Valentine's Day 2019

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I’ve always loved Valentines Day. What can I say, I love love! I love celebrating the relationships in my life, whether it’s Spencer, family, or friends. This year was extra special, with the addition of out newest valentine, Eloise. Of course she won’t remember it at only 10 months old, but we will. Ellie and I got dressed in our Valentine’s best, pink on pink. We had a sweet little party, with homemade Rice Krispy Treats (for the adults of course,) a series of love themed books, flowers, and lots of photos.

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If you follow me on instagram, you know that I love capturing every month of age with a new homemade floral number. We has just finished taking her 10 month photo and we decided to let her play for a while. She loves exploring the flowers, pulling their petals off and examining them with such delicacy. Sometimes the pictures of destruction turn out better then the staged number photos. This session was particularly cute, so I handed her a set of string lights to sweeten the deal. Sometimes i’m brilliant.

After the flower play, Spencer and I munched on Rice Krispies while we sat and read for a while. My new favorite picked out just for Valentines day this year was a Sesame Street LOVE book. The artwork is some of my favorite I’ve seen in a while. It looks like it’s hand drawn and colored in with colored pencils. Swoon. She loves it too. Extra swoon.

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As for the Rice Krispies, the recipe is pretty basic and it’s on every box of Krispie cereal, but I can give you a few tricks.

The original recipe is:

  • 3 tablespoon of butter

  • 1 bag marshmallows

  • 6 cups krispies

If you’ve never made them before, you melt the butter in a large pot, add the marshmallows, stir until melted, and then mix in Krispies. Then smush them into a big pan (usually a 9x9 or 9x13 depending how thick you want them,) cool, and cut.

Here are my Pro tips:

  • When the butter has melted, add in a few dashes of salt and about 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • Don’t add all the marshmallows at once, save a cup on the side. Once the ones in the pot have melted completely, add in the reserves right before you add in the Krispies. This will leave big chunks here and there or unmelted marshmallow, and WHO doesn’t want that?!

  • Coat everything in a ridiculous amount of cooking spray. The pan you flatten them into should be covered completely, so that they release out easily once they’ve cooled. Also make sure you do the entire melting pot all the way up the sides, the spoon you’re going to stir with, and the spatula (I use one to flatten them evenly into the pan) front and back. This makes clean up 100000 times easier. It can be really difficult to get all that melted marshmallow off everything once its cooled.

  • Double the recipe. Because they go FAST.

They also have strawberry krispies now, which is why half of mine are red. This was my first time making them with the strawberry flavor. They were everything I imagined they would be, and more.

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Sending SO much love to you all this valentines day.

As always, XOXOXO

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holly bentley