Halloween Treats with See's Candies

When we opened our package of See's Candies, my husband and I felt like we were children all over again. Sure we remember getting the fun sized bags of candy during the Halloween festivities, but there is something nostalgic about vintage and authentically made treats. Do you remember going into the corner store with your grandmother? The giant lollipops and colorful suckers that immediately made your mouth water? Holidays are really special in our family and making sweet memories has been at the top of our list since the moment we became parents. Enter literal sweet memories, such as this, and our kids having their own taste of Halloween. 

Halloween is of course about costumes and trick and treating and hanging out with all of our friends; but we ALL know at the end of the night, it's allllllllll about that c-a-n-d-y!! Check out some of the sweetness that can be found at See's Candies-- they've been making quality chocolate for over NINETY years, y'all. And they have over 200 shops AND an online store.

If WE as parents were oohing and aahing over the beauty that was set out in front of us, you KNOW our children were in candy and chocolate HEAVEN. It was so fun watching them pick up the many assortments and talk about what to try first and then what to eat next. We only let them have two pieces, and ever since this shoot, I've basically been ghosting the leftovers [which there was a LOT] because #momtax, y'all. 

If the images themselves haven't convinced you yet, then just see for yourself. Visit See's Candies website and I double dog dare you to choose just ONE Halloween treat. I mean really, do you think you'll be able to order JUST the Trick or Treat Lollypops and miss out on ALSO ordering those milk chocolate jack o' lanterns? Hhhmmmmmmm, I doubt it ;) 

Happy Halloweening, friends! Is that a word? No...but it works. 

A Week On Slowness, Holidays, and Double Ear Infections

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY, Y'ALL! The teacher in me is obsessed with all things holiday, so every single month I seriously scour the calendar for what holiday I can focus on next. March is one of my favorite months, with this holiday, the beginning of official spring, and my birthday (next weekend) of course. Before I go too much further, I want to share these easy treats with you, so that if in the event you're like, "Oh shoot, I want to do something for St. Patty's Day with my kids but totally forgot!" these are beyond simple and quick to do with them. 

St. Patrick's Day Rice Krispy Treats
Inspired by Classy Clutter

Ingredients: 
1/4 cup of butter
4 cups of soft marshmallows
5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
green food coloring
approximately 3/4 cup of Lucky Charm’s marshmallows – Reese was my helper in picking out the marshmallows from the Lucky Charms cereal box, and setting them aside in a bowl. She may or may not have snuck a few (or dozen...)

Directions: 
Melt the butter over low heat until completely melted. Slowly add marshmallows and stir often to avoid burning. When marshmallow/butter mixture is completely melted, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and your green food coloring and mix well. Remove from heat and stir in your Rice Krispie cereal. Once mixture is mostly combined, stir in the Lucky Charm’s marshmallows.  

I forgot how much I like Rice Krispy Treats, making them St. Patrick's Day themed was so much fun! Now on to some more pictures from our week. It was overall pretty slow, and I didn't have a lot of motivation to do many lessons... but Pierson learned how to spell "me" and "the" and he recognizes them in books now, so that's a huge accomplishment! 

It was also the first week I've dreaded running.... such a bummer, I have been on such a high, that I always looked forward to trying to run further! I did 4 miles on the treadmill and got super discouraged from some knee/ankle pain, took the inserts out and ran 3 the next day, and that was the best post-run I've felt yet. So I'm going to attempt a short one today, and then I have a 10k TOMORROW. Yikes!! I'm telling myself I've ran 7 and didn't die, so surely I can do the 6.4 or whatever it is, right? 

And Pierson went to the doctor today. He hasn't been able to hear us well AT ALL (I'm talking, I have to be NEXT to his ear drum sometimes in order for him to hear!) and the doctor said he has a double ear infection. He's been in monthly since December with ear infections and bronchitis, so we were referred to an allergist. I had to have allergy shots monthly as a kid, so it wouldn't be a huge shocker if he's an allergy kid as well... just hoping for GOOD news, and that they won't say, "Oh yeah, he's allergic to ALL of your pets!" Prayers appreciated! 

PS: The beautiful table you see in 99% of my photos is by the incredibly talented Brent, with Louisville Farm Tables. It's been a dream of ours for a loong time to have a table such as this. It's 8-feet long, gorgeous, and we love hosting our friends and family around it!