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I was asked to bring dessert to a bridal shower the other day. The bride-to-be mentioned one of her favorite things to eat was Rice Krispies Treats. So I decided to make her a “wedding cake” out of Rice Krispies Treats with Fruit Roll-Ups for the trim.

It was a lot of fun to make and not hard – it just took some time. You want to give yourself about an hour and a half, start to finish, to do this project.

The cake was a big hit with both the bride and the guests – so that really made my day.

Ingredients

 

Melt marshmallows and butter until smooth.

Add cereal and mix well.

Press into greased cake pans.

 

Make your rosettes out of Fruit Roll-Ups. Cut a strip and start winding it around until it looks like a sweet little rose bud.

 

You need to make approximately a gazillion of these (or three dozen).

Make a bow by cutting a thin strip and looping it over one side then another to make a bow. Trim ends diagonally. You need three bows.

Assemble your cake layers on a cake stand or serving platter.

Wrap a “ribbon” around each layer and finish with a bow and rosette.

Place roses all over the top. They will stick together and stay on if you make sure they don’t get too greasy from the cake.

Give yourself a pat on the back and be prepared for the exclamations of surprise and joy over your creation!

Rice Krispies Treats Wedding Cake

6 tbsp. butter

8 cups miniature marshmallows

12 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

2 boxes of Fruit Roll-Ups

In a microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for about 3 minutes. I stirred after each minute. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted and smooth. Pour in cereal and mix well.

Grease cake pans. I used two 8-inch pans for the base, a 6-inch pan for the middle layer and a 4-inch pan for the top.

Spoon mixture into pans and press down. Set aside.

Unroll fruit roll ups.

Cut strips about 1/4 inch wide and about 4 inches long. Starting from one end, roll a tight little center for your rosebud. Continue lapping the roll up around that center, pinching in one end with your fingers as you go. Don’t pull it tight as you roll it around, let it wave a bit to make it look like petals. You’ll need approximately half a million rosettes for the cake (not really, it just seems like it!). I think I made about three dozen of them. Set aside.

Place your bottom layer of your “cake” on your serving dish upside down. Put the second half of the bottom layer directly on top and face right side up. Add the middle layer and the top. The treats are sticky enough, they will hold together without worrying about them wiggling around.

On a cutting board cut into 1/2 strips for the ribbon around the cake. Because these are sticky, they are easy to layer the ends to make the ribbon as long as you need. I pieced them together as I placed around the cake. I used them to hide the layers.

Cut 1/8 inch wide strips about 6 inches long for the bows. Just fold to make a lop on each side, trim the ends and press onto the ribbon on the cake. Add a rosette in the center.

When you have the ribbons around the layers, gently press rosettes into the top of the cake. The stickiness of the whole thing holds it together really well.

If you get grease on your fingers from the cake, make sure to wash your hands because the Fruit Roll-Ups do not stick to anything once they get greasy.

Enjoy!

She Who Had a Lot of Fun With This

 

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When I got home last night, I was greeted by these lovely roses.

Captain Cavedweller bought them for me because he was proud of something I accomplished this week. And because he loves me. And because he knows I love roses.

Those of you who know CC, know he does not look like your standard rose-giving guy (whatever that looks like). He’s one of those strong, silent types who would rather watch from the sidelines than be the center of attention.

Which is what makes little gifts, like the beautiful roses last night, extra special. It is because he isn’t a mushy, gushy share-your-feelings kind of guy that makes things like this so sweet and so appreciated. He could easily say “Hey, good job!” But he made that extra effort to make the well-done have more meaning for me.

I write romance novels. Having been a life-long hopeless romantic, I could come up with ideas and inspiration from nothing more than my imagination. But it’s a lot more fun and meaningful when that inspiration comes from my very own romance story.

One that just gets sweeter all the time.

She Who Loves CC

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Yesterday,  Amazon made Savvy Summer Entertaining available for free.

I got pretty excited when it started climbing up the charts yesterday afternoon.

This morning, I am number 98 in the top 100 bestseller list on Amazon! Can you hear my shouts of joy? There may also be a little happy dance going on.

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded the book, offered their encouragement and helped get the word out. A special thanks to Dining Downloads for featuring all three of my cookbooks yesterday!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you haven’t gotten your free copy yet, you can find it on Amazon, Smashwords or on my website. It will also be available soon on Barnes & Noble.

She Who Loves This Writing and Publishing Adventure

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I learned some things this weekend I feel compelled to share with you today. I’m sure you’ll be thrilled!

1. Rice Krispies Treats can be fashioned into a variety of interesting shapes, including a three-tiered cake.

2. Fruit Roll-Ups can be fashioned into ribbons, bows and rosettes.

3. When you have greasy fingers from Rice Krispies Treats, do not attempt to do anything with Fruit Roll-Ups other than eat them.

4. Rain storms wait for no man – or bridal shower. Approximately 3.2 minutes after everyone is settled outside to enjoy the celebration to honor the bride-to-be, the skies will open up and pour down buckets of rain, effectively putting a damper on things. Or at least dampening things… and people… and gifts… and food. You get the idea.

5. Approximately 3.2 minutes after you get home from said shower, soggy and cold, the sun will come out and it will feel like summer outside.

6. A little rain can’t stop true love. (Congrats Erik and Katie!)

7. If it even remotely looks like it might be raining while we are out after dark, Captain Cavedweller thinks I should serve as his personal chauffeur.

She Who Is Glad to See Sunshine this Morning

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Last fall, Captain Cavedweller bought me several lily bulbs. We dug holes and planted them and then I promptly forgot about their existence.

With my backyard a barren wasteland, I’ve sort of tuned out all things growing around my house until we can get everything whipped back into shape.

But the other day I happened to glance into the front flower bed and came to an abrupt halt. It’s where the lilies bloomed. In profusion. In lovely, stately shades of color. In splendor, despite the month-long disruption by back hoes and dirt and trucks full of gravel.

They bloomed.

They thrived.

They reminded me that a little thing like our backyard disaster doesn’t mean the world stops spinning. Life continues and so does the growing season.

They reminded me to slow down and take notice of the beauty around me. To make time to enjoy the little miracles that blossom daily if I just open my eyes to see them.

And to thank Captain Cavedweller for bringing so many wonderful things into my life. Like a  lovely and unexpected lily’s bloom.

She Who Loves These Flowers and Her Captain

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Happy First Day of Summer!

Here’s to:

Popsicles – the kind with two sticks, preferably in rootbeer or banana flavor

Sunshine  – bright, robust and beautiful

Blue Skies – so vibrantly blue you can’t help but smile to look up into the azure depths

Roses – because their fragrant scents were made to fill the air of a summer night

Sprinklers – that are meant to be run through as much as water lawns

Sparklers – because no matter how old you are, you should play with them at least once a summer

Ice Cream – because it’s ice cream and one of the wonderful confections ever created

Dreams – that seem more alive and vivid during the summer

Picnics – whether it is a full-fledged affair or a thrown together basket of bread and cheese, sit on the grass, lounge beneath a tree, absorb the essence of summer

Fresh Air – filled with the sweet taste of summer and meant to be inhaled deeply, slowly, intently

County Fairs – for the calorie-laden food we all look forward to tasting once a year, the greeting of old friends, the silly rides, the obnoxious smells, the complete summer-ness of it all

Backyard barbecues – because that which is cooked on a grill outside during the summer tastes better than anything else you can think of at that moment

Porch swings – patios, hammocks and any other outdoor furniture that allow you to slow down, sit back and soak in summer

Summer gatherings with friends – because they are informal and fun. Here’s a download of party ideas.

If you have ideas to add to the list, please post in the comments section!

She Who LOVES Summer!

 

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Warning! I’m climbing on my soap box this morning, so if you don’t want to listen to my rant, tune in tomorrow for something fun and somewhat sane.

When I was a kid (eons ago, I know) my mother, and the mothers of my friends, instilled in us some very basic manners. Like saying please and thank you. Using a napkin instead of your shirt sleeve. Not interrupting adults when they are talking.

One we all knew was don’t talk with your mouth full.

So why is it today so many people seem to be lacking even the most rudimentary knowledge of manners. I’m not talking Emily Post manners. I’m talking the basics. I can’t tell you how tired I am of saying thank you only to get a grunt or “yeah” in response.  Are the words “you’re welcome” no longer acceptable in the English language?

I’m particularly bothered and annoyed by the number of sales people who call my office trying to get me to buy something while speaking around what sounds like a mouth full of food.

Are you kidding me?

It’s bad enough when I get calls at home and have to listen to someone chomp and gulp their way through the conversation, but it is completely unacceptable to have to listen to it in a professional environment.

How do these people think they are ever going to make a sale when they sound like a cow chewing cud?

Yesterday was the perfect example… I answered my phone only to have the person on the other end rapidly chew in my ear followed by a loud gulp before they could get out who they were and what they wanted. Instead of putting down what they were eating, they continued to do so while trying to convince me to spend a few thousand dollars with them.

Right.

I can put my trust and faith in a company that has such poorly trained sales people that they munch and nosh their way through their sales spiel to potential customers.

Do parents not teach manners any more or do people just not care?

Because believe me, I care.

I care a lot.

Rather than go into the list of manners that we seem to be losing as a society at a rapid rate, I will instead just put forth this request:

If you are calling anyone – or answering the phone, for that matter – please don’t talk with your mouth full!

It is rude.

It is distracting.

And it sure isn’t going to make me want to buy whatever it is you are selling.

She Who is Climbing Off Her Soapbox Now

 

 

 

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