Decorated Pumpkins Contest and Chocolate Rice Crispies


Every year our Town has the “Paint Our Town” competition. Last year my daughter and I entered for window painting. We were assigned a big window in one of the restaurants. We liked our idea: we invented a new character, the Tree-Cula, a big happy tree with a cape and Dracula teeth. Our Tree-Cula turned out very funny and very nice. We did such a great job and had lots of fun. Although we did not win anything, our experience was wonderful.


This year we decided to do something different, and we entered  the “Decorating Pumpkin” contest. One of the rules was not to carve our pumpkins. My husband gave us the idea about how to do the snow man, and we liked that-))
Three white pumpkins were carefully collected from our local Styer Orchard farm. We worked diligently and every day came up with new ideas for the decoration. After a week of creative work I proudly can show you our splendid results.


Although, our pumpkins were white in the beginning, we gave them a little color for a rustic effect. The bottom one we decorated with fallen leaves from our backyard, the tummy piece with apples that we cut from the fabric I have. We found wild pecan nuts in the park and converted them into buttons for our snow man. The nose is a stem from the middle pumpkin, and an old lamp shade was turned into the hat. When the snow man was done we decided to call him Fall-Man, after all he is made from pumpkins and has a scarecrow on his head.


For more photos visit Newtown Window Painting 2011

After a hard work and lots of fun we treated ourselves with the Crunchy Chocolate Rice Crispies.
Kids love to make them, specially round them with a coconut oil hands-)))


  •  8 tbsp (4 oz, 120 g) unsalted butter
  •  1/3 cup (32 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  •  Two 10-oz bags (565g) mini marshmallows
  •  10 cups (300 g) crisp rice cereal
  •  ¾ cup (150 g) semisweet mini chocolate chips

Combine the butter and cocoa powder in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Let the butter melt, and stir so that the mixture is well combined. Add the marshmallows and let them melt completely.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rice cereal.


When it is well coated in the marshmallow mixture, stir in half the chocolate chips. Let the mixture cool for about 5 minutes, then stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
Let cool to room temperature.

Oil your hands with coconut oil, and shape some of the cereal mixture into a ball the size of a golf ball (1.68-inch, to be exact). Using an ice cream scoop for measuring helps to achieve the uniform size of the balls. Place the ball on a baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining mixture. Let the balls set, then store them in an air-tight container in a dry, cool environment for up to 3 days. If you like you may refrigerate them, they will harden. I like them that way.
What are you eating these days?



Angela Leah and Marilena said...
October 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM  

I love your pictures! The chocolate rice crispies are so cute! I'm definetly gonna try them out! Thanks for the idea!

Grubarazzi said...
October 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM  

These pictures look like you live in a Norman Rockwell painting. So beautiful. And now that I have been introduced to CHOCOlATE rice krispie treats...I'm fairly certain I won't go back to the original.

Yelena said...
October 22, 2011 at 10:56 PM  

Thank you, Crubarazzi, I love his work, he is fantastic-)

Anonymous said...
October 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM  

LOVE the pictures and the idea of a town offering their windows to the creative! Your pumpkin is stunning, truly stunning!

...and your rice crispy treats aren't bad, either!

Dzoli said...
October 23, 2011 at 1:23 AM  

I love your approach to Haloween.Beautiful pictures wit a cute girl in it:) She is so sweet any picture with her in it would look great:)

Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes said...
October 23, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

What cute and elegant treats! I just had to Tweet about them. I had not thought of using the chocolate Rice Krispies as a base for these kinds of treats, but this cereal is a natural!

Thanks for sharing this wonderful looking recipe.


Amalia said...
October 23, 2011 at 5:36 PM  

These are adorable! Your pictures are fabulous, I love that pink polka dot background :) Great recipe as well, thank you for sharing, God Bless!

Torviewtoronto said...
October 23, 2011 at 7:50 PM  

yummy looking rice krispies and site
nice to meet you

Anonymous said...
October 23, 2011 at 9:03 PM  

Wow, these look delicious, and nicely non-messy! What a cute idea :)

Eliotseats said...
October 23, 2011 at 9:32 PM  

Love your pumpkin snowman and the looks of these choco rice crispie treats!

Cucina49 said...
October 24, 2011 at 4:26 PM  

I love the photos of your town--it reminds me of the town in "Gilmore Girls."

Yelena said...
October 24, 2011 at 8:25 PM  

Thank you for your kind support. I want to let you guys know, that our Fallman won the competition!!! They even promised to write article about us in some local newspaper :-)

Sandra said...
October 24, 2011 at 10:22 PM  

Yelena, this is such a cute post..I love all decoration, and chocolate rice crispies look and sound incredibly tasty!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Baker Street said...
October 24, 2011 at 11:15 PM  

such fun clicks! the rice crispies look perfect!

Agata said...
October 26, 2011 at 10:38 PM  

You girls are such wonderful artists! The Fall Man is incredible!! I also love the idea of Tree-cula, such a wonderful twist with a smile on Halloween) It radiates much warmth and love)))

Anonymous said...
October 27, 2011 at 4:52 AM  

Gorgeous autumn / halloween pictures! Why don't my chocolate crispies look so pretty when my little helper assists???

Missy said...
October 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM  

Adoreable - I love all the photos, and the treasts are amazing!

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