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Biscoff Pretzel Rice Krispie Treats

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Even though I’m really late for two Sundays with Joy (I already made one twice and changed it a bit), I decided to bring you the recipe that I made last week first.  It’s THAT good.  Once I began putting these together though, the whining began…

The hubs complaining about why I don’t ever make plain rice krispie treats.  It has happened before and I’m sure it will happen again.  He knew not to complain too much but I still got a grumble.  Other krispie treats I’ve made didn’t make him change his mind but these he had to admit were “pretty good.”  High praise indeed.

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I however, am a sucker for sweet and salty and that is exactly the combo that these deliver.  Beware, if you are a sucker like me, you might eat most of the pan before you remember school has started and you can send them with your 10 year old to share.  They were a big hit at middle school.  Even my Sarah, who is still so picky she won’t eat half the sweets I make, ate a few mini squares with delight.

My GeekyLink for today is once again Frakker Lacquer.  I’m gonna tell you a secret.  I’ve been a nail biter as long as I can remember.  Cut to now, just two months after they launched and I am 6 out of 8 shades in and I love it.  I really friggin don’t like makeup (nail polish included, except for the fact that it helps me not look old).  I always thought of it as a waste of time and something I’d just rather not do.  Frakker Lacquer helps me see the fun in it.  36 years in, I’d NEVER seen makeup as fun until now.  The shades mean something to me so they are fun for me to wear.  I love that if people see my nail polish, they’ll see purple but I see the color of Mace Windu’s light saber and it makes me smile.  Coming soon is the Classic Comics Collection exclusively at Pittsburgh Comicon September 27th to 29th AND a Winter is Coming Collection in early October AND a Doctor Who inspired collection coming up after that as well.  Also, it is simply a really great polish that is fairly resistant to chips.  I have three kids, bake and clean lots and can go over a week without a single chip.  I love this stuff and now I have nails enough to at least scratch my husband the next time he whines about plain rice krispie treats.

Biscoff Pretzel Rice Krispie Treats

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Sundays with Joy/Brown Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats

BBPBCrispyRice1I’ve just been trying to get back into the swing of things. After the long weekend last week, then my two Gally posts, then my igamemom post, then I made these crispy rice treats, and then it was Oscar Sunday and I had my party. It was a big turnout this year. Instead of just my friend and I we became five this year.  Exciting!  It was also the first time I asked my oldest to watch the babies upstairs with monetary compensation.  She did alright.  Next time I will stipulate that she must also help me get ready for the party if she wants to see any cash.  But the main goal was to keep the babies’ (please realize they are 4 and 5, but my babies) visits downstairs to a handful a piece and that goal was met.

Butter browning, then with added peanut butter and marshmallows.

Butter browning, then with added peanut butter and marshmallows.

No cash actually exchanged hands, mind you.  I promised a $10 transfer to her bank account and $10 cash but she had been bugging me about going to the comic book store for a few weeks so yesterday I ended up buying her $12 of books and we finally got put on a “pull list” for her comics.  We actually had a really great time just looking around and seeing all the stuff that was available and what she was into.  All this was after having a breakfast date with the husband while my son was in preschool.  We ate and I thought we were going to go home and I was going to write this post but then we went to the mall and did some shopping. And I’m sorry but I must admit it, I am really glad this post is even later than I was anticipating because we had a really nice time.  The girls got out of school early and then my oldest and I went on our comic book excursion.  The girls had dance after that and while we were gone my husband got the names for our daughter’s spring soccer team.  To me, it is so adorable when my husband has to talk to parents and stuff since he is normally really shy with new people.  It was also just nice to see him so excited for a change.  The only thing that could have made yesterday better was capping off dinner with one of these.  Sadly, we finished them off almost a week ago now.  Time to buy some more cereal…!


Sadly, I don’t think I will be having an Oscar post this year.  I asked one of my guests to bring the appetizers and I just made a simple roast.  I made a lovely cake but it was only 85% of what I wanted.  I know what I want to do to fix it but I need a break from chocolate cake.  That one was like the third in about a month.  I’ll leave a sneak peak at the bottom of the post.  However, if you’d like the recipe for these treats all you need to do is buy Joy’s Cookbook.  Also, don’t forget to check out Bakeaholic Mama for variations.  I’ll just say someone dipped them in chocolate…

For my GeekyLink this week, well, its me!  Here is my first post for igamemom!  I am so excited that I started this and yes, the particular app I reviewed Game For Two, is totally addictive (Tiles, I can’t quit you, and medium is even BETTER than easy!).  It looks like I’ll only be posting every other week, at least till after soccer season and the girls’ dance recital (dang you real life!) but please check it out!  Also the best video I have seen recapping Gallifrey One 2013.  Thank the kid for finding this one.  And yep, I realize I still owe her $8.

Look! Proof I can make a pretty ganache.  Unlike my last attempt.

Look! Proof I can make a pretty ganache. Unlike my last attempt.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

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Wow, even I have to say that I have had an adventurous few weeks.  I realize that I was super lucky that both things I wanted to do came at the end of the month when we actually have some money.


Looks like a giant cookie, but it is about to be destroyed! Also, I should have rolled it a bit thinner.

Here are these flavors again!

I didn’t realize as I got older that you get nostalgic for certain things (besides pop culture references) like tastes and sounds and places.    For me it is surprising because these flavors are still so readily available to me.  I can drive down to the panaderia and get me some pan dulce and go home and make a saucepan full of Abuelita or Ibarra to dip it in.  I think what bums me out about it and why I feel like it is so far away from me (like far away in my youth, ugh) is because my kids don’t seem to enjoy it as much as I did.  Don’t get me wrong, give them pan dulce and they will do some damage to it.  But except for my oldest and my son dipping once or twice per bread (it needs to be EVERY bite people!) they don’t seem to be into it.  Sarah won’t even try it.  And get this, Mexican chocolate or not, my girls don’t like hot chocolate!  Are you kidding me?  You are a kid!  Have some fun!  Live a little!

I used to live for the days that we would happen to go out when it was cold and my mom would LET me order a hot chocolate!  I can’t even beg these kids to order one.  I don’t know.  Maybe they are just fuddy duddies.  I just don’t want them to tell me five or ten years from now, “Why didn’t you tell me hot chocolate was so good?”  I guess all I can say is, “I told you so.”  Did that just come out of my mouth?  Not quite yet, just out of my keyboard.

The first time I made these they were WAY too sweet.  This chocolate has sugar in it and I knew I would have to figure out some way to deal with it but I went in head first and ended up having to deal with it after a BIG batch was made and pictures were taken.  The sugar not only makes it sweeter but also seems to make the marshmallows break down a bit more (I also think a certain four year old may have distracted me during my count so there may even have been an extra cup of marshmallows in my first batch).  So I knew I had to fix it before I posted it.  The adjustments were made and I am entirely happy with it.  However, my husband, the man who will go to an Italian restaurant and order the spaghetti, smelled the cinnamon and said, “Why couldn’t you just have made plain ones with cocoa krispies?”  Ugh…

My GeekyLinks this week are outer space related.  Yay!  First, this post answers the question Why do astronauts crave spicy food in space? and the second asks Where is Curiosity while on its way to Mars?  Sweet!

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Cake Batter and Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie Spice Rice Krispie Treats

Cake Batter Krispie

Sorry, this was supposed to be my triumphant sourdough post.  I guess I had some issues.  To be honest, I did realize after the first rise that something was wrong but I had already waited two hours and I couldn’t wait any more.  I will just keep trying.  Trust me, a really great homemade sourdough is worth it.  Even a not so great one still made my house smell awesome.

It did not fill up the sheet pan, FYI. Can you tell I added some sprinkles too early and they melted, o well.

In the meantime, I have some not quite so baked treats that I have kind of been obsessed with.  For all you readers out there still making plain rice krispie treats (which are great, don’t get me wrong), you are missing out.  Even just today, Brown Eyed Baker put up a recipe for Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Krispie Treats.  I have two different kinds that I have made in the last two weeks, cake batter and brown butter with pumpkin pie spice.  Can you believe I made two batches of the cake batter during that time and hardly got any?  I can’t complain, at least I go to taste them.  Poor Angela didn’t get any.  The first batch went to Sarah’s preschool for snack and the second batch was for my nephews’ Family Fun Day at school.  I did cut one of those up into fourths for us to share but Robert found Angela’s piece and ate it.  I had planned on making a hot chocolate rice krispie treats for the Family Fun Day but I didn’t have cocoa krispies and I thought I did.  I’ll have to make those next.

I had seen the brown butter pumpkin pie spice krispies and, of course, they had me at brown butter.  Both of these recipes, I had to amp up the flavor a bit from the original recipes and the overall quantity because for Sarah’s class I needed 30 and for the others I just wanted nice thick almost Disneyland sized treats.  I am sure I will do the same with the hot chocolate krispies when I get around to making those.

As far as the home front, still no kitchen lights.  My husband and I spent all night working on it, to no avail.  So we called in the big guns, basically the family electrician.  She lives 2-3 hours away (depending on traffic) and she offered to check it out for us because she didn’t want us to get ripped off.  Family rules!  Here’s to hoping she can help.  Then I can bake late at night (without interruption, yay!) and take halfway decent pictures instead of trying to fit in everything during daylight.

Brown Butter Bits + Pumpkin Pie Spices = Awesome!

My GeekyLink for the week is of course The Avengers movie trailer.  I am sure everyone has seen it by now but I mean, what else could it be?

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