I hope that everybody had a fantastic weekend.
I know I did.
Wanna know what I did?
I made some creations in the kitchen, tried out some ideas, watched some movies, lounged around, watched tv shows on Netflix and just took it easy. My kind of weekend. It was nice :)
I got a chance to try out some ideas that I had for some tasty creations. I am sorry to say that they resulted in failures. I was so discouraged and so frustrated at these failed ideas that I needed a serious pep talk.
Jay gave me one. She’s good at that.
After my pep talk, I took a look around my kitchen cabinets and drawers in an attempt to find something to use for creating yumminess. In my search, I found a pack of rice cakes that I bought at Trader Joe’s last week. I ate one (it was so good) I was looking at the package of Peeps on the kitchen counter. I suddenly got an idea.
A simple, but versatile and yummy idea.
Rice Krispie Treats.
I thought about what went into a standard rice kirspie treat…butter, marshmallows and of course, Rice Krispie Cereal.
I though about what a Peep was…
A marshmallow with some colorful sugar all over it that is in a cute shape.
It’s a shape that makes me feel extra amused and simultaneously a little badly about watching melt or puff up in the microwave, an activity that took place over here this past weekend.
After this thought process, I realized that I had to try this out for myself to counter my kitchen fails of the day.
And that, my friends, is how the idea for Peeps Krispie Treats came to be.
I have to say, I’m glad I did it. I needed to have a success, I was getting discouraged.
And with that, I give you…
Peeps Krispie Treats
Here’s What You Need:
2 tbsp of Smart Balance Light (you can use regular butter or another type of light margarine, this is just what I had, and I like to reduce fat whenever possible)
3 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal
2 packs of Easter Peeps (aka 4 trays, 20 individual Peeps) you have to use the Chicks or else the recipe won’t work. Just kidding, use whatever kind of Peeps you have, you can even use marshmallows if that’s what you have
Here’s What You Do:
First, spray a pan with cooking spray. Be very generous with the spray, I made a batch before these and didn’t use enough spray and man, oh my was it difficult to get those suckers out!
For the pan, I used an 8” x 11” glass pan and ended up with 14 squares. You can use a smaller pan if you want them to be extra thick.
Now, preheat oven to 350. There’s plenty of recipes for no-bake rice krispie treats, but I wanted mine to be crispy, crunchy and chewy, so I decided to bake them. I feel like this made them a little less sticky and a bit easier to handle.
Alright, now combine your Peeps and Smart Balance/butter in a pot on the stove at medium/low heat (for me, this was level 3/4)
And then, it starts to get really fun
But wait, it gets better
Would you believe me if I told you it gets even better…
As your Peeps and butter/Smart Balance mixture melt, stir occasionally.
And now, add in your 3 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal
Once you have stirred in your Rice Krispies cereal and it is fully mixed with the melted Peeps, move to the pan that you greased earlier
If you want to get crazy you can top them with jellybeans.
I got really crazy.
And then, put these treats into the oven!
I baked mine for around 15 minutes or so.
**Keep in mind, I like mine really crunchy/crispy/chewy/hard, which might not be ideal for everybody. Keep track of their time in the oven to get them the way you want. I would start with five minutes and then check and see if it’s what you want. Remember, you can always put them back in after they’ve cooled if they’re not how you want them.**
Take the treats out of the oven, let them cool (the hardest part ever), then cut, and serve and enjoy.
I decided that for this entry, I would try to take some really interesting pictures.
To do this, I used some characters that live in my common room…
Now, I am going to spend my day working on various assignments for classes that all seem to be due very close together! It’s my last semester ever of undergrad, so I might as well go out with a bang, right?
Of course, I’ll probably take some breaks to make some stuff in the kitchen. These treats were fun and easy and can be very versatile! I plan on experimenting with their versatility in the days to come.
Yesterday, it was almost 90 degrees! That’s crazy for New England weather this early! I took full advantage of it and sat outside in my bathing suit to work on some stuff for class. I try to wear sunscreen whenever I lay out in the sun, so I made sure to put on some spray sunscreen before I went out.
Later, I looked in the mirror and saw some red on my arm. I continued to look at my back, pulled the back of my shirt down and saw something scary.
That’s only part of it. There was some more on my back down by hip, and of course there was a big burned spot on the bottom of my rear on the right side. Not the left side too, just the right side.
And I leave you with that final image of part of my sunburn.
I hope that this has been fun, festive and enjoyable for everyone reading.
I wish you the best of luck in making these treats or any other treats/confections/sweets/savories/meals that you prepare in the future!
Have fun with these Peeps Krispie Treats! You can add all kinds of fun stuff to them like sprinkles, chocolate chips, candies….and you can even be totally crazy and use Peeps bunnies instead of Chicks if you want…if you wanna be that crazy.