Halloween Rice Krispie Treats Everyone Will Love

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats Everyone Will Love

This post has been updated with some pro-tips that I’ve learned after making these for a few years.

We love going to The Yard House. My husband and I love the food and beer selection, the girls love the special treats that come with the kids meal. I decided to recreate their recipe but make them into easy Halloween Rice Krispie Treats, perfect for all of the Halloween activities we have coming up this month. 

To make these Halloween Rice Krispie Treats you need the not so secret ingredient, Halloween Oreos. They taste just like regular Oreo’s but have an orange creme center that takes these Rice Krispie Treats from really good to really festive. I had to go to Target to find them but if you can’t find them locally, I linked them in my Amazon Shop here

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Halloween Rice Krispie Treat

How to Make Halloween Rice Krispy Treats

There are two things that I do a little different than some other recipes.

  1. Melt the butter and the marshmallows in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. The key here is to keep stirring and don’t rush it. You could easily melt this in the microwave but for some reason, I think it tastes better this way.
  2. I butter my 9×13 pan instead of spraying it with non stick spray. I like having the butter taste match up to the butter flavor of the Rice Krispie Treats. 

These Halloween Rice Krispie Treats are super easy and quick to make. Butter you pan and put your Oreos in a gallon zip lock bag. Using a mallet, or rolling pin, or wine bottle, mash the Oreos. I left mine a little bigger because I wanted to see the black and orange pieces clearly in the treats. 

Combine the Oreos with the Rice Krispies, melt the butter and marshmallows, then combine. It’s really that simple. 

Here is the secret to not getting entirely frustrated when you are mixing and placing the combined Rice Krispy Treats into the pan – keep your fingers greased up with butter, or cover the top with parchment paper and press it down with that on top.

I cut these into square but you could use festive cookie cutters or put them on sticks like they do at The Yard House. This will be the perfect dessert to go with our traditional Halloween dinner of Vollmer Chili.

I love when you combine the marshmallow mixture into the Rice Krispies – they literally snap, crackle and pop and I immediately become an 8 year old girl. Something so nostalgic about that sound for me. 

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats that are easy to make and fun for kids. Lots of ideas on how to serve them either in squares on a stick or festive shapes like ghosts and pumpkins. This fun recipe uses Oreos for the orange and black color pop. #halloween #RiceKrispie #treats #sweets #dessert #onastick #recipe

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

Festive Halloween Rice Krispie Treats that use Oreos for that special pop of color. 

Course Dessert
Keyword Halloween, Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 6 cups small marshmallows
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies
  • 20 Halloween Oreos

Instructions

  1. Mash the Oreos in a Ziploc bag

  2. Melt the butter and marshmallows in a sauce pan over medium heat, stirring often

  3. Combine Oreos with Rice Krispies. Mix in melted butter/marshmallow mixture until combined.

  4. Spread into a buttered 9×13 pan. Butter your fingers to press the mixture down evenly into the pan. Let cool completely before you cut and serve. 

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats that are easy to make and fun for kids. Lots of ideas on how to serve them either in squares on a stick or festive shapes like ghosts and pumpkins. This fun recipe uses Oreos for the orange and black color pop. #halloween #RiceKrispie #treats #sweets #dessert #onastick #recipe

The Only Guacamole Recipe You Need

The Only Guacamole Recipe You Need

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I have a giant love affair with avocados so it’s only natural that I have an easy, go-to recipe for guacamole. Having lived in Arizona and Southern California for 20 years, I’ve had my fair share of really great guacamole, and it’s surprisingly so simple to make if you have fresh ingredients.

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Guacamole Secret

The secret to great guacamole is in the avocados and it all starts at your grocery store. There are lots of theories about how to pick out a great avocado but it depends on when you are going to use them. Need them for dinner tonight? Pick one that is dark and consistently soft all around. Avoid avocados that have large spots of softness. Have time to let them ripen? Then get avocados that are greener and firm without any noticeable bruising. If your avocados start to ripen faster than you can use them, store them in the refrigerator. It slows down the ripening process and they last a little longer. Those suckers can be expensive, you don’t want to waste any of your investment.

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When a recipe calls for avocado’s, I always get at least two more than I really need.  As careful as I am when choosing my avocado’s, sometimes you just get a few duds.

Guac Mash

Everyone has an opinion on whether they like a chucky guacamole or a more pureed kind. I prefer mine somewhere in the middle. It achieve this magical consistency, I dice up the avocado using this tool then I use a potato masher to partially break it up.

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Storing Guacamole

Avocado will turn brown if it’s left out in the air for too long. It doesn’t affect the taste but let’s face it, no one wants to dig into a bowl of brown guac. There are two ways that I store it to make sure that it’s nice and green when it’s time to dig in. First is simple, get some cling wrap and cut a piece larger than the top of your bowl. Starting in the middle, place it on the top of the guacamole and cover to the edges. Make sure that there are no air pockets and that the cling wrap covers every bit to the edges. The second way is also simple but a little strange. Put a layer of water on the top of your guacamole. It also acts as a barrier to the oxygenation but since avocados are oily, it doesn’t affect the taste.

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Guacamole is so versatile. You can keep it as is in the recipe or add in some red onion or hot pepper of your choice. I developed this recipe while I was breastfeeding Big Nugget so I omitted the onion and just never put it back in. It’s a great condiment or appetizer for a party, potluck or simple BBQ.

I may or may not have eaten just chips and guacamole for lunch the day I photographed this…

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These are my absolute favorite chips….trust me, you’ll want that many.

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The only homemade guacamole recipe that you will need. Simple, easy, versatile and kid friendly. This authentic Mexican recipe makes a great dip, appetizer, condiment or side dish for any dinner, potluck or party. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July or summer BBQ. Easy storing instructions and tips on how to shop for avocados. #recipe #guacamole #entertaining #avocado #appetizer

Guacamole

Course Appetizer, condiment, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 3 Large Avocados
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp cilantro finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp red onion finely diced, optional
  • 1 pepper (jalapeno or serrano) finely diced, optional
  • pinch ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Peal and dice avocados combine with cilantro, minced garlic, juice of one lime and salt. If using, add onion and pepper.

  2. Using a potato masher, smush avocado mixed to desired consistency. 

  3. Mix in tomatoes and adjust salt, lime and pepper to taste. Store with a layer of cling wrap or water on top. Serve with your favorite chips or veggies. 

Pistachio Delight an Easy No-Bake Dessert

Pistachio Delight an Easy No-Bake Dessert

Pistachio Delight dessert was a childhood favorite in our house and it’s the one dessert that my friends will request that I bring to parties.

It’s a pistachio dessert with a Ritz cracker crust. It’s so simple, no-bake and so very good. I still get texts from old friends asking me for my mom’s recipe. Just like my chili and chicken soup, this dessert is super nostalgic for me, it’s a great treat to bring for an Easter or Mother’s Day brunch, a festive St. Patty’s Day dinner or just a summer BBQ.

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Pistachio Delight fun

This dessert is really easy to put together but does take some planning. You need to give the ice cream a little time to partially thaw. The pudding mixture should set for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, and the Cool Whip needs time to defrost for the topping.

Since we don’t have air conditioning in our house, I’m always appreciative of no-bake desserts during the hot months – which for us lately has been almost all year round. This dessert is something that both of the kids can help with, Little Nugget loves to smash the Ritz crackers and Big Nugget can whisk the green pudding together.

The (not so) secret ingredient to this dessert is the partially melted vanilla ice cream. I usually buy the rectangular quarts of ice cream so it’s easier to split it in half.

If you don’t have ice cream, you can leave it out and just use the full amount of milk needed and make sure you keep it refrigerated overnight though to get it nice and firm.

Pistachio Delight Dessert Pan

Nut Free Option

My nieces are allergic to nuts so we just swap out the pistachio pudding for a nut-free flavor (vanilla or strawberry are favorites) and it’s just as good. There is no reason you have to sacrifice flavor just because of a food allergy.

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Pistachio Delight

No bake pistachio dessert.

Course Dessert

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1.5 sleeve Ritz crackers, smashed into crumbs
  • 2 packages pistachio pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 container Cool Whip

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x13 pan with Ritz crumbs and drizzle with melted butter. Make sure all the crumbs are coated and press down into the bottom of the pan to make your crust.

  2. Whisk milk and pudding until just set and then fold in softened ice cream. Spread evenly over the top of the cracker crumbs - careful not to lift the crumbs into the pudding mixture. 

  3. Cover pan with cling wrap and let set in the fridge for 4 hours (or overnight). Top with Cool Whip and serve immediately or refrigerate. 

Cheesy Stuffed Meatloaf

Cheesy Stuffed Meatloaf

Cheesy stuffed meatloaf is one of my family’s favorite dinners. Growing up, our comfort foods where soup and chili but meatloaf was always a good comforting meal. I know I’ve stumbled on something good when even my Mom calls me to make sure she’s making my recipe right.

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I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to meatloaf and I usually serve it with mashed potatoes. Since I’m trying to watch my carb intake, I’ve made this with mashed cauliflower and it’s just as good. Seriously, you wouldn’t even know it’s not mashed potatoes. Or, if there are any leftovers, I just go for a super low carb snack and have a slice (or two) on it’s own.

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This is one of those recipes that I’ve been making for so long that I honestly have no idea how I found it or where it came from. I’ve been making this for well over ten years. I’ve never ever had a problem making it, it always turns out great. Except for when I made it for the specific purpose of posting it here. I bought some generic cheap wax paper and it literally melted into the turkey meat and I had to scrap it and improvise dinner that night. This time around, I made sure I had some good wax paper and it turned out perfect. Lesson learned, don’t skimp on the wax paper.

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Not a mushroom fan? It’s perfectly good without. You can play around with what you stuff into it also. I’m made a pizza version, a spinach version, the options are endless but since Big Nugget recently declared that she loves mushrooms (but only when they are cooked and NOT on pizza) I keep going back to this old standby.

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Cheesy Stuffed Meatloaf

Melty mozzerella and mushrooms make this a meatloaf that the whole family will enjoy. Best with turkey or ground beef and pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes or cauliflower for the ultimate low carb dinner. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 jar tomato paste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 3 sliced mushrooms

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, using your hands, mix together the meat, eggs, breadcrumbs and salt/pepper. 

  3. Move meat mixture to a large piece of wax paper. Cover with another large piece of wax paper. Roll mixture out into a rectangle shape about 1/4 inch thick. Be sure that it's even and not too thin.

  4. Remove the top sheet of wax paper. Spread 3/4 of the jar of tomato paste onto the rolled out meat. Cover with 3/4 cup of mozzarella and all of the mushrooms. Leave an inch of space around the edges. Save the rest of the paste and mozzarella for later.

  5. Starting at on end, roll the mixture and place in your baking pan seam side down. Tuck in the edges and make sure there are no open spots where the cheese can leak out. Keep some water nearby and dip your fingers in as you work the meat, it will keep it from sticking to you. 

  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from over and spread the remaining tomato paste to the top and cover with remaining cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10-15 minutes.

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Meal Planning

Meal Planning

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One of the things that I think my husband and I have gotten pretty good at is meal planning. He likes having the week planned out and I like having a full fridge – especially now that I’m home each day. We sit down on either Saturday or Sunday and plan out what we are going to have for dinner at least through Thursday.

Benefits of Meal Planning

Sitting down and meal planning might seem daunting but there are so many benefits. My husband is the type who could have chicken/rice/beans each night, I need to switch things up. Plus it’s better for the kids to be exposed to a variety of food. Getting it done on the weekend gives us the opportunity to do our weekly grocery shop and precook anything on Sunday.

Meal planning also gives us control over what we’re eating. I know that sounds obvious but if I’m not prepared for lunch or dinner then I tend to make easy choices and most of the time easy isn’t always healthiest.

Sometimes it’s easy to jot down a few things, other times, it feels like the hugest chore. The last thing I want to do is schlep two kids to the grocery store at 4 in the afternoon – which happens to be our witching hour.

No.

Thank.

You.

So taking the time to figure it all out on the weekend saves me from that, most of the time. Worth it.

There are a ton of meal planning services that you can subscribe to that range from cooked meals delivered to your door to planned our recipes and grocery lists. I usually pull from my favorite cookbooks, websites and old standbys. I keep the days organized in my Erin Condren planner.

If you are trying to lose weight, eat healthy, stay on budget or just be more organized in the new year, then the first place to start is with meal planning. Read about how to plan weekly or monthly meals for your crockpot, batch cooking or freezer stash for your busy family. #mealplanning #recipe #organization #dinner #newyear

Cookbooks

Skinny Taste Fast and Slow – I feel in love with this website when we were doing Weight Watchers a few years ago. This cookbook doesn’t disappoint. It has a bunch of great recipes that are either ready quickly or go in the crockpot. I think I’ve made about 60% of the recipes in this book and haven’t made a bad one yet.

Roasted – this was an impulse buy at the grocery store and was a BH&G special issue. I’ve probably used this at least once a week if not for a full recipe than just as a reference on time/temperature for a certain meat or veggie.

Oprah: Food, Health and Happiness – My husband and I are opposites in a LOT of ways and our opinion on Oprah is quite different. I think she can do no wrong and this cookbook is testament to that. It’s full of AMAZING recipes, even if they are a little out of reach for the busy family. Great inspiration though and lots of healthy tips.

Websites

Social Media – anytime I see a recipe video that looks good on Facebook or Instagram, I save it to a collection and peak back at them every so often when I need some new dinner inspiration

Skinny Taste – Like I said above, I found this website when we did Weight Watchers a few years ago and it has the most delish meals. I’ve never made anything from this website that wasn’t good or didn’t need a ton of tweaking to the recipe. She has a wide variety that could fit almost any dietary need. Some of our favorites in heavy rotation are the Chicken Parm, Broccoli Cheese and Potato soup, and all of the lasagna roll ups.

Minimalist Baker – I first heard of this website through TheGoodPathSD on Instagram. We like to do meatless Monday as much as possible and this is a great vegetarian/vegan/GF resource. These Buddah Bowls got us hooked. So good and so easy to throw together.

Two Peas and Their Pod – This is a go to of mine for treats but they also have a ton of great salad and dinner ideas. All yummy and easy to make. She also offers a meal planning service.

Go To Dinners

When I don’t have time to make our planned meal or the inevitable happens and I’m missing one key ingredient and don’t want to go to the store….these are some of the things we keep on hand so we aren’t tempted to go out to eat or order take out.

Turkey Burgers (Kirkland @ Costco), Annies Mac and Cheese and roasted veggie

Orange Chicken (from the freezer section), brown rice and roasted veggie

Easy roasted Salmon, rice/mac/quinoa, veggie from the freezer

I like to make a big batch of pasta sauce to portion and keep in the freezer as well as some homemade chicken soup or Vollmer chili. Easy to defrost and get on the table quickly.

 

If you are trying to lose weight, eat healthy, stay on budget or just be more organized in the new year, then the first place to start is with meal planning. Read about how to plan weekly or monthly meals for your crockpot, batch cooking or freezer stash for your busy family. #mealplanning #recipe #organization #dinner #newyear

This Week’s Menu

Monday – Vollmer Chili – it’s a New Years Day tradition.

Tuesday – Brown sugar/mustard Salmon, roasted sweet potatoes and quinoa/brown rice. This salmon is so easy – spread the top with dijon mustard and a little bit of brown sugar. Coat with breadcrumbs and bake for 30 minutes at 375. SO DELISH.

Wednesday – Picadillo and brown rice

Thursday – Vegan Minestrone soup

Friday – Pizza Night – not sure if we will go to our local pizza joint or get the best frozen pizza there is – Against the Grain. We usually have one of the bagged salads from Sprouts along with it.

Saturday – Stuffed turkey meatloaf. This is an old recipe of mine, coming soon to the blog.

If you are trying to lose weight, eat healthy, stay on budget or just be more organized in the new year, then the first place to start is with meal planning. Read about how to plan weekly or monthly meals for your crockpot, batch cooking or freezer stash for your busy family. #mealplanning #recipe #organization #dinner #newyear

 

 

Holiday Craft Brunch

Holiday Craft Brunch

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Can you believe that Christmas is ON MONDAY!?!?! I feel like this holiday season not only snuck up on me but flew by so fast. I’m just about done with my shopping but I’m still frantically trying to finish some last minute items, finalize menus and wrap. Ugh.

This year, I kicked off the season with a small holiday craft brunch with some other Momma’s to paint ceramics from Clay a Go Go with our kiddos. For the past 3 Christmas’s I’ve done ceramic mugs and ornaments with Big Nuggets feet and I love having my coffee out of these each morning.

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Holiday Craft

They are the perfect gift for Grandparents and I always keep one mug for myself. I posted some ideas here for unique handprint designs which some of us did on our ceramics this year.

We had the Clay a Go Go team come with an assortment of mugs, ornaments, plates and platters.

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They were so helpful getting the little one’s hand and foot prints just perfect.

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The Menu

Since this was a brunch, I did a simple menu of homemade granola which I adapted from the Pioneer Woman’s recipe and these cinnamon rolls from Two Peas and a Pod – no adaption needed because they are perfection.

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I coupled those with yogurt, fruit and Pirate Booty plus juice boxes for the kiddos and a small mimosa bar for the Mommas.

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Finished Product

We painted the ceramics at my house and then Devonee from Clay a Go Go took them back to be glazed and fired in her kiln.

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Everyone was so pleased with how they all turned out.

Last Minute Gifts

You don’t need a friend with a kiln to do some handprint gifts for people on your list. If you are looking for a great last minute gift, other than this AMAZING candle from Target, that is not only quick and easy but memorable and adorable, you can do any of these designs on a clear ornament or a canvas. You don’t need a team of artists or helpers to make them happen…although I would recommend sticking to feet with the littles who can’t follow directions to not make a fist. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.

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