Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® Buckeyes

Monday, December 12, 2016

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One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the excuse to bake (& sample) every delicious treat that comes to mind. Every year I spend a full day in the kitchen with my Mama. We bake a variety of treats for our family, friends and neighbors. It makes the perfect, handmade gift. Year after year I always have my favorite treat, buckeyes! 

Peanut butter mixed with chocolate is my love language. It's one of my all time favorite foods, only to be followed closely by anything mint chocolate and mexican food. I can never resist sneaking a tub of buckeyes home with me to Chattanooga after we bake them. Nothing makes the road trip home sweeter, literally! 
This year we wanted to make a twist on our traditional favorite. By adding some Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal to the peanut butter mixture you get a bite sized piece of heaven. The unexpected crunch is sure to make these stand out at your festive get togethers and cookie swaps. Everyone will be asking your secret ingredient. Babe tried one and said this is better than any traditional buckeye he's even had, then he grabbed a handful and ran out of the kitchen before I could stop him. 
I picked the Family Size box from Walmart because I know my sweet tooth can pop up at any minute and it's so easy to whip up some good ole fashioned Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® treats on a chilly night! 
Another great thing about baking buckeyes, is there is actually no 'baking' involved. Anything no bake is a #🙋YesPlease in my book. If you're new to the kitchen or baking with kids, crossing the oven off your list will always make things easier and safer. 

Krispy Buckeyes 
Easy/No Bake
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Other Time: 30 Minutes
Makes 35 Buckeyes

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1½ cup crushed crisped rice cereal( measure out then crush)
  • 1 Package of Chocolate Almond Bark 
  1. Mix peanut butter and melted butter together in a large bowl.
  2. Add powdered sugar and rice crispies.
  3. Mix until combined. Form into one inch balls.
  4. Place the formed balls on a wax paper lined cookie tray and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before chocolate coating.
  5. Melt chocolate in microwave by heating for 30 seconds then stirring and repeating process until it is melted and smooth.
  6. Place a toothpick in each peanut butter ball and dip each peanut butter ball into the chocolate and roll around until coated **For the classic buckeye look, leave a small section at the top uncovered
  7. Place the chocolate coated ball on a separate cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  8. Remove the toothpicks from each peanut butter ball.
  9. Place the balls back in the freezer to let the chocolate set
  10. Store in the fridge, bring to room temperature before serving! Enjoy 😋
Check out more great recipes at the Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® website and find your nearest Walmart here. Thanks so much for stopping by, if you try this recipe please let me know what you think! You can share your photos on Instagram by tagging me (@YesPleaseDaily) and by using the hashtag, #🙋YesPlease. What is your favorite holiday tradition?! I would love to hear it below in the comments. xo

Friday Fill In 12.9.16

Friday, December 9, 2016

TGIF! I'm so excited to bring back one of my favorite series!! Grab your coffee and let's chit chat. I love, love sharing the Friday Fill In with you babes because it feels like the ultimate girl talk. I can blabber on and on about my recent faves and not worry that they're not fitting in with the post. If you know me, you know I love to talk and this is the perfect way for me to feel like I'm sitting down, having a cup of coffee with ya. 
It felt so good to get our house in order from the wedding, get all our Christmas decor out and actually enjoy life as a normal human not planning a wedding. So, I thought I would spill what we've been up to in the past couple of weeks! 

I always love a good arm party, especially if it has a significant meaning behind 'the stack'. My Apple Watch was an impulse purchase, but something I cannot live without now. It surprisingly help keeps me off my phone during the day --if I don't have it on, I'll get a text or call and after answer 'll check Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. before returning to whatever I was doing 30 minutes later. If I have my watch on, I check it or answer the call and immediately return back to my task. It really helps keep me focused, organized and I love that it keeps track of my fitness. My 'XO' bracelet was a gift from one of my favorite bloggers and jewelry designers, Very Allegra! She sent it to me as a wedding present and I'm obsessed. I love how simple and chic it is. It's perfect as an everyday stack piece or alone for a elegant statement piece. The last bracelet was a wedding present from Babe! It's a small copper cuff engraved with the coordinates of where we got married! I made him spill the beans on where he found it so I could share it with y'all. I think it would make such a sweet gift for your bridesmaids, best friend or just as a stocking stuffer! 

One thing I was most excited about doing once the wedding ended was reading a book! Every time I would try to read a book this year, I would maybe get two pages into it and then think of one million other things I should be doing, so it wasn't very relaxing. The first thing I did when we got to the airport was stock up on books for our flights. I read three books I really enjoyed (here, here & here) and this one, which wasn't the best but wasn't the worst. If you liked Girl on a Train you will love the first three! I would love to hear any books recommendations you may have for me to try next?!

How yummy does this look?! Cinnamon rolls are one of my all time favorite foods. As soon as we received a waffle iron for a wedding present, I whipped these up. They're so easy and would make the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning. Grab a package of cinnamon rolls and follow these three easy steps: 
1. In a hot waffle iron, place a roll in the middle of each section. 
2. Close the lid and push it all the way down. Hold it there for about 3 minutes or until your waffles are not hard but no longer dough-y.
3. Place the icing in your microwave for 10 seconds, drizzle over the waffles and enjoy! 😋

We always eat ours with turkey sausage, that way it feels a little healthy. Ha! I cannot wait to make these for my family next time I'm home, we all love cinnamon rolls. 

Currently pinning allll the braids to my Pinterest! Monday December 12th Neighborhood Barre Chattanooga is celebrating their 1st birthday! They are celebrating with the best deals they've ever offered, free classes all day and apple cider mimosas. #🙋YesPlease From 4-6 Stylebar Salon is doing a braid bar, like the braid they did on my hair above. Come hang out, get your hair done and then we can all take class together. If you've been wanting to try Neighborhood Barre this is the perfect time to come shake with us. I'll be spilling more info on why I love Neighborhood Barre later and how they made me feel like a true princess on my wedding day soon! In the meantime, find more info on the birthday party here

Do y'all have any fun plans for the weekend? We have two birthday parties and the Santa Pub crawl. Not going to lie, we don't do much crawling haha! We usually only go to the first bar for a few drinks and then head home to see the pups, #GrandmaStatus. I love the Santa Pub Crawl though because I get to dress up and I love a good costume. Remember our Elf on the Shelf costume a few years ago?! xo

Christmas Tree Decor for $55 + Our Farmhouse Glam Tree

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

My, oh my, do we owe our Mamas some Thank You's and Spa Days. Growing up, I never realized all the effort that went into the fun stuff.. birthday party planning, invitation addressing, baking and Christmas. Don't get me wrong I love planning a good party, baking a nice cheesecake and decorating for Christmas but I also didn't realize how much work and money went into it. 

I almost felt silly writing this post.. under $100 to decorate our house for Christmas and that was a good thing?! It seems like so much for some themed ribbon and shiny, plastic spheres but when you head to Hobby Lobby or Target and start shopping you soon realize how quickly it adds up. 

First you need a tree --luckily, ours was passed down from my Grandma and just needed a little updating. Then you need lights, ornaments, ribbon, a topper, extras (like sticks, snow pinecones ?? who even thinks of this stuff) , props for under the tree, garland, wreaths, more ribbon, stockings, more props, the list goes on. Ok, ok it's not like any of this stuff is required but when it's all said and done + a bottle of wine later.. your house will be so festive, so cozy and so Christmas, you'll be the jolliest girl in town and won't want to take it all down come January. Trust me I'm already dreading it. 

In the past I haven't put much thought into Christmas decor. Most of our Christmas decorations had been donated from family member's boxes of Christmas past or come from the Dollar tree. It got the job done and we were happy. Since I'm from Memphis we travel there during the holidays to visit family. We also have a family tradition of traveling to NYC during the month of December, so that's more time that we are away from home. All in all, we usually don't actually see our decorations that much. 
Since this is our first Christmas as a married couple, I decided it was time to invest in our own decor and stay true to our 'home theme' -- Rustic Farmhouse Glam. 

We spent less right around $50 to decorate our tree, but to be fair we already had two of the main parts.. the tree and the lights. A little background on our tree, it's a 6ft fake tree and not extremely full, I used certain decor techniques to make it look fuller (more below).
**This is a pretty detailed break down, if you're looking for tips on a specific item I've broken it down in order that it goes on the tree. If you don't want the play by play tutorial I've included the breakdown of where everything is from at the bottom + the prices of each. 

Our Theme
I wanted our theme to reflect the same theme I try to portray throughout the whole house- Farmhouse Glam. The rustic, natural wood, and cozy elements play perfectly with Babe's background and personality while the chic, white, fur and mirror pieces play well into my style and personality. Mixed metals, neutrals and unique pieces tie everything together. I wanted the same for our tree. Focusing on a white, snowy and fur base with silver and gold metallic ornaments paired with pinecones, natural elements and burlap ribbon. Tied together with woodland animals and grey, fur pieces. While I did find many pieces I loved (such as lumberjack ornaments or red and green pieces), they didn't fit the theme so I didn't buy them. This help ensure that every piece I purchased would be used and therefor not wasting money. It also helps create a uniform look that is pleasing overall! No matter what your theme, figure out your color components and main look and stick to it.

What the Flock?
Flocking my tree. Where to start, I have dreamt of a flocked tree for years (the ones that look straight out of a snowy wonderland) but I could never, ever bring myself to spend $700+ on a fake tree. This year I finally discovered I could flock my own tree and you would have thought I was a miracle woman! It was so easy and I was so impressed with myself. For our size tree, I needed 3 boxes of powdered laundry detergent from Dollar Tree & a bucket. Mix detergent with one cup of water and then add 1/4 a cup of water to the mix until you have a thick, but liquid-y mixture. Outside take your mixture and rub, spoon and drop your mixture onto branches, creating a messy, snow like affect. Try to make sure to keep things random, so it looks more realistic. Once you've covered your whole tree, let it dry outside for 20 minutes or until hard. You can also flock pinecones, garland or whatever you want. I told Babe he may come home to me flocking our whole house, I'm obsessed and we're obviously not getting snow anytime soon. 😂 Once dry and in the house, you can move onto lights. 

Last year we had to buy new lights, we have a 6 foot tall tree and we used two strands of small lights and two strands of big lights, both clear. Starting at the bottom of the tree, we wrap the small lights (both sets, plugged together) all the way around and up until we get to the top. We then plug in the big lights (both strands, plugged together) and wrap them around and down until we're back at the bottom. I love the variety in affects that the different size bulbs create. 

Once the lights are complete, you can move onto the ribbon. I purchased two 9 ft. rolls of wire edge ribbon from Hobby Lobby. Wire edge is important because it help keeps the curve shape needed to place it on the tree. Cut each roll into sections (about 1/2 foot each). Placing the ribbon will take a little bit of practice, my tree looked insane the first time I did it. After you do get all your ribbon placed, it may still look a little crazy but don't worry it looks way more pulled together after you finish everything. When placing the ribbon, think that you're placing both the ends in towards the center of the tree with the middle coming out towards you. Almost like a ribbon rainbow coming out of your tree in different spots. Try criss crossing some ribbon and making a few pieces longer than others. 

While shopping for ornaments, I wanted to start with a base. At Hobby Lobby I found a pack of silver ornaments (3 different kinds of silver)  for $10 (All their Christmas decor is 50% off this time of year!). I used this pack for our tree, our garland and still had some left over. Next I picked up a small tube of small, round, gold ornaments from Dollar Tree. I used these on the tree and the garland but I wish I would have picked up two of these small gold tubes so I could have used more on my garland. At Hobby Lobby I also picked up a pack of 'Merry Christmas' small gold hanging signs, 3 silver ball (I really don't know what to call these) sticks and a large silver bow for the top. 
Next, I headed to Target to finally explore their Christmas section (I've been dying to do some for a few weeks). I honestly wasn't as impressed as I usually am with Target but I also felt they only had a small selection that fit with my theme. I was still able to find 3 fur, initial ornaments (An 'S' for our last name, 'R' for our first name and 'D' for the pups) and 3 fur, woodland animals that also fit our theme. I always try to purchase everything in 3's as I feel it looks better. 
We were gifted two gold wedding ornaments this year as wedding presents and I was so excited they fit with our theme! We were also gifted two 'animal skull' type ornaments, one gold and one wood, that tied in perfectly with our theme as well! If you stock up on the basic, cheap ornaments you can save money by only purchasing a few of your favorite big ornaments

The Fluff
You're almost done! You've made it this far without falling into an egg nog induced slumber. So I had some white padding that I used for a DIY headboard once upon a time (from the Fabric Section of Hobby Lobby), I used some to add more 'snow' to the tree. Just pull pieces off and stick wherever you see bare spaces. In addition to the snow, I added some flocked pine cones. These are perfect for filling in any bare spaces you have left! I topped the tree with our bow and placed a few of my 'sparkle ball' sticks towards the top of the tree. 

Down Under
Under the tree, I used pieces of fur fabric I had left over from our wedding. If you don't have extra faux-fur pelts on hand but you want the same look, you can snag two large fur pelts from Hobby Lobby. It would be cheaper than a true faux fur tree skirt and once you add presents, you can't tell the difference. I added a few props + my grandmother's manger scene. For props, I grabbed some lanterns, two trees from the Dollar Tree and a candelabra from our wedding! 

'Flocking Snow' Powder Laundry Detergent -- $1 a box, 3 boxes from Dollar Tree
Wire Edge Ribbon -- $5 a roll, 2 rolls from Hobby Lobby
Large Tube of Silver Ornaments -- $10, 1 Tube from Hobby Lobby (Decorated our tree, garland and had about 10 ornaments left over)
Small Tube of Gold Ornaments -- $1 each, 1 Tube from Dollar Tree (Wish I would have bought two rolls) 
Fur Initial Letter Ornaments -- $3 Each, 3 from Target 
Fur Woodland Animal Ornaments -- $3 Each, 3 from Target
Pinecones -- $5 for a bag of about 10, 1 bag from Target (Didn't use all of them)
Silver, Glitter Ball Sticks -- $1.50 Each, 3 from Hobby Lobby 
Silver Bow Tree Topper -- $5, 1 from Hobby Lobby
Extras that we already had -- White Padding 'Snow', Two large gold ornaments, 2 animal head ornaments 

Here's the back of the tree, to save money I don't decorate it since it won't be seen! I also didn't flock it so you could see what our tree looked like before! I know this isn't the most glamorous shot but I felt it showed more of what I meant by the 'ribbon rainbow' and the two types of lights we use.

I was so excited to share this post because I love our tree so much. I never want to leave our den now because I just want to stare at it all day!! I'm thinking this weekend, Babe and I may have a little campout in the den complete with a Christmas movie marathon and buckets of peppermint hot cocoa. Be sure to add me on Instagram (@YesPleaseDaily) to see our new rug that arrives today, I was so sad it wasn't here in time for these photos. If you use any of these tips to decorate your tree or just want to add some of your favorite tricks to the mix, tag me on Instagram so I can check it out & use the hashtag #🙋YesPlease so I can repost you! xo 

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Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Monday, December 5, 2016

I feel like so much has happened since the last time I blogged, yet here I am telling you about Chicken Tortilla Soup. 😂
We're officially an old married couple! We survived wedding week, barely, we got married and we honeymooned all over Italy. It was more incredible than I can ever express. I am heading into Christmas season with the most full heart. I couldn't imagine feeling more love than I've felt this year. I am so excited to share our rehearsal dinner, wedding and honeymoon with you guys soon but for now I'm back to cozy winter recipes and DIY tutorials. 

Today I'm spilling the black beans on my favorite crockpot soup recipe. 

I haven't always been a big soup girl. Something about soup doesn't make me feel like I actually ate anything.. crazy I know. I have three soups that I can make for dinner and feel like I'm full.. White Chicken Chili, Cheesy Enchilada Soup and Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup. 

Lately I cannot get enough of these soups, they're easy to throw together, perfect to eat snuggled up on the couch and make amazing leftovers. Out of the three soups I keep on repeat, today's Crockpot Chicken Tortilla soup is the easiest to make. It's basically dumping everything together in the morning and then enjoying when you get home. 

Zingy citrus, green chilis and a tiny, microscopic hint of spice (don't worry if you want more, you can add hot sauce later!) topped with crunchy tortilla chips and creamy sour cream and avocados.. perfect to heat up your chilly winter nights! 

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup 
Serves 6-8 
Prep Time: 10 Mins.
Cook Time: 4 1/2 - 6 Hours

2 Chicken Breasts (Raw, frozen is ok!)
2 Cans of Black Beans (Drained)
1 Can of Rotel Tomatoes 
1 Can of Diced Green Chiles 
4 Cups of Chicken Broth
1 Cup of Water
1/4 Cup of Cilantro (More or less to taste, we love cilantro)
1 Tsp. Paprika
1/2 Tsp. Chili Powder
1/2 Tbsp. Cumin
1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
Juice from 2 Limes
Salt & Pepper to Taste

1. Add all ingredients to a crock pot
2. Cook on High for 4.5 hours or Low for 6 hours
3. Remove chicken breasts from soup, shred and return to crockpot 
4. Stir and cook for 20 more minutes
5. Serve with diced avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese and tortilla chips
**If you want to make this creamy, you can add a brick of cream cheese to the crock pot when you add the other ingredients! 
My all time favorite part of this soup is how good the avocado chunks taste mix in. I could put 3 avocados in each bowl and still want more! If I'm trying to cut back on calories, I'll lose the cheese and substitute sour cream for greek yogurt. Babe adds lots of hot sauce to his bowl, but I usually just squeeze an extra slice of lime in mine. I love citrus! 

Have y'all put out all your Christmas decor yet?! I've been sharing sneak peeks of ours on Snapchat and I'll have a DIY tutorial on tree decorating here tomorrow. After how crazy November was, I'm so, so happy to be able to cozy up and enjoy our decor while watching Christmas movies. It makes me want to cry that Christmas only lasts for one month, I am already dreading taking everything down in January! xo 

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