Collegiate Rice Krispie Treats

Tailgating is one of my favorite activities.  After loading up on salty foods like hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chips, etc I’m always looking for a sweet treat.  You certainly can’t go wrong with Rice Krispie Treats!  They are quick and easy to make.  I added food coloring to each batch for Florida Gator team colors – blue and orange.  CHOMP!

1.  First, spray the entire inside of your pot with cooking spray so the marshmallow doesn’t stick to it.  Then melt 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine.

2.  Add one 10 oz. package of regular-sized marshmallows over low heat until they are completely melted.  Be sure to also spray your mixing spoon with cooking spray or you WILL have a mess on your hands!

3. Add food coloring if you so desire.  I added red & yellow to the first batch and several drops of blue to the other batch.  Looking back I would have added more blue knowing now that the yellow hue of the rice krispies made them look a little green.  (Boooo!)

4. Add 6 cups of Rice Krispies and stir until they are completely covered by marshmallow.

5.  Voilà!  Pour each batch into a 9×13 pan and let them cool.  To make them fill the pan neatly and evenly, spray your hand with cooking spray and pat them down.

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Cupcakes = Happy tummy

My best friend Jenny and I made cupcakes.  I love baking but cannot tell you the last time I made cupcakes or had time available for more than break-and-bake cookies.  It was so much fun!  We took advantage of using Duncan Hines Moist Classic White Cake and Duncan Hines Whipped Fluffy White Frosting.  We separated the batter in half.  We added a teaspoon of vanilla extract to one and a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the other.  We added two drops of yellow food coloring and one drop of blue food coloring to the peppermint batch to make it look minty.  We also tossed a handful or two of chocolate chips to the mint batter.  Of course, they sank to the very bottom of the baked cupcakes but it was a nice and tasty surprise overall.  We attempted to dye the icing for the vanilla batch a light purple but the outcome looked like “chewed bubble gum” so we kept adding more blue.  We did not have a decorating plan so we raided my pantry for any sprinkles I had left over from other baking projects.  I also found some milk chocolate and white chocolate chips AND some watermelon sourpatch kids, ha.  Each were of course picked off and eaten separately but at least they looked festive.

I’m already looking up some Fall baking recipes for anything including pumpkin, more to come soon!