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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Charlie Brown No-Bake Peanut Butter Treats

Hi there! Today I thought I'd share a cute and easy treat in honor of the release of the new Peanuts Movie. 

Are you a Charlie Brown fan? We are! We especially love the holiday Peanuts movies. Hello, it's just not Halloween until we've watched It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

We are so excited to see the new Peanuts Movie. Mark your calendar for the premiere on November 6th. It's sure to be a fun family event!

To get my kids even more excited, I whipped up these delicious no-bake peanut butter treats and gave them a fun Charlie Brown theme.

I headed to Albertsons to pick up all the ingredients. You will need:

1 cup Karo syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Kellogg's corn flakes
snack sized Ziploc bags

Pour Karo syrup and sugar into pan and heat just until sugar dissolves. This will only take a minute or so. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until mixture is smooth. Measure cereal and place in a large mixing bowl. Pour sauce over cereal and mix until even combined.

Place scoops of the mixture onto wax paper to harden. When cool enough to handle, you can roll them into ball shapes if desired.

To make them look more Peanuts-esque, I added Charlie Brown's iconic zig zag to the bags using vinyl I cut on my Silhouette. If you don't want to cut the zig zags, you could draw them on with a black permanent marker instead.

Then I stapled cute bag toppers to each bag. So cute and so easy! Here's the link to the bag topper I designed. Just click on the link to open the file, click on the printer icon, and enjoy.

Starting tomorrow, October 14th if you purchase three participating items (Kellogg's Corn Flakes are one of them!) at Albertsons, you will get a free Peanuts Trick or Treat bag. You better believe I'll be there tomorrow... my kids will be excited to upgrade from a plastic sack.

But hurry, because they only have a limited number of bags and once they're gone, they're gone.

Have a great day, friends!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monster Mash Kid-Friendly Halloween Party

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

I'm so excited to share today's post. I love parties. I love Halloween. Put them together and I'm in heaven! This Halloween party was designed with kids in mind. It's fun and silly instead of creepy and dark. Welcome to the Monster Mash!

There are a lot of fun things going on, so let's look at each party element one by one.

First, could you just die over this big blue fur that I used as a tablecloth? My mom bought it years ago and it is just one of those crazy fun things we've loved over the years.

Then there are these adorable metal buckets filled with "Monster Teeth."

They are really just candy corn, but "monster teeth" sound so much more fun, don't you think? The buckets are from Target's Dollar Spot. Love that place. 

You've already seen  these cute "monster toes." Click here for the tutorial.

Next are the monster cereal bar pops.

To make them, I followed my normal cereal bar recipe (HERE) but used Mini Trix instead of crisp rice cereal:

Did you even know they made Mini Trix? They are so cute and they are delicious in a cereal bar! I decorated clear treat bags with white sticker paper eyes and drew mouths with a permanent marker.

I cut the Trix bars into rectangles, skewered them with a paper straw (also from Target's Dollar Spot), placed them in the treat bags and tied them off with a bit of orange ribbon.

All I did for the drinks was add lemon lime soda to green punch and stick eyes on the punch bowl and cups. Look at this little army of green monsters!

I saw these Eyeball Cookies and had to make some for our Monster Mash.

I used my favorite recipe for soft, chewy cookies. They are as easy as 1-2-3. To make them, you'll need:

Cake Mix Cookies
1 Betty Crocker™ white cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
food coloring

Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Dough will be very thick. Divide into three separate bowls and add food coloring. I made orange, green and purple cookies. Roll into balls and bake at 350 for 8 minutes, or until no longer shiny. Immediately press candy eyes into tops of cookies.

I love treats that double as party crafts, so I decided to have fun with PEEPS®.

We set up a station for the party guests to make monster costumes for the PEEPS!

I bought a special pack of Halloween PEEPS  at Target and a can of Betty Crocker Frosting.

They were in the seasonal aisle with all the other baking goodies.

I divided the frosting evenly into three separate bowls and dyed it three different colors.

Then we went to town transforming our Peeps. We used some of the leftover Mini Trix and candy eyes too. Our little Peep monsters turned out so cute!

To save you some time, I am offering the labels for the monster teeth, monster toes and make-a-monster station as free printables. Click HERE to open the document, click on the print icon at the top, print off on cardstock and enjoy!

There were so many other great Monster Mash ideas that I dedicated an entire Pinterest Board to them. Check it out HERE.

Click HERE for more Spooktacular Snack ideas. There are some really cute ideas... don't miss it!

This party was so fun that my seven year old wants a Monster Mash for his next birthday party. I told him that was totally doable. All you'd have to do to make this party work year-round is to add a bit of red and yellow and less black and white and it would be an adorable birthday party!

Are you throwing any Halloween parties this year? Are you going cute or creepy or a little bit of both? Tell me all about it in the comments!