Cars 3 Popcorn, Cars 3 Everything!

I have to tell you that over the weekend, I found myself discussing heady Cars 1, Cars 2, and Cars 3 plot points with four grown men at four separate times. Attractive men, too! I also have to tell you that I have the Disney Pixar Cars bug.

I have a serious case here! I have a bad case of loving youuuuu, Cars!

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules

So we threw Des a movie theater birthday party. I have a distinct memory of my little brother’s Back to the Future III movie theater birthday party, which is how I knew they were a thing. Here’s the thing about the thing, though. My little brother’s friends were awful. They were older too, and clearly raised in a barn although I did say I was going to marry at least once of them, but I said that during our teen years, and he turned out great. Although we didn’t get married. That said, that was my only frame of reference and I still thought this was a great idea! (it was) We invited preschoolers and a few older siblings.

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We did NOT invite my little brother and his friends, although they’re all adults now and probably don’t yell at adults and throw popcorn at perfect strangers? And maybe they’re now smart enough to understand Back to the Future III plot points?

A girl can dream.

This party was not cost-effective, and it was not simple, but it could have been. We tend to overdo everything in spectacular fashion. The plan was simple. We held the party about an hour or so before the first showing of Cars 3. Instead of renting out the whole theater, we rented out a party room and gave a rough head count. On the morning of the party, we gave a firm headcount once all the guests were there. Since we had them come at 9:30 in the morning, we served breakfast. Since it’s hard to serve breakfast to a bunch of people and keep it warm, we had the party breakfast-catered. I ordered the cake at Big Y and then BOOM. Instant party. It was SUCH fun. Pure insanity and giggles and laughter before the movie.

Mostly hushed and stunned silence for the movie. I smiled the WHOLE time.

(This photo is deceiving because it makes it look like there weren’t a lot of us, but there were!)

We don’t need to talk about the tears in my eyes for how Des wanted to sit in between Cassidy and me. We don’t need to talk about my complete heartbreak over anything concerning Doc Hudson’s character, as well as my own hopes and dreams for my own kids and for my own life. Plus, the future of society or something. Cars 3 felt like the first Cars. Same universe. Same atmosphere. It’s like when Star Wars created the more recent movies after the debacles of Episodes I, II, and III. All you can do is give it a virtual hug and say, “You. It’s you. You’re back.” Even though I saw the first one.. a month ago.

When I know what I’m talking about, I know what I’m talking about. It’s simple. Like this recipe:

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules


Almond Bark or White Chocolate
Yellow & Red Food Coloring
Mini Oreos


After gathering all of your ingredients, first melt the marshmallows and butter together. Use 1 tbsp of butter for each 1 cup of marshmallows you use. (this will vary depending on how much popcorn you make)

Once your marshmallow and butter mixture has melted, pour over your popcorn and stir until popcorn is evenly coated.
Lay your popcorn out on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.

Add M&M’s and sprinkles while your popcorn is still wet. Mix the candy and sprinkles into your popcorn.

Take apart your mini Oreos carefully so that the cream stays on one side. Use a straw to take the cream from the center of the Oreo to create a white wall tire. Add to your popcorn.

Melt your almond bark or white chocolate on the stove on low heat.

Separate the almond bark or white chocolate into two pans. Using food coloring, dye one pan red and one pan yellow. If the almond bark or white chocolate seizes up, add a tbsp of vegetable shortening to thin it down.

Drizzle the melted almond bark or white chocolate across your popcorn and enjoy!

Having a Cars 3 birthday party or do you just want to surprise the Disney Pixar Cars-loving kid in your family? This Lightning McQueen popcorn #recipe rules


Disney’s Cars 3 Krispy Treats

Are you a Cars loving family like us? Have fun making these Cars 3 Krispy Treats and have your kids help w/ Lightning McQueen, Luigi & Mater #recipe #family

Ok, I’m going to “attempt” to not write too much.

I know, I know – can I do this? I’m still crawling out of a deep work hole, although the light is brighter up here. Also, our eternal winter seems to have lifted. It was 49 degrees last week! Today is 75 and sunny. In about an hour, we’re meeting Scarlet at the school for our annual school lunch at her lunch table. I legit look at the school lunch menu to plan ahead for what day to go. It helps me relive my youth. Today is popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed corn, and applesauce, if you’re keeping track of this sort of thing! (like I do) And this year our budding kindergartener will be coming with us too!

(That blur is him)

Last year we got in trouble for leading the kids in chants. They’re supposed to have ten minutes of “quiet eating.” Oops. And yet, the office and the cafeteria seemed delighted to hear we were coming back when I placed our lunch orders this morning? I can’t wait to go! And I can’t wait to come back here because I have BIG FUN news coming soon to a post near you. It won’t be my next one (although check that one out because it rocks) but it will be my post tomorrow morning.

Be there. And for now, enjoy one of a few upcoming Cars 3 treats since we’re throwing Des a Cars 3 party this weekend.

Cars Krispy Treats


1 pkg. 8 count Rice Krispies Treats
1 pkg. Mini Oreos
Wilton Chocolate Candy Discs, Yellow, Brown and Red
1 pkg. M&M’s
1 pkg. Gum, white small rectangles
2- Airheads Candy, white mystery flavor individual size


  1. Lay 3 whole Rice Krispies Treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cut another one into a half piece treat and two others into third-size treats and lay each on the tray with the whole treats. You now have 3 sets of treats.

  2. In 3 separate bowls, melt each color of chocolate. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between times, until completely melted.

  3. Dip the first set of treats that has a whole piece and the half piece into the brown chocolate, and completely coat. This set will be Mater. Set the smaller piece on top of the whole piece to resemble a car windshield. Repeat this step with each of the other sets and each color of chocolate. These will be Lightening McQueen and Luigi.

  4. Using the Airheads candy, cut 3 windshields to fit onto the cars. I made mine rectangle with little cut outs at the top to resemble the Cars characters. Press these on each car.

  5. Cut a mouth out of the candy for the red and yellow car. Press this on the bottom piece of the car where the bumper would be.

  6. Pull apart the Oreo cookies, and press 4 on each car. Use green, blue, and brown M&M’s for the eyes. Put a dab of melted chocolate on the backs and press on the windshields.

  7. On the brown truck, put a line of chocolate on the bottom piece and place 2 gum teeth where the bumper would be.

  8. Extra optional step – Pipe a line of chocolate on the yellow car over his mouth to resemble a mustache. Use an edible marker to put black dots on the eyes.

  9. Have fun making Lightning McQueen, Luigi, and Mater!

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Cars 3

Lightning McQueen




Are you a Cars loving family like us? Have fun making these Cars 3 Krispy Treats and have your kids help w/ Lightning McQueen, Luigi & Mater #recipe #family