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Friday, October 31, 2014

"Pumpkin" Rice Krispie Treats


End of October- time to get dressed up, go to parties, and... eat lots of junk.  

I now have a desk job.  This girl is used to running around at my previous jobs.  Not here!  Eight hours of sitting (thank goodness it goes fast).  I am loving my job; however, there is a downfall.  With holidays approaching, it is normal to prepare for celebrations.  At my work place, it feels like we are always celebrating something and with celebrating comes food.  It's crazy. I just told myself I have to start watching it, especially since I know this booty will get ever wider as I munch on milk duds at my desk.  After I decided I was going to do better...again supervisor comes in and tells everyone we will be having a party for Halloween.  Everyone bring a treat! (FOREHEAD SLAP!!)  Maybe I'll start in November. ;)

So with the party tomorrow and not really planning, I needed something quick but cute.  These little rice krispie pumpkins are what I ended up making:

All you need:

6 cups rice krispies
1/4 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
yellow and red food coloring
mini tootsie rolls
butter for your hands---
(everyone knows you need this if you have ever made rice krispie treats! ;)

Start melting butter on low. 

Add marshmallows. 

As the marshmallows are starting to soften, open tootsie rolls. 

Also, measure out rice krispies. 

Stir the butter and marshmallows as they melt. 


Stir some more. 

After the butter and marshmallows have melted, add vanilla. 

Stir in food coloring. Mix well.  Pour mixture over rice krispies and stir again.

Now, at this point, I was unsuccessful at taking any pictures, as my hand were covered with marshmallow.  Quickly form "pumpkins" and stick a "stem" in the top.  There you go!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Simple & Rustic Wedding Decor

I'm sorry.  This isn't going to much of a post; however, I wanted to share some of the decorations we used at Luke and Laura's wedding.  I thought they were simple, yet adorable. 

These decorations have made me look twice at an empty jar or that "chalkboard" paper you find in the craft store.  

After using so few items to put these together, it gives me encouragement to do something crafty for my home. I think I shall go parooz Pinterest for some ideas! :)



Monday, October 20, 2014

Party Snack Table

As mentioned in my past post, we had been celebrating our little sister's wedding at the beginning of this month.  Wow, I can't believe she will soon be married a month!  Crazy how time flies; although, I do love Halloween so I am kind of looking forward to the end of this month. ;)  Side tracked...anyway...

While we were preparing for Laura and Luke's reception, they expressed they would really like to keep it simple.  We ended up having the dinner in the basement of the church so we decided to have snacks at the dance. (Mom always said, "Feed people at a party and they will have fun!" ;)   It ended up working very well.  I thought I would share a few ideas we used.  Feel free to expand on these ideas.  We would love to hear what you come up with!

Lemonade for the kids.  There were, uh, other beverages for the adults. ;)

We had a couple days of baking bars and cookies--15 pans! We luckily had a few left over. 

Our amazing Grandpa makes the best popcorn!  He made 20 bags to bring to the celebration.  Did I mention he's amazing!

  You can never go wrong with chips...salsa or nacho cheese!

Parties are fun! The choices we used for this particular night made it easy to keep stocked, making the night very enjoyable!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Burlap & Lace Wedding Cake

I would like to apologize for the lack of posts over the last couple of weeks.  We had been preparing for our little sister, Laura's, wedding.  (Which, by the way, during this preparation, we found some cute ideas we will be sharing. :)

Sitting at the airport, about to return home to Tennessee, I realized we neglected to inform you that it was going to be a busy month and therefore be lacking posts.  This made me I feel bad that we weren't at least sharing something.  Soooo...I decided to share a picture of the cake I made for my sister and new brother's wedding.  So as I sat at my gate, feeling sad to leave my family, I wrote this quick post.  (However, due to my faulty app on my phone, I didn't end up posting that day...sheesh.  Feeling even more neglected, aren't you! :)

Baking your own wedding cake was a lot of fun, but as noted in our information page, I come from a large family. It was a bit chaotic and a bit stressful with the amount of people we had to keep out of the kitchen, but in the end it worked out great.  Also, a huge THANK YOU to my sisters that ended up helping me, Lucy and Olivia---huge hugs! Thanks to you too Momma. ;) 

I feel very honored that we were able to make the the "face smashing" dessert. 

Now that the festivities are over and normalcy (what is that even?!) can set in, the regular posts will be shared.  

Congratulations Luke and Laura!  We love you bunches!

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