Twice Baked

Hey kids!

So you really liked the shoes, huh?

I’ll let you in on a secret. They’re Rampage brand and I got them at TJ Maxx for $16.99. And yes, they were comfortable. Best deal ever.

Also, the sweet potato tortilla chips are from Trader Joe’s. I found them in the new items section. So uh…. I assume they’re relatively new. :)

As mentioned yesterday, the lovely Miss Mary came to stay with me over the weekend and we spent a lot of time out and about in this grand city of mine.

Yes, it’s mine. Like I own it.  What?

But given my history of baking for friends,  you don’t really think I’d let her come stay with me for a few days without actually making her something that requires more effort than the assembly of a sandwich, did you? Of course you didn’t.

As much as I love getting home a little bit earlier in the day than most, I consistently complain about how getting to work at 7:30 in the morning is ruining me.

Normally, this isn’t a pain or issue for anyone else. Just me.

But when my friend crashes at my place? I don’t think she’d appreciate me acting like a 5-year-old and jumping on the bed until she gets up to come out and play at 7:00 in the morning. She’s the girl who can take a sudafed and sleep over 12 hours straight (yes, I’ve witnessed it). She had been traveling/working all week. This time, I was gonna let her wakeup on her own.

So I tiptoed downstairs and tried to entertain myself. Checked emails. Watched tv quietly. And baked for breakfast.Obviously the coffee pot would be on in the background. This is MY house we’re talking about…

No need to make a huge production- she’s not the biggest breakfast person (I’m becoming painfully aware I’m in the minority on this one). But still- something nice to have on hand for quick eats.

So I went for oatmeal walnut muffins that I altered from this recipe.

Or, in other words, I used a whole cup of walnuts versus all the other things thrown in (I’ll throw out a huge “dislike” when it comes to raisins and dates, thanks).

And then it got a little crazy and I decided to throw in sprinkles.Why not? Who doesn’t love sprinkles?Preeettttyyyyy…

With cream cheese, this was a perfect way to start the day.And THEN, later in the day as we were making lunch (ahem- assembling more sandwiches), a package arrived at my door.Perfect timing.

For the Blogger Baking Swap, Rachel and I had been paired up!

As mentioned earlier, the theme was “favorites” and I sent her scotcheroos- something I make often as my “go-to” and is a favorite of mine since the days of sleepovers in junior high.

So you can imagine my surprise when she sent something similar- salted brown butter rice krispie treats!

Mary and I both wondered how much different it would be than the original rice krispie treat.I will never eat the regular kind again. Truth.

The flavor in these (check out the specks of burnt butter) makes the original seem so bland in comparison. They’re just sweet enough, but not overbearing.

And it’s easy to consume multiples without feeling bad about it. More truth coming at ya.

Because they came right before we left for our Wrigleyville shenanigans, I seriously contemplated taking a packet of them with me to the bars.

But then decided to keep them at home- no way I was letting the possibility of strangers consuming my rice krispie treats happen.

What?

Don’t look at me like that. They were a gift…

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29 Responses

  1. I love rice krispie treats. The boy I dated in high school’s mom used to make them all the time. At some point I think I kept dating him just for those. I’m kidding….kind of.

  2. Ya know I was never a fan of rice krispie treats? I’m such a weirdo when it comes to baked goods…

  3. I love rice krispie treats. I have made probably 10 batches since the beginning of the summer. I once made, on accident, the burnt butter ones. I will never go back to the non-burnt variety.

  4. I love the treats, but I HATE making them. For some reason they are a nemisis of mine in the kichten..mine never taste as good as other people’s. Also my aunt’s friend makes them popsicle shaped, on sticks, dipped in chocolate and pretzels….so I decided to not even try to compare haha.

  5. Those rice krispie treats sound amazing. That’s probably the best idea ever.

  6. I love rice krispie treats, they’re a classic that I can never get enough of! Being at work at 7:30 would be rough for me. I do it sometimes, but I’m usually an 8-8:30 kinda girl. Luckily, I can start any time between 5am and 9am – one definite perk about my job.

  7. I haven’t had a rice krispie treat in forever. Sounds amazing!
    And those muffins look awwwesome!

  8. I have no idea how you get to work at 7:30 every morning. I could do it for a couple days but not every morning. I have enough trouble getting to work by 9!

  9. God I love T.J. Maxx. And blogger bake swaps. And rice crispy treats.

    AND YOU :)

  10. And this is why I love TJMaxx and Marshalls for shoes!

    CAn’t wait to see what I get in my blogswap. As you saw on twitter, I had to sample a couple of my own cookies to send out…;)

  11. WOAH – salted brown butter rice krispie treats sound so good! What an awesome thing to get in the mail!

  12. Okay, why can’t you live closer to me so you can bake me delicious-ness? YUM!

  13. You have no idea how much I’ve been craving a cupcake. Looks like that’s what I’ll be eating on my lunch break!

  14. I wouldn’t have shared either. Typical only child behavior. :) The muffins look great, by the way. They’re look fun and tasty – a great way to start a morning.

  15. I am a breakfast lover too…you’re not alone! And I’m going to have to find these sweet potato chips at TJs…yum! And I want some Rice Krispie treats!! They look perfect.

  16. Mmmmmmmm…….what a great twist on rice krispie treats!

  17. Um, those rice krispie treats sound absolutely amazing! I may have to try out the recipe sometime. Also, good job on the shoes. Finding deals like that is the best!

  18. How fun!!! And you’re sweet to let your friend sleep in ;) I LOVE sleeping in. hehe

    That blogger swap package looks awesome!!

  19. Yum! I want to get her in the swap next. I keep saying that in every blog post I see though. I want to swap with everyone :)

  20. SPWINKLESSS!! Clearly you are a funfetti fan.

  21. I haven’t made (or eaten) rice crispie treats in forever. This is a problem. I feel like the possibilities are endless – adding PB, chocolate, etc. NOM. And I love the sprinkles in the muffins. Sprinkles make everything better.

  22. Sprinkles make everything more fun! The scotheroos look tasty! I need to get on making those!

  23. I have a trip to TJ’s planned, yay!!!

  24. When I read “But given my history of baking for friends”

    I read it as But given my history of banging for friends.

    Good times.

    PS-Damn you and your sprinkle filled delicious baked goods!

  25. This is me any time I have a friend stay over, too! I type this as it’s 5:20 and I’ve been up for 20 minutes…oy.
    Those krispy treats are the perfect shipping treats! I should have thought about that as I shipped my chocolate..

  26. i currently do not have a working stove, oven, toaster, or microwave (i just moved and am sorting all that out…) – but if i can figure out a way to melt butter and marshmallows, i am making these rice krispy treats!!! i think i saw a similar recipe from Smitten Kitchen. yumm!

  27. You don’t like raisins and dates?! You’re crazy! I actually don’t really care for sprinkles- I’ll eat them or add them in a recipe for aesthetic purposes, but I’m not crazy about them!

  28. AH! I’m so glad you liked them! The scotcheroos were good – so glad to be paired with you, and thanks for helping set up the bake swap – it was tons of fun :)

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