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Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats – Carrie vs Pinterest

I’ve been planning these Rice Krispie treats for weeks. I bought the throw-away pans, rice krispies and marshmallows all in separate trips to the store. The cake batter and sprinkles on another trip.

Why the secrecy?

I didn’t want anyone putting together what I was making! Trust me, when you’re friends with the cashiers at the store? They ask. Since I’ve been regaling them with stories of my latest workouts and sore sore sore muscles, if they knew I were making Rice Krispie treats? Oh, the scorn.

So – here we go. I’ve found several versions of this on Pinterest, but here’s my take on it.

Assemble the ingredients.

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Treats

1 box Rice Krispies
3 Tbsp butter (not pictured – the cats LOVE butter!)
1 pkg mini marshmallows
1/3 c yellow cake mix – dry
SPRINKLES!!! LOTS AND LOTS OF SPRINKLES!!!

ahem.

So, I tossed the butter in the pan, and melted it.

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Treats

Turns out I had the heat on a little high, and actually carmelized the stuff, so I tossed it out and remelted. ON LOW HEAT. sigh

Next I added in the bag of marshmallows and began the stirring process.

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Treats

Everyone knows this is when things get a little hairy. You can’t take a bathroom break, you certainly can’t go check your email! Stay put, and watch and stir.

Little by little, I added in the cake batter. At this point, the batter is fairly unattractively colored. Stick with it, it’s going to get better!

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Treats

Now comes the adding of the Rice Krispies and the Snap Crackle Pop. Listen….just listen……=) Doesn’t it just make you smile? Admit it, you singed the little song too.

Snap, Crackle Pop! Rice Krispies!

Ok, now quit your singing and get to stirring. Focus! Oh, and don’t forget to turn off the heat!

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Bars

Now we get to add the sprinkles. Yay! It says in the recipe to add 2-3 Tbsp, but I’ve never been one to follow modern conventions. Go ahead and add 5. Maybe even 6. Go crazy.

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Bars

Turn your batter out into a buttered pan. Grab the stick of butter, smear it all over your hands, and pat the Krispies in nice and tight. Add more sprinkles on top, pat them down, and let the whole thing cool.

Rice Krispie Cake Batter Bars

Do they taste different from regular Rice Krispie bars? Umm..not so much. I mean there’s a slight flavor of cake batter there, or maybe it’s the abundance of sprinkles that alters the taste. Next time I’ll double the amount of cake mix, maybe add a splash of vanilla or almond. Overall rating? I’ll give it a 7.5.

Maybe I’ll bring a few of these to my trainer tomorrow. She might forget to make me do tricep curls! =)

Just for a little extra fun – here’s a Rice Krispies commercial from 1939. Enjoy!

carrie

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese – Cheese Outside AND In – Found it on Pinterest

Nothing says easy supper/lunch/occasionally breakfast like a good grilled cheese sandwich. Mine is always made with white bread (99% fat free!) and Velveeta cheese. (Stop making faces Jen, I can see them clear over here!)

So when I found a recipe on Pinterest for a grilled cheese grilled cheese, I of course had to give it a shot.

I assembled my ingredients.
Two slices white bread
Monster slab of Velveeta
Shredded sharp cheddar
Butter
Frying pan
Spatula

That should really be all a girl needs right? Sort of.

First, I tossed the butter in the pan and set it to bubble.

Grilled Grilled Cheese

Next came the cheese sandwich. Velveeta safely tucked inside and a few more slabs of butter for when I turned this baby over.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

Isn’t that the most adorable frying pan? Just big enough for one. (and it’s ORANGE!)

Next came the all important flipping of the sammy. This required a bit of effort – trying to take a picture while wielding a spatula, so my first side got a wee bit toasted. Still, we’re doing good here.

Now I sprinkle the top with the sharp cheddar and wait for the other side to brown.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

Here’s where I ran into difficulties. Between the lifting of the cheese coated sandwich out of the pan and tossing in another pat of butter, I needed one more arm. As you can see, my utensil count increased, as did the stove splatters. I finally accomplished the deed by lifted the dripping, gooey sandwich with the spatula, flinging in a pat of butter I’d speared with a knife and then doing the all important cheese-flip. No cheddar was wasted in this maneuver.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

And lookie there. A nice crispy cheese crust on my sandwich – just like they showed on Pinterest! On a roll now, I flipped the entire thing out on my plate and added in some fresh fruit.

For the final picture, I thought – I’ll saw this baby in half, so you guys can see all this wonderful cheese!

Saw being the operative word. Apparently when you get your nice crispy cheese crust, you also get a substance somewhat akin to Kevlar. I sawed, I hacked and whacked and finally resorted to a bare-handed jerking apart. But voila – we have a grilled cheese grilled cheese.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

Will I make it again? Probably not. I didn’t care for the cheese crust which tended to stick to my teeth and required more GNAWING than delicious lip licking. (Something Woodie would have enjoyed!)

So there you have it – another “Found it on Pinterest” exposed. =)

carrie

Found it on Pinterest – French Manicure Made Simple? Not so Much.

I admit to being totally and absolutely hooked on Pinterest. I love it when someone follows me, likes a pin I’ve found or I find some great recipe or DIY project. So, I’ve decided to delve into a few of these (since I have 1000 pins just sitting there waiting for me to do SOMETHING – ANYTHING – with them!)

So I found this post on someone else’s pin board – Effortless French Manicure. And without actually READING the instructions, because after all, why WOULD I? I immediately ran to the stationery store, purchased little round rings and went to work.

French Manicure Fail

I chose Raspberry Love My Nails from my extensive nail polish collection dating back to the early 90’s. (ignore the Wheat Thins box in the background – painting nails is hungry work) And immediately slapped on a coat.

French Manicure Fail

First, if you paint your nails as per usual, you get a little ridge of polish right after the circle. Not good. So I then tried painting in an arc around the circle.

French Manicure Fail

Probably should have used a thicker polish that wouldn’t take two coats eh?

French Manicure Fail

You’ll also notice my middle finger doesn’t have much of a nail. That of course happened about 15 minutes before I tried this experiment. I won’t tell you what I was doing, just that it involved bad cats. =) Anywho, I waited until the nail polish dried, then peeled off my circles. First, let me say, the circles DON’T JUST PEEL OFF. They’re pretty darn sticky. Second, well…just look…

French Manicure Fail

Ok, so …ew. First it looks like I went into surgery without my snappy rubber gloves on. Second, it leaked under the sticky circly things. In less than 30 seconds after this photo was taken, all traces of my super-easy french manicure had been removed.

Of course, that didn’t stop me from trying it again! If anything, I’m waaaaay stubborn!

Early the next morning, say around noonish, I tried again. FIRST I put down a base coat. This, I assume would stop the circles from sticking to my nails. Then I painted, and removed the circles while the polish was still wet. Or I should say I TRIED to remove the circles. Not only did the stick, but when I finally got them pried off, it removed most of the base coat. On the plus side, it’s an easy fingernail polish remover!

French Manicure Fail

This photo is even after I went back and free handedly added in more polish to try to round out the edges. The pointer finger doesn’t look TOO bad, but the rest? Disaster.

French Manicure Fail

Here you can see the base coat disaster..it’s just a shredded mess.

French Manicure Fail

Okay…back to the nail polish remover! Lesson learned.

=)

carrie

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