He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young
. {Isaiah 40:11}

09 February 2012

Valentine's Snack Idea

The kids and I did some light cooking and heavy snacking the other day and wanted to share our goodies with you!
 Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large pan.
Measure out 4 cups of mini marshmallows {or a 10oz bag of regular sized}.
Add marshmallows to the melted butter and, over medium heat, melt the marshmallows, stirring occasionally.
{Be sure to taste test the marshmallows to ensure they aren't stale}
Once you've melted the butter and marshmallows together, remove from heat and stir in 6 cups of rice cereal until well incorporated.
 Next, pick your cookie cutter of choice and get a sheet of wax paper, parchment paper, or a silicone mat {a.k.a. non-stick surface} and begin to press some of the somewhat cooled mixture into the cutter shape.
{Lots of taste tests must be made at this juncture... or so my kids seem to think.}
Once well packed, gently push your creation out of the cutter 
{Just because you're able to get in a lick or two at this juncture doesn't mean you need to!}
 You can quit here but why would you when the chocolate is next?!
I melted about 1/2 c of dark chocolate chips in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between each interval. Then I scooped the slightly cooled, melted chips down into the corner of a plastic sandwich bag and snipped the corner to make a piping bag.
Since the kids can't do much for this step I gave them the spoon...
Before the chocolate hardened the kids sprinkled them with rainbow dots and then we let them cool completely before sharing them.
{Disclaimer: No licked or tested treats were shared!}

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