A fun snack mix that would be perfect for your kiddos lunch for St. Patrick’s Day or even to snack on during a movie. And I bet Lucky the Leprechaun would love some of this Snack Mix too!
If your house is anything like ours, I had to hide the Lucky Charms from the boys until I had a chance to make the Snack Mix. Along with the Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cherrios, Peanuts, Pretzels and Green M&M’s, this Snack Mix is sure to become a hit!
Pots of Gold make a fun presentation, especially for a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner or Party.
This Snack Mix reminds me a bit of the Luck of the Irish Party Mix, although that one has more sweet treats in it.
A little sweet and a little salt – this Leprechaun Snack Mix is perfect to give as gifts too! Add it to a clear glass jar, tie a ribbon around the jar and add a Printable St. Patrick’s Day Tag and you have a fun gift!
These jars are from Hobby Lobby, and you can find the ribbon at any craft department.
Chocolate and Mint – one of the best pairings, in my opinion, for a dessert. So with St. Patrick’s Day coming, it made perfect sense to add Mint to my favorite brownie that has only 3 ingredients! Add a delicious fluffy frosting to the top and you have a winner!
As I’ve mentioned before, I have a slight issue with Brownie Recipes. Until I first tried this recipe, I had searched and searched for a recipe that was fudgy but not too fudgy…cake like but not too cakey, etc. etc. I had finally given up and just decided to use a box mix, which also didn’t always come out right.
Then, I tried this 3 ingredient (plus the toppings) recipe for Better Than Brownies from Gooseberry Patch Cookbook, Rush-Hour Recipes. They quickly became a favorite, so much so that I have to give them away or I will eat the entire batch.
The pudding and milk are combined and cooked on the stove until slightly thick then added to a regular cake mix. The mixture is super thick, but that’s what makes them delicious.
Then to add the mint flavor, I sprinkled the top with Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips that I had leftover from the Grasshopper Marshmallow Pops that I made last week.
After baking and cooling it was time to add the amazing frosting – a mixture of Cool Whip Whipped Topping and Marshmallow Fluff, a few drops of green coloring for the festive touch. You could certainly add a few drops of mint flavoring as well, I left it out because our youngest son is not a fan of mint.
Then slather – yes I said slather – on the frosting and give the brownies a touch of St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles.
The combination of Chocolate and Mint flavors that are in Grasshopper Desserts are perfect anytime of year, but especially for St. Patrick’s Day. These Grasshopper Marshmallow Pops are super easy and take on 3 ingredients plus sprinkles if you like, and only about 15 minutes. The kiddos (and adults) will love them!
St. Patrick’s Day and well March in general, are one of my favorite times. St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday, who doesn’t love a little luck of the Irish? And March, well Baseball season is under way for my son’s college team and Spring is on the way – hopefully!
The Grasshopper Marshmallow Pops are super easy, even the kids can help! I used some fun St. Patrick’s straws instead of lollipop sticks. I found them at Michael’s craft store.
A dip of melted Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips to add the Grasshopper flavor. I melted about 1 cup of baking chips in the microwave about 50-60 seconds, stopping every 20 seconds to stir them. The trick when you are melting any kind of chocolate in the microwave is to stop before the chocolate is completely melted, then stir until smooth. That way, there is much less chance of burning the chocolate. Trust me, burnt chocolate is not good.
Set the dipped marshmallows on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and place in fridge for about 5 minutes.
While the Chocolate Mint is setting, prepare the Green Candy Melts. I used about 20-25 wafers and heated them in the microwave, again stirring every 20 seconds or so. Also get out the sprinkles you want to use. I like working over a paper plate…easy clean up.
Dip the marshmallows into the melted green candy melts, leaving some of the chocolate mint showing and then immediately add the sprinkles. Place them back on the wax paper for about 5 minutes and you are done.
After all the Grasshopper Marshmallow Pops are ready, you can enjoy them as an after-school treat, give them as gifts or even tie a Printable St. Patrick’s Day Tag on them for a fun Classroom Treat.
Muddy Buddies – pillows of Rice Cereal coated in White Chocolate, tossed in Powdered Sugar and mixed with M&M’s equals the perfect snack to enjoy while reading The Cat in the Hat for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America!
These Muddy Buddies treats are just about as fun to eat as the book is to read!
“I know some new tricks,”
Said the Cat in the Hat.
“A lot of new good tricks.
I will show them to you.
Will not mind at all if I do.”
From The Cat in the Hat to The Lorax, from 1 Fish 2 Fish to The Grinch, and from Horton Hears a Who to Green Eggs and Ham, there’s no denying that Dr. Seuss has many classic books that are a must have for any bookshelf. That’s why it’s no surprise that Read Across America’s day will celebrate the good doctor’s birthday this year. Read Across America is a day in which we promote literacy in schools by paying extra attention to it.
This year the celebration will take place a day after Dr. Seuss’s birthday, on March 3. Walmart also wants to help others celebrate this day. They are doing so by offering sales for Dr. Seuss’s books starting February 23. These discounted prices include the regular priced Dr. Seuss beginner books, which will be on sale for $5 when they’re normally $8.99; and the Dr. Seuss board books that will be $3.50 instead of $4.99. The classic titles that are normally $14.95 will be $10.00. This is a great chance to get your children reading on the good foot, with some fantastic classics.
To coincide with Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, the Random House Children’s Books organization will be launching a Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Club. Members of this club will receive some nice benefits, including downloadable Dr. Seuss themed activities, activities based on the book of the month (Cat in the Hat for this month!), and a chance to win a Dr. Seuss birthday party pack which includes a plush toy, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That celebration DVD, and more. Sign-ups have already started, and the club will launch on March 2: Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. This sounds like a fun way to keep on reading with your children, so don’t miss out!
Why not whip up a batch of these Muddy Buddies to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America. Or perhaps a Dr. Seuss Lorax Cupcakes might do…
Either way, have fun and celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with Read Across America!
Even though we don’t live in New Orleans, nor have I ever been there, I just love any excuse to create family memories for any holiday! Celebrating Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday is one of those times.
These Jello Shots are as fun to make as they are to eat. They are family friendly, but I have also included the recipe for you to add alcohol in case you are hosting an adult party.
Just like the Candy Corn Jello Shots for Halloween and the Irish Jello Shots for St. Patrick’s Day, these Mardi Gras Jello Shots have layers of jello, topped with Cool Whip and a few sprinkles for color.
Serving the Jello Shots in small plastic 2 ounce cups from the Party Store is fun, but you can certainly use the same recipe and layer the Jello in a glass bowl.
And if you are looking for some fun Mardi Gras necklaces, masks or decorations, The Dollar Tree has lots to choose from.
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