Funfetti Rice Krispies Squares and a Moment’s Happiness

Funfetti Rice Krispies squares | gotta get baked
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.”
Funfetti Rice Krispies squares | gotta get baked
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.
Ala and I
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.
Funfetti Rice Krispies squares | gotta get baked
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.
Funfetti Rice Krispies squares | gotta get baked
Easy peasy.

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.
Funfetti Rice Krispies squares | gotta get baked
No one can be grumpy in the face of this:
Funfetti Rice Krispies Squares
Not even an old sourpuss like me!

40 thoughts on “Funfetti Rice Krispies Squares and a Moment’s Happiness

  1. Love this Nancy. Such a good reminder. It’s crazy how easily I fall into complain mode. These Funfetti Rice Krispies are like a spot of sunshine though. I not-so-secretly think Golden Oreos are better than regular ones (is that blasphemy?). Can’t wait to head over and check out Ala’s post!

    • That’s total blasphemy, Courtney. I’m throwing some major shade your way now. Ok, just kidding, but I do still believe the original oreos are better (it’s a childhood nostalgia thing. Oreos were such a treat when I was a kid, they will always be number one in my heart). As for complain mode – that’s my default! I’m always in complain mode. Happy-go-lucky-Nancy is very rare so enjoy it while you can 😉

  2. Ahahaha *quick google search* of COURSE I know who Doogie Howser is!! Nancy, as much as I love your rant-y posts since I always agree with them and they are well thought out, I like this post even more. Super heart-warming! Ala does indeed seem like a positively bright beam of light–I remember thinking her giveaway idea was amazing!!! So much love and effort! I’m super jealous you guys got to meet up and have a meal together–that sounds like so much fun! Let me get in on the next one of those, k? 😉

  3. Nancy, what a great post. . and so happy that you got to meet Ala. . . she sounds like a amazingly inspiring person. I am now following her. . thank you for introducing us to her blog and for the reminder that we should strive to be kind to each other . . love this!! and yes, I’ll take a tray full of the funfetti Rice Krispies please!

  4. AW Nance, you rock so much! I seriously feel like I am standing in a huge pile of peeled onions right now (i.e. lots of tears trapped in the corner of my eyes). It was such a pleasure meeting YOU, doppleganger! I wanted to express just how amazing this post has been for what promised to be a sort of blah Tuesday, but I. Can’t. Even. Please imagine me positively beaming at your blog right now a la Star Trek (Beam me up, Scottie!–see, we ARE of the same generation! So like don’t even worry about it.)

    By the way….I just looked up Howie Dooger. Then I realized, crap, it’s HOWSER DOOGIE, and I felt like the biggest dork around. However, now I know who he is. Okay nvm, let’s just have some funfetti rice krispies, okay? 🙂 Love ya, girl! And love love love your reflections in this post, as always!

  5. Ooh frosted flakes, I like the sound of that and everything else stuffed inside these. The only exception golden Oreos, we don’t have those here.

  6. I love reading your posts. I always try to keep an open mind about what others could be going through. Hope you’re feeling better. We all have those days. PS: your Funfetti looks like what it is, FUN! I so want to try this! PSS: I love your most recent comment you left for me yesterday, I almost fell to the floor!

  7. I NEED these squares of pure joy and happiness!! I’ve had a rough day but somehow you have managed to make me look on the bright side. THANK YOU! What a beautiful post 🙂

  8. Birthday party in my mouth?? I like the sound of that girl! They look so bright and fun and perfect for a party! That was so sweet what Ala wrote too….look how much you and your blog brightened her day…believe it or not, you always bring laughter and cheer to my day when I read your blog too, because you are so damn funny! SOOOO don’t be too hard or down on yourself! Oh, and too funny….how can anybody not know who Doogie Howser is?!?!

  9. I’ve been trying to a do the same thing. As I’m getting older, I realize that I just don’t give two craps about the petty crap. I don’t need to be rich, wear $1000 shoes, or have a huge house (who wants to clean that, anyway)? I’m happy gazing at the moon at night, having a few beers with the hubs, or working on my website. This is such a great post, Nancy. We’ll band together and start looking at the simply, more appealing things in life. Your photography is stunning, and I love these bars. Pinned.

  10. Hehe, I definitely know who Doogie Howser is! And, he showed up, nearly nude on the cover of this month’s Rolling Stone. It was a bit disturbing to be honest. More than I wanted to see.

    So glad you had a chance to meet up with Ala! And this recipe. O…M….geewhilickers. Did I just say that? Did I spell it right? I was just about to call it a “birthday party in your mouth” when I saw that you beat me to it!

  11. Nancyyyy! I adore you-and you’re not decrepit or a sour puss! lol I love the story you shared though, how amazing for Ala to know, for a fact, that she made a difference in someones life!

    and these krispy squares?? GET OUTTA TOWN-they look so happy and tasty and FUN!

  12. What a SWEET story!!! It truly made me tear up…as you never know when a smile or little gesture can mean the world to someone. And now you know how decrepit “I” feel hanging our with youngsters like YOU!!! PS…I want that RK treats!! ASAP!

  13. I am so glad you had such a wonderful experience, Nancy! It’s so true, you just never know how something you say or do can influence another person. And nothing can lift my mood quite like a fun and special treat. Your cereal bars are just like a ray of sunshine! Pinned 😉

  14. Amazing how the world works sometimes, eh? Glad your outlook took a complete 180. After all, you have enough ‘Angry Asian’ posts hahahaha….

    Thank you for introducing me to Ala. Heading over to her place next.

    I’ll have to make this rice krispy bars because my daughter has been asking for them. They look sweet.

    BTW, if you feel old knowing Neil Patrick Harris’s former role, can you (without googling it) tell me which TV series Devon Miles is from? I remember watching both series as a kid.

    • I thought you liked my Angry Asian posts! Lol. Yeah, I spend too much time moanin’ ‘n groanin’. I really need to change my glass-half-empty mentality! As for Devon Miles…I admit, I had to google it. But then I saw that it’s Knight Rider and I totally watched that series as a kid.

  15. That is so beautiful, a small gesture means so so much 🙂
    And I am a BIG fan of your rice krispie treats, really need your recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. These rice krispies are the definition of happiness – so bright and colourful and fun! I’m glad you were able to turn your mood around the other day and thanks for the reminder of how we should do the same! I also try to remind myself when someone is rude or snappy to me for no reason (this happened to me the other day when a bus driver yelled at me in front of the bus even though I had done nothing wrong) that instead of judging them or getting upset, I should consider that they may be having a terrible day and I don’t know what they’re going through personally, so I shouldn’t take anything personally either. I’m still not very good at letting things go but I need to get better at putting positive energy out there like you!

  17. So Nancy, of course I know who Doogie Howser is cause I’m older than you…but that’s ok! I love how you open up on your blog and how honest you are. It’s always refreshing for me to stop by here. And I do love those Funfetti Squares, they make anybody smile.

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  19. Of course I know who Doogie is! Of course my real test these days is asking people if they know who Alex P. Keaton is. THAT is when I feel old. I mean come on, they run Family Ties reruns, people should know. Isn’t it great how looking at someone else’s life can change the perspective on yours. Never a way to diminish what you feel but it can certainly help. Also these bars, yeah you are sick and evil genius and I hope you know I’m going to be expecting some sort of treat swap at the F&W conference in July.

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  21. nancy – it’s so true, you just never know what’s going on in other people’s lives (except for the bloggers who spill absolutely everything!!) i went through a hell year a few years ago where i was so depressed i stopped blogging altogether because i couldn’t even manage to bake. i think this is a great post – and yes to some delicious looking funfetti rice krispie squares to put a smile on anyone’s face! glad we’ve had a chance to connect, great to know another vancouver blogger/baker! ^__^ (PS … LOVE that song!) 🙂

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