Lucky Charms St. Patrick’s Day Treat


Repost from March 2014

III was sweet enough to run to the grocery store the other day on his way home from work. I feel like maybe it was raining and I didn’t want to get out with Chickadee, but it easily could have also been because I was still in my pajamas (some days are just like that!). Cereal was on the list and much to my surprise he came home with Lucky Charms! One of my favorites even at 29 years old. I used to buy these every March for my students and they would graph all the different marshmallow shapes that ended up in their baggie. 

Last night I decided to make Rice Krispie Lucky Charm Treats. 

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It’s your basic Rice Krispie Treat recipe, only using Lucky Charms in place of the rice krispies. If you don’t have the recipe on hand, let me jot it down for you!

Lucky Charm Treats
Yields 12
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 5 cups of Lucky Charms
  2. 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  3. 3 tsp of butter
  1. 1. Melt butter in pot
  2. 2. Stir in marshmallows over medium/low heat & stir until melted (spray your spatchula with cooking spray to prevent stickiness!)
  3. 3. Once melted remove from heat and add in your Lucky Charms
  4. 4. Pour into greased dish
  5. 5. Enjoy!
Adapted from Original Rice Krispie Treat Recipe
Adapted from Original Rice Krispie Treat Recipe
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And there you have it!


I may or may not have eaten one for breakfast :O It is cereal, right? Oh, and I would be amiss if I didn’t show you my adorable “sous chef!”

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And here she is last year, sporting this cute Rainbow necklace (a great fine motor skill craft!)

Before you go, here are a few more RAINBOW treats for you to check out as we get closer to Saint Patrick’s Day!

Garlic Knots (shhhh…from biscuits)

garlic knots from canned biscuits

I may have mentioned before, but every Friday night around here is Pizza and a Movie Night! It is a tradition we started a few months back (once the big kids could come close to sitting through a movie) and it is one we all look forward to each week. Sometimes we order pizza, sometimes we pick up a frozen pizza on sale at Publix, and lots of time we make the pizza using this simple. clean. pizza dough recipe.  After visiting a local restaurant with DELICIOUS garlic knots I decided these would occasionally be a great addition to our Friday night indulgence. I had some leftover biscuits in the fridge and they worked perfectly for garlic knot dough. They are seriously delish.

You simply pop open your biscuits and cut them in half. Chickadee helped me some with this and used her Curious Chef knives. These are great if your toddler/child wants to help out in the kitchen. They are sharp enough to chop biscuits, fruits, peppers, etc. but shouldn’t cut anything they aren’t suppose to!

Curious chef knives

Then roll out each half and tie them in a knot.

Garlic Knot Rolls

How to tie a garlic knot

Finally, mix up the topping and brush about 2/3 of it onto the garlic knots before placing in the oven to cook for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees. 

Garlic Knot Topping Mix

Brush on the remaining topping after you pull them out. Enjoy warm with marinara sauce.

Garlic Knot Recipe using biscuits


Garlic Knots from Canned Biscuits
Yields 16
Simple. Delicious. Garlic Knots from canned biscuits
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 can of Annie's Homegrown biscuits (8 count)
  2. 1/3 cup of butter, melted
  3. 2 tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese
  4. 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  5. 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  6. 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  7. 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a small bowl mix together melted butter, parmesan cheese, garlic, oregano, parsley and salt
  3. Open biscuits and cut each circle in half.
  4. Roll each half into a "snake" (as my toddler says) about 5-6in long
  5. Then tie each snake in a knot
  6. Place knots on a baking sheet, then brush each knot with the butter mixture, saving about 1/3 to use after baking
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until browned
  8. Brush with remaining butter mixture and serve immediately (we prefer with marinara sauce)
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garlic knot recipe

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
  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)
  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
  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’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!


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. 




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!