Let's go hiking!!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for warm weather.  I'm looking out the window right now at the leftover snow from last night... the snow is beautiful, and I'm so grateful for the moisture that we need.  AND I'm ready for it to warm up again so we can do some more hiking!!  

One of my favorite things to do with my kids is to hike. I love getting outside and seeing the beauty of the mountains around us. The kids love getting dirty, climbing on rocks, finding and playing with sticks, and sometimes they even like the hiking part :). And you know what a great snack is to take on a hike?  Cereal! It's an easy snack to pack in a sandwich bag or small container. You can even bring along some milk and enjoy a tasty bowl of cereal in the mountains :) I brought a little jar of milk in a cooler, but shelf safe milks are super handy and easy to throw in your hiking bag as well.

Here are a handful of hikes I've enjoyed with my kids in Utah...

Bell Canyon Reservoir- Sandy, UT

We went on this hike just a couple of weeks ago and it was so much fun. Utah's Adventure Family has a great blog all about this hike along with other great kid friendly hikes all over. The trail starts at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and has restrooms and parking right at the trailhead. My kids loved climbing on all the rocks on this trail. It's a pretty quick 1.5 mile out and back hike.  I was actually surprised how well my kids did- this was probably the least amount of complaining I've heard on a hike with my kids :). The hike goes to the reservoir with a beautiful view of the Wasatch Mountains and the valley.  We headed back after about 20 minutes and did the whole hike in about an hour and a half.  I'd do this again- it was a lot of fun. 

Adams Canyon Lower Falls- Layton, UT

Utah's Adventure Family has a great blog for this hike as well. The highlight of this hike is definitely the waterfall at the end. We went in April, so it wasn't super warm. The kids still played in the water a little bit, but I'm sure they would've been completely immersing themselves if it was hotter outside.  This was also such a kid-friendly hike- about 1.5 miles out and back and a really fun spot to play by the water.  I highly recommend it!

Icebox Canyon Loop/ Art Nord- Huntsville, UT

Tyke Hikes has an awesome blog about this hike and other hikes in the Ogden Valley area.  We used Kim's recommendation for the Icebox Canyon loop/ Art Nord Trail for a hike during our family reunion. It was a perfect length for a big group- challenging, but do-able.  The loop was about 3 miles. We loved it so much!  Beautiful scenery, places to play in the water, trees to look at and provide shade, sticks and rocks for the kids to play with... Everything I want in a hike :)

Jungle Trail- Draper, UT

Jungle Trail is also a super fun kid friendly hike. It's a short walk to the jungle area, and then the kids are in heaven playing with sticks, stumps, forts, rocks, bugs, and anything else they can find :) And the parents can enjoy the shade while the kids get to be kids :) Utah's Adventure Family, once again, has a great blog for this trail. 

I'm so excited it's spring, and I look forward to packing up some cereal and heading on even more hikes with my kids!!  Check out Tyke Hikes and Utah's Adventure Family for even more great hikes in the area! 

 

April 12, 2022 — Lexie Turner
Easter is almost here!!

Easter is almost here!!

Easter is 12 days away, and this year, I'm determined to enjoy it more than I have in the past.  I have 4 kids, and if there's one thing I've learned over the years when it comes to holidays, it is this: simplicity always wins.  When I try to make things complicated and add more work to my plate, I end up adding stress, fatigue, and eventually grumpiness to my plate as well.  And I don't know about you, but when I'm grumpy, the holidays don't end up being too pleasant for anyone.  So I'm going to keep things simple this year.  And magical.  Being simple doesn't mean boring or unpleasant. It means I pick what's most important to me and my family, I plan ahead a little better (rather than throwing things together the night before), and then I get creative. I'm going to share a few ways we can all simplify Easter this year AND make it a little more special.

First, take note of what you'll be doing on Easter anyway and change it up a little bit to make it special.  For example, tweak things just a little bit for each meal to make it unique. You could get a new tablecloth, or get one out that you haven't used in awhile to add to the festivities.  The kids could draw an Easter picture on construction paper to use as placemats or make any other Easter craft to display on the table while you eat.  This is a great idea for an easy craft, and all you need is construction paper, scissors, and glue or tape.  You could change up breakfast and keep it simple by eating a unique kind of cereal.  Peeps is a limited edition Spring/ Easter cereal that would be fun to have that morning. You could change it up even more by ordering an international cereal from the Stirs.com website, or step it up even more by ordering a subscription box with international cereals, shelf safe milk, cereal themed merchandise, a cereal snack, and cereal swag!  The Easter Bunny would be happy to deliver that box full of amazing cereal surprises on Sunday morning :)

Second, think outside of the box for filling Easter Eggs. Kids love looking for Easter Eggs.  And every Easter Egg doesn't have to be completely full of candy. I learned early on that hiding 100 eggs with 0-3 little pieces of candy was much better than hiding 10 eggs with 20 pieces of candy in them.  Kids like to look for eggs.  They don't have to be totally full. And they don't even need to have candy in them!  You can fill plastic eggs with a couple of berries, pretzels, marshmallows, cereal, pennies, nickels, an "I love you" note, stickers, and they can even be empty :). Get creative!  The kids will likely enjoy whatever is in the eggs as long as you're confidant in it and think it's fun yourself :)

Third, involve the kids and be ok with messes.  I don't love messes normally, but when I want to make a day special, being ok with messes opens up a world of possibilities.  And to be honest, the clean up is usually never as bad as I think it will be. Letting the kids help with food prep or making a craft is one of the easiest ways to involve kids.  And again, make it simple!  The kids can help with an egg salad you're already making, or they can participate in making a treat like these easy Easter Rice Krispies treats.  

Easter can be a special day for you and your family regardless of how you like to celebrate it.  Think outside the box AND keep things simple to make it a day that your kids AND you can enjoy :)

Happy Easter!!

April 05, 2022 — Lexie Turner
Sweet and Crunchy Cinnamon Krispie Cereal Treat Recipe

Sweet and Crunchy Cinnamon Krispie Cereal Treat Recipe

Looking for a delicious and easy-to-make breakfast recipe? Look no further than this Cinnamon Krispie Cereal Treat recipe! This recipe is perfect for those mornings when you want something sweet and crunchy. The frosting swirl on top makes it even more delicious. So gather up your ingredients and get started! You will be glad you did.

 

 

Ingredients:

 

- Cinnamon Krispie cereal

- Marshmallows

- Butter

- Vanilla extract

- Salt

- Frosting (optional)

 

Instructions:

 

- In a large bowl, combine the cereal and marshmallows. Set aside.

 

- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and salt. Pour this over the cereal mixture and stir until well coated.

 

- Spread the mixture into an even layer on a greased baking sheet. If using frosting, swirl it over the top of the cereal treats. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

March 24, 2022 — Sean Talbott
Merch Monday! Fruity Pebbles Candy Bar

Merch Monday! Fruity Pebbles Candy Bar

Welcome to Merch Monday, where we take a look at some of the latest and greatest merchandise being offered by our favorite brand in the Cereal Universe! Today, we'll be taking a look at the new Fruity Pebbles candy bar. This delicious treat is made with crispy rice cereal and covered in a sweet and creamy white chocolate coating. It's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

 

The Fruity Pebbles candy bar is a delicious new addition to our Merch monday lineup! The crispy rice cereal and sweet white chocolate coating make for a delicious treat that's sure to satisfy your cravings! The wrapper features the classic flinstone characters as well as a picture of what to expect inside.

We would describe this candy bar as a Nestle Crunch, but with white chocolate and fruity pebbles instead! It was good if you like white chocolate! We like cereal, (obv) so we think it would be better if they had more cereal in the bar.

Go grab one of these bars and let us know if you liked it!

-Stir's Team

 

February 15, 2022 — Sean Talbott
A Romantic Date Night at Stirs Cereal

A Romantic Date Night at Stirs Cereal

 

 

Looking for a fun, unique way to spend your Valentines evening? Why not try something different and exciting by spending date night at Stirs Cereal! We have put together a few delicious ideas that will make your evening special. From intimate conversations in our cozy seating area to enjoying a bowl of cereal together, we have everything you need to make your night memorable. Come see us today and let us help you create some unforgettable memories!

 

Our different seating areas are the perfect place to have conversations and get to know each other better. We have a cozy couch to cuddle up on, picnic tables for more of a group date, a bar for sitting next to one another, and traditional 2 top tables.

 

Our delicious cereal options are the perfect way to fuel your night of fun. we have SO many to choose from. 75 to be exact! Really, you can't go wrong with any of them.

 

Come see us today and let us help you create some unforgettable memories! We can’t wait to see you!

 

February 12, 2022 — Sean Talbott

International Cereal!?

We are so excited to be launching something very special with you very soon. It will completely change the way you eat cereal and even try new cereal. in the mean time, here are 5 facts about cereal around the world you may not know.

 

Fact #1-

Cereal was invented by accident when a baker mixed toasted wheat with sugar and water. Honestly, we are SO happy that this was a mistake that was made!

 

Fact # 2-

The average American eats 66 pounds of cereal every year, that’s about the weight of an infant!

Fact # 3-

Australia has a type of cereal called “Weet Bix” that is so popular, it has its own museum! We Serve Weetabix at Stir's!

Fact #4

Mixed Berry Cheerios are one of the most popular cereals in Canada!

Fact #5

There is a type of cereal made from insects called “cricket flour” that is becoming more and more popular as an alternative protein source! Did you know that? What other types of interesting or unusual cereals have you tried?

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about cereal around the world! We can’t wait to unveil our new project with you soon. Stay tuned!

 

-The Stir's Team.

January 17, 2022 — Sean Talbott
5 ways to level up your Elf on the Shelf game

5 ways to level up your Elf on the Shelf game

The Elf on the Shelf is one of our favorite traditions during the Christmas season. Kids always get so excited when they find out that the elf has been watching them, and they love to see how he’s changed throughout the week. But if you’re looking for a way to level up your game this year, here are 5 ways to make it even more fun!

1: Fashionable Elf- Seriously, who doesn’t want to see an adorable elf in a stylish outfit!? This can be as simple as a piece of fabric for a scarf, or doll shoes!

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2: Treats from the North pole- We hear Mrs. Clause makes a KILLER Cereal Treat using Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch. You can purchase the cereal HERE to make this yummy Christmas goodie! Your kids would be SO excited to eat a treat that Mrs. Clause made herself!

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3: Movie Night Elf- Ok, this one is my favorite. but, I love a good movie night. You can have the elf bring the movie “Elf” and eat the “Elf” Cereal for your snack! You can purchase the cereal HERE. We love this cereal! It is maple flavored, and has marshmallows shaped like candy canes, candy corns, and syrup! How perfect is that!?

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4: Giving Elf- Here at Stir’s in our Midvale store, We have donated OVER 7,500 meals to children in 2021 through our charity, Friend of Stirs. We are counting down to 10k meals by the end of December! Have your Elf leave a paper snowflake and a note to head to Stir’s and make a snowflake with us. For every snowflake made, we will donate a meal to a child in need. AND when you purchase a bowl of cereal, any size, we will donate a meal as well! Double down on your holiday giving.

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5: Elf on the Shelf Breakfast- We sell the Elf on the Shelf cereal HERE. How fun would it be to set up your Elf with a bowl and spoon and a box of this yummy goodness to share with the kids when they wake up!?

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They will love getting to do all these fun activities with their elf!

Looking for even MORE Elf on the Shelf Ideas? Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board HERE. We have TONS of ideas for you! Have a FUN and SAFE holiday season! 🙂

December 16, 2021 — Sean Talbott
12 Days of Christmas Bucket List Challenge

12 Days of Christmas Bucket List Challenge

This is the time of year when we want to share our love with our friends and family. A thoughtful gift can go a long way, but so do some delicious treats! Here are five of our favorite holiday recipes for your next party. They’re easy enough that anyone can make them (even you!) and they’ll surely impress any guests who come over during this festive season!



1. The Classic: Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter, 10 ounces marshmallows, 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Instructions: Melt the butter in a large pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until they are melted. Remove from heat and add the Rice Krispies cereal. Mix until well coated. Press into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Let cool before cutting into squares.



2. Fun and Festive: Candy Cane Krispie Treats

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter, 10 ounces marshmallows, 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

Instructions: Melt the butter in a large pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until they are melted. Remove from heat and add the cereal and peppermint extract. Mix until well coated. Press into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Let cool before cutting into squares. After cutting, top each treat with a candy cane.



3. The No-Bake Treat: Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 cups Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch cereal

Instructions: In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until well blended. Add cereal and mix until well coated. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheet. Let stand for 30 minutes or until set.



4. Festive and Delicious: Elf on the Shelf Cookies

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, 1/3 cup butter, 2/3 cup light brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon molasses, “Elf on the Shelf” Hot Cocoa Cereal

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. In a large bowl, beat together butter and light brown sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and molasses until well blended. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, mixing until just blended.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, or until cookies are light golden brown around the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.



5. Sweet and Simple: Vanilla-Glazed Marshmallow Cookies

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, 3/4 cup butter, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 eggs, Marshamallow Bits Cereal

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. In a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, mixing until just blended.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, or until cookies are light golden brown around the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk until smooth; stir in cereal. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Top with Marshmallow Bits Cereal.

No matter what your sweet tooth desires this holiday season, there’s a recipe here for you! From classic Rice Krispie Treats to festive Elf on the Shelf Cookies, these recipes are sure to please everyone. Enjoy!



Happy Holidays! 🙂
December 16, 2021 — Sean Talbott
Easy Holiday Treats ANYONE can Make

Easy Holiday Treats ANYONE can Make

This is the time of year when we want to share our love with our friends and family. A thoughtful gift can go a long way, but so do some delicious treats! Here are five of our favorite holiday recipes for your next party. They’re easy enough that anyone can make them (even you!) and they’ll surely impress any guests who come over during this festive season!



1. The Classic: Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter, 10 ounces marshmallows, 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Instructions: Melt the butter in a large pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until they are melted. Remove from heat and add the Rice Krispies cereal. Mix until well coated. Press into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Let cool before cutting into squares.



2. Fun and Festive: Candy Cane Krispie Treats

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter, 10 ounces marshmallows, 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

Instructions: Melt the butter in a large pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until they are melted. Remove from heat and add the cereal and peppermint extract. Mix until well coated. Press into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Let cool before cutting into squares. After cutting, top each treat with a candy cane.



3. The No-Bake Treat: Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 cups Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch cereal

Instructions: In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until well blended. Add cereal and mix until well coated. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheet. Let stand for 30 minutes or until set.



4. Festive and Delicious: Elf on the Shelf Cookies

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, 1/3 cup butter, 2/3 cup light brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon molasses, “Elf on the Shelf” Hot Cocoa Cereal

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. In a large bowl, beat together butter and light brown sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and molasses until well blended. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, mixing until just blended.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, or until cookies are light golden brown around the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.



5. Sweet and Simple: Vanilla-Glazed Marshmallow Cookies

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, 3/4 cup butter, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 eggs, Marshamallow Bits Cereal

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. In a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, mixing until just blended.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, or until cookies are light golden brown around the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk until smooth; stir in cereal. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Top with Marshmallow Bits Cereal.

No matter what your sweet tooth desires this holiday season, there’s a recipe here for you! From classic Rice Krispie Treats to festive Elf on the Shelf Cookies, these recipes are sure to please everyone. Enjoy!



Happy Holidays! 🙂
December 16, 2021 — Sean Talbott