Parum Pum Pum Pum.
I love that song. I love Christmas time.
I am one of those annoying people that starts listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween. Just kidding, I totally start listening to it earlier than that. If a cold rainy day comes in August, you can bet if you see me jamming in my car, I'm probably enjoying a little *nsync or Straight No Chaser Christmas music.
Giving Tuesday really got me into the Christmas spirit this week. At work, we gave over 2,000 headbands to deserving kids at hospitals around the country. It's such a high knowing you're doing a little bit to make someone smile.
After Blake got out of school Tuesday, we hit up the giving tree and picked out a couple ornaments with gift suggestions for a group here in town.
We hit up Target today and picked out some educational games and building blocks to donate to the program. It was hard for Blake to understand that we weren't there to buy these toys for him and that he wasn't going to get to play with them, but he did a great job at trying. I hope that when he gets older he has a giving spirit and that it makes him feel the way it makes me feel.
Later we got home and decided to celebrate by making some holiday Rice Krispies treats, and I'm going to share the recipe with you because they were so. very. good.
6 cups Cocoa Rice Krispies
1 1/2 bags of Miniature Marshmallows
1/2 stick plus 1 Tbsp. Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 pinch of salt
Using 1 Tbsp of butter, grease a 9x13 glass dish or pan well.
Pour 6 cups of Cocoa Rice Krispies, and set aside.
In a large pan, melt the 1/2 stick of butter with vanilla over low heat. Once the butter is melted, add one bag of marshmallows and salt.
Once all that is melted, add the Cocoa Rice Krispies and the other half bag of marshmallows and mix well.
Pour the mixture into the greased dish or pan, and use a the back of a spoon, greased with more butter to mash it down.
Top with sprinkles (this was Blake's job), let it cool for at least an hour if you like it really gooey, and a couple hours if you want it to be more firm.
Next week, I'll be joining my dear friend Maddie from The Whimsy One for a cookie exchange. She requests that I bring my snickerdoodles each year, so I will have that recipe to share soon, too.
Typically over the course of the Christmas season, I make sugar cookies and snicker doodles. Do you traditionally make and certain sweets for the holidays?