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“Win the Bake Sale” Crispy Rice Treats

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If I say so myself, these are the best marshmallow treats you will ever have. The secret ingredients are coco puffs and Kosher salt which makes magical little salt pockets.

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
4 cups rice crispies
1 cup coco puffs
1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Instructions
Spread a small amount of butter on the bottom and sides of an 8×8″ pan (double the recipe for a 13×19″ pan). Melt remaining butter over medium-low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Mix cereal and salt in a large bowl. Add melted marshmallow and stir until well mixed. Spread evenly in the buttered pan. Press down firmly with parchment paper. Cool completely and cut into squares.

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Wyatt’s Apple Crisp

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My son Wyatt is very mechanical so Dana got him this really cool apple peeler for Xmas. I highly recommend getting one if you like to make things with apples. When he found this recipe in his Highlights High Five magazine we had to make it. Who knew it’s the best apple crisp ever? From now on we will only be trying new recipes from High Five. The single batch is 4-6 servings. I recommend the double so you can have it for breakfast (I did the math for you to double it, you’re welcome). 🙂

Ingredients (single batch)
Filling
3 large apples or 5 small
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup apple cider
Topping
1 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 stick butter
1 cup granola

Ingredients (double batch)
Filling
6 large apples or 10 small
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup apple cider
Topping
2 cups flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 sticks butter
2 cups granola

Directions
Peel and core all the apples in 5-10 minutes using this awesome machine (or take all day doing it the old fashioned way). Mix all filling ingredients and spread out in a pan — for the single batch use an 8×8″ pan or a pie plate, for the double batch use a 13×19″ pan. Mix flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg for topping. Cut the butter into this mix with a pastry blender or fork. Mix in granola and spread on top of the apples. Bake at 400 degrees until the top is golden brown — 30-35 minutes single batch or 40-45 minutes double batch.

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So, You’re a PTA Mom, Now What? Frosting

1390556_10201610767843494_1872603548_nYesterday was my PTA mom initiation. I made cupcakes for I think the first time ever. I even bought the two-story carrier as a resignation to my fate. Fancy, huh? On the bright side, I got to have icing for breakfast. This is my mother-in-law’s recipe. It’s really fluffy and not super sweet. Makes enough icing for a two layer cake or 24 cupcakes plus a little leftover.

Ingredients
4 tbs flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup sortening
1 cup sugar (regular white, weird for frosting, I know)
1 tsp vanilla

Directions
Mix flour and milk in saucepan. Cook over low heat stirring constantly until thick. Set aside until cool. While that is cooling, put the butter in a medium bowl to soften. Cream butter and shorting  for 4 minutes with a mixer at medium speed. Gradually add sugar and beat 4 more minutes. Add flour paste and beat 4 more minutes (at this point I wish I had a standing mixer). Add vanilla and beat until mixed in.

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Take THAT PTA Mom Weenies

I like this title because it sounds like I’m calling the moms weenies but I’m really not because the recipe is FOR weenies, see how that works? Clever, huh?

Thanks to Eric Lowrey for this link. My 3-year-old happened to be having a friend over when he sent it so I actually made them. Here you go:

Ingredients
Hot Dogs
Spaghetti

Directions
Cut up hot dogs into chunks. Break uncooked spaghetti in half and push pieces into hot dogs. Boil in water until pasta is cooked. I served them with pesto sauce to make them extra freaky-deaky.

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