Thursday, February 27, 2014

Desperation Inspiration= Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispy Bars

Everyone has a weird pregnancy-craving story, right? I couldn't get enough oranges while I was preggers with Cait, or enough ice cream with Hunter. Or enough food in general with either. {I was a very hungry, very large, pregnant lady.} For my sister-in-law, at least on one particular night, it was these bars:
We were all hanging out, watching movies and generally relaxing. It was late and cold outside. But my seven-month-pregnant sister-in-law had a sudden craving for these bars, so she decided to whip up a batch. Only she didn't have one ingredient. No one was willing to go outside, but rather than abandoning the idea, she bundled up and braved the cold, dark winter night to make a run to the grocery store. 
These bars are that yummy.

All this is to say that yesterday I had planned on making plain old Rice Krispy treats as an after school snack. But then this happened:

Someone ate  used all my marshmallows making molecule models for science.

No marshmallows= no krispy treats.
In desperation, I turned to my recipe box and dug out the handwritten card I had begged off my sister-in-law so long ago. That night was the first time I had ever had these little nuggets of heaven, but they've been a favorite ever since. 
And occasionally {even without hormonal cravings as an excuse} I am compelled to make them.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispy Treats
1 c. sugar
1 c. corn syrup
1 c. peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispy cereal
1 package chocolate chips
smidgen of shortening
  • In a sauce pan, combine one cup sugar and one cup light corn syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in one cup of crunchy peanut butter. {You could use creamy, but why?} Stir it around till it's all smooth and yummy.
  • Carefully mix in 6 cups of Rice Krispy type cereal. Stir it around till its all coated and then press into a buttered 9x13 pan.
  • Pour one bag of chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl, and toss in about 1/2 teaspoon of shortening. Heat for 1 minute, stir, then continue to heat and stir in 15 second intervals till melted. Check it often and don't let it scorch!
  • Spread that chocolatey goodness on top of your bars. Cool, slice, eat.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014


In many parts of the country, the end of February marks the beginning of spring. Not so in my neck of the woods. The wind chill tonight is -35*. So I'm still layered up and insulated against the elements. I love scarves and sweaters, but I could do without the knee-length down parka, woolen stocking hats, and Thinsulate boots. Enough already, winter! I'm ready for spring. 
{Please excuse my futile weather-rant. Blame it on cabin fever.}

I'm linking up at the Pleated Poppy.
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 Scarf and tee: Target
Jeans: Silver

 Cardi: Target
Scarf: Banana Republic
Dress: Shade
Tights: Smartwool
Boots: Clark's

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I just wanted to pop in and spread some love.

Happy Valentine's Day!
In the word's of the immortal Beatles:

Hope your day is filled with love songs and sweet nothings!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What I Wore Five Days in a Row

 I've always been a big believer in buying in multiples when I find something I like. So when I spotted this tee in the spring LL Bean catalog, I knew that several of them might need to be hanging in my closet. I love the 3/4 sleeves, scoop neck, and longer length. But the pretty spring colors were what really clinched it for me- I couldn't just choose one color. So… I got four {they were on sale!}, and wore them every day this week. Maybe not much in the way of variety, but you can't go wrong with classic jeans and a cute tee. 

 Tee: LL Bean
Jeans: Lucky

 Tee: LL Bean
Jeans: Silver
Scarf: Old Navy

Tee: LL Bean
Jeans: Silver
Scarf: Lands End

Switched it up for church, but I was back in the jeans and tee later that day!
 Dress: Shade Clothing
Scarf, leggings: Old Navy
Boots: Keen

 Tee: LL Bean
Scarf: Target
Jeans: Silver

Tee: LL Bean
Jeans: Silver
Vest: Lands End
Scarf: Old Navy

Do you buy in multiples too? I'm always worried that the color or size I like will be gone if I wait. Preemptive shopping, that's my approach! 
I'm linking up here:
pleated poppy

Monday, February 3, 2014

January Reads

January is a great month for reading. Freezing cold temps, heaps of snow, and a post-holiday malaise combine to make me crave nothing more than an afghan, a fire, and a good book. {Or a not so good book, as luck might have it.} Here's a peek at what I read last month:

{All images via Goodreads}
Last time I did a post about books I mentioned that, despite my doubts, I would power through the Divergent trilogy. Nope. Couldn't do it. "Insurgent" managed to kill off any interest I had in finishing the series. I just stopped caring about the main characters, the plot got all twisted {in a confusing way, not in a good, suspense-building way}. It was a chore to finish this one.

Thankfully, the new Bridget Jones novel was the perfect antidote to the depressing "Insurgent." I'm a Bridget fan from way back, so I was really looking forward to this book. But then I heard the news...{spoiler alert!} 
my beloved Mark Darcy was dead and Bridget was now a widow. How could I possibly enjoy a Bridget book without Mark?! 
But enjoy it I did. Bridget is her same silly, bumbling self, but now she is a grieving widow and mother  to two young children, trying to navigate a dating world dominated by social media and texting. Bridget's experience with loss adds depth and maturity to a character who often teetered on the edge of cartoonish {especially in "The Edge of Reason"}. Overall, I thought this was a fun and touching way to round out Bridget's story.

Caitlin got "The Book Thief" for Christmas, so she read it before I did and really liked it. In her words, "the characters lived in my head, even after I finished the book." High praise for any novel, and well deserved by this book, in my opinion. "The Book Thief" wasn't at all what I expected, but the characters did indeed come to life in a way that makes you think about them long after you've put the book down. I had the same experience after reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Giver." Zusak's writing is succinct and lyrical; a nice counterpoint to soften the edges of a book that can feel choppy at times, what with the frequent asides and bulleted lists provided by its narrator, Death. We see Nazi Germany through his eyes; a dark time, obviously, but there are rays of hope for humanity shining out of the darkness. "The Book Thief" is the poignant and heartbreaking story of that hope.

In sum: I read a dud, some fluff, and a could-be classic.
What did you read in January?