Did you have a good long weekend? If you had a long weekend, that is. President’s Day is one of those kinda sorta fake holidays that only some people get off. We were able to get out of town for a little bit, but the beginning of the weekend was spent on house projects. Nick worked on the greenhouse while I started on something new.
Even though I mostly love our house, one thing I really hate about it is that they painted every single wall and every single ceiling the ugliest, drabbest brownish-beige color. Who paints the ceilings beige!? It’s awful. And not only that, but they painted it all in flat paint. So not only is it ugly, drab beige– it’s ugly, drab beige with dirt, scrapes and marks all over it because flat paint was invented by the devil and there is literally no possible way to clean it.
Since I’m working on my computer at home more often these days, I decided I wanted to spruce up our “junk room,” also known as my office/photography room/spare-spare bedroom. I decided that painting it a pretty color would make a huge difference and would really make me want to actually hang out and work in there. I got all motivated, went to Lowes, and decided on a really pretty mint green. Of course, mint green doesn’t go well with ugly beige, so I had to paint the ceiling first.
Well… only one coat of ceiling paint, three separate trips to Lowes, several bruises, and a near-blinding paint-in-the-eye experience, and I am pretty much over painting now. Did I mention I can’t move my arms? I have a whole new respect for professional painters. This ‘ish ain’t fun.
So I think it’s time for a snack break.
Now that Nick’s working longer hours, he’s been requesting I make delicious treats for him to bring into work to share. After a few batches of cookies, I decided to try something different. And maybe slightly healthier? Cereal is kind of good for you, right? Sure! Let’s just go with it. I based these on these bars from The Taylor House, with Honey Nut Cheerios and regular chocolate chips!
- 2 tbsp butter
- 10 oz marshmallows
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- 1½ cups chocolate chips, divided
- 6 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
- Spray a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
- In a large pot, over low heat, melt the butter and marshmallows together, stirring frequently. Be sure to melt the marshmallows low and slow to avoid hard bars (I learned that one the hard way-- no pun intended).
- When the marshmallow mix is smooth, stir in peanut butter and 1 cup of the chocolate chips until just melted, then immediately remove from heat.
- Stir in Cheerios. It may take a little muscle, but it will come together if you keep stirring.
- Pour cereal mix into sprayed pan and press down evenly with a spoon.
- Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over top and press lightly into the bars.
- Cool completely, then cut into squares!
Now that we’ve stuffed our faces, I suppose it’s time to go back to painting. I really don’t want to, but I just keep telling myself it will be worth it in the end!