Our New Home and Crispy Rice Bars

by Ashley on August 17, 2011

I’m back!  A week without the internet was well, frustrating at times, but also refreshing at times as well.  It was kind of nice, I’m not going to lie, but I’ve also missed this little home-away-from-home world that I can escape to in my own little mind.

Last week, we moved into a much newer place, thank the Lord (our last house was built in the 60s and not taken care of by the previous tenets), however, unfortunately we’ve found that here, we get almost no cell phone reception (thank you AT&T).  Until yesterday, with no internet or cable too, let’s just say Dustin and I had some great bonding time…really, we did.  It was nice and actually just what we needed to get ready for what is about to hit us next Monday…Dustin’s last semester before he graduates (!!!!!!!!!!) in December and my second to last as an undergrad.  Ah! Just typing that scares me!

Here are some shots of our new home!

The living room area.

Living room again

Can’t take a picture without these two stealing the show.


School/study area…Unfortunately, I’ll probably be spending more time here than I’d like…


Kitchen again.

Small little patio area

Our bedroom (with a temp. comforter because we don’t like ours; hence the reason it’s folded at the end of the bed).


The place is perfect for the two of us (and our pups too!) and also has a guest bedroom for any visitors (hint, hint!). It’s weird to actually have an up to date kitchen, something that I forgot existed in the past year.  I can actually chop multiple vegetables at a time, a new concept for me due to the lack of counter space at the last place.  Anyways, enough about the place, moving on to some kitchen fun…

Last night when I got home from what normally would be a “long” run for me, 6 miles, but because my November marathon is steadily approaching, has now become one of the “shorter” runs, I checked the mail box and what do ya know!? My Forks Over Knives DVD and book were eagerly waiting to be opened.  Unfortunately, Dustin made me wait until after dinner to watch the DVD (I agreed since I really wanted him to watch it with me), so while I was waiting on dinner to be ready, I obviously started reading the book.  Lucky for me, I found a rice crispy recipe that reminded me of my youth, however with healthy touch, of course!

Crispy Rice Bars

Recipe adapted from the FOK Book

Makes 16 Squares

You need…

2/3 cup brown rice syrup

1/4 cup natural almond btter or peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon valilla extract

2 cups crisped rice cereal (I used 3 cups to decrease the amount of syrup in each one.)

Additions (choose one, or whatever you choose):

1/2 cup lightly roasted chopped almonds or walnuts

1/2 cup currants, raisns, or finely chopped apricots

1/2 cup nondairy carob chips


Mist an 8-in. square pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.  Place the brown rice syrup and nut butter in a small saucepan and warm until the mixture is softened and smooth.  Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.  Combine the cereal and the addition of your choice in a large bowl.  Pour the warm mixture over the cereal mix and combine carefully, using a wooden spoon.  Work as quickly as possible (this is especially important if using carob chips so they do not melt).  Pack the mixture evenly into the prepared pan, pressing gently with oyur fingers.  COver with plastic wrap and chill until firm.  Slice into squares and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Good health!

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