Dylan's Room {Part 3}

I really know how to drag out a room re-do/reveal!!  Yesterday the guys finished combining for the year *hallelujah song plays here* so maybe sanity can return to our lives.  Oh wait... was it ever here?
Here is the ceiling fan that used to occupy "Joe's old room" aka "the mouse room"...

She's a beauty!!  I don't think I ever remember this thing with a globe... this is how it hung in the bedroom for the first 8 years of my married life.  

Then the day came that my sister and I decided to paint it!  What do we have to lose?  If it doesn't work we'll just get a more attractive light fixture for the room.  We raided the basement for some spray paint and set to work.  We took it apart labeling which screw came from which part of the fan and stuck them into a styrofoam plate to easily spray paint the tops.  After searching high and low around the house I couldn't find anything that would work for a globe.  I found this one at Menards for $7.  Not too bad for $7 and a can of spray paint....!



Pumpkin Caramel Rice Krispies

Yesterday my to do list included a fun activity with Mia and Owen and make treats for the guys in the field.  We tackled both projects at once.  Owen could only spare a few minutes... he was un-loading his tractor on the go and had to get back to business.  He's got a few more fields to combine this fall before he can relax.  Here's a picture of my farm boy before we get to the recipe....

On to the recipe...

You will need:
6 cups Rice Krispies
1 bag Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
3-4 T Butter
7 oz. {half a can} of Sweetened Condensed Milk
Half a bag of Kraft Caramels {the wrapped kind}
2T Butter
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Spray Butter Flavored Pam

Spray 2 round cake pans with cooking spray and set aside.

Begin by giving your kids the caramels to unwrap....  Place the caramels, sweetened condensed milk and  2 T of butter in a microwaveable dish.  Microwave in 45 second increments, stirring to melt the caramels.

Place the 3-4 T of butter in a pan on the stove top.  Melt and continue to cook until just starting to brown be careful not to burn!  This gives these bars a richer taste.  Add the Marshmallows and stir until melted.  When the marshmallows are melted add the 6 cups of rice krispies.  Divide the krispie mixture into the 2 cake pans and pat smooth.

Using one pan of pumpkin rice krispies sprinkle 1 cup of marshmallows and pour the caramel mixture over top.  Smooth it around and take the other pan of rice krispies and place on top.  Pat it down to smoosh all the goodness together.  Refrigerate until cut-able.  We placed a candy corn pumpkin on the top when we sent it out to the guys in the field.

The recipe looks long but it's basically rice krispies with a few add-ins!  It's a kid friendly fall dessert your kids will love to help make!


Mia's Flip Flop Birthday

A year ago Mia decided she wanted a "flip flop" birthday this year.  She didn't change her mind either!  Mia would wear flip flops 365 days a year if she could! 

We broke out the birthday wreath for the week and got to work!  Friday night, Mia had a "girls" birthday with some of her best friends.  She made 7 pairs of flip flops {picture 1} for her friends to wear.  We went over to Prairie duChien, WI to do a little swimming {picture 2} and then ate supper at the Corner Shoppe in Garnavillo.  It was a fun and delicious evening! 

We dipped Nutter Butter cookies {picture 5} in pink tinted almond bark and added the strap with gel frosting.  Mia's birthday cake was 2 round cakes frosted with beach blue butter cream frosting and topped with "sand" finely chopped graham crackers!  We placed a few of the Nutter Butter flip flops on the top.  Mia wore a pink headband that had flip flop stickers on it for her party! {picture 4}.

Here is the invite....

If you would like to make Nutter Butter flip flops all you need is Nutter Butters, White almond bark and food coloring.  I dipped a few in white at first and then added some pink dye since I wasn't sure if tinting Almond bark would even work!  I did a few light pink and then added more dye to make the darker pink flip flops.  I stuck these in the freezer when they were set and the day of the party pulled them out and added the straps with gel frosting.  You could do the straps while the cookies were still wet and use licorice or sprinkles.  The possibilities are endless!!  I think for Christmas we are going to make Nutter Butter snowmen!

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