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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Our Columbus Day

I don't know how I missed it, but until last Friday, I did not realize that the kids had Monday off and it was "fall break."  So unfortunately, I did not plan anything fun to do on their day off from school. It was my normal Monday grocery store run for the kids.  I felt bad about it, but I figured they would be really unhappy with me Monday night if we had NO food to eat.  Even though we only went to the grocery store, I cannot tell you how great it was to have Ella home on Monday!  Don't get me wrong, I do love my mornings when the kids are at school, but we miss having Ella with us!  It was such a treat to have a lazy morning and all be together.  

Speaking of treats, while at the grocery store I did get something fun for us to do during Sara Wells nap time.  Two things the kids love: rice krispy treats and candy corn.  So, I thought in honor of the fall, lets make candy corn rice krispy treats.  
In my mind, this was going to be a very easy, kid friendly project.  There is only one picture of the making of the rice krispy treats because it was not quite as easy as I anticipated (isn't that always true).  I made rice krispy treats and then cut them into triangles.  I should have (and ended up doing after the first disaster) shaped the rice krispy treats into triangles so that they would be more dense.  As soon as we started dipping the first attempt triangles into the candy coating, they just fell apart.  
I used the Wilton's Candy Melts for the candy coating.  They are actually very easy to use.  I anticipated that we would be able to dip every layer, but it did not work for the middle layer.  We ended up spreading it on with a knife.  The kids did the top and I did the back and the sides.  Then we dipped the top in the yellow candy coating.  Although my quick afternoon project turned into a couple hour ordeal with the time in between to let the candy harden and fixing dinner, the kids had a blast.  And they loved the candy corn that they made!
Especially Sara Wells!  I found her in the fridge sneaking bites when no one was looking.
The biggest problem is that now we have all the candy corn rice krispy treats!  I am happy to let the kids have one to celebrate the fall and maybe even one the next day, but twelve is a different story.  So we wrapped them up and took them to their teachers.   Both Ella and Miller were so proud of what they had made for their teachers!  They could not wait to share their candy corn with their teachers.
We still have a few left that I am trying to give away before the kids remember they are in the fridge:)

If you are looking for a fun project to do one morning or afternoon with your kids, this is definitely fun!  And the end product is pretty good too.  I would suggest making them smaller than mine because they are VERY sweet!  It would be a fun Halloween treat to share with all of their friends at school.

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