November 22, 2014

Easy Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

Need a super easy holiday dessert that everyone will love? Try these Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats. I mean who doesn’t love rice krispie treats? They’re the perfect combination of gooey and crunchy!

Super easy holiday dessert that everyone will love! Chocolate peppermint rice krispie treats

Drizzling them with chocolate really takes an ordinary rice krispie treat and makes it into something special!

FYI: I do believe I saw gluten free rice krispies at either Trader Joe’s or Kroger (so check your grocery store if you want to substitute those for regular Rice Krispies).  Also, you can cut these into mini squares for a more grownup presentation.

Easy Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

5-6 C. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
1 10.5 oz package of Peppermint Marshmallows (check the seasonal section of your store)
4 tbs. butter
4 oz. chocolate chips or chocolate candy melts, any brand (white chocolate looks pretty too)
5 candy canes, crushed (or peppermints if you don’t have candy canes)
2 small sandwich baggies
Kitchen scissors

How to make chocolate peppermint rice krispie treats

Directions:

1. Melt the butter and peppermint marshmallows on low heat stirring frequently until melted.

2. While the marshmallows and butter are melting, line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with some non-stick cooking spray. This will help tremendously with sticking.

3. Once the marshmallows and butter have completely melted, pour in the Rice Krispie cereal and stir well coating all the Rice Krispies.

4. Quickly pour the mixture in the baking dish and press down. Evenly. This is where sandwich baggie #1 comes into play. I wore it like a glove and sprayed it with non-stick spray and then evenly pressed down on the Rice Krispie bars making them even in the pan.

5. Pour the chocolate chips into a small microwave safe dish and heat in 20 second increments, stirring every 20 seconds until melted. Remove from the microwave and let cool a few minutes.

Easy holiday dessert! Chocolate covered peppermint rice krispie treats!

Scoop the melted chocolate into sandwich baggie #2 and snip the corner of the baggie with the kitchen scissors.

6. Gently squeeze the chocolate out of the sandwich bag over the Rice Krispie treats. It doesn’t have to be perfect, I just criss-crossed and went back and forth.

7. Lastly, sprinkle with the crushed candy canes (or peppermints). They will stick on top of the melted chocolate.

8. Cut evenly into 24 squares. 2 squares = 1 serving. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Easy Christmas dessert! Chocolate peppermint rice krispie treats!

Let me know if you try this recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats!

Easy Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats
 
Author:
Recipe type: Chocolate Drizzled Rice Krispie Treats
Cuisine: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 5-6 C. Kellogg's Rice Krispies
  • 1 10.5 oz package of Peppermint Marshmallows (check the seasonal section of your store)
  • 4 tbs. butter
  • 4 oz. chocolate chips or chocolate candy melts, any brand (white chocolate looks pretty too)
  • 5 candy canes, crushed
  • 2 small sandwich baggies
  • Kitchen scissors
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter and peppermint marshmallows on low heat stirring frequently until melted.
  2. While the marshmallows and butter are melting, line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with some non-stick cooking spray. This will help tremendously with sticking.
  3. Once the marshmallows and butter have completely melted, pour in the Rice Krispie cereal and stir well coating all the Rice Krispies.
  4. Quickly pour the mixture in the baking dish and press down. Evenly. This is where sandwich baggie #1 comes into play. I wore it like a glove and sprayed it with non-stick spray and then evenly pressed down on the Rice Krispie bars making them even in the pan.
  5. Pour the chocolate chips into a small microwave safe dish and heat in 20 second increments, stirring every 20 seconds until melted. Remove from the microwave and let cool a few minutes.
  6. Scoop the melted chocolate into sandwich baggie #2 and snip the corner of the baggie with the kitchen scissors.
  7. Gently squeeze the chocolate out of the sandwich bag over the Rice Krispie treats. It doesn't have to be perfect, I just criss-crossed and webnt back and forth.
  8. Lastly sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. They will stick on top of the melted chocolate.
  9. Cut evenly into 24 squares. 2 squares = 1 serving. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

 

Tips For Saving Money On Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a holiday where you are usually hosting a crowd and making many different types of dishes, so it’s really easy to go over your budget! You can still have a lovely Thanksgiving without breaking the bank. Here are some ways that you might be able to save on your Thanksgiving Dinner.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to break the bank. Here are some tips for saving money on Thanksgiving dinner

9 Tips For Saving Money On Thanksgiving Dinner

1.  Trim the Menu –  If you’re having a small gathering don’t feel like you have to buy a whole turkey and make all the trimmings. You could just get a turkey breast. Last year there was just the 3 of us and I just bought turkey legs and only made our very favorite sides (since I didn’t have to make other people’s favorite sides). We had enough for sandwiches and leftovers for one more meal and that was fine for us.

2. Share the Menu – if you’re having guests let them bring something. Don’t cook everything yourself. Most people want to contribute. Even people that don’t cook can bring soda, napkins, bagged salad greens etc. This helps save not only money but time too.

3. Don’t serve alcohol. Booze is expensive for a large crowd. You can ask others to bring the wine/beer. If you can’t do that then go for the cheaper boxed wine.

4. Use natural decorations or make your own Thanksgiving decor. There are so many cute Thanksgiving/Fall printables, candle centerpiece ideas, banners, place cards etc that you can make yourself.  You don’t have to spend money on buying decorations.

5. Be a smart shopper. Shop your pantry first and then be sure to check your store ads for special offers. Check websites for coupons. For example if you always buy a Butterball turkey I would check out their website. I know they offer coupons. Some stores offer a discount on the price of a turkey if you buy $x.xx amount of groceries. You might even snag a free turkey! Of course if you kept a price book, you would know what you paid last year, when it went on sale, and whether the price is the best now!

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can throw your budget off. Here are some great tips for hosting Thanksgiving on a budget!

6. Unless you stocked up on pecans when they were a good price I would skip the pecan pie and go with apple. Apples are in season and less expensive than pecans. That goes for other dishes as well. Choose the simpler sides. Make cornbread stuffing instead of chestnut/oyster

7. Borrow stuff from friends and family. Need a large platter for that turkey, gravy boat, more glasses. Borrow them instead of buying them. If you have to buy these things wait until after Thanksgiving when stores will clearance their inventory and you’ll have your own for next year (or Christmas).

8. If you are having lots of people over you might want to try turning down the heat. All those bodies throw off heat and I know I’m always hot in a large crowd.

9. Make Stock – Save the trimmings from any fresh veggie side dish you make and be sure to use that whole turkey up! Make stock with the carcass and/or vegetable trimmings when it’s all over . Then your groceries are doing double duty!

Just remember the big picture –  Thanksgiving is about being grateful for all the great things in your life and celebrating with loved ones. Don’t stress yourself out trying to have the perfect house or the perfect meal. Just enjoy the day!

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My Thanksgiving Pinterest Board

 

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

The Homemakers Creed

I started my Saturday morning with a fire in the fireplace, a nice hot cup of coffee and this homemaking post by Susan Branch.  Which was a lovely start to a busy day. Then while looking through Pinterest that same day,  a related pin in my feed (you know the ones by people you don’t follow and probably don’t know) caught my eye. It was Betty Crocker’s Homemaker’s Creed (with a link to a post about Betty Crocker where I learned that she wasn’t a real person!).  She was a corporate marketing strategy but they really put a lot of effort into “her”. She became the icon for homemaking in America!

The Homemakers Creed from Betty Crocker

I found the Homemakers Creed from Betty Crocker very inspirational, so I wanted to share it with you!

The whole story behind Betty Crocker is so fascinating that I ordered  the book “Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America’s First Lady of Food”.  You can get it used for $0.01  on Amazon or $11.89 on Kindle. I had a sample sent on my Kindle so I can start reading it now.

Finding Betty Crocker Book

I’ve always thought of homemaking as a an art & serious job. After all, my blog used be called The Pleasures of Homemaking before I changed it to A Cultivated Nest (although it’s the same idea just shorter name ) :)

Some people may think that the statements in the Homemaker’s Creed are old-fashioned ideas, but I think there are a good many women that want a good family life and want to manage their homes well.

What are your thoughts on the Homemaker’s Creed?

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

A Pretty Kitchen Shelf With Hooks or A Place To Hang My Aprons

I am having such a hard time getting used to this kitchen! We’ve been in this house for 3 weeks and I just can’t seem to figure out how where the best place would be for stuff or a work flow. I did realize that I couldn’t dedicate a whole drawer to pot holders/oven mitts like at my old house. So I had to find another way to store them and decided that hanging them would be the best storage solution.

A pretty way to provide some extra storage for potholder and aprons.

I also hung up my two favorite aprons! I  had a cute wire basket with hooks that I got either at TJMaxx or Target and I had a picture ledge from Ikea. So I combined the two and now have some vertical storage and a little place to display stuff in the kitchen.

Pretty place to hang your aprons and pot holders. Great way to increase storage if you don't have lots of drawers in you kitchen.
If you’ve ever seen a picture ledge you know it’s really narrow since you’re supposed to just prop pictures on it. So there’s not a lot of display space. Which was my intention in using it.

Cute kitchen shelf with vintage ceramic rooster and some free printables

I just wanted a little space to easily display a few fun things. Something easy to change without a lot of hoopla! The “Together We Have It All” is a free printable from Entirely Eventful Day. She has lots of really pretty ones so go check them out. I can’t remember where I got “Home Is Where Your Heart Is” – etsy I believe. “God Bless Our Home” I’ve had for many years so I have no idea where I got that.

Cute kitchen shelf with hooks for pot holders and aprons

I treated myself to some new  holders since they’re out where everyone can see them :)  from Target.  The cute polka dot pot holder and the patchwork one were gifts from a reader.

Cute kitchen shelf with hooks and cubbies provides needed storage and display space in a small kitchen

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with the cubbies  – I already have a place for incoming mail. Maybe a place for outgoing mail, coupons to retail stores (not grocery coupons). Maybe I’ll just use them to display cute printables.

What would you use those cubbies for?

Linking to: Frugal Fridays

10 Clever Kitchen Tips You Need to Know

I thought it would be fun to share some kitchen tips and tricks with you. Some of these I’ve tried and others I want to try!

10 handy kitchen tips and tricks to help you in the kitchen! Love the butter one!

Here are 10 handy tips & tricks to help you in the kitchen!

10 Kitchen Tips

10 kitchen tips you need to know like this one from Naturally Loriel

1. Instead of using your finger to get that piece of broken egg shell out of the bowl use one of the egg shell halves! How to Easily Remove A Broken Egg Shell

10 Amazing kitchen hacks you need to know like this one!

2. Have you ever tried using your mixer to shred chicken? I have and it works great! I like to make big batches of shredded chicken that I freeze in meal sized portions.  Perfect shredded chicken every time!

10 Kitchen Tips you need to know.  Like how to make these almost instant mashed potatoes!

3. I microwave my potatoes all the time instead of making baked potatoes, but for some reason I never thought to use those potatoes to make mashed potatoes?  Almost Instant Potatoes

10 kitchen hacks you need to know like this one.

4. I tried wrapping the stem of a bunch of bananas in plastic wrap and I didn’t feel that worked so I’ve got to try this tip of separating the bananas and wrapping the stems – read more about it here

10 kitchen tips you need to know like this one to pre-heat your baking sheet or pan to save cooking time and no flipping!

5. You don’t have to flip your fries and some other foods if your pre-heat the baking sheet  or pan (not just the oven)! Time saver! 3 Reasons Why You Should Preheat Your Baking Sheet

10 kitchen hacks you need to know!

6. Forgot to take your eggs out of the fridge? Get your eggs at room temperature in 5 minutes with this tip.  How to Quickly Bring Eggs to Room Temperature 

Great list of kitchen hacks like this one!

7.  Do you feel like you don’t have any cake decorating skills? Use cookie cutters to help you decorate a beautiful cake (use metal ones to make shaped pancakes). How To Decorate A Cake With Cookie Cutters

Kitchen tip for cutting butter into flour when it's frozen.

8. I can’t wait to try this tip!  I always buy extra butter and freeze it. Sometimes  I forget to take it out to let it defrost when I need some for baking.  Grate the frozen butter into your baking mix! Kitchen Tip For Cutting Butter Into Flour

10 Kitchen tips like this one for avoiding freezer burn on ice cream

9. I use this trick when storing leftovers in the freezer but it works on ice cream too.  Put some plastic wrap on the top!  How To Avoid Ice Cream Freezer Burn

10 awesome kitchen hacks!

10.  I always do this and it makes clean up a breeze. When you’re measuring honey, molasses, peanut butter or anything that’s sticky, spray your measuring cup with some non-stick spray first.

What’s you favorite kitchen tip or trick?
10 clever kitchen tips & trick you need to know!!

You may also be interested in:

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or check out my A Organized Nest Board for more great tips

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Sweet & Simple Projects: Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament

Are you in the mood for some easy holiday crafting? If so, give this cute and inexpensive to make pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornament a try. This is #2 of my Sweet & Simple DIY Projects series.

Easy to make pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornament. So cute and a great kids activity!

You can make your own pipe cleaner tree ornament using a just a few simple materials, and the end result is a sweet little tree ready to hang on your real Christmas tree. This is a great craft to do with kids!

Here is how you can get started crafting your own ornament!

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament

Supplies needed:

Stick (about 6 inches in length is ideal)
Assorted green pipe cleaners
Craft glue
Ribbon for hanging
Scissors

holiday pipe cleaner craft

Choose the type of pipe cleaners that appeal to you for your tree. For this one, I used sparkly green one found at  my craft store. You can use plain green, neon green, sparkly, or a variety of all if you like!

Directions:

1. Begin by laying the stick flat on your work surface.
2. Cut your pipe cleaners in half. Begin twisting them around the stick evenly so there is an equal amount of pipe cleaner on each side of the stick.
3. Repeat the process until ¾ of the stick is covered with pipe cleaners. Leave the bottom bare so it looks like a tree trunk.
4. Take your scissors and start trimming the pipe cleaners so they taper and form a tree shape. Start at the bottom, trimming off a little more as you work your way upward.
5. Once the tree is the shape of your liking, you can add the ribbon for hanging. Just add a dab of glue to your ribbon and attach it to the backside of the tree. Just place it directly on the stick, press, and hold until secure.

how to make a pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornament

Your pipe cleaner tree is now ready to be enjoyed. Hang it on your Christmas tree or anywhere you can use a little festive holiday décor.

You may like this other Sweet & Simple Project:

DIY Burlap, Gingham, Wheat Napkin Ring

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