Super Easy, Super Fast Snack!

Hello again! 🙂 Sorry I’ve not posted much for a few days! It’s been a rather crazy time here with a few small crisis thrown in lately, but I hope to be back to posting more next week.

So are you ready for a super easy, super fast snack idea? Here it is: tortilla chips and cheese! Bring out of bag of tortilla chips…

Open a jar of cheese dip…

Put some cheese dip in a little bowl and warm it for a few seconds in the microwave.

Put them together and chow down! Yum!!

Are you drooling yet? 😉

If that isn’t flavorful enough for your taste buds, add a little salsa too!

Voila! You’ll have a very yummy snack in a matter of just a couple of minutes! 🙂 Enjoy!

Taste Testing Tuesday #77 – Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Have you ever eaten Rice Krispies treats? The oh, so yummy snack/dessert made from Rice Krispies cereal, butter and marshmallows? Rice Krispies Treats have been a very popular treat for a long time now, so I’m guessing most of you have eaten them. Wikipedia says “Rice Krispies Treats were invented in 1939 by Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day at the Kellogg Company home economics department as a fund raiser for Camp Fire Girls.” Thank you, Malitta and Mildred!! 🙂

Some amazing Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats made an appearance at our 4th of July picnic this year (Thank you, Megan!) and I wanted to share this easy recipe with you.

You will need Rice Krispies cereal (6 cups), butter (1/4 cup), mini marshmallows (10 oz. package) and peanut butter (1/2 cup).

Melt the butter in a large pan on the stove using a medium heat.

Add the mini marshmallows…

Add the peanut butter.

Stir together as the ingredients begin to melt.

Keep stirring, over a medium heat, until all the marshmallows have melted.

Remove from the heat and add the Rice Krispies cereal.

Stir until well mixed.

Evenly press the mixture into a 9″x13″ greased pan. You can use a buttered spatula or wax paper to spread the mixture.

After it’s cooled a little, cut into squares and serve!! Oohh, yummy! 🙂

These treats are great to take to a potluck (which we did last Friday and they were a hit!). Or just having them for dessert or snack at home will make any day special!

You can find many other flavors of Rice Krispies treat to make by searching online. I even saw “Grilled Rice Krispies Treats! It’s a simple versatile recipe but loved by many! 🙂

Make Your Own Popsicles

We’re getting some of those warm “dog days” of summer here in Ohio. When I get hot, I like to have something cold to eat or drink. That always reminds me of a recipe my mom used to make for my siblings and me…homemade popsicles! This recipe takes just a few common ingredients: 1 – 3oz. box of Jello gelatin mix (fruit flavor), 1 packet of the same flavor of Kool-Aid drink mix (Unless you are feeling adventurous and want to mix up your flavors!), 3/4 Cup sugar and some water.

Place the Jello powder, Kool-Aid mix and sugar into a large bowl. As you can see from the picture, this time we are making cherry flavored popsicles.

Bring 2 Cups of water to a boil and carefully pour it into the bowl with the Jello mixture. Stir until everything is dissolved.

Now add 2 Cups of cold water and stir again.

You are ready to pour this mixture into whatever forms you are using to make the popsicles. You can use popsicle molds, small paper cups (I recommend using the Dixie 5 oz cups and fill them 2/3’s full) or ice cube trays. (The cups pictured are the 9 oz size because those are the ones I had on hand.)

I filled my popsicle molds first.

I had enough Jello mixture to also fill an ice cube tray and 2 – 9 oz. paper cups about half full.

Place on a flat surface in your freezer for 2-3 hours until the popsicles are frozen. You can place wooden sticks in the cups or ice cube trays after the popsicles are partly frozen.

Here is the recipe card that I have the recipe written on.

The number of popsicles you will get from one batch depends on what size containers you use for making your popsicles. Let’s take a look at a finished popsicle! Ta dah! Ready to eat! 🙂

A word of caution: eat these slowly as they feel colder than ice cream and its easy to get a “head freeze” if you eat them too quickly! Looks like someone is enjoying this popsicle! 😉

The popsicles that are made in the ice cube trays are great for adding to a cup of juice to add more flavor and keep your drink cold longer. There are lots of ways to make popsicles but this one is a favorite because it comes from my childhood. Maybe we will look at some other ways to make your own popsicles on a blog post another time. For this time, enjoy your popsicles! 🙂