Ramblings of Random Rashawn

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats January 25, 2012

Filed under: Recipes,Snacks — ramblingsofrandomrashawn @ 8:28 pm

I am not the kind of girl who is really into Valentine’s Day. I never really have been. I know it’s like every girls dream come true with all the chocolate and flowers and jewelry. It just isn’t for me. But there seems to be something different about this year, I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s seeing everyone’s cute ideas and yummy looking dishes and desserts posted all over the web.

So I came up with these cute little rice krispie treats as my contribution to the Valentine’s Day ideas all around the web! They are pretty simply to make. You could whip up a batch for you and your sweetie. Or maybe send them with the kiddos for their Valentine’s party.

Ingredients

6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

1 10 oz. bag Strawberry Marshmallows

3 tablespoon Margarine or Butter

1 teaspoon Strawberry Extract (or more to taste)

Red Food Coloring

approximately 20 Green Candies; fruit roll-ups, fruit by the foot, gummies, tootsie rolls (I used lime tootsie rolls)

In a large sauce pan over low heat melt margarine or butter. Add in the marshmallows and melt until smooth, remember to stir! While you are waiting for them to melt you can spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Once the marshmallows are melted smooth add in the extract and food coloring until you get your desired taste and color. I always add in more coloring then needed because the cereal will lighten the color. Add in the cereal and mix well, then spread in the prepared 9×13 pan and press flat.

Once the mixture is cooled cut out the treats using a heart-shaped cookie cutter (mine was about 3 inches). Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatted out your green candies (I used the bottom of a drinking glass) and bend to looked like leaves, I made a little steam coming off the bottom to stick into the heart. Place the stem between the two bumps at the top of the heart and press together slightly to make it stay.

Melt some chocolate or chocolate coating. I used a 1/4 of the package of candy coating. Then dip the ends of the hearts into the chocolate and lay back on the lined cookie sheet. Let the chocolate set and enjoy!

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Yummy In My Tummy Granola October 6, 2011

Filed under: Recipes,Snacks — ramblingsofrandomrashawn @ 7:45 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, I have been eating this stuff for a few weeks now and I just absolutely love it and it is so easy to make! I pack a Greek yogurt and this granola for my breaks at work and it is like some kind of super food. It fills me up and keeps me full (may have something to do with the 14 grams of protein in the yogurt) it does great holding me over until lunch time. Anyways I took this recipe for Happy Trails Granola that I saw on Sunny’s show one day and tweaked it to my liking.

The Done Deal

Ingredients

1/2 c. Maple Syrup (100% pure)

1/4 c. Vegetable Oil

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

3 c. Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

3/4 c. Raw Almonds

1 c. Sunflower Seeds (the kernels, raw or the salted roasted ones work)

1/4 c. Brown Sugar, packed

Pinch of Kosher Salt

2 Eggs Whites

1 c. Dried Cranberries (I like the blueberry flavored ones the best)

Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In small saucepan of medium heat, whisk together the syrup, oil and cinnamon. Cook until it just starts to bubbles. Remove from heat and cool slightly (I find that if I do this then put the rest of the ingredient together it is cooled enough to add). In a large bowl, add oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, brown sugar and salt, mix together. Pour in the syrup mixture and toss well. Whisk the egg whites to combine. Pour over the granola and toss well. Evenly spread the mixture onto your baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, turning several times so it doesn’t burn. About 35 to 40 minutes. Once it is completely cool add the cranberries.

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