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Valentine’s Day Crispy Treat

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I’ve come to the conclusion that the kitchen may be love’s best learning lab.

Think about it. Eating is a necessity, but making the food is an act of service. I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t always feel like working—or cleaning up—in the kitchen…but we do it. Families and friends congregate there regularly to share the efforts, and to eat, and to talk. To talk is good!

My Sam is my best kitchen buddy. We do lots of talking and laughing in there. I love watching his expressive brown eyes and listening to his little boy voice as he explains his world to me. This week we made these rice crispy Valentine treats, or as Sam says and melts my heart, “rispy cookies”. They’re a take on the popular Rice Krispie recipe that we all love. The addition of red and pink candies and chocolate makes them just right for a sweet Valentine remembrance. This is what we did:


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  • 2 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of butter
  • 3 cups of rice crispy cereal
  • ½  cup of chocolate candies (we used red and pink M&Ms)
  • About 1/3 cup of chocolate chunks (we used a candy bar)
  • Additional red and pink candies for the heart shape decoration
  • Yield: 6 Crispy Valentine Treats



  1. Spray your pan with cooking spray. We used a heart shaped silicone pan.
  2. Heat the butter and marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl for two-three minutes. Stir it well. Add the rice crispy cereal and colored candy pieces.
  3. Press the mixture into the pan.
  4. Melt the additional chocolate.
  5. When the mix is cool, pop the hearts out and top them with the melted chocolate. Watch your son artfully arrange the candies. Think of how grateful you are to have a kitchen. And a son.



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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.