Monday, March 29, 2010

Light Reading and Heavy Snacking

I have mentioned that a lot has been going on in my life. It is true. The last six months have not been easy. I have been neglectful in thanking those of you who have reached out and expressed sympathies and condolences on the November loss of my father and the more recent loss of my mother-in-law. Both my family and my in-laws have been dealing with many changes, some gracefully, others not. Many days could definitely only be described as a struggle.

I am thankful for every little word, thing, and deed that others have provided to attempt to make it easier for us. Sincerely, you and your kind hearts are appreciated. You are bright rays of sunshine on our cloudy days.

In the midst of one cloudy day, I picked up the mail to find the current issue of South Dakota Magazine. I knew it was coming. I had been waiting for it. In fact, I had been stalking the area newsstands for it. You see, I was on page 11. Yep. The Eye On Keloland segment and the local newspaper were not enough. I found my way into a publication that focuses on interesting people, places, and events in our state. (I know! Me?!?) Truly, it is an honor to be chosen for the interview and very cool to have a little part of the March/April issue. The staff of South Dakota Magazine does a great job exploring our state and sharing both its known and unknown treats and treasures.

And speaking of treats, I have to have something for snacking as I flip through my issue of the magazine. What could be better than Chocolate Frosted Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats? An area convenience store makes them from scratch. They sing a siren song and tempt me every time I pass. I had to make my own pan of gooey bars to nibble. They are definitely not light (my jeans are screaming in rebellion as I try to button them), but I can't resist a Chocolate Frosted Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treat On My Plate.

Chocolate Frosted Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
1 cup Karo syrup
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter

Combine 1 cup peanut butter, Karo syrup and sugar in a heavy sauce pan.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. (This will easily burn.)
Remove from heat and pour over cereal; mix well.
Pat into a 9 x 13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray (being careful not to condense too much or the bars will be tough).

Meanwhile, combine 1 cup peanut butter and 1 cup chocolate chips.

Melt over low heat, stirring constantly.
Spread over Rice Krispie treats.
Allow to set for 2 hours before cutting into squares. (Serves 12-30, depending on size of bars...and ultimately your butt)


  1. Love this picture and I still have stove envy, congrats on the magazine!

  2. I'm sorry to hear of your family's loss.

    Congrats on your interview!

    Happy Easter!

  3. This is the article that I loved about your blog. And this is how I have come to "stalk" you online :)

  4. My grammie makes those bars except you mix in butterscotch chips with the choc chips for the topping. They're soooo good. We call em scotcharoo's

  5. Delicious!!! Both my grandmother and my husband's grandmother used to make these for us as kids. My husband has had a taste for them for a couple of weeks now thus I made them tonight. The frosting here is soft and creamy and even better than I remember as a kid. The only drawback is that 1/32 of the pan clocks in at 190 calories... but worth every last bite (and frosting off the finger lick!)

  6. the rice krispie treats are amazing


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