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Readers’ Picks 09/04: 10 Most Creative Ideas This Week

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Don’t you just love this time of year? The kids are back in school, fall is just around the corner, and Friday nights are spent cheering on the home town team at the local football stadium.

Get set for all this wonderful time of year has for you with the 10 most popular ideas this week, hand-picked by our readers.

Whether it’s a pot-luck dinner or a school bake sale, Tater Tot Nachos, Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting, S’mores Pie Pops, and No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups are just a sampling of the great ideas that will earn you an A+.


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1. Tater Tot Nachos :: Family Fresh Meals via Spaceships and Laser Beams. Part of our round up of 12 Yummy Tater Tot Recipes. Check it out on Facebook HERE.

If you’re sitting there wondering what tater tot nachos are, you aren’t the first. Imagine nachos—with all the yummy toppings—but substitute tater tots for the chips!

It takes a little longer to make up a batch of “tachos”—due to the baking of the tots—but the result is a cheesy, hot fiesta on a plate.

2-Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Is there anything better in the fall (or anytime) than the taste of pumpkin? This recipe for pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting combines two great flavors!

A yummy cross between a cake and a quick bread, the bars are filled with pumpkin and topped off with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

You determine the size of the cut bars—so indulge! Give the other guy the little square.

3. Chocolate Poke Cake :: Oh My God Chocolate Desserts. Check it out on Facebook HERE.

Four times the chocolate. That’s what you call a quadruple chocolate threat. This chocolate poke cake features a chocolate cake infused (“poked”) with a decadent mixture of melted chocolate and sweetened condensed milk, topped off with a layer of chocolate whipped cream and a sprinkling of chocolate chips.

Is that enough chocolate for you? This is a simple cake that you can whip up, even last minute!

4. 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas :: $5 Dinners. Check it out on Facebook HERE.

Start the school year off right by getting some school lunchbox inspiration. Not only will you get a free printable list of school lunchbox ideas you can refer to, you’ll get 31 complete days of nutritious ideas you can implement now!

There are ideas for just about any palate! There is such a variety of ideas too—everything from pizza pockets, to corndog muffins, to tiny tacos, BLT sliders, and more!

 5-DIY Spiderman Candy Apples
 5. DIY Spiderman Candy Apples :: DIY All Things. Check it out on Facebook HERE.

Are your Spidey senses tingling? They should be, because this awesome DIY for Spiderman candy apples is awesome!

To get started, you’ll need to gather the following ingredients: food coloring, water, sugar, apples, corn syrup, marshmallows and black icing!

Follow the great tutorial for creating a treat that is sure to delight any Spiderman fan! These would be a fabulous Spiderman party treat!

6. Cream Cheese Banana Bread :: Eazy Peazy Mealz. Check it out on Facebook HERE.

There’s traditional banana bread, and there’s this delicious twist! Cream cheese banana bread is hands down the best use for those brown, sad bananas that are past their prime.

The cream cheese center makes the result a little like cheesecake. And who doesn’t love cheesecake?

7. 17 Candy Apple Recipes :: Happy Hooligans. Check it out on Facebook HERE.

We’ve got one word for this roundup of 17 candy apple recipes—delicious! Caramel apples, candy apples, toffee apples, chocolate dipped apples, mummy faced apples, and more!

We are dying to try every single one of these creative and delicious apple recipes and think you will be too! There are even mini options and apple dip options.

Go grab some apples, and lots of them. You won’t be disappointed.

8. S’mores Pie Pops :: The Gunny Sack. Check it out on Facebook HERE.

Imagine the goodness of s’mores—gooey marshmallow and melty chocolate—but housed between layers of flakey pie crust instead of graham crackers! Sounds amazing, right?

We’re certain you’ll love this recipe for delicious s’mores pie pops!

This recipe features a store bought pie crust cut into rectangles. Squares of chocolate bars and a sprinkling of mini marshmallows are baked inside!

9. Easy Bat Slime :: Little Bins for Little Hands. Check it out on Facebook HERE.

Bat slime is the perfect sensory play option for fall and Halloween, but can also be made any time of year when studying bats.

You only need a few ingredients—Borax or liquid starch, white school glue, water, and bat confetti or table scatter. It’s fun to make and a great science experiment.

10. No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups :: Just a Taste. Check it out on Facebook HERE.

There’s a new bite-sized dessert in town, ready to take over the world. No bake chocolate cheesecake cups are a creamy cheesecake-filled dark chocolate treat finished off with a pinch of sea salt on top for that delicious mix of sweet and salty.

Plus, they are no bake and mini, which means in a matter of minutes you can eat a few of these without any guilt.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.