Caramel Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats

I have totally become that girl on Pinterest who goes crazy for fall and re-pins every last pumpkin whatever recipe. But what other times of the year do we get to eat so much pumpkin and not feel like an addict? Never. And it’s a wonderful time of year.

I brought these in to my last day of work at my previous job and my coworker justified eating them at 9am because  “rice crispies are cereal and cereal is breakfast!” I may just use that logic more often when it comes to treats in the AM.

 

 

Caramel Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats

  • 6 cups rice crispies
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 3 tbsp butter
  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan.
  2. Add bag of marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
  3. Immediately remove from heat and add caramel and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. (If you’re me, move to a much larger bowl and) Add melty goodness to rice crispies and stir your heart out.
  5. Add batter to a greased 9×13 pan, flatten with a greased spatula and let it cool.

Taste Rating: 6/10

I really wanted these to be excellent, but they kind of fell short for me. The rice crispy cereal was kind of soggy, and I couldn’t really taste the caramel. They were also wayyyy gooey-er than usual rice crispies (I’m guessing the caramel had something to do with that) and didn’t feel like they’d ever completely set up.

Ease of Cooking: 9/10

Confession – I’d never actually made rice crispy treats before this. I was really glad the recipe was so simple, and if you follow it to a tee, I can’t imagine how you could screw this up. It seems like I had roommates in college mess up rice crispy treats all the time and now I’m seriously questioning their intelligence.

 

Thanks to 30 Handmade Days for the great Fall recipe!

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The green monster (aka – Elphaba juice)

Okay so I was super hesitant about this – it looks like that slime from those hilarious 90s Nickelodeon shows like Double Dare. Ridiculous.

But I gave it a shot because the post said it didn’t taste like healthy goop. Good thing I’m a trusting person. And she was right! For a juice made of spinach and peanut butter and yogurt- was actually pretty dang good!!

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Green Monster Juice. Or Elphaba Juice.

  • 1 slides banana, frozen or not
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (or one to go cup) Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups baby spinach (more or less)
  1. Blend banana and peanut butter
  2. Add yogurt and milk- blend that all together
  3. Fill the rest of your blender with baby spinach and, you guessed it, blend!!

Taste Rating: 8.5/10

Other than the green appearance, this juice tastes really good! You can’t taste the spinach, so it mostly just tastes like banana and peanut butter – although I’d add more peanut butter next time 🙂 And I expected it to be more of a smoothie consistency, so I may try adding ice or freezing my banana if I make this again. But it’s a great way to force me to eat spinach. I also have a reeeeeeeally hard time with the consistency of Greek yogurt (I know, I know. I’m so not trendy) but this was great! No weird yogurt consistency.

Ease of Cooking: 9.5/10

Seriously. It’s just a blender. Great for a quick breakfast or after workout boost. And yummy 🙂

The hardest part was washing out the blender.

Thanks to Iowa Girl Eats for the recipe!

English Muffin Bread

This was seriously YUMMIEST bread I’ve ever had!! I was so proud that I made this!

Now — I have never in my whole entire life made bread before, but I’ve wanted to try for a while. I couldn’t believe how easy this was!! It’s sooooo yummy toasted with butter and jam- I could just die. I really almost ate the whole loaf tonight. I feel quite sick but it was totally worth it.

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English Muffin Bread

  • 5 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 packages RAPID RISE yeast (You can use regular yeast, but you will need to let is rise TWICE. Once in the bowl, til it reaches the top…and then again in the pans, til it reaches the top. With the RAPID RISE you only need to let it rise once in the pans.)
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 11 cups flour
  1. Mix altogether, then spoon into (4) well greased loaf pans.
  2. Let dough rise in pans until dough reaches the top of the pans, and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. (keep an eye on it for the last 10-15 minutes though.)
  3. 10 minutes before done, brush with melted butter. Makes 4 loaves.
  4. Bread will be moist at first. Allow to cool COMPLETELY before cutting.


taste rating: 10/10
like I said before, best bread I’ve ever had. no joke. it’s different than normal bread — it really is the consistency of English muffins. that being said, I don’t know if I ever want regular homemade bread again. especially when this was so stinkin easy!


ease of cooking: 9/10
this was a very very simple recipe — just throw everything in your mixer and be done with it. the only bummer was not having rapid rise yeast so I had to wait twice before I could get this goodness in the oven. even then, it was just a matter of patience, not a complicated recipe.



Special thanks to One Good Thing for this amazing recipe.

summer solstice strawberry smoothie

sorry about the alliteration, guys. I just couldn’t help myself.

we made this smoothie in my cooking class at byu. I worked at Planet Smoothie in high school, so I know what good smoothie consistency means. and it is the only smoothie I’ve ever been able to recreate the Jamba Juice quality of — three times now!

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strawberry smoothie

  • 1 cup (or about 10 large) strawberries
  • 1/4 sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cup yogurt
  1. add  milk and yogurt to the blender
  2. while blending (or after, if you’re chicken like me), add strawberries like 2  or 3 at a time until well mixed
  3. add ice cubes the same way
  4. add sugar (to taste)
  5. go lay outside and enjoy the sun


taste rating: 8.5/10
super yummy — but my roommates were totally turned off by the amount of sugar  I put in. last time I even threw in half a banana and it was still fab. add your own fruit and tell me what you think! just be sure to add more yogurt or ice if the consistency gets off. hint – add yogurt, NOT milk, to fix consistency. milk makes it get too runny.


ease of cooking/preparation: 9.5/10
like I said before, this is the only smoothie known to mankind (or, me-kind) that can be the perfect Jamba Juice consistency right in your own stinking kitchen. super stinking easy and great for summertime. I kid you not, this was my dinner last night and it took me approximately 3 minutes.