Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

One of the easiest, quickest and most festive treats you can make for Halloween!

Things can get a little extra sticky, but the key is to butter everything! Everything. From the pan to the spatula and even your hands. Butter it all! And don’t forgot to use festive sprinkles!!! I found mine at Target.

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I found some fun festive ribbons on sale for $1 at Michael’s and packaged them in clear cellophane treat bags that I also got from there.

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Halloween Rice Krispie Treats (via Kellogg’s)

  • 3 tablespoons butter 
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows or 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows 
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal

Directions:

  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
  3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

Halloween Festivities

Finally! One of my favorite times of the year has arrived! I’ve always loved this time of year.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to celebrate the month of October and Halloween:

This time around, we kicked off October with a trip to Universal Studios for Halloween Horror Nights.

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Even though we went during the first weekend of October, it was still packed! Sadly, I didn’t get to experience every maze, but I did get to go to all the ones I wanted to go to. My favorite part was The Purge Scare Zone and walking the tunnel to Terminus.

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If you’ve never been before, I recommend going! Universal Studios has the best characters around! Next year, I want to go to either the Hollywood Haunted Hayride or the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor.

Speaking of the Queen Mary, we ventured out to Long Beach last weekend for my annual trip to the Pacific of the Aquarium to see my favorite sea animals!

Such a breathtaking view!

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I love how they decorated the aquariums with pumpkin :)

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Pumpkins! Lots of pumpkins! I love those weird ugly ones!

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And of course we took a trip to our alma mater’s pumpkin festival. Lots and lots of pumpkins!

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Sadly, we didn’t get to carve the pumpkin we picked out…

I made a bunch of rice krispie treats for work. I was able to give every co-worker a goodie bag :)

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What are your plans for Halloween? I plan on staying in and watching lots of Halloween movies on my Netflix queue and Hocus Pocus on DVD. It’s a Halloween tradition!

Wishing you all a happy and fun Halloween! Be safe!

xoxo, kat

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

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Lately, we have been spending a lot of time at home cooking and me baking. I made my special pumpkin pies in honor of Canadian Thanksgiving. I brought them to work to this morning and they were gone by noon :)

Wishing you a Happy Monday!

xoxo, kat

weekend || l.a. fair, ramen burger, ll cool j, and the flu

I can’t believe fair season is officially over! Since this was the last weekend of the L.A. County Fair, we had to go and enjoy one last bit of summer. I also got the chance to meet the mister’s old college buddies. It’s crazy how fast we grow up and how life changes and priorities shift. I met him in grad school and fast forward 5.5 years later….I can say that I have grown up a lot and the things that once mattered seem trivial now. Le sigh, c’est la vie.

This year, the L.A. Fair has lots more to offer. There was a little mini zoo, where I met my first camel…

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and got the chance to indulge in the original ramen burger! I have no plans on hying this baby up, but it was deeeelicious! A wee bit tiny and overpriced, but a def must-try!

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My favorite part of the fair was getting the chance to play lumberjack! A new addition to the fair this year was Wilderness Ridge. It’s like a little campground destination. We got the chance to saw a tree trunk using a two-person saw! It was a lot harder than I thought but we did it! And got a nice little souvenir :)

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We also got concert tickets for the Salt ‘N Pepper and LL Cool J concert!

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What a great throwback to the ’80s! Salt ‘N Pepper were great!

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And all the ladies in the crowd went crazy for LL!

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Despite walking around like a zombie with the flu (fever, chills, sneezes, and yep the achy bones!), I still had a blast at the fair!

Today, the mister made me chicken and rice veggie soup and we stayed in and watched the fourth season of The Walking Dead on Netflix! I can’t stop watching! I’m on episode 5 now!!! And now I’m scared for whats to come at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios!

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Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

xoxo, kat

Hello Autumn!

I can’t think of a better way than to start the first weekend of Fall with breakfast in the morning and Julia Child on the tv :)

IMG_5250I felt inspired by Julia Child’s scrambled egg episode and whipped up a mushroom and tomato egg scramble. Also for break, Morningstar veggie patties (so good!) and tortillas :)

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

xoxo, kat

Labor Day Weekend

Hello everyone! It feels like it has been ages since I last posted anything here on she cooks, he eats. Don’t worry, he is still eating :)

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer….

I’m feeling a little sad and apprehensive about saying goodbye to summer. To me, it felt like summer just came and went. As soon as I completed my first quarter of my accounting program, I started summer session. What an intense 6 weeks that was! 16 weeks all crammed in 6 weeks, preposterous! But somehow, I survived those six weeks. Despite having my brain crammed with all sorts of accounting jargon and suffering from insomnia and being cranky 4 out of the 7 days of the week, it was worth it. 

I decided to take some time away from blogging when the summer session ended and enjoy some personal time. I got to enjoy three wonderful weeks of summer with my other half. It was truly fulfilling and wonderful being able to spend time together and not having to worry about studying for a midterm every weekend or feel any kind of anxiety.

We worked on our health almost daily, yay for exercise! I started running; it’s something that I always hated and dreaded doing. He’s preparing and training for the L.A. Marathon next year. I became a practicing veggietarian (I still indulge in some meat on the weekends and I can’t bear to let go of my beloved Dino Nuggets) and was able to convince him to eat soy-based products, which surprisingly did not take much coercing. Those three weeks of summer were the perfect way to prep and ready ourselves for our busy Fall schedules – school and work. 

We ended our summer watching Eminem and Rihanna play at the Rose Bowl…

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Enjoyed every last bit (and fried goodie) the OC Fair had to offer on closing weekend…

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And every year we go to the fair, we go on the ferris wheel. It’s kind of a tradition. He was and will be the last person I ever go on ferris wheels with :)

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And the other carnival rides the fair had to offer were so much fun too!

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And of course, we couldn’t say goodbye to summer without squeezing in one last beach trip to our favorite place in all of Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach. This time we got to run on the Strand!

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Lastly, one of my summer goals was to learn how to swim. By the way, it is possible to forget how!

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I’m looking forward to Autumn, the cooler weather, cozy scarves and sweaters, and all things pumpkin spiced!

From the bottom of my heart, I hope you all had a wonderful summer. Wishing you a wonderful week!

xoxo, kat

she cooks, he eats || pepperoni and sausage-less sausages

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We’ve been alternating taking turns cooking dinner this week. He made his household famous enchiladas last night, and tonight I made us pita bread pizzas! 

For him, the classic pepperoni pizza with the Trader Joe’s quattro formaggio blend (a tasty of parmesan, asiago, fontina, and mild provolone). And for myself, a soy sausage/shrimp pizza with the same cheese blend. 

I’ve been on a health kick lately, especially with my 115 to 300 calorie work lunches (nothing but hummus/carrots sticks and kale salads for the past two weeks now) so at the end of the day I have huge cravings that need to be satisfied. I don’t count calories but I do keep a watchful eye on them and try to avoid sodium and meat when possible. I still love me my ribs and when my boyfriend whips up a steak, I’ll nosh on a few slices :)

I have been wanting to try soy-base/meat alternative products for awhile now. This week, I was lucky enough to roam aimlessly at my local Trader Joe’s and finally snatched a pack Italian Sausage-less Sausages and these things are amazing!!! You need to try this! Even my carnivore-loving boyfriend ate this and enjoyed it. 

I’ve eaten these sausages two ways. The first time I heated it up in the microwave. It was delicious when it was hot out of the microwave, but when the sausages got cold you can really taste that soy flavor. The second way, I chopped the sausage up into bite sized pieces and heated it up on a skillet with a little bit of oil. I cooked them till they were browned and toasty. This is my favorite way of preparing these soy sausages. It’s so good!!!! The Italian spices really shine and it did taste just like the real thing!

Next on my shopping list will be: Morning Star Sausage Patties (I’ve been told that these taste just like bfast sausages), soy chorizo, tofu (I grew up eating tofu and there are just so many yummy tofu recipes I have pinned on Pinterest), and Tofurky sausages. 

What are some of your favorite veggietarian/vegan products? I would love to hear some of your recommendations.

xoxo, kat