Seven Layer Cereal Treats

I had quite a few baby sitters when I was a kid.  Some I liked better than others, understandably.

In the summer after third grade, I had one of my least favorite sitters.  I honestly don’t even remember her name.  She had mostly worked with boys and was just a bit rough for me.  After Mom and Dad’s then annual July vacation, Granny came to visit to stay with me while Mom tried to find another sitter.

But I have one awesome memory with this sitter.  A memory that brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.

We had gone to the library to pick up some books and a few movies.  Then we headed back to her place where we popped a movie in and made Rice Krispies treats.  She had this giant pot, at least it seemed huge to me then.  The butter, or maybe it was margarine, melted with the marshmallows and then we poured the cereal into the pot.

There was no measuring, just pouring and stirring, her carefully watching as I did most of the fun work.

And then we did something crazy.  Something I can’t imagine doing again.  Something I loved.

We brought the pot to the sofa and ate straight from the pot as we watched the movie.

Don’t get me wrong, I have lots of great RKT memories and will eat them still anyway I can get them, but RKTs right from the pot are infinitely better than any other way.  That’s just an indisputable fact.  No argument opposing it.  They taste better.

Now I get a little jolt of that memory when I make a batch of cereal treats and take a taste from the bowl.  Maybe they aren’t quite as good as eating almost the whole batch that day, but they are pretty awesome.

To take things to the next level and just have some major fun, I made Seven Layer Cereal Treats.  These are not your mom’s cereal treats.  They are massive treats with complexity, balance, and layers, perfect for kids or the kid hiding in all of us.

Let’s go over the layers.  The base is Fruity Pebbles, because Fruity Pebbles.  Then we have crushed Reese’s Pieces.  If you want to keep these peanut free, try M&Ms or chopped up candy bars, Skittles might even be fun.  Classic rice cereal is next, topped with white chocolate, followed by Lucky Charms, salty potato chips, and finally another layer of Fruity Pebbles.  These also happen to be gluten free since I used all products marked gluten free, but be sure to check whatever you use!

It sounds like all these flavors might not work together, but they do, and the bar manages not to get too sweet.  Some bites the peanut butter hits you, others the potato chips, and nostalgia is served up in every single morsel.

Seven Layer Cereal Treats

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 36 bars

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
4-6 cups Fruity Pebbles, divided
2-3 cups puffed rice cereal
2-3 cups Lucky Charms
8 heaping cups marshmallows of your choice, I used jumbo vanilla hearts and jumbo vanilla classic
½ cup Reese’s Pieces, lightly crushed
½ cup white chocolate, broken into bite sized pieces
½ cup potato chips, lightly crushed

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place 2 heaping cups marshmallows and 1 tablespoon butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir to combine and add Fruity Pebbles until a sticky mass forms, about 2 cups. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan using an oiled spoon or spatula. Top with Reese’s Pieces and press them firmly into the cereal.
  3. Place 2 more heaping cups marshmallows and another tablespoon of butter in the same bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir and add the puffed rice, creating the same sticky mass. Spread it into the pan using the oiled spoon and top with white chocolate, pressing firmly down to form one treat.
  4. Place the next 2 heaping cups of marshmallows and tablespoon of butter in the bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute and stir in the Lucky Charms. Spread them in the pan and top with potato chips, pressing firmly down.
  5. Place the final 2 heaping cups of marshmallows and tablespoon of butter in the bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute. Stir and add the last approximately 2 cups of Fruity Pebbles. Spread over the mixture. Top with an oiled piece of parchment paper and press down as hard as you can so the treat becomes cohesive. Allow to set at least two hours and up to overnight.
  6. Cut into small bars and serve. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or frozen individually, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour.
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Apple Crumble Bars

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Apple Crumble Bars

You all know I am a movie junkie.  I write screenplays and am so hoping you all will get to see one of my scripts on the big screen one day soon, and I watch movies all the time.  I have old favorite playing in the background while I write and bake and take photos and I try to watch at least two new to me movies every week.

Movies are really special because they make us feel.  They inspire us and make us laugh and cry and bring us together in ways we might not expect.  The experience of watching a great movie for the first time whether in the theatre or at home is unparalleled.

Apple Crumble Bars

While my favorite movies are all over the place in terms of genres, I have a serious weakness for animated flicks.  Perhaps it’s because it brings out the kid in me and reminds me of those simpler days, but it’s also because today’s animated movies are outstanding.

And while I haven’t seen it yet, I have no doubt SING is going to be a new favorite.  It looks so uplifting and is all about following dreams – that sounds perfect for me!

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When I’m watching movies, I love to have a snack.  Who doesn’t?  These Apple Crumble Bars totally fit the bill.  What makes them even more special than typical apple bars is that I incorporated Honeycomb cereal into the crust and topping and Honey Bunches of Oats Almond into the topping.

Post cereals have a wide variety of cereals, so at least one is sure to suit everyone’s tastes.  Plus, that variety means there are always a few options from breakfast to snack to dinner and dessert.  Cereal is good for so much more than eating with milk in the morning.

Apple Crumble Bars

The crust on these bars is like an awesome shortbread but with so much more flavor thanks to the cereal and some cinnamon.  The apples are tender but not mushy and have more cinnamon for that warm spice and fresh lemon juice for balance.  The topping might be my favorite with walnuts that that Honey Bunches of Oats in big clusters.  I couldn’t stop at just one of these bars and I bet you can’t either.

Plus, right now select Post products have special packaging for SING.  You can use the information on these boxes to enter the SING National Sweepstakes for a chance to win $100,000 or movie tickets.  To enter all you have to do is enter codes found on the specially marked boxes into the sweepstakes website.

Be sure to head to Walmart and pick up a few boxes on Post cereal like I did!

Apple Crumble Bars

Apple Crumble Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients

Crust and Topping
1 ½ cups Honeycomb, crushed
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 cups Honey Bunches of Oats Almond
1 cup walnuts
Filling
6 heaping cups apples, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
½ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
Juice from 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13-inch pan.
  2. Make the crust and topping. In a large bowl, stir together Honeycomb, flour, salt, cinnamon, sugars, and ¾ of the melted butter. Stir until clumps form. Press ¾ of this mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Add the Honey Bunches of Oats, walnuts, and remaining butter and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Make the filling. In a large bowl, stir together apples, cinnamon, ginger, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice until fully combined. Pour onto the crust and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown, filling is bubbling, and apples are tender.
  4. Cool bars completely in pan before cutting and serving. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen individually, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag, for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour.
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Under the Sea Snack Mix #SundaySupper

Under the Sea Snack Mix

As a rule, I don’t like sitcoms.  Sure some of the half hour, family friendly shows of my youth were great.  Home improvement.  Friends.  Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  Those shows were my jam and I sometimes still watch them unabashedly.

But the typical fare that airs on the networks these days trying to pass as comedy when they are nothing more than a laugh track and some unfunny jokes?  Those aren’t for me.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

That is until I turned on The Good Place.  I wanted to try it because fantasy elements fascinate me and often find their way into my writing.  Basically I wanted to try it because I wish I had written it.  Plus, who doesn’t love Kristen Bell?

So I tried it and I laughed.  Out loud.  This doesn’t happen.  Ever.  And I kept laughing.  I look forward to this show every week because it’s fresh, funny, and doesn’t rely on those sitcom conventions like a laugh track.  I can decide when to laugh for myself.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

While the basic premise may be a bad girl who gets into the good place, the characters are all likeable and the message of the show is stellar.  Life is about doing the best we can when we can.  It’s never too late to change who we are into who we want to be.

And while I watch my new favorite show and the only sitcom on my TiVo, I need a snack.  Enter Under the Sea Snack Mix.  This versatile, sweet and salty, totally addictive treat is perfect for a party or just chilling in front of the TV.  Plus, it will technically last a good week … not that I think it will hang around that long.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

We’re all about using up Halloween candy this Sunday Supper, so I added Reese’s Pieces, some white peanut butter cups (which have no chocolate – hooray!), and some white chocolate candy corn candy bars (again no actual chocolate), but add whatever it is you have on hand.  I think candy corn or any chocolate candy bar would be great.

Then I took a bag of Goldfish to add that salty vibe and a box of Finding Dory cereal and added them to the party.  They are the real stars here.  I had never made a Puppy Chow style mix with a cereal with marshmallows but it certainly won’t be my last.  Those marshmallows stay a little crunchy and totally bring the flavor.

I don’t know about you, but I think we could all use some more laughter and snack mix in our lives.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

1 box Finding Dory cereal
1 bag Cheddar Goldfish
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white chocolate chips
¾ cup Reese’s Pieces
1 ½ cups assorted candy
3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Place peanut butter and white chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until all the chips are fully melted. Add the cereal and Goldfish and stir until fully coated. Add the candy, Reese’s Pieces, and confectioners’ sugar. Stir until fully coated.
  2. Allow snack mix to set for about 30 minutes. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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Mom’s Individual Meatloaves

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Mom's Individual Meatloaves

Ever since I can remember, meatloaf has been a staple in our house.  As a little kid, I’d look forward to those ketchup drizzled loaves, one or two of which were all mine.  And then cold meatloaf sandwiches the next day were the best.  Now it’s even better because I make it with Post cereal.

Honey Bunches of Oats Crunch O's

 

Meatloaf Mix

My love of meatloaf endures to this day, though I have switched things up a bit, with Mom’s blessing, of course.  The main change I made was to swap pout the saltines Mom used for cereal.  Now you can switch up the cereals, but my new favorite is Honey Bunches of Oats Crunch O’s.

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This is one of the newest cereals from Post that I picked up on my most recent trip to Walmart along with Berry Colossal Crunch.  I hear they have Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch cereal as well.  I’ll have to check that out next time!  Post cereals are some of my favorites because they have so many flavors so that everyone is happy.

Plus, cereal is good for so much more than breakfast.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it for breakfast and have already enjoyed cereal as a way to kick off my day a couple times this week.  But cereal for a snack or worked into meals is even better.

Meatloaves

 

Mom's Individual Meatloaves

So, back to this meatloaf.  If you are thinking cereal in meatloaf is weird, it’s not.  It adds so much texture and nutrition.  The Honey Bunches of Oats Crunch O’s Almond Crunch in particular is fab because it adds just a hint of sweetness and the nuts keep their great crunch.  For the most part though, unless you are really looking for the cereal, it blends right in to the meatloaf just like any other binder you might normally use.

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I kept Mom’s tradition of making individual meatloaves because they cook quickly and everyone wants their own little loaf.  However, I do use an 80/20 blend of meat to make sure the meatloaf stays super moist and tender.  No one wants dry meatloaf.

I know you will love this meatloaf.  The next time you are out, pick up all the ingredients, including Honey Bunches of Oats Crunch O’s.  Your family will thank you!

Mom's Individual Meatloaves

Mom’s Individual Meatloaves

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 meatloaves

Ingredients

2 pounds ground chuck or similar 80/20 blend

2 large eggs

¼ cup ketchup, plus more for drizzling

1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Crunch O’s, lightly crushed

1 large onion, chopped

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the meat, eggs, ketchup, Crunch O’s, onion, salt, and pepper. Combine until well mixed. Be sure not to overmix. While a spoon may eventually do the job, hands are really the best tool in this instance.

Divide mixture into 8 roughly equal portions. Form each portion into a football shape and place onto a baking sheet.

Drizzle a little ketchup on each meatloaf. Bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serve cold or reheat in the microwave.

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Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow #SundaySupper

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

I’m high maintenance when it comes to food. Okay, maybe other things too, but we’re here to talk about food today. Foods that are hard to find, the theme of this week’s Sunday Supper.

Whether online or in store, there is little I won’t do to track down items I want in my pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. I have gone to five grocery stores in one day to track down Pumpkin Spice Oreos (so worth it). I have ordered the freshest wild Alaskan salmon from the famous Pike’s Place Seafood Market in Seattle. It never ceases to amaze me that it is placed on an airplane and on my front porch a little more than twelve hours later. The taste always makes me ooooh and aaaah too.

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Then there’s my favorite market, about 30 minutes from my house. Somehow their avocados just taste better than everyone else’s. Oh, and my favorite bakery (other than my own kitchen 🙂 ) is 30 minutes in the opposite direction. And I’ve gone to both in one day a couple times.

Whether meat, seafood, produce, junk food, or health food, the lengths I’ve gone to in order to get my hands on food, is pretty much insane. But I find most of the time, it is so worth it!

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Like when I went on a search for Pumpkin Spice baking chips. I had no idea these were a thing until I saw them on a few other blogs. I finally found them at my local Target. Gotta love Target! I’m so glad I found them. Whereas some chips don’t pack much of a flavor punch, these really have a strong, warming spice to them. They are more pumpkin spicy than any other similarly flavored thing I’ve tried.

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

What to do with them was next. It seemed only natural to create a snack/dessert that satisfies that typical pumpkin spice craving this time of year, as well as one that is easy to make and loved by everyone. Set this out as part of your Thanksgiving spread, and no one will remember there was no pumpkin pie.

I used Cinnamon Chex to intensify the pumpkin spice, and they are literally my new favorite cereal. I’m addicted! The crispy crunchy cereal is complemented perfectly by the gooey mixture of the chips and peanut butter, and that confectioners’ sugar coating . . . well it’s just irresistible. Track these chips down. You’ll be glad you did.

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

1 13.5 ounce box Cinnamon Chex cereal

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup pumpkin spice baking chips

2-3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

In a large microwave safe bowl, place the peanut butter and chips. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Pour in the box of cereal and stir until fully coated. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and stir until coated.

Store puppy chow in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Fruity Pebbles Granola Bars

Fruity Pebbles Granola Bars - Gluten Free, No Bake

I’m always hot.  No, not that kind of hot.  I’m talking temperature hot.  I have no idea why, but I’ve always become overheated very easily.  Even in this icy cold winter, I’m warm.  Put me outside and I turn into a human icicle instantly, but inside with the oven on and the heat running, sometimes my face is flush and my body craving a cool breeze.

Some of the heat waves are triggered by stress, others an intense workout, and some have no cause that I can pinpoint, though I do find the heat to be very irritating.  When it comes on I feel like I’m being strangled and find myself willing it to go off.

Fruity Pebbles Granola Bars - Gluten Free, No Bake

In fact, the heat never gets turned up higher than 68 during the day, and at night things dip down to a chilly 59.  It is worth noting I can’t give up blankets when I’m sitting and chilling or sleeping, so that probably has something to do with my being warm.  My parents are always cold.  But they can bundle up.  What am I supposed to do?  Walk around naked?  I’m not Lena Dunham!

This phenomenon must run in my family, as my aunt keeps her heat on 62 all day.  That’s too cold even for me!

Fruity Pebbles Granola Bars - Gluten Free, No Bake

You might wonder why I love summer and want to move to a warmer climate.  Summer brings a different kind of heat that rarely bothers me.  In fact, I crave it on a daily basis.  Plus, I love when the air conditioning comes on, the ceiling fan is always on high, and I have a little tabletop fan that blows cooling air right at me, Beyoncé style.

These Fruity Pebbles Granola Bars were a hot commodity in my house.  Mom, Dad, and I all loved them.  I know I just posted Breakfast Bars, but these no bake, gluten free beauties could not wait!  The hearty, chewy oats, the crunchy almonds, the sweet raisins, and that classic Fruity Pebbles flavor make these totally irresistible.  Plus, those bright Pebbles make me smile!  I know these bars will make you smile too 🙂

Fruity Pebbles Granola Bars - Gluten Free, No Bake

Fruity Pebbles Granola Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

2 ½ cups quick cooking oats

1 ½ cups Fruity Pebbles

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup honey

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup almonds, chopped

½ cup raisins

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment, leaving overhang for easy removal later.

In a large bowl, stir together oats and Pebbles. In a medium microwave safe bowl, stir together peanut butter and honey. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir and microwave on high for an additional minute. The mixture should then be bubbling. If it is not, microwave it an additional 30 seconds. Stir in vanilla extract

Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until fully combined. Add almonds and raisins and stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed and a cohesive mixture is formed.

Pour mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth into an even layer, then press mixture down firmly with your hands. Refrigerate for about 2 hours to allow bars to firm before cutting. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about 1 hour.

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Fruity Pebbles Breakfast Cookies

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Fruity Pebbles Breakfast Cookies - Gluten Free and Healthy!

I’m a bit of a cereal addict.  Mom and I are the only people who eat cereal in the house and there are at least ten boxes in the pantry.  Yep, you read that right.  Ten boxes.  But constantly eating cereal with milk and maybe a banana for breakfast can get a bit boring after awhile.  I need some cereal variety in my life.

Luckily cereal is one of those foods that is super versatile.  Depending on the variety, it can be used to coat chicken or fish, to top a casserole or macaroni and cheese, or for baking.  I absolutely love baking with cereal.  There’s something fun about it that almost always brings me back to childhood, when life was simple and cereal for breakfast or a lunch box surprise at school was all I needed to be instantly happy.

Fruity Pebbles Breakfast Cookies - Gluten Free and Healthy!

Picking up Fruity Pebbles at Walgreens!

All kinds of heart healthy sweet treats can be made with cereal (in fact, stay tuned for a scrumptious granola bar recipe coming up!), but today I bring you cookies.  Not just any kind of cookies, but healthy cookies.  Cookies that are meant to be eaten for breakfast. That’s right, cookies for breakfast!  Cookies that you can feel great about eating for breakfast.

It’s so important to get a good, heart healthy start to the day, which led me to create Fruity Pebbles Breakfast Cookies to help celebrate American Heart Month.  They are full of super healthy rolled oats, which add fiber, protein, and iron to the cookies and help to lower that pesky cholesterol.  Peanut butter adds some more protein and super healthy fats.  There’s some pure maple syrup for sweetness, and one egg to bind.  But eggs aren’t the bad guys they are often made out to be.  In fact, they are often called the perfect protein and are an important component of a healthy diet.  Plus, there’s the star: Fruity Pebbles!  They happen to be gluten free, so if you use gluten free oats, these cookies are gf friendly!

Fruity Pebbles Breakfast Cookies - Gluten Free and Healthy!

The resulting cookie, is soft and moist in the center with a bit of crunch on the outside.  The peanut butter flavor really comes through with a hint of maple syrup in the background and plenty of that bright Fruity Pebbles flavor I crave on a regular basis.  Make a batch of these and freeze the leftovers for quick weekday breakfasts!

Walgreens is the perfect place to pick up a box of Fruity Pebbles or your other favorite Post cereals.  It’s perfect one stop shopping to pick up cereal and any other little things you might need.  When I was there, I stocked up on candy too!

Fruity Pebbles Breakfast Cookies - Gluten Free and Healthy!

Fruity Pebbles Breakfast Cookies - Gluten Free and Healthy!

Fruity Pebbles Breakfast Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8 cookies

Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)

1 cup Fruity Pebbles

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 large egg

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment.

In a medium bowl, stir together oats, Fruity Pebbles, and baking soda.

In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Add oat mixture and stir until fully incorporated.

Using a regular sized ice cream scoop, scoop cookies onto prepared pan. Bake for about 15 minutes until cookies are golden brown and just set. Cool completely on pan. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag. Cookies may be thawed at room temperature for 1 hour or in the microwave for 30 seconds.

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Candy Corn Puppy Chow #SundaySupper

Candy Corn Puppy Chow #SundaySupper

Do you like scary movies?  I really don’t.  I watch tons of movies, typically at least two new movies a week, but virtually none that include ghosts, zombies, vampires, or other supernatural beings.  Essentially, I avoid movies that could potentially give me nightmares. 

I do distinctly remember watching The Sixth Sense and would like to see it again.  It was more suspenseful than scary, though.  What Lies Beneath also made the cut.  I don’t remember the ending anymore and should watch it again too.  We recently watched Warm Bodies, even if it took at least half an hour to convince Mom to do so.

Candy Corn Puppy Chow

I am much more into scary TV shows.  I mean, how scary can something be if it’s on network TV?  Don’t get me wrong, American Horror Story isn’t waiting in my TiVo Now Playing list, though I am curious what it’s like.  I did watch 666 Park Avenue and rather enjoyed it, but it got cancelled along with what feels like most of the shows I watch.  I am a huge fan of Grimm.  It’s not on my TV right before bed, but it’s an excellent show that manages to keep me interested and is spooky without being overly heavy or scary.  The new Halloween special Toy Story of Terror was super cute.  And yes, I realize it’s a cartoon and isn’t scary, but if you want a scary cartoon try Coraline or Frankenweenie, those will send a few chills down your spine.

Candy Corn Puppy Chow

Thrillers are really more my speed.  They are entertaining and keep me on the edge of my seat without sending me running for the door . . . as long as I’m not alone and the lights are on.  I leave the scary movie watching to Dad who seems relatively unphased by them.

You know what’s not scary?  Candy Corn Puppy Chow.  Puppy chow is one of my favorite treats.  It’s easy to make and so versatile – the possibilities are nearly endless.  It’s also sweet-salty-crunchy goodness that is super addictive.  This version is full of crunchy Chex cereal and peanut butter, along with candy corn and Reese’s Pieces, two of my favorite Halloween candies.  You could swap in your favorite Halloween candies (I think M&Ms would be especially yummy).  Just make sure to have a batch of this on hand while you watch movies, scary or otherwise.

 Candy Corn Puppy Chow

Candy Corn Puppy Chow

Candy Corn Puppy Chow #SundaySupper

Ingredients

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup peanut butter chips

1 cup candy corn (I love Jelly Belly’s)

½ cup Reese’s Pieces

5 cups Corn Chex

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and chips. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between to promote melting, until the mixture is completely melted.

Add candy corn and Reese’s Pieces to melted peanut butter mixture so they melt a little. Begin adding cereal and stir to coat. Once all of the cereal is added, the mixture will still be very gooey. That is how I think it is most delicious, but if you would like a drier mixture, add more cereal.

Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, stirring to coat, until the cereal is completely coated. Puppy chow may be stored in a zipper bag at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

I’m not much of a fan of Halloween.  Sure, I like decorating the house a little and find myself unable to resist the festive cartoons that air on TV, even though I’ve seen them about a million times.  But I don’t like being scared and I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since second grade.  Seriously.

There is one thing I absolutely, positively love about Halloween: CANDY!  I’ve already stocked up on Williams Sonoma’s amazing candy and I need to get my Jelly Belly order in soon.  I also head to Target and drug stores to stock up.  I’ve only hit Target so far this year and was unimpressed by the selection.  It was all chocolate with a little candy corn.  I don’t mind candy corn, but as you know, chocolate is not an option for me with my allergy.  It was a pretty big bummer.  Maybe more gummy candy will come in, and I definitely need to head to some other stores.

Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

The trip wasn’t a total bust, though, because then I spotted Halloween cereals.  In the blink of an eye my arms were filled with cereal boxes.  Boo Berry (which I tried and loved last year), Frute Brute, and Fruity Yummy Mummy are now in my pantry calling my name.  I didn’t pick up Franken Berry, but you know I’ll be making another trip for a box.  These are old school cereals that had previously been discontinued but are now back for the season.  I think this is a great idea and I love them.  Seasonal treats are always so fun to stock up on.  If there’s a shortage of Candy Corn Oreos, I’m probably to blame.

Like candy, I also have a thing for cereal.  I don’t eat it all the time, but there are always at least five boxes of cereal in my pantry.  Chex (mostly for those Puppy Chow cravings), Rice Krispies, Cap’n Crunch, Lucky Charms, Cheerios, and now these fun, fruity, marshmallow-y cereals have joined the assortment.

Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

I wasn’t planning on baking with them, but then I saw that this week’s Sunday Supper theme was crunchy and I put two and two together.  Enter Boo Berry Cereal Treats.  These no bake treats are ooey, gooey, messy, but I think that makes them taste even better.  The Boo Berry flavor shines through and they stay super crunchy.  These easy to make treats are sure to be a Halloween hit!

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Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

Boo Berry Cereal Treats #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 18 bars

Ingredients

5 ½ cups Boo Berry Cereal

5 cups mini marshmallows

½ stick unsalted butter

Instructions

Line a 9 by 13 inch pan with parchment, leaving overhang for easy removal.

In a large bowl, place marshmallows and butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir very well to promote melting. An additional 15-30 seconds may be necessary to be sure the mixture is fully melted. Once melted, add the cereal and stir until it is fully coated in marshmallow goo.

Working quickly because the mixture gets stickier and harder to work with by the second, pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer using your hands or the back of a spoon. Allow to cool for about 2 hours to set. Cut into bars and serve. Bars may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

http://piesandplots.net/boo-berry-cereal-treats-sundaysupper/

Please check out all the other crunchy Sunday Supper dishes!

Crispy Appetizers:

Bitterballen from The Urban Mrs.
Caprese Wontons from Jane’s Adventure in Dinner
Crispy Broccoli Cheddar Bites from Curious Cuisiniere
Waldorf Salad from Noshing With The Nolands

Crunchy Entrees and Sides:

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Homemade Shake and Bake from Growing Up Gabel
Crunchy Crusted Chicken Strips with Chipotle Honey Mustard from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure
Flautas de Rajas con Queso (Cheesy Poblano Pepper Taquitos) from La Cocina de Leslie
Penny’s Taco Salad from Webicurean
Popcorn Chowder from The ROXX Box
Rosemary Garlic Croutons on layered Savoy Cabbage Soup from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Strawberry and Mozzarella Flatbread from Family Foodie

Munch on Snacks:

Crunchy & Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Crunchy Granola Bars (Better than Nature Valley) from Shockingly Delicious
Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Spice Roasted Chickpeas from Daily Dish Recipes
Duck Fat Chex Mix from The Texan New Yorker
Easy Vegan Granola from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Fried Veg Momos with Cheese Recipe from Masala Herb
How to Make Homemade Sweet and Salty Trail Mix from Neighborfood
Orange Spiced Cashews from Hip Foodie Mom
Peanut and Pretzel Popcorn Balls from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Hezzi-D’s Cooks and Books
Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Party Mix from Hot Mamma’s Kitchen Chaos
Sourdough Grissini from girlichef
Spicy Lentil Crackers from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pepitas from Alida’s Kitchen
Sweet Potato Chips from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Unbaked Healthy Oatmeal Sesame Bars from My Trials In The Kitchen
Vanilla Almonds from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Crisp Dessert:

Boo Berry Cereal Treats from Pies and Plots
Choco-Caramel Squares from Basic N Delicious
Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Rice Krispie Treats from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Pecan Biscotti from The Food Army Wife
Cookie Brittle from Juanita’s Cocina
Double Banana Pie Krispie Treats from What Smells So Good?
Honeycomb Crunch Candy from Food Lust People Love
Momofuku Chocolate Chip Cornflakes Cookies from Ninja Baking
Nutty Wedges with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream from Magnolia Days
Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies from Mess Makes Food
 
 

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Puppy Chow

Peanut Butter and Jelly Puppy Chow

Hi.  I’m Laura, and I’m a nail polish addict.  You might have noticed my nail polish in the occasional photo here on the blog or more frequently if you follow me on Twitter or Pinterest.  My nails are always done.  I do them myself every Friday night.  I mentioned before that I’ve never had a professional manicure or pedicure.  That’s partly because I want to control the process and partly because I love doing it myself.  Plus, even if a bottle costs $20, I know I’m going to get three or four manicures out of it when one professional manicure would cost at least $20.

Painting my nails is so relaxing and choosing a color a way of expressing myself.  Feeling down? Black it is.  Waiting for spring?  How about orange?  Celebrating Christmas?  Let’s go green.  Sometimes I even do an accent nail, ombre, or a twist on a French manicure.

Nail Polish

The bottles currently open and in rotation on my nails.

Nail Polish

I typically have 15-20 bottles open at a time.  I try to keep all different colors open, along with my life and nail saving top and base coat: Deborah Lippmann’s Hard Rock.  I have tried every base and top coat out there and none can even compare to Hard Rock.  I can’t tell you how many bottles I’ve gone through.

But here’s the thing.  When new nail polish collections come out and I see colors I like, I have to buy them.  I allow myself pretty much all the new nail polish I want.  And I have a drawer full of it as a result.  Probably more than I could use in my lifetime, particularly since it’s only a matter of time until I buy more.

Nail Polish

The many boxes of nail polish waiting to be used.

Nail Polish

But on days when I’m just at home baking and exercising, it makes me feel pretty, and on days I’m down in the dumps, it makes me feel happy.  And sometimes when it chips, it makes me want to scream.  But really, for me nail polish is a simple pleasure that makes life a whole lot better.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Puppy Chow

Peanut Butter and Jelly Puppy Chow

You know what else makes life better?  Peanut Butter and Jelly Puppy Chow.  That’s right, a new version of puppy chow that’s as addictive as ever.  It only seemed natural to turn peanut butter and jelly into puppy chow.  The only problem is something with a lot of water like jelly tends to make puppy chow soggy and trust me, there’s nothing worse than soggy puppy chow.  So after stirring the cereal into the melty peanut butter, it’s coated in a mixture of confectioners’ sugar and crushed Cap’n Crunch Oops All Berries.  The berry cereal lends that jelly flavor without adding moisture and blends seamlessly into the puppy chow, giving that classic peanut butter and jelly flavor.  Now excuse me while I go look for nail polish colors to match the Oops All Berries!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Puppy Chow

Peanut Butter and Jelly Puppy Chow

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 11 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup white baking chips or peanut butter chips (either will work great)

5-6 cups Corn Chex

3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1-2 cups Cap’n Crunch Oops All Berries

Instructions

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and chips in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted.

Add the Chex. Start with 3 cups and stir. Continue adding cereal in ½ cup increments until there is not too much peanut butter mixture in the bottom of the bowl. I like mine to still be a little gooey.

Place the Cap’n Crunch in a zipper bag. Seal the bag tightly. Using the back of a spoon or a rolling pin, crush the cereal so that most of it is ground into a powder. A few bigger pieces are okay. Add the confectioners’ sugar to the bag and shake until combined. Pour the cereal and sugar mixture over the Chex coated with peanut butter and stir until all the pieces are fully coated. If the coating is not thick enough, add more confectioners’ sugar to the bowl, no need to combine it with more Cap’n Crunch. May be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

http://piesandplots.net/peanut-butter-and-jelly-puppy-chow/

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