Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats with Ganache

Hello again!

I know I promised I would post a new animal quilt square with knitting chart each week, but this past week just flew by and I never had the chance to make one. But that is my goal for tonight – knitting up a new square (whale, maybe?) and writing up a post for tomorrow or Tuesday.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while – or searched through my measly archives – today’s post may sound familiar. That’s because it’s based off a recipe I have made many times, and L-O-V-E. But sometimes, the recipes we love take a bit longer than we have the time for. As I’d been in the kitchen for most of the day already, I felt I just didn’t have the time, or patience to wash even more dishes, to make a 4-layer rice krispie treat. So, 2-layer it was! One layer of rice krispie treat with peanut butter, as opposed to 2 layer of krispies separated by a layer of peanut butter fudge, and one layer of ganache – you cannot skip the ganache!

These rice krispie treats came together in no time! And still taste sinfully delicious! And while I still love the original 4-layer treat, I know that for those days I’m pressed for time, I will be using this abbreviated version again.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies with Ganache

Rice Krispie Layer

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 bag (10.5 oz) mini marshmallows

Ganache

  • 1 bag (2 cups) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

Grease 9×13 in pan with butter.

Measure Rice Krispies in to large mixing bowl. Over low heat, melt butter in saucepan. Add in peanut butter and marshmallows and, stirring often, continue to heat until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is smooth. Pour marshmallow mixture over rice krispies, and stir quickly to evenly coat all cereal. Pour into the greased pan, and use spoon or spatula to press evenly into pan. Set aside.

In a double boiler, or a pyrex bowl atop a pan of water, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together, stirring until smooth. Pour over rice krispies in pan, using spatula to spread evenly.

Allow to cool until ganache is set.

Adapted from Liv Life’s original recipe.

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I like to keep my rice krispies treats in the refrigerator until ready to eat. This helps cut down on the mess that can result from warm ganache. But then, who really minds the mess when you’re eating something so good?!

As always, questions and comments are welcome! I love to hear from you! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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Baked Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

I love to bake.

The name of my blog is testament to that fact. So, when I saw doughnut pans at the store about a month ago, I couldn’t resist, I had to buy a couple. I’ve wanted to try my hand at doughnuts for a while. Sometimes you just get a craving, and you have to have doughnuts, but you don’t want to go to the store to get any – probably a good thing for the waistline if we’re being honest. And while we’re being honest, making doughnuts the traditional way, i.e. frying them, is not such a wise idea in my case. I can just see the catastrophe of hot oil splashing everywhere.

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So baked doughnuts are the perfect solution! I can make them fairly easily at home, they are slightly healthier without the frying (I hope!), and no risk of me burning myself on hot oil. I searched through my pins, and decided to go with a basic vanilla doughnut with vanilla frosting as my trial run. I used Jaclyn’s recipe over on Cooking Classy. The recipe was fairly simple, and I had everything on hand except the vanilla bean.

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Sorry, I don’t have any photos of the process. My camera is behaving rather badly recently (I think it’s time to put it to rest and invest in a new one) and I really wanted to focus on making the doughnuts correctly since I’ve never used this recipe before.

Now, I did have a little trouble finding an actual vanilla bean to use. I had thought it might be in the produce section, but turns out it’s generally in with the spices, sold in a jar, and not every store carries them. It was only available in one brand at my store; a brand which was already more expensive than the other selections, but even then I was surprised at the price: $7 for one bean. Needless to say, I will be keeping my eyes open at other stores to see if I can find it cheaper. If not, I may try adjusting the recipe to use more vanilla extract.

Don’t forget to keep the vanilla bean pod! You can use the pods even after the seeds have been removed, such as steeping the pod in liquid to boost the vanilla flavor of a recipe, or making you’re own vanilla extract at home. For more info on how to use spent pods, check out these sites the kitchn and Eat the Love.

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I do suggest coloring your frosting. I did half of mine in white, but they look a little blah, even with the sprinkles. It’s not quite as crisp of a white as you see at the bakeries, and it just kind of blends in with the rest of the doughnut (maybe next time I will use it on chocolate doughnuts…). But the pink turned out amazing! Just a little blob of Wilton gel food coloring did the trick.

I loved making these doughnuts! So easy! And none of the hassle (or danger) of frying them. And my co-workers gobbled them right up! If these doughnuts hadn’t been brought in by me (my work’s resident baker), I don’t think they would have believed they were home-made. I highly suggest you try out Cooking Classy’s Baked Vanilla Bean Doughnuts Recipe for yourself!

Questions and comments are welcome, as always. I’d love to hear from you!

Knit Elephant Quilt Square

Hello! Happy Friday!

And it really is a very happy Friday in this family. My big brother is getting MARRIED today! Cue squeals of delight and excitement! (Needless to say, this post was written a bit in advance).

This adorable colorwork elephant design is the third installment in my animal quilt square “series.” I think this little guy may just be my favorite. But then, maybe I’m just partial to elephants.

Elephant Quilt Square

When making this square, I tried using longer, and slightly looser, floats in the hopes of eliminating the lumps that occurred in the previous duckling and frog squares. It seemed to help some, I think (don’t mind the pins, they’re to help with the rolling that occurs naturally with anything stockinette stitch). And since there will be fabric backing to this quilt, the longer floats shouldn’t have any adverse effects on the finished product.

Longer floats can be seen on the reverse.

Longer floats can be seen on the reverse.

I love that these can be used in practically anything. I seriously need to come up with other projects to incorporate these guys. But, this project first. One project at a ti….HA! Who am I kidding? There is a stuffed elephant sitting next to me with one leg, 2 arms, and 2 ears left to go. In other words, he has a head (trunk included), a body, and a leg. Poor little guy.

Anywho, back to the colorwork elephant. Here’s the chart if you’d like to knit up your own little elephant(s). As in the previous two squares, the elephant is centered on a 31×31 field. Also, I think I’ve neglected to mention what size these squares are turning out – roughly 5in x5in.

Elephant Chart 2

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Cheers!

Knit Frog Quilt Square

Hey there!

This is the second installment of my knit colorwork animal quilt squares. Today, if you didn’t already figure it out from the title of this post, I’m sharing a frog chart with you.

Frog Quilt Square

The yarn has a bit of a sheen to it, which isn’t the most photogenic. It looks much better in person.

The frog design is a bit bigger than the duckling, but I kept to the 31st x 31row square so that everything will match up when I sew the squares together later on.

And when I say later on, I mean much later on. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those projects that goes on in the background, in between other projects, little bit by little bit. Thankfully, my plan has been to surround each animal square by solid squares (probably all the same color), highlighting the colorwork squares. Soooo, those solid squares should knit up fairly quickly once I have enough colorwork ones completed. Right?

With this square, I tried alternating where I twisted the 2 yarns, so the floats were tacked down at different spots in each row, hoping to avoid the lumpiness/ridges of the duckling square. It still has a few lumps, probably due to tension, in addition to twisting the working yarn. Ah well! Practice, practice, practice!

Frog Quilt Square Reverse

Oh, and I suppose you’d like to see the chart, wouldn’t you? That might be helpful if you wanted to make your own cute little froggy…

Frog Chart. The white field is 31x31

Frog Chart. The white field is 31×31

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of your weekend! As always, I’d love to hear from you!

Duckling Quilt Square

Hello all!

Sorry its been a little while since my last post. I haven’t been doing much of anything new on the crafting and baking side this past week. Well, other than starting on an elephant commissioned by a friend, but that’s not really new since I already shared theĀ Elijah pattern with you.

A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw the cutest little baby hat that had intarsia ducklings swimming around it. Now rather than thinking, “Hm, maybe I should make that hat,” I somehow thought, “that would be so cute in a baby blanket! I could do different animals, make little squares, and join it all together like a quilt!” (Because that is sooo much easier and less ambitious than making a hat with 4 or 5 ducks, right?) So, I googled until my brain melted, looking for other simple intarsia animal patterns that were in the same size range. Some, I ended up just winging it, and made up my own charts (paint or a similar program where you can get gridlines is great for playing around with these kinds of patterns).

The white field inside the boarder is 31 stitches wide by 31 rows high

The white field inside the boarder is 31 stitches wide by 31 rows high

Now, its been a while since I’ve done color work like this, and to be honest, I’m not sure if I’ve ever done it knitting flat – I think I’ve only done intarsia hats knitting in the round. This being said, I’m sure you’ll forgive me for the bit of lumpiness of my duckling. It would seem I twisted the yarn to tack the floats down a bit too often, and in the same place row after row. But this will get better! I just have to practice with the tension of the floats and not worry about tacking them down as often – I already plan to do a fabric backing to this “quilt” so I won’t have to worry about the floats snagging on little fingers and toes.

A little lumpy, but with practice, my tension will get better!

A little lumpy, but with practice, my tension will get better!

I’m hoping to share a new animal chart and example square with you each week, so stay tuned for the next installment!

As always, questions and comments are welcome! I’d love to hear from you!