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3 Family Easter Traditions

March 8, 2016

Do you have some favorite Easter Traditions?  3 Family Easter Traditions

Are there certain family Easter traditions you and your kids look forward to every year?  As time goes on, I find myself and my husband making more of an effort to bring Christ into Easter.  

I’m so excited to share this amazing #hallelujah video.

We make more of an effort to make sure the Easter Bunny isn’t the focus.  The Easter Bunny actually comes on Saturday at our house.  The gifts left in the basket do have lots of fun candy – but the gift is always pointing to Christ.

I am so excited to share 3 Family Easter Traditions you can start this year that help bring your family closer to Christ.

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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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Peppermint Kissed Christmas Popcorn

November 11, 2013

Christmas Popcorn   Are you ready for these amazing and easy peppermint kissed Christmas popcorn? They are SO easy you guys.  Only 3 ingredients are needed.  It’s true!  Of course, you can add (or subtract … if you really wanted to for some reason). Let’s dive right in.

What you’ll need:
Popcorn – I used just under 10 cups and it worked great.
1 package Candy Cane Hersey Kisses
1 cup M&M’s – I used the Christmas ones.
Popcorn

First of all, make sure you don’t have unpopped kernels in your popcorn.  That’s no fun to bite into when you’re not expecting it. Next you’ll want to unwrap all those kisses (it really doesn’t take as long as it sounds like it does), and put them in a microwave safe bowl.  Put them in for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat.  After that, mine were melted enough after stirring them a second time, that it was fine.  You don’t want to over melt them or they could go all weird on you.

Christmas Popcorn 1

Pour the kisses over the popcorn and stir until all the popcorn is covered. Add in the M&M’s and stir really well.  You can add more if you’d like.

Popcorn 3

Lay wax paper on a cookie asthma sheet, and you can either spread it all onto the cookie sheet, or use a 1/4 cup measure, and dish that out onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper.

Popcorn 5

Put that in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to harden up the chocolate. Break up into chunks if you just spread it all onto to the cookie sheet.  If you did the balls it’s the perfect size to put in little baggies and tie with a cute ribbon, and tag to give to a friend.  🙂  It’s also the perfect size to just pop in your mouth and savor the awesome Christmas popcorn balls taste that is super yummy.  🙂

Alternatives: Omit M&M’s for some other candy you love. Use peppermint M&M’s instead. Use Oreo’s instead. Add candy canes for more peppermint flavor.

I’m so excited to be participating in a Virtual Bake Sale hosted by Our Thrifty Ideas!  Check out all the other awesome bloggers that have been baking this month too!  🙂

Christmas Popcorn 1


Marshmallow Ghosts

October 2, 2013

My (almost) 4 year old is in love with marshmallows right now.  We had a few extra from a baby shower I recently hosted, and I was trying to think of a fun treat to make with them (read that as: to get rid of them ASAP and get them out of the house).  It just dawned on me how fun it’d be to just grab some mini chocolate chips and make little marshmallow ghosts.

I decided to just grab my phone and do these photos, and share on Instagram!  If you don’t follow us on Instagram, you should!!  You can click up above, or just search for @karasimpsass.  It’s a fun behind the scenes look into the life of a mom with 6 little kids!
Marshmallow Ghosts

 

What you’ll need:
Large Marshmallows
Mini Chocolate chips
Toothpick
Marshmallow Ghosts

 

First you’ll want to take the toothpick, and poke two holes in each of the marshmallows.
Marshmallow Ghosts

Once you’ve done that, you just take a couple mini chips, and stick them in the holes.  You kind of need to push them in there so they stay, but it’ll work.  🙂

Ta da!  Easy, cute little marshmallow ghost for a party, or just to make with the kids.  🙂
Marshmallow Ghosts

4th of July Treats, Activities, and Decor

July 3, 2013
Quick & Easy 4th of July Tutorials
 

Still trying to figure out what to do for the 4th of July?  Need a quick activity, treat, or something else awesome?  I’ve got it for you today!  Hooray!!  Check out these awesome picks for easy, adorable 4th of July Ideas!!

Events to Celebrate has a list of adorable FREE printables.  She has several different places she found them, and there are several different styles to accommodate everyone!
Free Patriotic Party Printable from Catch my Party
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 Aren’t these chocolate covered pretzles adorable?  So easy too!  Add a little sparkle to your 4th of July food table!  These are from A Pinch of Glitter!
4th of July Sparklers from A Pinch of Glitter
 
Okay, I know this may not be a quick thing for some.  If you can sew, then it’d be so cute to whip this up with some bandannas!  I LOVE this and seriously hope to make one for our family.  Such an adorable idea. Check out how you can make one from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
Bandanna Quilt from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
 
These are a creation I made up.  They are made with pureed strawberries, Yogurt, and pudding!  So easy and so good.  Freeze without the sticks and you’ve got ice cubes to add into your Lemon Lime Drink, and it’ll add a little flavor that’ll be awesome!  You can find them here from Simplistically Sassy.
 
I LOVE this idea so much.  I have two friends that have done this with their kids, and they totally turned out great!  I am debating if I’m going to throw myself into going to the store to grab the supplies.  Aren’t they awesome though?  So cute.  The directions can be found on Crafty Erin.
Flag Shirts from Crafty Erin
 
Alright, I think these would be SO fun to make, eat, and see at a party!  I was going to make these, but the cereal wasn’t on sale that I’d need, and I’m super cheap like that.  However, I am totally making these at some point.  They are rice krispie treats with white choloate in the middle!  Hello delish!!!  LOVE!  These are from the kitchen of Measured by the Heart!
 
Rice Krispie Treats from Measured by the Heart
 
Hope those are helpful!  All do-able in a little bit of time!
 
What is your families favorite 4th of July tradition??

Red, White and Blue Ice Cube Pops

June 27, 2013
Sugar Bee Crafts Red White Blue
 
I’m so excited to be sharing this via the Red, White and Blue Sugar Bee Crafts series!  Make sure to head over to her blog and check out the other AWESOME ideas that the other great bloggers have contributed.
 

Red, White & Blue Ice Cube Pops
The 4th of July is the perfect day to spend enjoying a nice cool treat.  It’s generally fairly hot, and it’s a great way to cool down.  I recently saw the idea of making a Popsicle in an ice cube tray.  While I’ve seen something like this before, I hadn’t really thought about making a mixed Popsicle before.  I love the idea because they are smaller than a regular Popsicle, but you can still get a huge flavor from them.
 
Alright, here is what you’ll need to make some Patriotic Ice Cube Pops:
-Ice Cube Tray
-Toothpicks
-Blue food coloring
-Vanilla Yogurt (You could try blueberry too)
-Small box Vanilla or Cheesecake Instant Pudding 
– 1 1/2 cups Strawberries cut – then pureed.
-2 or 3 TBSP surgar
 
Start by cutting up your strawberries.  Once they’re cut, add your sugar. Then you can either throw them in a blender, food processor, hand blender, whatever you’ve got.  You can leave cancer them with some chunks, but you’ll want them pretty pureed. 
Red, White & Blue Ice Cube Pops
 
Next, mix up your pudding according to package directions.
Red, White & Blue Ice Cube Pops
 
Put a couple drops of blue food coloring into your vanilla yogurt, and mix it in.  If you do blueberry, it’ll probably be more of a purple color.
Red, White & Blue Ice Cube Pops
 
Next, just take a spoon, and layer the pops however you’d like to.  I tried to mix it up so there could be a variety of Patriotic looks to them.  I found that I could put any of the layers in any order, and they all did great.
Red, White & Blue Ice Cube Pops
 
Stick toothpicks in them once you’ve got them all filled up, and put them in the freezer.  Let them set up for about 2-3 hours.  It may not take that long, I just wanted to be on the safe side.
Red, White & Blue Ice Cube Pops
 
Once they’re frozen, just run the bottom of the tray under warm water for a second, and twist the tray a bit, and they should pop right out.
Super easy for even the littlest family members to enjoy, without getting TOO messy.  🙂
Red, White & Blue Ice Cube Pops
 
What is your families favorite 4th of July tradition?