…PLUS Easy Homemade Rice Krispie Treats Recipe Below!
You know how sometimes you have in your head how a moment is going to play out and then it happens exactly NOT how you had planned. Well, that was my son’s 5th birthday party yesterday. More about that in a minute.
People ask me all the time, how do you manage your baking business and being a mom. Some days are super hard. My youngest was sick and so was I at the beginning of last week, so my pre-planned schedule of getting things accomplished went completely out the window. I have learned how to really manage my time, which I used to never be able to do. I know what I’m shopping for on what day, what parts of a cake need to be made on which day, and every detail/time line down to the last decoration on each cake. But…I have kids, so everything takes 9x as long. And…I just know this and plan that time in as well.
I was so excited to make my son’s superhero cake! I gave him 4 options and he picked what he wanted. It was the FIRST time I had ever made a Hulk fist out of fondant (thank you YouTube videos) and the FIRST time that I had made homemade rice krispie treats, which I turned in to rocks and Thor’s hammer, all of which were then covered in homemade marshmallow fondant. I HAD SO MUCH FUN trying all these things!!! Here’s the finished product:
So now for what happened at the party. We hosted at our church’s gym and “party room,” which was the perfect size for the 80 people who came!! At around 1pm, there he was: Captain America!!! So I pictured this larger than life entrance where my son runs over to him and all the kids are like “WHOA!!!” Well, Captain America wasn’t exactly very loud and it took a few minutes for the kids to realize he was even there. BUT…my son did see him and ran over and I just love how excited he was at that moment!!! Captain America then made balloon swords which turned in to weapons the kids used on 2 dads and proved to be a lot of fun. Then they did some fight training which was supposed to prep them if a bad guy were to come..DUH..DUH..DUH…Enter Bad Guy. So in my head, a huge battle scene between Captain America and this cartoonish Bad Guy was going to take place, BUT it was more like some back and forth conversation between the guys and Clayton running towards me screaming and crying. #MAJORMOMFAIL #MOMGUILT. After calming him down, we rushed the bad guy away and tried to get back to cutting cake and taking pictures with Captain America.
Well, Clayton was then scared of the masked man for most of the rest of the day (minus when he unwrapped presents) and woke up with a nightmare. He said he couldn’t get the bad guy’s mask out of his mind. This morning he didn’t want to leave my side, but is at school now and hopefully forgetting all about the 3 minutes of terror yesterday. Yeh….not AT ALL how I pictured it, but he was excited he got to meet his first Real Superhero. Sooooo….it was all worth it. In the end, he had fun overall. Looking around the room overflowing with family and friends, my heart was filled with so much joy, as I know we are so blessed to be surrounded by such love and that so many people wanted to celebrate with my son.
So there I was in the middle of a Blessed Mess!
Here’s the Rice Krispie Treat Recipe. You could totally use Vegan Butter and Vegan Marshmallows to make it Dairy Free. Plus, your kids can help with this too.
Ingredients: 6 TBSP Salted Butter, 1 (10 oz) package Mini Marshmallows, 6 Cups Rice Cereal, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently. Once it starts bubbling and browning, remove from heat and add vanilla and stir. Then add half the marshmallows, place back on low heat and stir until melted. Then add remaining marshmallows until melted. Add half the rice cereal and stir until coated, then add rest of cereal and stir until coated. Pour in to 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray and spread evenly. Let sit for at least an hour, then cut and enjoy!