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Witch & Goblin Halloween Treats

September 29, 2015

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Witch and Goblin Halloween Treat

Holidays are magical with little kids.  I feel like Halloween is really the start of the holiday season, and getting the kids involved in activities and making goodies has become a MUST at our house.  The kids and I came up with an idea to make a pumpkin patch and I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like to make it even more festive.  These would be perfect as an after school activity with the kids, or even for a party!  

The kids and I headed to Walmart to grab the necessities.  Here is what you’ll need to make Witch and Goblin Halloween treats:

The OREOs and Fanta were pretty easy to find.  Fanta was in the soft drink section.  There were cans I almost bought too, so the kids could make their own drink, but decided against that.  But that might be a perfect solution for a party.
Fanta-display

The OREOs were actually right as I walked into the store.  However, I found some more right with the Halloween candy!  So make sure to check there. 
OREO-Display

Witches Graveyard:

*OREO glow in the dark package (these come as packages of 2 OREOs, which I LOVE because then I just gave each of the kids a package, and they could help make 2 at a time, and it wasn’t overwhelming – plus they glow in the DARK!  They were in love with that.).
*Green Chocolate Melt
*Pumpkin candies
*Witch cupcake toppersOREO Graveyard

  1. First you’ll want to hold the OREO package up to the light, then take it into a dark room, and see how awesome it is when they glow in the dark.  After seeing how great it is, get ready for a graveyard.  😉  Here is the package that has the 2 OREOs in it.  I held it to the light.OReo

Like MAGIC … it was glowing SO well!  These would be so fun to pass out on Halloween.  They’re just fun to stand in your pantry with and admire too.  Lol.Glowing-Oreo

  • You’ll want to cut some pumpkin candies in half and make sure those are ready first.
  • Melt the chocolate 30 seconds at a time, or just by following the package directions.  
  • Once the chocolate is melted you’ll take your OREO and dip the top of the OREO into the melted chocolate.  
  • While the chocolate is still wet, you can place a pumpkin in the middle.Pumpkin-Patch
  • To create a witch crashing a pumpkin, put half a pumpkin on the dipped cookie, then the witch, then the other half of the pumpkin.  The pumpkin will act as book ends to keep the witch in place.Witch-by-kids
  • Let chocolate harden and cool, then enjoy!  Witch-Crash-kids
  • Always make sure to appreciate the imperfections too.  🙂  My kids loved it and were so proud of their creations even though they weren’t perfect.  That’s what makes it awesome!Witch-Kids-Crash

Goblin Freeze and Juice:

*Fanta Orange Soda
*Vanilla ice cream
*Straws/spoons & cupsGoblin-Juice-Recipe

Goblin Freeze:

  1. Pour Fanta Orange soda into an ice cream maker for 20 minutes.  The amount will depend on how big your ice cream maker is.  
  2. Once the Fanta Orange soda is starting to resemble a freeze drink, alternate scooping vanilla ice cream, and the Fanta into the cup.

Goblin Juice:

  1. Fill cup about half way with Fanta Orange Soda.
  2. Scoop 2 medium sized scoops of vanilla ice cream into the cup.
  3. Take a large spoon, and smash the ice cream around until it’s almost melted, or just falling apart. 
  4. It should be thicker than the soda with melted ice cream, it should be the consistency of soft serve ice cream.  So add a little ice cream or Fanta, depending on your drink.Witch Graveyard and

The kids and I drank this all up!  It was super yummy!  I didn’t get any pictures of it because we were too busy drinking away … lol.  It’s so fun and easy, and slightly different than a typical float, which makes it fun for a Halloween party and just a fun and different snack!

What are your families favorite #spookysnacks for Halloween?  Need some ideas?!?  Come check out some more here.  

Make sure to check out Evette Rios, host of the CBS show Recipe Rehab, she will be creating a custom Walmart-exclusive recipe that uses both Fanta and OREO.  It will be shown on the #SpookySnacks social hub. It’s always fun to get new holiday treat ideas!

Ice Cream Cone Parfait

July 22, 2015

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Ice-Cream-Cone-Parfait by Simplistically Sassy

I went to Walmart by myself the other day (I know, I was just as shocked as you are now that I didn’t have any of my 6 kids with me!  My husband is a rock star like that though), and met these adorable ladies!  They were passing out Blue Bunny vanilla ice cream with peaches.  Hello yummy!  I stopped and chatted for a moment (because, again, I was there alone and so I could) and they really were super nice.  Not to mention the ice cream was amazing!  Good company, good food.

Ice Cream Cone Parfait by Simplistically Sassy

I headed over to the ice cream section and found this giant selection of Blue Bunny ice cream.  Ice Cream Cone Parfait

I grabbed some chocolate and vanilla.  If you’ve been around my blog you know my family is totally split about vanilla and chocolate, so I wanted options for everyone.

I headed home with some ice cream, mini ice cream cones (also from Blue Bunny) and some strawberries and peaches.Ice-Cream-Cone-Parfait-Recipe by Simplistically Sassy

During the summer when I have all six kids at home, I love to include the kids whenever I can, especially when it comes to making fun treats!  My oldest was up for holding my phone while we did a time-lapse video of how to make these ice cream cone parfaits.  

These turned our super, super yummy.  I preferred the chocolate and strawberry.  I used the chocolate mini cones, chocolate ice cream and strawberries.  Amazing!  Ice Cream Cone Parfait by Simplistically Sassy

The peaches and cream also turned out great.  I used the vanilla mini cones, vanilla ice cream, and fresh peaches.  I loved the slight added chocolate from the mini cone, but even without that, it would have been wonderful!  

Ice Cream Cone Parfait by Simplistically Sassy

These are going to be a new family favorite. I love how simple they are that even some of my older kids could do these by themselves, or come up with new combos!

What is your favorite fruit/ice cream comb?
What kind of ice cream cone parfait would YOU make?

Ice Cream Cone Parfait
Serves 1
Easy fruit and ice cream parfait.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Blue Bunny Mini Ice Cream Cone
  2. 1/4 Peach or 3 Strawberries
  3. 1 cup Blue Bunny Ice Cream
Instructions
  1. Chop up the mini ice cream cone.
  2. Chop up the fruit.
  3. Layer the cone, fruit, and ice cream as desired.
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Baked S’Mores & Other Game Day Ideas

January 26, 2015

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Around Christmas time I was shopping for a little treat for my husband.  He loves ButterFingers, and I found these awesome new ButterFinger Peanut Butter Cups.  Have you seen these things?  They’re pretty incredible.  I grabbed one for him, and figured that combo couldn’t be bad.  He ended up really liking them.  So, when I went into Walmart and saw they had minis, I knew I could do somer super fun things with them.  My girls were being silly while we were there, and I snapped this picture.  This display had all the different varieties they sell.  Seriously you guys, so many options.  This combo takes this treat to a whole new level!  Butterfinger PB Cups

I knew I wanted to take this cup that just got crunchy, and make it something fun and new.  I bought some cookies, marshmallows and decided it’d be so yummy to make a baked s’more pie.  It turned out perfect.  I wasn’t sure what my kids would think of it, but them, and all of our friends kids (who were partying with us) LOVED them.  I included the recipe below so you can try it out.  So yummy.

Baked Smores for Game day By Simplistically Sassy

While we were at Walmart we also found some DiGiorno cheese stuffed crust pizza (hello yum!).  These pizzas have coupons right on the box, so the price is great (about $5.95).  We do a pizza party every Friday night at our house, and I love the option of having a great pizza just in the freezer so I’m not having to run out to buy one with all the kids in tow at the last minute (or having to pay the extra for delivery).  

We cut the pizza into stripes and then just made a goal post out of it with some veggies along the bottom.  We had more footballs cut out as well, and then added some carrots to go with those.  It was so good, and everyone loved the pizza goal post.  It’s the perfect, easy game day solution for your football spread.

 DiGiorno Game Day Pizza by Simplistically Sassy 

We also decided to add in an ice cream bar using Dryers Grand Ice Cream.  It has awesome little football shaped chocolates filled with caramel and the ice cream is swirled with chocolate and caramel.  Oh so good.  We added the ButterFinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis chopped, mini marshmallows, and some animal crackers to our ice cream bar to just spruce it up.  You could even add the ButterFinger S’mores onto the ice cream! 

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I’m so excited to share some great game day ideas today.  We had some friends over the other day and decided to try out some ideas for game day, to see how the kids liked them, and everything passed with flying colors, and it’s making us excited to watch the big game soon.

I’m super excited to share our baked s’mores and other game day ideas.  They’re simple, inexpensive, but still will be great for any crowd, big or small.

Baked ButterFinger Cup S'Mores
Serves 12
Simple, yummy baked s'mores than can be put together quickly, baked and then enjoyed by a crowd.
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
11 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box vanilla wafer type cookie
  2. 1/2 bag mini marshmallows
  3. 1 bag ButterFinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Dump box of cookies in pie plate.
  3. Dump marshmallows and ButterFinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis on top of the cookies.
  4. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes (watch closely).
  5. Once marshmallows are browned take out.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes.
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OREO Cookie Ball Game Day

January 12, 2015

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Oreo Cookie Balls for Game Day

Being a stay at home mom is awesome.  Sometimes, being able to throw a party gets me out of the rut that I get in though.  I love having other kids over, or friends, or other families over.  It just breaks up the every day to day stuff, and gives me the opportunity to let my love of being social come out.  

I think game day is one of the best excuses to throw a party.  I love it.  The other day we had so much fun with our friends.  We all got got together, chatted, ate some tacos, watched the game, and enjoyed a fabulous recipe from OREO that I’m going to share with you.  Of course, as you’d expect, I did all of this on a budget without breaking the bank.  

I decided I wanted to do something quick and easy for dinner, so we set up a taco bar.  It was perfect.  Our friends have older kids, and they were able to pick their toppings and such.  Our kids are crazy picky, and I think they ate chips, and strawberries, lol.Taco Bar by Simplistically Sassy

I wanted to make a variety of flavors for the OREO Cookie Balls, and so I found this fun OREO display at Walmart that had so many kinds of OREOs.  I had my 3 youngest kids with me, and they helped pick out what we got.  We picked regular OREOs, Golden OREOs, Birthday Cake OREOs, and Mint OREOs.  Walmart Oreo Cookie Balls

It was fun to put these OREO Cookie Balls together.  I decided it’d be fun to do a time laps video on my phone while I made them.  You can see how life really is with kids … they were distracted, then found me, needed to help.  Then distracted, then crackers appear, then they’re helping, then they’re gone, then we’re done, lol.  It’s funny.

Making the OREO cookie balls is super simple.  You just crush the cookies, then mix with cream cheese, shape and then let them freeze for about 10 minutes, and then dip in chocolate. Oreo Cookie Balls Chocolate by Simplistically Sassy

How to make Oreo Cookie Balls by Simplistically Sassy

I wanted to have some fun with the OREO Cookie Balls for the game day party we were throwing.  So, I shaped some into footballs, and some into flatter balls and put X and O on them to make the Game Play Book.  In the footballs, I also added a fun little surprise INSIDE in the middle.  I cut up small candy bars and wrapped the cookie ball around it.  It was super yummy, and no one was expecting to have something in the middle.Oreo Cookie Balls Footballs by Simplistically Sassy

I also tried to make football helmets … but they didn’t turn out too well, lol.  So they’re just balls and I stuck some football toothpicks that I found at Walmart in them.  Sometimes things aren’t perfect, but they can still be used and no one will really care.  😉Oreo Cookie Balls by Simplistically Sassy

I grabbed some white and black plastic table clothes while I was at Walmart as well and cut them into stripes and then used a large yarn needle and some twine and just threaded together the stripes.  It reminded me of a referee uniform.  It was a quick and easy (and inexpensive) backdrop.  Oreo Cookie Balls table by Simplistically Sassy The kids loved the OREO cookie balls!Oreo Cookie Balls by Simplistically Sassy

I found these props for a Photo Booth and thought everyone (of all ages) could enjoy this.  The backdrop is actually just a paper table cloth.  I just hung it up and had a bowl with all the props.  It was quick and easy , and again, perfect for a tight budget.  🙂Football Photo Booth by Simplistically Sassy

What kind of OREOs would you use to make #OREOCookieBalls ?

OREO Cookie Balls
Easy and delicious Oreo Cookie Balls.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  2. 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  3. 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Optional
  1. White chocolate, melted
  2. Small candies to go in the middle
Instructions
  1. MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  2. SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  3. CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
  4. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
  5. 1 hour or until firm.
  6. Share and enjoy!
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The Perfect S’more Bar

April 23, 2014

S'More Bar by Simplistically Sassy  Spring break was approaching.  I wanted to find something super fun to do that week, well, several things. I wanted our family to spend time together, doing fun things, and making fun memories.   Last summer we ended up buying a little fire pit.  I love a good fire, roasting hot dogs, roasting mallows, making s’mores, ya know, all that fun stuff.  I decided we were going to have a grand time the Friday night of spring break.   Well, there was a slight problem with it all.  My husband doesn’t really love chocolate, neither does my 3 year old for that matter.  In fact, both prefer graham crackers with only mallows.  If they do have chocolate with them, they’d rather have which chocolate.  This is when I came up with the idea of doing the perfect s’more birth control bar.   S'More Bar by Simplistically Sassy I grabbed some regular chocolate bars, a peanut butter cup bar (perfect you guys!  Seriously, it’s a PB cup, but in a form of a bar instead of a cup, so it’s a perfect fit for a s’more bar.  I also grabbed a cookies n’ cream bar to mix things up for my husband and have something that he and my 3 year old would, hopefully, love.  S'More Bar by Simplistically Sassy As for the marshmallows, I had to go with some big classics.  Those are always perfect plain, and in a s’more.  Peeps were in season, and a MUST try for a s’more bar.  Adds another element that was super fun and the kids were SO excited.  There were like 4 other marshmallow flavors, and I went with vanilla (ya know, since my family like that flavor).  Those were yummy too. You could get super creative in your s’more bar here though and get loads of various flavors. S'More Bar by Simplistically Sassy I snapped a picture of each of my kids eating their s’mores.  Or in my daughters case, just before she crunched right in.  I love the various faces of the kids.  They all had a blast with picking their favorites from the s’more bar, and it’s something we will totally do again for a fun family treat.

S'More Bar by Simplistically Sassy

Easter Egg Rice Krispie Treats

April 10, 2014

Easter egg Rice Krispie Treats by Simplistically Sassy

The other day at the grocery store my kids made sure to bring it to my attention that the Cadbury Mini Eggs were on sale.  I actually didn’t end up buying them … until a few days later when I had an idea of what I was going to do with them (besides shoving them in my face).  

It was while I was looking at Pinterest, with all it’s pretty Easter Egg Rice Krispie treats that I realized what I needed to make.  I needed to add the Mini eggs to the Easter Egg Rice Krispie treats … it was perfect, a match made in heaven, and oh so simple!  It’s a must try recipe.

Rice Krispie Treat Eggs with Mini Cadbury Eggs
Serves 24
Easy Krispie treats, with a delightful chocolate treat shaped into eggs.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 Tbsp Butter
  2. 4 cups mini marshmallows
  3. 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  4. 1 bag Cadbury Mini Eggs
Instructions
  1. Measure cereal, and dump into a large bowl.
  2. Melt the butter and marshmallows over medium heat stove top.
  3. Once butter and marshmallows are melted, pour over cereal, and mix until all cereal is covered with the marshmallows.
  4. Pour bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs into the mix well.
  5. Flatten in a 9x13 pan until even.
  6. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
  7. Cut into sections, and form each section into an egg shape.
Notes
  1. You could always chop up the Mini Eggs to make them smaller bits.
Adapted from Kelloggs
Adapted from Kelloggs
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