Rice Krispie Treat Sparklers

Mr. Sweet and I have been invited to a lot of BBQ this season. I always like to bring a little treat as a thank you for the invite, but I hate having it look the same all the time. So I am always on the lookout for new and fun ways to present a dessert.

This year I have been on a stick craze! The Watermelon Grill, Cake Pops, doughnut hole breakfast skewers and chocolate covered marshmallows just to name a few.

So when I came across these Rice Krispie Treat Sparklers by 5 Minutes for Mom I knew I had to give them a try. Simple treats that take a short amount of time but bring smiles are the best kind of treats there are!

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Note worthy dishes.

Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches! My word. I have been talking about these with my husband all week. Why have I never thought of using a waffle as the “bread”?!? We came up with the idea of making the waffle like corn bread. Oh the ways you could work this recipe!

The Ultimate Loaded Veggie Burger is a great way to get your veggies in at your next BBQ.  Crunchy potato topping and avocado lime cream? I am so in!

This One Pan Pasta blows my mind. Genius. I can’t wait to try it.

Chicken Parmesan Grilled Cheese looks amazing. We just bought a multi use grill/panini maker that I have been dying to fire up.

Stay Creative


Image via Islam Abudaoud on Behance

I don’t know about you, but I am in a constant struggle to stay creative. Be it at home, at work or at play I am always craving some kind of creative inspiration. Pinterest, blogs and the internet are great ways to find inspiration. Above is 29 Ways to Stay Creative. I especially agree with #17 and #25.

Cool Summer Treats

It’s that time of year for cool summer treats. With the weather heating up around here we are in the mood for ice cream, ice pops and any cool treats we can get our hands on.

Now to wipe the dust off of our ice cream machine and get the milk churning!

Here are a few cool treats on our ‘to make immediately’ list.

Key Lime Pie Ice Pops
Caffe Latte Ice Cream
Burnt Caramel Bourbon Ice Cream with Milk Chocolate Toffee
Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Popsicles

Want more? Check out my Baby, It is cold in here Pinterest Page.

Entertaining: Tips on how not to stress.

One thing Mr. Sweet and I love to do is entertain. It is one our favorite ways to spend quality time with friends. We enjoy the intimacy of gathering at our home instead of a loud restaurant or lounge.

Usually hosting an evening at home can be stressful. If you aren’t ready beforehand you can find yourself scrabbling around the house cleaning, finding/washing the serving platters and trying to get everything in order. The last thing you want to do is stress before entertaining.

Here are a couple of tips on how not to stress hosting an evening with friends.

• A winning strategy is to plan ahead, know what you want to cook, whom you would like to invite and the overall theme of the party.

• Choose recipes that you can make in advance.

• If stressed for time, a slow cooker meal is always the way to go. Prepare the night before and only minimal effort is needed on the day of the party.

• DO NOT do the shopping, food, cleaning and have everyone over the same day. This is a recipe for disaster and may possibly start a fight with your significant other because you are so stressing out. (Ahem..Why you looking at me Mr. Sweet??)

• Allow more time than you think necessary. You risk being behind schedule should a problem arise.

• Shop 1-2 days before your party and make sure to double check you have everything. I can’t tell you how many times I am missing one. little. ingredient.

• If you are serving booze, remember to prepare glassware, buy straws and stock up on ice. Doubling your estimate is always a sure bet – it’s better to have too much then not enough. You could always save the extra bottles for your next event.

• Have a buffer. My husband is the perfect buffer. He keeps our guests entertained while I am in the kitchen completing dinner. Afterwards, I am his buffer as he is clearing the table and loading the dishwasher. This also gives you one on one time with your guests.

• If you can, clean as you go. No one enjoys a huge mess at the end of a great evening.

• Don’t panic. There is ALWAYS someone who is going to be early and there will always be someone who is going be late. Try not to time the dishes you are making to coordinate exactly when you have asked your guests to arrive. I have fallen into this trap and have had a couple of dried out meals to show for it.

Above all, don’t let the little things bother you. Who cares that you don’t have 20 different sodas to offer, the bread is crispier then you would like or the dessert doesn’t look bakery perfect. Don’t let these challenges ruin your evening. Let them go and have fun. Most likely your guests won’t even notice!

Now is the perfect time.

As part of getting ready to move out, Mr. Sweet & I really want to purge our entire apartment top to bottom. Even though we have plenty of time (our lease is up in October) we would like to slowly start going through every single item in the apartment. So we’re making it a point, little by little over the course of the next couple of months to get rid of things. This way it will be easier for us to pack and move when we finally find something.

Now is the perfect time to go through our stuff and ask the often excruciating question: do I really need this? If we don’t absolutely need it, or absolutely love it, it’s going. Each weekend we tackle a closet, under the bed or a cabinet. Sometimes I just might be a drawer if we have a particularly busy weekend. A little goes a long way.

We are also in desperate need of new couches but want to wait to see what the new place will look like. We would hate to get something now and it not fit or doesn’t go with the flow of the new apartment. So we are saving our pennies and getting ready.

Plane, train or automobile.

I have been badly bit by the travel bug. I’m just dying to hop on a plane, train or automobile. I want to explore a new city, try a new dish and experience a new atmosphere. Ultimately I would love a trip to Europe, but that’s going to have to wait until next year so we have enough time to save and plan.

Mr. Sweet & I did book a tropical vacation for August and a couple of smaller weekend trips every couple of months. But I want to get away NOW. I really crave peace and quiet, something totally different from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I want warm tea by a fireplace, laughter and finding adventure in the unlikeliest of places.

Unfortunately with the pace things are going, I am going to have to wait till our scheduled weekend trips to slow down and just relax.

This and That.

1. I can’t believe the amount of books that I have read in the last couple of months. I think it is because I have made sure I had at least an hour each day to do something that is unplugged and purely for myself.

2. Sometimes weekends aren’t about what you do, but rather who you spend them with. During the last few weeks, Mr. Sweet and I have been so busy that we have not had time to relax. So, this weekend was wonderful. We watched too many movies, ate big breakfasts with delicious cups of coffee, chowed down on specialty ice cream, rejuvenated with a very necessary nap and attended a savory dinner.

3. I’m not looking forward to tomorrows impending snow storm. If I was stuck at home with Mr. Sweet I wouldn’t mind so much, but I know I have to go into work.

4. Our Italy trip is officially cancelled. I’m sad, but know it is for the best. Hopefully a trip to somewhere in Europe will be in the works for next year.

5. I’m on the lookout for a new camera. There are so many out there that I just feel so overwhelmed.

6. In the beginning of next week, Mr. Sweet & I are going to make a lifestyle change. Nothing as drastic as moving to a different state or quitting our jobs. Just a little something that we have wanted to do. If all goes well, you will hear about it in the future.