Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

Why does adding one tiny little person to a photoshoot make picking out outfits so much harder? Our Christmas shoot is scheduled for next weekend and I desperately need help finding a cute dress for me, a cute dress for Caroline and well, Matt is on his own. 


Does anyone want to help me? No, seriously. I’ll pay you in pumpkin spice muddy buddies…

And I have a confession…


I made a million little bags of these for Caroline’s school bake sale tomorrow. In the list of rules and instructions for the sale, “NO NUTS!!” was written at least 3 times. I really wanted to use fall colored M&Ms but the only Halloween bags I could find in the 10 minutes I had at the Teeter all contained peanuts or peanut butter. So I grabbed a bag of regular mini M&Ms and literally spent Caroline’s nap time picking out all of the orange and brown M&Ms while Matt sat across from me on the couch shaking his head in disbelief.

There, I got that off my chest.


Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies


1 box (13.5 oz) Cinnamon Chex Cereal
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided

1/2 cup M&Ms


Pour box of Cinnamon Chex cereal in
a large bowl. In a double broiler carefully melt the white chocolate.
Add the pumpkin pie spice until fully incorporated. Pour the white
chocolate mix over the Chex carefully stir together. Divide the powdered
sugar between 2 large bags. Add half of the cereal to each bag. Shake
until the powdered sugar fully coats the cereal. Once dry (about 30
minutes) top with M&Ms.

Now back to my outfit situation…




  1. Laura
    October 21, 2014 / 11:52 am

    I've done the same with sprinkles before, my color-blind husband just didn't understand ?

  2. Jess at Just Rainbows and Butterflies
    October 21, 2014 / 11:54 am

    Yum! Looks delicious!

  3. shines
    October 21, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    These look AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! As far as outfits, I've been seeing a lot of denim, red, and gold/cream/or silver accents…maybe C could wear a denim dress, boots, big bow…you could wear denim dress or tunic with a fun vest or scarf…whatever you choose you all will look adorable! Good luck! 🙂 xoxo

  4. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    October 21, 2014 / 1:06 pm


  5. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    October 21, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    haha I laughed out loud at "there, I got that off my chest". You've lost it, mama.The solution to your outfit dilemma: Lets. Go. Shopping!!!! I'm thinking a Baby Gap run is in order!

  6. Rebecca Jo Vincent
    October 21, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    That is fantastic!!!

  7. Kelly Elizabeth
    October 21, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    Muddy Buddies are the best! And I love your dedication to pick out the Orange and Brown M &M's… too cute! :))

  8. Rachel S.
    October 21, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    This looks so good! You always post the best recipes!

  9. Angelica Louis
    October 21, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    oh my goodness! i love that you picked out all the brown and orange m&ms! the things we do for our littles!

  10. Natasha
    October 21, 2014 / 4:02 pm

    oh no!! this has danger written all over it…now i am going to have to make this!!!

  11. Jessica
    October 21, 2014 / 4:44 pm

    Now you've got me craving muddy buddies and thinking I need to start shopping (our family pictures are next month). My husband will not thank you, lol! I know whatever you guys end up wearing will be precious and perfect. Can't wait to see!:)

  12. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    October 21, 2014 / 5:45 pm

    Haha, this si so cute – great work momma! I know the feeling all too well – we are having a yellow and white theme at Ellie's baby dedication and I cannot find ANY yellow sweets in SA so I'm going to buy some in the US and bring them back – my hubs also thinks I'm crazy!! Have a look at Pinterest for some outfit ideas – it is often nice to see how the colours work in a picture first x

  13. KatiePerk
    October 21, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    well they turned out cute! Good job!! As for outfits, I am at a loss, except I vote for black and whites, and wear solid colors, so they then go together…

  14. PolkaDottyPlace
    October 21, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    Looks delicious! I've been known to sort mini m&ms to match a particular theme so I'm thrilled to know that I'm in such great company. I'm sure your treats will sell out in no time.

  15. Annie {Home of Malones}
    October 22, 2014 / 2:04 am

    Yummy!! I love puppy chow! This looks delicious. Your pictures are always so pretty too!! As for the dress situation, I can't wait to see what you pick. We don't have a photo session scheduled yet, but I'm dying to take some!

  16. Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren
    October 22, 2014 / 2:19 am

    Haha wow that is a lot of M&Ms to go through!

  17. Ashley {Word on the Streets}
    October 22, 2014 / 2:25 am

    I would second a run to Baby Gap. All of their stuff is SO cute right now! And just picture perfect! We are having our pictures taken at a Christmas tree farm in a couple of weeks and I'm thinking denim/red/ivory or something like that! Good luck – it's such a tough decision! 🙂

  18. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    October 22, 2014 / 3:03 am

    HAHAHA! I just laughed out loud at your M&M shenanigans! That is definitely something I would do too! Love this recipe though! Muddy Buddies is one of my favorite things so, I can only imagine how good the pumpkin spice ones are!!

  19. Nat
    October 22, 2014 / 3:16 am

    Hahaha I would have done the same thing! I'm going to try this recipe this weekend

  20. Christy
    October 22, 2014 / 5:08 pm

    That looks so yummy!!!!

  21. Liz Taylor
    October 24, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    Holy moly YES YES YES

  22. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    October 24, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    That family selfie in the mirror is my best!!! x

  23. paperbackeclair
    November 25, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Just an FYI for M&M's and peanut-allergic kids… I don't think any M&M's are 100% safe. Most bags say "May contain peanuts…" or "Processed on shared equipment" and that's something you want to stay away from if you have to keep things nut-free. I just wanted to let you know for future baked good events at the school! Regardless of all that- the recipe looks amazing.

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