Craft/DIY Ideas, Recipes

Sip a Snowman Smile

Do your kids ever get on a “kick” with something, where they want that specific thing nearly every day? I know mine do. We’ve had our yogurt kick, our Spaghetti-O’s kick, our Ramen noodle kick, and many others over the years. Right now they are on a hot chocolate kick, where they want hot chocolate as a bedtime snack or if they are coming in from playing outside in the cold. Well, I decided to give our hot chocolate a cute little boost when I saw a similar idea in Family Fun magazine this week.

A fun snowman smile to top it off!

It was super easy to do.

Take a basic cup of hot chocolate…

Swirl some whipped cream around to cover the top (I used Reddi Whip)…

Use an orange M & M for the nose and chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth.  You now have a snowman smiling back at ya.

Sip and enjoy!

Hope you’re keeping warm,



DIY Butterfinger Candy

What’s not to love about a Butterfinger? Crispity, crunchity, sweet, and covered in chocolate…Mmmm…Well, did you know that you can make your own butterfingers at home? Really, you can, and they taste just like the real thing. Oh, and they’re easy to make too. I originally saw this recipe over at Gluesticks and absolutely had to try it. Thank goodness I gave most of these away for a bake sale or I’m sure I would’ve overindulged.

Here’s the ingredients you need to make your own Butterfinger Bars:

1 lb. candy corn

2 cups peanut butter

1 lb. milk chocolate

Yep, that’s it. 3 ingredients.

In a glass bowl, melt your candy corn in the microwave, heating up at @30 second intervals until completely melted.

Don’t adjust the color on your screen! They really do turn this psychedelic orange color. Hey, I didn’t advertise them as healthy now, did I?

Add in your peanut butter and mix by hand. Pour mixture into an 8″x8″ pan. Set in the refrigerator until solid. This may take a while, but when it’s nice and solid, go ahead and cut into squares.

Melt part of the chocolate in the microwave in short intervals,  just like you did with the candy corn. You don’t want it to get dried out and funky. When it’s a nice consistency, use a fork to dip each square in the melted chocolate, rolling it around until completely covered. Lay on a sheet of wax paper to cool.

Good stuff.

When they’re good and solid, dig in. So perfect with a cup of coffee. Not only was I surprised at how much like the real thing they tasted, but the texture of the filling was the same too. Enjoy!


Recipe for S’mores Bars

My oldest son is going to be 10 next week and he is loving anything S’mores right now. Daniel is such a sweet soul that he was very moved by the footage of the most recent tornados that have taken place in the US. He decided to make and sell some baked goodies and treats so that he could donate to that particular cause. In fact, we researched different S’mores-type recipes and this is one we ended up liking a whole lot. After they were made (and of course we HAD to sample a couple, just to be sure they were good 😉 ) he also requested that these be made in place of a traditional birthday cake for his party next week. They are a S’mores Lover’s Dream–graham crackers, chocolate brownie, mini-marshmallows, peanuts, and chocolate chips. Mmm, Mmm, Mmmm…..


Wanna make some for yourself? Here’s the recipe, originally taken from

S’mores Bars

  • 8-10 whole graham crackers
  • 1 package fudge brownie mix
  • 2 cups  miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 pan and line bottom with graham crackers. Prepare the brownie mixture according to package directions and pour over crackers. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until completely baked. Sprinkle top with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and peanuts. Bake @5 minutes longer or until marshmallows are puffed and getting a golden brown color. Cool before cutting!