I’ve been feeling kinda down lately and I was going to launch into a long diatribe in today’s post about the shittiness of life but I had a change of heart and I’m glad that I did.
How’s that for an intro?
I had the pleasure of meeting up with an incredible blogger and all around human a couple weeks ago. Her name is Ala, aka Wallflour Girl, and her blog is all kinds of amazing. You have to check out her latest creation: coffee cheesecake stuffed chocolate cupcakes with Kahlua biscoff frosting. I mean, I don’t think you can fit any more gobsmacking deliciousness in there.
I was feeling sorry for myself the other day and in an attempt to escape from my woes, I wandered over to Ala’s site to read the aforementioned post. It was exactly what I needed to read that day. Ala details an encounter she had with a reader, K, who had won a giveaway on Ala’s blog. Since K lived close by, Ala was able to hand deliver the prize: 18 decadent chocolate cheesecake coffee biscoff cupcakes. In return, K handed Ala two notes, one that simply said “thank you” and in the other,
“K revealed that she had been going through a rough year and had spent most of it grasping towards a way to cope. To do this, she started making a conscious daily effort to celebrate little parts of life. She told me that after she found my blog and began reading, and after learning that she had won the giveaway, she had more to look forward to every day.”
I actually choked up a bit after reading those words. We never know what’s happening in other people’s lives. The smallest, simplest thing can be life-changing. We should strive to be kind to each other because that’s the right and decent thing to do. Ala’s post immediately changed my mood and her words still resonate with me.
By the way, Ala is exactly as awesome as she appears on her blog. She’s sweet, friendly, super energetic and positive, brilliant (she’s an English PhD student) and freaking hilarious. We talked about all kinds of stuff, moving smoothly from one topic to the next, often finding ourselves in full agreement, all while throwing our heads back in laughter. In other words, she’s my kind of people. You can read her blog post here for her awesome recap of our dinner together.
The only thing that put a damper on our meeting is how damn old she made me feel when she admitted she had no idea who Doogie Howser was. How is that even possible?! I felt like an ancient, decrepit relic of the past! And if you, dear reader, also have no idea who Doogie Howser is, please don’t tell me. Just google him and pretend that you do.
Anyways, the whole point of this post now is to be thankful for all the little things. To be grateful for what I have. To find happiness wherever I can and savour it, because it’s so fleeting.
Rice Krispies squares make me happy. So does funfetti. So I combined them into one chewy, sweet, fun, delicious treat. With Golden Oreos and Frosted Flakes too because why the heck not?!
This song makes me supremely happy too. Enjoy this blast from the past (I’m aging myself again).
Funfetti Rice Krispies Squares
6 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups Frosted Flakes
2 cups (approximately 12) Golden Oreos, broken into pieces
1 cup sprinkles
1/4 cup butter
9 cups mini marshmallows
2 tbsp vanilla extract
Butter a 9 X 13 rectangular pan and set aside.
Place the Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Golden Oreos and sprinkles in a large bowl.
In a large saucepan, heat the butter on high heat until melted. Lower the heat to medium and add the mini marshmallows. Using a heat-resistent rubber spatula or a wooden spoon, keep stirring the marshmallows until melted. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.
Quickly, pour the melted marshmallows over the cereal mixture. Mix as quickly as you can before the marshmallow hardens. Pour into the prepared pan and press down with your hands or with the rubber spatula.
And so freaking good. Like a birthday party in your mouth. It’s so chewy from all the marshmallow, it’ll give your jaw a work-out. But every mouthful is worth the extra work.
No one can be grumpy in the face of this:
Not even an old sourpuss like me!