As my kids get older I’m finding more and more joy in celebrating with them. With each New Year we find ways to have fun and relish our time together…to celebrate the smallest moments…and the big ones.
This year I’m looking forward to New Year’s Eve so that we can talk about our goals…what we loved about this year and what we look forward to in 2012.
I’m a champagne kinda girl myself…but I suppose we need something a little more “kid friendly” on hand. Enter Team Kansas City and our awesome take on the British tradition of New Year’s Eve Poppers…. “Snap.Crackle.Poppers Rice Krispies® New Year’s Eve Treats”!
Melt 3Tbsp. Butter in a heavy saucepan over med-high heat.
Add marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted and mixture is smooth.
Add RiceKrispies® to hot mixture in saucepan (this keeps them warm, and thus easier to manipulate, longer)
Butter plastic cutting board.
Place half of marshmallow mixture on cutting board and make into a small loaf. (Around 5″ by 3″.) Try to compact the mixture as much as possible.
Once you have a compact loaf, take a small pastry roller (or other small rolling pin) and roll out the mixture to a 1/4 inch thickness – trying to keep the shape of a rectangle. (You will need to work quickly. The cooler the mixture gets, the more difficult it is to shape.)
Take small fondant roller and “roll” mixture into a cylinder with a 1 1/2″ circumference.
Remove fondant roller and pinch one end to desired look. If going for a tapered end, start about 1 inch in, pinch and crimp the end.
Tilt and fill with candy of choice.
Pinch other end.
Set aside and let harden for 24 hours.
Repeat with other half of RiceKrispies® mixture.
Decorate once hard with fondant, icing, stickers, glitter, etc. It’s all about being fun!
Note: You can make these ahead of time and freeze. Another idea is to put a small fortune, saying, or inspirational quote inside the crackers.
Place these Snap. Crackle. Poppers on each child’s plate on New Years and let them “crack” them open and see their New Year’s Surprises.
Now the part I KNOW you are waiting for….. the $100 Visa Card Giveaway!!
Here’s How To Enter The Giveaway
(Remember, each comment is considered a entry – so leave a separate comment each time.)
Contest will be open until 11:59 pm CST December 11, 2011. Winner will be notified by email and has 48-hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Good Luck!
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Guess what? All three of my teammates, Kelly from Kansas City Mamas, Kristen from Dine and Dish and Julie from My Kansas City Mommy are each giving away their own $100 Visa Gift Card, too. Visit them for an even better chance of getting some “Happy Holidays to ME” cash!
Finally…Want to see the amazing competition we are up against? You can see all of the entries on TheMotherhood.com Making Memories Circle. The pictures above were taken by the lovely and talented Kristen Doyle from Dine and Dish. (Someday I might MAYBE be able to take pictures as beautiful as she does…until then…. I’ll drool over hers.) But, these pictures are her property. Don’t steal them.
Full disclosure: This is the final competition in a series of four that I am being compensated for. The Motherhood and Rice Krispies compensate me for my time and I stand to win a prize if they decide Team Kansas City is cool. All of the words and ideas in this post are mine (or collaboratively mine/Team Kansas City’s) …the point is… I don’t post anything here that I don’t think up all on my own….the kind of companies that supply you with content don’t visit here…. they seem to know better by now.