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Rice Krispie Wreaths

Easy, quick, and fun holiday treat tradition to do with your littles! Delicious Rice Krispie Wreaths are a great and tasty way to share the holiday spirit with the ones you love!

love Rice Krispie Treats. Seriously. They do not last long at all in our house…not even 12 hours! The night they are made, they are all gone before we go to bed. Growing up, my mom always would make plates of holiday goodies to take to neighbors. We weren’t really allowed to help make the goodies, but we definitely helped set up the plates (and eat the leftovers). Besides fudge, which I still need to make for the first time ever sometime, Rice Krispie Wreaths were my favorite treat.

I decided that since it is Christmas time, and Rhys is old enough to enjoy helping me bake and cook, that I would make some with him. I mean, it’s Rice Krispies, M&Ms, marshmallows, and green food dye…what 2.5 year old wouldn’t have fun with this treat?

However, funny story…we went to Wal-Mart to get some food dye…I couldn’t find it! Typically, they are stored by the cupcake decorating stuff. Well, every kind of food coloring dye texture and color was there except for the normal, staple of red/yellow/blue/green drops. I got super frustrated. Then, I went to the opposite end of the aisle, near the spices, and lo and behold, right next to the lemon and lime zest drops was the food coloring dye!

Easy, quick, and fun holiday treat tradition to do with your littles! Delicious Rice Krispie Wreaths are a great and tasty way to share the holiday spirit with the ones you love!

Rice Krispie Wreaths
Recipe Type: Holiday Treats
Author: Tayler Morrell
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies, or Corn Flakes, or Special K
  • 10 oz marshmallows (4 cups)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • red M&Ms
  • green food dye
Instructions
  1. Buy a small bag of holiday M&Ms. Have your toddler help separate the colors. You only need the reds…eat the rest!
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot on medium-low heat. Pour in the marshmallows and stir until they melt.
  3. Pour in anywhere between 8-20 drops of food dye. The more, the darker green. I only did about 10 drops, and it came out this light green.
  4. When everything is melted, take the pot off the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies.
  5. Lather your hands in butter and grab handfuls of the Rice Krispies. Mold into wreath shape and make sure you pinch and squeeze them tight, or they will just fall apart when they cool. Decorate with four red M&Ms.
  6. Let cool for about an hour or two and enjoy!

Easy, quick, and fun holiday treat tradition to do with your littles! Delicious Rice Krispie Wreaths are a great and tasty way to share the holiday spirit with the ones you love! Easy, quick, and fun holiday treat tradition to do with your littles! Delicious Rice Krispie Wreaths are a great and tasty way to share the holiday spirit with the ones you love! Easy, quick, and fun holiday treat tradition to do with your littles! Delicious Rice Krispie Wreaths are a great and tasty way to share the holiday spirit with the ones you love!

Rhys had so much fun sorting the M&Ms (and really just eating the M&Ms.). He also thought it was cool to watch the mixture turn green with the dye. He was also a very good helper putting the M&Ms on the wreaths.

We made these last night, and just like I mentioned about me and Rice Krispie treats in the beginning…there aren’t any left. Haha. Don’t worry..Rhys and Justin helped eat them…I didn’t devour them all!

Easy, quick, and fun holiday treat tradition to do with your littles! Delicious Rice Krispie Wreaths are a great and tasty way to share the holiday spirit with the ones you love! Easy, quick, and fun holiday treat tradition to do with your littles! Delicious Rice Krispie Wreaths are a great and tasty way to share the holiday spirit with the ones you love!

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Turkey Gyro

Loosely based Arby's Turkey Gyro copycat recipe. Delicious and easier than you think. Definitely a heart and filling meal!

One of my favorite go-to fast foods is Arby’s Turkey Gyro. I love it! Fresh, deli turkey with sweet tzatziki sauce wrapped in flat bread. Delicious! But, here is the funny thing: although I love tzatziki sauce, I hate cucumbers! Well, I decided that I wanted to make my own Turkey Gyro. And, it was a win with my husband, sister, and brother-in-law! I definitely should’ve invested in more meat!

Loosely based Arby's Turkey Gyro copycat recipe. Delicious and easier than you think. Definitely a heart and filling meal!

Turkey Gyro
Author: Tayler Morell
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Serves: 4-6
Loosely based Arby’s Turkey Gyro copycat recipe. Delicious and easier than you think. Definitely a heart and filling meal!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb (2 packages) Oscar Meyer Carving Board Oven Roasted Turkey
  • 1 package whole wheat pita bread
  • romaine lettuce
  • roma tomatoes
  • Asiago cheese
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • basil
  • oregano
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • minced onion
  • dill weed
  • parsley
  • thyme
  • Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 grated cucumber
  • 1 tbsp dried dill (add more to taste)
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (add more to taste)
Instructions
  1. Mix together the ingredients for the tzatziki sauce. Make sure the consistency and taste is to your liking…you may need to add in more garlic or lemon or dill. Put it in the fridge to chill.
  2. Cut up the turkey into slices. Put some olive oil in a pan and heat it to medium-low heat. Place the turkey in, and sprinkle on the basil, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, minced onion, dill weed, parsley, and thyme. Mix it all together and let it heat up for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Cut the pita bread in half and warm it up before trying to open the bread. Cut up the romaine lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes.
  4. Gently stuff the pita with turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sauce and enjoy!!!

Loosely based Arby's Turkey Gyro copycat recipe. Delicious and easier than you think. Definitely a heart and filling meal!

Loosely based Arby's Turkey Gyro copycat recipe. Delicious and easier than you think. Definitely a heart and filling meal!

Loosely based Arby's Turkey Gyro copycat recipe. Delicious and easier than you think. Definitely a heart and filling meal!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Glazed Pineapples and Teriyaki Burgers| WWYD

Tucanos Inspired Brown-Sugar Glazed Pineapples. Paired with Teriyaki burgers, with a side of potato salad, fresh veggies, and a dessert of Root Beer cupcakes. The perfect early summer Sunday dinner!

I’m a day early, but I thought I’d shared this month’s What Would You Do (with pineapples) today because tomorrow will be Welsh Wednesday!

But, to start off with a story. I had needed to buy a pineapple this weekend for the What Would You Do. But, earlier that week, my sister’s fiancee randomly bought her a pineapple…it was some sort of joke. But, it was perfect timing! Of course, he stayed for dinner to reap the benefits of his gifted pineapple!

Since it’s been getting to be grill season, I was wanting some Tucanos pineapple…Man, it is to die for!!!! So, I decided to make some Tucanos inspired glazed and grilled pineapple…and what pairs better with grilled pineapple then grilled Teriyaki burgers? So, we all made a hullabaloo about dinner: dad grilled the burgers, mom and I made potato salad, I fixed up the pineapple, my sister made some Tucanos inspired Brazilian limeades, and my mom made Root Beer cupcakes for dessert! It was the perfect dinner!

Tucanos Inspired Brown-Sugar Glazed Pineapples. Paired with Teriyaki burgers, with a side of potato salad, fresh veggies, and a dessert of Root Beer cupcakes. The perfect early summer Sunday dinner!

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Glazed Pineapples
Recipe Type: Burgers
Author: Tayler Morrell
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Tucanos inspired brown-sugar glazed pineapples.
Ingredients
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Cut and core the pineapple into sliced circles.
  2. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Dip both sides of the pineapple slices in the mixture.
  3. Melt the butter in a small pan and pour the rest of the brown sugar and cinnamon in. Stir until it is fully melted. Add more brown sugar and cinnamon to taste. If you like a thicker glaze, use only 2-3 tablespoons of butter. If you like a thinner glaze, add more butter to taste.
  4. Grill the pineapple and place the glaze on the top. Flip and do the same to the other side.
  5. Once it has the golden-brown look of caramelization, it is finished. Eat as a side, or as a topping on a Teriyaki burger.

Tucanos Inspired Brown-Sugar Glazed Pineapples. Paired with Teriyaki burgers, with a side of potato salad, fresh veggies, and a dessert of Root Beer cupcakes. The perfect early summer Sunday dinner!

Tucanos Inspired Brown-Sugar Glazed Pineapples. Paired with Teriyaki burgers, with a side of potato salad, fresh veggies, and a dessert of Root Beer cupcakes. The perfect early summer Sunday dinner!

Tucanos Inspired Brown-Sugar Glazed Pineapples. Paired with Teriyaki burgers, with a side of potato salad, fresh veggies, and a dessert of Root Beer cupcakes. The perfect early summer Sunday dinner!

Tucanos Inspired Brown-Sugar Glazed Pineapples. Paired with Teriyaki burgers, with a side of potato salad, fresh veggies, and a dessert of Root Beer cupcakes. The perfect early summer Sunday dinner!

Tucanos Inspired Brown-Sugar Glazed Pineapples. Paired with Teriyaki burgers, with a side of potato salad, fresh veggies, and a dessert of Root Beer cupcakes. The perfect early summer Sunday dinner!

Tucanos Inspired Brown-Sugar Glazed Pineapples. Paired with Teriyaki burgers, with a side of potato salad, fresh veggies, and a dessert of Root Beer cupcakes. The perfect early summer Sunday dinner!

Fair warning: it will be super messy! But then again, it kind of was my fault because I bought the cheapest, store-brand buns…and they were tiny compared to the pineapple and the burgers!! Oops!

But, it was absolutely delicious, and everyone loved their dinner…all of the components!

What is your favorite way to eat pineapple?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Flavors of Ireland

I don’t have any Irish blood in me. I know. Shocking. But, I still like Ireland, Irish music, culture, and food. And potatoes…but then again, I’m Idahoan.

So, when I saw Margaret M. Johnson’s Favorite Flavors of Ireland, I was excited to look through the recipes!

Margaret M. Johnson's new cookbook, Favorite Flavors of Ireland, portrays seasonal recipes that are native to Ireland.

** I received this book free from Ambassador International in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

I loved flipping through this cookbook–it is very bright and vibrant. Johnson made sure to include a ton of pictures of not only food, but also the food culture of Ireland. It was so fun to take a step into a culinary tour of the seasons of Ireland. I have been to Dublin (for about an hour or two in between flights) and was a bit reminiscent. The book also introduces not only Irish-unique ingredients, but also Irish words and phrases. As someone who speaks Welsh, I was very excited to try my hand at Irish Gaelic.

Margaret M. Johnson's Favorite Flavors of Ireland

However, I was a little intimidated by trying any of the recipes because a lot of my family is picky and wouldn’t be interested in many of the recipes. Lamb was a no, mushrooms were a no, tomatoes were a no, fish were a no, duck were a no. But, I finally decided on their Creamy Cauliflower Soup (I have been on a Zupas’s Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup craze).

On the top of the recipe page, it says, “Soup…has been a staple in the diet of the Irish people for many centuries, so essential that the late food writer Theodora FitzGibbon declared, ‘Irish people will eat soup at every meal both winter and summer.’ Safe to say, you’ll find a delicious soup on every menu.” We all love soup, so, it seemed like the safest bet…but, I would have to “pretend” that it didn’t have any potatoes, because my youngest sister hates potatoes!

Margaret M. Johnson's new cookbook, Favorite Flavors of Ireland, portrays seasonal recipes that are native to Ireland.

Margaret M. Johnson's new cookbook, Favorite Flavors of Ireland, portrays seasonal recipes that are native to Ireland.

This soup was very easy to make, and reminded so much of the Leek and Potato Soup I make every year for St. David’s Day. I used Kerrygold Irish Dubliner cheese (and oh my gosh, it was so strong and delicious!). I had three bowls!

Everyone loved it. Rhys said: “Mmmmh.” And signed “more”. Everyone agreed that the texture was spot on, and everyone (except the sister who doesn’t like potatoes, had two or more bowls!

Margaret M. Johnson's new cookbook, Favorite Flavors of Ireland, portrays seasonal recipes that are native to Ireland.

I can’t wait to try out more recipes from this cook book!

What are your favorite Irish dishes?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Pulled Root Beer Pork

Valentine’s/birthday week was so great! On Wednesday the 10th, Rhys slept in until 8:20! That’s gift enough! Grandma took me out to lunch at a delicious restaurant, and then the family went to Olive Garden and we all stuffed our faces! Friday, Justin and I went on a double date with my sister, Madison, and her new boyfriend to see a comedy sketch show at BYU, then we went to Pop ‘N’ Sweets for chocolate and floats. Yesterday, mom and dad went on a date, Madison and her boyfriend went on a date, so Justin and I decided to take Paige out with us (and Rhys) to dinner. Justin and I exchanged Valentine’s Day presents: I got chocolate and a new amazing message ball and Justin got flavored peanuts and the Marvel Avenger’s Encyclopedia. Today, we had a family dinner, including Madison’s boyfriend. Justin decided to make some crock pot BBQ pork, and it was delicious. So, I’m going to let him take over now…

Very easy, sweet, tender, tangy BBQ crockpot pork dish. Perfect for Sunday evenings or Monday night football!

This is another sporadic recipe spawned by the generosity of Cave Tools.  This time, we were graced with their Meat Handling Claws.  Upon seeing these claws, my mind immediately went to pulled pork.  So here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
4 lbs pork
20 oz root beer
1/4 c honey mustard
1/2 c BBQ sauce
1/4 c brown sugar
lime juice
ground mustard
garlic salt
all spice

Directions
1) Sprinkle ground mustard, garlic salt, and all spice on the pork and rub it in.

2) the crock pot, place the pork, and poor in the root beer, honey mustard, BBQ sauce, and a squeeze or two of lime juice.

 

3) Cook for about 3-3.5 hours on low.

4) Take the pork out and use Cave Tool’s Meat Handling Claws to pull the pork apart. Place back in the pot.

5) Add in brown sugar and let it cook for another 3-3.5 hours on low.

6) Serve on or with bread. Enjoy!

**We received the Meat Handling Claws from Cave Tools in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.**

So again, let me comment on the design of the claws.  They look like Wolverine claws. (They also feel like them too, haha)

The claws are made from plastic, so I initially was uncertain about their strength, durability, and sharpness. Man, was I wrong.  The grips on the handles are perfect and comfortable.  The claws never yielded upon use and the tips pierced through the meat flawlessly, cooked or raw.  Washing was very simple, they don’t take up much space at all when stored, and are lighter than a wooden spoon.  Another very good product from Cave Tools.  Simple, light, deceptively effective, and rather fulfilling.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to rip through hunks of meat with Wolverine claws?

 

 

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.