Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reindeer Chow!

There are so many different recipe ideas now for chex mix and I love that you can make each one your own based on what you have around the house or that time of year. In October I found this recipe for Pumpkin Puppy Chow using the Hershey's pumpkin kisses and loved it! It is actually the only way I could eat the kisses because the kisses were so horrible to eat on their own. The Pumpkin Puppy Chow inspired my idea of Reindeer Chow using Peppermint Hershey kisses and this mix is truly addicting!! My kids come home asking for it each day as a snack and if I didn't moderate how much they got, it would have been gone on day one!

Some things I had already in my cabinet, but the other things I wanted in it, I did have to go buy. I didn't really go by any measurements, I just sort of dumped it all in a bowl till it seemed right. First if you have kids you can have them unwrapping the peppermint kisses and put them in a small microwave safe glass bowl, while you are putting everything else in the big bowl, other wise you can do this yourself. Then line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Next thing I did pour about half of each box of cereal in a big bowl, broke about 3/4 of the Oreos up and dropped them in, and added about a cup of Christmas M&Ms. Once this is all done, place your kisses in the microwave and heat for 45 seconds, stir then place back in microwave for another 30 seconds if needed, heating and stirring until fully melted. DO NOT over heat the kisses or you will have a thick paste that will be useless. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, you can pour it quickly over your cereal mixture and fold the mix with a large spoon until everything is coated then pour your mix onto the baking sheet. Spread the mixture out evenly then place in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set.

Within a few minutes you will have a yummy treat that no one will be able to keep their hands off of!

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy treat! If you try it, please come back and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

@BzzAgent @EverAfterHighUS Ever After High Thronecoming Briar Beauty Doll and Furniture Set Review

I received the Ever After High Thronecoming Briar Beauty Doll & Furniture Set FREE through BZZAGENT thanks to Mattel. When it first arrived I was so excited as my daughter loves Ever After High and I knew she would love it.
Once we got the book/display and doll out of the box and started setting it up, I was disappointed.
There are too many paper/thin cardboard parts. The "pages" or background scenes, a garland of roses, and a fold out DJ table are all made of paper. The "pages" may last longer as they are not really used as much, they are just there, but the garland and DJ table will be torn off in a couple months if not less. The DJ table is attached to the background and had a hole barely big enough for the doll to slip in and pretend she is a DJ for the dance. After doing that so many times, I see it ripping from the background.

Now for the things we like:
Everything has a place inside the book. there are things to hold the table, and ladder pieces inside the book for storage. The underside of the bed comes apart and allows for everything else to be stored. Then in the binding of the book, the bed and doll slide in and the whole thing will fit nicely on a shelf till time to play again. It was a little tricky to get her and the bed back in but not too hard.
Another good feature is that you don't have this huge house with different rooms, just a small book where you flip pages and you have a new room for your doll to play in. All the accessories were easy to put together, nothing seems to be missing.

Love the fact that the doll has wrist, elbow and shoulder joints. This allows for you to do more with her. She is easy to move. Her earrings do come out but are easy to put back in. She does come with a display stand too, if you don't want to keep her in the book. The teeny tiny ring she has, will be lost in no time. My daughter does wish there was a brush for her though.

All in all, it is ok. My daughter loves playing with it, but I wouldn't spend $40 on it knowing that parts will be torn off in less than a few months though.

This is available at many places.
(Prices listed as of the date of this post.)
Amazon: $26.38
Walmart: $39.68
Target: $39.99
Kmart: $49.99