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Jello Fireworks ~ A kid friendly treat perfect for parties and BBQs!

It’s 4th of July weekend and for Clever Guy Friday we are bringing you an easy treat that kids can help make! These treats are perfect for a party or BBQ. Of course kids will love them because they are full of plenty of sugar!

Jello Fireworks


These treats are simple to make and only involve a few ingredients!

Jello Fireworks

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Jello box
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • Blue cotton candy
  • Red & blue pop rocks
  • Plastic cups

How to:

Take a Pyrex dish and line it with the plastic cups. In a large bowl, pour in the gelatin mix then dissolve with the hot water. Once the gelatin has dissolved, pour in the cold water. Pour the Jello mixture in each of the cups and refrigerate for approximately 2 hours. Once solidified, top with cotton candy then with Pop Rocks on the top.

Leave the jello in cups in the refrigerator without the toppings until ready to serve. After prepared, serve immediately otherwise the pop rocks and cotton candy will melt into the cups.

Jello Fireworks
Jello Fireworks

Disney Inspired Mickey Mouse Rice Krispies ~ Perfect for a birthday party!

Today is a very special day as we are celebrating Clever Guy’s birthday! It’s hard to believe that 11 years ago today he was just a tiny little thing. Today we are sharing what he took to school for his birthday treat. After our Disney World visit, we were feeling reminiscent and wanted to share something Disney related. Together we created these Mickey Mouse Rice Krispies and actually set it up as a make your own rice krispies treat party! This would be great for a birthday party or even just a fun Disney party!


The inspiration actually came from Goofy’s in Downtown Disney where kids (and hey adults too) can put in an order for a fun rice krispies treat complete with the fun toppings they choose! They actually get to fill out a checklist which was really fun for Clever Guy.

This rice krispies bar area was complete with:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Crushed oreos
  • Mini & regular chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Coconut
  • Reese’s Pieces


This way the kids could make theirs however they wanted to!


I used this cookie cutter from Amazon along with this sandwich cutter.

For fun we put them on straw sticks so they could eat them without getting their hands terribly messy. This worked well with the stronger paper straws.

Disney Inspired Mickey Mouse Rice Krispies ~ Perfect for a birthday party!

 Looking for more Disney inspired fun? Check out the roundup below featuring these fabulous bloggers!

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Visting Vulture Mine AZ

This weekend we took a trip to Vulture Mine or Vulture City just west of Wickenburg, AZ. It’s about an hour and a half drive from Phoenix. This is an abandoned town that is no longer in use for anything other than preservation and tours. The mine however is in working order and products several ounces of gold each week. We left early in the morning to take this adventure before it became too hot.

When we got there we were greeted by our tour guide Norm. He was very thorough in his presentation of his tour. He explained that some of the things that are written online about the town actually weren’t documented as accurate. We learned  about the mine being discovered, the equipment they used and the stories of when people lived there. Everything we saw on the tour was items they had discovered after the town was abandoned and many buildings were still in tact. We loved seeing the old buildings items that were used in the housing and mining procedures.

Below are the photos of our tour:

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Mickey's Mini Kitchen Sink from Disney World

This Clever Guy Friday post is in memory of our Disney World adventures from last month. The deliciousness we are sharing in this post is the Mickey’s Mini Kitchen Sink ice cream treat that we got at Beaches and Cream Restaurant at the Yacht Club. This sundae comes in a souvenir Mickey Mouse bowl and serves 4. The bowl is great because you can wash it out, bring it home and make it again yourself!

This is a fun treat for kids to make on their own once you are back home. Below is what’s included in the one at Disney but you can really add anything you want!

What’s in the Mini Kitchen Sink from Disney World?

  • Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Sliced pineapple
  • Hot fudge
  • Peanut Butter
  • Whipped cream
  • Brownies
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Sprinkles
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate shavings and chocolate chips

This treat is available at the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor and the Beaches and Cream restaurant at Yacht Club & Beaches Resort.

Mickey's Mini Kitchen Sink from Disney World


Mickey Brownies

When we recreated our sundae we cut the brownies with this Mickey Mouse cookie cutter from Amazon (affiliate link).

Mickey's Mini Kitchen Sink from Disney World

Visiting Kartchner Caverns in Southern Arizona

Visiting Kartchner Caverns

Last weekend we took a drive to Southern Arizona to check out Kartchner Caverns. These caverns were discovered in the 1970′s but didn’t open to the public until November 1999. The trip to the caverns has been on our radar for years but we hadn’t made the trip out. We left in the early morning and it only took about 2 and a half hours for us to get there. While it made for a long day, we made the trip out there and back on the same day.

Visiting Kartchner Caverns

When we got there we were able to enjoy the desert scenery which meant seeing different cacti, bugs and desert flowers. There are trails around the caverns and a small walking trail near the opening of the Discovery Center.

Visiting Kartchner Caverns

Visiting Kartchner Caverns

Visiting Kartchner Caverns

Inside the discovery center we learned a lot about the history of the caves. The movie did a great job at sharing how the caves were discovered and the timeline of how the park opened. We also learned that they found the fossil of a sloth (replicated above). Sadly you can’t take photos inside so I don’t have many more photos but I hope to do one of the photo tours in the future.

Visiting Kartchner Caverns

These photos are of replicas from inside the discovery center. You don’t have to pay to go to the discovery center but you’ll have to pay to get into the park. When you buy a tour, you don’t have to pay to get into the park.

The tour was not only beautiful but we had a great science lesson. We learned about the different formations such as Soda Straws (listed above) and fried egg stalagmites (shown below). The inside of the caves is amazing and seeing all of these formations created just by water is absolutely mind blowing.

Visiting Kartchner Caverns

Visiting Kartchner Caverns

Either before entering the caves or after, you can also enjoy a delicious meal at the Bat Cave Cafe.

What you need to know if you go to Kartchner Caverns:

  • Reserve your tickets online and book them early! We did luck out with same day reservations but we didn’t get to have much choice as to what times to choose from.
  • It will be hot in the Summer but in the caves the temperature is about 70 degrees all year round and you don’t need a sweater or jeans because of the humidity.
  • You can’t take photos and it’s a total bummer. If you bring your camera or other valuables you can’t bring them in the cave but they have lockers that cost $1 so you don’t have to keep them in your car.

 Afterwords, you could take a trip to Tombstone.



Tombstone is a maintained “ghost town” and while it does hold history, I’m not sure there is much to see outside of “tourist” things. You pretty much have to pay to see anything such as OK corral or the court house.

We did take a stroll down the street and we enjoyed things like ice cream and even a shooting range.

We also went to the Boothill Cemetery which was actually free and interesting to see. We paid the $3 donation to receive the plot description booklet which I think was worth it to read the interesting facts of those who passed from over 100 years ago.

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