Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Homemaking Party

Welcome to the Homemaking Party! Dear readers---are you counting your blessings today? Our kids have been so sick the past couple of weeks and we've had to miss several fun things. It makes me just want to whine, whine, whine...but, on the other hand, we've been so blessed this week too! I need to remember to count my blessings and be so thankful for this beautiful life I have---feverish toddlers and all!

Thanks for stopping by to link up. Hope you have a great week!

VeggieTales Celery Night Fever Premiere at Family Christian Bookstores

VeggieTales has been a family favorite for years---even before we had kids! That's why we're super excited about the newest movie, Celery Night Fever, and it's premiere on August 2nd and 3rd at Family Christian Bookstore. We'll be attending at Family Christian in Fayetteville, but you can check the list of locations for your closest store.

We're going to enter the Celery Night Fever contest to try to win an awesome VeggieTales themed birthday party or a Kobo Arc tablet full of VeggieTales videos!

You can preorder your copy now and receive it at a special price---along with a free gift! Check it out on FamilyChristian.com and let me know if you'll be attending this fun event in your area!

Hope In Every Season was compensated for providing this promotional post. All opinions are honest and are my own.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fruity Rainbow Cereal Treats with Kellogg's Rice Krispies #goodnightsnack #shop #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Is anyone sick of hearing me rave about what a great new life we have here in Arkansas? I hope not, 'cause here I go again! It seems there's always something fun to do and a new experience to be had. Last Saturday, Lynzie and I attended the Kellogg's Nighttime Cereal Cinema at Walmart in Rogers and had an awesome time! Eating cereal as a movie snack was one of those things I did in high school but totally forgot about. I was inspired to make these Fruity Rainbow Cereal Treats after seeing all the great options Kellogg's had for us to sample.

Before the movie started, attendees got their bowls ready at these snack tables that were set up. Kellogg's cereal is a good night snack for family movie or game time. Many varieties are healthier than popcorn or candy, so you can feel better about letting your family munch on it in between meals. I thought these limited edition "nighttime" boxes and bowls were pretty fun for the occasion. 

Other pre-movie activities included hanging out with some of our favorite spokesmen. Lynzie got this shot of Tony the Tiger and Spiderman chatting near these gigantic cereal boxes. 

There were a couple of gigantic cereal bowls filled with ice and water bottles. The kids had fun digging out their bottles with a massive spoon. How fun!


I was impressed with the organization and attention to detail. The screen and chairs were set up long before the movie started to gauge shoppers' interest, and there were even blankets set out in case it got chilly!

 There were lots of different cereal varieties to choose from---from Froot Loops to Frosted Flakes to Raisin Bran---there was something for everyone in these fun dispensers.

Lynzie's favorite part, of course, was her selfie with Spidey! He asked her how old she was. When she said, "Fourteen", he said, "I was fourteen once. That was back in the days of Mary Jane." Ha! Once the sun went down, the movie started and the good people of Northwest Arkansas enjoyed a movie under the stars. Have I moved to Heaven? Yeah, pretty close!

The next afternoon, I decided to try out my newest cereal treat idea. If you've been following the last month or so, you know I'm on a cereal treat kick. There's just so much you can do with a box of Rice Krispies! This one came from a friend of my mom's---though I've added my own special touch to the recipe---chocolate chips!

Fruity Rainbow Cereal Treats
3 c. fruit-flavored puffed corn cereal
2 c. Rice Krispies cereal
2 c. chocolate chips
1 c. peanuts
10 oz. mini marshmallows
16 oz. white almond bark

Grease a 13x9 in. pan and set aside. Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips and almond bark in a large bowl. Melt white almond bark until smooth. Pour melted almond bark over the cereal mixture and stir well. Stir in chocolate chips just until mixed. Press into pan and let cool until formed into bars.

Need some more cereal snack inspiration? Try my Nutella Crispy Cupcakes...


Or make some Candy Bar Granola Bars for your next movie night snack---they've got Rice Krispies too!

I'd love to know how you use cereal for snacking. Let me know if you try any of these recipe ideas, as well!

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Inspire Me Wednesday @ MamaBuzz
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