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Friday, March 27, 2015

Breakfast Cereal Party & Fruity Cherrios Bars Recipe

My boys and I had such a great time having an Easy Kids Breakfast Party!  And it was extra fun because remember the good ol' days when you got so excited because your cereal came with a surprise inside?   Those days are back!  

General Mills and Skylanders have teamed up to offer an exclusive Skystones game free with your favorite boxes of cereal.  Hidden inside specially marked Big G cereals, fans will find Skystones cards playable on the game board found on the back of the cereal box.

The Skystones game was clearly a hit with our boys! 

To set up our Easy Kids Breakfast Party with Skylanders and General Mills Cereals, we set up our hutch with everything our guests would need for a cereal and milk party.  

Lots of bright colored cereal bowls...

Spoons, and the milk poured into a glass container.

And Skylanders Skystones from inside the cereal boxes to play at the party!  It's a great little game because it  fosters family fun and fuels development through imaginative and cognitive play.

Our little guys loved being able to help "decorate" with their Skylanders characters from their Skylanders Wii game! 

We also baked a delicious coffee cake so that we could use these fun Skylanders cake decorating pieces! 

And we made Fruity Cheerios Bars too!  Here's the recipe:

4 cups mini marshmallows
4 tablespoons butter

Mlet mini marshmallows and butter in a large pan over medium low heat, stirring continuously.  Once melted, remove from heat and stir in Cheerios.  Stir quickly until combined.  Pour into a greased 9x13 glass pan, and flatten using a rubber spatula.  Cool, then slice and serve! 

It was so much fun having a Breakfast Party, and especially the fun treat of being able to find a surprise in the cereal box AND get to play a fun game with the Skylanders Skystones on the back of the cereal box itself!  Look for more special offers and free prizes inside boxes of General Mills cereals throughout the year.

Have a great weekend, friends!  Our boys start two weeks of Spring Break in less than an hour and I am sooooo excited!!  xoxo 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tropical Fruit Dip Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KidsChoiceDrink #CollectiveBias

One of my favorite snacks to give my boys is a big platter of fresh fruit or vegetables.  I just wash the fruit, slice it all up, and put the whole platter on the kitchen counter and watch it disappear!  This Saturday, March 28th is Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards at 8 PM EST, and the official drink of the awards show is Capri Sun Roarin' Waters.  I came up with a light and delicious Tropical Fruit Dip recipe made with Capri Sun Roarin' Waters to go along with a platter of fresh fruit for my boys to snack on while watching the awards show this weekend.  

And to drink, Capri Sun Roarin' Waters of course! Capri Sun Roarin' Waters are lightly fruit flavored fruit beverages with only 30 calories and no artificial colors or flavors.

I made up this easy recipe myself, so I tested it out last night.  Our oldest son asked me if I would frost his birthday cake with it because he loved it so much... and his birthday isn't until November!  And look how much this sweet boy loved it.

It's super easy to make, and a definite crowd pleaser. 

Tropical Fruit Dip

1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar (I have just 1 cup pictured- I used 2 cups)
3 tablespoons of Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Tropical Fruit Drink

Whip cream cheese in stand mixer until light and fluffy.  Add in powdered sugar and mix on low, stopping to scrape down sides, until mixed well.  Slowly add in juice and mix for 2 minutes, until creamy and well combined.  Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.

Right now at Walmart, you can find Capri Sun Roarin' Waters on a special end cap display like I did.  My store had Original Capri Sun and Capri Sun Roarin' Waters on the display.  

They can also be found in the juice aisle.  

Either way, Capri Sun Roarin' Waters can be purchased in a "Team Pack" with 30 drink pouches so you're guaranteed plenty of Capri Sun Roarin' Waters for your kids Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards time this Saturday, March 28th! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Get In The Game: Sweet Basketball Party Treats!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #snacktalk #CollectiveBias

We had so much fun recently when we hosted a Basketball Party! There really aren't many things I love more than getting together with family and friends, and setting up a fun tablescape filled with sweet treats for the occasion.  Our boys just finished a great season of basketball, and now there are college games galore to watch on TV... AND my husband and I just happened to meet during the big college games tournament in March 15 years ago, so basketball in March is a BIG deal around here.  Especially for my husband right now because his favorite West Virginia team is SWEET this year!  We celebrated all of this basketball fun this past weekend, and here are all of our desserts for our guests to snack on during the big games.  They were all delicious because they were all made with REESE'S

Every dessert had a fun basketball themed name, like these Bring It! Brownies with REESE'S Pieces.  They were SO delicious and crazy easy to put together.  I'll share the recipe later in this post.

The crushed REESE'S Pieces on top were delicious.

I also made these "#1 Ranked REESE'S Basketball Cups" by just piping orange melted candy wafers onto REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups.  

AND we had a Sweet Sixteen Sundae Bar with plenty of "Tournament Toppings" including REESE'S Mini Cups and more REESE'S Pieces!

There were basketball decorations everywhere! 

And everyone loved playing on our new little basketball court that my husband set up the morning of the party! 

We had a party full of adorable, fun kids!

The guests took home a sweet little container of REESE'S Pieces too with a Lauren McKinsey basketball printable on top. 

Back to those delicious Bring It! Brownies with Reese's Pieces now.  They were so easy and delicious.  I'm definitely making them again SOON! 

1 packaged pre-baked mini brownie bites
Hot fudge sauce, room temperature 
1 cup Reese's Pieces, coarsely chopped

Simply spread a heaping spoonful of hot fudge sauce onto each brownie and top with crushed Reese's Pieces.  Totally easy and delicious- the perfect sweet snack while watching the games!

I picked up all of my Reese's deliciousness at Walmart, where the selection of Reese's products is AMAZING!  Most of it is found in the Candy Aisle, and some stores have a special pallet filled with Reese's products right now.

Want a chance to win a prize from REESE'S?  Get in on the action! Make your best REESE'S recipe, then share your recipe on on Twitter or Instagram (via Twitter) with #SnackTalk #ChallengeEntry.  Find out all the details and enter here

What's your favorite way to eat a REESE'S? 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Budget Kitchen Makeover Phase 2 Sneak Peek: Painted Cabinets!

Hi Friends! I've been looking forward to having a bright, white, shiny kitchen for YEARS. I'm over the moon excited that I finally have one!! It is not 100% complete, but I just couldn't wait any longer to show you our progress in this sneak peek post.

I am thrilled with the progress so far. Our kitchen looks cleaner, bigger, and brighter. I can finally take pictures in my kitchen without them looking yellow and too dark.  

Here is what the kitchen looked like two before Giani Granite and cabinets painted white.

Here is what still needs to be done...

-There are still a couple of places that need touching up or finished off with a final coat of paint. 
-I'm waiting for our new stools and decorations that I've ordered online to arrive.
-We still need to pick out and install hardware so all of these cute little hands here can use the handles and pulls.  They will give it a finished look, break up the whiteness, and preserve the life of my new paint job :)
-I'm saving my very favorite part of our kitchen reveal for a separate post next week {eeeek!  SO excited!} Here's a hint... it's an amazing BUDGET BACKSPLASH!  Sorry, I just yelled.  I'm excited. 

So for now, a sneak peek of the cabinets together with the countertops painted with Giani Granite Countertop Kit as seen in Phase 1 of our Budget Kitchen Makeover.  We absolutely LOVE and recommend Giani Granite if you're looking for a way to easily update your outdated countertops on a budget.  As you can see below, in the first picture our countertops were worn and chipped.  In the second picture, they were painted.  And the third picture, our kitchen cabinets are painted white and the kitchen makeover is almost complete! 

Next week, I'll be back to show you Phase 3- an amazing backsplash product that I'm sure you'll adore too! Along the road someday, we plan on updating the lighting and flooring too but that's not in our current plan.  

Have a great day friends!  Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook too where I love to share sneak peeks of my projects and little glimpses into our daily life here at Gallamore West! xoxo 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Basketball Party Fun!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MVCheezIt #CollectiveBias

We love having friends and family over for parties, and with all of our kids and our friends' kids, it only takes a couple of families to have an instant party!  Recently we invited a couple of families over for a basketball party... hmmm, you may just know of some exciting college basketball games going on right now.  And if you do, here are some easy, fun ways to host your own Basketball Party! 

Parties can be so simple and inexpensive by just sticking to appetizers if you host a mid-afternoon party.  We actually did have a whole meal and dessert too, but this appetizer table was a hit thanks to new Cheez-It Grooves!  I made a CHEEZ-BALL appetizer to look like a basketball (recipe below) and served it with Cheez-It Grooves as well.  They're the perfect new cracker that crisps like a chip. 

 For drinks we served orange sports drinks that matched the party color scheme of orange, white, and black perfectly thanks to Lauren McKinsey's Basketball Party printables.   And all of the food items at the party had fun basketball themed names.  I cut a black & white paper straw into thirds, then hot glued the food labels onto the mini straws and just placed them inside inexpensive party favor trophies.  Super fun way to include trophies and food labels into a party, right? 

 We also served Cheez-It Snack Mix because that's always a party hit.  Served in fun orange and white party boxes with a Slam Dunk printable attached with a mini clothespin, it was a great way for every guest to have their own container of Cheez-It Snack Mix to themselves! 

 The basketball theme was continued throughout the party with orange, black and white decorations, and even basketball candies! 

 We had a lot of adorable young party guests, and they all had a blast! 

We kept them entertained by playing basketball {of course} with our brand new basketball hoop that my husband set up outside the morning of the party! 

And of course the Dads had to get in on some hoop action too... 

We even found these little basketballs for our guests to take home- the plush one was for our baby guest! 

Want to host your own Basketball Party?  Here's how to make your own CHEEZ-Ball appetizer.


2 packages of cream cheese, softened
1 package of ranch dip mix
2 boxes of Cheez-It Grooves, 1 box crushed, 1 box NOT crushed
small can of sliced black olives

Using a stand mixer, whip the cream cheese with the ranch packet until thoroughly combined.  While mixing, crush the Cheez-It Grooves in their original plastic bag.  

Pour about 1/4 cup of crushed Cheez-It Grooves onto a medium sized plate and spread them out.  Gently transfer the cream cheese mixture on top of the crushed crackers then top with more crushed crackers, pressing them onto the Cheez-ball until it is completely covered.  Brush off the excess crushed crackers and carefully transfer onto serving platter.  Drain a small can of sliced black olives.  Line a small plate with a paper towel, then pour the olives onto the paper towel to drain.  Using similar sized olive slices, make a basketball design on your Cheez-ball.  Refrigerate until serving, at least 30 minutes.  Serve with the second box of Cheez-It Grooves.

Not only are Cheez-It Grooves the perfect Basketball Party food, there's a Most Valuable Cheese Contest that is taking place from Feb – April 2015. Users can vote on their favorite flavors/varieties from six popular Cheez-It flavors and play games for a chance to win $10,000.  And right now, Cheez-It's are on sale at Target for 3/$8!  AND if you use Target's Cartwheel App {Hello, my favorite thing ever!} you can save an additional 35% off of your Cheez-It's purchase!  As if I ever need an excuse to shop at Target!   You can find a huge selection of Cheez-It varieties in the cracker aisle at Target.

What's your favorite college basketball team?  Are yours still in your bracket?  Sad day for me today... my favorite San Diego team is out.  But that's okay, I'm off to drown my sorrows in a bowl of Cheez-Its! :) 


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