My baby. You are the most amazing thing in the world!

I find myself staring at you, in absolute disbelief you are MINE! You are unbelievably beautiful. Your eyes and cheeks just melt my heart.

You’re 6 months old already. Good grief, time REALLY does fly by. I heard my dad tell me all the time that we grew up WAYYYYYY too fast. Oh dad, geez, come on, it couldn’t have happened THAT quick. But dad, you’re right!

Pregnancy seemed like it took a friggin eternity. But watching you, Waverly, grow is FLYING by. Everyday I ask you to just slow down, stop growing so fast. You don’t listen. You just stare at me with your big blue eyes and smile, drool and laugh.

In honor of Waverly’s 6 month birthday, I made the quintessential kids treat: rice krispie treats. But of course, I couldn’t make just NORMAL ones, I had to add a twist. I’ve had strawberry marshmallows in my cabinet that have been haunting me. And strawberry extract. When did I acquire such random ingredients? Oh well, I put them to good use.

A couple notes about these treats:
1. You can use regular marshmallows and vanilla extract instead of the strawberry flavors for a more classic treat.
2. A lot of recipes call for only 3 or 4 tbsp of butter. I found that leaves you with dry treats, hence my use of an entire stick of butter.
3. I used a brown rice cereal, instead of regular Rice Krispie’s. The results were exactly the same as the ‘normal’ cereal would have been.

Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats
Makes 1 13×9 inch pan

1 bag (10 oz) strawberry marshmallows
1 stick butter
6 cups rice cereal
1 tsp strawberry extract
1/3 cups jimmie sprinkles (reserve some for to sprinkle on the top)

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Once the butter is melted, add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the strawberry extract.

Add the brown rice cereal. Add the sprinkles in about half way through the stirring. If you add them too soon, they will just sorta melt and you won’t have fun sprinkles throughout the treats. Stir until well coated.

Dump the treats onto a wax paper lined 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan and spread them using a greased spatula. Or, more realistically, use your hands. Get your hands slightly damp, to prevent sticking, and press the treats into the pan. Cool completely (about 1 hour).

Cut into 2-inch squares.

They are best used within a couple of days of making.