Friday, December 19, 2014

Rice Krispie Treats, A Childhood Fav!

  I can still remember all those TV commercials as a kid about Rice Krispies with the little elves, "Snap", "Crackle" and "Pop", for some reason cereal commercials were my favorite as a little girl :) I guess the animated characters intrigued me.... ANYHOW, WOW! it has been a long time since I was on here last! I finally have a camera again, yay!! Not a "top-of-the-line" one but hey, it gives me pictures! And after being without a camera ALL SUMMER LONG it's great just to have one :)

  With Christmas just around the corner now and several "cookie days to give to others" under my belt, I wanted to make a holiday treat that was just for my little family. But as I haven't been feeling well the last few days I wasn't all that enthused about spending hours in the kitchen making more of the traditional Christmas Cookies. Then I thought about Rice Krispie Treats!

  Growing up, Rice Krispie Treats were a staple at almost any gathering. Now I'm sure we've all had tho's ones that were hard...dry...and nearly tore apart your mouth as you attempted to eat them. This is how my first try at making them turned out a couple years back after trying a random recipe in a cook book. But please do not let that experience dampen your mind to the possibility that Rice Krispie Treats can be delicious! With the perfect texture combination of crunchy, chewy and lightly sweet.... yummmm ;)

(I know, I took out of the middle, hehe ;)

  The way to get soft Rice Krispie Treats is in simply not adding too much of the cereal to the marshmallow/butter mixture. Now, for my recipe I do not care for the treats to be too "thick" but rather to be easier to get my mouth around. So if you prefer thicker bars simply expanded the ingredients until you get them the way you like them.

  For mine today I kept them simple, the traditional Treat with a little added holiday cheer for the kiddos, sprinkles and m&ms, but the list is endless to what you can do to these! I'll share with you my base recipe then some ideas of how to dress them up a little...

Rice Krispie Treats

1\4 c. butter
10 oz bag mini marshmallows
6 even cups of Rice Krispies

  Prepare a 9X13 pan by greasing it with butter. Measure out the cereal into a bowl and set aside. Begin melting butter in a med-size pot over med. heat. Add in marshmallows and stir, heating just until until marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat and immediately add Rice Krispies, folding in gently until evenly coated. Poor into prepared pan then with buttered hands gently press into an even layer. At this point, while the marshmallow is still "wet", I added the sprinkles and pressed in some m&ms. But this of course is optional. Allow the bars to set at room temp. until set, about an hour or 2. Cut and serve (with coffee!).

These are just way too much to take pictures of!

  Now for another way to fix these up, which is my ultimate favorite, is with some white chocolate and coconut! Add in about a 1\2 t. of coconut extract to the marshmallow mixture before adding the cereal. Then, after pressing the Krispies into the pan, spread 1 c. of melted white chocolate chips over top and garnish with already toasted coconut flakes. I used these one time at a western-themed party as "hay-bales", they were a huge hit! But by all means, experiment around! Try stirring in some crushed Oreos or chopped Reeces and drizzling with white chocolate for the Oreos and milk chocolate for the Reeces. You can also use Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa Pebbles in place of Rice Krispies to switch it up. Have fun!

Simply Festive!

If you come over now, you can join me 
for one of these chewy bars with cup of coffee.... 
they were meant to go together ;)

But hurry, they wont last long!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Taking a Little Break...

  I'm sure you've noticed that it has been a while since I last posted and really, it saddens me but photos are just a MUST in posting for me and due to my camera having finally seen it's last days, I am currently (and for the last few months!) with out a camera :( Am hoping to be purchasing one soon though and am anxious to let you in on what all we have been busy with in the scrapbooking and homemaking part of my little world.
Happy Sweet Summertime!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cinco de Mayo!

  A little early but.... Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. It is also celebrated in parts of Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla as to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. There, a little history lesson :) but a fun excuse to throw a little fiesta! Here are a few recipes for the event...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CTMH -- Lollydoodle

  As soon as I saw this kit I knew it would be at the near top of my "want" list! Adorableness on paper!

Layout 1

Featuring the new 'Flamingo Dots'...

and the 'Whooos Your Valentine' stamp set :)

Layout 2

Owls from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge

Layout 3


Would you like to see this pkt in a Workshop? Just let me know or leave a comment :)

Happy Scrap'n!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

BBQ Pork Ribs

  I haven't made ribs that often but the times I did proved not to be worth my time. I just couldn't get the flavor and texture right making them on the grill. Then I saw this recipe for baking the ribs in the oven... oh yes, these are SO worth it! Definitely a hubby pleaser ;)

  And they come together quickly, easily and can be done ahead to make a no-stress Sunday lunch, triple win! All you need is:

4 lbs pork ribs

3\4 c. brown sugar
1 t. salt (heaping)
1 T. smoked paprika
1 T. garlic powder (heaping)
1\2 t. ground red paper (opt.)

and a great BBQ sauce

  Make a rub by mixing together the brown sugar and seasoning until well combined. Place 2 layers of tin foil on a cookie sheet and preheat oven to 300* (if making right away, or put on time bake). Remove the tough 'skin' that covers the bone side of the ribs (I usually get Jesse to this part:). Apply rub to both sides of the ribs and lay MEATY SIDE DOWN on the tin foil. If you did not add the hot pepper, sprinkle with fresh ground pepper. Place 2 layers of tin foil over the top of the ribs and crimp edges tightly to seal. Bake for 2 - 2 1\2 hours or until the meat is starting to shrink away from the ends of the bones. Remove from oven and take off top layer of foil. Heat oven to broiler Brush ribs with BBQ Sauce and broil 1-2 minutes or until sauce is cooked and bubbly. Turn ribs over and repeat with the sauce and broil. 

  These make the house smell AMAZING coming home from church by the way :) So tender and delicious!

Friday, March 21, 2014

From Jar To Vase!

  Last summer (wow, was it really that long ago?!) I painted the girls room. It went from tan to lavender and white. I wanted to incorporate another color or two onto the walls to off set the purple. I saw this idea on YouTube, with an abundance of pint jars I was excited to try it! Adds a cheery touch :)

  Simply paint the outside of the jar with 2 or 3 coats of gloss or satin paint and allow dry completely (I let mine set for almost 24 hours) then use sand paper to scuff as desired.

   They're actually really fun to make! Would be cute to have a line of them in different sizes and colors along a shelf or something :) 

Happy Spring!

CTMH -- Timberline

  Ready for another Workshop??? I am! We will be using Close to my Hearts paper packet, Timberline in our April Workshop. Great for any of those outdoor photos and\or vacations. Hunting, Fishing, Camping, At the Lake, little tykes dipping their feet into the river, this one fits them all :)

  Love these real-wood embellishments! The kit comes with 13 wooden shapes to choose from to best fit your photos. 

  Featured Technique: CTMH Spray Pen (notice the "splattered background :)


  Date of the Workshop is undetermined as of now but will most likely be toward the middle of April. Let me know if you would like to join us! 
  Order in by Friday, April 4th.

Kit price: $21.00
Timberline Paper Packet
Wooden Embelishments
Artisan Studs
Bakers Twine
Irresistibles D.E.