One of the things I love about food blogging is the community! I love making fun treats like these Strawberry Rice Krispy Treats, but, really, it wouldn’t be any fun if I didn’t have anyone to share them with!
Through blogging, I have met so many fun people over the years who share my obsession with all things food and taking pictures of food and talking about food and posting pictures of food. Mostly, we meet up online, but every once in a while I get the opportunity to connect IRL (in real life) at a conference or an event and, truth be told, everyone has been just as awesome in person. This year, to raise money and awareness for No Kid Hungry, the lovely ladies at The Pintertest Kitchen coordinated a big virtual #foodbloggerlove event… Think Secret Santa, except with Valentines.
My Secret Valentine was the fabulous couple at Simple Food 365. I have been stalking – ahem, following – Tara and Christopher since I was given their names and I immediately loved their SIMPLE, bright meals and the fact that almost everything I found on their beautiful site was also gluten-free. And, believe it or not, we live in the same city! What are the chances?
For my Food Blogger Love post to them, I wanted to make something simple and bright – something along the lines of a yummy recipe you might find on their site. When I thought about simple and Valentine’s Day, strawberries and rice krispy treats came to mind. I have been taking full advantage of the strawberries coming up from the south and I am putting them in just about everything – why not strawberry rice krispy treats?
I must have been channeling them really well because, when I checked out their site this morning, I found this super fun recipe for pink m&m puppy chow! Awww… Coincidence? I think not. We were meant to be paired together! How can you not love the shades of pink and red m&m’s at this time of year?!
While the fun blogger pairings and the recipes are fun, the statistics about childhood hunger are not. Here in North Carolina, more than 1 in 5 kids are food insecure – meaning that they do not know where their next meal is coming from. Across the nation, it is estimated that 16 million kids aren’t getting the food they need. This week, I joined the No Kid Hungry Hunger Core. If you have $5 a month (or more!) to help end childhood hunger, you should join, too.
As part of this awesome #foodbloggerlove event, The Pintertest Kitchen has also organized a Kindle Fire giveaway. Be sure to enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway … And, of course, don’t forget to check out all the other #foodbloggerlove recipe posts popping up all over the internet today! Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Strawberry Rice Krispy Treats
- 3 1/2 T butter
- 4 cups (or 10 oz bag) mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup chopped strawberries (small pieces!)
- 6 cups rice krispy cereal
- pink and red m & m's
- Melt butter over medium-low heat in a large pan.
- Add marshmallows. Stir continuously with a silicon spatula until the marshmallows and butter are completely combined.
- Fold in chopped strawberries.
- Add crispy rice cereal.
- Spread in a 9 x 13 pan sprayed with oil.
- Sprinkle m & m's over the top.
- Gently press down using a piece of parchment or wax paper.
- Let sit until cool. Cut into squares. Store in an air-tight container. Enjoy!!