Holiday Rice Krispie Treats

Holiday Rice Krispie Treat Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone has a fantastic day, month, year full of LOVE. We’ve been talking about love a lot in our house, mostly how we others, especially those we love (brother/sister battles going on!). Love is kind folks. “And a new command I give you. Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another!” John 13:34

One nice thing you could do for those you love is whip them up some Rice Krispie Treats! We have a friend with an egg allergy and so when planning to take them dinner last week, I knew these would be a perfect & safe dessert. It’s your basic Rice Krispie treats with a whole lot of extra goodness.

Holiday Rice Krispie Treats
Yields 24
A fun holiday spin on a classic dessert!
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 tablespoons of butter
  2. 1 bag of large puff marshmallows
  3. 6 cups of Rice Krispies
  4. 1 drop of food coloring
  5. 10-15 candy melts
  6. 30 M&Ms
  7. Sprinkles (assorted)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Add in marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
  3. Mix in 1-2 drops of food coloring and mix to reach desired color
  4. Mix M&Ms with Rice Krispies
  5. Remove melted marshmallows from heat and mix in Rice Krispies/M&Ms
  6. Continue mixing until well combined
  7. Pour into greased 9x13 pyrex and press flat (parchment paper is good for this!)
  8. Allow to cool
  9. In a microwave safe bowl melt candy melts according to package directions
  10. Drizzle over top of cooled Rice Krispie treats and add sprinkles
Notes
  1. These can be customized for any occasion! Just mix up the food coloring, candy melts & sprinkles to match the holiday you are celebrating.
Adapted from Kellog's Rice Krispie Treats
Adapted from Kellog's Rice Krispie Treats
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Valentine Rice Krispie Treats

I found my candy melts at Hobby Lobby, however you can also purchase them on Amazon. Target usually has great holiday sprinkles in their $1.00 section, and I also found some at Aldi this year. Last, I love this collection of food coloring. They have pretty much any color you would need.

Not feeling Rice Krispies? Check out these Lucky Charm treats I made for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Valentine Activity for Toddlers | Fine Motor Skill Practice

Valentine Decorations

Decorating for Valentines Day is usually brief, but I like to do it anyway. We have a few banners up around the house and this one might be my favorite. Some of the banners I use year after year like this Valentine bunting from forever ago.

Valentine Bunting

Other decorations I have had the kids help me make. This Valentine activity was dual purpose. Not only was it a great fine motor skill activity for Chickadee and Sprout, it also added a little LOVE to our breakfast nook! It was really quite simple.

All you will need is some colored paper, toddler scissors, a pen, hole punch and string.

First I cut each piece of paper into 1/4ths. Then I folded the 1/4th in half and drew half a heart starting and ending on the fold. 

how to cut folded heart

Chickadee was my first helper. She is 4 and cutting with scissors is great find motor skill practice for her. So she cut out all of the hearts. 

toddler scissor practice

After she cut the hearts out, Sprout (2.5 years old) went to town with the hole punch. A hold punch is so much fun for kids and really great for strengthening their hand muscles. 

Fine Motor Skill Practice

Last, I taped them onto string and hung them up in the breakfast nook. The Happy Valentines Bunting in the middle is from Target’s dollar section. It was $3 and is glittery so Chickadee especially loves it. However, you could easily make that yourself too. 

Valentine Toddler Activity

Just like the number sense activity I posted last week, this is a great activity for toddlers of many different ages. You could also make a template for your older child and they could trace the heart outline before cutting. 

So, do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? We will probably leave the hearts up for all of February and then change things our to Spring and Easter once March arrives. I sure hope March brings the sun and a little warmer temperatures! 

Valentine Number Sense Activity

Valentine_Number_Sense_Activity

Valentine’s is in full swing over here! We have decorated, crafted, played and eaten our fair share of Valentine themed everything, and we still have a week to go. I know people say it gets all “Hallmarky” but you won’t find me pouting on folks wanting to celebrate LOVE. Let’s do it every day! And let’s do it in February! And let’s do it on the 14th! Spread the LOVE. 

The afternoons are the hardest time of day for me. As a stay at home mom it seems the three-ish hours from the end of nap time until when dad comes home are the longest. Especially, when it is cold and or raining. I try to think ahead and have some type of activity to do with the big kids and this always helps pass the time. Seeing as we are doing all things hearts, the other day I threw together a fun heart and number sense activity. And you can too!

Valentine_Number_Sense_Game

All you need is some paper, a marker, dice & stickers. I changed things up a little bit between my four and two year old, but the game was played the same. 

For my two year old I drew a bunch of hearts and wrote numbers 1 – 6 inside them. I wanted him to work on number sense, both recognizing digits and being able to do one – to – one correspondence counting the dots on the dice. 

For my four year old, we are working on reading. So, inside her hearts I wrote number words 1 – 6. I wanted her to work on reading the number words as well as recognizing the number of dots on the dice without having to count the dots. 

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Here are what their papers looked like before we started.

Then they took turns rolling the dice and placing stickers on their paper, covering up the number digit or word they rolled. I thought this activity might be one and done, but they both asked to play again. Chickadee immediately and Sprout after he played trains for a little while! I love when activities can be fun for both of them and challenge them at their current ability levels! You could also extend this having your older kids roll two dice and adding them together. The numbers on the hearts could then be numbers 2 – 12!

Valentine_Math_Toddler

Love DOES

Yall, on Friday Mr. Groundhog “said” there is going to be six more weeks of winter. SIX. Please say it ain’t so! I’m with the folks saying #notmygroundhog

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We need Spring. Two weeks ago we found ourselves in the ER with Sprout. It was our first trip and we hit it out of the park. He started with a cough on Saturday, fever Sunday, and by early Monday morning had a rapid heart rate and seemed to be having trouble breathing. Off to the ER we went and a few hours later he was admitted with pneumonia. PNEUMONIA yall. Not even the walking kind. The on oxygen & breathing treatment kind. Poor buddy. It was heartbreaking to see him in that hospital bed. My heart broke for all the other parents in that hospital who were also sitting with their sick little ones and it was not lost on me that more than likely our stay would be short and others’ stays would be different. While serious, I knew he would most likely be okay. I was also very thankful for the wonderful children’s hospital that is Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and that we have access to it. So we were admitted to the hospital and there Sprout stayed for three days until he could sleep through the night without his oxygen levels dropping. 

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And besides always listening to your mama/daddy instinct, there is something else I learned through this experience. LOVE DOES. I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about our village before, family and friends who are always with us and for us. Find your village, love on them, and let them love on you. My Mama dropped everything, called in a sub (she’s a teacher), and showed up within a few hours (2.5 of those were driving) to take care of Chickadee and Poppy so III and I both could be at the hospital with Sprout. LOVE DOES. A dear friend and neighbor picked up Chickadee from preschool while my mom was on the way and took her to lunch so I could have a second to breathe and feed Poppy before heading back to the hospital. LOVE DOES. Friends brought meals…and they didn’t say would you like me to bring dinner, they said I’m bringing dinner tomorrow. LOVE DOES. A friend sent her sister (an art therapist at the hospital) to come bring an activity to help us pass the long days of being quarantined. LOVE DOES. So many were “on call” should we need help with the girls, meals at the hospital, a hot shower near by…LOVE DOES. And the prayers, how we coveted those, they came from all over and gave us confidence that our little man would be just fine. LOVE DOES. 

Love Does is a book by Bob Goff. In the Amazon description it says Bob is the kind of guy that knows love doesn’t stop at thoughts and feelings. Love takes action. LOVE DOES. We have a role to play in the lives of those around us. And that role is active. I was reminded of that over our hospital stay. Show up. Act without worrying if you are imposing or if someone is going to say no. Because love is an action. LOVE DOES. 

Thankfully our little man is back to himself. But I am still crossing my fingers that the groundhog got it wrong. Poppy has bronchiolitis, however is trending in the right directions. Chickadee is taking on an ear infection like a champ. And I’ve been coughing since Thanksgiving. Come on Spring. 

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Happy ALMOST Super Bowl Sunday!! Is your team in the big game? I can’t decide who I want to root for, the Patriots seems to win all the time, so maybe the Eagles. Have you asked Alexa who she is cheering for?? It’s pretty funny!

I’m popping in today to share a quick recipe for easy stuffed bell peppers. It’s been a crazy week so mama needed an easy dinner and this fit the bill! We had family in town over the weekend and had served both nachos and roast & carrots over rice, so I had some leftovers to work with. I actually use this same mixture to make zucchini boats as well so I guess it’s multi-purpose.

Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers
Yields 4
Delicious stuffed bell peppers
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Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 bell peppers (any color)
  2. 1 pound ground beef (cooked and drained)
  3. 1 cup of brown rice (cooked according to package instructions)
  4. Olive Oil
  5. 15oz can of black beans
  6. 15oz can of corn
  7. 1/2 cup salsa
  8. 1/2 onion, diced
  9. 1 tsp cumin
  10. 1 tsp chili powder
  11. 3/4 cup of cheddar or taco cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the tops off the bell peppers and hollow out the insides. Then dice up ONE of the bell peppers. Place the remaining four bell peppers in a greased baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. In a skillet oven medium to high heat, saute diced onions and pepper.
  4. Once tender add in cooked beef, brown rice, black beans, corn, salsa, cumin, and chili powder.
  5. Stuff each pepper until full and then top with cheese.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes. Then remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes. If you would like the tops a little crispy you can broil for the remaining 5 minutes.
Notes
  1. If you like a kick, add a little Tabasco sauce to the mixture as well!
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So, as much as I would like to say that my kids would eat this up in stuffed bell peppers, it just isn’t true. So to make theirs a little more kid friendly I would serve it over blue corn tortilla chips or even make a quesadilla using the mixture. They are still getting lots of good veggies! 

Enjoy!