Monday, October 28, 2013

A Halloween Birthday Party!

My birthday is October 20 so I love that if I want  to I can have a Halloween themed party. I was loving the idea of caramel apples and costumes this year so I went for it!

It was also the perfect excuse to invite lots of friends over to see our new house! We had a blast and it was a great birthday! We played a Halloween trivia game I created and did Halloween charades and both were hilarious. 

On to the fun stuff!

The decor:

 I made the banner out of sparkly scrapbook paper.

 Caramel apple fondue bar! It was delicious! Find the recipe here.

 My first holiday tablescape and it makes me so happy!

 Veggies with dill yogurt dip
 Caramel apple muffins!

 White chocolate popcorn with Reese's Pieces. My favorite!
 Pumpkin chocolate chip bread! Mmmm
Finally fulfilled my lifelong costume dream of being a flapper! So fun!

Check out my awesome friends who all dressed up! 
Such good sports. And creative too might I add!

Do you dress up for Halloween? Have big plans? 
 We are passing out candy since we have already partied! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

La Terra Fina Dips and a Giveaway!

I have to say, one of my favorite things about being a food blogger is getting to work with cool brands and trying new foods, places, and fun things. 

When La Terra Fina asked me if I want to sample their dips, I of course said what any sane person would.... a resounding yes! Little did they know I would be the worst blogger for them ever. Let me tell you the story.

I had been expecting the package in the mail for a few days but had forgotten when my parents came to town since we were busy running around and showing them our new house! We came home from errands one day and found the package on our doorstep! (Side note-coming home to packages is the best!) Anyways, we were starving and hadn't eaten lunch but decided to just have a "snack" with the dips before we made lunch. We were just so excited we dove right in! I snapped one lopsided photo of the dips....thinking I would get better photos later (obviously that's what a good food blogger would do). 

Anyways, ten minutes later we had eaten all  of BOTH dips, despite our best intentions at self control (okay that's a lie, I didn't even try to stop it was too good!). And so.... all I have are these iPhone photos because I'm a lame food blogger. 

Anyways, they sent the dips with carrots and kettle chips and I loved both. We had some Ruffles though and they were divine with both dips. I was partial to the spinach one though!


 I'll stop babbling now but if you are smart you will enter the giveaway below! O and look for these delicious small containers of dips at your local grocery store or this awesome party size container from Costco that I saw the other day!

Enter the giveaway below to have a delicious 10-ounce package of the Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan and a 10-ounce package of the Artichoke & Jalapeno show up on your doorstep. You will thank me. I promise. 

Giveaway open to US Residents only. Good luck!

Disclosure: La Terra Fina sent me yummy dips to try and to give to y'all but all opinions are my own. 
Mmmm dip! 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cake Batter Rice Krispies

 You know when you pin recipes and then never use them? I'm definitely that person. The hoarding pin person.

Let me explain.

I hoard my pins until I want to make something specific. I don't often just peruse my pins for inspiration. I specifically visit boards to find something-usually one recipe. Then I look through some of the pins. Then I get overwhelmed and feel like a horrible cook/bake/decorator/wife or whatever board I'm currently perusing.

Does anyone else feel this way?

This isn't me bashing Pinterest but rather that sometimes there are so many amazing recipes and ideas out there that I get intimidated!

So it's saying something when I pick a recipe I have pinned from Pinterest! It means it looked good enough AND easy enough to not make me make boxed brownies instead (although who doesn't love boxed brownies?).

These rice krispies are more fun and sweeter than regular rice krispies and have the perfect amount of cake flavor. Feel free to add more dry cake batter or sprinkles if you want to be even more festive!

Cake Batter Rice Krispies

recipe courtesy gimme some oven
Makes 24 servings


4 tablespoons butter
1 (10 oz) bag of mini-marshmallows
1/2 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared cake batter)
5 cups Rice Krispies
1 (1.75 oz) container of multicolored nonpareil sprinkles


Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until they begin to melt. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Whisk in dry cake mix until smooth. Add rice krispies and stir gently until coated, once coated, add about half of the sprinkles and stir gently (so the colors don't bleed). Spread/press rice krispies in 9 by 13 pan and then sprinkle with remaining sprinkles.

Let cool before cutting into squares.


Are you a Pinterest hoarder? Do you ever get intimidated by all the inspiration out there?

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