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Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Cereal Square Crisis

Big A and I often make cereal squares. She loves them and they are very easy to make. I make them a bit healthier by using organic puffed brown rice or other puffed grains, instead of traditional Rice Krispies. We often add peanut butter and/or chocolate to them too and they are always a big hit. Unfortunately, they caused chaos with Big A this time. I made some peanut butter and chocolate ones last week because I was hosting my mom's group on Thursday. Big A saw the leftovers Thursday night and asked if she could have one in the morning. I said she could have one in the stroller on the way to daycare if she behaved all morning (mornings are so stressful I'm willing to do anything to encourage cooperation!). She was very well behaved Friday morning so I told her she could have a square once we got out of the house. She asked for two. I agreed, and cut one square into two (I can still outsmart her...sometimes!). She ate one on the way and gave me the other when we got to daycare. I wrapped the foil back up and put it under the stroller but she said she wanted to take it with her. I explained that she could not do that due to the no peanut policy. This led to a complete meltdown. Even explaining that it could make a child very sick did nothing to calm her down. Her teacher ended up having to carry her into the room kicking and screaming while I escaped with Little A. Her teachers helped her make a "Sorry Mommy" card for me but when I asked if she knew what she was saying sorry for, she shook her head. So on top of the dolls and playing cards we already confiscated due to her bad behaviour recently, we decided that she can't watch the new DVDs I rented her from the library until Monday. I really hope that age 4 brings some of this stuff to an end, I'm getting really sick of the tantrums!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Squares

1 heaping cup peanut butter
500 ml mini marshmellows
6-8 cups cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Melt peanut butter over low heat in large pot. Add marshmellows and stir until they are melted and mixture is smooth. Turn off heat and add cereal, mixing to coat. Remove pot from heat, stir in chocolate chips and then turn mixture into two 9x9 pans and press down evenly. Chill about 30 minutes and then cut into squares.