Step-by-Step Two Easy Peasy Holiday Treats: Rice Crispy Christmas Trees and Candy Dipped Pretzels

Alright, alright I know it’s January 3rd… yes I know the holidays are over (you don’t have to rub it in). But I promised I would share some step-by-step photos of the holiday treats I posted and now you can day dream about them all year until next December.

Actually, these treats are so fun and customizable that you can change them to fit just about any special occasion, even if that special occasion is just your everyday lunch. Continue reading “Step-by-Step Two Easy Peasy Holiday Treats: Rice Crispy Christmas Trees and Candy Dipped Pretzels”


Two Easy Peasy Holiday Treats: Rice Crispy Christmas Trees and Candy Dipped Pretzels

Holiday baking is in full swing! I have baked dozens of cookies over the last week and eaten way more than I am willing to admit to. You’ll have to torture the number outta me! 

But please, whatever you do, don’t take away my cookies! 

While the oven is running nonstop it is nice to have a good holiday treat that doesn’t require baking. That’s where the simplicity of rice crispy treats and candy dipped pretzels come into play. They are so delicious and easily customizable for any occasion, I just can’t get enough of them.

I didn’t end up having Sam help me this year but both of these treats would be fun to make with your kiddos. Maybe next year he will be ready, this year I can only imagine the horror of unleashing him on these treats. It would be chaos!

Now, I apologize in advance for my scatterbrained nature. We are at the grandparents house for Christmas and just guess what I forgot… my computer. My how-to photos for these treats are on my computer back at home and I am typing this on my phone and hoping that the pictures on my phone will be sufficient for now. 

I pinky swear that I will share the how-to photos with you as soon as I can!

Anyways, back to the treats.

First, let’s talk about these Christmas tree rice crispy treats! Remember the recipe for rice crispy treats I shared with you the other day? Of course you do! 

Start with a nice big batch of rice crispy treats and after they have set up cut them into triangles. 

Or, if you’re not scatterbrained like me, I know we covered this already, use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to make them even more adorable! 

Break up a few candy canes and insert a short “trunk” into the bottom of your trees. Next, grab some green candy melts and follow the melting instructions on the bag. Once melted, drizzle the candy over the rice crispy tree in a fun and wild pattern. 

Drizzle as much or as little as your heart desires. My heart desired a lot more candy than I allowed myself to use so what I’m saying is I don’t want you to miss out on that opportunity like I did. 

Before the candy sets grab what ever sprinkles or decoration you’d like to use and go to town! I just used sprinkles this time but you could also attach mini m&ms or crushed candy canes or leave the tree unadorned. Once again, follow your heart. 

If you possess large star sprinkles use a dab of green candy melts to attach the star to the top of the tree. I had no luck finding the stars, even though I looked at 2 stores, and ended up just using some gold sprinkles. Ah well, they still taste good! 

Now, let’s look at these candy coated pretzels! Grab melting chocolate, almond bark, candy melts etc. and get them all melty melty according to the package directions. Dip your pretzels and sprinkle wildly with sprinkles,  crushed candy, different candy melts, or even chopped nuts! 

Endless possibilities, endless deliciousness! 

If you’re planning to hand out Christmas treats to your family and friends don’t bother spending extra cash on decorative boxes. If you are an obsessive box collector like I am you probably have the perfect treat boxes ready to use! 

This box was left over from Sam’s baby shower (2 years ago, yikes!) and I grabbed some tape, scissors, and pretty wrapping paper.

Trace the top of the box onto the wrapping paper and cut it out. To clean up the edges a bit fold over a 1/4 inch and tape it down. 

Tape the wrapping paper to the top of the lid with double sided tape. Pretty!

Add your treats and a bow! Ta-da! 

I also made chocolate candy cane cookies and my favorite spicy cereal party mix to give to our friends. Delicious!

Have a merry and delicious Christmas! 

Rice Crispy Treats

What makes rice crispy treats so gosh darn delicious? I’m sure it has nothing to due with the copious amounts of marshmallows.

Instead of spending extra money on these treats from the store you should try making these delightful goodies yourself. They are unbelievably easy, so delicious, and cheap!

I make these treats so often that I am actually surprised it took me so long to share this recipe with you. Continue reading “Rice Crispy Treats”

Pepperoni Pizzadillas

With how hectic and worn out I’ve been lately I have needed to come up with ultra fast and easy meals to fill our bellies.

Do you like pizza? Do you like quesadillas? Can’t decide which you want the most? Don’t decide, make these super-duper pizzadillas! Did that sound like an infomercial? If so, are you sold?

I am!

Anyways, you’ll be more than happy when you make these Pizzadillas (isn’t that a fun word?) because not only will you have happy eaters at your table, you’ll have supper on the table in no time at all. That’s the kind of meal I’m looking for nowadays. Continue reading “Pepperoni Pizzadillas”

Homemade Applesauce

There is something special about homemade applesauce. It is one of those convenience foods that we all take for granted, we can easily forget how simple it is to make our own.

Applesauce is one of those foods that I can just about guarantee Sam will eat. When he turns his nose up at everything else at least I always have a jar of applesauce handy for my picky eater.

Today, I made simple unsweetened applesauce. But you can easily add sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, or honey to give it a little something extra. Continue reading “Homemade Applesauce”

Mama C’s Fiery Party Mix

Ever since I met my husband he has been a Chex Party mix fiend. His snack of choice (at least one of them) is a tasty bag of Chex Mix and it was only recently that I started making my own. I didn’t realize how easy it is to make or how gloriously customizable it is!

Now I make a huge bowl of these tasty crunchies to serve as our snackies for a couple of weeks! If I don’t sit down with the bowl and eat most of it in one sitting.

Just so you know, I tend to use a heck of a lot of hot sauce in this recipe but feel free to use as much or as little as your family can stand. My hot sauce may not be as potent as what you have sitting on your shelf so use my measurement for hot sauce as a guideline.

My kitchen: where recipes are more what you’d call guidelines than actual rules. Continue reading “Mama C’s Fiery Party Mix”

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

My dear husband scoffs when I call turkey bacon “bacon” because he will only think regular pork bacon is true bacon. Well, you know what? Turkey bacon is a delicious alternative and he is just a poopsidoodle.

Everything, seriously, everything is better when you wrap it, top it, or drown it in bacon. Am I right, or am I right?

I am glad we had this talk!

I think I have finally cracked the code for delicious, addictive jalapeno poppers. Enjoy!

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Nacho Night: Black Bean and Velveeta Cheese Dip

Some days you just need junk food. I know, it’s bad for you but come on… Who can resist cheesy nacho deliciousness? No one, that’s who! It’s all made acceptable by piling the cheesy chips with veggies and tasty toppings.

These nachos were such a fantastic treat! There are so many flavors and textures to enjoy, not to mention this meal is so simple to pull together. This was just what I needed on a weekday evening.

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Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

First of all, you all are amazing for sticking with me even though I have been so neglectful lately! Inspiration has been low, meals have been very uninteresting, and my little family has been battling cold after cold for what feels like forever. One of us picks up a bug and passes it on to the rest, and once we’ve just gotten over it, another takes effect. We have been a miserable bunch!

But now we have so many wonderful things to look forward to! First we have Thanksgiving, and then we have our son’s first birthday party coming up in December, then Christmas, and the New Year! I am one of those people that get giddy this time of year – a never ending line of comfort food, family gatherings, and an overall feeling of happiness! Honestly, what could be better?

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Candied Flag Pretzels

Can you believe it is already September? Me neither! This Monday is Labor Day, which means picnics, grilling, family, and a day off from work. Whether you are hosting or attending a get-together for this holiday, here is a fun treat that will disappear quickly! Make sure you hide some for later! Continue reading “Candied Flag Pretzels”