Easy Mummy Rice Krispie Squares

I made the simplest Halloween treat with my kids yesterday! It was only three ingredients and super simple.  Perfect for a last minute Halloween treat.  I am by no means a Pinterest mom, so I promise you these are the easiest thing in the world to whip together!

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Ingredients:
  • Box of Rice Krispie squares (or you can be more ambitious then me and make your own… LOL!)
  • Fruit Roll Ups
  • Edible Candy Eyes

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Directions:

Slice fruit roll ups into 1 cm strips

Wrap fruit roll up slices around Rice Krispie squares like mummy bandages

Stick 2 candy eyes at the top onto your squares

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I placed mine into individual bags to give at my kids daycare and schools. Ta da! Super easy and adorable treat for them to give to their friends 🙂

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I think they turned out super cute 🙂 I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Flowers are Cliché, Send a Brewquet

One of the big reasons I started my blog was because I wanted to share products, clothing and places that I love!  Whenever possible, I try to shop local and support small businesses.  This is why I am beyond excited to be teaming up with Brewquet!  If you haven’t heard of them before, Brewquet is a Vancouver, B.C. company who offers unique gift baskets featuring a selection of craft beers and yummy local goods.  On staff is a cicerone (essentially a sommelier for beer!) who curates all of the beer selection to ensure that only the best seasonal and local offering are always chosen!  Brewquet is currently serving areas within three hours of Vancouver and free delivery is offered to Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond and New Westminster.  For other areas, you can contact them directly for a quote.

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I’m not sure about you, but I have a handful of people in my life who are always a challenge to buy for!  Who wouldn’t love a bucket full of cold ones?!  Such a unique alternative to sending a bouquet of flowers!  As their website states “Be clear, say it with beer!”  A perfect gift for the upcoming Holidays, Birthdays, a big thank you, or really any occasion you just feel like giving someone a fun, delicious and creative gift!

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Another feature that I appreciate, is that 90% of offerings are earth friendly in that they are either recyclable or biodegradable.  The shipping boxes are recyclable, the paper crinkles found in the ice buckets are made from recycled paper and the burlap wrap is biodegradable.

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Featured above, the Kitsilano which includes:

  • 6 local craft beers (you can choose from IPA’s, Pale Ales, Lagers or a variety pack)
  • 6 Non Alcoholic Craft Sodas are also an option
  • Jerky Baron’s Mount Pleasant beef jerky
  • The Nut Merchant’s Maple Siracha Pecans
  • The Brewquet stainless steel ice bucket & signature bottle opener

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I can already think of a few people who I will be giving a Brewquet to!

As an added bonus, Brewquet is offering my readers 10% off of their purchase… just enter code SSF10 during checkout 🙂

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Baby E’s 1st Birthday Party

We threw my son’s 1st Birthday party a few weeks before he actually turned one.  I promised my husband I would keep it simple this year… (Apparently I have a tendency to go overboard… lol!)  Both my boys are summer babies which is fantastic because it makes it easy to have a pool or beach party and keep the chaos outside!  This post is for the parents like myself that cannot necessarily afford to purchase lavish cakes, decorations and catering for their parties.  Absolutely no offence to anyone who does, it is just not in my budget!  Trust me, I love reading about and seeing pictures of the extravagant parties!  I just wanted to share some pictures from his birthday to show that you can throw a cute Do It Yourself party without spending a fortune.  The kids had a blast which is really the most important part right?!

We call him our little Beast, so I decided to go with a Monster theme this year:

Monster Cake

Disclaimer: this wasn’t how I originally planned the cake to look, however icing the cake in 30 degree weather proved a little difficult and it started to melt a bit… lol!

Monster crafts

Crafts for the kids… Build a monster!  Free printable from somewhat simple.

Rice Krispie monsters
Rice Krispie monsters edible eyes & dipped in coloured white chocolate… yummy!

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Photo booth props that I ordered from Etsy (also used these to decorate the monster punch & anything else that needed eyes or a scary mouth!

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Mini monster jello.  Plastic cups & eye stickers from the Dollar Store

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I made this Monster ONE sign with some crafts from the Dollar Store & Michaels

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Monster Punch

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Monster water bottle labels I ordered from Etsy

 

How did we ever have parties before Etsy & Pinterest?! 😉  It makes it so easy to have a fun and simple DIY themed birthday!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

German Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen)

Happy Monday everyone!  We made this plum cake a few weeks back (twice actually because it got inhaled the first time… lol!)  It is just too good not to share 🙂  Let me know if you have a chance to try it!

My husbands German plum-cake recipe, just like Oma and Opa used to make!

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Our U- Pick Plums

Directions:

Start with the simple dough recipe:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup of butter (3/4 a stick)
  • a pinch of salt (1/16 teaspoon)

Mix the above ingredients into a bowl, cutting the butter into small chunks.

  • 1 egg
  • Milk (read below)

In a small measuring cup, crack the egg, and then fill to 1/2 cup with milk. As the size of eggs can vary, it works out roughly to 3 oz of milk. Beat the egg and milk together.

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mixed together to make your dough.

  • 18 – 20 plums (late summer, fall fresh picked Italian Plums) cut into quarters, pit removed.

Spread the dough over a thin cookie sheet. The dough is supposed to be thin, similar to a thick crust pizza. Layer the plum quarters on top, overlapping each row cut side up.

  • Bake at 350 to 360 degrees for an hour, edges should be golden brown

Remove from oven, and let sit for 5 minutes, you’ll notice the plums will start sweating, at that point sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of sugar on top. This adds a nice contrast to the tart of the plums with some sweetness!

Making German Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen)

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This is a really delicious cake and it definitely does not last very long in our house!! Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx