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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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!

Toddler Meal Ideas

Meal Ideas Toddlers

I’m NOT an expert when it comes to making toddler meals, but I am two kids in and working on eating with #3. What we feed our children has come a long way from the 80’s when frozen chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, and applesauce were king. A lot of this change is simply from the passing of time which hopefully brings knowledge…the idea of when we know better, we do better. It’s also from folks obsession with taking pictures of food and placing it on social media. And partly from the “real food” revolution (paleo, whole30, etc.). Now I won’t pretend to be a person who has ever done whole30, and my kids get churros at Costco….but day in and day out we find balance with meals like these below. So if you are in a rut of PB&J and a fruit cup, here are some simple breakfast and lunch ideas from an average mom doing the best she can! 

BREAKFAST

I think it’s important to always have some good protein at breakfast time. We traditionally think meat, but protein is found in cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and eggs too! Costco has great prices on organic greek yogurt, organic eggs & organic raw honey. And the Kirkland brand organic maple syrup is AMAZING. I didn’t put cereal among my ideas, but I do let them have it on Thursdays. They don’t go to preschool on Thursdays so I don’t have to worry about them getting hungry and bugging their teachers at 9:00am. They bug me for a snack instead :)

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Cottage Cheese | Banana Muffin | Clementines 

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Plain Oatmeal (sweetened with honey) | Applegate Sausage | Blueberries and Clementines 

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Whole Wheat Waffle | Scrambled Eggs | Cheddar Cheese

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Plain Oatmeal (sweetened with honey) | Pears | Homemade Granola

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Cottage Cheese on Toast | Scrambled Eggs | Clementines

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Plain Greek Yogurt with Granola & Blueberries | Whole Wheat Waffle with Real Maple Syrup

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LUNCH

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Deli Everroast Chicken | Cheese Slice | Pears | Green Beans | Sweet Potatoes

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Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla Rolls | Veggie Straws | Blueberries

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Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas | Berry Medley | Veggie Straws

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Veggie Muffins | Grapes | Cucumber Sandwiches (with hummus)

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Grilled Ham & Cheese | Apples | Avocado

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Gorton’s Panko Fish Sticks | Apple Sauce | String Cheese | Carrots

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PB&J Squares | Avocado | Veggie Straws

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Veggie Muffin | Cheese Squares | Grapes | Raisins 

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Deli Turkey | Raspberries | String Cheese | Avocado

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Grilled Chicken and Cheese | Apples | Hummus & Shredded Carrots

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Ham Rolls | Veggie Muffin | Cheese Slices | Hummus & Peas

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My kids LOVE hummus so I like to mix in all kinds of veggies. They also like dipping carrots and cucumbers in hummus. Costco has some yummy veggie muffins if you aren’t up for making your own. They are in the refrigerated section. We also eat a lot of dinner leftovers for lunch. The plates and bowls are from IKEA. We have two sets and use them constantly! 

So what are your go to breakfast and lunch ideas? Do you find yourself in a rut? Try mixing things up a little bit!

Happy New Year & Ham Sliders

ham and cheese sliders

Happy New Year! How is 2018 treating you so far? We kicked it off (London style) with 14 other families and about 25 kids under 5. It was our 3rd Annual New Year’s in London Party. It always starts about 4:00 and we toast New Year’s with our friends in London at 7:00 our time. Yall I feel like it is one of my best ideas. It is always so much fun, a little crazy, and we are in our PJs by 8:30. That is my kind of party! I’ll do a post about it one day.

I realize I haven’t posted in about 3 months and I’m sorry. I feel like I am constantly catching up on this little blog now that I am wrangling three kids. I have managed to get about an hour when everyone is napping/resting but it seems to get filled up with cleaning, dinner prepping, bible study and episodes of the Crown (please tell me you are watching too!). I do take lot of pictures and always have good intentions to share with you. I can promise I’ll be back to share about Poppy this week. Here is our Christmas card picture. The kids are growing so fast!

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Poppy was SIX months old on Sunday. How can it be? She is such a JOY and we are soaking up all of our days with her and her brother and sister!

So for our New Year’s party we knew we had lots of mouths to feed both big and small. We settled on making Ham and Cheese sliders. They are a regular menu item around here and are always delicious. Plus they are easy to make and can feed a crowd. I first found the recipe in a Better Homes & Gardens recipe edition at my mother in laws and have only tweaked it slightly to make it our own. 

You will need King’s Hawaiian Rolls (everything tastes good on those!), sliced ham, white american cheese and Laughing Cow’s garlic and herb soft cheese spread. Spray a baking dish or pan with non-stick spray of some kind and then layer in this order…bottom of the Hawaiian rolls, sliced ham, white american cheese. Then spread the garlic and herb spread on the top of the rolls before placing them on the slider.

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Then poured over the top is melted butter, Dijon mustard, garlic & parsley. You can add more or less of these ingredients depending on your liking of each. For 12 sliders I use 4 tbsp of butter melted, 1tsp of chopped parsley, 1 tbsp minced garlic and 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard. Mix it together and pour over the top. 

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Finally, cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then uncover and bake for another 5 minutes. These are incredible, however if you are 4 or under like the little ones in our house, you might prefer just melted butter on top of yours! 

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Ham & Cheese Sliders
Yields 12
Simple. Quick. Delicious Ham and Cheese Sliders on King's Hawaiian Rolls
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. King's Hawaiian Rolls (12 count)
  2. 5 slices of deli Ham
  3. 4 slices of White American Cheese
  4. Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb Cheese Spread
  5. 4tbsp melted butter
  6. 1 tbsp minced garlic
  7. 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  8. 1 tsp parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a baking dish or pan with non-stick cooking spray. Slice the Hawaiian rolls and lay the bottoms in the dish.
  3. Then layer ham and American cheese.
  4. Spread the garlic and herb cheese on the inside of the roll tops and place on the sliders.
  5. In a small dish mix melted butter, garlic, parsley, and Dijon mustard. Pour over the top and cover with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes.
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Recipe
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Recipe
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Another great recipe with these Hawaiian rolls are these hamburger sliders you can bake in the oven. I also love using them for meatball sliders. You can’t go wrong! See you in a few days for a Poppy update!

DIY Fluffy Monster Slime (that isn’t sticky)

DIY Fluffy Monster Slime

How excited are you that is is OCTOBER?!!?! I would argue that it is one of the best months of the year, especially if that cool fall air has kicked in. Unfortunately, that is not the case here in Georgia. It is a nice balmy 82 degrees, the perfect weather for shorts and a tank top. We are hoping it will cool off my Halloween so we are sweating as we trick or treat this year! But aside from the weather woes, October is here and we are excited! And one thing that has us all super excited is this DIY Fluffy Monster slime. It is awesome, isn’t sticky, and best of all, will entertain your little ones for HOURS! 

I have to thank my friend Caroline for sharing the recipe with me…I’d seen her girls playing with is on her Instastories feed and I knew we needed the recipe in our house PRONTO. Chickadee has been playing with it for days and it even pulled Sprout away from his trains for a little bit, which is quite the victory! We happened to have all the ingredients on hand, but if you don’t I bet your neighbor can help you out. Here is the step by step picture tutorial. I’ll leave the recipe at the bottom if you want to print it off and see everything at once. 

First, you will need…

1 tbsp Borax, 1 cup of warm water, 8oz (2 cups or two regular bottles) of liquid glue, 3.5 – 4 cups of shaving cream, 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp contact solution, and food coloring (optional)

fluffy slime ingredients

1. In a bowl mix together 1 tbsp of Borax with 1 cup of warm water. Stir until the Borax dissolves and your mixture turns clear again.

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2. In a SEPARATE bowl, mix together 1 cup of Elmer’s glue, 1/2 cup of water, and 3.5 – 4 cups of shaving cream. Stir with a spatula until well combined. 

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3. Then stir in the contact solution to the white fluffy mixtures.

Now is a good time to add in your food coloring (you can also however add it at the end and knead it into the fluffy slime after it comes together). If you are making green you can mix a few drops of blue and a few drops of yellow)

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4. Now for the Borax solution. This is what makes our slime NOT STICKY!! While stirring slowly add the Borax solution 1 tablespoon at a time. The slime will begin to pull away from the edges of the bowl. When it begins to form a ball that isn’t sticking to the bowl you’ve added enough (it took me about 4 tablespoons)

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DIY White Fluffy Slime

5. If you didn’t add the food coloring already, you can add it now. Just knead it into the fluffy slime until it is mixed together well. You will want to wear gloves or be prepared to have green fingers for a few days!

After your kids play for HOURS! you will want to store the slime in an air tight container or a ziplock bag. It will last quite a while and give your days of entertainment. Click the recipe below if you would like to print the DIY Fluffy Slime directions for later crafting!

DIY Fluffy Slime
Easy DIY Fluffy Slime that isn't sticky!!
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp Borax
  2. 1 cup Warm Water
  3. 1 cup Liquid Glue (2 bottles or 8oz)
  4. 3-4 cups of Shaving Cream
  5. 2 tbsp Contact Solution
  6. Food Coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. In a bowl mix together Borax and 1 cup warm water until dissolved and water is clear
  2. 2. In a separate bowl mix together glue, 1/2 cup water, shaving cream, and contact solution until well combined
  3. 3. Mix in Borax solution ONE tablespoon at a time until slime pulls away from the bowl and forms a blob (3-4 tablespoons)
  4. 4. If you want to dye your slime knead in several drops of food coloring (to make green use 4 drops of blue and 3 drops of yellow)
Notes
  1. Make sure you wear gloves and word on a cutting board, bowl, or parchment paper if adding food coloring. It will dye your hands and could stain your counters until it thoroughly mixed in! Then you should be good to go!
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Enjoy your hours of fun!! or should I say freedom :)