Adams’ Family Fall Recipes


Adams' Family Fall Recipes: Pumpkin Popcorn Balls


10 cups popcorn (popped)
2, 10 ounce bags of Mini Marshmallows
1/2 cup unsalted butter
Orange food dye

2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 roll of clear or orange Cellophane                12 green pipe cleaners                             Serving Size: 24 Popcorn balls


Step 1: Pop the popcorn, remove any leftover kernels and place all 5 cups of popcorn in a large bowl.

Step 2: Use the stove to melt the Mini Marshmallows and butter in a pan on low heat. Continuously stir until the mixture is completely melted.

Step 3: Add 10 drops of orange food dye and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the marshmallow mixture and stir until fully mixed.

Step 4: Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and stir until the popcorn is evenly coated.

Step 5: At this point you can use a scooper or your hands to scoop up the popcorn balls. I suggest spray your hands or scooper with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Place each ball on a piece of parchment paper to dry.

Step 6: Cut 24 squares of cellophane large enough to place the popcorn ball in the middle, wrap it up, and still have enough material for the “stem”. You will also want to cut your 12 pipe cleaners in half.

Step 7: Tie up all of your popcorn balls in their cellophane wrapper and tie it off with a pipe cleaner. For add effect: twist the pipe cleaner to make the “stem” curly!


8 cups chicken broth
3 carrots (chopped)
4 stalks celery (chopped)
1 large onion (chopped)
1 sprig rosemary

2 sprigs thyme                                                        1 Rotisserie Chicken                                            1 package (9 ounces) Tortellini .             Serving Size: 8 servings


Step 1: In a large pot, bring broth to a broil. Reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Add veggies, tortellini and spices and cook covered till soft (about 10-15 minutes)

Step 3: Add chicken and let simmer covered for another 30 minutes.

Step 4: Salt and Pepper to taste.


Adams' Family Fall Recipes: Homemade Texas Chili


2 tablespoons cumin seeds
8 ounces bacon (chopped)
3 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1⁄4-inch cubes
2 onions (chopped)
1⁄4 cup Homemade Chili Powder
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme

1⁄2 teaspoon salt
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 3⁄4 cups beef broth
1 (28-ounce) can pureed tomatoes
2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
1 box Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese
1 package of HEB’s truffle butter (found in the dairy section)

Step 1: Toast the cumin seeds in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about 1 to 2 minutes. Using a metal or wooden tool with a flat surface, crush the seeds coarsely. Set aside.

Step 2: Cook the bacon in the skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove the bacon and reserve.

Step 3: Over high heat, brown the beef in the bacon drippings left in the skillet and set the meat aside.

Step 4: Over medium heat, sauté the onions in the remaining drippings until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 5: Add the toasted cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, black pepper, thyme, salt, and garlic to the cooked onions and sauté for 1 minute. Crumble in the bacon, add the beef broth, 1 cup of water, the tomatoes, ancho chiles, and the beef.

Step 6: Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover partially, and simmer until the meat is very tender, about 2 hours, adding water as needed to maintain desired consistency. Alternatively, transfer to a slow-cooker set on low and cook for at least 6 hours and up to 8 hours, until the meat is very tender.

Step 7: Remove the anchos, puree in a blender, and return to the pot. Serve in a bowl with chopped onions and shredded cheese, with saltines, over tamales, rice or potatoes, in a Frito Pie, combined with beans or our personal favorite, over truffle mac ‘n cheese.

Step 8: Truffle Mac ‘n Cheese: follow the directions on the back of the Kraft box. Once fully cooked, add one spoonful of the truffle butter and mix thoroughly until dissolved. Serve with chili.

Pumpkin Popcorn Ball Recipe
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Momma’s Homemade Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate Recipe

One of my favorite guilty pleasures during the holiday season and well after Christmas, is Momma’s homemade hot chocolate. For as long as I can remember I have helped my mom make several batches of this goodness for ourselves and also as gifts to others. To this day I have at least one cup a day if not more! It is the perfect treat to remedy your sweet tooth and also to keep yourself warm. I can’t imagine the holidays without it!

I always venture out at restaurants to try and get my hot chocolate fix but I have yet to find any hot chocolate that competes with Momma’s. Seriously. If you find some, please let me know! You can also ask several of my friends that come over just to have a cup! I finally talked Momma into letting me share her magical recipe with all of you. Would you believe me if I told you it was only 4 ingredients?! Sometimes I can’t even believe it myself!

Holiday homemade 4 ingredient hot chocolate

Holiday homemade 4 ingredient hot chocolate

1 (8 quart) box of powdered milk

1 lb. box of Nestles Nesquick

1 (6 oz.) jar of hazelnut Coffee Mate

1 cup of powdered sugar

*This makes about 40 single cup servings*

Optional: peppermint sticks, mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips

Make it boozy: Original Bailey’s or Salted Caramel Bailey’s 

Pour your powdered milk, Nesquick, Coffee Mate and powdered sugar into a container. Mix thoroughly and you are ready to serve. Serve 1/3 cup mixture to 2/3 cup hot water. Stir with a spoon. Garnish with your choice of a peppermint stick, mini marshmallows or mini chocolate chips.

If you are gifting the hot chocolate pour mixture into your small container so that it fills the container up about 2/3. You can find similar containers on Amazon here or I picked these up at my local Dollar Tree. Mason jars are also a cute alternative and can be used year round. Once you have poured in your mixture, fill the remaining 1/3 with mini marshmallows. Finish off your hot chocolate container with a bow to attach your peppermint sticks.

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Holiday homemade 4 ingredient hot chocolate

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Holiday homemade 4 ingredient hot chocolate

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Holiday homemade 4 ingredient hot chocolate

And if you want to make your cup a little boozy, our family’s favorite way to serve it is with Bailey’s! We go back and forth between original Bailey’s and Salted Caramel Bailey’s but you can’t go wrong with either one:)

Holiday Hot Chocolate Simple Gift Idea