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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Last Year's Easter Treats

I know Rice Krispies nests are an old standard for Easter, but I'd forgotten about them until our neighbor brought some to us the first year we lived here. After that we started making them at our house.

Jane's school has a store-bought-treats-only rule, but last year her heart's one true desire was for me to make these so she could bring them to her class. And I did. Because I have a small rebellious streak.*

And because look at that face:

Aw man, I think we'd better look at that face some more:

I love that face.

Where was I? Ah yes, Easter treats. It was Jane's idea to add a Peep to sit on each nest:

Then out of the blue last year I had a flashback to my mom making another kind of nest with crispy chow mein noodles when I was a kid. I'm sure these are another well-known standard, because there were all kinds of recipes online for making them -- some with peanut butter or corn syrup or butterscotch chips mixed in -- but in the end I just melted chocolate chips in the microwave on medium power, stirred in the noodles, and scooped it into a muffin tin. Putting the muffin tin in the freezer for a moment made them easier to pop out. And here's the thing: they taste really good. Those crispy noodles fulfilled their true destiny when they paired up with semi-sweet chocolate.

And now you see that not only did I write blog posts in my head for years before I had a blog, I even took pictures for my imaginary blog of food I made. Some kind of head case, for sure.

*When I wrote that about a rebellious streak, I suddenly remembered sitting in a meeting, years ago, as a missionary in Japan, while two young men, also missionaries, carried on a good-natured argument about whether I was majime or wanpaku, mission slang for two types of missionaries, the straight arrows and the ones who tended to break mission rules or get into trouble. I think the one who was arguing for wanpaku was working from a false dichotomy that majime=no fun/no sense of humor and was trying to pay me a compliment, and the one taking the majime position was defending my good name.


Anonymous said...

yeah, that's one of my favorite faces for sure

Annie Japannie said...

You're wamp. You're totally wamp. Just embrace your wampakusa and move on with your life.

(Just kidding. You're actually the poster girl for majime)

Grandma & Pop-pop said...

Another good treat is to mix coconut and chopped walnuts into semi-sweet or sweet melted chocolate. Melt the chocolate slowly and don't get it hot! Drop by spoonful onto freezer paper and make a nest in the center with your thumb. Fill with Cadbury small chocolate eggs before it sets up. UMMMMM! Work fast! The chocolate sets up pretty fast UNLESS you get it too hot to begin with :)

Aunt Ginger

Betsy said...

Aw man, I LOVE THAT FACE too. I love all them faces over at your house. And you have made me peckish.

Emily Brimhall said...

thanks for these easter treat ideas. I will try doing the chocolate ones. I've never seen these before. thanks. and little Jane is a beauty. must be in the genes.

Anonymous said...

Those are beautiful photos of a beautiful face.

I well remember the confusion of having some companions judge me a slacker and others judge me to be way too uptight. A mission is a great way to find out there are people who just won't like or approve of you no matter what you do.

It was a good thing I had Cadbury mini-eggs to eat while I read your post. And I LOVE Jane's idea to put a Peep on the nest. And I want to make some of both of those kinds of nests now. And, most of all, I'm wondering how the home-made treats were received.

mermaids said...

OMG...those are too cute.

melissa said...

Hi Mary: I totally know who you are. I heard so much about you when I was companions with Zina. It's hilarious how much little girls can be bra obsessed huh!