Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"it's the tot that counts"

when i saw that adorably altered adage blasted in bright red on the side of my diet cherry limeade cup last December, i knew, someday, somehow, i'd steal it and use it. that day has come, my friends. and we're not talking tater tots.

to me, and to Gorbella's, it really is the tot that counts. you can always count on Gorbella's to promote anything and anyone that agrees.

here is where i'll post tot-friendly people, places and things for you & your tot.

cupid's heart rice krispie treats
prep: 10 minutes total: approx 1 hr 30 mins

you need:
wax paper covered baking sheet
3 tablespoons margarine
1 10oz bag mini marshmallows
Red food coloring
6 cups Organic Rice Krispies cereal
Heart-shaped cookie cutter

Put margarine & marshmallows in a large bowl and microwave on High for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave for an additional 90 seconds and stir. Stir in drops of red food coloring - as little or as much as you like, but the more you use, the deeper & richer the color will be.

Add the cereal, stirring until it is evenly blended.

Spoon the mixture onto a wax paper -covered baking sheet.

Use the back of the spoon to smooth out the mixture, spreading it to an even thickness.

Refridgerate 30 mins - 1 hr, or overnight.

When solid, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts.
i had the ingredients pre-measured and ready to go. my 2-year-old helped dump ingredients into the bowl, stir it up, and smooth the mixture with the back of the spoon. when we cut out the hearts, i let my little helper "taste test" the extras. :) have fun!