Saturday, June 30, 2012

'Crispy Rice Treats'

'Crispy Rice Treats'

My version of microwaved 'Crispy Rice Treats'

     It never fails, but whenever I make my rice crispy squares for parties, I always have someone ask me how I make them. (now keep in mind, if you're someone that likes them real ooey-gooey, you will NOT like these.) These are not as sweet and sticky but are quite chewy and light! Did I mention, that I can make 3 batches in 30 minutes? That's what's nice about using the microwave, it cuts the time in making them.
The other tid bit is, I use Honey Nut Cheerios and puffed wheat too!

 Here are the ingredients and portions
11 cups of crispy rice or Honey Nut Cheerios (if using Valu Time puffed wheat, use whole bag)
1 bag (16 oz.) mini marshmallows
1/4 cup cubed butter

a large Pyrex bowl
long wooden spoon
non stick spray
sandwich bag that folds (not a ziplock)
and a 9x13 baking pan

Pour the whole bag of marshmallows in the Pyrex bowl, cut the butter into fours and put in bowl. Now put in the microwave. (every microwave is different, but I set mine for 3 minutes) Turn on and at the end of the 3 min. The marshmallows will become a big puff. (make sure you watch it because you don't want it to get too big where it messes your microwave.) Then remove the bowl (it will be HOT)!
Stir the marshmallows to where it is a paste texture. Put it back in micro for about 30 sec to 1 min. Until you see it bubble. Remove bowl and start pouring your cereal, of choice, in. Stir each time you add some, so that you're sure to get all the marshmallow off the bottom of the bowl, and it's evenly mixed. Make sure your 9x13 pan is sprayed then spray the sandwich bag.  Pour the mixture into the pan and then insert your hand into the sandwich bag and start pressing firmly into the pan. Be very careful, it will be HOT!
 Once you have packed it in and you have an even tray, then flip it over onto a cutting mat. Leave the pan on for at least 5 min.(that way it will keep it's shape) Then remove the pan and get it ready for your next batch (if you're making more than one). Let them cool before you cut.

 I find if I cut lengthwise first and then the other after, they keep their shape better and it is easier to get even squares. (I use my Cutco  bread knife because it has such a long blade. It helps me keep my lines straight) 4 lines down and 6 across. (that gives you nice size and square treats) you may want to change that for smaller treats.

 This is 3 batches right here. 1 rice crispies, 1 puffed wheat, and 1 Honey Nut Cheerios. As you can see it makes quite a bit for those big summer parties!!! Make sure you do cover them, so they do not dry out.  For my kids parties at school I have even used a cookie cutter to give them fun shapes for different holidays.
Now, you can 'call them what you will',
but "DO ENJOY!"

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Grads n Dads

   As always, with two big families, we are partying like there is no tomorrow!!! Our kindergartner "graduated' on to first grade,.........woohoo!!! My niece and nephew graduated from high school. (look out world,  "here they come!!!!"). And then, of course, it's the special day for DADS.                         
 So, here's a tip of the hat to all of you!!!! ("now let's celebrate")

My sons kindergartner teacher's last name. I cut the letters with my Cricut machine, and then I quilled an outline and added polka dots randomly around. (I was trying to keep it a little more masculine) Then each child in his class signed their name.

I found both of these frames at the .99 cents store. I left a wide border around her name so that her friends that attended her party, could sign it. I filled in the numbers and letters with that new technique, talked about in the North American Quillers Guild newsletter. (I believe it's called 'crimping'. (I modified it a little) And then I used the large open "S" technique to add a little movement. I call it "Serendipity". I use it a lot in my work. It is so fun, and happy and yet elegant. (a little 'serendipitous' ) :0)

                                  "Congratulations to all of you that graduated and a very                                      Happy Father's Day to all of you dads out there!!!!"
And last but not least, a cute little ditty, that I found on Pinterest by motherrhythm.blogspot .com. My kids feetsies, expressing their love for their DAD! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

My beginnings

   These are just a few of my first projects I did, when I first started quilling.  Most of them were done about 12 or so years ago. I loved to combine quilling with the egg art that my mother and I do.

These are photo albums that I quilled and gave as gifts.

    Eight years ago I started making snowflakes at Christmas, to give as gifts, to family members. (I always have to tell myself to start in Sept. to be able to get them all done.) I first started by using the designs I bought from Lake City Craft Co. (the snowflake kit, designs by Malinda). Then I started having fun making my own patterns! I like to add some 'bling' to them too, (sequence, beads, glitter and/or rhinestones). Even though I make one for everybody else, I keep one for myself, every year! :0)
(This, I call, my "Holiday Tree" and every holiday throughout the year, my kids decorate it! It's something for them to look forward to, and plus it helps teach them the months, seasons and holidays in the year!)