My daughter's “love languages” are gifts and quality time. I think I do all right with the gifts, but I can do better on the quality time part.
I had planned to stop at Sheetz to pick up a large-ish Rice Krispies® treat for my daughter. Somewhere along the way, though, I decided instead to stop at Walmart and pick up the ingredients to make them. Surprising as it sounds, I had never done this before.
I remembered that I needed marshmallows. Oh, and Kellogg's Rice Krispies, obviously. I forgot that I needed butter, but we had some at home.
So easy a beginner can do it
The recipe is really simple. I got it right on the first try with my highly limited food-preparing skills.
My daughter and I got our hands gooey with buttery marshmallow cereal, and had a great time. We even did a small little bit of math mixing it up. (I snuck it in before she noticed hehe.)
And … it's inexpensive, too!
The cost of this? The 18-ounce box of Rice Krispies was $3.34. We used only eight ounces or so. The bag of marshmallows was under a buck. The three tablespoons of butter was less than a quarter. So we're looking at maybe $2.50 for a full pan of Rice Krispies treats, plus about ten minutes' prep time with my daughter, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Compare this with the $1.29 for a single square from Sheetz (about an eighth of the size of the pan). So our treats are about a quarter the cost of the store-bought ones. (I can't get them for free every day, after all.)
There are only so many opportunities to do these kinds of things
This past weekend, I attended FinCon 2014 in New Orleans. I don't need to travel a whole lot for my job (thankfully!) but I'm realizing that my daughter is growing up really, really fast and that my days to do these kinds of things with her are severely numbered.
Making these treats with her took time, and the savings were probably less than minimum wage, effectively. But wishing that I had done more of these things with her now, when she's left home, is no bargain at all.
What recommendations do you have for what I should try my novice hand at making next?