Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Addictions

A funny thing happened writing my blog-- I've discovered that it's like therapy, but even better, it's free. As one would hope with any good therapy session, I've learned a few things about myself. One of these discoveries is that I have an addictive personality. The bad news is that as I've discovered these truths about myself, so has everyone else.

The big question is: what do I do with this new found knowledge? (Knowledge is power, yada, yada, yada.) I'd ask my therapist but apparently it's Blogger Dashboard, and I don't think it's answering. That's what you get for free. Of course, if it is answering, it's time to get a new therapist.

My children take their lunch to school and while I don't like to send a lot of sweets in their lunch, one thing I will send is Rice Krispie treats. If you know nothing else about me know that I love Starbucks, am addicted to Diet Coke, have to watch Lost within 12 hours of its airing, love cheesecake am a Chocoholic. So to me plain Rice Krispie treats are a total waste of calories. There's no chocolate. To remedy this, I often throw in chocolate chips. This divides my children into two camps. The Purists feel that adding chocolate chips to Rice Krispie treats is like defacing the Statue of Liberty. The Chocolatays (sorry, my inner Dora the Explorer is bustin' out) think that a chocolate accessory is just what Lady Liberty needs.

Okay, I can hear you! You're saying What is your point? Obviously, reading my blog is your therapy and you have just learned you are impatient. Congratulations! Too bad Blogger Dashboard can't help you either. In case you haven't heard, it doesn't have a real therapy degree.

After our Winter Break Weekend, it was back to school for Ross and I had nothing to put in his lunch for dessert. This morning the babies, Jenna and I went to the store to get groceries and Rice Krispies were on my list. As we got to the cereal aisle, I checked out the mega size bags of generic cereal because I'm trying to be more frugal. That's okay, I'll wait until you stop laughing. Better now? Let's continue. They didn't have generic Rice Krispies but they did have generic Cocoa Crispies.

It was then that the heavens parted and the angels sang "Ahhhhhhh....." They haven't done that since I got my Starbucks Gold Card. That had to mean something.

So the rusty wheels began turning and churning in my head and I thought "Hmm... I could use Cocoa Crispies instead of Rice Krispies...." And so began the birth of my newest addiction, right there at the Super Target cereal aisle. Is no place sacred anymore?

We checked out and paid for our purchases, all while wrestling Emma. Ever wonder who's taking Steve Erwin's place as the Crocodile Hunter? Yeah, I could do it. I've got plenty of practice now. I don't want to, but I could. Just sayin'.

Every so often it's good to assess one's life skills.

Emma was a nightmare at the end of our shopping excursion. Between the chasing her down aisles, the listening to her scream when she couldn't get out of the cart and the previously mentioned wrestling at the checkout lane, I was a bit battle scarred when we got home. As I unpacked the groceries with Emma crying at my feet and Ryan whining over some unknown atrocity, I pulled out the mega size bag of generic Cocoa Crispies.

The heaven's parted and the angels sang. Again. That is so cool when they do that.

So it was while I was pondering about how early was too early to start drinking, that the generic Cocoa Crispies made their grand reappearance and my mind was made up. I was making a batch of generic Cocoa Crispy marshmallow treats right NOW!

{Yes, it is important to include the word generic before the words Cocoa Crispies. I can not stress my frugalness enough.}

As the butter melted into liquid gold, I continued to unpack the groceries. I was putting grocery items away as I added the marshmallows and watched as they melted into a white, fluffy goo. Then finally, the chocolate rice puffs were added, stirred and then gently, lovingly patted into a 9x13" glass pan.

Chocolate Rice Krispie treats, as I prefer to call them, are exactly like heroin. One bite and your as good as gone. Of course, I have no previous experience with heroin, that's just what I've heard on the street. But I can confirm that Chocolate Rice Krispie treats are extremely addictive. Trust me on this.

Now, it's obvious that I'm not the only person in this house. So the fact that the pan is 2/3rds empty, a mere 9 hours after the Chocolate Rice Krispie treats birth, cannot be completely attributed to me. However, as honest as I usually am here, I am pleading the fifth as to how much I have eaten.

But before you leave me, let me give you a stock tip, a legal one, in this time of economic woe. Now would be a really good time to buy stock in Lane Bryant.


23 comments:

annie kelleher said...

i have to confess im a borderline rice krispies treats addict myself. i say borderline because as long as they dont exist in any form in the house - ie krispies but no fluff, or marshmallows, fluff with no cereal - i can live my life like a normal person. now that you've suggested chocolate rice krispie treats, i think i might need rehab. im already drooling on the keyboard :)!!!!!

Kelsey said...

Those sound delicious. Can you believe that I have NEVER made Rice Krispie treats? Ever. It's on my list of things that I would like to accomplish sometime in the next year or so.

Caitlin said...

Hahaha! Oh man,this cracked me up! I am alll about the chocolate chip rice crispy treats, and I find that I make them MORE often since my husband hates them. (more for me!) Can't wait to try Cocoa Krispies in them!! Hooray!!

JD said...

I do love them better with the cocoa flavored cereal instead... I mean, what's NOT to love??!

Question -- do you do yours in the microwave, or on the stove? I wasn't a fan of doing them on the stove, so I followed the microwave instructions one time, and I've been hooked since. Do you like yours with an extra marshmellow or too? Dh hates them if they're too "gooey", so I usually throw in another marshmallow or two, "ruin the batch", and get to, uhm, eat more... No, not me!!

Kids love the colored marshmallows and cocoa flavored cereal variety. That way it's "healthier"... you know, fruit, rice, cocoa bean...

Kristin said...

LOL!! You are hilarious, Denise! Man, if blogger therapy wasn't free, I'd be a poor woman!!

Cindy said...

Oh Denise, you are so funny! I always feel better after reading your blog, and for free!

Have you tried the no-bake chocolate cookies you boil on the stove? They have peanut butter and oatmeal in them so that makes them healthy! And they are done quick, and they disappear even quicker...

Sandy Toes said...

I love rice krispies..ever made brownies with rice krispies on top..oh my..it's heave on your tongue!
-sandy toe

Sarah said...

I have to say I'm a Purist when it comes to Rice Crispy treats.

BUT - I think I could really get into the Chocolate Rice Crispy/Coco Crispie things. Sounds great!

I have never ever made Rice Crispy treats. I've been told that's like a major sin. :) It's on my to-do list.

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Sounds delish! I've never made rice krispie treats with my kids...but I think I will this weekend. Now, do I go old school regular recipe or Denise's Cocoa Crispies? Decisions, decisions!

koopermom said...

Oh the chocolate ones are a favorite in our house too!!!

Vic said...

haha :) this is quite wonderful! I haven't had rice krispie treats in so long.

Sturgmom said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! That Bachelor spoiler link wasn't working, so I posted the youtube videos. You should check it out!!

I love any type of "rice" cereal combined with melted marshmallows. Does life get any better?? You should try making them with fruity pebbles also. YUM!

The Johnson 5 said...

girl you crack me up!!

I feel the same way with the free therapy. And keeping up with some "sweet blogging friends" isn't too bad either :)

Brandy said...

I am in love with your frugalness.

And now I really, really want a rice krispie treat. Good thing I have 100 calorie ones in my cabinet. They aren't homemade but they will work.

BTW Lane Bryant bras are awesome for girls with big tatas.

Queen of Feisty said...

Shame on you. I don't like rice krispies treats for the fact that there is no chocolate in them! Bah! Now I need to make your fancy chocolate kind. (I will never shed these maternatity clothes!)

Thanks for stopping by, I do think after checking out your page, and reading just one post. I love you, and I will be adding you to my blogroll.

The fact that you love LOST, and are the proud owner of a Starbucks Gold card, AND heard the heavenly angels sing when you first saw it too are great reasons that you should be added to my blog therapy.

Have a fantabulous day!

Feisty

Jill said...

THIS is my problem as well Denise...how is it that I made a 9x13 pan of Treats while the kids were at school...I give Sam ONE and then HALF the pan is gone????
May I add another pure nugget of goodness to your COCOA Krispie Treats...we find CHOCOLATE marshmallows (Jet Puff) and do chocolate marshmallows with Cocoa Krispies...it is yummy!

Call Me Cate said...

I came to thank you for visiting my blog and your brilliance has hooked me already. (Generic) Cocoa Crispies treats? On one hand, I feel like "duh, obvious!" but since I didn't come up with it and you did... That makes you awesome.

Janne said...

If the pan's not empty yet (also waiting until laughter ceases) I'll be right over!!!!!!!
Smiles!

P.S. Speaking of addictions--we are no addicted to LOST--who knew?

P.S.S Still laughing about the Lane Bryant stock tip. :)

Janne said...

OK, comment correction--it was supposed to read:

P.S. We are NOW addicted to LOST.

April said...

OMG, yum.

No, seriously. YUM.

Xazmin said...

Rice krispie treats rule! I too have an addictive personality. My current addiction - blogging! Thanks for stopping by to visit - I love your writing style!

Amy said...

Thanks for stopping by my page today. It made my day. I enjoyed your page. I think this is the right one to leave a message. I liked reading about your family. I see you like Lost and Starbucks me too. Have a great day. Enjoy your new treats.

Stefanie said...

Wow. If I wasn't on Weight Watchers, I'd totally make those. But I am. On Weight Watchers that is. I keep telling my thighs that come spring, they are going to appreciate me for this...