Now that we’ve been in our house a little over a month (and painted almost every room) it was time for our housewarming!

It was nice to finally have our friends over. Plus, I know Brian was thankful to not have to work on house projects for a weekend!

Housewarming Welcome Sign

I made the DIY welcome banner above from paint chips from Home Depot. Simple and super easy.

We gave house tours of the new digs and served a bunch of food. We made away too much — as is typical for a Brian & Jason party.

Here’s a sample of a few of the things that we stole from Pinterest and made on our own (aka the ridiculous amount of pizza purchased isn’t pictured).

Fruity Pebble Rice Krispy Treats

Ingredients (recipe found at madeitwithhappy)

  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups Fruity Pebbles (or you know, Dino Bytes from Malt O Meal, if you’re cheap like us)
  • 5 tablespoons butter


  1. Line the bottom of an 8×8 pan with foil.
  2. Spray with cooking spray and set to the side.
  3. Over medium heat, melt butter and marshmallows together.
  4. Once completely melted, remove from heat and fold in cereal.
  5. After all cereal is fully coated, mix in the remaining cup of marshmallows.
  6. Transfer to the pan and even out.
  7. Cool and serve.

Oreo Truffles

Ingredients (recipe found at popsugar)

  • 1 package Double Stuf Oreos
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup white candy melts or chocolate chips


  1. In a food processor, chop up Oreos, including the frosting, until a fine crumb is reached. Save 1/4 cup of Oreos for garnish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together remaining Oreos with cream cheese. Once combined, roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place on a piece of wax paper. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. While the Oreo balls are in the freezer, melt chocolate until smooth (we did this in the microwave). Pull the Oreo truffles out of the freezer, and dip into the chocolate. Place on a new wax-paper-lined baking sheet, and garnish with a sprinkle of the remaining Oreo crumbles.
  4. Place truffles in the refrigerator to set the chocolate

Brownie Batter Dip

Ingredients (recipe found at ohsweetbasil)

  •  (8 Ounce) Package Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 Ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 (18 ounce) Box Brownie Mix, dry
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

For Dipping: we used graham crackers, pretzels and fruit (strawberries, grapes and melons)

  1. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in cool whip until smooth. Add in brownie mix and milk. Mix until smooth and fold in chocolate chips, reserving a few for garnish.
  2. Serve immediately or wrap the bowl in saran wrap and store in the fridge up to one day ahead.

Cowboy Caviar

Modified Ingredients (we didn’t include cilantro because that stuff is NASTY) (original recipe found at Culinary Hill)

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (11 ounce) can super sweet corn, drained (see notes)
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sugar, white wine vinegar, chili powder, and salt. Add tomatoes, black-eyed peas, beans, corn, red onion, and bell peppers. Stir.
  2. Cover and chill at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

All of the above were easy and tasty! Although with the Super Bowl today too, we may gain 10 lbs this weekend. Oh well, back to healthy eating on Monday.