ideas from Freezer Meals to Gardening, Crafting to Cleaning tips and ideas!

Some of my favorite posts have been:
Be sure to check out Nancy’s blogs — Basketmaster’s Weavings & her How To Homemaker!!!
And…. It’s my birthday!!
I am giving away a heathered wool RUFFLED bag!! 
With YOUR CHOICE of two brooches!! 
{Blue & White brooch}
{Pink & Green brooch}
{Burlap & Red Polka Dot}
How can you win???
Come over to my Tatertots & Jello FB Page to enter!!!
PS — Guess where I’m guest posting today??? I’m over at The Nester’s!!! I know – I can’t believe it either!!! Come say hi!
PPS — I am getting things ready for The Weekend Wrap Up Party!! Come by and link up YOUR great ideas! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on and feature YOU!! The party starts @ 6 PM {MST}.

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