A few days ago, when I was cleaning out my room, I stumbled upon a dusty storage bin under my bed.
Among old journals (spoiler alert: “I hate my life/being a teenager is so cruel/why doesn’t he like me” and other general whining), I found a stack of yearbooks from each year, first grade through twelfth.
(Fun Fact: I skipped kindergarten because I was smart)
For kicks, I flipped open my first grade yearbook and spotted lil’ ol’ me, toothless and all, grinning madly at the camera from the second row. In front of me was the first grader named Chris who looked creepily old for being five-or-six-years old, almost like if Benjamin Button had a mullet and was wearing a Monster Truck shirt. And there was that girl who always drooled all over herself, and surprise, surprise, her teal dress was smattered with spit. Poor girl.
Then I flipped to the fourth, fifth and sixth graders and HOLY CRAP, Y’ALL. It appears I went to elementary school with the cast of All That. Overalls, moppy hair, sweatshirts tied around the waist and flannels up the wazoo. And seriously, all those kids who were what, 10 or 12 years old? Looked twenty.
But when I flipped through my sister’s first grade yearbook and perused the fourth, fifth and sixth graders she went to school with? All Dora the Explorer’d out, some still wearing Spongebob stuff.
So why did I go to school with all the old looking kids??
Apparently, I went to elementary school with twenty-year old fifth graders. And a Benjamin Button mullet kid.
No wonder I skipped kindergarten.
Anyway, whether your children look like their age or look like they’re 75, kids (and adults) of all ages can appreciate a good Rice Krispy treat. They’re a classic! Who doesn’t love that chewy, crunchy combination of butter, marshmallows and Rice Krispies cereal? However, if we’re being honest, I actually prefer the Fruity Pebbles Rice Krispy Treats better than the classic counterpart. I just can’t resist the bright colors and the fruity flavor!
Yearbook reminiscing optional.
Rice Krispies Cupcakes *adapted slightly from Julie’s version
1/4 cup butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows
4 cups (2 cups each) Fruity Pebbles and Trix cereal
1. Line 2 muffin tins with about 16-18 liners. Lightly mist the insides of each liner with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, melt together the butter and marshmallows over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, mix the cereals together in a large bowl and set aside.
3. Pour the melted butter mixture over the cereal and gently toss to coat completely. Put a giant glob of krispy mixture into each muffin cup and press down to fill it (you may want to use a greased spoon or greased hands for easier filling). Allow the cupcakes to set for about an hour at room temperature.
4. For the frosting, beat together 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until creamy. Gradually add in about 2-3 cups powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes. Sprinkle tops with sprinkles.
5. Serve immediately, or store airtight for up to 1 day.
I hope you enjoy!!