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Life In General

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, my loves! No one ever said you couldn’t be silly on a day like today. So I’m sharing a little love. No matter if you’re with someone or single, just got into a relationship or just out of one, take today to spread the love. It comes in all shapes and sizes.

For instance, this morning, I found myself on the welcome end of a chain of Pay It Forward do-gooders at Starbucks. And you bet your dollar that when the person in front of me paid for my coffee, I did the exact same thing for the person behind me, even though it cost me a few extra bucks. I hope it made their day just a little bit brighter.

And if you’re looking for something else to cheer you up, check out my Pinterest board. Might find something inspirational or something sweet (like Heart Cinnamon Rolls). Yay!

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Food, Sweet

Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats

Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats

So I promised you pink treats for Valentine’s Day, which means I trekked to the store for you all to get ingredients for Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats, packed with love and berries.

I was pleasantly surprised to find bags of freeze dried strawberries. And I’m not talking gummy-like dried strawberries, I mean the ones where you can crush them into powder. Most people don’t even know they exist, but stores, like Target, are starting to carry them. A bag will cost you almost $5, but they’re worth it for a special occasion.

If you want to be more creative, cut the treats with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Just remember to spray the cookie cutter with cooking spray or else the marshmallow will get stuck to the treats.

I’m hoping my co-workers will like them, because there’s no way I’m leaving them at home. I’d eat every last one of them by myself, that’s how good they are.

Gather
3 Tablespoons butter
1 10-oz bag of large marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Krispy cereal
1 1-oz bag of freeze dried Strawberries, crushed into partially powdered, but with some chunks still (You can find dried strawberries at Target by the trail mix)
Red food dye

In a large pot, melt butter. Add entire bag of marshmallows. Stir on medium to low heat until all marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Add 3/4 of the dried strawberries, previously crushed. Add four drops of red food dye and stir until the mixture is pink.

Fold in cereal until marshmallow is evenly coating the Rice Krispies Treats. Pour into a wax paper-lined or cooking spray-ed rectangular pan and press down so top is flat and mixture is evenly in the pan. Pour remaining strawberries on the top and press into Rice Krispies. Let set for 30 minutes, covered or until marshmallows cool.

Cut into your Rice Krispies Treats into squares. Serve or keep in air-tight containers.

For more recipes, check out my Recipe Index.
Life In General

Confetti Love & A New Site

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What better way to celebrate a new website launch than with pink confetti, am I right? I have to admit, I did decide to do this photo shoot prior to launching the website, but it fit perfectly! Double the love – my new website RoniReino.com and Valentine’s Day! Expect to be showered in pink for the next week!

Anyway, I was inspired by the following Pinterest pin (see below). Andy and I spent a good two nights hole punching mini pink hearts in multiple colors, then practicing how to blow them on cue without spraying them in every single direction and making a funny face. Had no idea it was so hard to make a confetti picture, but totally worth it!

New Website Announcement

And I got to make my new website announcement! Thoughts on the new look? On the name? I tossed and turned so much on what to pick for a URL, but in the end it just made sense to do my name. Can’t wait to use this site. Subscribe to my blog and follow me if you already haven’t!

My pink confetti picture by Andy Watkins with Perfect Perceptions.
Dress from Rent the Runway – Allison Parris Winter Wonderland Dress.
Food

Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats

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Who ever said pink is only for Valentine’s Day? It’s recently been brought to my attention that the color pink is taking over my life. For a not so girly-girl, I laughed it off. Then I looked at my wardrobe, cell phone case, the nail polish I had on (my toes are almost always painted pink), my gym bag, and the fleece I wear when it’s warm out. All pink! Oh geez, guess I better stop saying I don’t like girly things. When I start seeing glitter on all my things, then I’ll really start to worry. Until then, I make Rice Krispies Treats.

Need:
3 tablespoons butter
1 package of marshmallows (10 ounce bag)
1/4 cup of dried strawberries, crushed (leave some big bits though)
Red food coloring
6 cups of Rice Krispies
1/4 cup of white chocolate chips

In a large sauce pan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows until completely melted. Remove from heat and fold in 1/4 cup of dried strawberries and two to four drops of red food coloring to make it pink.

Add in Rice Krispies, stir until completely mixed in evenly. Press mixture into a buttered pan.

In a small bowl, melt white chocolate in microwave. Heat in 20 second intervals until you can stir it smooth. Add a few drops of red food coloring to make it pink. spread it over the Rice Krispies Treats. When cool, cut and serve. Keep in airtight container and best eaten the same day.