Monthly Archives: December 2011

A change of pace…

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Normally, I simply put up my favorite recipes with a snippet of why it’s my favorite.. Today, I am gonna do something differently!

I am deep in the trenches of Christmas time with my baking. If you were to see my kitchen right now, there isn’t a counter/table with any space open for more cookies, breads or candy. And to top it off, I am only half way finished!

Today, I stepped back and gazed at my creations, the same ones my grandma taught me that her grandma taught her and it made me happy that I was continuing with our family tradition. We don’t have much money, but every year since I was born, and years before that, my family would make up small trays of goodies to give to our neighbors, firefighters and teachers as a way of saying thanks. Some years, the trays weren’t as full as others, but there was always a little of everything.

My grandma doesn’t bake much anymore because of the arthritis in her hands, but man could she whip up some delicious treats when I was younger. Now-a-days, I have the honor of baking for her and my papa as well as others and it makes me feel good to see the smile on her face when I come home for Christmas with a basket of her favorite cookies.

What are some family traditions in your family during the holidays? If you haven’t started a family yet (or JUST did), do you plan on doing the things you did with your parents growing up??

 

 

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Good ‘ol Fashioned Rice Krispy Treats

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Who doesn’t love a crunchy, sweet rice krispy treat? These were a weekly necessity in my house when I was young. They were the perfect snack to have for lunch or after school. They slipped easily in my papa’s lunch bag too! I don’t know of a single person who doesn’t like these old time favorites. =)

Here is the ‘original’ recipe. It’s the one my family has used since I can remember!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons   butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40)   regular marshmallows
-or- 4 cups   miniature marshmallow
6 cups rice cereal

Grease a 13×9 pan with butter. Melt the butter and marshmallows in a BIG pot on medium to low heat (so you don’t scald/burn your mashmallows!). Once there are NO lumps, take off the stove and add your cereal. Mix until all the bits of cereal are coated in marshmallows. THIS WILL TAKE SOME ELBOW GREASE AND TIME!!! Pour mixture into prepared pan and quickly butter your hands (I spray mine with nonstick spray). Press the treats into the pan until evenly distributed. Cool, cut, and enjoy!