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1 spookley square pumpkin marshmallow krispie treat smile 2 marshmallow pumpkins in pot 3 melting pumpkin marshmallows 4 marshmallow treat in pans5 orange spookley square pumpkin marshmallow krispie treats cut 6 green licorice pumpkin stem decorating spookley facespookley treat marshmallow“Spookley wasn’t like his friends — where they had curves, he had ends.” Do you know the Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin? It’s a colorful picture book that celebrates differences. When I spied the Jumbo Pumpkin (shaped, not flavored) Mallow Puffs at the store, I knew it was my opportunity to make Spookley Treats in honor of the charming anti-bullying story. To make them, I followed the Rice Krispies Treats recipe* (in my opinion, it is most tasty to use full-fat salted butter and slow melt the gooey mix on the stove top) and added candy for the features, attaching them with chocolate icing. I realize that the proportions are exaggerated, but I think it adds to their homemade charm. It would also be fun to make treats resembling each one of Spookley’s friends, because after all, every pumpkin in the patch has something special to offer.

*A single batch of treats uses 20 of the jumbo pumpkin-shaped mallows.

candy plate decorating gingerbread castle cinderella candy castle coach cinderella mice candy castle roof gumdrop snowman alienI’ll admit that I was not thrilled with the idea that my niece chose a prefab Cinderella castle kit from the store for our annual gingerbread session this year.  She loves to bake and is now old enough to see the project through from scratch.  I was looking forward to designing our own charming chalet or creative candy cottage a la Hansel and Gretel.  In the end, the gingerbread castle we put together from the kit still allowed for unique touches.  My favorite parts are the mice dancing on the roof and the alien-looking snowmen with the blue eyes (all from the brain of the sweet five-year-old).  I need to remember that these activities are, above all, about togetherness and that the outcome will inevitably be as unique and fabulous as the individuals involved.

plastic eggs and spring blooms racing toward the orange egg watering pail with plastic eggsThe colorful plastic eggs were not hard to find this year since most of nature is still brown. The egg hunting soon turned into egg tackling, as it became a race to the bright treasures. “I recovered three from my sister’s fumble,” my nephew cheered triumphantly.

2 emptied eggs with pin holes 3 paint egg with mod podge 4 mod podge confetti egg 5 confetti egg close in pink egg carton  confetti spilling out from broken egg

It is the time of year here when colors start to appear from the grey and brown landscape like confetti strewn along streams and parkways. I had a bag of confetti left over from New Year’s Eve, so I put it use for Easter, a celebration of new life.  Originally I planned to cover my eggs on the outside until I learned about cascarones: eggs that are filled on the inside with confetti.  Why not celebrate on the inside and the outside?  More fun: a game with Cascarones at Oh Happy Day!   The story goes that having a cascarón broken over your head will bring good luck.  Depending on how much confetti coverage you get, you will have disco eggs, which calls for a little disco duck.

Blowing out eggs from last year… this year I made lime custard with the empties!

bourbon soak golden raisin cup

x bourbon and golden raisin cup
At the end of my rainbow at the moment are little pots of golden raisins. Usually I just eat them by the handful and add them to Cream of Rice hot cereal, but since a holiday is coming up, I currently have a batch of the little tart wrinkly white grapes soaking in a bath of bourbon. Today they have been busy plumping up and spiking up before being baked in a batch of Irish Oatmeal cookies for Saint Patrick’s Day. I also just liked how they were glowing in the sunshine yesterday. May the wind be at your back, dear friends.

Update: cookie success!

irish oatmeal cookie rainbow plate

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