Apple-Cereal Bites

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These sticky-sweet cereal bites make a fun little snack. The recipe feeds a crowd, making it a great choice for parties or big family events!


  • 3 cups o-shaped cereal
  • 1 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine the cereal, apples, and pepitas in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, combine the brown rice syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla. Cook until the mixture becomes runny (about 2 minutes), stirring with a whisk. Pour over the cereal mixture, stirring to coat evenly.
  3. Shape the mixture into 24 balls; it helps to have wet hands or the brown rice syrup may become too sticky. Let the balls set on parchment paper at room temperature for at least 1 and /12 hours before serving.

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Indoor Snow Play

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Baby it’s cold outside! When the kids want to play out in the snow but the temperatures are hovering near zero, do the opposite: Bring the snow inside! If nothing else, the novelty of this idea is sure to delight any little ones feeling cabin fever.

First, we braved the cold for just a few minutes to shovel up snow, filling a few large plastic bins. Travis loves his child-sized shovel, and would happily have stayed outside longer if I let him.

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Inside, set down your snow on towels to contain any drips.

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Waterproof mittens are a definite plus…

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… although Travis decided he liked using his regular mittens best.

Now just have fun with the snow! Fist we made snowy roads for his cars to drive down.

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By far his favorite activity was stirring together a snow soup. I gave him little odds and ends from our craft bin, such as blue stones, buttons, and sparkly pom poms.

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You can’t have indoor snow play without adding some glitter.

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Finally, we made a little indoor snowman! The snow wasn’t the right texture for perfect snowman building, so two tiers was the best we could do. We decided he looked more like a Snowfrog, and put him outside on the patio where he won’t melt.

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Here’s wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2018, hopefully with warmer weather to come soon!