|Miss Read's books are also available in paperback, and|
are still in print. But I happen to love the illustrator in
the hardcover versions, John S. Goodall.
So why do I bring this up? Because of her book, "Over the Garden Gate." In this book, readers are privy to the gossip - sorry - tales of village life told from one neighbor to another over the garden gate.
Mary Jane mentioned that she found a new recipe on Facebook over the weekend (you can read her post here), and the recipe I'm sharing today also came from Facebook. With all of this recipe sharing, I realized that Facebook is the current version of the old garden gate.
In our grandmother's and great-grandmother's day, a lot of visiting happened over the garden gate. As a young wife, I spent hours visiting with our neighbor over the back fence. Our children would play happily under our watchful eyes while we shared child-rearing ideas and cookie recipes. Fast forward ten years, and I did the same thing in our neighborhood in Goshen, Indiana, except our visiting was over the front porch rails instead of the back fence.
But now we share recipes, advice, and (too often) complaints in our virtual neighborhoods on the internet. Too much change? Or is it just right? I'm not sure I have a handle on that, but I do know I find some great recipe ideas on Facebook!
S'mores meet Krispy Treats
This recipe is so easy, it's scandalous.
Start with your favorite Crisp Rice Cereal Treat recipe. Here's mine:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 13oz. bag mini marshmallows
6 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
Melt the butter over low heat, then add the marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are mostly melted, then add the peanut butter and stir until the mixture is smooth. Add the crisp rice cereal and mix until well blended.
BUT DON'T START YET!
First you need to prepare the s'mores part of the recipe.
Melt 12 ounces (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Also, have ready about 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs.
Do you have those two items ready? Good.
Now, make your crisp rice treats and put the mixture in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
With clean and buttered hands, spread the mixture evenly in your pan. You want to work quickly so the treats don't cool, and this is the fastest way to spread the sticky stuff evenly. Press down firmly!
Spread the melted chocolate chips on top, spreading evenly with the back of a spoon.
Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs on the chocolate, then transfer the whole thing to a cutting board and cut it in half. A pizza cutter works great for this step.
If you've worked quickly enough, the crisp rice treat bottom should still be warm and pliable. Butter you hands again and starting from the longer edge, roll each half jelly-roll style. As you're rolling, press the outside layer firmly to seal in all the goodness.
Wrap in wax paper (or use the parchment paper), and refrigerate the rolls for at least an hour, preferably two.
Slice into 3/4" to 1" slices and serve.
And these aren't just for kids! I served these to our Bible Study group and they were a hit.
Meanwhile, we're getting closer to the release of "Naomi's Hope," the last book in the "Journey to Pleasant Prairie" series. My website has all the links so you can pre-order from your favorite on-line retailer (www.JanDrexler.com), or ask for it at your local bookstore!
Here's a bit about the story:
Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents’ home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she’s not at the top of any man’s list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for.
When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey’s true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy’s future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her heart?
Jan Drexler loves her family, her home, cooking and just about anything made by hand. But she loves her Lord most of all.