Party Bark Treat Recipe

Party Bark Blue Jar

Want to know my go to treat for any holiday or celebration?  Party bark!  It’s so easy to make (it takes just minutes to put together!) and is a fun, festive touch.  Plus, it’s delicious.  And incredibly addicting.  So if you are making for a big group make sure you double!

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The ingredients are simple.  M&M’s, pretzels, white chocolate and sprinkles!

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Step 3 Rainbow Bark

Yeah.  It’s really that good.

party bark If you’ve made it this far without it disappearing – congratulations! :)

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RAINBOW BARK JAR BLUE

At this point you have 2 options.  Put it out for everyone to enjoy or stick it in a jar so you can hide it.  You can tell which route I like to take.  :)

RAINBOW BARK LOOKING DOWN INTO JAR

Isn’t it pretty?  So colorful! Party Bark green

If you are looking for some fun ideas to customize:

Use holiday sprinkles (they even have themed sprinkles like butterflies, flowers, heck, they even have Spongebob sprinkles!)

Customize the M&M’s to your holiday or event (We’ve even made these as teacher gifts and made the M&M’s our school colors!) Amazon is a great place to order them!  You can order all blue, yellow, green etc.  You can order directly from M&M’s but it can get a little expensive!

Use food coloring to color the white chocolate.

RAINBOW BARK NAPKIN

If you are giving them as a gift you can put them in a treat bag with a colorful ribbon or even small Mason Jars.  I love the jars!  Print off a cute label for the tops and you have an instant adorable gift!

party bark blue Or you can leave it as is.  Because it looks pretty darn festive already! :)

Party Bark Green Jar

Party Bark Treat Recipe

Party Bark Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 oz of M&M Mini's
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 16 oz white chocolate chips (1 1/2 bags)
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a 9X13 baking dish with wax paper.
  2. Spread 3/4 cup of M&M's out in the baking dish.
  3. Crumble up the pretzels and add to the M&M's. You don't want to crush them too much!
  4. Melt the chocolate chips. Just microwave for 30 seconds and stir until melted.
  5. Pour the chocolate on top of the M&M's and pretzel mixture.
  6. Top with the remaining M&M's and sprinkles.
  7. Put the dish in the refrigerator to set.
  8. After it has set, cut into pieces and it's ready to serve or gift!
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We first learned about this fabulous treat from Simply Staci who calls it Rainbow Bark.

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10 Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

10 Valentines Day Dinner Ideas

Have you heard?  Valentine’s Day is coming!  Soon!  Do you know what you are going to have for dinner to celebrate?  Maybe you go out with your spouse, but if you are thinking of staying home here are 10 Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas to help make it the best Valentine’s Day ever!

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How to Grill the Perfect Steak

Six Sisters’ Stuff shares with you the secrets to grilling the perfect steak!  Very important stuff! :)

Heart Meatloaf Muffins

Miniature Love Meatloaf

B-Inspired Mama made these super adorable meatloaf muffins.  Everything is fun in miniature sizes and add a ketchup heart and you have a festive meal!

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Heart Shaped Pizza

Heart shaped pizza is a fun and kid friendly dinner!  Cut the pepperoni into hearts and you have a festive pizza pie!  This one is from The Homespun Heart!

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French Bread Pizza

Here is another pizza inspiration for you from the Workman Family!  I love the idea of the French Bread!

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Hamburger Hearts

Hamburger shaped like hearts?  How fun!  This idea from Celebrating Holidays would be a big hit in our house!

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Calzones

If there is one thing that makes dinner fun at our house is having individual size foods!  Messy Aprons hits it out of the park with heart shape calzones that can be customized with the fillings of your choice.  (I like mine with spinach and Ricotta!)

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Bacon hearts

Bacon can make just about anything better!  The Paper Mama not only shows you how to make Bacon Hearts but shows you tips and tricks to get the best hearts!

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Salad

This adorable salad is also from The Workman Family.  Cut cucumbers, cheese slices, tomato slices, etc with mini cookie cutters.  Try hearts, x’s or o’s!

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Heart Shaped Roasted Potatoes

I think that Haniela’s Heart Shaped Roasted Potatoes are absolutely the cutest potatoes I’ve ever seen.  This would be a great way to make lots of roasted veggies!

Rhodes Rolls

Heart Shaped Rolls

Heart rolls?  Yes please!  Rhodes has the how to for you to make some for your table!

There you are!  10 ideas to make your Valentine’s Day dinner the best ever!

 

 

Free Printable Valentines – Cereal Valentines

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These were my son’s valentines a few years ago and they are our favorite valentines we’ve ever done.  He took them to school and I had emails from parents and teachers saying how cute they were.  Candy alternative?  Yep.  Fun?  Yep.  Cheesy?  Yep.  All the qualities of a great valentine! :)

If you want to print your own valentines or see more pictures of them you can see our full post here.  Free Printable Valentines?  I’ve got you covered! :) You just print, cut out and attach.  Easy peasy.

Now I just have to decide, are we going to do these again this year or try something new?  Hmmm…..

Cereal Box Valentine’s – with printable tags

Here are the Valentine’s we did last year! :)
This year we wanted something different for Valentine’s Day.  As much as we love candy — we love cereal just a little more.
I bought packs of mini boxes of cereal at Wal-Mart for $3-4 each.  Each pack had 8 boxes in it.  (My mom used to buy these when I was little – we loved them!)
Then I made some little tags and voila.  Cereal lovers dream.
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Want the tags?  Here you go!
(I’m not the most technical person out there so I just saved it as a .jpeg and then emailed it to my local Office Max.  They printed the tags on card stock for me for cheap!  And they came out great!)
Here is my list of cereals we had:
I’m coo coo for you. – Cocoa Puffs
You’re my lucky charm! – Lucky Charms
You bring cheer to my day. – Cheerios
No trix, you’re a great friend. – Trix
Our friendship is golden. – Golden Grahms
You’re the apple of my eye. – Apple Jacks
You’re grrreat! – Frosted Flakes
I CEREALsly like you. – other cereals that I couldn’t come up with a clever line for! :)
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Guest Post: Dark Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes Recipe

Dark Chocolate Mocha Cupcake Slap Dash Mom1

 (Don’t forget to pin this recipe!)

I’m super excited to introduce you to Sadie – otherwise known as Slap Dash Mom! You really have to check out her site – she is full of great ideas, yummy recipes, and as an added bonus she’s hilarious! She was kind enough to share this delicious looking cupcake recipe with you all!  I don’t know about you, but when I think about February I think of Valentine’s Day.  And you can’t possibly think of Valentine’s Day without thinking about chocolate!

This is a perfect recipe for all the chocolate lovers out there!

Dark Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ⅓ cup strong brewed coffee or espresso
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • Frosting of choice (I used chocolate fudge)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Mix together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, brown sugar, and white sugar.
  4. Add in milk, coffee, and melted butter.
  5. Mix in the dry ingredients.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake for about 15 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool before frosting.

Make sure to head over to visit Sadie!  If you are looking for some more great chocolate recipes on her site check out some of these:

Thanks so much for sharing!!

Cute Kid’s Valentine’s Day Books – as low as $3.99 SHIPPED!

Looking for some good books to get for Valentine’s Day?  Here are a few that we have at our house.  2 day shipping is included for  Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom. If you are not an Amazon Prime or Amazon Mom member you can sign up for a free trial!

Little Critter: Happy Valentine's Day, Little Critter! Little Critter: Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! $6.99

The Night Before Valentine’s Day $3.99

Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart $4.99

Happy Valentines Day Curious George

Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George $8.99 (Hardback)

The Biggest Valentine Ever $3.99

There are a ton more great deals on books!

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Cereal Valentines – with FREE printable tags

This year we wanted something different for Valentine’s Day.  As much as we love candy — we love cereal just a little more.
I bought packs of mini boxes of cereal at Wal-Mart for $3-4 each.  Each pack had 8 boxes in it.  (My mom used to buy these when I was little – we loved them!)
Then I made some little tags and voila.  Cereal lovers dream. 

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Want the tags?  Here you go!
(I’m not the most technical person out there so I just saved it as a .jpeg and then emailed it to my local Office Max.  They printed the tags on card stock for me for cheap!  And they came out great!)
Here is my list of cereals we had:
I’m coo coo for you. – Cocoa Puffs
You’re my lucky charm! – Lucky Charms
You bring cheer to my day. – Cheerios
No trix, you’re a great friend. – Trix
Our friendship is golden. – Golden Grahms
You’re the apple of my eye. – Apple Jacks
You’re grrreat! – Frosted Flakes
I CEREALsly like you. – other cereals that I couldn’t come up with a clever line for! :)
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