Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies

 Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies:  White chocolate covered Chex cereal coated in crushed animal cookie crumbs and lots of sprinkles.  You might want to make a double batch of this.  One for you and one for everyone else.

Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies - crushed animal cookies and chocolate coat this easy muddy buddies snack mix

So, I found out a piece of interesting information. If you let your driver’s license expire more than 6 months, they make you take a written test again.

How do I know this? Well…let’s just say mine has been expired for a while. And by a while, I really mean more than a year. Now before you give me grief, I honestly didn’t know it was expired for about a year.  I know, I know.  I should keep up on these things more.  But in my defense I haven’t been stopped for any driving offenses, so I’m thinking this is good track record.

Now the last few months…yeah, I might have known, but I didn’t do any thing . But last week we bought a new (to us) vehicle. The guys in the auto dealer might have given me a hard time about it. Plus, with our loan I now have to get it updated.

Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies - crushed animal cookies and chocolate coat this easy muddy buddies snack mix

So, I went in to get it taken care of. Yeah…I didn’t get it done that day because I’m a little nervous about taking the written drivers test. Seriously! It has been a long time since I have taken one.

I’m going to need lots of chocolate covered treats to help me study through this stuff again.  Last year I made a Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies that I couldn’t stop eating.  Cookie crumbs and melted chocolate is always a good idea.

Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies - crushed animal cookies and chocolate coat this easy muddy buddies snack mix

Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies - crushed animal cookies and chocolate coat this easy muddy buddies snack mix

I just love these cute little paper boxes and lids.  To make them I used the Box & Lids Die Cut from We R Memory Keepers/Life Style Crafts.

They are so cute.  Just think of all the things you could fill them with.  M&M’s, mints, and lots of muddy buddies.

*You can use the code BRUCREW to save 20% off your order if you want to make fun paper crafts or cards.

Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies - crushed animal cookies and chocolate coat this easy muddy buddies snack mix

This Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies is so easy to make.  I like to make a big batch of it because the three kids in my house devour it.  Ok, fine.  I’m usually the guilty culprit that munches on way too much of this.

Four ingredients is all you need to have this snack mix in your house.  Five counting the extra sprinkles.  1 box of Chex cereal, 1 bag of frosted animal cookies,  1 package of vanilla CandiQuik, and powdered sugar needs to go on your shopping list this week.

Crush just enough cookies to make 1 1/2 cups of crumbs.  Extra sprinkles are a must. Stir them into the crumbs too.

Melt the CandiQuik according to the package directions.  Pour it over the cereal and stir it to coat everything.  Now you can either spoon the mixture into a big ziplock bag or a container with a lid.  Shake the cookie crumbs and sprinkles over the cereal, then add a little bit of powdered sugar and shake again.  Pour it onto a tray and let it set.

Break up the extra cookies and toss them with the muddy buddies.  Then get ready to munch your way through the whole batch!

Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies - crushed animal cookies and chocolate coat this easy muddy buddies snack mix

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Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 10 cups snack mix

Frosted Animal Cookie Muddy Buddies

Crushed frosted animal cookies and sprinkles give this vanilla muddy buddies a fun cookie twist.


9 cups Chex cereal (14 oz. box)
16 ounces white CandiQuik
13 ounce bag Frosted Animal Cookies
1/4 cup nonparil sprinkles
1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Crush enough frosted animal cookies to make 1 1/2 cups crumbs. Stir in the sprinkles and set aside.
  2. Melt the CandiQuik according to the package directions. Pour over the cereal. Place the cereal in a very large ziplock bag or container with a lid. Pour the crushed cookie and sprinkle mixture over the top. Close the bag or container and shake until everything is covered. Open and add the powdered sugar. Shake again. Pour out onto a tray to let set.
  3. Break the remaining frosted animal cookies into chunks. Stir into the muddy buddies. Store in a sealed container.

 More fun and delicious snack mixes to munch on:

 Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow 3

 Peanut Butter Cup Puppy Chow

Mocha Cappuccino Puppy Chow 3

 Mocha Cappuccino Puppy Chow


*I am a studio member for We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts. I am sent products in exchange for sharing fun projects on my blog. No other compensation is given. All opinions are 100% my own.

Birthday Candy Jar with Printable

Today I’m excited to share 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my “Off the Hook” Birthday Candy Jar and printable.

Birthday Candy Jar and Printable - quick and easy candy gift for birthdays

Today I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! All week long, Kristen is sharing birthday tips and giveaways, so be sure to check out her Party.

I always have candy in my cupboards and empty mason jars in my blogging stash!  I decided to combine the two for a very quick and easy gift for the blog hop.

As for the other creative ideas, a lot of these gifts are versatile for any occasion, and can be a go to gift to your friends, family, or even that friend that you would like to get to know better. Even more fabulous–most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

101 Birthday Ideas for Friends

{Blog Hop Birthday designs by C {dot} love}


As we get older, we tend to not celebrate our birthdays with friends as much.  It just ends up being another day in our busy schedules with a cake bonus thrown in, if we are lucky.  Just think how exciting it would be if one of your friends showed up unexpectedly with a cute little gift to say “Happy Birthday” and “I was thinking about you today.”

Birthday Candy Jar and Printable - quick and easy candy gift for birthdays

One way to show your love for a friend is to remember the little details such as what their favorite candy is.  Remembering the small things about someone shows you noticed and you care.  What better way to say Happy Birthday to someone than with one of their little favorites.

When I was brainstorming this candy jar, my husband actually came up with the Swedish Fish and “Off the Hook” saying.  It was such a cute idea that I couldn’t resist using it!  I’m telling you he helps me out all the time with things like this.  He is definitely a keeper!!!

I created a printable that you can print from the link under the picture.  It is already sized to fit a pint size mason jar.  Just punch a hole in one corner and tie it on the jar with some twine.  I also used some washi tape around the jar lid to add some color.  Feel free to use whatever ribbon or tape you have on hand.  The idea is not to spend a lot of money, but to create a small gift that shows your friend how important they are in your life.

Birthday Candy Jar Tags 2

Off the Hook printable



Are you ready for some easy gift inspiration?

Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don’t forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

free printable blog hop

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas
5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli
10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T.
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call
14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple
15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

free printables blog hop

21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy
38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy
39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead
40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

free printables

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After


free printables

61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.
66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland
68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real
76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

blog hop free printables

81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects
83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou
97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said…
101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will
102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda
105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

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Caramel Snickers Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for big bowls of this Caramel Snickers Ice Cream.  This easy ice cream doesn’t need a special machine for you to enjoy it this summer.

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream - Snickers bars and caramel turn this easy NO MACHINE ice cream into a fun treat

Sprinklers, fresh cut grass, sunshine, pool days, and ice cream are definitely summer favorites in our house.  Add a few surprise thunderstorms and humidity and we are in the middle of all things summer.

Did you know that you can make ice cream without an ice cream maker?  This easy ice cream only has a few ingredients and can be customized to your taste every single time.  We went with caramel and Snickers bars this time.  But just think of all the combos you could come up with.  I have a feeling a few more varieties will be showing up this summer in our freezer and on the blog.

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream - Snickers bars and caramel turn this easy NO MACHINE ice cream into a fun treat

There is something so satisfying about a cup or cone of ice cream on a hot summer day.  I like to keep different varieties in my freezer for our kids to snack on.  They hear the ice cream truck music coming, and I pull out the ice cream.

Is it just me or is there something scary about the music from that truck?  I mean some guy driving slowly along tempting children to come to his vehicle…yeah, I’m going to keep my kids running to my freezer instead.  Not to mention the price of one ice cream bar is crazy.  That is almost scarier than the music and creepy truck.

This ice cream starts with heavy whipping cream.  Make sure to freeze your bowl and wire whisk beater for at least 30 minutes before starting.  The cold from the bowl will help the cream whip up faster.  It takes about 5-7 minutes for the cream to get thick and fluffy.  Set it aside.  Now beat the cream cheese until creamy and slowly add the sweetened condensed milk.  You can add your toppings to this mixture.  Then fold the whipped cream into it.  Folding just means slowly and carefully stir your whipped cream in so that the air doesn’t deflate.  You can use a spatula to lift your mixture up and over.  It sounds complicated, but it really isn’t that hard.  You just don’t want to stir it vigorously.

Spoon 1/3 of the mixture into a freezer safe container and add a little bit of caramel.  Swirl it with a knife.  Repeat this 2 more times.  Just be careful as you swirl, so you do not mess up the lower swirls.  You want pockets of caramel in every scoop.

Now all you have to do is wait for it to freeze.  I do recommend making it the night before you want to eat it.  That way it is ready to go first thing in the morning.  But if you waited until the afternoon, I suggest mowing the lawn or taking a walk while you wait.

Or find that scary ice cream music and buy an overpriced drumstick.  Your call :-)


*Make sure you check out We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts for more cute packaging options. The code BRUCREW will save you 20% off your purchase!!  I used the label die cuts that came with the Bakery Box Die Cut to make cute labels for our ice cream cups.

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream - Snickers bars and caramel turn this easy NO MACHINE ice cream into a fun treat

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Caramel Snickers Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Caramel Snickers Ice Cream

Caramel and Snickers bars make this easy NO MACHINE ice cream a fun and delicious summer treat.


2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups chopped Snickers bars (8 oz. bag bites)
1 cup chocolate covered peanuts
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping


  1. Place a metal bowl and wire whisk attachment in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Beat the heavy whipping cream for 5 - 7 minutes, until thick and creamy. Set aside.
  3. Beat the cream cheese until creamy. Add the sweetened condensed milk slowly until mixed into the cream cheese. Gently stir in the Snickers bars and chocolate covered peanuts. Fold in the whipping cream.
  4. Spoon 1/3 of the mixture into a freezer safe bowl. Spoon a little bit of caramel on top. Swirl with a knife. Repeat 2 more times, swirling the caramel very carefully each time. Freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight.

 More delicious and fun desserts that have Snickers candy bars in:


Apple Snickers Cake

Peanut Butter Snickers Cheesecake Brownie Pie 4

Peanut Butter Snickers Brownie Pie

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies title

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

 Sweet treats from friends: 

Snickers Muddy Buddies from Chef-In-Training
Frozen Snickers Pie from Shugary Sweets
Snickers Cupcakes from Life, Love, and Sugar


*I am a studio member for We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts. I am sent products in exchange for sharing fun projects on my blog. No other compensation is given. All opinions are 100% my own.

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars

No bake granola bars are a welcome treat any time of day.  They are great for on-the-go breakfasts, delicious in lunch boxes, and perfect to munch on after school or work.  Chocolate and coffee gives these Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars a delicious mocha flavor.

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars - coffee and chocolate chips give these easy, NO BAKE bars a delicious cappuccino flavor

We go through granola bars like crazy around here.  I used to buy a couple boxes of the bars each week, until I realized how much cheaper it was to make homemade ones each week.  Over the years, I have created quite a few versions of baked and no bake bars.

The no bake granola bars are definitely my favorite for obvious reasons.  10-15 minutes tops is all it takes to have a pan of yummy bars waiting to be devoured.

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars - coffee and chocolate chips give these easy, NO BAKE bars a delicious cappuccino flavor

Is anyone else in shock that the end of the year has come up so quickly?

I seriously feel like we just got over winter, and now the kids will be out of school in just 2 days.  They are so excited to be done with all things school related.

Bring on the sun and shine and the lazy days at the pool.  Hhhhmmm pool days means I should ramp up those work outs.  Or not.  At this point I kind of don’t care…I just want to enjoy the sunshine!  Of course, ask me that again when I actually have to put a swimsuit on.  My answer will probably be slightly different!

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars - coffee and chocolate chips give these easy, NO BAKE bars a delicious cappuccino flavor

With the end of school year staring me down in the face, I wanted to come up with a cute snack/gift that could be used for a Thank You for our school teachers.

I have had this Drink Sleeve die cut sitting in my office for a while now.  With my current trend of using coffee in all my treats, I knew that this would be the perfect little gift.  You can pick up a few clean coffee cups from the coffee shop the next time you stop in.  The die cut package also comes with cute label die cuts for the front of the sleeve.  Use your computer to print out the words “thanks a latte” and cut it to fit inside one of the shapes.  

Make sure you check out We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts for more cute packaging options.  The code BRUCREW will save you 20% off your purchase!!

Adding coffee and cocoa powder to these no bake granola bars gives them a delicious mocha flavor.  Stir the instant coffee and cocoa powder into the melted butter and honey until it dissolves.  Then just stir in the oats and cocoa krispies until completely coated with the chocolate goodness.

Note:  Do not stir in the chocolate chips until the mixture has cooled.  The little chocolate chips melt very quickly if your oats are warm.  Give it at least 5 minutes to cool off before stirring the chocolate in.  Then press everything firmly into a buttered pan.

I told you these bars were easy.  15 minutes and you can be out of the kitchen and planning fun things to do during summer vacation.  Just make sure you have lots of caffeinated granola bars to keep you going.

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars - coffee and chocolate chips give these easy, NO BAKE bars a delicious cappuccino flavor

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Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 10-12 granola bars

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars

Coffee and chocolate add a delicious flavor to these easy NO BAKE granola bars. Perfect for breakfast, lunch boxes, and after school snacks.


1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 1/4 cups cocoa Rice Krispie cereal
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips


  1. Place the butter, honey, and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over low-medium heat until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the instant coffee and cocoa powder. Stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the oats and stir until covered. Slowly add the cereal and stir until completely coated. Let cool for 5-7 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into a buttered 8x8 baking pan. Let set. Cut into 10-12 bars. Store in a sealed container.


*You can leave out the instant coffee if you do not like the taste of coffee in your treats.

 More delicious coffee flavored treats to get you going for the day:

Chocolate Mocha Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Mocha Chip Banana Bread

Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins

Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins

Coffee Chip Oreo Truffle Bark

Coffee Chip Oreo Truffle Bark


*I am a studio member for We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts. I am sent products in exchange for sharing fun projects on my blog. No other compensation is given. All opinions are 100% my own.

Nutella Cream Eggs

Looking for another fun treat to fill the Easter baskets with this year?  These Nutella Cream Eggs are easy to make and taste out of this world.

Nutella Cream Eggs - Nutella, white chocolate, and sprinkles make these a fun Easter egg to make and eat

Do you have one thing that you remember getting in your Easter basket every year?  Every year my grandparents would get us these big peanut butter Easter eggs with our names on them.  I looked forward to those eggs! They were amazing!

The other thing I remember is the 2 foot solid chocolate Easter bunny that we would get.  If you are laughing because there is no such thing, go right ahead.  My husband chuckles every time I talk about it.  He says my bunny gets bigger every time I tell it.  But seriously, the thing was huge…at least 2 foot tall!  I swear we were still gnawing on it in July :-)

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Oreo Coconut Cream Truffles

These little Oreo Coconut Cream Truffles start with a mini Oreo cookie that has been filled with a homemade coconut cream filling.  A quick dip in chocolate seals all the goodness inside an easy to eat truffle.  They are the perfect little Easter treat.

Oreo Coconut Cream Truffles - these homemade coconut cream truffles are seriously amazing!!

Right now I cannot get enough coconut.   I am normally obsessed with coconut any time of year, but the past few weeks I have gone completely bonkers for the stuff.

Good for me…not so good for my family.  You see, I am really the only one that loves the white stuff.  My hubby likes it too, but he likes the fresh stuff from the actual coconut.  I go for the already shredded stuff in a bag from the store.  Yes, I’m the lazy one in the family.  Or the smartest…because I get to eat coconut faster than he does.  I can be munching on the sweet stuff, and he is still outside with a hammer trying to get through the shell.    [Read more...]

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies

Rich, chocolate cookies with a fun candy crunch is the perfect way to enjoy the weekend.  These Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies will satisfy all those chocolate longings in a hurry.

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies - these rich chocolate cookies have plenty of crunch from the candy mixed in

 It has been a while since I have made pudding cookies.

Last summer and the year before that I couldn’t make enough different flavors, and then I just stopped.  I’m not sure why,  but boy am I glad I found my way back to them.  They are so soft and delicious!  Really you can use any flavor of pudding, but this past weekend I was in a chocolate kind of a mood.  I was remembering these Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies, and decided to create another flavor based on those.   [Read more...]

Snowman Candy Jar

Need a quick and easy gift to share with your friends or family?  This Snowman Candy Jar is a cute way to share all that holiday candy that you bought too much of with others.

Snowman Candy Jar | Inside BruCrew Life

Can I just tell you how much I love snowmen?  Oh, not the cold wet ones that are outside.  I like the fluffy pretty ones that are all over my house at this time of year.  I do like the outside snowmen too…as long as I am looking at them from inside my window.

A few weeks ago I was at Hobby Lobby buying…well, to be honest I don’t remember what I was buying.  Anyway, I wandered down the ornament aisle and found this cute snowman head ornament.  He had to come home with me right away.   [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Boxes

Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day treats and crafts?  The past few days have been “green” around here.  First I shared my Thin Mint Fudge Brownies and today I have some cute green St. Patrick’s Day Boxes that you can fill with chocolate gold for your kids or their teachers.

St. Patrick's Day Boxes, rainbows, pot of gold

This month I pulled out all my die cuts from Lifestyle Crafts with the intention of making my kids a cute treat container just for them.  Now don’t get me wrong, every recipe I make, they eat.  But sometimes that recipe is just a crazy creation that I have come up with, or it is something that we need to take to a get together.  I wanted to make them a special treat that would surprise them when they come home from school.

St. Patrick’s day is always so bright and colorful with the green, pots of gold, and rainbows, so I knew that I wanted to incorporate those elements into the boxes.

St. Patrick's Day Boxes, rainbow, pot of gold

For these boxes I used the popcorn box die cut.  After I folded and taped the box together, I added strips of green polkadot washi tape to the sides.  Just last week I had stopped at JoAnn’s and found some cute rubber stamps with rainbows and pots on them.  This cute little saying was just what my boxes needed.  For the handles I cut three 1″x11″ strips from the leftover green paper.  I taped it down on the inside near the bottom of the box.

St. Patrick's Day boxes, pot of gold, rainbows

Filling these St. Patrick’s Day boxes wasn’t very hard.  There are only a few candies in gold wrappers.  The Dollar Store near us usually has the gold covered chocolate coins, but they were all out.  It is actually a good thing because all three of my kids love Rolo candies.  They are the perfect gold nuggets for this box.  I used some leftover green Easter grass to fill the bottom of the box and then topped each one with about 15 Rolos.

I knew that I wanted some sort of rainbow to attach to the handles.  Originally I had thought about using rainbow ribbon, but then I saw these Airhead Rainbow Extremes and knew my kids would love them.  I would recommend using a rainbow ribbon if you are going to make these and give them away.  These weren’t leaving my house or traveling, so I didn’t attach the candy strips.  I just placed the strips right on top of the paper handles.


This week Lifestyle Crafts is having a 40% off sale on all their templates.  Plus, if you use the code BRUCREW, you will receive an additional 20% off those low prices.

St. Patrick's Day boxes, pot of gold, rainbows

Now I just need to find a good hiding place, so my kids don’t see their special St. Patty’s Day surprise early!


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Thank You Berry Basket

Lifestyle Berry Basket

I have a new candy obsession!  Have you had a chance to try these Strawberry 3 Musketeers wrapped in dark chocolate?  Love!!!!   I found these new candy bars at Target.  That store gets me every.single.time!!!

This berry basket die cut from Life Style Crafts is something that can be used with any kind of candy, but berry ones work the best for a fun pun on words. I thought it would make a perfect thank you berry basket for the kid’s teachers this Valentine’s Day.   And of course since it was a “berry” candy, I had to use the cute “thanks berry much” stamp that I bought at Michaels last year.

When I started cutting out the pieces for the basket, I realized that top strip was separate.  It was the perfect place to use use the zebra scrapbook paper that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  Yes, I am sort of, kind of obsessed with zebra everything right now.  My hubby laughs at me and says I’m like a teeny bopper!  Oh, well!  I still like it!

Life Style Boxes

Do you want to get into paper crafting?   I recommend the die cuts from Life Style Crafts.  They have such a fabulous collection of food related die cuts for packaging your baked goods or candies for others.   Here are a few of my favorites.

Bakery Box , Fry Box , Hamburger Box , Pizza Box , Takeout Box

*And as always, you can save 20% off your order by using the code BRUCREW at checkout.


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Baked Biscoff M&M Donuts

M&M donuts made with Biscoff spread, sweet recipes, dessert recipes

One of the traditions we always did when our kids were little was to leave milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.  And every year my husband tried to convince the kids that “Santa” would rather have White Castle burgers and Grape Soda.  Our kids never believed him though, and so cookies and milk were always left by the tree.  As the kids got older, they just realized that “Santa” is really just mom and dad.

Although one year we got them really good.  It was the year they were 2, 4, and 6.  The oldest was trying to convince the younger two that Santa wasn’t real.  We were ok with that.  It wasn’t something we have every really tried to convince our kids of.  It was just a fun tradition.   [Read more...]

Reese’s Turkeys

Reese's Turkeys - two Reese's cups and candy corn make these cute turkeys

I couldn’t wait any longer to show you these cute little peanut butter turkeys.  Well, ok, I had to wait until today because I finally finished putting everything together this afternoon.  But the idea for them has been rolling around in my head all month long.  I sure hope you have a bag of candy corn and some leftover Reese’s candy from Halloween.  Who am I kidding?  Leftover Reese’s?  That never happens in this house either.  My kids are just as crazy for those candies as I am.  They used to share them with me when they were little…now they hide them, so I can’t find them:-)  So, I just bought more for this fun project.  I can’t wait to make more for us to devour on Thanksgiving Day.

Reese's Turkeys - two Reese's cups and candy corn make these cute turkeys

 How cute would these little fry boxes be at each kid’s place setting this Thanksgiving?  I think this fry box die cut is my favorite one from Lifestyle Crafts right now.   It makes the cutest little boxes for small treats. Plus using a die cut sure beats tracing an old McD’s fry box and trying to cut it all out right:-)  I also found the “Keep Calm and ______” stamp at JoAnn’s the other day.  I just filled in the “eat ham” part with some small letter stamps I found at Walmart.  How perfect is this saying for these little boxes filled with turkeys?

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