Works For Me Wednesday

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Rice Krispie for One…

My son loves to make things – and by this I mean, create his own crazy food recipes and bake/cook them. We have had some pretty funny creations let me tell you. So often I have to jump up from what I am doing and supervise him while he destroys my (or Susan’s) kitchen in his wild pursuits.

But one day he began begging to “make something sweet” and I was frantically trying to finish up something on the computer. I simply did not have the time to indulge his cravings. Nor did I want a bunch of sugary temptations lying around the house tormenting me, so I got him to make a creation that was essentially a Rice Krispie Treat for one.

(We actually came up with this together as he was “creating” something and I “led” him in a safe and yummy direction.)

And I didn’t even have to get my hands dirty – in fact I don’t think I even stopped typing – except to help him eat it (cause it actually was really yummy!) Note: my laptop is in the kitchen so I was constantly supervising him.

Please note that my son is four and a spirited little boy.

I suppose most of your children can handle making a full recipe of Rice Krispies on their own, but my little guy certainly cannot.

So for little preschoolers who want to “cook” all by themselves, here is an idea.

“Let Your Child be the Sole Chef Recipe”

  1. Let your little chef grab a couple handfuls of marshmallows and put in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Next let him grab the margarine tub from the fridge and add a small spoonful.
  3. Then add whatever for fun – Jackson likes to add some chocolate.
  4. And point him in the direction of the microwave and let him microwave for a minute or two.
  5. Then he can pour in some Rice Krispies, covering up the marshmallow goo and stir up with a spoon.

Ta Da – a treat for one (or two!)

And I don’t have a big bowl to clean. And I didn’t have to slather my hands up with margarine and wrestle Krispie goo into a pan. Not that I don’t do it at other times. But hey – if I am otherwise occupied and my child wants to do something all by himself – then this works for me!

Tip – get your little one to add a bit extra if you want to have a bit of it too!

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  1. says

    This is a great idea – even for older kids. Because, like you mentioned, then you don’t have a whole bunch of tempting sugary treats sitting around. Eat one, and you’re done!

  2. says

    This is fabulous! You are a veritable genius. I hate the mess of making a big batch, but this is definitely do-able.

    BTW, let him mix peanut butter in it sometimes instead and it becomes what my kids call peanut butter cobwebs. They love it with or without honey to dip apple slices.

  3. says

    Great idea! Anakin likes s’mores, but he really likes them without chocolate (who ever heard of such a thing!), so he takes graham crackers, puts a marshamallow on it, and nukes it for about 5 seconds – voila, a chocolate-free s’more!


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