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Superlative Rice Krispie Treats


In my last post I posted what I consider to be a good recipe for Rice Krispie Treats. The recipe for today's treats is a superlative one. Years ago I read an article by Peg Bracken entitled "When you want to hang a ruffle on." Her article described ways that you could add a little flair to an ordinary meal when you had unexpected guests. Well, if you want to hang a ruffle on your Rice Krispie Treats this is the recipe for you. I found this recipe recently on a delightful website called Mennonite Girls Can Cook. It reminded me of a recipe from my childhood neighbor, June. Her bars were called Special K Bars. I believe back in that era Special K cereal was similar to Rice Krispies and not flaked as it is today. Anyway, this recipe is delicious and you might want to try it if you need a dessert and don't feel like heating up the oven.

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Superlative Rice Krispie Treats

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chocolate chips

In a saucepan combine the sugar and light corn syrup and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter until smooth. Add the Rice Krispies and stir well to combine. Spread into a buttered 9" x 13" pan. Melt together the butterscotch and chocolate chips and spread over the Krispie layer. (You can melt them in the microwave in three 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval.) Let cool and cut into bars. Enjoy!

We made a whirlwind trip to Ohio over the weekend where we were met by our son-in-law who came to take Megan and Drew home. We had a rather pleasant trip with no delays and beautiful green landscape all along the way. Unfortunately Meg, Jim, and Drew were delayed quite a bit by a horrendous rain storm that has left them without power for over twenty-four hours. Then to make it even worse Drew got sick during the night and threw up and they had to try to clean things up in the dark. Tonight they are staying with Jim's sister and brother-in-law and we are praying that their power will be restored very soon. On a more positive note Megan had a good check up at the doctor today and got to hear the baby's heart beat. 🙂

Becka


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An old favorite


You may remember several years ago there was a commercial about making Rice Krispie Treats. In the commercial the woman making the treats was out in the kitchen reading a novel after making the treats while her family was in the dining room asking if they were ready yet. After she yells "These things take time," she finally puts down the novel, throws some flour on her face, and enters the dining room with a platter of the treats, much to the delight of the family.

Rice KrispieTreats are quick and easy to make in the microwave and they are very tasty. Here's a recipe for my favorite version:

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Marshmallow Treats

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
4 cups of mini marshmallows
5 cups chocolate krispies (I got these at Aldi -- most stores have their own brand)

In a large bowl or measuring cup (I use a 6 cup measure) melt the butter and peanut butter on high for 35-45 seconds. Add the marshmallows and microwave for 1 minute at 70% power. Stir in the krispies and coat throughly. Press into a buttered 9" x 13" pan. Cool and cut into squares. Enjoy your quick and easy treat!

Rice Krispie Treats

While Drew has been with us this week he has been helping with a variety of chores around the house. Here he is washing the bench from our front porch:

picture of Drew Bench

Here he is rolling out some dough for Gorditas with his mom. He said he was "doughing." We've been having fun. 🙂

picture of Drew Doughing

Becka


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An update from the convalescent home


Things are improving here at our convalescent home. Nora is regaining strength and mobility. She still tires easily and knows when she has done too much, but her pain level has greatly diminished. Thanks to all who have prayed for her and sent her greetings and other evidences of care and concern.

Last week Rob and I ventured out for supper one evening to the Pita House, which is one of our favorite places to eat. We both had the lentils and a Greek-style salad and then did a bit of shopping in the Middle Eastern grocery part of the restaurant. I think I have mentioned before that I like to get some of my spices there and I always get some kalamata olives and some of their domestic feta. They also carry a good selection of dried beans and seeds such as poppy seed and sesame seed. Another thing I purchased was a small container of their fresh hummus, which is delicious. When we got to the check out counter I discovered that we had purchased enough to qualify for a free package of pita bread.

I did a little research and decided to make pita chips to serve with the fresh hummus. They were very easy to make and they stayed nice and crisp in a Tupperware container for several days after I made them. Here are the directions:

picture of Oiling Pitas

Pita Chips

Pita bread
Vegetable oil

Seasonings of your choice (I used Goya Adobo all purpose seasoning from the Hispanic section of the grocery store. You could use seasoned salt, garlic powder, cumin, or a blend of your own.)

Cut the pitas in half and then separate the halves into single layers. Cut the individual layers into quarters (you can stack the layers if you would like.) Place the pieces on a baking sheet and brush them with oil. Sprinkle them with the seasonings. Bake at 400 degrees for about 5 mins. or until they are slightly browned and crisp. Watch carefully so they do not burn. Let cool and serve with the dip of your choice.

picture of Seasoning Pitas

Enjoy your tasty snack!

Becka


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A simple (and addictive!) snack


While DD Megan and grandson Drew were here Megan's friend Shannon invited us over for dinner one evening. She served these pretzels along with the meal and none of us could stop eating them. They are simple to put together and the ingredients could be kept on hand for a quick and easy snack.

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I'm not sure what the name actually is, but I will call them:

Ranch Pretzels

1 pound pretzel twists
1 packet dry ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 cup Orville Redenbacher buttery flavor popcorn oil

Place pretzels in a large bowl. Sprinkle on the dry salad dressing mix. Pour on the popcorn oil and stir to coat. Stir periodically until all the oil is absorbed the the pretzels look sort of dusty. Try to pace your eating!

Here is a picture of the buttery popcorn oil:

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Becka


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A tasty (and easy!) snack


We have been trying to eat more healthful snacks and one thing we have been eating is raw almonds. I try to keep some on hand and Rob keeps them in his office to munch on. We both thought they tasted O.K., but not outstanding. Some friends of ours mentioned that the almonds are a lot tastier if you toast them in the oven. I tried this a few weeks ago and we agree. The toasting greatly improves their flavor. I keep the majority of the almonds in the freezer and toast about a week's worth at a time to keep them nice and fresh.

Toasted Almonds

picture of Almonds

Just spread the almonds on a cookie sheet and toast in a 375 degree oven. I like to toast them for about 10 mins. and then stir them and toast for about 5 more minutes. Let them cool completely before storing.

Let me know your opinion if you try this!

Becka


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