Saturday, February 19, 2011

Brown rice crispy treats

Last week we made a great healthy version of the old marshmallow rice krispy treats recipe you might have eaten as  a child. (Think kelloggs).  Our version is high in protein, has no high fructose corn syrup, is marshmallow free and vegan!! 
What more could you ask for??
oh yes, it was delicious!
Here is the recipe.

Brown Rice syrup and nut butter rice Crispy Treats


2/3 cup of almond butter or cashew butter or peanut butter

2/3 cup of brown rice syrup

6 cups of brown rice crispy cereal or puffed rice cereal

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

( Chocolate chips or dried fruit 1/2 cup or more)
**(I used dried blueberries and shredded coconut)


Put your nut butter, rice syrup, and vanilla into a small sauce pan and heat over a low heat until the mixture becomes warm and syrup like.  ( a few minutes)

While your nut butter  and syrup are heating, spray a large bowl with a little cooking spray before adding the rice cereal.  Pour the nut butter syrup over the cereal and combine until all of the rice crispies are evenly coated .  (You can use a spatula or even your hands) 
*If you are adding dries berries or fruit, add them now.  If you are adding chocolate chips, wait until the combined rice and syrup mixture has cooled a bit so that the chips do not melt.

Transfer the mixture into a baking dish (like a Pyrex) that has been lightly coated with non-stick cooking spray or use parchment paper on a cookie sheet/tray (which is what i used).  Pat them down tightly on all sides including the top and form into a rectangle.  Cut into squares once they have cooled.
YUMMMMM!  Even better than the ol' marshmallow recipe and so good for you!.

**We added with a spatula some of that melted brown rice syrup and nut butter mixture over the top of the cooled rectangle and sprinkled shredded coconut over the top and it was fabulous!!! 

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's day

It's love day!!!
What better way to start the day than with some heart shaped pancakes and wonderful poetry reading and writing!!

For Honeypie...

On to some writing !

And for mama...

Sonnet LXIX. "Since then I am because you are, since then you are, I am, we are, and through love I will be, you will be, we'll be" ~Pablo Neruda.

Nikki is amazing . Her poems are spirited, sassy and honest. Love her.

Amazing book.

(Oh ms patti... I love you)

Feeling not too confident in the poetry writing department ?
Here are 2 of my favorite books on inspiring you to begin poetry writing. So good !!

Staying in today?
Well here are some good love films to watch. Our favorites?


(another Miyazaki gem!)

And daddy's idea of his favorite love flick...


Happy valentine's day!!

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love notes

It's love day everyday, sure but valentines day is tomorrow and we are sooo excited!
Today we wrote love notes for daddy just the way they were written in the olden days ... Using pen, quill and ink and sealing the note with sealing wax. I found all my inks and sealing wax from way back... (when I was addicted to shakespearean sonnets and bad boys) and we began practicing.

Using pen and ink...

Trying the feather quill ...

We settled on the pen and loved dipping it in all the different colored inks.

(very serious work...)

Now on to sealing the note.

We melted the wax over a candle using a metal spoon. The wax is HOT so if little hands are helping make sure you are careful!!!!

I poured the wax on the envelope and

Honeypie used a metal seal to press it on to the wax.


We also finished all the valentines for friends...

Now on to secret messages...

To make invisible ink you need equal parts water to baking soda.

( 1 tb of baking soda and 1 tb of water )
Mix well.

Use a q-tip or paint brush to apply the invisible ink mixture to your paper. Write your secret message and let it fully dry.

To read the note warm the paper over a candle or stove, making sure to KEEP THE PAPER AWAY FrOm DIRECT FLAME.!!!!!!! It's highly FLAMMABLE !!! SO ADULTS ONLY!!!!

Daddy's message?

Hope you are writing your own love notes and happy valentines day!!

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sweets for sweeties

Honeypie wanted to make some valentine goodies for friends and we came up with this easy project. White chocolate candy cane hearts with sprinkles.
All you need to make this, is white chocolate chips, candy canes, and sprinkles!

Arrange the candy canes into heart shapes on parchment paper or a lightly oiled surface.

Pour the melted chocolate into the inside of the hearts. Carefully spread with a spatula or spoon.

Add sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.

Easy, fast and cute!


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