Christmas Wreaths? Mmmmmmm


I’m not talking about the kind of wreath you hang on your door, but rather the kind that you eat! Christmas wreaths are my kids’ all-time favorite thing to eat during the holiday; well, that and fudge! These are very similar to the Rice Krispie treats that we all love, but for some reason, we think these are even better! I’m not sure why we only make them at Christmas.

First of all, there’s no point making one batch because they will be gone quickly. I always double the recipe and we’re good. That gives you some to eat and some to include with your holiday cookie plates.

Recipe (single batch):

  • 30 big marshmallows
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. green food coloring
  • 3 cups Corn Flakes (or similar)
  • Red hots, sprinkles, decorations

Melt the butter and marshmallows in a double boiler (or in pot over very low heat) until melted. Add food coloring until you get to the desired shade of green. Either add the cereal to the pot or pour the marshmallow mixture over cereal in a bowl. Stir to cover. If too thin, add more cereal (I usually add more anyway because I want it to make more). Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet or wax paper.

Shape into wreaths and decorate with red hot candies, red sprinkles, or anything else that you like!

Couple of things here: I have found that shaping them into wreaths is a skill that requires extreme patience (which apparently nobody in my family has). We basically just drop them by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and leave them or scrape into a ball. We will throw some sprinkles on top but definitely don’t shape them into wreaths. If you can do it, I’m sure they’ll be beautiful! They taste just fine either way.

Also, you will find that your fingers will get very sticky very quickly. When they get real sticky and you can’t do anything anymore, if you wash your hands and get the marshmallows all off, you can start over and get through a bunch more.

On a complaining note, I can no longer enjoy these as I’m gluten-free and Corn Flakes and similar cereals are not. I refuse to pay the going price for small boxes of gluten-free cereals and almost all of them have sugar on them, which don’t taste the same. I have discovered that my regular Rice Krispie treat recipe works perfectly with my Rice Chex cereal. In fact, I made three batches of these within a month. Thank you, Chex cereal!

Oh, one more note! When you add your green food coloring, make sure you move your recipe out of the way or it will look like this.


Enjoy your holiday and your Christmas wreaths!


Ho Ho Ho – My Bank Account is Low!

So, it’s Christmas and time for gift giving once again.  That’s great when you have the money to get the kids just what they want.  It’s a good feeling when you can get that nice co-worker a little something or give an extra couple of dollars to the woman who does your hair.  What do you do, though, if you simply don’t have the funds to do these things but want to show somebody a little love?  Do you need to look like Scrooge?  Nope.  There are lots of ways around this problem.

When the kids that you want to buy for are little (your own or others), there’s the knock-off route.  You may not be able to afford the name brand that’s the hottest thing out there, but you may be able to afford that very similar item at a much lower cost.  Beware, though, that there is an age when they know the difference and you might as well gift them underwear as a substitute for what they really want.  Before that time, you are free and clear.  If you’re past that window of opportunity, I would veer off in another direction entirely.  You don’t want to look like you tried to get what they wanted but failed.  Find something completely different so it’s not a comparison.  Think about what they like, their hobbies and their interests.  Think about things that you find interesting that you might want to share with them.  Who knows, they could find a new and interesting hobby.  Everybody is good at something and you’re giving the gift of your time and expertise.

Sometimes, you aren’t able to afford anything close to what you want to buy for somebody.  It’s okay.  It truly IS the thought that counts, not the gift itself.  If you can afford your time, your caring thoughts, your prayers, or your love, THAT is a gift worth giving.  You can wrap it up however you like.  You can write a poem, find something in a magazine or book that expresses how you feel or that you find interesting and frame it for a dollar or reuse a frame that you already have.  You can write up a gift certificate for a hand car wash or a homemade meal for a parent or a night of babysitting for a favorite friend or relative.  How about a trip to a museum or even the library; bring lunch and have a picnic at a park!  Think about the things that make them happy, think about the things that you can do and put them together.  How about a neighbor who has trouble getting around?  Why not offer a ride to the grocery store or a monthly trip somewhere they may have trouble getting to.  Manual labor is a pretty darn good gift and one that is much appreciated.  It means that you’re truly giving of yourself and it’s a wonderful low-cost, high-reward gift.  The real value of this gift is the time and thoughtfulness that you put into it.  No doll, pajamas, scarf, or tie can touch that!

Have fun, be creative and, most of all, be sincere and your gift will truly be treasured.

Have a very happy holiday!