Our Valentine’s Rice Krispie Treats- On Mission in My Kitchen

I’m always looking for ways to get my boys in the kitchen. Simple recipes like this one help get my little guy involved.

I began getting him involved at the grocery store. I showed him what ingredients were on our shopping list. He helped me find Rice Krispie cereal, large marshmallows, butter, and sprinkles. Letting your child make fun decisions like, “What sprinkles would you like to use?” allows them to have ownership in the process.

In the kitchen, we took time to count out the marshmallows. We are working on counting to ten so we counted five different times. Yes, I’m very intentional when “teaching” in the kitchen. It is natural learning and having fun at the same time.

While standing on a stool beside me, he watched while we adding heat.  We watched as the butter melted and then the marshmallows melted. He smelled the yummy vanilla. And he added the food coloring and was excited when the color began to transform the marshmallow mixture.

He scooped up the cereal using a measuring cup. You can’t mess this recipe up so it’s okay if the cup is overflowing.

I think his favorite part was using the sprinkles he picked out. Lots of sprinkles were added.

As we waited for the treats to cool, I asked him “Who should be share these treats with?”. I’m trying to working with my boys to be outward focused. It is a daily conversation. “How can we bless someone today?” “Who’s day could be brighten?” “How can we show the love of Jesus today?”

He quickly decided that some neighbor friends might like these treats. We packaged them up in disposable aluminum pan. (I try to keep these on hand. The Dollar Tree always has the best assortment and they are one dollar.)

I loved that before he even tried his treat, he was skipping out the door with his brother to deliver the goodies.

It is the simplest recipes and experiences in the kitchen that can get your child involved. Yes, it will take longer and there might be more messes. I believe the quality and intentional time together makes it so worth it.

On Mission in the Kitchen,
Amanda

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3 T butter and additional unsalted butter to grease pan

4 1/2 cups of large marshmallows (we use 50 large marsmallows)

Red food coloring or gel

1 t vanilla (I used Mexican vanilla)

6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal

Assorted Valentine’s sprinkles

 

Prepare your 13×9 pan or whatever shape and size you desire by coating the pan with butter.  Set pan aside.

In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.  Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.  Remove from heat.

Stir in vanilla.  Then add red food coloring to achieve the desired color.

Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispie cereal.  Stir until well coated.

Using a buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into your prepared pan.

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Sprinkle the mixture with sprinkles.  Press in sprinkles.  Allow time to cool.

Using a knife, cut your treats to desired shapes.  Rice Krispie Treats are always best if served the same day.

My Glass Jar Decorating Trick

I have several tricks I use when decorating.  One of my favorite tricks is filling up the middle of a jar with cans.  Basically these are aluminum cans that I have emptied and cleaned out.  I use them again and again.  They are absolutely perfect for taking up space in my jars.

This month my jar is filled with conversation hearts.  I stack the cans in first and then begin filling my jar with the little conversation hearts.  So magically I create the illusion that the jar is full.  (So tricky!)

 

What tricks do you have when decorating?  I would love to hear your ideas.

Looking Forward,
Amanda

Heart Shaped Cupcakes

The day of LOVE is here.  This is a super easy treat to whip up for your little sweeties.  We even cheated and used a cake mix and pre-made icing.  And guess what, it was still yummy!

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Pick your favorite cake mix- I used Pillsbury Devil’s Food Cake
Pick your favorite icing- I used Pillsbury Cream Cheese Icing
Cupcake Liners
Glass marbles
Sprinkles for decorations

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Make cupcakes according to recipe directions. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Spoon batter into liners.  Fill cupcakes only 1/2 full.  If the liner is too full, you will not end up with heart shapes.
After filling the liners, place a marble between the liner and the pan. You will see the cupcake take the shape of a heart.
Bake cupcakes according to recipe directions. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Add your own flair with sprinkles.

Love is in the air….

And it’s already February! Lots of celebrating coming up- Superbowl, Chinese New Year, Fat Tuesday, and Valentine’s Day! Be sure to search my blog for recipes to complete your festivities.

It is so important to let those around you know how much you love them. We all express love and receive love in different ways. If you have not read, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, I encourage you to take the time. Chapman has a great quiz that identifies your love language. In my life, I have boys that receive love the best by quality time and positive words. Honestly, gifts don’t mean much to my guys. They want time and words. This year I added a door of love notes to my guys. So simple and it is fun to watch them look for their new note each day.

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To add a little love to our kitchen doors, I found these chalkboard hearts in the dollar section of Target. I used washable chalk makers and they were ready to go!

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Have a great week looking for ways to love on those around you!
Looking Forward,
Amanda

White Chocolate Popcorn (Valentine’s Style)

Everyone needs a little treat they can pull together without thinking.  Tomorrow is William’s Valentine’s party and we needed a sweet treat for his teachers.  Several years ago my Aunt Loree entered this tasty sweet into our family’s recipe box.  The truth is that White Chocolate Popcorn is extremely addictive.  I believe it is necessary to sample to make sure your batch is perfect!  Hopefully these bags of popcorn will last until tomorrow morning! -AF

A Treat for Our Teacher

 White Chocolate Popcorn

2 bags microwave popcorn (My sister and I swear by the natural pop, no butter)

1 pkg. white almond bark

*bonus- colored Wilton Candy Melts

Pop popcorn according to package directions.  Place in a very large bowl.*  Remove all unpopped kernels.

Melt almond bark in microwave. When completely melted, pour over popcorn.  Toss to coat evenly and then spread popcorn on wax paper.

Here’s the bonus: if you want to add a splash of color, melt 6 candy melts and drizzle over coated popcorn.  Add red for Valentine’s, green for St. Patty’s Day, etc.

Let cool completely.  Add some flair with almonds, M&Ms, pecans, etc, if you are feeling it.  Store in an airtight container.

Great for little gift bags.  Pour popcorn into clear cellophane bags and top with a coordinating bow.

*I use a plastic cake carrier.  Pop the lid on and you can shake the popcorn and almond bark for the best coating.

Drizzle with LOVE