Monday, October 13, 2014

Rice Krispy Treat Pumpkins + Halloween Invite

Happy Monday!  I wish I could say I loved Monday as much as I love Friday, but that just simply wouldn't be true. We had lots of fun this weekend weekend so it makes it just a little harder to say goodbye to the weekend and hello to the week ahead.  Please tell me I'm not the only one that feels this way!?!

Saturday was reserved all day for Fall Festivals!!!  Both the pre-school and the elementary school's fall festivals fell on the same day this year so we were planning to make a day of it.  Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate for the pre-school hours.  It was off and on in the morning, but we were at cheerleading at that time.  After lunch when we got dressed and ready to head out for some fun it started raining and didn't let up.  The organizers went ahead and made the call to stop early so our kids were disappointed they didn't get to take part in any of that fun.  Lucky for them though, after about an hour waiting on the sunshine at home it was nice again and then we headed off to the elementary school.

The organizers have such a big job to get this event ready, but they do a fantastic job.  The pumpkins are auctioned off, there is a big raffle with all sorts of prizes, a bake sale, inflatables, face painting, cookie decorating, mini-pumpkin painting and more.  It ended up being a gorgeous afternoon and the kids all had a blast.

The girls wanted to do it all, but all Boo-Boo cared about was the inflatables.  He was holding his own with all of the older big kids.

After spending a few hours there we stopped by the bake sale to let the kids each pick one treat.  It was fun to see all of the different cookies, cakes, and goodies.

This year I made Rice Krispy Treat Pumpkins and the kids all helped.  They are super easy to make and look extra festive, too!  Following the recipe on the box of Rice Krispy cereal, I make as directed and just have a few minor adjustments to the directions.



1.  In a microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on high for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes.  Stir until smooth 
2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

*Modified Recipe/Directions*
Extra Ingredients
orange food coloring
one bag of miniature tootsie rolls
one can or bag of green decorators icing

  • Just before adding the cereal, add orange food coloring to dye the marshmallow mixture orange.  
  • After stirring in the cereal, form ball/pumpkin shapes instead of pressing the mixture into a pan.  
Note-I find that putting sandwich baggies on each hand and spaying them with non-stick cooking spray helps to be able to form the pumpkins.  Otherwise, you'll end up with a sticky mess on your hands.  
  • Next up, the kids like to get involved.  While I'm doing all of the above steps, they unwrap tootsie rolls to act as the pumpkin stems and as I form the pumpkins they press the tootsie rolls into the top of the pumpkins.  

  • Lastly, use the green decorator frosting to make leaves on the pumpkins.  In the cake decorating section I've found these bags or cans and they come with different tips. I am no where close to a cake decorator, but I just try a few sample leaves on a napkin and then go for it.  

I wrapped each of these pumpkins individually for the bake sale in a clear cellophane bag and tied them up with ribbon so they were ready to sell.

My kids are already begging to make some more of these, so we will definitely be making another batch for some of the other Halloween activities we have coming up.  Speaking of which, I wanted to share one more quick thing.  Since we are fairly new to our neighborhood, I wanted to plan a fun night on Halloween for the kids (and for us, too!).  I decided to have a little Trick-or-Treat party at our house and invite the other neighbors with kids.  We're planning to do a quick and easy dinner before trick-or-treating so the kids can at least get something nutritious to eat that night.  Then the kids will all trick-or-treat together and after they fill their bags with candy everyone will come back to our house to check out their loot and have some more fun!   I was going to send out an email to invite everyone, but decided a cute invitation would be so much more festive.  I asked Jen to create something simple for me, and of course, she went all out!

I know a lot of people do similar get-togethers with their neighbors before trick-or-treating so we wanted to share this invite with all of you!  Just click HERE to find it in our Etsy shop.  And with that, I'm off to work on Halloween costumes!

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