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“Fall” VPK School Lunch

Hi, how’s the weather? Seriously. I’m talking about the weather. How’s your weather? Where I live, it’s been flip-floppy. It was FREEZING (read: not freezing but felt like it to this Southern gal) last week and in the 80’s this week. I just want cold. Or even cool. I’m ready for that. I want to wear my boots. They are sitting out of their boxes in my closet, just mocking me. I gaze longingly at my scarves, hanging up. My jackets remain untouched. Full-time Fall weather, where are you?

I’ll tell you what makes it FEEL like Fall – cinnamon brooms. I picked up two tiny ones (adorably named “Cinnamon Whisks”) from Trader Joe’s. They make my house smell like the Holidays. Planning my Thanksgiving dishes also make it feel more Fall-like. I’m doing everything right for the season! We even had homemade chili tonight for dinner.

So, I’ll just be sitting here, in my cut off jorts and tank tops with the occasional flannel, waiting for the leaves to change colors and the temperatures to drop.

Don’t mind me and my pity party.

Here’s what I made my Bigs for lunch tomorrow:


It’s got a hint of fall, by way of Halloween Muddy Puppy (we are calling it “Fall Muddy Puppy” now) and dried apples. I also packed a ham, cheese, and mayo sandwich, seasoned corn, and grapes.

Tell me how your Fall is going so far. I’d love to hear!



Halloween Muddy Puppy – a last minute Halloween dessert recipe


Do you call it “Muddy Buddy” or “Puppy Chow”? I grew up with both names for this dessert. I like them both. I can’t decide which one I want to call it, so for now, I call it “Muddy Puppy”. It seems to work out.

Do you need a quick last minute Halloween party recipe that is sure to please? You’ve come to the right place! This recipe can be made in under 20 minutes (add a few to that to the drying phase) and contains very simple ingredients. And it’s addicting. I’m not so sure that’s a good thing though.


Halloween Muddy Puppy

Serves: a ton

8 C Chex cereal

1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 C butter

1/2 C peanut butter

1 1/2 C powdered sugar

Candy (I used candy corn, Kit Kats, and mini M&M’s)

*You can also add vanilla (I didn’t and it tastes fine without)

*This can be made gluten and dairy free with the base ingredients (GF Chex, DF butter) – just make sure your candies are, as well

Put the Chex in a large bowl. Melt the chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter (microwave for 1 minute, stir, microwave in 30 second increments to ensure it’s completely melted). At this point, you could add vanilla. Pour over your Chex and stir gently. Place in a Ziploc bag and pour in powdered sugar. Shake shake shake! Spread onto a large pan, covered in wax or parchment paper. Dry and cool. Add your candy.

**Caveat: I was in a rush and shook the powdered sugar and Chex WITH my candy. It all tastes the same, but your mix would be more vibrant if you followed the above instructions, which I failed to do. Which is typical.

Have a blessed Halloween!