Maple Bacon Rice Krispies Treats - the classic Rice Krispies Treats with a sweet and salty twist! These are so yummy!

Heeeeey guys! I can’t believe it’s Monday again. Why does this keep happening?!

Let’s go back to Friday, mmkay?

So how was the weekend?

I did that thing where I swore I was going to stay home all weekend and clean my house and then ended up doing the exact opposite.

The monthly food truck festival over in Temple snuck up on me this month and you know I can’t miss that! So the kids and I headed over there Saturday. My favorite truck wasn’t there this month but I did have a delicious plate of Hawaiian Pulled Pork Fries and something called a Redneck Taco.

The redneck taco? Honestly, I ordered it just for the name and now I can’t stop thinking about it.

It was cornbread with rice, brisket, sausage, beans, and nacho cheese on top.

It was ridiculous and amazing and I’ll be looking for that truck next month.

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S'mores Muddy Buddies! Golden grahams cereal, chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallows!

Day 2 of S’mores Week!

Okay guys, are they Muddy Buddies? Are they Puppy Chow? I always knew them as Puppy Chow but the first time I said, “WE SHOULD MAKE PUPPY CHOW!” to my husband, he looked at me like I was nuts.

So we’re calling them S’mores Muddy Buddies.

S'mores Muddy Buddies! Golden grahams cereal, chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallows!

Anyway, I’ve successfully made it through all of season 1 and half of season 2 of Pretty Little Liars since last… umm… Thursday? I can’t even explain what’s happening to my brain. I’ve already seen every episode at least once.

Why am I randomly obsessed with a show about teenagers?

Tell me I’m not alone. Anyone else marathoning it in preparation of tonight’s season finale? Or mideason finale? Or whatever they call it? I am dying to know if we’ll actually find out anything important. My hopes aren’t high. This is PLL we’re talking about.

Back to the Muddy Buddies!

Instead of the usual Chex, this recipe calls for Golden Grahams and then you melt marshmallows into the chocolate mixture. And then you add extra marshmallows!

I thought for sure I’d be able to resist it since I’m not a huge chocolate fan but I couldn’t stop myself from going back for more. Over and over again.

Nicole made S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies and I’m totally making them to scarf down while I continue watching Pretty Little Liars today!

S'mores Muddy Buddies! Golden grahams cereal, chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallows!

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Happy Sunday! Tomorrow my kids go back to school after 9 days off so we’re living it up with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes! And probably a trip to the park to fly some kites that I found in the back of my closet while packing. 

My kids are total cereal connoisseurs so they were pretty impressed by these cupcakes. They were, however, more impressed with the Skylanders Skystones game that came in the box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Do you remember being a kid and being SO EXCITED when there was a toy in the box? I can remember standing in the cereal aisle and asking my mom for a specific kind just because it had a toy. And lucky me, I was an only child so I didn’t even have to fight anyone for the toy!

But anyway, the Skylanders Skystones games are hidden inside specially marked Big G cereals. You get the box of cards and then the gameboard is on the back of the box. 

My oldest got his first Skylanders Playstation game for his birthday last month and since then all 3 of my boys have become obsessed with Skylanders. They Skystones game that comes in the cereal is so fun and I love that it fuels development through imaginative and cognitive play. And each Skystones game comes with a downloadable code to unlock characters in the popular mobile game. 

Participating Big G Cereals include: Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Lucky Charms, Trix and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. 

Basically all my favorites. 

Also, be sure to look out for special offers and free prizes inside Big G cereals all year long!

About the cupcakes?!

The cake part tastes like French toast except better because, well, cake. And then for the frosting, I used crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead of sugar. 

It. is. amazing.

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Avalanche Bars - Rice Krispies coated with white chocolate and peanut butter with marshmallows and chocolate chips mixed in!

Happy Tuesday! Back to the real world today, huh? That long weekend sure was nice.

This morning I have to take Penelope (#idiothusky) to the vet for her regular ol’ checkup. And the big plan is to drop her off and then call Clementine’s (the cockapoo) hair girl to see if she can squeeze her in before Penelope gets home.

Because, yeah, you guessed it. She still thinks Clem is a new dog whenever she gets a haircut. Like, she actually growls at her and won’t let her near the food bowls. This has happened every 8 weeks for 2 years now. 

#IdiotHusky for real.

So I’m hoping that if it happens while she’s gone, she’ll come home and think “Hey, you look different. But you’re still Clem.”

These are the things you have to think about when you live with a husky. 

Also, “$#%^, her snowprints disappeared, which way did she go?”

And sometimes, “Gahhhh, I hope I left her enough treats so she won’t pull dishes out of the sink and eat all the spatulas!”

And don’t forget, “Did you really get sick all over the modem? REALLY?!”

I’ll keep you updated. 

About these Avalanche Bars. 

I love any bar that starts with Rice Krispies. I love plain Rice Krispies treats, I love peanut butter Rice Krispies treats, I love them all. So this is kind of a dream come true. It’s the Rice Krispies cereal with melted white chocolate and peanut butter covering them and then marshmallows and mini chocolate chips mixed in. 

They are delicious and since the only real work you have to do is melting the white chocolate chips, they’re super quick to throw together and then you just have to wait for them to set before cutting them. 

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If you do nothing else today, go to Starbucks, get a White Peppermint Mocha and then email me and tell me every single detail. 

I haven’t had a single red cup yet. Can you believe it? I’m currently avoiding Starbucks because I know I’ll get talked into gingerbread loaf or cranberry bliss bars or my favorite blueberry muffins. And you guys, DAYS from now my husband will be home. I can’t be stuffing my face with muffins. 

Guess what y’all! I got my car back! It was such a mess. But I got it back! 

You guys know I live on Fort Carson. So to get to my house you have to go through an ID check point. It’s really not a huge deal to get on post even if you’re not military. I mean, the ice cream man gets through, the UPS guys, I even saw the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile go through once. But for whatever reason the dealership shuttle guy couldn’t get through. Even though they had assured me days before that he could.

So the girl at the dealership was all, “I’ll just have my boyfriend pick you up.”

And now, looking back at it, I realize that she was just being super duper helpful and wanted to do whatever she could to get me my car. 

But at the time… 

At the time, I was convinced I was about the be kidnapped. Like, seriously convinced. Like, searching through my husband’s Army closet looking for something to put in my purse that could be used as a weapon.

Yeah, this is how my brain works. So I tweeted my BFF so someone would know what happened if I disappeared and then had a massive panic attack that I then convinced myself was a heart attack.

This went on all day.

I don’t even know what to do with myself. 

So they ended up sending the poor technician out to get me and all my children because by this time all of them were home. The poor guy got stuck in traffic for an hour then got stuck at the gate getting searched forever and then had to endure a 30 minute car ride of my children whisper-screaming at each other. I totally happy cried when he pulled my car around.

And then I sad cried when I paid the bill.

Anyway, back to white chocolate and peppermint! I made Chex Mix! Well, kind of. It’s really just Chex cereal covered in white chocolate and crushed peppermints. Super simple, my favorite winter flavor combination, AND it will hold you over while you wait for the White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles to show up in the grocery stores. 

 

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