Grab a Handful of Our Pumpkin Seed Puppy Chow
It’s not even October, but we’ve been pumpkin carving up a storm here at Brit HQ. If you’ve been busy trying out our pumpkin carving basics or high-tech pumpkins, you probably have some extra pumpkin seeds around the house. Lucky for you, we’ve got the perfect way to use them up! Introducing our Pumpkin Seed Puppy Chow—the ultimate sweet treat for all of your fall festivities. Pumpkin pie spices, white chocolate, and colorful sprinkles add a Halloween twist to this classic snack recipe. Toss a few handfuls into some treat bags and you’ve got fun favors for a crowd!
– 2 ½ cups white chocolate chips
– ⅓ cup canola oil
– ½ cup creamy peanut butter
– 12 cups Chex cereal
– 1 cup pumpkin seeds, roasted
– 1 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon
– ½ teaspoon ginger
– ½ teaspoon cloves
– ½ teaspoon nutmeg
– 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
1. Combine the chocolate chips and the canola oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds. Stir. Add the peanut butter. Continue to microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted.
2. Add the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg to the chocolate-peanut butter mixture. Stir.
3. Place Chex in a large bowl. Pour chocolate-peanut butter mixture over Chex. Add pumpkin seeds. Stir to coat evenly.
4. Add powdered sugar and sprinkles to the bowl. Stir to coat evenly.
5. Spread the Chex mixture onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Let dry for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!
Let’s get started! Add the oil to the chocolate chips. Place the chocolate chips in the microwave for 90 seconds. Add the peanut butter, and microwave until completely melted.
Add the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg to the chocolate-peanut butter mixture. Stir.
Place the Chex in a large bowl. Pour the chocolate-peanut butter-spice mixture over. Add the pumpkin seeds.
Get stirring! Once the Chex are evenly coated, add the powdered sugar and the sprinkles. When every nook and cranny is covered with powdered sugar, pour onto a baking sheet covered in wax paper.
Let rest for 20-30 minutes.
Don’t you want to chow down on our Pumpkin Seed Puppy Chow? Yum!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.